Doug Hoekstra is a Chicago-bred, Nashville-based writer, educated at DePaul (B.A.) and Belmont (M.Ed.) respectively.   His first book, “Bothering the Coffee Drinkers,” appeared on the Canopic Publishing (TN) imprint in April 2006 and earned an Independent Publisher Award (IPPY) for Best Short Fiction (Bronze Medal). ·  As Paste Magazine noted,  “Music runs like a liquid vein through these 80-proof experiences. Hoekstra pours it out with a Dylan-esque fervor, giving us a sputtering catalog of beauties and terrors…” Several of the selections in the book appeared in other publications, and one story, “The Blarney Stone” was nominated for a 2006 Pushcart Prize.   A second book of Hoekstra prose, The Tenth Inning, was released independently in 2015 and his first book of poetry, Unopened, was released in early 2019.

Hoekstra’s literary work has also appeared in the following online and print journals:: 20Twenty Journal, Ambush Review, Arctic Tusk, Baseball Bard, Better than Starbuks, The Big Muddy, The Big Windows Review, Bouillabaisse, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Broke Bohemian, The Canopic Jar, Deep South Magazine, Dirty Chai, Door is Ajar Magazine, Edify Fiction, Elysian Fields QuarterlyEpiphany, Flying Shoes (U.K), Feminine Collective, Fifty Word Stories, Friday Flash Fiction, Gambling the Aisle, Hobart Pulp, Ink 19, In Layman’s Terms, Juke Jar, The Maverick Press, The Minneapolis Review of Baseball, On the Tracks, The Palo Alto Review, Paste Magazine, Pure Music, Right Hand Pointing, Second Hand Stories (w/podcast), Si Senor, Southern Hum,  Spitball, Stories About Ticket Stubs, Sugar Mule, Twenty20, Threshold (DePaul University),  Trampset, Two Cities Review.

Hoekstra’s instantly recognizable musical persona and deep talent for songcraft have also garnered years of praise from critics, djs, and fans throughout the United States and Europe.  His  gentle baritone anchors his music, setting sympathetic narratives against a backdrop of memorable melodies, wry rhythms, and subtle but unexpected arrangement touches.  “A lot of people write songs, Hoekstra writes five minute worlds” (Wired Magazine) or “Americana’s answer to Oscar Wilde…mesmerizing both musically and lyrically” (Americana-UK).  Take your pick.

Throughout the journey, Hoekstra has released wrote, arranged, recorded, and released nine CDs of original material on labels on both sides of the pond, touring most of the continental U.S., as well as six European countries, performing at bookstores, coffeehouses, clubs, libraries, pubs, festivals, and castles, solo and with band in tow.  Highlights included Nashville Music Award and Independent Music Award nominations, lots of Top 10 lists,  cool live radio (as a regular on Acoustic Cafe, World Cafe, BBC England and Scotland) and many groovy times.

New music is also slated for 2019, stay tuned.

Hoekstra Discography – Full Length
Blooming Roses (WingDing Records, U.S. Folkwit UK, February 2008)
Su Casa Mi Casa (the Official Live Bootleg) (Headroom UK & US)
Six Songs (Wing Ding Records EP)
Waiting (Paste US, June 2003/Headroom UK, Feb. 2004)
The Past is Never Past (Inbetweens Europe)
Around the Margins  (Inbetweens Europe & US, March)
Make Me Believe  (Round Tower UK)
Rickety Stairs (Back Porch)
When the Tubes Begin to Glow  (Back Porch)

Hoekstra Discography – EPs, Compilations
Sound Asleep/Hit the Hay  (“Camden Town,”  Sweden 2005)
Americana-UK (“The Bottomless Pit,” UK)
Comes With a Smile  (“Because She Loves Him,”  UK)
Acuarela Songs (“Watercolor Rose,”  Spain)
Doug Hoekstra Combo Live at Sal’s  (Hinah,  France)
Comes With a Smile ( “If the World Was Blind,”  UK)
Songwriter: a contemporary collection (“Cottonwood Tree”  /“Slipping Through the Cracks,” XIII Bis Records, France)

Doug lives in the Music City in a ranch house with his son Jude,  who he is always extremely proud of and without whom, none of this matters.

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4 Responses to About

  1. Doug Hoekstra:

    I have carried your song “Dark Side of a Pearl” with me for many years. There is something about the blend of your voice with Amelia White’s voice that haunts me. I am switching from CD’s to digital music and was thrilled to find the song on Amazon Prime Music – but bummed to find the track (and most others it seems on Waiting) is marred by scratches – so strange. Is there anything you can do to repair the track for listeners or would I need to contact Amazon? I’d love to add to mixes for my cafe – but cannot with current “scratches.”

    Thanks Much,
    DeWayne Lumpkin

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