Last in Line at Record Store Day 2017: A Triumphant Tale

Last in Line at Record Store Day 2017: A Triumphant Tale

  This is a first. I don’t queue up for stuff often, unless beer’s involved. This Record Store Day however, I’ve got the fever. Doing due diligence the day before, I determine that The Sound Garden, Baltimore’s finest record store, would be the sage bet. As I called around, most stores were helpful with information. […]

A Q&A with Hard Rock Guitarist Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake, Night Ranger, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and More

A Q&A with Hard Rock Guitarist Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake, Night Ranger, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and More

Rock Cellar correspondent David Peers recently caught up with NYC guitarist Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Night Ranger, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) for a career-spanning chat about inspiration, guitar and a lot more. Rock Cellar Magazine: I was in Florida last April. Went to this thing called Rockfest 80’s. Walking up, I hear Nelson playing. I’m like, OK, Nelson, these […]

Talkin’ Endurance and ‘Psychic Warfare’ with Clutch Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster

Talkin’ Endurance and ‘Psychic Warfare’ with Clutch Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster

I’m from Maryland. So is Clutch. Shamefully, I boarded the Clutch bandwagon WAY late, even after years of hearing their name bandied about by the heavier rock fans in my musical circle. While I was busy learning Cinderella covers to play at strip-mall menu venues, Clutch was doing things in a dogged, determined fashion, always […]

Rockfest 80’s Review: A Fittingly Nostalgic Affair in Florida

Rockfest 80’s Review: A Fittingly Nostalgic Affair in Florida

Try to follow along. The Nelson brothers were there. Hey! It’s Joel Hoekstra on guitar! He’s in Whitesnake now, used to be in Night Ranger. They play later on. But between now and then, it’s John Waite, with his sometimes guitarist, Kerri Kelli. Kerri took Joel’s place in Night Ranger. Winger was there. Hey! It’s […]

Pop Culture Laughs With, Not At, Foghat

Pop Culture Laughs With, Not At, Foghat

At some point, sometime in the nineties, Foghat became a punch line. It may have been Will Ferrell that used the band’s name as a representation of a weathered, old band that your crazy uncle from Wisconsin still worships. Aside from being the first “boogie-rock super group,” as no less than Stephen Colbert refers to […]