Grace Potter delivered the mother lode with her Mother Road Tour at The Sound San Diego

On an atypical gray Saturday, the talented multi-instrumentalist and Singer/Songwriter Grace Potter brought her Mother Road tour to The Sound San Diego.  Potter is a well-known woman who rocks, famous for her work in the group Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, a band which she founded with former husband/drummer Matt Burr which disbanded in 2015.  In addition, Potter has released four well-received solo albums since 2005, including her 2023 release Mother Road.

Potter’s beautifully adorned stage set for this tour was clearly well themed around Route 66 and all of the sights you might see on a long journey down the Main Street of America.  The Mother Road album, featured heavily at this show, presents a fascinating soundscape with interludes, storytelling, and musical elements of rock, blues, country, and soul.

Drawing inspiration from a transformative solo cross-country road trip in 2021 the Mother Road’s songs are part of a deeply personal odyssey. Potter’s musical voyage down Route 66 wasn’t just a thematic backdrop for the evening, her performance was a reflection of her own journey towards self-discovery and creative freedom after a devastating personal tragedy.  As she belted out her songs at this show it was clear that each lyric, each chord, resonated with the raw emotion and unfiltered honesty born from her life experience. Through her captivating stage presence and soul-stirring vocals, Potter invited the audience to join her on a cathartic exploration of life, loss and love.

Potter played electric guitar, keyboards, tambourine and sang fiercely throughout the evening.  Her youthful backing band was fantastic and full of energy, easily driving all of her new material and doing justice to plenty of her most well know Nocturnals songs as well.  The setlist included “Lady Vagabond,” “Mother Road,” “Ready Set Go,” “Good Time,” “Ah Mary,” “Medicine,” “Empty Heart,” “Treat Me Right,” “Low,” “The Lion the Beast the Beat,” “Stop The Bus,” with an encore of “Stars,” and the well-known “Paris (ooh La La).”  Trading back and forth between instruments and stalking the Sound’s expansive stage, Potter danced, sang, and played her heart out.

This fantastic concert was another great example of a talented musician using their pain and personal experience to create powerful and compelling art.  Grace Potter really laid herself out for her audience at this show with her new material.  But she also played plenty of her classic rocking tunes and gave her all to create a compelling show that kept the concert rocking.  The themes of her new album and her most recent personal journey rang loud and clear.  Potter is an extremely talented live performer who clearly knows how to take her audience along for the ride.

Photos and Review by: Alex Matthews