Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are kicking off an early ’08 headlining tour with dates sponsored by Amoeba Records with Brandi Shearer in support. They will be making a stop in Davenport at the Redstone Room on Monday, February 11th. Tickets will be $13 in advance and go on sale today (12/26) and will be $15 at the door.
We’ve talked about Grace here before. I had a chance to see her open for Gov’t Mule in Des Moines, and she and her band put on a very powerful performance. They certainly held their own opening for the Mule. As much as I enjoyed the opportunity to see the legendary Gov’t Mule in concert, I couldn’t help but be a little disappointed that I wasn’t seeing more of Grace and her band. So, here is my chance to see her headlining a show! According to the e-mail I got from the folks at the River Music Experience the people who saw her last show at the Redstone Room said it was the best they’ve seen there.
I haven’t heard of Brandi Shearer before I got wind of this show. She is the first act signed to the new record label run by the Amoeba Music record stores. So, this tour with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is being sponsored by Amoeba as a way to promote their new artist and her album Close to Dark. After listening to the free download mp3’s and the streaming audio samples I think this is a really good pairing. Brandi has a bluesy, smoky voice that compliments Grace’s. Grace has been known to come out and sing with the bands she’s toured with, so maybe we’ll see some of that with Brandi, too!
Amoeba is going to be giving away a zip file of mp3’s every couple of weeks to promote Brandi as well as the Gram Parsons catalog. Week one has two tracks from Brandi. One is a 128Kbps live track from Brandi covering Gram Parsons’ “Hickory Wind” as well as a 320Kbps version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” The Christmas mp3 is a nice one just Brandi and an acoustic guitar. The zip file also includes the first track “Close Up The Honky Tonks” in 128Kbps from the new Flying Burrito Brothers live album Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals with Brandi Shearer presented by Amoeba Music Tour Dates:
3rd & Lindsley
Smith’s Old Bar
House of Blues
New Orleans, LA
West Hollywood, CA
San Francisco, CA
The Blue Note
The Redstone Room