Quick QA with Brantley Gilbert, Cassadee Pope: Two artists performing at Bayou Country Superfest rank their favorite Louisiana dishes; offer reflections on LSU Tiger football _lowres

Cassadee Pope; Brantley Gilbert

The Advocate caught up with country music artists Brantley Gilbert and Cassadee Pope for their impressions and reactions to Louisiana culture and living. Here are their answers:

Brantley Gilbert

1) What excites you most about playing Bayou Country Superfest?

What excites me the most about playing the Bayou Country Superfest is everything that’s leading up to it. The show’s going to be awesome and going to have great energy. Kenny Chesney is going to be there and make sure he closes the night out the best way. It’s going to be a wonderful time. I get a chance on Friday to ride with some Wounded Warriors. We’re riding form Houston, Texas to Baton Rouge and getting a chance to spend time with them on Memorial Day weekend. My fiancé will be there too and I can honestly say there’s no place I’d rather be. It’s an honor to ride with the boys let alone host this event.

2) What’s your favorite thing about Baton Rouge/Louisiana?

I guess my favorite thing about Louisiana is that’s where my bus driver Kevin comes from.

3) You’re playing in Tiger Stadium, home of the LSU football team. Do you think the Tigers will win another national championship this season?

Well speaking of Kevin, he’s an LSU fan and I try to root for them when I can. When they’re not playing Georgia I pull for the Tigers. I don’t know who’s going to pull the national championship home this year, but I hope it’s the Dawgs. As long as we ain’t playing each other I wish y’all the best.

4) New Orleans is right down the road … any great memories/stories you could share from a time you visited?

From what I know of New Orleans, I learned from Kevin. He shared some of the good times and some of the bad times concerning [Hurricane] Katrina with me. It really inspired me to pray for the folks over there and pray that everything’s still coming along and making progress.

5) How would you rank these five famous Louisiana dishes?

Fried Shrimp

Seafood Gumbo

Jambalaya

Red beans and rice

Crawfish etoufee

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Cassadee Pope

1) What excites you most about playing Bayou Country Superfest?

I’m very excited to meet the fans at Bayou Country Superfest! It’s fun for me to see the different kinds of crowds at the different festivals. And since I’ve never played this one, I’m looking forward to meeting new people and hopefully getting some new fans! It doesn’t hurt that a bunch of my friends are playing the same day, too. :)

2) What’s your favorite thing about Baton Rouge/Louisiana?

I love the culture of Louisiana: It’s diverse and open minded; the people are kind and the music scene is eclectic. The food is absolutely incredible… Cajun anything makes me happy!

3) You’re playing in Tiger Stadium, home of the LSU football team. Do you think the Tigers will win another national championship this season?

Since I don’t keep up THAT much with sports, I’m going to go with my gut and say YES. The Tigers will win!

4) New Orleans is right down the road … any great memories/stories you could share from a time you visited?

I remember being in New Orleans for the first time on tour when I was 18. Bourbon Street was very festive and exciting. I’ve been back a lot since I turned 21, and I have to say, Bourbon Street is much more enjoyable when you can have those delicious frozen drinks they serve on the street! New Orleans overall though is always a great time. There are many things to enjoy besides the famous Bourbon street!

5) How would you rank these five famous Louisiana dishes?

Jambalaya

Fried shrimp

Red beans and rice

Seafood gumbo

Crawfish etoufee