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Grace Potter And The Nocturnals

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals is an American rock band from Vermont. Formed in 2002 in Waitsfield by drummer Matt Burr, guitarist Scott Tournet, and singer Grace Potter, they began their career as an indie band, self-producing their albums and touring extensively in the jam bands and music festivals circuit, playing as many as 200 gigs in a year. In 2005 they signed for Hollywood Records and have subsequently released albums encompassing rock sub-genres such as blues rock, folk rock, hard rock, and alternative rock. Their third, self-titled album (released in 2010) was a major commercial success, topping the iTunes charts and receiving international attention.

Grace Potter whose dynamic vocal ability has drawn comparisons to legends Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin and more recently Sheryl Crow and Joan Osborne. Her unique style behind the Hammond B-3 and piano is also gaining widespread recognition. The original lineup included Scott Tournet (guitar/slide guitar), Matthew Burr (drums/percussion), and Bryan Dondero (upright/electric bass). After Dondero parted ways with the Nocturnals in March 2009, they brought in Catherine Popper (bass) and also added Benny Yurco (rhythm guitar).

They have toured with national acts such as Taj Mahal, Trey Anastasio, Dave Matthews Band, The Black Crowes, Derek Trucks, Gov’t Mule and Robert Cray.

 

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is a band from Waitsfield, Vermont that blends blues, soul and rock.
The group's lead vocalist is multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter, who attended St. Lawrence University for two years before pursuing music professionally
She plays Hammond B3, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer Electric Piano and electric and acoustic guitars
The other members of the band are Scott Tournet, on guitars (including slide guitar) and harmonica, drummer Matthew Burr, Catherine Popper on bass guitar and vocals, and Benny Yurco on electric and vocals
Bryan Dondero played bass guitar, upright bass, and mandolin with the group until his departure in early 2009
The band was formed in late 2002 when Burr saw Potter performing folk songs in a student-run venue called "The Java Barn" on the St. Lawrence campus
Burr approached Potter about starting a band, citing James Brown and The Band as musical influences he heard in Potter's voice and original songs
In the spring semester of 2003, Burr invited guitarist Tournet to join the group, cementing the founding members of the band that would become Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

 

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