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Grace Potter & The Nocturnals: WXPN's July 2006 Artist to Watch

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With a soulful, bluesy voice that draws frequent comparisons to Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin, Grace Potter and her band, The Nocturnals, are clearly ready for the big time.

Authentic and original, the quartet's rootsy sound has won them fans not just in their native Vermont, but in various cities all over the country as well.

The band first got together in 2002 when they 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 them opening shows for performers like the Dave Matthews Band, Trey Anestasio, and Derek Trucks.

For their newest album, Nothing But The Water, the band once again recruited Eller to record with them; this time, in a nearly 150 year-old barn on the campus of Goddard College. Continuing in the bluesy roots-rock vein of their 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 fans and win plenty of new ones.

Website: gracepotter.com
MySpace: MySpace.com/GracePotterAndTheNocturnals
Recent Release: Nothing But The Water
Release Date: May 23, 2006
Label: Ragged Company/Hollywood
Band Origin: Vermont

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