Local musician sets 2 shows to unveil latest album

For two consecutive nights, Jamestown resident Andrew Potter will perform songs from his latest album, “I Haunt My Own House,” at The General’s Crossing Brewhouse from 5-7 p.m. July 21-22.

Potter said the coronavirus outbreak inspired him to expand the project from a solo endeavor to a full band sound, with bass and drums, pianos, electric guitar, jazz mandolin, trombone and uilleann pipes. These sounds round out his signature syncopated finger-style guitar work.

Recorded with Rhode Island musicians, the album also features Duke Robillard, Joe Parillo, Steve DeConti, Mark Cutler and Keith Munslow. The title track from the new album is “Underwater Palace,” a ballad on sea-level rise.

“Musically there’s an acoustic foundation that’s consistent throughout the album,” music critic Rob Duguay said. “What makes this record a true listening experience is the variety of styles that are weaved together. Some songs have a jump blues vibe while others have jazzy chords along with poignancy from the words being sung. The art of songwriting is done pristinely within the album and anyone who appreciates it is sure to enjoy listening to Potter’s latest release. There’s a certain authenticity within the songs, which is a rarity these days, and its quality deserves praise.”

Potter’s album also received praise from Joe Parillo, professor emeritus of music at the University of Rhode Island.

“Andrew Potter has a unique sound to his voice and guitar playing that fits beautifully with Wheeler Cole’s imaginative, storytelling lyrics,” he said. “With each track on this album, Andrew performs with a personal connection that the listener can easily relax into, and to sit back and listen. Beautiful.”

Potter also will perform songs written on piano from his next album, which is scheduled to be released in the fall.