- Artist: Doc Heide and the Pills
- Format: CD
- Release Date:10/4/2005
Since the release of 'Peaceful Kingdom' in 2005, it has garnered critical praise. At least two critics have compared it to the work of Bob Dylan (hammonline.com and the Belgian music review site keysandchords.com). Warren Gerds of the Green Bay Press-Gazette called it 'literate and thoughtful...a rare rock album indeed.' Ed Huyck of the Door County Advocate named it one of 2005's top CD's. Other critics have heard influences on the CD's musical style from artists as diverse as the Allmann Brothers and Warren Zevon. The CD is focused on existential and transcendental themes. The songs range from exploration of near-death experience ('Sweet Peace') to a tale of Death taunting a cowboy ('Hell That I Know') to examinations of the political implications of spirituality ('Where Angels Fly' and the title cut). The Pills include bass player Paul Sowinski and drummer Pat Judy (of the hard-driving R&B band 'Big Mouth'), vocalist Andy Ratliff, and lead guitarist Eric Lewis. Eric won the Best String Player Award in 2003 from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) in Memphis. Doc and Eric have worked together for years through American Folklore Theatre (AFT), which Doc co-founded on Wisconsin's popular Door Peninsula vacation area in 1990. 'Money' Magazine recently described AFT as 'one of the top regional theatres in the country.' Doc is co-author of some 15 shows, including the world's first sci-fi football musical, 'Packer Fans from Outer Space', which he wrote with James Kaplan and Lee Becker. The show has been produced by 6 theatres and used as a text at Northwestern University. Doc is a summa cum laude graduate from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay and holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Pennsylvania State University. For decades he has carried on a double life. During the school year he teaches doctoral students at the San Francisco campus of Alliant International University. Then during summers, he performs music and theatre in Wisconsin. As a performer, Doc has been a New Folk Finalist at Kerrville Folk Festival and has backed up folk legend Tom Paxton. In 2005 he was named one of the top actors in the Door Peninsula by 'Door Voice' Magazine. As a psychologist, he has won teaching awards as well as the Outstanding Research Contribution Award from the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (AABT). Lately he has also taught expert nonverbal behavior skills to psychiatrists through the Medical College of Wisconsin. 'Peaceful Kingdom' is a substantial departure from Doc's previous folk album, 'Lessons I Learned From The Moon', which has been described as 'a pristine work graced by extraordinary guest instrumentalists' (Mitch Ritter, 'Dirty Linen' Magazine). 'This one is a bit less pristine,' laughs Doc. 'But it continues that album's interest in the really big questions, which have always been the ones I find most intriguing.'