Nothing But Water-cd/dvd(w/ Bonus DVD) CD (2006)

Artist: Grace Potter

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Label Fontana
SKU 202538369
UPC 720616259028
UPC 14 00720616259028
Format CD
Release Date 5/16/2006
Author Grace Potter
Associated Artist/Work Nocturnals (The)
Artist Influence Bonnie Raitt
Artist Influence J.J. Cale
Artist Influence Keb' Mo'
Artist Influence Lucinda Williams
Artist Influence Patty Griffin
Artist Influence Susan Tedeschi
Artist Influence Taj Mahal
Artist Influence The Band
Artist Contemporary Caitlin Cary
Artist Contemporary Deena Goodman
Artist Contemporary Florence the Machine
Artist Contemporary Florence Dore
Artist Contemporary Kasey Chambers
Artist Contemporary Norah Jones
Artist Contemporary O.A.R.
Artist Contemporary Sarah Borges
Artist Contemporary Tara Angell
Artist Contemporary The Pierces
Artist Contemporary Tift Merritt
Artist Contemporary Umphrey's McGee
Technical Info
Producer Grace Potter; Matthew Burr
CatalogID 162 590
Lable Name Hollywood
Released 05/23/2006
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 49m : 5s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00720616259028
Album Notes and Credits
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals/Grace Potter: Grace Potter (vocals); Scott Tournet (guitar, slide guitar); Bryan Dondero (upright bass, bass guitar); Matt Burr (drums, percussion).
While the 22-year-old Grace Potter's vocal influences are obvious -- Bonnies Raitt and Bramlett, Susan Tedeschi, and Lucinda Williams -- it's what she does with her voice that is most impressive. This sophomore indie album gets all the parts right. Even though the band is from Vermont, there is no denying the Southern blues, gospel and swamp rock that course through its veins. Potter's songs, all co-written with her group, grind through a combination of the Band, J.J. Cale (who she namechecks on the opening "Toothbrush and My Table"), Taj Mahal, and Tift Merritt. Although it is self-recorded, Nothing but the Water exudes a professional sound and the band knows when to play and when to lay back. Lyrically, Potter is stuck on the lost love track, but she makes the most of that overworked concept with smart, savvy words that retain an air of mystery. She's got a terrific, grainy voice, but it's her piano and Hammond B-3 playing that really set her apart from the pack. The organ adds a gospel flavor -- part Gregg Allman, part Booker T., part Steve Winwood -- that pushes this material from good to great. "Treat Me Right" throbs with a sexuality perfectly echoed in the band's skeletal swamp funk backing. In particular, Scott Tournet's slide guitar pushes the rollicking "Sweet Hands" down Highway 61 as Potter charges through lyrics such as "it's like touch and go without the touch" with a mix of sassy fire and feisty intensity. "Joey" tells the story of spousal abuse with images that are powerful and scary ("He looks me in the eye, he'll hit me 'til I cry"). She goes full Delta blues/Bonnie Raitt mode on the acoustic "2:22," accompanied only by acoustic guitar and subtle standup bass. It's an impressive track and shows she could be a fine traditional blues singer if she wanted to pursue that avenue. The final trilogy of tracks is the album's highlight. Shifting from the spooky instrumental "Below the Beams" to the a cappella gospel of "Nothing but the Water Pt.1" and into the song's rollicking "Pt. 2," the band fires on all cylinders as Potter spits out the gospel words powered by her own keyboards and the band's surging storm of blues-rock. It caps an impressive release that only scratches the surface of what this band can generate live. ~ Hal Horowitz
Artist Overview
With a voice whose maturity belied its youth, Grace Potter first made a splash on the indie music scene while still in her early twenties. Leading her band the Nocturnals, she became enough of a New England cult phenomenon that she was snapped up by Hollywood Records, which reissued her first album in 2007. Potter's earthy, rootsy blend of blues, classic R&B, and folk-rock, and her warm, soulful vocal style made her one of the most promising young Americana artists to emerge in a crowded field. ~ Rovi Staff
Professional Reviews
No Depression (p.120) - "[S]he's got skills on the Hammond B-3, which adds plenty of sonic warmth to her blues-rock songs."
Disc 1
1 Toothbrush And My Table
2 Some Kind Of Ride
3 Ragged Company
4 Left Behind
5 Treat Me Right
6 Sweet Hands
7 Joey
8 2:22
9 All But One
10 Below The Beams
11 Nothing But The Water I
12 Nothing But The Water II
Product Attributes
Artist Potter,Grace
Music Format Compact Disc

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