Joe and The Feels Joe and The Feels Little Rock Formed out of conversations between members, Dave Hoffpauir and Joe Yoder, about their individual love and dependency on music, the Little Rock, Arkansas rock band, Joe and The Feels was created in 2019. Both Social Workers, Joe and Dave’s weekly conversations about mental health for Joe’s professional licensing and supervision, naturally were followed with individual tales and recommendations about music. Overtime, the conversations about music became plans to form a band. Just as undeniable that music would eventually make an appearance within Dave and Joe’s conversations, it would be just as evident who they needed to form the group. Andy Warr, a local music legend, was an obvious choice for lead guitar; Dave’s buddy and colleague, Steve Blevins, took on the bass; and Joe’s good friend and old bandmate Gaines Fricke, rounded out the group on keys. The halt of concerts hit all gigging musicians hard. Pile on that all of the band members were now drowning in professional responses to the pandemic. “The band became a coping mechanism,” says Yoder. “We all needed that cathartic energy. It was like self-care through music.” The band decided to use the shutdown to record these emerging songs. They enlisted Jason Weinheimer and his studio Fellowship Hall Sound, who helped them refine their sound. The result is Unsupervised, a collection of loose, anthemic songs addressing shifting relationships, marginalized characters, and (what else?) mental health.