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For all the forced downtime resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year, count Grace Potter among those who have used the time for deep introspection. The Americana singer said the break has helped her rediscover herself, her family and her music.

"It has been a time for finding that direct line to what people are really needing, hasn't it? Sort of reacquainting yourself with your mission statement," she said. "'We don't see what we don't see' kind of thing. I did that one time with my band, the Nocturnals, and one of the guys got drunk and we never did it again."

Potter also learned to enjoy doing streaming shows with fans because it allowed for some interaction. She said not being able to tour and do things as she had in the past "kind of shakes you out of whatever you were in."

Potter will perform two socially distanced shows at 7 p.m. CDT Friday and Saturday at The Caverns in Pelham, Tennessee. Patrons can buy tickets for pods of two ($178-$199 per person), four ($101-$105) or six ($65) for the shows in the new outdoor amphitheater space at the venue.

Potter said she intended to visit her family in California for about a month at the beginning of the pandemic and stayed for nine instead, "and we accidentally bought a farm there."

One thing she didn't do was use the time to practice.

"No," she said with a big laugh, "that is not me. I hate to practice and rehearse, and I don't do scales or things like that. That's my idea of water torture. I know people who do and I admire it, but not me."

Potter's current tour features just her, which she said she is thoroughly enjoying because it allows her to be spontaneous with the set list.

"No two shows are alike, so it's like catching lightning in a bottle," she said. "The audience wants something different every night, so it's fun for everybody. I hope."

Get more information at thecaverns.com/shows.

Contact Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6354.

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