Wednesday, January 5, 2011

This Chick Rocks: Grace Potter




Girls, and guitars and awesomeness.

In a rock-and-roll flashback, Grace Potter plays a 70's-inspired guitar and belts out lyrics convincing listeners she was an unknown member of the band Heart.  The retro sound is undeniable, but Potter is winning over those who aren't even fans of classic rock. 

After hanging in the background, contributing to great soundtracks for great movies, it seems the band is finally front and center, demanding our full attention.

Potter and her creatures of the night paid tribute to an older Grace-- Grace Slick, in a cover of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit."  The song was featured on Disney's Alice in Wonderland soundtrack; Almost AlicePotter also performed "Something That I Want" for Tangled-- Disney's version of Rapunzel.

But don't be misled--this is no strategic, Hannah Montana-esque success.  The nocturnals have paid their dues. 

The band's self-titled album, featuring the well-known hit "Paris," is actually their third release, following Nothing But Water and This is Somewhere

Twitter helped their popularity explode during VH1's "Divas Salute the Troops"-- where Potter sang with her estranged soul sisters from Heart and blew viewers awayGrace Potter and the Nocturnals also rode the channel's top 20 countdown for much of 2010. 

Potter is one of two women in the band, the other being Catherine Popper.  Both are extremely talented musicians and have an incredible stage presence, alongside band mates Scott, Matt and Benny.

The Vermont natives are currently on tour, anticipating their fourth album this summer.

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