Release Date: Jun 8, 2010
Record label: Hollywood
Genre(s): Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Country-Rock, Roots Rock
In April of 2010, Rolling Stone magazine declared Grace Potter and the Nocturnals the best jam band of 2010. With its eponymous CD, its second for Hollywood Records, the quintet aims to put that genre classification in the rearview mirror. Sure, the band honed its reputation in the time honored jam-band tradition of tour, tour, tour and then tour some more.
The first song on this album begins with Grace Potter saying "Urrggh!", and things don't get much more sophisticated over the next 12 songs. Vermont-based Potter and crew are a fat-free rock outfit whose aim, according to guitarist Scott Tournet, is to recreate the sound of 1973. Which they have done: their twin-guitar/Hammond organ set-up, plus Potter's sweaty vocals, could have been teleported direct from the era of the Faces and Bad Company.
She wants to lead the glamorous life Once a rootsy, crunchy outfit with pronounced Muscle Shoals influences, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals broke out of Vermont through performances at blues fests, hippie jams and Bonnaroo, powered by a siren-voiced knockout who echoed Bonnie Raitt and could really throw down on the Hammond B3. So when word came in spring 2009 that the band was recording with T-Bone Burnett, Potter and The Nocturnals’ ascent into modern country-rock royalty seemed imminent. But something funny happened on the way to this slender fourth album: T-Bone was replaced by producer Mark Batson (Dr.
Soulful, passionate and dripping with classic rock and blues influences, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ self-titled third album showcases their new five-piece line up, and a track list that displays their growth as songwriters and as a band. Named one of the “Best Bands of 2010” by Rolling Stone Magazine, the Vermont rockers recently added Catherine Popper, former bassist with Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, and rhythm guitarist Benny Yarco, who plays with GPN lead guitarist Scott Tournet and drummer Matt Burr in their side project, Blues & Lasers. The album is produced by Mark Batson, who has produced artists including Dr.