Grace Potter recently kicked off her U.S. headlining tour which will take her all around the country over the next three months. She stopped in Raleigh, North Carolina last Thursday and brought some serious heat to The Ritz with her incredible live show. Her newest album, Daylight, was released on October 25, 2019 which comes almost four years after her last album, Midnight, in 2015. Grace is stepping back into life on the road with over 45 scheduled tour dates and festival appearances later in the year, including Bonnaroo, 4848 Festival, and Floydfest.

When I first started seeing Grace Potter, she was backed by her band the Nocturnals, and they put on some of the most unforgettable rock shows I’ve ever seen. Daylight is her second album post-Nocturnals, and it’s refreshing to hear a slightly different sound from Grace. You still get glimpses of her soulful, rock roots throughout the track list but she is also evolving and experimenting with her sound. Her live performances are always memorable and her show in Raleigh was no exception. 

Grace kicked off the night with the title track of her new album, “Daylight.” She played a majority of songs off Daylight, including “Everyday Love,” ”Shout it Out,” “Desire,” “On My Way,” and “Back to Me.” It is obvious that this new album was shaped by strong emotional experiences and a personal journey that Grace herself told the crowd almost made her consider quitting music altogether. Luckily she didn’t do that and the crowd let her know just how much they appreciated her return with roaring adoration.

Throughout her set she also treated fans to many classics including “Medicine,” “Turntable,” “The Lion the Beast the Beat,” and “Stars.” Possibly the biggest highlight of the evening was during the encore when she brought out the night’s opener, Nashville-based singer Devon Gilfillian, to perform “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James.

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Maddie Matthews

Maddie Matthews

Madelyn is a Live Music Photographer based in Raleigh, North Carolina.