Grace Potter on Women in Music: "We're in This Weird Separate Category, Doesn't Make Sense"
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The city's beloved Ravens were crowned Super Bowl XLVII champions roughly eight hours ago, but the team's diehard fans are still celebrating the victory with the squad's unofficial fourth-quarter battle cry. And unsurprisingly, roots rocker Grace Potter is at the center of the action.
"It's crazy here," she says. "People are insane."
Two days after playing a sold-out gig in Baltimore on the eve of the big game, Potter and her Vermont-based band, the Nocturnals, are gearing up for an encore show in Maryland's capital, harnessing that Ray Lewis-like electricity radiating throughout Charm City.
"I know that everyone is going to lose their shit," Potter quips during a phone conversation with Crossfade. "We're going to have to play 'Seven Nation Army' again," she laughs.
But a Ravens win and a Jack White cover can only supplement, not fuel, Potter's critically acclaimed live show. Since independently releasing their first studio record, Nothing but the Water, in 2005, she and the Nocturnals have earned a reputation as one of the most dynamic live acts in contemporary music.
As both principal songwriter and fiercely energetic frontwoman, Potter can effortlessly command audiences anywhere -- from grimy dive bars to massive outdoor festivals -- ecstatically bouncing barefoot across the stage with her signature Gibson Flying V guitar slung across her back.
Last summer, Potter and crew toured the country, opening 60,000-seat stadiums for Kenny Chesney, converting country music fans, and breaking negative stereotypes about female musicians along the way.
"That's the one thing that has always irked me about the industry," Potter says. "People have their female genre. They're like, 'Oh, I've got my rock albums, I've got my R&B albums, I've got my rap albums, and then I've got my girl albums.' It's like we're in this weird separate category, which doesn't make sense to me at all."