Cassadee Pope will join fellow country artist Chris Young on the grandstand stage at The Great Frederick Fair tonight at 7:30 p.m.
The Florida native recently moved from LA to Nashville, where she said she is more productive and where she spends most of her off time.
We caught up with Cassadee by phone recently in Nashville.
“I’m home today, but I’m not off,” Cassadee said. “It’s good. I’m filling in the gaps off with writing songs. A lot has and is happening and it helps to write about it. It feels really good I can have this journey and write about it.
She has toured with Tim McGraw, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts and in Canada with Dean Brody. And here’s a warning to Brad Paisley: Cassadee Pope likes to prank people. Just ask Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf86SfeUa8A)
She’s picked up some performing tips from these country acts by watching them. “I find that’s the best way to learn,” Cassadee said. “I’m very receptive and try to learn from them. The things I learned from (Kimberly Perry) is to put creative moments in the set. She’s very dramatic, in her facial expressions and hand movements.”
Her summer schedule has been pretty heavy with fair shows and she said her fair food weakness is funnel cakes! “That’s my biggest food weakness. I tried a cream puff and it wasn’t small, it was a massive cream puff. I try and go exploring when I can,” she said, noting that she tries to eat healthy, besides the occasional cream puff and funnel cake.
She tries to workout on the road, but it’s difficult. “Pilates is probably my favorite workout,” Cassadee said.
Do you like your freckles? I asked.
“I do. I didn’t for a long time but when I turned 25 I looked in the mirror and they make me feel young,” she said.
Her rock background made her a perfect choice for the recently released “Nashville Outlaws” tribute to Motley Crue. The album also features Justin Moore and Vince Neil on “Home Sweet Home.”
Cassadee is joined by Cheap Trick lead singer Robyn Zander on “The Animal in Me.”
The project “was something proposed to me by Scott (Borchetta of Big Machine Records). He had the idea and wanted me to be a part of it, especially with my history of rock music,” Cassadee said. “I had no idea Motley Crue would be so heavily involved, that I was going to meet them and a video made of the song. They’re cool guys.”
When she heard “Animal in Me” in the group of Motley Crue songs sent to her, she knew it was the one for her to record. “I couldn’t stop singing it to myself,” she said. “The lyrics are a little more risqué than I would normally do.”
Is she writing for album No. 2?
“Not quite,” she said. “I’m writing for whatever. I don’t have any goal in mind, just getting things out there. With my lifestyle, I have to keep that ball rolling.”
She’s got a full schedule of touring ahead and said it’s “been good to see my fan base growing. When you’re out with Tim McGraw I know they are not there to see me,” she said. “It’s cool to go to these places and see my fan base turn out.”
You can read more of my interview with Cassadee Pope, and with Chris Young, in the Sept. 18 edition of 72Hours weekend guide, inside The Frederick News-Post. See you at this show!