Joe Long began playing rhythm guitar in various garage bands until a long hiatus for a Navy career and raising a family. When Joe got back into music he went to school at Back Beat Studios and the School of Rock. It was at this time that he learned the Leads on many songs he had previously played Rhythm on. It was while Joe was playing gigs with Noizey Neighbors, the School of Rock adult band, that he was recruited for guitar and vocals by Pipe Dream.