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After isolation, Grace Potter returned with her best work
After isolation, Grace Potter returned with her best work

At the halfway point of recording "The Lion, the Beast, the Beat" — Grace Potter and the Nocturnals' fourth album, released last June — things seemed to be progressing smoothly. The band's hybrid of blues, rock and folk sounded locked-in and tight, co-producer Jim Scott was capturing the group's live intensity on tape and executives at Hollywood Records were happy with early material. So when Potter, the band's leader and primary songwriter, halted recording at the end of 2011, it was a major shock to everyone involved. Some called it writer's block, but the 29-year-old said recently that she hadn't given herself enough time to write a...

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