Hot cars, cool guitars, back roads treasures and real life pleasures. Those words sum up the life of Joe Elmore, television host/producer, music artist/songwriter and self-professed “regular Joe” who connects with millions of “real people” fans each and every week.
Joe is host of America’s premiere, and longest-running, high performance car show, “Horsepower TV”, seen every weekend on the Spike TV network. He and his co-host, Mike Galley, build engines, street cars, race cars – you name it – while also covering cool automotive lifestyle events around the country. It’s the go-to show for “gearheads”, now enjoying a bigger audience than ever since its debut in 1997.
For many years, Joe has hosted a Nashville PBS-based show called “Tennessee Crossroads” which is now one of the highest-rated shows of its kind in the country. Crossroads is a travel show that unveils fascinating people and places Joe finds on the two-lane highways of the mid-south. It’s earned several Emmy Awards and countless nominations.
As if that wasn’t enough, Joe also purses his longtime passion for music. Joe played bass in a variety of bands in his earlier years, including Bill Black’s Combo, a group formed by one of Elvis Presley’s first sidemen. He was immersed in the historic music of the “Memphis Sound” during its heyday and backed up some of the legends of rock and R&B.
More recently, Joe staged a clever “comeback” by combining his writing and singing talents with his affinity with the American car culture. The result: a one-of-a-kind CD called “Gearheads”, featuring songs with captivating car connections. He combined old-time favorites like “Mustang Sally” and “Little GTO” with originals he wrote that embrace his personal passion for hot rods.
Keeping in line with Joe’s mission of giving back, a portion of the proceeds from the CD are earmarked for the National Autism Association.
He was born in Paragould, Arkansas, received a Masters Degree in Communications, worked in film production, public relations, and TV news before heading to Nashville to amp up his career. Joe’s endless credit list includes PM Magazine, Opry Backstage on The Nashville Network and numerous TV specials, in addition to songwriting credits.
Joe loves interacting with people. And, at a podium, he can captivate an audience with his amazing experiences, inimitable insights and charming antidotes. Whether it’s talking about hot rods to a group of “car guys” or talking about his many Crossroads adventures to a general audience, he connects with listeners on a level that is genuine, engaging, uplifting and fulfilling.
Joe Elmore – a renaissance man who considers himself fortunate to have pursued many great American dreams.