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"), will release his second album, "Running Games", from his electrifying solo project JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 on February 12. 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. The official music video for the disc's second single, "Finish Line", can be seen below.
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 2020s muscle. The amazing Jeff Scott Soto also lends a helping hand with background vocals.
Says Joel: "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."
Like "Dying to Live", "Running Games" can be described as "DIO-ish at its heaviest," but is also influenced by the blues-based sound of WHITESNAKE as well as melodic bands like FOREIGNER, JOURNEY and the like. Hoekstra says: "'Hard to Say Goodbye' definitely represents the more melodic sound of the album, but rock fans can also look forward to some aggressive tracks."
On "Running Games", lyrically Joel focuses on escaping problems both past and present by providing playful, imaginary, and serious takes on the situations.
01. Finish Line
02. I'm Gonna Lose It
03. Hard To Say Goodbye
04. How Do You
05. Heart Attack
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)
* 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
* Lenny Castro (TOTO) - percussion
* Chloe Lowery (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) - backing vocals
* Dave Eggar (EVANESCENCE, COLDPLAY) - cello
* Katie Kresek (Adele, Five For Fighting) - violin, viola