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JOEL HONEA | LEAD GUITAR, VOCALS
Joel joined ESCAPE in September 2009. Originally from Garland, TX, he began dabbling on guitar very early on, but started taking it seriously when he was 11, at which time he also began playing violin. Violin went by the wayside at the end of 9th grade in favor of concentrating on the more "cool" instrument. He has played with various bands in Dallas/Fort Worth, Seattle, and Salt Lake City, and also teaches guitar lessons.
Joel credits Elton John as the biggest reason he has loved music all his life. It seems that all of his favorite guitarists are named either Steve, Mike, or some spelling of "Jimmy"...but somehow a Neal slipped in there as well... Actually, there are WAY too many to name. He also immensely enjoys listening to the skills of great drummers...a live music highlight for him was getting to see Buddy Rich at a small club in Dallas shortly before BR's death. When he's not doing music, Joel works as the Production Manager in the Emergency Cardiovascular Care group at the American Heart Association in Dallas. He also speaks fluent Spanish, enjoys reading, just about anything outdoors, good food (making it AND eating it!), good movies, and most of all, his kids.
With ESCAPE Joel uses Ibanez guitars with MESA/Boogie and Line 6 amps and effects.