Grace Potter: "Do I Want To Do The Katy Perry Thing?"

by Chris Parker

Wild and free like much of what you'll find in Vermont, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have had the opportunity to grow on for four albums on Disney subsidiary Hollywood Records. They've never stood still, passing from rootsy jam to southern rock to the atmospheric dance-tinged modern pop of 2010's self-titled album and culminating in a woolly blues-tinged album that retains the pop hooks, infusing them into surprisingly taut and moody seventies-inflected rock. Potter's got the pipes to pull it off, and a lively personality that translates into fun, freewheeling performances.

After dueting with Kenny Chesney on the hit "You and Tequila" in 2011, Potter's profile leapt, and doors opened. But stardom didn't appeal to her as much as making the music she wants - so she didn't cater and willingly let the chips land where they may on their latest, The Lion The Beast The Beat. We caught up with Potter in Nashville, where she and the Nocturnals were rehearsing before leaving on tour.

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