I was in the middle of writing a Get Familiar post about Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, a folk-rock group from Michigan that is making serious waves, when I got an email notification. It was none other than Joe himself. He had agreed to do an interview, but said it might take him a while to answer the questions. With no deadline breathing down my neck, I had no worries about Joe taking his time. Plus, it gave me the opportunity to write a piece about the band, introducing them to readers before the 10 Questions segment.
I sent him the questions Wednesday evening, fully expecting not to hear anything back for a few weeks or so. Then, just a few hours later, there they were. That’s just the kind of guy Joe Hertler is. He signs all of his emails/Facebook posts “all the love, joey.” Promotes hugging at his concerts. Passes out candy and homemade crafts to audience members. He’s genuine, a trait that I like to believe, maybe ignorantly, all musicians have at some point in their careers. Over time, some of them, whatever the reason may be, lose that trait. With Joe Hertler, you get the feeling that even if he becomes a mega rockstar, which he has the sound and disposition to do, he’ll never lose that personal touch. He’ll still sign his emails and Facebook posts “joey” instead of “Joe.” He’ll still flash his megawatt smile at the crowd and thank them for coming out, and they’ll believe he’s truly thankful. Because there’s no reason not to.
If you have yet to hear Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, it’s time to get familiar. On Being is a relentless record that will leave you not only impressed, but wondering why you haven’t heard it yet. It’s that good. Give it a listen on the band’s bandcamp, as well as on Spotify.
I’m super excited to share this with you, one of my favorite 10 Questions so far. Learn how Joe met The Rainbow Seekers, details on a new record (!), and the people you should never lose touch with. Also, be sure to visit Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers’ website, Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and check out the tour dates below to see if Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers are headed to a city near you!
Jun 28| The Intersection| Grand Rapids, MI| Tickets
Jun 29| Subterranean| Chicago, IL| Tickets
Jun 30| Brauerhouse| Lombard, IL| Tickets
Jul 01| Gabe’s| Iowa City, IA| Tickets
Jul 13| Common Ground Music Festival| Lansing, MI| Tickets
Jul 14| HAM Stock| Shepherd, MI| Tickets