Grace Potter Records w/T Bone Burnett

 

Nocturnals will also
be touring all summer leading up to a fall release for the album.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

BLURT faves Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have recently been
in Village Recorder in West L.A. working on
their third album. Helming the project: none other than T Bone Burnett you may
have heard of the guy). They’re shooting for a fall release from the band’s
label, Hollywood Records.

 

“T Bone’s a legend but also a genuinely effervescent
personality, which is what I look for in anybody, especially a producer,” said
Potter, in a statement, who explained that Burnett’s name has been at the top
of the band’s wish list since it formed in 2002. “We’ve been putting out
feelers for a while,” she says. “In the end, it was Bob Cavallo [Chairman of
the Disney Music Group] who called him and said, ‘T Bone, you owe me 25 bucks.’
 He was referring to a golf match they’d had like 20 years ago. How funny
is that?” Soon thereafter, Burnett, Cavallo and Potter got together for
breakfast. “They both have such spectacular histories, and for the first 45
minutes they just traded stories. I thought it would just be a ‘getting to know
you’ meeting, but at the end, T Bone said, ‘Let’s go make a record.'”

 

 

Potter and Burnett have been sifting through the raft of
material the band has amassed since 2007’s This
Is Somewhere
(there’s also been the live EP Live In Skowhegan, reviewed by BLURT). Potter indicated the new
songs ranged from “feel-good to salty Americana
to swaggering soul with a backbeat. T Bone put the project in cinematic terms. He
told me, ‘You and your voice and your songs are the movie; I’m just gonna score the movie.’ Since then we’ve been riffing back and forth: I’ll shoot a song
demo to him on MP3, and he’ll get me notes back within a few hours. He has a
really interesting sense of the big picture, but has an acute sense of subtle
detail. It’s such a huge relief to find a producer of T Bone’s caliber we can
totally put our trust in, not just because of the records he’s made, but
because of the person he is. Now it’s happening, and we’re excited and ready!”

 

 

In between recording and mixing the new album, Grace Potter
and The Nocturnals will be on the road (including a stop at Bonnaroo) previewing
songs from their upcoming album.

 

 

Tour dates:

 

May 16      Dana Point,
CA               
Doheny Blues
Fest                             
(headline Renaissance stage)

May 17      Birmingham, AL               
Alys Stephens
Center                        
**Grace Potter solo

May 28      Baltimore,
MD                 
8 X 10 
                                            
*headlining

May 29      Millvale, PA                    
Mr.
Small’s                                        
*headlining

May 30      Lexington,
KY                  
The
Dame                                         
*headlining

June 4        Enterprise, AL                  
BamaJam                                          
(Alternative Stage)

June 5        Live Oaks,
FL                  
Wannee Festival                               
(Mushroom Stage)

June 6        Savannah,
GA                
Livewire Music
Hall                            
*headlining

June 8        Isle of
Palms,
SC              
The
Windjammer                              
*headlining

June 11      Knoxville, TN                  
Sundown in the
City                          
*headlining

June 12      Manchester, TN               
Bonnarroo Music
Festival                   

June 20      Millville,
NJ                     
Southern Shore Music Festival           
(Carmel Green
Stage)

June 21      Croton on Hudson, NY     
Great Hudson River
Festival              

June 25      Albany,
NY                     
Alive At
Five                                     
*headlining

June 27      Fort
Smith, AK                 
Riverfront Park                                 

June 28      Fort Smith,
AK                 
Neumeier’s Rib
Room                        
*headlining

July 3        
Telluride,
CO                  
Red, White & Blues                           
*headlining

July 5         Rothbury, MI                   
Rothbury                                          
(Sherwood Court
Stage)

July 17       Alta, Wyoming                
Grand Targhee Americanan Festival 

July 18       Park City,
UT                  
Mountain Town
Stages                      
*headlining

July 24       Floyd, VA                       
Floyd
Festival                                   
(headline Main Stage)

July 26       Bridgeport, CT                
Gathering of the Vibes                     
(Main Stage)

Sept. 5       New Orleans, LA             
Project
30-90                                   

 

 

[Photo Credit: James Minchin III]

 

 

 

 

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