Sunday, July 22, 2007

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: This Is Somewhere

One of the points that I have tried to make with the music that I feature on the Bus, is the incredibly diverse musical roots that have intermingled to form the better music of today. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have made that same journey, only they have compressed decades of musical growth into just a few short years.

A few months ago I posted a video of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (GPTN) performing ”Stop the Bus” live at Red Rocks. At that time I had the following to say:

“The band seems to be paralleling the development of the music they play and love. Their first CD, Original Soul, was deeply rooted in the blues with soulful songs and sparse but powerful instrumentation, as was the classic rock music itself. The second CD, Nothing But The Water, built on the basis of Original Soul and blended in some of the sounds, feeling, and awe that was present in those classic albums of Led Zepplin, Traffic, King Crimson, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, et al., that defined a generation. Grace and the Nocturnals have continued to evolve in the nearly two years since their last studio release. Their skills as songwriters and arrangers, already sharp and mature beyond their years, are being honed to a fine edge.”

After two years of nearly continuous touring, GPTN have completed their new release. This Is Somewhere continues the journey as these young folks continue to build upon their sturdy foundation. The recording opens with the political call to action, "Ah, Mary” and is immediately followed by the hard driving Stop The Bus”. ”Apologies” is a piano lament with the love-as-war theme, and reminds me that GPTN were once the darlings of the modern jazz and blues scene. ”Ain’t No Time” is a beautiful paean to the plight of New Orleans. The acoustic, folksy, jazz-blues of ”You May See Me” and ”Lose Some Time” showcase Grace Potter’s superb songwriting as well as her voice, that has drawn comparisons to Nora Jones, Lucinda Williams, and Bonnie Raitt. With the soulful, horn-accented ”Mastermind” GPTN rival anything to come out of Memphis or Muscle Shoals. “Here’s To The Meantime” is hardcore, electric guitar-driven, roadhouse blues. The CD closes with ”Big White Gate”, an incredible testament to Potter’s powerful songwriting, bound to draw comparisons to Bonnie Raitt and Rory Block.

As with the first two releases from GPTN, This Is Somewhere has earned a place in permanent rotation on my CD player.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Ah Mary.mp3

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are scheduled to appear on West Virginia Public Radio's "Mountain Stage", June 24th. Check your local NPR station for air time.

This Is Somewhere is scheduled to be on your local record store’s shelves August 7th. You can pre-order a signed copy at
Mark your calendar. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals This Is Somewhere is an essential addition to any roots-rock, jazz, blues, and jam band collection.


Blogger kjk said...

i think one of my co-workers recommended grace potter to me a while back. i'll need to check on that.

i'm relatively new to the bus, but never expected to see led zeppelin mentioned here. not a bad thing at all :)

i once gave the above co-worker a cd of led zep songs along with earlier versions (among them: kansas Joe & memphis minnie -- when the levy breaks and Lead Belly -- Gallis Pole ...). blew his mind. he thought all the LZ tunes were original ... :)

full circle all over again ....

July 24, 2007 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other day on Sirius 74, I heard a blues artist cover a Zeppelin song. Can't name either song or artist, but it was good.

It never crossed my mind that the Zeppelin song itself was probably a cover of an earlier version.

I would enjoy the comparing of Zeppelin songs to Lead Belly, etc.

July 26, 2007 7:50 AM  
Blogger kjk said...

the two titles in the comment above links to audio files. you can compare those two tunes with the led zep versions.

July 26, 2007 9:01 AM  
Blogger Justin said...

have you heard of Adrienne Young and little sadie? I think you would really like her sound. bluegrass/americana. Link to website:

July 26, 2007 10:49 AM  
Blogger Sue Lawrence-Nester said...

Just fell across this site and after seeing the bus I am wondering if this is the bus that shows up each year at the Galax Fiddler's Convention?
Just curious....

July 26, 2007 12:28 PM  
Blogger In her own Voice said...

Enjoying your site--music has saved my soul more than once (or maybe expressed its eloquence mo' bettah than anythin' else!) Congrats on being named a blog of note.

July 26, 2007 1:24 PM  
Anonymous stu said...

cool blog neighbor tells me about grace potter just about every time we get into talking about music. you should check out

July 26, 2007 1:30 PM  
Blogger pickitdigital said...

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July 26, 2007 4:20 PM  
Blogger R2K said...

Nock Turn Al.

July 26, 2007 5:08 PM  
Blogger Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Congrats on being the Blog of Note!!! What a great site. I'm enjoying reading through your posts. :D


July 26, 2007 5:54 PM  
Blogger Prashant said...

Great Bus..........
Cool Man

Smiles :)

July 27, 2007 2:53 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

Its only rockn roll but I like it!

July 27, 2007 5:03 AM  
Anonymous Internet Tough Guy said...

Interesting blog.

July 27, 2007 9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew grace potter in elementary school. She sniffed glue and beat me up. Damn you, Grace Potter! One day I shall ride in on my Icelandic horse, with flowing Rod Stewart mane and smite thee!

July 27, 2007 12:02 PM  
Blogger S. Scott Craft said...

Wow, you exactly do you have good taste in music. Good luck to you.

July 27, 2007 12:44 PM  
Blogger said...

Oh yeah, Blog of Note brought me here! But I am going to come back because its interesting!

Thank you!

July 27, 2007 1:36 PM  
Blogger Jacob said...

Very Interesting. I love it!

July 27, 2007 2:45 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Thanks for all the kind words, folks.

Ken, thanks again for stepping up to the plate, my friend. I suppose it has been a while since I've done a comparision of Led Zepplin, Steppenwolf, et al, and the music that inspired them. Perhaps it's time for another.

Thanks to Blogger for selecting Old Blue Bus as the "Blog of Note" today, and welcome to all of our new riders.

July 27, 2007 7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


July 27, 2007 8:21 PM  
Blogger kjk said...

oooh ... oooh ... ed, if you want to go all "covery" you got to do another woody anthology some time!

July 27, 2007 8:37 PM  
Blogger henry said...

nice )

July 28, 2007 7:13 AM  
Blogger ThreeGreenApples said...

This lady rocks!!! love the music.
A great blog - congrats :)

July 28, 2007 2:51 PM  
Blogger Beetlejuice said...

Great stuff/Great Blog peace

July 28, 2007 4:58 PM  
Blogger powerpop said...

Hi from Australia. Never heard of you until now. Glad I was bored at work and surfing blogs. Awesome sound and songs ~ keep rockin.

July 29, 2007 8:16 AM  
Blogger MsCatCalls said...

Thanks to Blog of Note I found your posts , music and pictures . the river is amazing .
I can picture your life and imagine I'm on board . I will be back .
thank you
Shelagh ( PS I noted another S Scott , also my name Hi )

July 29, 2007 10:56 AM  
Blogger Porch-Man said...

Congratulations on being featured!! A great blog about music knowledge. Keep it up!

July 29, 2007 1:39 PM  
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July 29, 2007 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this one and thanks.

July 29, 2007 5:53 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Wow! I’m happy to see all the comments. I apologize for not responding in a timely manner.

I posted a feature on Adrienne Young many months ago. I do love her sound.

Sue Lawrence-Nester,
I do try to make it to Galax every year, but alas, without the bus. I sold my bus many years ago as it was just too crowded to raise three children.

In Her Own Voice,
I am a firm believer in the healing power of music and it is a recurring theme here on the Bus. We all need a dirt road, a river, and good music from time to time.

To all who took the time to leave a comment:
Thank you for joining us on the Bus and for your kind words.

July 30, 2007 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah... this rocks!!!

August 02, 2007 3:50 PM  
Anonymous SBRUFIDO FROM ITALY said...



August 04, 2007 9:28 AM  
Blogger RoadBlog said...

I am trying to teach myself to work my blog. I am not able to link my for a message yet but I did get it to work once and ran out of time trying and had to move on with my day. Looks to me like you know everything I need to know. Do you read HTML to make all your changes work?
How do I get my music into my blog like yours? If you can help I would appreciate it very much.
Mr. Paris vonRabenau German/American

August 04, 2007 6:53 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Thanks for the kind words. Our good friend and resident Boogie expert, Rockin'n'rollin', is also from Italy.

August 04, 2007 8:23 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

I do all of my editing in HTML, I guess I'm old school, but I know what I'm getting. WYSIWYG doesn't offer the same control, but that's just my opinion.
I post all of my files to my private storage space provided by my IP and link to them from each post. I have not tried Gabcast or and or Hipcast, so I'd be no help there.
Keep working with Gabcast, you'll figure it out. If they have a FAQ or board, look for, or post a question. Other users have already firgured out all of the quirks and are happy to help.
If you are still having trouble, email me at the address in the right panel, I'd be happy to help if I can.

August 04, 2007 8:34 PM  
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August 05, 2007 5:47 PM  
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August 06, 2007 5:32 PM  

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