Ratings and Reviews
Metal Fan from Chicago
Great listen. I liked the mix of vocal between the different singers, but you have to admit this is some great guitar playing. You can see why this guy has been part of some of the best bands from TS to Whitesnake. Great job Joel!!!!
True rock talent, it does not get any better!
Give me good music !
The best rock album of the year!
Strong songs & excellent musicianship
Joel has put together an amazing album that has both heavy and light moments, great songs, with amazing musicianship. The more you listen, the more you will enjoy this release. One of my favorite albums of the last 10 years! Joel's hooks are very catchy and remind me of the hey day of classic rock, but this release has a very modern sound and structure. Creating a very fun album with many layers that makes every listen of the album an even more enjoyable experience.
About Joel Hoekstra’s 13
A prolific and genre-defying guitar player in the vein of six-string virtuosos like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Nuno Bettencourt, Chicago-born, New York City-based Joel Hoekstra is one of the hardest working players on the hard rock circuit. An in-demand session musician and touring member of Night Ranger, Whitesnake, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Hoekstra has also appeared on Broadway with the hit musical Rock of Ages (he made a cameo appearance in the big screen version as well). Hoekstra issued his debut instrumental solo album, Undefined, in 2000, followed in 2003 by the jazz fusion-driven The Moon Is Falling and the artful 13 Acoustic Songs in 2007. In 2014 he formed the largely instrumental, melodic hard rock side project Joel Hoekstra's 13, which featured an all-star cast of hard rock heavies including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards). The project's debut album, Dying to Live, was released via Frontiers Records the following year.
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