Nashville’s “rock ‘n soul powerhouse” (Rolling Stone) Sarah Potenza is taking her fierce voice and sharing it with the debut of MONSTER, out August 19. Her sound is reflective of the formidable soul and rock voices of the past, with the passion and depth of Janis Joplin, Etta James and Mavis Staples. She has been tapped for the prestigious Americana Music Festival, and will perform on September 22 (location TBD).
MONSTER is an all Nashville affair, with producer Joe McMahan (founder of Luella and the Sun) serving as the jack of all trades on the release, contributing electric guitar/acoustic guitar/bass/keys/backing vocals/percussion. Other musicians on the album include Michael Webb (Pistol Annies, Will Hoge) on piano/keyboards and Josh Hunt (Alison Krauss) on drums. Sarah Potenza leads with vocals and rhythm guitar, while her husband Ian Crossman rounds out the sound with the baritone guitar.
About MONSTER, Potenza shares her years of joys and frustration that come with the life of a touring musician. She notes, “This album is about my journey from imitation to creation. I set out to make this album because I wanted to let off some steam, I wanted to commiserate with people about the struggle and frustration that comes with being human, that comes from trying your hardest and coming up short. I wanted to tell myself to keep going. In fact, some of the songs are just a pep talk to nobody but me, and they took on a whole new life when I shared them with people.”
After years of touring with her band Sarah & The Tall Boys, Sarah Potenza headed south to Nashville to start her next chapter. She quickly integrated into the local music scene and she became a staple at the world renowned Bluebird Café and the globally broadcast Music City Roots program. She earned raves for her big voice, which seamlessly blends roots, rock and soul.
NBC’s The Voice recruited Potenza for Season 8, where she received a four chair turn and ended up being in the Top 20. The show may have introduced Potenza to millions of television viewers, but the down-to earth singer took those lessons back home to Nashville, where she quickly got back to work touring and recording. She incorporated that experience into the making of MONSTER.
Sarah Potenza is currently on tour and will be featured on numerous festivals this summer, including Strawberry Music Festival, MerleFest and Rhythm & Roots and more. A full list of dates is below.
5/26- Strawberry Music Festival- Grass Valley, CA
5/27- Strawberry Music Festival- Grass Valley, CA
5/29- Strawberry Music Festival- Grass Valley, CA
5/31- Hotel Cafe- Los Angeles, CA
6/1- 98 Bottles- San Diego, CA
6/4- Blackstone Valley Music and Arts Festival- North Smithfield, RI
6/8- Music City Roots- Franklin,TN
(w/ The McCrary Sisters, Bonnie Bramlett and Christine
6/18- Rhode Island Pride Festival- Providence, RI
6/24- Poor David’s Pub- Dallas, TX (w/ Hannah Kirby)
7/24- Eddie’s Attic- Decatur, GA (w/ Meghan Linsey)
7/27- The Pour House Music Hall- Raleigh, NC
7/30- Spring Lake Community House Theater- Spring Lake, NJ
7/31- Drom- New York, NY
8/2- Chirp Concert Happenings,Ballard Park- Ridgefield, CT
8/5- The Assembly Theater- Harrisville, RI
8/6- Falcon Ridge Folk Festival- Hillsdale, NY
8/7- Falcon Ridge Folk Festival- Hillsdale, NY
8/8- Catskills Distillery- Bethel, NY
8/10- Club Cafe- Pittsburgh, PA
8/11- The Listening Room- Port Clint, OH
8/18- Myrna Loy Center- Helena, MT
9/2- Rhythm & Roots Festival- Charlestown, RI
9/3- Rhythm & Roots Festival- Charlestown, RI
9/4- Rhythm & Roots Festival- Charlestown, RI