From rock to country and back
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals sample country with a spot on Kenny Chesney's tour.
Grammy-nominated country singer Kenny Chesney has been featuring an unusual element on his concert tour with Tim McGraw this summer. It's not a fledgling fellow country musician opening their show, but indie-rockers Grace Potter & the Nocturnals.
Instead of earthy harmonies and slide guitar, Potter wields a Flying V Gibson, screams like a banshee when the urge strikes, and leads a band that won't be mistaken for Rascal Flatts anytime soon by the surprised if not intrigued country fans filling the stadiums.
"Overall it's positive, but I do think there's a lot of baffled people," Potter says during a recent telephone interview from California. "I look on some people's faces and there's a look of utter confusion. And I look on other people's faces and there's pure joy and they're dancing around like crazy."
Potter and her Nocturnals – guitarists Benny Yurco and Scott Tournet, drummer Matt Burr, and bassist Michael Libramento – travel a road familiar to many outsider musicians who, at one point or another, found themselves on Music Row in Nashville, Tenn.