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Grace Potter - Nothing but the Water

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    Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: Grace Potter (vocals); Scott Tournet (guitar, slide guitar); Bryan Dondero (upright bass, bass guitar); Matt Burr (drums, percussion). While the 22-year-old Grace Potter's vocal influences are obvious -- Bonnies Raitt and......more

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Artist: Potter, Grace
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Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: Grace Potter (vocals); Scott Tournet (guitar, slide guitar); Bryan Dondero (upright bass, bass guitar); Matt Burr (drums, percussion). While the 22-year-old Grace Potter's vocal influences are obvious -- Bonnies Raitt and Bramlett, Susan Tedeschi, and Lucinda Williams -- it's what she does with her voice that is most impressive. This sophomore indie album gets all the parts right. Even though the band is from Vermont, there is no denying the Southern blues, gospel and swamp rock that course through its veins. Potter's songs, all co-written with her group, grind through a combination of the Band, J.J. Cale (who she namechecks on the opening "Toothbrush and My Table"), Taj Mahal, and Tift Merritt. Although it is self-recorded, Nothing but the Water exudes a professional sound and the band knows when to play and when to lay back. Lyrically, Potter is stuck on the lost love track, but she makes the most of that overworked concept with smart, savvy words that retain an air of mystery. She's got a terrific, grainy voice, but it's her piano and Hammond B-3 playing that really set her apart from the pack. The organ adds a gospel flavor -- part Gregg Allman, part Booker T., part Steve Winwood -- that pushes this material from good to great. "Treat Me Right" throbs with a sexuality perfectly echoed in the band's skeletal swamp funk backing. In particular, Scott Tournet's slide guitar pushes the rollicking "Sweet Hands" down Highway 61 as Potter charges through lyrics such as "it's like touch and go without the touch" with a mix of sassy fire and feisty intensity. "Joey" tells the story of spousal abuse with images that are powerful and scary ("He looks me in the eye, he'll hit me 'til I cry"). She goes full Delta blues/Bonnie Raitt mode on the acoustic "2:22," accompanied only by acoustic guitar and subtle standup bass. It's an impressive track and shows she could be a fine traditional blues singer if she wanted to pursue that avenue. The fin...
See Also:
Nothing But the Water
See Influences:
Keb' Mo', Lucinda Williams, J.J. Cale, Taj Mahal, Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Raitt, The Band, Patty Griffin
See Contemporaries:
Kasey Chambers, Caitlin Cary, Tift Merritt, Umphrey's McGee, Norah Jones, Sarah Borges, Florence + the Machine, Tara Angell, O.A.R., Deena Goodman, Florence Dore
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Toothbrush and My Table
  2. 2 Some Kind of Ride
  3. 3 Ragged Company
  4. 4 Left Behind
  5. 5 Treat Me Right
  6. 6 Sweet Hands
  7. 7 Joey
  8. 8 2:22
  9. 9 All But One
  10. 10 Below the Beams
  11. 11 Nothing But the Water I
  12. 12 Nothing But the Water II
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Rock & Pop
Producer:
Grace Potter; Matthew Burr
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
Subformat:
CD & DVD
Studio or Live:
Studio
Mono or Stereo:
Stereo
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Runtime:
49 : 5
Editorial Reviews:
No Depression (p.120) - "[S]he's got skills on the Hammond B-3, which adds plenty of sonic warmth to her blues-rock songs."
UPC:
720616259028
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    I bought this CD after hearing Grace sing a song with a band on TV. She has a powerful and blusey voice and I wanted to hear more of her. The song selections on this CD however, didn't do it for me. It was a disappointment and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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