Not to discount his excellent article for Glide Magazine in which Schultz applies his analytical mind to the current state of the GPN world, it’s fans and various pontificators.
Hardly complacent, GPN has always strived to keep their connection with the jamband scene while gauging the temperature of the mainstream. Unsurprisingly, such moves have inspired various levels of criticism, especially as GPN’s popularity grew. Jamband fans may proclaim that they like variety but they predominantly hate change. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals are neither blind nor deaf to the grumblings of those that ruminate wistfully about the changes to their little band from Vermont. That said, they don’t seem to be willing to coddle those that don’t wish to see them evolve into a more substantial force.
David’s analysis is spot on here as always.
Perhaps someday, GPN will release the modern day Crazy Horse album that lurks within their DNA. In the meantime, failing to appreciate their present success speaks more to a purported fan’s inner failings than those of any particular band. Rather than butt their heads against the jamband glass ceiling, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals have opted to move to a realm where there isn’t such a restrictive roof.
As someone else I know tends to say on Twitter – “#cosign’