The band is coming up on their tenth year as a touring act, and have progressed far past getting their start playing anything that was offered to them — be it a farmer’s market gig or a senior citizen’s retirement home. They said yes to everything, but the first thing to stop them in their tracks was a record label contract. Rightfully wary, the band debated, but eventually signed one of the last old-school record deals before the bottom dropped out on the record industry. The singer shares that while she leans towards the nostalgia of the days past, she understands the pros and cons of the current industry.
“In the past, few were chosen even though many tried. There was something about that filter that was a formula that worked. I listen to recordings of Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald and the painstaking hours that went into those compositions and making sure that every note was hit just so. That attention to detail and quality is so hard to find nowadays.”
In her enigmatic way, Potter describes that era as the the Bergdorf Goodman of its time, where everything was preselected and no matter what, there was quality material. She continues, “Now it’s more of a thrift store. You have to weed through a lot more music in order to get something of quality. I think it’s an advantage because I love thrift stores and going through everything, and there’s a prize at the end of the tunnel if you find something you really love.”
Grace, you like thrift shops? Hey, it’s the song of the year!