“So all these changes and all these adjustments that the fans need to make — or if we lose fans along the way because of those changes — I think it’s all part of growing up and figuring out what kind of artist you want to be. And then the second you figure out what kind of artist you’re going to be, take a left turn and change it all over again.”
Impressing a legend
One won’t hear those sorts of complaints from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Jorma Kaukonen, an original member of San Francisco psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane. Potter and her band regularly cover the Airplane’s “White Rabbit.”
In a recent interview with Kaukonen before a Roanoke performance, Kaukonen said that he had heard the Nocturnals perform that song at FloydFest.
“It is killer,” Kaukonen said. “That’s what I’m saying. It is absolutely killer. Grace Potter, I’ve never met the woman. She is a rock ‘n’ roll girl. There’s no two ways about it. She’s hugely talented.
“Rock ‘n’ roll is so much about attitude as it is about the music. They’ve got it all.”
“Wow,” Potter emailed in response. “It’s pretty surreal to hear Jorma’s praise of me & my band. He’s a huge part of the rock & roll tapestry that influenced us and I’m deeply humbled and honored.”