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To say that Grace Potter is a natural born performer/musician is a complete understatement. (Just look at the photo above!) Grace is a woman who takes everything she does musically head on. Her strong self of a woman and incredible musicianship shines through with everything she touches. And it sure as hell doesn’t hurt that she has one of the most kick ass bands to back her!
I’ve never seen anyone walk away from a Grace Potter & The Nocturnals show and not have their jaws dropped to the floor. A fellow woman blogger went on to describe it as “Live Rock and Roll Porn“. I can’t disagree, but I’ll leave her to make that statement.
This Vermont based group has been getting some extreme love while touring the country. And it’s well deserved beyond belief. Grace is a power to behold and The Nocturnals are a group who couldn’t be better suited to fill out the sound and perform her songs.
Enough blabbering on. Enjoy the…
dyson: How’s the tour going so far?
grace: It’s going great man! It’s been really nice to get back in the groove of headlining and we’ve been opening some shows with the Avett Brothers but the last couple of shows have been our own and it’s been a blast.
dyson: How do the Vermont fans compare to the rest of the country?
grace: I can’t say there’s a lot they have in common. Most of the people in Vermont know me or have some story about me. Those fans are highly charged up and motivated by different things in a band than those who had just heard us on the radio or bought our record. I dig the Vermont vibe, the energy of Vermont is slowly spreading to other states.
dyson: Did you choose to do your New Years eve show at Higher Ground? Was that a request by you?
grace: We always request Vermont for New Years. We hashed it out as a plan that the Nocturnals would do this every year. As we grow it doesn’t really matter. It’s all about getting back to Vermont and playing the more intimate club shows with our fans and sort of our immediate family. It’s kind of one big three day party. We can’t just do one night so we normally extend it to three or four nights. It’s just a trip man, it’s one of those things we said we would always do.
dyson: Clearly you’re a gorgeous woman. Say you put Matt Dyson and The Nocturnals out there. Do you think we’d have the same success? Say I had your voice and your looks, do you think it would work?
grace: Actually it was something we were faced with the other day. I had an ugly day. I woke up in the morning and said, you know what? this is bad. Everything wasn’t going the way it was supposed to. And I thought about it for a second and thought, you know what? None of this matters. All the things that make you feel pretty you can buy in a store. But you can’t buy music. You can’t invent or pay for talent or songwriting or a voice. It’s something that you have to work for. In some ways I think it was something you were born to do and the looks came later. I think our music grew from a place of being humble and not flashing my feathers so much. After I started dressing up the boys in the group would be like ” Ohhhh, what’s up chica” and they’d call me the peacock. And I’ve slowly grown into my peacock role. But when I’m up on stage I have this great fall back plan called being a great musician.
dyson: Speaking of good musicians, you’re 27 now, right?
grace: Yep, you got it.
dyson: So you know about the 27 club…
grace: I do.That’s why I’m not drinking on this tour. I think it’s a lesson learned. Times changed and everybody in that group was unified in their incredible talent but they all had illnesses and sicknesses and a lack of health. That really has a lot to do with the people you surround yourself with. I’m not saying they didn’t have a good support system around them, but when people believe in you and you have a great life and a good family around you, I think it’s harder to self destruct the way they did. I’m lucky to have my family in my house, on the bus, and on stage. I’ve got a great group of people around me who would never let me go there. I’m manic enough without drugs or alcohol.
dyson: You’re addicted to music, put it that way.
grace: Exactly! You got it Matt.
Check out Grace Potter & The Nocturnals on VH1 doing their thing with Divas Salute to Troops.
And for you pure enjoyment, here is the video for ‘Paris (Ooh La La)’.