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T-Bone Burnett Out, Mark Batson In On Grace Potter and the Nocturnal's newest "Medicine"

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Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will be working with Dave Matthews Band producer Mark Batson on a new album slated for the spring.

Previously, Grace Potter had completed a short recording session with producer T-Bone Burnett for an album titled Medicine. Weekly Davespeak had a chance to briefly interview Grace about this completed album at Bonnaroo this year, where she described the work as a "Storyteller, tribal-motown, voo-doo thing."

Why Grace has decided not to release the T-Bone recordings, and instead work with Stand Up producer Mark Batson is unclear. A Jambands interview with Grace suggests that the band did not enter the studio with Mark Batson until early September. When WDS spoke to her in May she felt "incredible" about the work with T-Bone, which leaves the months of June, July and August for a change of heart.

It is not uncommon for artists to work with multiple producers before finding the right one for an album release. However, changes to the producer choice can result in strained relations between bands and producers that were built up during a collaborative creative process. For example, in an interview on HD Net, Steve Lillywhite made a point of expressing disappointment for lack of credit and recompense following the band's release of Busted Stuff which largely culled songs from the Lillywhite Sessions.

Even successful collaborations with producers may lead to results artists aren't happy with. During the promotional leadup of Big Whiskey and the Grugrux King, Dave Matthews made a point to suggest that "...the album that we did put out [2005's Mark Batson-produced Stand Up] wasn’t us. I feel like it should have said 'Dave Matthews Band featuring Mark Batson.'"

Grace Potter and the Nocturnal's apparent abandonment of T-Bone's version of Medicine may be a demonstration that a great producer fit during a creative process does not necessarily result in a work that the artist is satisfied with.

However, given Grace Potter's relatively recent excitement for Medicine, it is also entirely possible that an agreement to the legal rights to the work could not be reached.  This possibility seems particularly saddening as in an interview by Blurt about the work on T-Boone's version of Medicine, it was suggested that the producer had been "..at the top of the band's wish list since it formed in 2002."

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Special thanks to Brandon "bokini" Jones for the tip on this piece.