Back at WVU where I went to college, we had this annual tradition -- as most colleges do in one form or another -- of a big "welcome back to school" concert on the first Monday of classes in the fall. A lot of big acts have played our FallFest celebration over the years -- Kanye West, Maroon 5, Ludacris, Third Eye Blind -- but my favorite set that I ever caught at one of those beginning of the year parties was Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
. This was 2012 and The Lion the Beast the Beat
had just been released and I was front row and although I didn't know her music very well that evening, she won me over instantaneously with Stevie Nicks meets Bonnie Raitt charms. Grace Potter just stopped by Conan to play "Empty Heart" off her new album Midnight
which dropped last week. And I'm ready to fall in love with Grace Potter all over again.