The Ana Popovic band at The Ironworks, Inverness on Sunday 24th September 2006.
The Spirit of Hendrix lives - and SHE'S playing nearby!
Yugoslavia may not be the first place you think of when it comes to blues music. Rock-blues is black, American and male. Always was, always will be. Well, Ana Popovic plays an aggressive style that dukes it out big-time with any of her male counterparts.
You won't get pop or traditional Balkan music from this gal. Forget the way she looks (if you can!). Just close your eyes and listen. What you'll hear is searing blues guitar, smooth jazzy licks, sizzling electric slide and tight blues grooves.
Ana Popovic grew up with the sound of American roots music at her family home in Belgrade. Weened on her fathers' blues collection, she couldn't help but fall in love with the music. She formed her first band 'Hush' as a teenager with their record making number three in her home Country.
Today, two studio albums and a live CD\DVD later, she's without a doubt Europe's biggest blues act. Playing sold out jazz, pop and blues festivals everywhere. She won one of France's oldest and most prestigious awards a 'Jazz A Juan Revelations' at Juan Les Pines in 2003. Ana was also nominated for 'The Best Blues Album' at the Jammie Awards, New York, (2003). She is a three time nominee in France for 'Best Singer', 'Best Guitar Player' and 'Best New Album' at the French BluesAwards. (2002).
In July this year she was a 6 time nominee for awards in?Living Blues?, America?s oldest and most authorative blues magazine. Including ?Best Female Blues Artist? and ?Most outstanding musician?.
With her winning mixture of traditional blues, elements of R&B, jazz and soul, Ana Popovic is heading for the top rank of blues musicians in America too. She's got the necessary 'chops', charisma, enthusiasm and energy. Her live program brings a fresh breeze to blues rock in the 21st century guaranteed to thrill any live music audie