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Gary Hoey

Just as alternative rock was signaling the death knell for many of the guitar shredders of the late '80s, a few instrumentalists were able to sneak in under the radar, such as Gary Hoey -- who attracted some attention via his 1993 debut, Animal Instinct. Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts Hoey was first a music fan before picking up the guitar -- following such renowned rock bands that hailed from the area (Aerosmith, J. Geils Band, Boston, etc.). It wasn't long afterward that Hoey decided to give the guitar a try, initially inspired by the usual guitar greats (especially Jimi Hendrix, whom he dug initially because of his "cool clothes"). Hoey was not entirely self-taught, however, as he would often hang around outside of Boston's renowned Berklee School of Music, make friends, and then offer to pay them for lessons. Sensing that he should devote all of his time to music, Hoey dropped out of high school and began playing Boston's local clubs, making ends meet by teaching guitar to others.

Hoey's big break appeared to come his way in 1982, when Ozzy Osbourne began looking for a replacement for his recently deceased guitarist, Randy Rhoads. Despite a series of auditions (including Hoey being asked to fly out to Los Angeles), he failed to land the gig, but in the process, he decided to relocate permanently to the West Coast. Packing up all his belongings in a U-Haul, Hoey arrived with $17,000 in his pocket (saved from his playing and teaching gigs). Years later, Hoey eventually came to the attention of manager Dave Kaplan, who helped get the guitarist's career moving forward. Although it wasn't the best of times to launch a career for a "guitar hero" in 1993 (with Nirvana and Pearl Jam being all the rage), Hoey did just that and, surprisingly, scored a sizeable MTV/radio hit with his cover of the early-'70s prog rock gem "Hocus Pocus" by the Netherlands-based group Focus. The album it was taken from, Animal Instinct, also featured contributions from a few notable names of '80s hard rock -- bassist Tony Franklin (ex-Firm), keyboardist Claude Schnell (ex-Dio), and drummer Frankie Banali (ex-Quiet Riot).

Hoey never managed to scale the same heights again commercially, but it didn't prevent him from carving a niche for himself, as his albums got progressively more surf-based and rootsy. A friendship with surf guitar great Dick Dale soon blossomed, with Dale going as far as declaring Hoey as one of his all-time favorite players, alongside the likes of Eric Clapton, B.B. King, and Andrés Segovia (in Guitar Player magazine), which led to the two working together. The two talented guitarists went toe to toe on a remake of "Miserlou" (titled "Miserlou '97") for the 1997 benefit album M.O.M., Vol. 2: Music for Our Mother Ocean, which also saw Hoey produce and play on another track for the collection, "V-12 Cadillac," by a then still unknown Jewel.

Hoey continued to issue solo albums on a regular basis (including a series of Christmas-themed releases), regular guested on several nationally syndicated radio shows (Mancow, Mark & Brian, etc.). He's worked with various musical instrument and electronics companies creating his own signature gear for retail. In 2006, Hoey released American Made on Surfdog Records. Over the next decade, he worked constantly, touring regularly -- including seasonal sorties under his Ho! Ho! Hoey umbrella -- contributing music to film and TV, and recording steadily. Beginning with 2013's Boxcar Blues, he started to move toward blues music, a route he continued to pursue on 2016's Dust & Bones. ~ Greg Prato
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Selected Discography

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Track List: American Made

1. Shed My Skin

2. Lunatic Fringe

3. Reaction

4. Psychedelic Psycho

5. Fly On The Wall

6. American Made

7. Welcome To My World

8. Gonzo Guru

9. Fades Away

10. Truth

11. Tribal Mania

12. The Deep

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Track List: Monster Surf

1. Pipeline

2. Hawaii Five-O

3. California Dreamin'

4. Fun, Fun, Fun

5. Peter Gunn

6. Surfin' USA

7. Walk Don't Run

8. Penetration

9. Baja

10. Gone Surfin'

11. Misirlou (feat. Dick Dale)

12. Wipe Out

13. Grog Stomp

14. Namotu Moon

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Track List: Wake Up Call

1. Frankenstein

2. It Don't Mean Nothin'

3. Electric Karma

4. Wake Up Call

5. Surf Alert

6. Last Good Nerve

7. Magic Ride

8. Big Step Back

9. Train Wreck

10. Devil's On The Phone

11. Fillmore Blues

12. Low Rider

13. Linus And Lucy

14. Drive

15. Hocus Pocus

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Track List: The Best Of Gary Hoey

1. Low Rider

2. Drive

3. Hocus Pocus

4. Wipeout

5. Peace Pipe

6. Desire

7. Linus And Lucy

8. Bula Brain

9. Money

10. Blast

11. Misirlou

12. Gone Surfin

13. Bug Alley

14. High Top Bop

15. The Deep

16. Frankenstein

17. Rocky Mountain Way

18. Padres Song

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Track List: Animal Instinct

1. Mass Hysteria

2. Animal Instinct

3. Hocus Pocus

4. Bert's Lounge

5. Texas Son

6. Deep South Cafe

7. Motown Fever

8. Fade to Blue

9. Drive

10. Jamie

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Track List: Deja Blues

1. Boss You Around

2. Boot Mill Blues

3. Almost Over You

4. Going Down

5. She's Walking

6. Stranger

7. Born Under A Bad Sign

8. Got To Believe

9. Deja Blues

10. Hold Your Head Up High

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Track List: Dust & Bones (Deluxe Edition)

1. Boxcar Blues

2. Who's Your Daddy

3. Born To Love You

4. Dust & Bones

5. Steamroller (Tribute To Johnny Winter)

6. Coming Home (Feat. Lita Ford)

7. Ghost Of Yesterday

8. This Time Tomorrow

9. Back Up Against The Wall

10. Blind Faith

11. Soul Surfer

12. Boston Strong

13. Amazing Grace

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Track List: Utopia

1. Utopia

2. Walk Away

3. Reminds Me Of You

4. Inevitable

5. Something's Going On

6. Only Human

7. You're Killing Me

8. Barn Burner

9. If I Knew Then

10. Simplify

11. Big Cactus

12. Bonzai Island

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michael--and r e w s
I never heard this version of 'California Dreamin'. Great song, great melody, great version. His version of 'Hocus Pocus' is cool, but try and dig up the original, unedited, version by Focus. Hard to top that.
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Great guitarist
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Great remake @ version of Rocky Mountain Way. By Gary Joey. I like it! It rocks! Great Boogie Woogie Blues. Rock on!
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Saw Joe Satriani and wanted to hear Linus and Lucy after the show. Gary Hoey is a great guitarist.
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rpweber71
Hoey's covers are brilliant. His singing not so much.
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Listening to "Bula Brain", I realized that there are chords and riffs strikingly close to Alan Parson Project's "Turn of a Friendly Card". Both great songs!
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Gary Hoey who is this guy awesome Guitar player big fan now
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Wish he would make a trip to Minnesota.
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Just saw him last night at Ho Ho Hoey his x-mss show. AWESOME. Oh, and he got a record contract. New album drops in May/June 2016. Look for Ghost of Yesterday on it. He played it last night. It will blow your mind!
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najafam3
Amazing. He can take a good thing and make it AWESOME
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Great and amazing guitarist. Love his incredible shreds.
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Linus and Lucy was sounding familiar. I'm like, Where do I know this from? And, then it hit me. Definitely entertaining !
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rccmsd
What?
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Sigi padayon
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Love his take on diff sounds he makes it his own and that's not easy nowadays. Ten bears running.
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Holy s**t this mf rocks Keep on jamming Gary. The rock gods commend u.
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Check out quientin Sullivan
Electric blues he's 16 years old
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Been in omaha 20 years . Grew up w/tommy bolin, M.L.Firkin!! ! In Soo City, his bro, pug used to werk 4 me , BOLINS ALLEY!!!
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Gary is the MAN
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Whoever said this guy is a hack need to GET THEIR DAMN EARS CHECKED. He's one of the most underrated guitarist out there. Nobody tears up the classics quite like Gary.....pri m e example " HOCUS POCUS.
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great to see live, excellent concert
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ed.beard2
Sounds Like the same 80s stuff. Not as original as the bio says. Also many soloist made it in the 90s such as Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang
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The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
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tnyavena
Failed to mention his short stint in a band called Heavy Bones
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he, along with Jr. Brown, is one of the guitar Giants.. very sweet 6 string sound.
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Jaymoon1976 i totaly agree with you brother gary hoey is a six string wizzzzzard and jaymoon you have great tast in guitar riffs and if any one questions this post then just listen to the remix low rider
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like him ...blueezy bottom sound. but edgy...very nice
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He is boring. First time I heard a song by him here I could anticipate the next few notes before he even played them. Technically talented, but not a composer.
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The guy who said Gary Hoey is a hack ! Man you need to listen to some of his other stuff the guy is a guitar pickin genius and you obviously haven't got a clue what a good guitarist should sound like he is one of the top ten guitar players of all time along with Bonamassa ,Via,and satriani and dare I say Hendricks ,Rhodes , dimebag Darrell ! Get a clue if your gonna flap them lips son!!
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Aloha!

WARNING: My 1st Comment Written via Pandora - (truthfully, didn't know comments available to write and/or read...)

Here it goes...
I'm a 3rd Generation Huntington Beach, CA local (AKA: Surf City USA)...

And Gary Hoey possesses an amazingly unique talent; the sheer ability to audibly capture the beach/ocean- l i f e vibe, which living in HB, I've heard it all, but have always preferred his stuff music most.
Luckily, with my family sharing their vast range of the "good, chill, kickback" Su
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linus and lucy .....and leather....
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I wouldn't ever say that this guy is a hack - I like him - but he's clearly not on the same level as Vai and Satch. I just saw Steve Vai two nights ago and if you had been there you would never say that his playing has no soul. Have you even heard Tender Surrender or For the Love of God?
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I cannot believe a comment posted below saying this guy is a hack. What? I suppose he would recommend Satriani or Vai over Hoey...In my experience as a guitarist and a fan, I have realized that the technicians like Vai & Satriani who have studied music theory endlessly fall short. They have no soul. Sterile. Robot-like. Have you ever noticed that most of the timeless endeared guitar gods never had a lesson in their lives?
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9/10 times, I love it when this guy's work shows up on one of my many shred stations. As has been said, he doesn't show off the most technical skill, or whammy things about like that wonderful madman Vai, but his riffs are always SO catchy, for lack of a better word. There is clearly that classic rock influence, which I just love. Good stuff, I gotta say.
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I got to know his stuff from the movie soundtrack Endless Summer 2 Surfing movie.
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kvons1
Gary Hoey----Lowe l l , Mass. from my (original) neck of the woods. Great guitarist!
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Wow, I don't know how this guy escaped my attention all these years! Good for him for sticking to his classic rock roots in the modern rock era. I was a classic rock musician who didn't even start joining bands until the mid-90s. Too late by then!
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1st time hearing him, he shreds, has a great sense of humor, chops are 'caffeine' hack fun! Want to hear more!
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1st time sounds good to me.
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Gary's playing is accessible to a very wide audience. Sure, he may not shred as fast or technically as others in the instrumental genre, but his melodies tend to have a catchier feel. As many others have noted, Gary is very gracious of his fan-base; he stayed after a live show I attended, spoke to fans, and provided autographs without hesitation.
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Seen Gary in June. Great show and a great band. The band come out after the show, got to talk with them and Gary. Love the new cd. Truely a guitar god!
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1 of rocks great guitarst and 1 really nice guy went on a cruse with his band all good people and they rock n rolled that ship
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tincrown
A guitarist I sometimes play with recommended Gary. I can see why. Also dig the cool fretless bass laying down the groove.
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Love all of his stuff including his Christmas CDs, Great music!!
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cool dude, although i like steve vai & satriani's style better.
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sccytogal
Great stuff...righ t from the heart! He is def in the top Luthier Echelon!!! Great Live sound!!!
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great great great whay else can be said
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killer job on this one
:o)
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I LIKE HIS STYLE!
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khloedog17
We have seen Gary live several times and he never fails to give a great show. Love his music.
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