Though he’s an avowed R.E.M. fetishist, his music builds upon a range of influences that extends far beyond the catalog and style of the revered Athens, Ga., foursome.”

Bill Kopp @ Mountain Xpress


Although originally hailing from the musically rich city of Macon, Georgia, Joe Hooten has called Asheville, North Carolina home, off & on, since the late 90's, but more permanently beginning in 2007. 

Since his 2014 debut, The Original Plan, six studio albums have been released under the Tin Roof Echo moniker-each demonstrating the DIY recording style that ultimately allows his uniquely introspective songwriting & production style to be highlighted along with his varied influences. In 2021 he released “Mornings Are For Singing” an exceptional live album captured in various stairwells at his day job. Hooten has recently completed his seventh studio album, “Flowers Falling”, with a release date set for 8/16/24. 

He's performed at notable festivals such as Durham NC's EnofestNortheast Georgia's fabled Finsterfest, Asheville’s inaugural AVLFest, and the first AVL Punkfest as well. He’s performed on numerous radio shows including Knoxville's WDVX “Blue Plate Special” & respected stages across the region such as the Grey Eagle, Evening Muse, & the Orange Peel, with a diverse range of talents like alt-country hero Scott Miller (The V-Roys), NC folk icon David Childers, punk pioneers Agent Orange, and the post-punk Athens legends PYLON REENACTMENT SOCIETY. His solo shows- whether in a festival setting, radio show, or an intimate listening room- are not to be missed. 

He also makes a lot of noise with the punk band PINKEYE

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