Doc West, always knew it was what he wanted to do while growing up on a ranch in Flatonia, Texas. Influenced at an early age by George Strait, Randy Travis, Keith Whitley, Garth Brooks, Chris Ledoux, and Merle Haggard. — it wasn’t until college that all the “Pieces” started coming together.
Ever since he was a kid, active in 4-H and FFA, Doc West knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. But it was while attending Texas A&M University, living the college life, going to concerts and watching live music that he was inspired to pick up the guitar and sing. It was a Randy Rogers Band concert that pushed him over the edge to actually go out and buy his first guitar.
Little did he know – his interest in music and encouragement to sing would lead him to actually play the guitar and perform live because of those artists (Wade Bowen, Cory Morrow, Roger Creager, Kevin Folwer etc) in the Texas Music Scene that he watched week in and week out.
“It was seeing the interaction between those guys and the crowd that made me want to perform and have others feel the same intense emotion as I did…and through my own music.”
Doc West worked his craft as a break from the intense curriculum to achieve his lifelong ambition as a vet. In the fall of 2006 he formed his first band. Shortly after graduating in 2011, he began working on his first EP, which was released in June 2012. That album is available under “Jose Salazar” titled “Finding Me”.
With constant practice, performing, writing and recording, change was imminent. With the help and advice of several individuals a name change was decided upon so that there was no confusion as to the genre of music he played when shipped across the state to numerous radio stations. The second EP, “Pieces” released under Doc West in the summer of 2013, features the charted radio single, “Heart of Stone”. His second charting radio single, “Dancehall Dream” came in June 2014 from his current album “Saddlin’ Up” just released this past year. Jose’s current single, “Whole Lotta Bull” has been his latest single release from the current album and is currently receiving radio-play from stations all across the region.
Doc West is integrated into the Texas Music Scene and has opened for various artists, including John Anderson, Brandon Rhyder, Casey Donahew, No Justice, Josh Abbott, and Aaron Watson amongst others.
Doc West and his band can be seen through out the state of Texas as they continue to build their fan base while writing about real life experiences that listeners can relate to. If not playing a gig in traditional venues, Doc West frequently plays benefits for cancer, veterans, animal shelters, and other charities. “It’s my way of giving back through a talent the Good Lord gave me.”