Grace Potter’s mom sent mixtapes with her to summer camp

Musician Grace Potter, formerly of the band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, had homemade mixtapes in her luggage when she went away to summer camp as a kid.

“My mom used to make these amazing mixtapes when I would go out to summer camp,” she said in an interview with The Austin Chronicle. “On the mixtapes, she would put the Talking Heads, Al Green, Donna Summer and just wonderful, vivacious and empowering bands. They were all some of my favorite artists growing up.”

Potter says the songs on those mixtapes inspired the pop sound on her debut solo album Midnight. Though she speaks fondly of the mixtapes, her memories of summer camp aren’t so great. Her song, “Never Going Back” was apparently inspired in part by her bad memories of camp.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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