Big Hoke to Play Lakewood Public Library

July 5, 2024

Lakewood Public LibraryBig Hoke is excited to announce that they will be performing a FREE concert at Lakewood Public Library on July, 5, 2024 at 7pm.




Big Hoke Plays “Burn On” LIVE at Brite Winter ’24

Big Hoke Releases little ep

listen to, and buy tracks on bandcamp

Big Hoke little ep Album CoverBig Hoke just released, “little ep,” a three song ep now available on bandcamp.  Big Hoke  will also be playing The Saddest Happy Hour in Cleveland every 2nd Friday of the month at Forest City Brewery, and will play a Last Waltz tribute set with a full band on Nov, 11, 2022, also at Forest City Brewery.  See our Event Calendar for details.

Big Hoke Interview & Video Premiere for "Bill Murray" in Glide Magazine

May 23, 2022 - Glide Magazine

Big Hoke frontman Justin Gorski recently sat for an interview with Glide Magazine (excerpt and link to the full article below).  Along with the write-up, Glide also premiered a video for “Bill Murray,” the fourth track off Big Hoke’s upcoming album, People, set to be released on June 24, 2022.

“Hatched in Cleveland, Ohio, Big Hoke delivers horn infused, original Americana and Roots/Rock/Revivalism. Elements of New Orleans Jazz, early Rock n’ Roll, and a Singer/Songwriter mentality make this 12 piece band unstoppable. Justin Gorski (pictured) leads his team of professional players from the Cleveland area with his song writing, arranging, vocals and piano playing that has been marinating inside him since the age of 5….”

Big Hoke Premieres the Zealous New Six-Track EP ‘People’

June 22, 2022 - VG

If you’re looking for a grand old time, you’ve come to the right place. It’s time to debut the brand new EP People from Big Hoke, an ambitious, Americana-infused mega band with so much to love….

Band of the Week: Big Hoke

June 8, 2022 - Scene Magazine

Big Hoke was recently featured as the Band of the Week in Cleveland Scene Magazine.

Praise for Home

Gary Schwind, May 15, 2020 - Americana Highways

“This album incorporates a lot of different Americana sounds from bluegrass to jazz, soul, and rock and roll. The result is a sound that is both complex and infectious.”

~ Gary Schwind, Americana Highways
Click here to read the full review.

“The way and style of playing the piano is very reminiscent of Billy Joel’s….  His name is Justin Gorski, and, under the pseudonym of Big Hoke, he has just released a new album, full of character, called “Home”. A fresh album, which grows on you the more you listen to it, with a hint of tradition of the great American storytellers…”

~ Gianluca Sitta, Planet Country
Click here to read the full review.


We all look for Home in different ways. Within ourselves, within others, and on the ever changing road ahead. They newly released Home from Big Hoke acts as a musical map of that journey. Written and performed by Justin Gorski and produced by Gordy Quist at his studio The Finishing School in Austin and mixed by Grammy winning engineer, Tom Schick. Home is an Americana/Roots Rock Revivalist Record. It’s real musicians playing real songs written by a real songwriter.

The tracks on “Home” have a direct poetic approach both in music and lyric. After all the years of Gorski’s writing and performing, cleaning up and breaking down, he has come to roost in the latest release from Big Hoke…Home.

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Justin Gorski has been playing and writing music since the age of 5, even though he hated it. Since then he’s written and recorded 5 solo albums and finished countless full length albums. He’s played in traditional Irish Bands, Jam bands, Jazz/Swing bands, Americana bands– hell, he even won best DJ in Cleveland for his Polka Happy Hour!!! In Justin’s spare time he opened up a vegan cafe and started a family, too. But his own voice and music keep calling him back to his Americana Roots. After all the years of searching, hating, recording, practicing, giving up, cleaning up, breaking down, meditating, writing, and performing, Justin has finally come Home to roost in this latest release by Big Hoke.