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Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is a Vermontmarker-based band that has recently gained national attention with its newest album,This Is Somewhere. The band blends funky blues, soul and rock from the sixties and early seventies.

The lead vocalist is -year-old Grace Potter who attended St. Lawrence University for two years before heading off into the world of music. She plays the Hammond B3, Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer Electric Piano, and electric and acoustic guitars. Also in the band are Scott Tournet (guitar/slide guitar/harmonica), and Matthew Burr (drums). Bryan Dondero played bass (electric and upright) and mandolin with the group until his departure in early 2009.

The band has independently recorded and released two albums, Original Soul (2004) and Nothing but the Water (2005). Marketing efforts include word-of-mouth, online promotion and marketing through The band signed a deal with Hollywood Records in December 2005 and re-released Nothing but the Water on May 23, 2006.

In 2005, the band was nominated for two categories at the Boston Music Awards; Best Local Female Artist and Best New Local Act. It also performed at the awards ceremony.

In 2006, the band won the Jammy for Best New Groove and was nominated for two more Boston Music Awards: Album Of The Year (major) for the re-release of Nothing But The Water, and Female Vocalist Of The Year (for front woman Grace Potter).

The band released its third album, This Is Somewhere, on August 7, 2007 on Hollywood Records and toured that fall supporting Gov't Mule for its October and November North American tour.

The song "Apologies" has been featured on the shows All My Children, Kyle XY, One Tree Hill, and Brothers & Sisters, and the song "Falling or Flying" was featured on the hit drama show Grey's Anatomy and appeared on Volume 3 of the show's soundtrack.

The band recently supported The Black Crowes on their North American tour.

On August 2, 2007, the band made its network television debut on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno . This was followed by appearances on ABC's Good Morning America on August 7, 2007 and CBS' The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on August 10, 2007.

In 2008, the group opened for the Dave Matthews Band for three dates - a two-night stand at the Saratoga Performing Arts Centermarker in Saratoga, NYmarker 6/20-21, and 6/24 at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MAmarker. The band played a full set at the Mile High Music Festival on 7/20.

In November 2008, Bose began using "Ain't no Time" in their North American IPOD SoundDock sales displays.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals released the news on May 11, 2009 that T-Bone Burnett would be producing their next album, Medicine, tentatively scheduled for fall of 2009.

During the 2009 Bonnaroo, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, along with playing their own set, joined Gov't Mule and moe. on stage for their shows. With Gov't Mule, Potter and Tournet joined Mule on stage, while with moe. they one-by-one replaced the band during moe.'s 5 hour set and played 4 of their own songs to be replaced back by moe..

On November 13, 2009, the band posted a new release date for "Medicine", pushing it back to Spring 2010.


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Recorded between tours during the summer and fall of 2004 at the band's Waitsfieldmarker rehearsal space, Depart So Slow features the songwriting of singer/guitarist Scott Taylor with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals providing musical backing. It was engineered and mixed by Nocturnals guitarist Scott Tournet.

In 2008 Grace Potter collaborated with Bethany Joy Galeotti (One Tree Hill) on a track from the acoustic sessions called "I Want Something That I Want."

In 2009, Grace Potter featured on a track by fellow Vermont singer-songwriter Gregory Douglass on his upcoming album Battler, on the track "Ordinary Man".


  1. JamBase: Jammy Award Winners 2006
  2. JamBase: Nemo '06 & BMA Awards, September 19, 2006
  3. GPN Newsletter: April 23, 2008
  4. Good Morning America 8/7/07 clip 1
  5. Good Morning America 8/7/07 clip 2
  8. "Grace Potter Records w/T Bone Burnett", May 12, 2009

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