AUSTIN, TX – Joe Hertler stood alone on a small coffee house stage with a harmonica strapped around his neck, the Michigan flag draped over his shoulders and an acoustic guitar slung across his body.
In 2009, Hertler was playing solo shows at nearly empty bars for little to no money.
Almost six years later, Hertler and his Lansing-based band, Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers, have a record contract. They have spent the last two months touring the country, fulfilling a dream most local bands only hope to achieve.
(This article originally appeared online for MLive.com as SXSW coverage of the band. I’m turning it in for homework.)