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Joel Hoekstra's 13 - "Hard To Say Goodbye" (audio)

Ο Joel Hoekstra μας έρχεται από την Αμερική (ΗΠΑ). Πενηντάχρονος κιθαρίστας, τον οποίο μάθαμε από την συμμετοχή του στους Whitesnake (από το 2014 και μετά), ενώ περιοδεύει και με τους Trans-Siberian Orchestra και με την Cher. Παιδί "κλασικών" μουσικών ο Joel ξεκίνησε το μουσικό του ταξίδι με τσέλο και πιάνο, αλλά μόλις άκουσε τον Angus Young (των AC/DC) καταστάλαξε ως προς το δικό του μονοπάτι.

Έχει συμμετάσχει σε πλειάδα δίσκων (Whitesnake, Jeff Scott Soto, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger, Michael Sweet, Jack Blades κλπ), έχει κυκλοφορήσει τρία solo albums, ενώ "τρέχει" και το προσωπικό του σχήμα, τους Joel Hoekstra's 13. Το ντεμπούτο των Joel Hoekstra's 13 ("Dying to Live") κυκλοφόρησε προ πενταετίας και ο διάδοχός του, "Running Games", αναμένεται τον Φεβρουάριο του νέου έτους.

Μαζί του μία πλειάδα εξαιρετικών και πολύ έμπειρων μουσικών όπως η φωνή των Symphony X, Russell Allen και οι Jeff Scott Soto (backing vocals), Vinny Appice (τύμπανα), Derek Sherinian (πλήκτρα), Tony Franklin (μπάσο) κλπ.

Δελτίο τύπου: «Joel Hoekstra, best known to rock fans as the current guitarist for Whitesnake and Trans-Siberian Orchestra (and also known for his work with Night Ranger and the Broadway show Rock of Ages), returns with his 2nd album, 'Running Games’ from his electrifying solo project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13 on February 12, 2021.

Joined by Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), Joel and company pick up where his debut, 'Dying To Live' left off. Hoekstra once again handles the bulk of the creative process, overseeing production, songwriting and arranging (music and lyrics), and crafting his vision for this powerful hard rock gem.

Add Chris Collier’s masterful mixing and the result is ‘70s/’80s classic hard rock with 2020’s muscle. As with the debut, 'Running Games' features an all-star cast of musicians including none other than Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards).

The amazing Jeff Scott Soto also lends a helping hand with background vocals. Like 'Dying to Live', 'Running Games' can be described as Dio’ish at it’s heaviest, but also is influenced by the blues-based sound of Whitesnake as well as melodic bands like Foreigner, Journey.

On ‘Running Games’, lyrically Joel focuses on escaping problems both past and present by providing playful, imaginary, and serious takes on the situations. Long hailed for his fiery, tasteful guitar playing, Hoekstra’s playing here raises the bar to a new level. Look out for 'Running Games' on February 12, 2021!»

Joel Hoekstra: «Years ago, I released three solo albums that were mainly instrumental guitar music. With Joel Hoekstra's 13, I have started to work on something that showcases my production, writing, and playing in the genre that I'm known for, which is melodic hard rock. ‘Hard to Say Goodbye’ definitely represents the more melodic sound of the album, but rock fans can also look forward to some aggressive tracks.» 

Ο δίσκος των Joel Hoekstra's 13 "Running Games"
Band: Joel Hoekstra's 13
Audio: "Hard To Say Goodbye"
Album: "Running Games"
Release Date: February 12th, 2021
Label: Frontiers Records

Track listing:
01. Finish Line
02. I’m Gonna Lose It
03. Hard To Say Goodbye
04. How Do You
05. Heart Attack
06. Fantasy
07. Lonely Days
08. Reach The Sky
09. Cried Enough For You
10. Take What’s Mine
11. Running Games
12. Lay Down Your Love (Bonus Track - Digital)

Line-up:
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake/Trans-Siberian Orchestra) - Guitars
Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) - Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath, DIO) - Drums
Tony Franklin (ex-The Firm, Blue Murder) - Bass
Derek Sherinian (Sons Of Apollo, Dream Theater, Black Country Communion) - Keyboards
Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Appollo, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) - Backing Vocals

Special Guests:
Lenny Castro (TOTO) - percussion
Chloe Lowery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) - backing vocals
Dave Eggar (Evanescence, Coldplay) - cello
Katie Kresek (Adele, Five For Fighting) - violin, viola

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