Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

I was introduced to a great new artist this week. Well new to me anyway, Grace Potterand her band The Nocturnals have released five albums since 2004, but somehow have managed to stay under my radar until now.

I discovered Grace through Daryl Hall’s online TV show Live from Daryl’s House.Grace has a great bluesy voice, bags of energy and showmanship and is very easy on the eyes too.

Grace Potter hails from Vermont in the US of A and plays guitar and keyboards to add to that dynamic voice. She has been compared to both Nora Jones and Bonnie Raitt. The Nora Jones comparison surprises me, from what I’ve seen, it would have to be Nora Jones on some pretty potent stimulants.

Personally the Paris(Ooh la la) clip below reminds me of a very rocky version of Fleetwood Mac

The Nocturnals are made up of Grace’s boyfriend Matt Burr on drums, Kat Popperon bass, Scott Tournet and Benny Yerco on guitars. They were a fiercely independent outfit, as can be seen from the clip below, that looks like it was recorded live and on a Handycam. But what a great song and great voice.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals released their first two albums themselves and turned down a bunch of offers from big labels before signing with Hollywood records in 2005.

Their latest, self titled, release was produced by Mark Batson who has worked with Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Beyonce, and Alicia Keys. It’s a concentrated effort to bring them into the mainstream as a charting act. Which, in my opinion, can not be far away once they get the exposure.

Here’s a clip of Grace Potter performing in Australia with the RocKwiz Orkestra at Byron Bay Bluesfest. Including Duguld helping out in drums.


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