Hit: Grace Potter

Even if it hadn't been dominated by dance music, Grace Potter, a traditional, meat-and-potatoes rock singer would have been an outlier at this year's FreeFest. That's because she was one of only two women on the bill (the other was singer-songwriter <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT006163" title="Patti Smith" href="/topic/entertainment/music/patti-smith-PEPLT006163.topic">Patti Smith</a>). Her presence was a welcome addition to the bill: Potter is a furious, old-fashioned rocker, a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003306" title="Stevie Nicks" href="/topic/entertainment/music/stevie-nicks-PECLB003306.topic">Stevie Nicks</a> in the body of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB005414" title="Sienna Miller" href="/topic/entertainment/sienna-miller-PECLB005414.topic">Sienna Miller</a>. But rock isn't her only register: Recently, she's flirted with country music, and both genres were on display here.

( Josh Sisk, Baltimore Sun / September 9, 2011 )

Even if it hadn't been dominated by dance music, Grace Potter, a traditional, meat-and-potatoes rock singer would have been an outlier at this year's FreeFest. That's because she was one of only two women on the bill (the other was singer-songwriter Patti Smith). Her presence was a welcome addition to the bill: Potter is a furious, old-fashioned rocker, a Stevie Nicks in the body of Sienna Miller. But rock isn't her only register: Recently, she's flirted with country music, and both genres were on display here.

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