Fishman Artist // Grace Potter & The NocturnalsBorn in Waitsfield, VT, Grace Potter grew up in a family that encouraged her artistic pursuits in areas from music to theater, the latter of which she was studying at St. Lawrence University when drummer Matt Burr heard her singing at an open-mike night in 2002 and asked if she would form a band with him. She declined, but when her high-school friend and bass player Courtright Beard enrolled in their college, she reconsidered the invitation, and the three of them began to write and perform jazz-influenced songs, Potter also taking duties on the Hammond B-3. Soon, guitarist Scott Tournet joined, and the bandmembers, calling themselves Grace Potter & the Nocturnals -- thanks to their late-night practice habits -- began to think seriously about making music their careers.
When Burr graduated in 2003, they decided to move back to Vermont to some land that Potter's parents owned and dedicate themselves more fully to their craft, replacing Beard (who chose to stay at school) with Bryan Dondero in the process. In 2004 they self-released their debut, Original Soul, receiving positive response and comparisons to artists like Norah Jones and early Bonnie Raitt. This in turn garnered major-label offers, but the band preferred to build its fan base by constant touring and festival appearances. Word of their electric performance spread, and shortly after their second album, Nothing But the Water -- also self-released -- came out in 2005, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals signed to Hollywood Records, with their third full-length, This Is Somewhere, hitting shelves nationwide in August 2007. In 2010, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals was released; Hollywood pulled out all the stops in order to break the band internationally.
In 2012, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals released their fourth album The Lion The Beast The Beat on June 12. During the release, GPN ventured out on “Beast Week” where they appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America as well as late show staple Conan. Fans of modern cooking shows no doubt caught Grace on ABC’s The Chew where she “mixed” it up with Rockstar chef Michael Symon. After the fun on The Chew, the band did a signing and an acoustic set at Best Buy in Union Square in New York City. Last but certainly not least, the week was rounded up by a stunning performance on VH1’s Storytellers. On Storytellers, the band performed new material like the “Never Go Back” and fan favorites like “Paris” and “Medicine.”
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals are currently on a US tour sharing the stage with her duet partner Kenny Chesney and country legend Tim McGraw. On the last tour, Grace and the band had their acoustic guitars equipped with Fishman Matrix Infinity pickups. Aura Spectrum DIs made the journey on the road as well and proved to be a perfect match for the Nocturnal’s acoustic needs.