Midnight – Grace Potter

Grace Potter’s  debut solo album will be available on Friday August 14th.

Whole Lotta Warren Haynes Going On!

Warren Haynes is one of the most versatile musicians in popular music today. He is equally at home playing with The Allman Bros., The Grateful Dead and his own band Gov’t. Mule. He excels at jamming in so many genres.

Warren Haynes is readying his third “solo” album for release on July 24th. I find the designation solo album misleading because the recording features Railroad Earth extensively throughout the tracks. I prefer to call Ashes and Dust a collaboration.

If you have ever seen Warren Haynes perform live you know he is open to many inputs.  He is inviting and inclusive with everyone he performs with.

Also bringing their talents to Ashes and Dust is the vibrant artist Grace Potter, who joins Haynes for the only duet on the album on “Gold Dust Woman”.  The album additionally features singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin and harmonica player Mickey Raphael who each make an appearance on “Wanderlust.” Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones play on “Spots of Time,” a song written by Haynes and Phil Lesh from the Grateful Dead.

I am looking forward to owning this album and have included the first track featured on Sound Cloud, “Spots of Time”.

But wait to add icing to the cake, Warren Haynes and Railroad Earth were filmed performing on PBS Front and Center. Check your local PBS programming guides to catch this superb concert starting in June.

I am looking forward to Warren Haynes appearing at The Gathering of the Vibes 20th Anniversary Special this summer in my backyard here in Bridgeport, CT.

Love my Vibe Tribe can’t wait to hang with y’all again 🙂

Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals star continues to ascend in 2011. I first learned about them when my son and I attended Relix Magazine’s Jammy Awards event  in 2006 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden where Grace Potter & The Nocturnals were awarded the “Best New Groove” award.

I enjoy the latest album by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. The recording is very alive and has well written lyrics. My favorite tracks are “Paris (Ooh La La) and “Colors”.

Here they are performing “Paris (Ooh La La)” for a future (((artists den)) show for PBS.

Grace Potter has an incredible knack to sweep you along as she engages your sensibilities with the timbre and resonance of her voice. She can be gritty when it’s called for and invoke gospel that will deeply move you with “Nothing But The Water”.

I have seen Grace Potter & The Nocturnals perform live twice. Once as the opening band for Little Feat and Gov’t. Mule and once as the only act at Infinity Music Hall. Each time I was taken by the band’s raw enthusiasm and sense of fun.

This photograph is copyright of photojournalist Nanci Nutile-McMenemy. Nanci has a great collection of live concert photographs and other photography subjects at her Web site here.

If you see Grace Potter and The Nocturnals listed live near you go see them play. You’ll be rewarded by their great energy as they connect wonderfully with their audiences. Their enthusiasm is infectious, catch it!