FULL OF GRACE
POTTER'S BACK FOR BLUESFEST AND SHE'S IN GOOD COMPANY
Grace Potter doesn’t dance around the fine line that separates a sexy blonde bombshell from a brilliant rock ‘n’ roll goddess. She struts down it. The howling songstress is the energetic frontwoman for Vermont five-piece, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. While hypersexuality can get in the way of music, Potter believes “there’s a balance to everything”.
“Every artist should play with those boundaries and work out what they are comfortable with,” she says. “I am comfortable with my body and sexuality and femininity but I am not going to let it steamroll the music.”
Formed in 2002, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals made a name for themselves in the US spending more time on the road than off. The alt-rockers selfproduced two of their five albums, but Potter says the band feel most at home on stage.
“Getting on stage is the thing we love the most. It’s music in its purest form,” she says.
“I never understood the studio thing, but I have always understood how to get up on stage and throw your heart and soul into the audience. I love to lose myself in the mayhem.”
The band recently caught up in California to pen some new tunes and Potter says they are looking forward to taking their sound in a new direction.
“I have started thinking about music I really love – there are so many more corners I am hoping to turn,” she says.
For Potter, the first step down this new musical path begins with exploring lyrical influences.
“I have been reading a lot of Hemingway lately. I love the idea there’s a way to express what you are feeling without flowery metaphors,” she says.
“I want to say things in a simple, clean and honest way. That’s what the blues is all about – simplifying instead of complicating.”
Making their Australian debut at Bluesfest last year with two knockout shows, Potter’s been hanging out to return to the festival’s stage.
“Bluesfest was the pinnacle – I was not expecting that crowd,” says Potter.
“That festival is at the top of
BLUESFEST WAS THE PINNACLE – I WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT CROWD
my list. That’s why we are coming back. It’s all about true music lovers. It encapsulates everything you want in a festival.”
Last year, she shared the bill with two of her idols – Robert Plant and Iggy Pop.
“It’s crazy – Robert Plant was standing side of stage the whole time at our gig,” she says.
Fans returning to Bluesfest to see Potter should expect lots of “bundled-up energy”. “You guys are getting a seriously concentrated dose of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals,” she says. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals play the Byron Bay Bluesfest tonight and tomorrow night.
Grace Potter plays Bluesfest