Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
In 2009, this young band was on the verge of blowing up when they performed on the Vibes stage for the first time, putting out one of the most energetic and enthralling live performances the festival has ever seen. And with the release of The Lion, The Beast, The Beat, this rock band is one of the hottest bands on the touring circuit, selling out at larger and larger venues everywhere around the world, and we are certain their performance will be another one to remember.
With this musically combustible and conceptually dazzling work, the Vermont-based band forcefully takes its place alongside the best of its peers while building on the rich legacy of its inspirations. During this a la carte age, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals have boldly pushed against the current, making a bona fide album that demands to be heard in its entirety.
Alongside the band’s original guitarist/songwriter Scott Tournet, drummer/band co-founder Matt Burr, guitarist Benny Yurco (who joined in 2009), Potter commenced recording the album in October, 2011. They later invited multi-instrumentalist Michael Libramento (from Floating Action) to join them on the sessions. Adding to the firepower of the project is Dan Auerbach who produced and co-wrote the track “Loneliest Soul” and also produced and co-wrote the band’s first single “Never Go Back,” and “Runaway,” both of which were co-produced by Scott. David Campbell (Beck, My Morning Jacket, Jackson Browne) arranged and conducted the strings on the album. The Lion The Beast The Beat was produced by Potter and veteran producer Jim Scott, and represents a rite of passage for a band that is knocking on the door of greatness.
In addition to lead vocals, Potter plays Hammond B3, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer Electric Piano and electric and acoustic guitars. The other members of the band are Scott Tournet, on guitars (including slide guitar) and harmonica, drummer Matthew Burr, Benny Yurco on electric guitar and Michael Libramento – bass guitar, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals.