Show review: Grace Potter | Mountain Xpress


In this age of rampant misinformation, trustworthy promoting is extra impactful than ever.

The strategy additionally applies to reside music, and was put into motion May 7 on the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds when The Grey Eagle’s billing of Grace Potter proved surprisingly true.

Whereas the affable rocker’s final two Asheville-area reveals — the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam in December 2018 and The Orange Peel in January 2020 — had been marketed as “Grace Potter” gigs and featured accompaniment by her full band, this time the identical moniker produced Grace Potter and solely Grace Potter — a welcome curveball and a comparably pleasurable expertise.

The Grey Eagle’s first drive-in present since a frosty mid-November night with St. Paul and the Broken Bones, the evening was chillier than ordinary for May and, maybe as a result of additional hour of daylight, bereft of a projection display screen beside the stage. Unfazed by the low spring temperatures — she lives in Vermont, in any case — Potter tapped into her seemingly bottomless nicely of vitality and delivered a efficiency that, because of her animated persona and the technicians’ knowledgeable outside sound work, didn’t require video accompaniment.

Wrapped in a inexperienced garment that she comically revealed to be her bathrobe, Potter additionally claimed to not have written a set checklist, and as a substitute turned to the viewers for requests. Honoring these shouted strategies sometimes required lyrical backup help from her iPad display screen — a “cheat” that the 37-year-old Potter stated was OK for 75-year-old Neil Young, but didn’t really feel fairly proper for her simply but — however in any other case, it was evident that she’d stored her stage abilities sharp over the previous yr, which noticed her play extra reside reveals than most touring artists.

Starting on guitar, Potter set the skilled but playful tone early with the fascinating “Every Heartbeat,” adopted by a shock verse of Men Without Hats’ “Safety Dance.” The selection present that adopted noticed her transfer between a trio of devices, sticking to guitar for such gems as “Your Girl,” “Stop the Bus,” and her Kenny Chesney duet, “You and Tequila,” and switching to Wurlitzer for a artistic twist on the bouncy “Medicine.” And, because it’s not actually a Grace Potter present with out a Flying V music or two, she donned the throwback instrument and handled the group to “Joey.”