Nice honest interview.


delirious debut

June 10, 2015


mountain jam set

June 8, 2015


Live Show Via NYC Taper

Tracks [Total Time 1:27:06]
01 Never Go Back
02 Ah Mary
03 Hot Summer Night
04 Runaway
05 Alive Tonight
06 Empty Heart [new song debut]
07 Yes We Can [Pointer Sisters]
08 Low Road
09 God’s Gonna Cut You Down [Johnny Cash]
10 Delirious [?]
11 Turntable
12 Medicine
13 Cinnamon Girl [Neil Young]*
14 Nothing But the Water (I)
15 The Lion, the Beast, the Beat
16 Paris (Ohh La La)

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals rescued a soggy second day of Mountain Jam with a set of big-tent, unselfconscious seventies rock. Straight off the plane from a gig with The Rolling Stones, Potter hit the stage determined to lift the spirits of this crowd. We needed it — we’d had rain dumped on us for several hours. Comfortable with her sexuality and determined to ride the line between empowerment and objectification, Potter shook her ass, shod her boots, and eventually part of her top to get this crowd awake. But really, she could’ve succeeded anyway. Potter has the kind of huge, unapologetically rock voice that isn’t likely to be a hit with ironists but can command a stadium full of people. Her latest record, The Lion, the Beast, the Beat has continued to make waves live, as we saw at the Capitol Theatre back in 2013. Its title track was the show’s second-to-last closer, and it was a highlight, as was her cover of Neil Young’s

Edited to add – the above quote is from NYC Taper – clearly this is “Grace Potter” not “Grace Potter and the Nocturnals”

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In a career full of highlights, this has to be one of the biggest. Even though you know what you’re going to see – I gasped when it happened.



6/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ TCF Bank Stadium *
6/05 – Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
6/06 – Arlington, TX @ AT&T Stadium *
6/26 – Oklahoma City, OK @ OKC Fest
7/05 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheater ^
7/17 – Des Moines, IA @ Brenton Skating Plaza
7/18 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Sioux Falls Jazz Fest
7/19 – Moorhead, MN @ Bluestem Center For The Arts
7/20 – Green Bay, WI @ Meyer Theatre
7/23 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater
7/24 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
7/25 – Floyd, VA – Floydfest
7/26 – Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival
7/28 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark
7/30 – Toronto, CA @ Danforth Music Hall
7/31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
8/01 – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point &
8/02 – Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC
8/04 – Park City, UT @ Deer Valley Amphitheater
8/08 – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
8/09 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
8/12 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
8/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
8/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
8/15 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
9/12 – Burlington, VT @ Grand Point North Festival
9/13 – Burlington, VT @ Grand Point North Festival
9/19 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre #
9/20 – Del Mar, CA @ Kaaboo Festival
10/01 – Charleston, WV @ Clay Center For The Arts
10/03 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall %
10/10 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater &

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Bass – Hagar Ben-Ari who played at least one show with GPN in the past and toured with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings among others

Keyboards – Eliza Hardy Jones most recently out on tour with one of our favorites, Strand of Oaks

A few more folks were present at an IBM show recently but no confirmation if they will be continuing.


When my children were little, this is the song that got them moving.

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the worst possible thing

April 29, 2015

Joni’s apparent ill health and this cover lead me to this highly recommended article.

Money quote

This instinct in audiences can sometimes extend to whole artistic careers. I’d like to believe that I wouldn’t have been one of those infamous British people who tried to boo Dylan offstage when he went electric, but on the evidence of past form I very much fear I would have. We want our artists to remain as they were when we first loved them. But our artists want to move. Sometimes the battle becomes so violent that a perversion in the artist can occur: these days, Joni Mitchell thinks of herself more as a painter than a singer. She is so allergic to the expectations of her audience that she would rather be a perfectly nice painter than a singer touched by the sublime. That kind of anxiety about audience is often read as contempt, but Mitchell’s restlessness is only the natural side effect of her artmaking, as it is with Dylan, as it was with Joyce and Picasso. Joni Mitchell doesn’t want to live in my dream, stuck as it is in an eternal 1971—her life has its own time. There is simply not enough time in her life for her to be the Joni of my memory forever. The worst possible thing for an artist is to exist as a feature of somebody else’s epiphany.


get down alive tonight

April 11, 2015


In today’s music economy the path to success remains murky at best. One thing is fairly clear though – your relationship with your fans matters.

In today’s hyper-connected speed of sound world of the interwebs information and rumors travel rapidly, opinions form and pretty soon you are no longer in control of your own message.

Doesn’t have to be that way.


If the “and the Nocturnals” portion of Grace Potter is finished, and all information we presently have says it is, I would hope that Grace would let fans know something about it. Personally, I’m not interested in critiquing artistic, musical or career choices for other people. Business is business and art is art. We can have opinions, enjoy or dislike things but if the art comes from a place of honesty then I always appreciate the maker.

What I am critiquing is the lack of attention paid to the relationships Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have built – over a decade. Relationships that are not being cared for.

Many folks I know have spent countless hours – countless – investing emotion, time and dollars in to GPN. Hey, we were rewarded for all that. No debts owed, paid in full.

But now we find ourselves on the threshold of change – and the fans, those who spread the word, drove for hours, wrote reviews, told their friends and dragged them to shows, posted endless crap on blogs are, well – how to say it – it feels like they don’t matter so much. I won’t speak to the relationships between bandmates because it’s neither any of my business nor is it something I know anything about. Speculation is for the reachers, the curious, it’s all ignition and no fire.

Maybe “The Nocturnals” will come back, maybe Grace needs to do the solo thing for awhile. Maybe “The Nocturnals” are all done, whatever. Go for it Grace! Totally go for it! As someone once said “Make it do what it do!” But maybe reach out a little bit, look outward. We’re listening. No one in the public eye “owes” anyone an explanation, maybe the attention is not something anyone wants but here it is. It’s real. What’s next?

I grow old … I grow old …
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.

I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.