Dec 31, 2008 — One of the hottest New Year's Eve tickets in the North Country is tonight's show at the Higher Ground Ballroom in Burlington. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals is an up and coming blues band developing a national following. They have a couple regional connections. They're graduates of St. Lawrence University. And the band records at the legendary Charles Eller studios in Charlotte, Vermont. Artists from all over the world have laid down tracks there, from bluesman Eric Bibb and jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano, to Malian guitarist Habib Koite and Zimbabwean singer, Chiwoniso. David Sommerstein stopped by last summer as Eller was working his audio alchemy on some recordings by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. He produced this Heard Up North.