Catherine Popper

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Catherine Popper (born December 28, 1973) is an American session artist—as a bassist and vocalist—and a songwriter. She has also accompanied as a backing artist on tour. She best known for her work with Ryan Adams, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Jack White. Popper is also a member of an all-female trio called Puss n Boots with Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson.[1]

Early life[edit]

Popper, from Charlotte, NC, attended the North Carolina School of the Arts for high school and subsequently the Manhattan School of Music.[citation needed]


From 2004 to 2006, Popper played bass, double bass, and sang back up vocals for Ryan Adams with his backing group, The Cardinals. She also shared songwriting credits for many songs on the band's albums. Starting in 2009, Popper joined Grace Potter and the Nocturnals on tour and for the band's self-titled fifth album Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, released on June 8, 2010. The album was produced by Mark Batson and debuted at #19 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums. On November 14, 2011, Popper announced her departure from Grace Potter and the Nocturnals for the "foreseeable future" on her Facebook page.

In January 2012, Popper appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, performing "Travel As Equals" with Joseph Arthur. In 2013, Popper appeared on four tracks on Joseph Arthur's tenth studio album, The Ballad of Boogie Christ.

In May 2012, she replaced Bryn Davies in Jack White's all-female band "The Peacocks".

In April 2013 Popper appeared on Mike Doughty's crowd funded album Circles Super Bon Bon....[2][3] She then toured with Mike Doughty and drummer Pete Wilhoit in support of the album between October 16, 2013 and November 23, 2013.[4]


with Hem

with Ryan Adams & the Cardinals

with Willie Nelson

with Rachael Yamagata

with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

with Joseph Arthur

with Mike Doughty

with Jack White

with Puss n Boots


  1. ^ "PUSS N BOOTS ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM “NO FOOLS, NO FUN” & TOUR DATES INCLUDING NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL". Blue Note Records. April 21, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Circles Super Bon Bon…". Mike Doughty Official Website. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Flavorwire Interview with Mike Doughty". Flavorwire. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Doughty tour: all Soul Coughing songs". Mike Doughty Official Website. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 

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