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Woodbury grad releases second album, heads to Alaska for tour

A self-taught musician with a passion for songwriting and composing has released his second album and is getting ready to tour the country.

Joel Kachel, a 2005 Woodbury High School graduate celebrated the release of "Sounds of Crow" last Wednesday before heading to Alaska on Sunday.

The acoustic sounds of "Sounds of Crow" took more than two years to release, but the singer/songwriter/guitarist said he wanted to make sure nothing less than extraordinary gets out there for listeners to enjoy.

"I'm making this music up on the spot," he said, adding, "It's not that I'm the most amazing guitar player" but he's someone with a unique voice and songwriting abilities.

The 24-year-old described his voice as having a little "spice" to it, similar to John Mayer and Jason Mraz.

"Sounds of Crow" features three songs. The first song is "Tennis Shoes and Diamond Rings," a song named after his first album.

"I didn't want to just release anything ... I didn't want it to be good, I wanted it to be great."

He added that he only chose those three songs so they're recognizable enough - he was going for quality, not quantity.

"I can push these three songs really hard core," Kachel said.

He also wanted to bridge back to his first album with song No. 1"Tennis Shoes and Diamond Rings" named after his first CD.

"To get people to continue to buy my last CD so it's not forgotten," Kachel said.

The album was produced by world renowned guitar player David Becker who's worked with numerous well-known artists in the past. He currently lives in Germany and was in town for a few days to record Kachel's album in a short period of time.

In a Minneapolis studio, the process was "hard core, like back in the day studio recording," Kachel said, explaining that it was a three-day venture that began each day at 9 a.m. and ended at 2 a.m. the following morning.

Before heading to Alaska for a two-week tour, Kachel also finished recording a music video with friend and fellow Woodbury High School graduate Joey Carlini who shot parts of the "Crow" video right in the heart of Woodbury.

"I'm more than ever so happy with the way it turned out," he said.

In addition to playing music since high school, Kachel said the traveling aspect of the job, the fear of the unknown and meeting new people all over the place, keeps him going.

"I think that's what keeps me so alive is the adrenaline you get from that," he added. "Music is an excuse to travel. Not many people get to go to Alaska every year."

After returning from Alaska he'll have another two-week tour around Chicago, Indianapolis, Nashville, Tenn. and Louisville, Ken., along with other smaller cities.

Kachel's songs can be purchased on iTunes, at, or at

Kachel is already working up a theme for his next album: a west coast, beachy, Hawaiian style one.

"It's always going to be me, but I would like for the albums to be different."

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.