Doc Span Blues

Doc is currently performing with his 5 piece Chicago blues band, Doc Span Blues, playing material from his 'Something for the Pain' & 'The Treatment' CDs plus tracks off the newest CD 'Live In Australia'. Players are Glen Muirhead at the keyboards, Gus Fenwick on bass, Max Sportelli on drums and Tim Gaze on guitar, with Doc on harmonica & vocal.

Read about Doc Span's CD Recordings.

Doc & Ross Williams

Doc Span has a longstanding musical connection with outstanding blues guitarist Ross Williams, and they still perform together at selected gigs. This seasoned pair of blues artists were on the road together for 11 years touring all over Australia from 1990 to 2001 and they continue to enjoy their unique musical collaboration. 


On the Road

From time to time Doc tours with Fiona Boyes & the Fortune Tellers, Blues on the Rocks (Kevin Borich, Phil Emanuel), and in NZ with the fabulous Darcy Perry Band.  A featured artist at the Caloundra Music Fesival, Blues on Broadbeach, & Woodford Folk Festival, Doc has also played the Ipswich Music Festival and the Great Southern Blues & Rockabilly Festival.

Hear Doc Live : Visit Doc's Gig Guide.

Something for the Pain


The album Something for the Pain (formerly released in Australia as Spantronics, available through MGM), and was released on September 25th 2006 through Proper Records in the UK (also under the name Something for the Pain).

This is the latest CD release for Doc Span , the American-born / Australian-based blues harmonicist and singer, and his creative partner, Somerset, UK -based multi-instrumentalist/producer, Matthew Cang .

Matthew - whose track record extends from teenage membership of the late-period Sensational Alex Harvey Band through a spell managing London's legendary JAM Studios to his current status as a highly respected soundtrack writer and producer of library music for TV and film - first encountered Doc on a visit to Queensland a few years back. Friendship with Matthew eventually resulted in creative collaboration and ‘Something For The Pain’, which was largely written and recorded on the Sunshine Coast over one summer, mainly on a laptop on Doc's back porch in the Queensland rainforest.


Gritty, lyrical, groove-laden, with roots not only in the blues, but also the indigenous music of Australia and contemporary electronica, Something For The Pain consists of 11 original compositions which flavour contemporary grooves with a pervasive blues twist, blowing boundaries at every turn: geographical, genre-wise and in terms of the experience and careers of the two musicians involved. But the union has paid dividends.

You won't hear music like it anywhere else. It's blues, Jim, but not as we know it.

Doc spent September '06 in the UK doing a few shows, promoting Something for the Pain and recording a new album with Matthew in his Somerset studios.

You can listen to a recent podcast interview from BFBS Radio 2 UK with Doc and Matthew playing selections from Something for the Pain acoustically: Raven’n’the blues

Doc will be performing with a new band, Doc Span Blues, doing live versions of the material from Something for the Pain, by Matthew Cang and Doc Span.

The Album - ‘Something For The Pain’. Released on Little Diablo Music LDM001

OUT NOW! Available from iTunes & all good music stores !


blues music instruction CD

It’s suitable for use with any instrument, but comes with a harmonica specific booklet. It was released by world-renowned music publishers Mel Bay Publications in 2002.

Go to click on books, type in Doc Span and there it is! For a review of Blues Grooves go to

Developed by the highly experienced blues team of Doc Span & Ross Williams, this CD & booklet presents 10 very cool backing tracks for you to practice blues soloing, on the instrument of your choice.  Each track is recorded twice: Once with harmonica, to give you some ideas, and once without - so you can "go off"!

Improve your timing and develop a bank of personal riffs while you experience playing along with a professional blues band. Learn new phrasing techniques. Playing along will stimulate your powers of improvisation.

Listening carefully to what each instrument is doing will help you emulate professional playing styles or just blend in, picking up rhythm patterns and playing along with your favourite melodies over the tracks. Become acquainted with different blues grooves.

It’s good fun and great practice whatever your level of proficiency! The booklet contains basic instruction on rhythm, melody, tone, harmony, tongue blocking, improvisation, positions and scales, bending notes, & more.

doc span's CD catalogue

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