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Roots Rock: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals



On their brand new album, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals sound like the Rolling Stones from the Sticky Fingers era - if Mick were a black woman. And for Potter, an almost 27-year old white girl from Vermont, the self-titled record, out this week, is her - and the band's - coming out party. It's their third album, but the first that is generating a large buzz .

Potter plays a rough and gorgeous Hammond B3 that drops into a bank of cranking guitars and the rhythm section of a road soul rock band. The record is produced by Mark Batson, who somehow translates his experience with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jay-Z, and the Dave Matthews Band into a more traditional rock and roll situation, making for a clean but retro record. You like Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise? Truth & Salvage, Co.? Then dig into this one.

On the band website - - Potter namechecks a 60's British import as an inspiration.

“When I wrote ‘Paris,’ I was listening to the Kinks nonstop, and I was going for something with a big, primal riff, like ‘You Really Got Me.’ It was the first time I ever really just said, ‘I’m not going to try to tell a story, and I’m not going to try to communicate an emotion. I’m just going to say, basically, “I want to have sex right now.”’

The song she' talking about gets the record rolling with a loud, from-the-gut grunt of "Uh!" - always a good start. And judging from the quote from above, you really should listen to the album at least once, right?


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