April 11, 2017 Doors: 8:00PM
Show: 9:00 pm
“Channeling Rosetta Tharpe and Mavis Staples, she [Potenza] slayed the crowd…” – American Songwriter
“Potenza is to the blues what Adele is to pop” – Rolling Stone
Nashville powerhouse singer Sarah Potenza was everywhere during the Americana Music Festival, and fans and critics extolled her virtues. American Songwriter, AXS.com, Lockeland Springsteen and others praised the songstress as she performed at three events, including the Mercyland show with Emmylou Harris and The Wood Brothers and her Sunday School gospel brunch with Mary Gauthier, Christine Ohlman and others.
Prior to the festival, Potenza’s debut album MONSTER was released to rave reviews.
Rolling Stone named her as one of their “Artists You Need To Know”, and NPR Music exclusively premiered the music video to “Monster” here. The title track is also quickly moving up the Americana Radio chart, as programmers are supporting her gritty sound and unstoppable resolve. NPR Music calls “Monster” a “blistering, riff-propelled personal anthem,” while No Depression states, “You won’t find any gimmicks on MONSTER, just pure unadulterated rock and roll.”
After years of touring with her band Sarah & The Tall Boys, Sarah Potenza was chosen over 50,000 candidates to appear on The Voice. After leaving the show as a top 20 finalist, she 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 continues to earn raves for her big voice, which seamlessly blends roots, rock and soul.
Symone French is a singer-songwriter hailing from Mobile, AL. Even though her voice leans towards the soul side, it also transcends genres. With influences ranging from Beyoncé to Bonnie Raitt, it’s obvious how she creates her unique sound. While she hasn’t been on the local music scene for very long, audiences have taken to her effortless stage presence and keen sense of style. Symone is currently the lead singer for local favorites, Infant Richard and the Delta Stones. They have opened for hometown favorites such as Jamell Richardson and regional touring acts such as Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk. The group is excited to release their upcoming project, “When the Smoke Clears”, in which Symone makes her songwriting debut.
Sherry Neese is a southern-rooted singer/songwriter from Mobile Alabama. Often playing as a duo with her brother Matt Neese, they were raised singing in their fathers’ church along with their 9 other siblings. They formed Sherry Court in 2009 and have been playing shows and booking gigs ever since, both as a duo, full band and solo playing genres such as alternative rock, folk, country, rock and roll and contemporary.