Founding member of Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Tournet is a seasoned and accomplished artist, guitarist, and producer, who’s sought to make a name for himself within a solo career and his band Elektric Voodoo.
Holder of a gold record for The Nocturnal’s song “Paris” and co-writer on three Top 40 albums, Tournet has seen his share of success as a musician. He draws on American classic rock and grooves from his early experience as a hip hop musician, all of this being evident in “Fever”- the first single from Tournet’s upcoming album, set to debut this year.
Incorporating elements from modern jazz, world beat rock n’ roll, and psych-rock music, “Fever” is an exciting, pulsating, mid-tempo groove that delivers a feeling of comfort and confidence.
While inspired by rock legends of the past, “Fever” is anything but dated. This fresh take melds classic rock, blues rock, and modern rock into a unique yet familiar package, with hints of other modern acts like The Black Keys, Gary Clark Jr., and more.
Born in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and raised in a secluded part of rural Vermont, Tournet spent his childhood exercising his imagination in a hometown devoid of neighbors and electricity. This trained imagination in collaboration with Matt Burr and Grace Potter led to him being a defining figure in creating the The Nocturnals sound.
Coming from a band with a cult-like following, Tournet has periodically released albums of his own throughout his career, and shared the stage with several of the most notable American rock acts of the century like The Allman Brothers, members of The Grateful Dead and Phish, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, and many more.
For Tournet, the career success with The Nocturnals had been satisfying, but after a decade he began longing for new challenges. “We unfortunately agreed to open for Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw in football stadiums for a summer. It was a terrible fit and we only got to play for 30 minutes a show. Between stuff like that and only making an album every 3 years, I started to get creatively out of shape. Also, our ‘appearance’ began to become more important than the music. I wanted to get back to music and what made me love it so much.”
Tournet’s sound, while ultramodern, appeals to a myriad of listeners by remastering the nostalgic effect of rock from the 1960s and 70s into a sonically current composition, and we’ll be curious to see what emerges next in his solo catalogue.