If you’re not a blues purist, you’ll love the fiery, passionate playing and singing of Yugoslavian blues-rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Ana Popovic. Ana has made a name for herself in the blues circuit as being the first female artist-in-residence at the internationally acclaimed Crown Guitar Fest as well as playing a searing set at Jazz Fest that brought hardcore guitar aficionados to their feet. You may have seen her on stage with greats including Dweezil Zappa, John Oates, Buddy Guy, and Taj Mahal.
Ana Popović was born in 1976 in Belgrade. Her father introduced her to the blues, and she started to play the guitar when she was fifteen.
In 1999, Popović formed Ana Popović Band in The Netherlands. In 2000, she appeared, alongside Eric Burdon, Taj Mahal, Buddy Miles, Double Trouble, Eric Gales and others, on Jimi Hendrix tribute album Blue Haze: Songs of Jimi Hendrix with a cover of the song “Belly Button Window”. In 2001, she released her solo debut, Hush!, through the German label Ruf Records. The album was recorded in Memphis, with the members of Ana Popović Band, as well as studio musicians. It was produced by Jim Gaines, who previously worked with Carlos Santana, John Lee Hooker, Alexis Korner and others. The album featured Bernard Allison as the guest. The album saw large success, so Popović left her guitar studies and dedicated herself to performing.
She is a master of her craft and certainly combines incredible talent, vocals, melody changes, and technique.
1998: Hometown (as Hush)
2003: Comfort to the Soul
2007: Still Making History
2009: Blind for Love
2013: Can You Stand the Heat
2015: Blue Room (with Milton Popović)
2018: Like It on Top
2005: Ana! Live in Amsterdam
2010: An evening at Trasimeno Lake
2020: Live for Live