Catherine Popper

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Catherine Popper
Born (1973-12-28) December 28, 1973 (age 45)
Charlotte, North Carolina
GenresRock and roll, folk rock, blues rock, alternative country, country rock
Occupation(s)Session musician
InstrumentsBass guitar
Years active2000-present
Associated actsRyan Adams, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jack White

Catherine Popper (born December 28, 1973) is an American bass guitarist, singer and songwriter. She is best known for her work with Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, 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 was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. She started playing upright bass when she was 9 years old, and attended the North Carolina School of the Arts for high school where she studied classical string bass.[2] For college, she studied jazz bass at the Manhattan School of Music.[3]


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....[4][5] She then toured with Mike Doughty and drummer Pete Wilhoit in support of the album between October 16, 2013 and November 23, 2013.[6]

In December 2013 and June 2014, Popper performed with Molly and the Zombies with Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem, Brian McGee of Plow United and Randy Schrager of the Scissor Sisters.[7] The group released five songs for free online. In July 2016 she was again with Grace Potter & The Nocturnals in Guitar Center Sessions.


with Hem

with Ryan Adams and the Cardinals

with Willie Nelson

with Rachael Yamagata

with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

with Joseph Arthur

with Mike Doughty

  • Circles Super Bon Bon (2013)

with Jack White

with Puss n Boots

with Levon Helm

  • The Midnight Ramble Sessions Vol 3 (2014)

with Jesse Malin

  • New York Before The War (2015)
  • Meet Me At The End Of The World (2017)

with Brian Fallon

  • Painkillers (2016)
  • Vinyl: Music From The HBO Original Series Vol 1 (2016)

with D Generation

  • Nothing Is Anywhere (2016)

with Bash And Pop

  • Anything Could Happen (2016)

with She And Him

  • Christmas Party (2016)


  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. ^ Isle of Klezbos (2003). [Liner notes]. Greetings from the Isle of Klezbos [CD]. Rhythm Media Records.
  3. ^ Clements, Annie (May 1, 2011). "Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Catherine Popper on Guts & Ambition". Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Circles Super Bon Bon…". Mike Doughty Official Website. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Flavorwire Interview with Mike Doughty". Flavorwire. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Doughty tour: all Soul Coughing songs". Mike Doughty Official Website. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  7. ^ Biese, Alex (May 30, 2014). "Brian Fallon talks Molly and the Zombies". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 11 March 2015.

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