Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
It has been a while since I was stopped in my tracks by a CD. Even longer since the CD doing the stopping was from a relatively little known artist.
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals are a Vermont-based band that I was not familiar with even though they have been performing since 2002 and have 2 CDs under their belt.
Led by twenty-two year old Grace Potter, the Nocturnals have toured with Taj Mahal, Robert Cray, the Dave Matthews Band, The North Mississippi Allstars, and a host of other equally impressive artists. Truly homegrown, Grace and her band live together on her parents compound near Waitsfield, Vermont.
That soulful voice has earned Grace Potter comparisons with Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, and Tina Turner. Not bad company to be compared to!
While it was young Ms. Potter's powerful, bluesy vocals that first caught my attention, it soon becomes clear that all of the members of this band contribute to the groove. Grace Potter, along with her soulful voice, plays piano and a classic Hammond B-3 organ reminiscent of Stevie Winwood, Garth Hudson, and Ray Manzarek. The Nocturnals feature the tasteful electric guitar and slide resonator guitar work of Scott Tournet; the impressive drum/percussion of Matthew Burr; and Bryan Dondero's hypnotic upright and sometimes hard-driving electric bass. The Nocturnals play as if they have been together for decades, with well-crafted arrangements that meld together in a way that I haven't heard since the classic albums of the '60s & '70s. In fact, the entire CD, flows coherently from the first cut to the last in a way seldom heard since those classic albums in your collection.
Since I received this CD it has found it's way back into the CD player every chance it gets, and with each listen I am more impressed. It would be hard to pick out one or two outstanding cuts as the entire CD is outstanding and flows so naturally.
Hit their website for more info and tour schedule.
If you only buy one CD this year, you'd be hard pressed to find a better choice than Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - "Nothing But The Water".
"Nothing But The Water" and the band's debut CD "Original Soul" are available from indie911, CD Baby, Homegrown Music, Plan 9 Music, and local record stores across the U.S.
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - Toothbrush and My Table
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - Left Behind
It seems many folks are not able to get to the video due to corporate firewalls.
I recommend trying from home, this video shows the power and immense talent of these young folks as only a live performance can.