[photo by Jill Harrison]
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals rescued a soggy second day of Mountain Jam with a set of big-tent, unselfconscious seventies rock. Straight off the plane from a gig with The Rolling Stones, Potter hit the stage determined to lift the spirits of this crowd. We needed it — we’d had rain dumped on us for several hours. Comfortable with her sexuality and determined to ride the line between empowerment and objectification, Potter shook her ass, shod her boots, and eventually part of her top to get this crowd awake. But really, she could’ve succeeded anyway. Potter has the kind of huge, unapologetically rock voice that isn’t likely to be a hit with ironists but can command a stadium full of people. Her latest record, The Lion, the Beast, the Beat has continued to make waves live, as we saw at the Capitol Theatre back in 2013. Its title track was the show’s second-to-last closer, and it was a highlight, as was her cover of Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” that featured the festival’s self-appointed resident shredder, Warren Haynes, on guitar.
Even more importantly, Potter has been airing new material. Along with new single “Alive Tonight,” Potter played a brand-new song for the first time, called “Empty Heart.” No matter how wet we once were, Potter managed to convince everyone to surround her, summoning the sense of community that had been missing as people ran for cover. It didn’t matter if “Paris (Ohh La La)” was ridiculously over the top as it closed the set — including its multi-member drum solo — by the time it came around, Grace Potter had earned it.
I recorded this set from a nice position toward the front of the soundboard cage with MBHO cardiod microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!
This recording is hosted on the Live Music Archive.
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Hunter, NY USA
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Recorded and produced by acidjack
MBHO KA200N>MBP603>Roland R-26>16bit/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (fades, amplify)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )
Tracks [Total Time 1:27:06]
01 Never Go Back
02 Ah Mary
03 Hot Summer Night
05 Alive Tonight
06 Empty Heart [new song debut]
07 Yes We Can [Pointer Sisters]
08 Low Road
09 God’s Gonna Cut You Down [Johnny Cash]
10 Delirious [?]
13 Cinnamon Girl [Neil Young]*
14 Nothing But the Water (I)
15 The Lion, the Beast, the Beat
16 Paris (Ohh La La)
* w/ Warren Haynes