Grace Potter: “The guitar is inherent to my sound, and when I get onstage I can’t help it: I have to get to 11”

Grace Potter
(Image credit: Emily Butler)

As Grace Potter tells it, she didn’t know if she ever wanted to make music again, and so making her sophomore solo album, Daylight, was a process of gentle acceleration. It was all about starting out slow, recording ideas on her phone, playing electric guitar through a Vox MINI practice amp so as not to drown out her voice. Then things started to make sense again.

These early ideas were coming together as she was trying to put some distance between herself and “a pretty salty couple of years” that saw the break-up of her band, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and her marriage. Those are the sorts of life experiences that take some shifting. It’s a lot to process.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.