Straight out of Michigan, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers are quickly gaining attention from fans across the state and the rest of the Midwest. With the rapid rise of singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran in 2013, I can’t help but feel Joe Hertler and his songs are shaping up to be next in line for 2014. While a large majority of the band’s faithful fan base is in Michigan, upcoming tour dates are set at venues in Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York, and even Texas.
Though his latest release on iTunes is listed as traditional folk, Joe Hertler’s music tends to push the boundaries of any particular genre. A wide range of musical influence is apparent on one of his signature songs, “Ego Loss On Grand River Avenue,” which starts as a soft acoustic guitar driven folk tune that ends up building into a full marching band arrangement by the end of the song. (Shoutout to the accordion player on that track, as well!) Not to mention, I also find Joe’s voice particularly exciting on that song–definitely comparable to one of the greatest voices on current top 40 radio, Fun frontman, Nate Ruess. Check out the music video below, which was filmed at Michigan State University’s homecoming parade.
Other songs to note are “Home For A Funeral,” “Feel,” and my personal favorite, “Your Story.”