Cat Popper

WHO: Catherine Popper, Bass Player and Vocalist who has toured with Jack White, Ryan Adams, Grace Potter and more. 
WHY SHE’S FOXY: Because she’s a badass bassist who used to work at Domino’s Pizza, admits to writing shitty poetry and is obsessed with the Marx brothers.


ON LOVE AND MARRIAGE: “I think choosing to be with someone is way more romantic than the idea of being stuck with one person forever. My boyfriend and I met through friends of friends, and he came to see me play at Pete’s Candy Store. One of the first things he did was show me a video of him shooting his guns, and he made me laugh a lot. I think the key to a relationship is staying present, remembering that there are always going to be hard times, and just being kind even when you really don’t want to be. I’ve always thought marriage was something for other people, and I never really understood it — that said, if he asked me to marry him, I would say yes.”


ON LOVE AND INSPIRATION: “Levon Helm was a huge influence on me. When he passed away I felt like there was a big deficit. I felt the absence of his love. The sexiest bass I ever played was a 70′s Les Paul gold top that smelled like chocolate and cigarettes.”



ON BRIDAL STYLE ICONS: “My mom got married in a pink suit with a pink pillbox hat. I love that this southern woman from a small town said ‘fuck it’ and wore what she wanted in a church wedding. I also love Alison Mosshart. She has really simple and sexy style.”


ON CREATIVITY AND MUSIC: “I’ll start out and get a notebook and just write a lot of really shitty poetry. There was a poet who said, ‘sometimes a poem is just life support for another good line.’ I try to be egoless about it and just write — then maybe find some chords, take one of those lines, and expand on it. When I’m performing I try to let it all go and be in the moment. It’s funny, I’ve just started writing music about feeling love and intimacy in real relationships, as opposed to exclusively boo-hooing about unrequited love and/or dead people. It feels really grown-up.”




FAVORITE BOOK: “Harpo Marx’s autobiography. The love that all the Marx brothers had for their mother really affected me.”


FAVORITE LOVE MOVIE: “I don’t like romantic comedies because we all know that’s not how it really works. If I’m gonna watch a sappy love story, I always love to watch Marx brothers movies because love takes a backseat to the comedy.”


FAVORITE LOVE SONG: “Tender Is The Night” by Jackson Browne


ON HER DREAM WEDDING: “I’m a redneck underachiever, so it would have to be a potluck. I’d wear a second-hand dress with a necklace made out of arrowheads that my grandfather dug up in North Carolina.”