Trevor G. Potter
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Trevor G. Potter

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, United States

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, United States
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"Trevor Potter's album reflects on rural images"

Steamboat musician Trevor Potter's album reflects on rural images
By Nicole Inglis Sunday, July 18, 2010

Steamboat Springs — Deep in the barren prairie of South Dakota, Steamboat Springs-based musician Trevor G. Potter stopped at a run-down gas station in the middle of a place called Potter County while on a road trip.

The gas pumps hadn’t worked in a long time, struck by lightning in one of the plains’ cruel storms. But the station remained, serving as a post office and general store, and a dusty, desolate image of rural America.

Intrigued by the name and struck by the county’s poignant imagery, Potter decided to re-create that place in song, painting it with brushstrokes of folk lyrics and accents of minor chords.

“I really like rural American images,” he said. “It’s just what I’ve been exposed to.”

“Potter County, South Dakota” became the title track on the musician’s second studio album, “Potter County and Points Far Beyond,” released this summer.

With a 5-month-old son, four to five gigs a week and promotion of other local musicians and venues on the side, Potter has made his passion his livelihood as he forges ahead in his musical career.

This week, he’ll play four shows at several venues: a 9 p.m. performance Tuesday at The Boathouse Pub, happy hour at Rex’s American Grill & Bar on Thursday, a late-night performance at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill on Friday and a set at the Mainstreet Farmers Market on Saturday.

In his home office Friday afternoon, Potter spoke about the album’s conception as American roots and country blues played softly in the background. The influences of countless CDs, vinyls and books stacked around the office give him more than just a head full of melodies and lyrics.

Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson all help jump-start the thought process he uses to create his own songs, he said.

“Good lyrics put you in a place,” he said. “The words take you to that place.

“I’ve always been interested in the lyrics. The melodies and the songs, they just enhance the lyrics. I’m not an exceptional instrumentalist or singer, but I think my writing is the strong point.”

He said listening to musicians before him bring him to a creative state of mind, in which he’s scribbled out scores of music and lyrics yet to be recorded.

“I love listening to music that was recorded in the ’20s and ’30s,” he said. “That music still has value and significance musically and lyrically.

“I’m just hungry. I’m hungry for that satisfaction. You rifle through CDs; you read books. To me, the limitation isn’t if it’s popular or not.”

He said the Steamboat Springs music scene has allowed him to follow the path to recording his new album.

But his career is not limited to playing music on his own. Potter also has focused on expanding the reach of live music by booking and promoting for other local artists and venues.

“Part of what I do is also a lot of booking around town,” he said. “It’s cool to grow the music scene. I work for the whole. I think it’s better to be inclusive than to be exclusive.”

And he can be just as inclusive with his music, which features lyrics wrought with faith, memories and archetypal images.

Sometimes, the light guitar picking evokes dark and melancholy pictures. But if Potter is going to tell the American story through his songs, he’s not about to leave anything out.

“The dark stuff, it’s just a part of life,” he said. “We’re all on the fence, always walking that line. And hopefully, the good outweighs the bad.”

Nicole Inglis - Steamboat Pilot (Aug 24, 2010) - Nicole Inglis - Steamboat Pilot (Aug 24, 2010)


"KFMU RADIO"

THESE ARE THE KIND OF SONGS THAT KEEP GROWING. THE FIRST LISTEN LEAVES YOU WANTING MORE AND THE MORE YOU LISTEN, THE MORE YOU ARE DRAWN IN. TREVOR G. POTTER IS AN ARTEST THAT WARRANTS ATTENTION AND DESERVES TO GAIN RECOGNITION FOR HIS WRITING. - J.P. STONE - KFMU RADIO


"Steve Boynton - E-Town National Radio Broadcast"

With a voice that is slightly worn, Trevor G. Potter is able to convey the message of the songs he has writen. The writing is the type that is not commonly found. The songs fall somewhere on the sorrowful side of what somehow feels sacred, and many represent the often unsung struggle of life's travels and trials. Beyond the weary messages and tellings of these songs is a slight comfort that there is hope and that one's spirit will stand strong and survive. - Independent


"Alt-Country NL"

"Potter County and Points Far Beyond" is notable for the excellent vocal melodies and beautiful songs which are musically original in both ways. Beautiful acoustic listening repertory and recognizable Americana songs. This music effortlessly captivates the ear with pleasant-sounding songs like Jesus, Heavy and Hard Drinkin Hard Livin ' and "Something So Hard'. His fingerpicking guitar style, with the beautiful polyphonic vocals provide a fine expressive sound on "Mercy In The Name Of The Lady" and the "Gulf Of California". "Potter County and Points Far Beyond" sounds tasteful and honest. Trevor G. Potter is a determined musician with his heart in the right place. The talented singer-songwriter delivers an excellent album that is well made, enjoyable and musically is packed.

- Johan Schoemakers - Alt-Country NL (Jun 29, 2010)


Discography

Singer/Songwriter Trevor G. Potter CD Releases: "Curbside Vacancy" and "Potter County and Points Far Beyond" Acoustic American folk music from the road and the wrong side of the tracks. Alone and quiet on the back porch, in the smoke and noise of the bar rooms or on the edge of the city streets. Lyrics that capture the struggle of life's learnings and longings. Acoustic guitar with an uncommon cross section of instrumentation.

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Trevor G. Potter:
OPENING SET FOR THE EMMITT-NERSHI BAND - August 24, 2010. Trevor G. Potter with his band Rural Wreckage had a great opening set for the Emmitt-Nershi Band (Leftover Salmon/String Cheese Incident). The crowd of several thousand was extreamly responsive and and with their original music and arangments Trevor G. Potter and Rural Wreckage set the tone for an outstanding night of music.

OPENING ACT FOR LOS LONELY BOYS - August 14, 2009
OPENED WITH A SOLO ACOUSTIC SET FOR LOS LONELY BOYS. THE CROWD WAS VERY RESPONSIVE AND I WAS ASKED TO DO AN ENCORE. IT'S NICE TO KNOW THAT JUST ONE GUY WITH AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR CAN GO OVER WELL AT A ROCK AND ROLL SHOW. I'M HAPPY EVERYONE LISTENED TO AND LIKED THE SONGS. ENJOYED MEETING THE LOS LONELY BOYS AND CATCHING THEIR SHOW. THEY WERE GRACIOUS, THANKED ME FOR THE OPENING SET AND ASKED THEIR MANAGER TO MAKE SURE THEY GOT A COPY OF MY CD. THANKS TO THE BOYS AND EVERYONE ELSE, I HAD A GREAT TIME. PLAYED AS OPENING ACT FOR

SUSAN TEDESCHI - August 7, 2008
Trevor G. Potter was very well received by the crowd of several thousand as the opening act for Susan Tedeschi.
Lots of fun and Susan was nice enough to thank me on stage and give my cd a little promotion.