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Grace Potter And Company Enjoying "New Band" Status

Of the Oakland Press

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Thanks to a major label record deal, Vermont’s Grace Potter & the Nocturnals are a hot newcomer on the rock scene — with their fourth album.

“Everyone’s like, ‘What a great new band,’ and I’m like, ‘New?! We’ve been working our asses off for five years!’ ” says Potter, 24, the group’s legally blind singer, who also plays keyboards and guitar.

“Lots of stuff is happening really quickly, all at once. It’s felt like a hammer over the head, but, honestly it’s been pretty organic. We could still be churning our wheels and playing at brunches right now. So no matter where we’re at, we’re happy to be there.”

The Nocturnals’ new album, “This Is Somewhere,” was released by the Disney-owned Hollywood Records label, a year after the group won a Jammy Award for Best New Groove. The single “Ah Mary” has won the group bookings on an assortment of network TV shows, and Potter says her surname is also helping to court some attention for the band.

“Oh my God, every night — ‘Are you Harry’s sister?’ or ‘Are you Harry’s cousin?’,” Potter says with a laugh. “I’m thinking about starting to grow my armpit hair back out so I can really be Harry Potter ...

“Most of our fans are pretty respectful, though. And it’s really cute to have little kids genuinely think you are Harry Potter’s sister, aunt or cousin. There’s some mysticism to that that I love. We’ve not benefited monetarily from that, but it’s still fun.”

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals perform with Gov’t Mule on Sunday (Oct. 28) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 in advance, $30 day of show and $55 for reserved seats. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com. Potter & the Nocturnals will perform a free River Session at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Oak City Grille, 212 W. Sixth St., Royal Oak. Call (248) 556-0947 or visit www.oakcitygrille.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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