Music Thursday: Artist of the week – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals are not new in music business, but still new to some music listeners. Founded in 2002, the band has already released 3 long play albums and two live albums with many hit singles including ‘Ah, Mary’ and ‘Tiny Light’ that were featured in tv shows. The band itself performed in tv talk shows like The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Ellen DeGeneres and Grace Potter was a gues star on One Tree Hill making a duet with Bethany Joy Galeotti. Grace’s powerful voice is often compared to legendary Janis Joplin, and with band’s music style their music is very refreshing and new in today’s music business.
At first, newly formed band looked for inspiration to artists like James Brown but widen the search to rock, folk and hard rock. The band’s music style is somewhere between those genres and can’t be qualified just as one genre. Among Grace Potter the band members are also Scott Tournet on guitars and harmonica, Matthew Burr on drums, Catherine Popper on bass guitar and vocals and Bryan Dondero on bass and upright bass guitars and mandolin who was replaced with Benny Yurco. Grace herself is multi-instrumentalist who plays piano and various types of guitars.
It didn’t take them long to be noticed. In 2005 they signed with Hollywood Records and released their debut album Nothing Like The Water on May 23rd, 2006. They were also nominated for Boston Music Awards in two categories: Best Locale Female Artist and Best New Local Act and won/was nominated other awards. The album is more melancholic and bluesy than other two.
In 2007 Grace Potter and The Nocturnals released another album This Is Somewhere which number of hits that were featured in tv shows soundtracks including One Tree Hill, Grey’s Anatomy and Brothers & Sisters to name a few. In summer of 2008 the band was an opening act for The Black Crowes tour and also opened for Dave Matthews Band.
2010 brought the newest album, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, by far most energetic and the Vermont based band landed #6 on iTunes Top 100 and #2 on iTunes Rock Albums. On the release date the band gave a free concert on Burlington, Vermont’s Church Street Marketplace that attracted thousands of fans to listen to their new music. Their eclectic style in music and stage presence makes a great impression and reminds of the 60s ans 70s.
Funny fact: Grace Potter landed her own chocolate flavor with Lake Champlain Chocolates (Vermont located) that’s named Grace Under Fire – dark chocolate with pistachios and pepper.
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals combine great music arrangements with smart lyrics with hidden meaning like we hear in ‘Ah, Mary’. Their live performances are one of the best these days and you can find it yourself checking the links below.