Is it possible for Grace Potter to get any better?  That is the burning question spreading in cities across the country.  Atlanta, GA was no exception to that question last weekend and Grace Potter and The Nocturnals played two sold out shows at The Variety Playhouse Friday and Saturday nights.

Potter has been on a serious roll ever since the group’s self-titled breakthrough album — her third for Hollywood Records – was released in June.

Some of her loyal followers remember her from her pre Nocturnal, darker haired days and the 2004 solo debut of Original Soul. Potter’s dramatic change from a high school choir girl in Vermont to glamorous blonde rock goddess has also attracted a whole new set of  admirers.

As men and women (OK, mostly men) continue their great debate over serious matters such as “Who’s the Sexiest Woman in Rock?”, Potter has been wooing some voters as her tour heads south for the winter before winding up in March with more sellouts in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Ms. Potter can belt it out like Janis,  shake it like Tina and rock it out like a heavy Heart.

The encore certainly provided some heat treatment, combining guaranteed show-stoppers with several goodies

At only 27,  Ms. Potter has years to make the sex-factor work for her before it becomes a too much to bear (just ask Stevie Nicks).  Until then,  it’s hard to imagine anyone else  with the capacity of flourishing in today’s rock ‘n’ roll world with such style, beauty and Gr ace.

Setlist for The Variety Playhouse: Feb. 26th 2011
Hot Summer Night
Ah Mary
Toothbrush and My Table
Mastermind
Only Love
Goodbye Kiss
Failing of Flying
Nothing But The Water 1
Nothing But The Water 2
2:22
Acoustic:
Ain’t No Time
Treat Me Right
Back To Full Band:
Grandma’s Hands
Watching You
Apologies
Stop The Bus
Medicine
Encore:
Crazy on Your
Big White Gate
Paris