Joel Hoekstra | 13 Acoustic Songs

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13 Acoustic Songs

by Joel Hoekstra

An acoustic guitar record with an emphasis on melody and arrangement rather than solos and technique.
Genre: Pop: Delicate
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Twigs
3:21 album only
2. Open, says G.
3:00 album only
3. Great minds
3:14 album only
4. Late Night Magic
3:58 album only
5. Almond Brook
3:11 album only
6. Pa & Boy
1:28 album only
7. Northlight
3:02 album only
8. Union
4:25 album only
9. 3 Trees
2:47 album only
10. Give Anything
3:12 album only
11. Prog Z80
3:44 album only
12. Nepal
3:26 album only
13. Mellow
3:55 album only


Album Notes
Joel Hoekstra '13 acoustic songs' is an acoustic guitar record with an emphasis on melody and arrangement rather than solos and technique. Joel doesn't try to wow you with his playing on this one. He just gives you 13 good songs.

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....

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

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'

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'

Resurrection Mary
The Last Winter

Played the national anthem for a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden

Suhr amps & guitars
Nady wireless systems
Ernie Ball strings
Big Bends Nut Sauce
T. Miranda Pedals
Dimarzio pick-ups



to write a review

Bill Knitter

13 Acoustic Songs
Guitar genius Joel Hoekstra's New CD 13 Acoustic Songs not only reveals his extraordinary talent as a musician but also his creative ability as a composer as well. From the upbeat country bluegrass sound of "Pa and Boy" to the alluring hypnotic rythym of "Nepal" this album is a distinct diversion from your usual FM radio repetition.
If you're looking for a refreshing break from your daily routine this CD is sure to relax your mind and lift your spirit.


13 acoustic songs
I am a new fan of Joel's. This CD is the best I have heard in a very long time. He has brilliant creative ability as a composer. My favorite on this CD is "Twigs". He has a range of emotion on this CD that is just breath taking. I hope to hear more of this extraordinary technique on future CD's from this talented man.



Gifted Guitarist
Simply stated this is a collection of astonishingly beautiful music by a gifted guitarist and composer. If you appreciate the guitar, give a listen...

Laurie York

Joel Hoekstra, is a master guitarist and composer who makes it all sound so easy. There's an humble lack of ego to this collection of fine tunes - just pure delight as Joel plays these soul-opening, spirit-filled original tunes. I'm a filmmaker and I've been delighted to work with Joel and license music from this remarkable CD for a current film production. These seemingly "effortless" songs are filled with joy, depth, and painterly imagery and emotion. Buy this outstanding CD today. If you're like me, you'll want to listen to "13 Acoustic Songs" over and over again...

MJ Brady, Proggnosis

13 acoustic songs
Being a big fan of Joel Hoekstra's previous recordings (The Moon is Falling / Undefined), I always look forward to hearing what he is going to do next. His penchant for creating progressive minded fusion rock, metal, etc makes for highly entertaining musical enjoyment, hints of humor, and stellar playng are mainstays in Joel's repertoire, so his touch is as good as gold in my personal opinion.

Joel presented this cd to me with a preliminary forewarning, that being, the fact that this particular cd was an acoustical adventure, a departure from his previous releases, which considering my taste for his other music meant I was going to be opening my hearing to the idea that Joel was not going to be ripping leads, while having Donati and Fierabracci creating radically odd time signatures behind him. Yet, I am no stranger to acoustical music, having enjoyed the company of some of the greats such as Kottke, Hedges, Degrassi, Finger, Steidl, Legg. So it was with keen interest that I attentively listened to this cd for the first time. Well much to my surprise, or maybe I was so surprised, Joel's acoustic songs are far more introspective and contemplative than I imagined, so much so, that I have a new appreciation for his versatility as an all-around guitarist.

The cd is comprised of 13 Acoustic songs, (duh), and each song is fairly short, yet the disc plays through quite nicely from start to finish. I really feel that his work on the acoustic is far more tasteful than that of most solo acoustic artists that I hear. This is not a showy, flatpicking type of music that one would hear from Kottke, or Tommy Emmanuel. But features songs that are very dramatic, melodic and heartfelt. I am not sure if Joel is a Phil Keaggy fan, but man do I hear a similar vibe to some of Phils' best work on this cd by Joel.

Looking back to my Keaggy collection, his excellent Beyond Nature recording sure comes to mind while I listen to this cd. Joel has that same touch on acoustic, each song is able to portray mental images beyond the well planned notations, phrasings and his graceful approach to songcrafting. I would place this style of music in a very unique category, being that it is not that of folk, rock, country, flatpicking, or the more accepted acoustical guitar offerings. It is a variety of styles and moods that are very relaxing to kick back and drift away to.

Joel now has two facets of his musical output to work from, the fusion/prog maestro, and now this masterful presentation of songs in the contemplative/acoustic mode. Both sides are pure bliss to my tastes, and Joel proves that it's better to let the music you love be the reasons to create, rather than following a formula for fan appeal. This is a sincere and high quality offering of music that is easy on the ears and mind. Give it a taste at his myspace, linked here.

MJ Brady, Proggnosis

Kirk Albrecht

13 acoustic songs
Joel Hoekstra "13 Acoustic Songs," 2007 Joel Hoekstra doesn't try to do a solo thing on "13 Acoustic Songs," instead going for an ensemble feel with layers of bass, percussion, keyboards, and even cello and accordion. This is Hoekstra's third CD, and the songs are all nice melodies with some fine accents. His list of credits is substantial, so he's developed some good ears that inform his playing and arrangements, even though he's known more as an electric guitarist. "Open, says G." is a delightful gem that twists enough to keep your attention. "Late Night Magic" features a simple melody (all the songs are really accessible, with little in the way of speed), aided by Tim Lefebvre's fretless bass work. "Almond Brook" is a rolling folk song with overlayed harmony lines to accent the melody. "3 Trees" has images of James Taylor's better songs -- catchy, clean, with the right guitar parts in place. "Nepal" pushes a few more exotic aural boundaries, and features more prominent percussion to help drive the chordal background. These are solid, well-constructed songs played with skill and some fine arranging. A good acoustic outing for Mr. Hoekstra. © Kirk Albrecht,