From the moment I first heard "Tiny Light" until now, I have loved many of their live performances, marveled at the excellence of their studio productions, and delighted at their musician like brilliance. Matt Barr is a first class drummer, Scott Tournet likewise on guitar. These guys are the best of the best, and Grace Potter is never hard pressed to match them. Her career has been stunning, success after success. Her fans love her voice, her songwriting, her performances...not to mention her appearances with other musicians.
If the hallmark of a great musician is the ability to inspire, then The Nocturnals and Grace Potter are great.
One song particularly comes to mind, "Ah, Mary", from their album "This is Somewhere" (released August, 2007). I feel as if the band knows exactly how I feel, as if Grace Potter is singing about someone I love dearly..."she's the beat of my heart, she's the shot of a gun". The whole song, melody, instrumentation, and lyrics, is a lead up to a guitar solo that had this man dancing in joy the first time I heard it. Beautifully executed piece, one of their very best, the quintessential Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, shining in their stunning talent. Potter's voice is versatile; her complete control of at least three octaves is stunning, to say the least. But, who is Mary?
I will be watching and listening. Either way, let us remember that it's all about the music. As for Grace Potter going solo, that's her choice. She's been compared in stature to Sarah McLachlan, called the best female lead singer in history, and "the Stevie Nicks of the 21st century". Wrong, on all counts. She is unique, and I am looking forward to more from her. And the Nocturnals.