Grace Potter Sets the Country Record Straight
The Brothers of the Sun Tour continues this Saturday in Detroit, before wrapping up next weekend (Aug 24-25) with two shows in Foxboro, Mass. Tourmates Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have bragging rights to the highest-grossing tour of any genre this year, with more than a million tickets sold.
For the only "sister" on the Brothers trek, Grace Potter, this gig has been a career game-changer. The singer-songwriter -- whose latest album with the Nocturnals, the fantastically eclectic The Lion The Beast The Beat, was released in June -- is not only playing for some of her biggest audiences yet but is also gaining a whole new fan base. For that, she thanks her "You and Tequila" duet partner, Kenny Chesney.
"We love performing together, and he is one of my dearest friends. He's a wonderful man. That's the question nobody thinks to ask: is he as good of a guy as he seems to be? He really is," Grace gushes to The Boot. "He really took a risk inviting us on this tour, if you think about what we do musically. 'You and Tequila' makes sense -- me being on stage singing with him. But if you listen to The Lion The Beast The Beat, it doesn't seem like the kind of act that should be on a country tour. We're out of place.
"I was talking to Kenny the other night about it and he brazenly said, 'My fans are smart, Tim's fans are smart -- they know good music when they hear it.' The thought had to cross his mind though, 'Are (the fans) going to be horrified by this music?' Because we're hippies from Vermont! It seemed like an out-of-place decision, but it was a great decision because it's so much fun to