The original GPN band lineup came together in 2002, when Potter (vocals, Hammond organ), Matt Burr (drums) and Scott Tournet (lead guitar) bonded over a mutual passion for classic rock music. Catherine Popper and Benny Yurco have since joined the current lineup on bass and rhythm guitar.
Potter and the group honed their performance skills and built their fan base on the jam-band circuit of a staggering 200 shows a year. With bluesy riffs and roots-rock grooves, they are often compared to such enduring acts as the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and Tina Turner.
When we asked the lead singer to tell us about three of her many '60s and 70's influences, she cited the early work of David Bowie, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.
"I just met [Led Zeppelin singer] Robert Plant last night and I'm now convinced that he is my biggest influence as a vocalist. There's a magnetism that any great frontperson has to have and it hasn't faded."
With Potter in the role of the magnetic frontwoman for GPN, the band has performed on numerous television shows and film soundtracks, and recently earned a spot among Rolling Stone's Best New Bands of 2010. Lake Champlain Chocolates, located in Potter's home state of Vermont, have even created a chocolate bar named after the group.
In June 2010, Disney's Hollywood Records released the band's eponymous fourth album produced by Grammy Award winner Mark Batson. Batson's previous work includes collaborations with hip-hop artists Eminem, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre.
We asked Grace her theoretical thoughts on having those artists perform covers of three of her songs, and she happily identified suitable options for each. "I'd love to hear Jay-Z doing 'Paris (Ooh La La),' I'd like Eminem to do 'Apologies' or 'Oasis' and Dr. Dre can do whatever he wants... 'cause he's Dr. Dre."
Catch one of Grace Potter & the Nocturnals' rollicking live shows during their current U.S. tour.