If there’s any hope that someone could bridge the gap between alt-country and pop-country it may lie with Doc Yates and the Kings Evil. On their upcoming record Sweat It Out, Yates and company mix a country sound with blues, classic and hard rock influences to craft a record that will have something for anyone without feeling dishonest or unoriginal. It may be one of the only country rock records that mixes parts Rolling Stones, Nirvana and modern sounds like Hey Rosetta among others.

There’s a bright opening to the album on “Blue Skies, Green Eyes” with a heavy and warm bass, mixed with powerful harmonies. Together they create a song that’s not just catchy but emotionally powerful, and with enough depth to push it beyond a simple song. “These Shoes” goes into a fast country shuffle, filled with vicious solos, pumping bass, and a sad love story to drive it all.

The light touch that opens “Daisy” is dropped for a pounding rock sound in every chorus, with intensity taking the wheel. The track does find a balance between the two in the remaining verses to help the album feel consistent. “Four Fingers of Whiskey” plays like a swamp-country take on “Sympathy For The Devil” mixed with a dark tale of drinking and debauchery. The track doesn’t let up after its intro, only pausing for dynamic vocal breaks that make their choruses even more gripping.

The hardest rock comes on “Shakem Down” with enough distortion to make it easy to forget the country tone the album carries, despite this however the track is a solid rock track, if a little straightforward at times. Fun and swing are high on “Hard Road Home” making  a love song with a euphoric mix of rhythm and melodies for a very enjoyable track.

“First Dance” takes things even more sombre for a soft and intimate track, with tender vocals and lyrics that will melt listeners like butter. The quaint little solo and the subtle backing vocals really set the track as the album’s emotional best. Taking some notes from classic rock, Yates goes for the held back intro on “All That I Needed.” Once the song kicks in the blues-rock’s solid groove and distorted harmonica enough to push it past a typical chord progression.

Yates has one last surprise on “Closer (Until We Meet Again),” with a higher sense of sonic sophistication than the rest of the record, and more variation in dynamics as well. The track finds Yates stretching his vocals and writing technique for a solid and impressive closer.

Artist of the Month: Doc Yates


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Raised in the country outside of Woodstock, ON, Doc Yates grew up living the life that we hear about in our favourite songs. And that life is reflected in his own music as Yates paves his way in the industry.

Now in Ottawa, and having developed his own sound – labeled Soul Country, Yates and the Kings Evil are dedicated to making their music the way they want to and the results are a whole lot of fun. Tracks like Four Fingers Of Whiskey and All That I Needed are great listens (find them on his website now), combining lyrics and musicianship to make toe-tapping songs that will make you want more.

And more is coming…

Doc Yates is working on his first full length album, to be released to Canadian country radio, and hopes to have you listening as you drive through Ontario. And while the album will showcase a selection of songs from Yates, he still has dozens of songs written and ready.

In fact, he may just write one today if he has to get in the truck and drive.

“If I am driving 2 hours or more, then I will most likely have a song done by the time I arrive.” - Doc Yates

Yates continues to work on music videos, the studio process for his new album, and his songwriting, knowing that the work is the process. He’s embraced it, keeps pushing, and we’ll be ready when it’s time to listen.

If you’re in the Ottawa area, keep your eyes open for Doc Yates shows near you and follow him through his social media updates for details about his new music, new videos, live performances and more!


Doc Yates and the Kings Evil is a five-man band that plays soul country! 

The debut album "Sweat It Out!" will be released this summer. The songs were recorded using the acoustics of an old wooden sauna to get some warm acoustic undertones. It shares the energy and sound of the working man. Much of the work on this album was done during very late nights, after work, after opening two new clinics, after renovations, after feeding pigs and after putting kids to bed. All of this put together is what led to the album title of "Sweat It Out!", because that is exactly what had to occur to bring this production to life.

Doc Yates - lead vocals and rhythm guitar
Darren Brother - lead guitar
Mark Majeau - bass and background vocals
Brett Cowan - drums and background vocals
Ryan Phelps - piano and background vocals

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We are headlining a big show at the coveted Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield. A bus is being organized back and forth from Ottawa to Wakefield for fans. This will surely be our biggest and best show yet and should not be missed! Our last show sold out so it would be best to order tickets online in advance through the Black Sheep Inn