by John Tarpley
No need to mince words: This group of Vermont roots rockers is getting big with a quickness. Right now, they're toeing the precipice of major mainstream success. Think Kings of Leon as fronted by a Bonnie Raitt/Nancy Wilson/Beyonce hybrid who flirts with glam. Or maybe a younger Black Crowes with more mascara. (Rather, gender-appropriate make-up, that is.) It's a band that wears its influences with pride, as well, not afraid to launch into a cover from its forebears ("White Rabbit," "Pain in My Heart"), its contemporaries (My Morning Jacket's "Golden" is known to get Nocturnal) or from the left field altogether ("Oye Como Va?!") This show, one of many from the band in the last year, is part of the self-explanatory Bonnaroo Buzz Tour. GP and the Nocturnals are joined by echo-poppers Futurebirds, reedy hipster bluesman Gary Clark Jr. and "This American Life"-featured comedian Julian McCullough.
Check it out: "Medicine" (for Billboard Magazine's "Tastemakers" web series)