Author Archives: Kara Hartzell

An Afternoon at Easton Heritage Day 2017


Sunday was the perfect day to spend time with family and friends and take in the sights and sounds occurring around Centre Sq. in Easton, PA.  Having been a native of the area for 20+ years, I must admit that I never have attended this event, but am thankful that I did.

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On the Road with Alex Mery & The Townsmen: Day #12 – Ah, The City (Philadelphia)


Distressed chalk work? Nah. This sign is a result of torrential downpours and a thunderstorm that hit Philly tonight right as I was parking our truck/trailer a mile away from the venue for our evening performance. This is all probably a result of my aforementioned “decent weather” from my accounts of Day #11.  Now, let’s rewind…

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On the Road with Alex Mery & The Townsmen: Day #11 – And the Skies Opened


Today was a long trek across most of Ohio and PA, from Cincinnati to Harrisburg.  We stopped along the way to replenish our souls with Cinnabon, but otherwise, we drove straight through smushed into the good ol’ Chevy Silverado.  Being in such close quarters for the past eleven days has been enlightening. Aside from ridiculous traffic earlier in the tour, we didn’t have any troubles on this particular venture, and honestly have experienced some pretty fantastic weather throughout. Upon arriving at Zeroday Brewing however, that changed. The skies dumped a fun amount of rain right on us as we unloaded our gear.

Once we set up, and dried off a little, we had a comfortable show. Knowing that we are back in PA and had a supportive crowd there, along with some familiar faces and friends, was a refreshing experience for all of us. We enjoyed some craft beer along with the appropriately named “Large Ass Pretzel”.  We also added some flavor to our show with special guest singer Cat Cirotti and a duo between Alex Mery and Zach Russack.

Tonight, we hit Philly as we head closer to home. Honestly, I’m experiencing bittersweet emotions as the end of our grand adventure is coming to a close. We have all shared some amazing moments together, and I will miss spending every day exploring, playing music, and just enjoying life with these fellas, but it’s also time to return to normalcy.

BUT, enough of that sappy business. Onward and east toward Philly we go!

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On the Road with Alex Mery & The Townsmen: Day #10 – We Made a Friend (or two)


Today, we spent a few hours in the car traveling through the rest of West Virginia and Kentucky, before finally arriving in Ohio. We had a double-header today in Cincinnati, starting out with a gig at Sitwell’s Coffeehouse.  This intimate, low-key environment was a perfect start to our day, with a few light tunes accompanied by delicious food.

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On the Road with Alex Mery & The Townsmen (Zach Russack Duo Takeover): Day #9 – Wild Wild West Virginia


Howdy, y’all! Zach and Alex here again, coming to you now from the vast, woodsy expanse of West Virginia, where we’re pretty sure we saw a grand total of five towns once we hit the WV border from Nashville. But what sights they were! Being in all that open country and winding highways reminded the two of us of driving through Vermont. What a beaut!

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On the Road with Alex Mery & The Townsmen: Day #8 — The Merch is Gone


This morning, we went on some individual adventures throughout Nashville before eventually running into each other and catching a fun photo with a historical statue in the area.  Then, we spent some time lounging around the pool and resting before our official Nashville gig.  Once we loaded up the car and headed to Drifters BBQ, we were golden… until we opened the trailer.

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On the Road with Alex Mery & The Townsmen: Day #7 – NASHVILLE


After a late night of some good old fashioned board games and some much needed sleep, we ventured to Nashville!  On our way there, Zach and I attempted to get on the list for an open mic at The Bluebird Cafe, while the Alex/Alex duo navigated our wagon across time zones.

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On the Road with Alex Mery & The Townsmen: Day #5 – A Great Day

And I’m back! We started off this morning with a stop at good ol’ Mickey D’s for some sustenance, and after a quick stop at CVS for Krave sticks (which Zach was overabundantly excited about) we continued our grand adventure south toward Charlotte, NC.

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