New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 11 - Page 7

“The worst thing an artist can do is what is expected of them.” For more than a decade, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals have been a fixture on the jam band scene, playing the largest music festivals with a distinctive rock and roll sound that defied easy categorization. Some songs were bluesy, some rocked hard, some sounded like alternative rock and some sounded rootsy, but they were all held together via the powerful and soulful vocals of Grace Potter. In August, she released Midnight, her first solo record and she’s currently on a tour that will bring her to the tri-state area in December. The record surprised many long-time fans of the band because it takes her songwriting in completely different rections. In fact, some say it’s closer to a pop album than anything else. “I wouldn’t say this is a pop record,” explained Potter. “It’s poppier than anything I’ve done before, but more than anything it was great to unleash the preconceived notions and parameters that I’ve set for myself about having to write for the band and write for my fans. I was in this very people pleasing mode for many years where I wanted to write what I thought other people would like and what other people would dig. And so this record was an opportunity for me to explore the things that make me happy and fulfill me as a songwriter.” 2015 - ISSUE 11 ARTICLES 7