I’m still all croupy and nasty feeling so I’m not venturing far off the couch this evening; like, at all. In fact, even venturing up off the couch to change the record over requires more energy than I would like to be giving at this moment. I’m following up the last 60 minutes of mellow moodiness with this ‘Live From the Legendary Sun Studio‘ album by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals.
I’m not even sure where this record came from truthfully (maybe from Uncle Lance in Rochester) nor do I know much about Grace Potter but today seems as good a day as any to figure it out.
It’s too long to be called an EP but not quite long enough to be called an album, so let’s call it a “mini-album. It was recorded over several sessions at the famed Sun Studio in Memphis in 2008, while the band was on tour and released on Record Store Day 2012. It features 7 tracks of 60’s-70’s inspired classic rock with southern rock meets Stevie Nicks-style female vocals. The 4 tracks on the A-side were recorded in 2008 for a ‘Live From Sun Studio’ TV show while the 3 songs on the B-side were recorded in 2009. All but two of the songs (‘Night Rolls On‘ and ‘Ouuta My Tree‘) are previously unreleased material.
It’s a stripped down production intended to bring out the groovy bluesiness of Potter’s amazing voice. She is a little Norah Jones, a little Janis Joplin and a little Bonnie Raitt – all rolled into one. Why I’m only just discovering this now is anybody’s guess, but I’m sure glad I did.