Joel first picked up the guitar at the age of four, having been brought up on Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and such, he spent the majority of his teenage years tracing their influences, leading him to Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and BB King, where his love of Blues guitar developed.
As co-founder of LaVendore Rogue, the baby of genre-defying Alt-Blues act Hokie Joint, Joel has appeared on the same bill as Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, Jamie Cullum, Moby and ZZ Top.
Hokie Joint’s second album, “The Music Starts To Play” reached number 2 in the Amazon Blues charts just days after its release.
His hard work with Hokie Joint, LaVendore Rogue and Tim Aves’ Wolfpack saw him nominated for “Guitarist of the year” in the British Blues awards in 2012 and 2013, and winner of Digital Blues’ “Favourite Guitarist” in 2009.
LaVendore Rogue’s new EP, “What’s The Meaning Of…” is available on iTunes and Amazon and has already seen the band embark on a tour of The Netherlands.
His hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed, as he finds himself as an endorsee of both Hofner Guitars and Rotosound Strings.