Even though Grace Potter & the Nocturnals have underwent some lineup changes over the years, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the band’s sincere dedication to rock ‘n’ roll. Inspired by some of the more dynamic rockers of the late ’60s and early ’70s like The Band, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and Van Morrison, the group has forged its own path in an industry built for pop music. The song “Stars” off the band’s latest album, The Lion The Beast The Beat, is a surprisingly melodic number with Grace’s gripping vocals leading the way. The video focuses on the performance, allowing viewers to absorb the almost other-worldly nature of the track.
Grace was born and raised in Vermont where she gained a pretty broad appreciation for music thanks to her supportive parents. She went on to study theater at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York where she met drummer Matt Burr at an open mic night in 2002. Grace’s singing and songwriting ability along with her masterful playing of the Hammond B-3 helped set the stage for the group’s throwback sound. The band’s name was based on the company’s tendency to rehearse late at night. Back in 2004, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals self-released Original Soul and major label offers followed, although the band didn’t immediately sign on any dotted line. A heavy schedule of touring followed before the release of Nothing But the Water. The group eventually joined Hollywood Records, which put out This Is Somewhere, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and The Lion The Beast The Beat. The latest album proved to be more of a process with Grace actually hitting the road for inspiration, which resulted in a truly cohesive musical offering. There’s just something so organic about Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and it has us hooked. We love the band’s rock ‘n’ roll mentality and Grace’s unique ability to display both power and tenderness through her voice.
Watch “Stars” below before heading over to I AM THAT GIRL’s YouTube channel. While you’re there, don’t forget to tune into our Music Mondays playlist, which is updated every week.
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