Grace Potter Covers The Grateful Dead (Again)
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals covered the Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil” for the first time last night. They dropped the unexpected cover during their set at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre on the anniversary of the Dead’s own historic appearance at the Westchester County venue. Before busting into the song, Potter discussed the song’s historic significance and how much the Dead’s spirit is ingrained in the band’s collective spirit, especially guitarist Benny Yurco.
Potter publicly performed the Dead’s music for the first time this past September. The gig took place at the Cap during a HeadCount benefit that also featured Bob Weir, Trey Anastasio, The Roots, Warren Haynes and Bobby Keys. She continued the Dead tribute trend this past Saturday when the Nocturnals covered “Casey Jones” at the Capitol Theatre. It was the first time Potter has performed a Grateful Dead song with the full band. Several artists have performed the Dead’s music at the Cap since the venue reopened this past fall, including Counting Crows.
Potter has been in a cover mood this past week. While on tour with openers Futurebirds, Potter and the Nocturnals regularly invited members of the rising Athens, GA band out for a Tom Petty cover on a number of occasions. The stunt culminated at Lake Buena Vista, FL’s House of Blues on February 17 when the Nocturnals covered “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and “American Girl” during their encore. Then, they brought up both their dog and the members of Futurebirds for “Free Fallin’.” In addition, during their performance at Red Bank, NJ’s Count Basie Theatre on Friday, the Nocturnals brought out opener Rayland Baxter for a geographically appropriate take on Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.”