Last summer, Grace Potter, 3X GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter and “one of the greatest living voices in rock today,” released Mother Road via Fantasy Records. Across 10 dynamic tracks, Potter deconstructs her deepest fears and darkest regrets, charting the fallout with brutal honesty and emotional daring.
Grace visits DC to tour Mother Road at The Anthem on Saturday, Jan. 27.
“While writing Mother Road, I spent two years driving back and forth across America, exploring the backroads and byways of Route 66, favoring alternate routes whenever possible. I spent the time reflecting on my roles as a woman, a mother, and a dreamer,” Potter said. “As Mother Road unfolds, my central narrative begins to fragment into multiple paths. Each path becomes a character, and each character weaves in and out of my present-day consciousness at important milestones along the way. The album is my take on what it means to be alive and how to live life to the fullest.”
Produced by Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Nickel Creek) and recorded at RCA’s famed Studio A in Nashville and Topangadise in Topanga, California, Mother Road — the “dynamite” (Guitar Player) follow up to Potter’s 2019 acclaimed, 2X GRAMMY-nominated album, Daylight — commands an expansive soundscape of soulful rock, roots, funk, country, and R&B.
Watch the official music video for “Good Time” by Grace Potter on YouTube:
Back in summer 2021, Grace Potter took off on a solo cross-country road trip that would soon bring a life-saving reconnection with her most unbridled self. Heading out on Route 66 from her home in Topanga Canyon, the Vermont-born artist spent the coming weeks crashing in roadside motels and taking time each night to deliriously transcribe the song ideas she’d dreamed up behind the wheel, often scrawling those notes onto the backs of postcards and motel notepads.
After completing two more trips across the USA on her own — and partly navigating her way with the help of hand-drawn maps from self-styled historians of Route 66 — Potter flew to Nashville for a series of recording sessions that quickly gave way to her most magnificently unfettered collection of songs to date. Equal parts fearlessly raw memoir and carnivalesque fable, the result is a body of work that goes far beyond the typical album experience to deliver something much more all-enveloping: the original motion picture soundtrack to a profoundly transformative moment in Potter’s life, a fantastically twisted odyssey populated by the hitchhikers and outlaws and other lifelong wanderers who roam through the wonderland of her psyche.
W/ Brittney Spencer
Saturday, Jan. 27
Doors @ 6:30pm
$49.50 GA/174.50 VIP All ages