(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)
“Kenny sees that so much of music
is colliding these days, and usually beautifully. There are a lot of broad sweeping changes happening and all those lines
are getting blurred. And he saw that the missing link on tour was the straight ahead rock and roll band,” Potter told me right
after her set at the Chicago stop on Saturday (July 7).
But she added that at the heart of it, she thinks Chesney
just wanted to have a buddy on the road. (“I am like the little sister of the sun. I’m like the weird little sister,” she
laughed.) And now that the Nocturnals have a string of shows under their belt, they’re getting used to seeing the fans go
insane for Chesney and McGraw.
“I love that we’re here. To see the fans who are so in love with Kenny and Tim’s music
– they know every word. No one knows our words. But I love the fresh feeling you get when no one knows anything about you,”
Even with the influence Chesney’s sound could potentially have on her songwriting, she told me she has
no intention of going country, but that she might stumble into a country song someday.
“I know what feels right to
me, and it’s just about song. Not really about genre,” she said. “I’m sure when I leave this tour and start writing for the
next record, it’s gonna sound all kinds of country.”