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Grace Potter & The Nocturnals: Bluesy Soul

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals.
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals.

With a soulful, bluesy voice that draws frequent comparisons to Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin, Grace Potter and her band, The Nocturnals, are on the cusp of wider exposure. Authentic and original, the quartet's rootsy sound has won it fans not just in its native Vermont, but also in cities all over the country.

The band formed in 2002 when its members met at St. Lawrence University in New York, and immediately began writing songs in earnest. Recorded with Chuck Eller in Vermont, the band's debut album, Original Soul, was released in 2004 to overwhelmingly positive reviews. Subsequent touring found the group opening shows for performers like Dave Matthews Band, Trey Anastasio and Derek Trucks.

For its newest album, Nothing but the Water, the band once again recruited Eller to record with it -- this time in a nearly 150-year-old barn on the campus of Goddard College. Continuing in the bluesy roots-rock vein of Potter's debut, the album puts guitarist Scott Tournet's resonator guitar leads and Potter's keyboard and vocal work front and center. The combination of impeccable musicianship and clever songwriting is sure to please old and new fans alike.

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David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.