This CD of guitar driven, primarily instrumental music explores fresh approaches to funk and rock, as well as humorous takes on country, swing and blues. It has been described as experimental, but accessible. The disc features world class, ground breaking drumming from virtuoso Virgil Donati (Planet X, Steve Vai) and unbelievable bass playing provided by Ric Fierabracci (Chick Corea, Andy Summers). There's also guest appearances from Howard Levy (Bela Fleck) and Cathy Richardson. Co-produced and mixed by T.J. Helmerich, this disc is bound to satisfy fans of quality instrumental music who are in search of something new. New York guitarist Joel Hoekstra is a musician on the rise as both a consummate sideman and an innovative solo artist. Joel's CD's 'undefined' and 'The Moon is Falling' have found a strong cult following and critical acclaim. Recently, he completed his third CD '13 acoustic songs' and is currently performing with Night Ranger and rocking NYC in the hit show 'Rock of Ages'. Joel has worked on/with the following.... ARTISTS/MUSICANS (LIVE, RECORDING & WRITING): Night Ranger Scrap Metal The Turtles Big Brother and the Holding Company Eric Martin (Mr Big) Alan Parsons Martha Davis (The Motels) Mickey Thomas (Starship) Rik Emmett (Triumph) John Waite Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) Beth Hart Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple) Donnie & Johnny Van Zant Don Barnes (38 Special) Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) Gunnar and Matthew Nelson (Nelson) Jimi Jamison (Survivor) Dave Bickler (Survivor) Mark Slaughter (Slaughter) Hugh Jackman Chan Marshall (Kat Power) Constantine Maroulis (American Idol) Henry Paul (The Outlaws, Blackhawk) Ray Parker Jr. Sandra Bernhard Jim Peterik (Ides of March, Survivor) Tom Keifer (Cinderella) Kip Winger THEATRE: Rock of Ages (off-Broadway) Love, Janis (New York, San Francisco, Phoenix, Cleveland, Louisville, Cincinnati, Tucson, Sag Harbor) The Boy From Oz (Broadway) Tarzan (Broadway) La Cage Aux Folles (Broadway) It Ain't Nothin But the Blues (Tucson, Phoenix, Kansas City, Seattle, Chicago*) A Chorus Line (Broadway Cast Recording 2006) Lovely Day (off-Broadway) * nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for 'Best Musical Direction' TV: Late Night with Conan O'Brien Last Call with Carson Daly The Sandra Bernhard Experience (A&E) 20/20 (ABC) Nick Cannon (Nickolodeon) FOX Morning news (New York, Chicago, Tucson, Kansas City, Atlanta, Louisville, Cincinnati) WGN Morning News (Chicago) ABC's View From the Bay (San Francisco) The Loose Leaf Report (LA) WB Morning News (New York) The New York Today Show ABC's New Years Eve Countdown (Chicago) NBC 'Good Company' (Cleveland) UPN: Live at the Taste (Chicago) I-90 North (Chicago) NBC Morning News (Louisville) Barry Z Show (New York) Guitar Talk (Chicago) NBC's 'The Bay Area Today' (San Francisco) NBC's 'Arizona Midday' FILM: Resurrection Mary The Last Winter OTHER: Played the national anthem for a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden ENDORSEMENTS: Suhr amps & guitars Nady wireless systems Ernie Ball strings Big Bends Nut Sauce T. Miranda Pedals Dimarzio pick-ups.
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