The great state of Georgia has been a hotbed for producing some of the most highly acclaimed country music artists in recent years, and singer/songwriter Joe Hall is on his way to making a name for himself both in the Peach State and across the country.
Born and raised in Dacula, Georgia, a small town of 4,400 whose name originates from letters in nearby Decatur and Atlanta, Joe grew up in a home with a passion for music. When he was 15, Joe picked up his dad’s guitar and asked his father to show him a few chords. So began Joe’s love for the guitar, which was soon followed by his joy of writing songs. An avid baseball pitcher in high school, Joe jokingly says, “My fastball was slow enough that I knew music was my calling.”
Joe began playing at clubs and other events in the Atlanta area. He and his band are drawing crowds at Red Clay Music Foundry, Tavern 120 and Wild Bill’s in the Atlanta area, and word is spreading beyond the state line.
He felt he had something to say with his songs and knew Nashville was the place to grow in his writing. Weekly trips to Music City led to developing relationships with some of Music City’s most successful writers and producers, including Derek George (Randy Houser), Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood) and Scott Davis (ASCAP’s Song of the Year in ’08 and BMI’s Song of the Year in ’11.)
2016, Joe went into famed Starstruck Studios (owned by Reba McEntire) in Nashville with his drummer, Rod Allred, and producer Scott Davis to lay down tracks for his debut album. The result is Girlfriend (acoustic versions), 10 tracks all co-written by Joe and recorded in an acoustic setting with Hall on guitar and vocals and Allred playing a modified cajon-like trap set. All of the songs were recorded live to tape with no overdubs, using vintage reel-to-reel technology. “Ever had a guy or girl you were crazy about,” Joe asks. “Ever had one drive you crazy? Me too. This collection of songs is all about relationships, the good, the bad, and well…if you’ve been there, I’m sure you know what I mean.”
As Joe Hall begins to tour nationally, he’s been opening for Kane Brown, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sara Evans, Chase Bryant, Easton Corbin, Joe Nichols, Parolee and more. And as awareness for Joe grows and the fans he nurtures from stage expand with each performance, Georgia is poised to send one of its newest sons out to a national stage.