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Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

Singer, songwriter, and Hammond B-3 player Grace Potter grew up in Waitsfield, Vermont, where she began playing piano at the age of seven; informed by her parents' extensive collection of some 4,000 LPs, she was gigging out locally by her late teens. She met drummer Matt Burr at an open-mike session while both were attending St. Lawrence University in upstate New York in 2002, and the two formed Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. The band, by then a trio with the addition of Scott Tournet on guitar, recorded its homemade debut album, Original Soul, in 2004 on its own newly created Ragged Company record label. Bassist Bryan Dondero joined just as the group began tracking a second homemade effort, Nothing But the Water, which was released in 2005. The album garnered a good deal of critical acclaim, thanks to its sturdy, throwback, rootsy sound and Potter's impressive vocal work, which drew comparisons to everyone from Janis Joplin to Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams, and Bonnie Raitt. Fiercely independent and in control of their own career, Potter and the band turned down several major-label offers before signing with Hollywood Records later in 2005. Hollywood reissued Nothing But the Water for wider distribution in 2006, and in 2007, in conjunction with Ragged Company, issued This Is Somewhere, which further refined the band's classic organic sound. In 2010, after a shelved Potter solo project produced by T-Bone Burnett, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals was released. Produced by Mark Batson (Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Beyonce, and Alicia Keys), the album's more polished, sound and tighter songwriting were part of an effort by both label and group to pull out all the stops in breaking them as a charting act. The band toured incessantly, and released a live album in the U.K., a download-only live-at-the-Fillmore date, and even a Christmas EP. In the summer of 2012, they emerged with a new studio offering, The Lion the Beast the Beat. ~ Steve Leggett
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Stations Featuring
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

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Albums by
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

Top Songs by
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

  1.   Song
  2.   Stars
  3.   Ah Mary
  4.   Please Come Home for Christmas
  5.   Never Go Back
  6.   Apologies
  7.   The Lion the Beast the Beat
  8.   Big White Gate
  9.   Falling or Flying
  10.   Stop the Bus
  11.   Runaway
  12.   Lose Some Time
  13.   Mr. Columbus
  14.   Roulette
  15.   Keepsake
  16.   Parachute Heart
  17.   White Rabbit
  18.   Ain't No Time
  19.   Timekeeper
  20.   Mastermind
  21.   Devil's Train
  22.   One Heart Missing
  23.   Turntable
  24.   Loneliest Soul
  25.   Tush
  26.   You May See Me
  27.   The Divide
  28.   All Over You
  29.   Here's to the Meantime
  30.   Till the Morning Comes Around

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