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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


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

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