So you know when people send you event invites on Facebook and, mixed between those invites and birthdays, you see random local public events based on your music likes? It’s easy to just ignore those, am I right? Well, the one time I was actually paying attention to those awesome shows I sadly can’t afford, I saw that Cassadee Pope was doing a show at the famous Toby Keith Bar & Grill in a town not too far away from where I live. Of course, I thought ‘What’s the catch?’ and when I saw that it was a free show and I was sold right then and there.
The audience for the show was definitely a mix of her old Hey Monday fans and the new fans she gained from being on The Voice with an array of various ages. As Pope took the stage, there was a such a loud boom of cheers from every single person in the room and she was extremely humble and quite humorous (with a newly found country twang in her speaking voice I might add). There is no doubt that her down-to-earth personality will make her an ideal role model for those younger girls in the crowd who screamed the loudest.
The set consisted of acoustic renditions of five songs from her upcoming album Frame By Frame with an extra performance of the song that made her stand out on The Voice, “Over You”. She began with “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart” and conducted a short five-minute Q&A session (which was sadly filled with idiotic questions like ‘What’s your favorite color?’ and ‘Can I have a hug?’) before she went on to sing a track that the older crowd could relate to called “Champagne”.
She revealed the CMT will be releasing a docu-series that chronicles her life as it takes a genre transition before the release of her country music debut as well as finally letting us in on her experience on The Voice (which she stated was definitely not taking the easy road due to how much work they have to do). In my single review for “You Hear a Song”, I stated what I thought was the entire meaning of it. What I didn’t know was that Pope weaved her insecurities from being judged on national television into the lyrics and gave the song an entirely new aspect. “Good Times”, a fun, crowd-clapping, perfect-for-a-chill-kickback song, transitioned into an utterly beautiful and haunting performance of her breakup anthem “Wasting All These Tears”. To pull on the audience’s heartstrings even more, she concluded the set with her cover of Miranda Lambert‘s “Over You” that seriously made you want to bawl your freakin’ eyes out.
This mini-tour was put on by the country radio station KFROG and consisted of her going to a handful of random chain restaurants (that country listeners seem to enjoy) up and down California. Pope will be returning to the main stage as she continues as the opening act for Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry.