Blues guitarist Ana Popović was born in 1976 in Belgrade, formerly Yugoslavia where her father introduced her to the blues and she started to play the guitar when she was only fifteen. At school Ana was a good student before being completely bitten by the guitar playing bug, she learned easily and liked to impress. Against the troubling political backdrop of Belgrade she received the good news that she was selected to attend one of the most prominent Schools in Belgrade. Despite her adolescent rebellious years tempting her away from studies and the classroom, as well as a volatile political situation under the Milosovic nationalist regime in Belgrade, she passed her exams without any problems. A few years later in 1995, she formed the band Hush with Rade Popović on guitar and vocals, Milan Sarić on bass guitar, and Bojan Ivković on drums. Hush performed rhythm and blues, but also incorporated elements of funk and soul into their music. The band booked their first performance in the club Vox in Belgrade. During 1996, Hush performed across FR Yugoslavia, as well as performing in Greece. Thanks to their performance at the Marsoni Blues Festival in Senta, Hush got an invitation to perform at the Fifth International Blues, Jazz, Rock and Gastronomic Festival in Hungary, with a part of their performance released on a live album which featured recordings from the festival. In 1996, Popović played slide guitar on Piloti album Dan Koji Prolazi Zauvek (The Day that Is Passing Forever). During 1998, Hush did over 100 live performances, playing in blues clubs and blues festivals. During the same year, they released their debut album, Hometown, through PGP-RTS.
The album was produced by Aleksandar Radosavljević, and featured Vojno Dizdar on electric piano and Hammond organ, Petar "Pera Joe" Miladinović on harmonica, Aleksandar Tomić on tenor saxophone, and Predrag Krstić on trumpet as guests performers. Beside the band's own songs, Hometown also featured covers of blues standards. In 1998, Popović went to Netherlands to study jazz guitar, and the band, Hush disbanded. In 1999, she formed the Ana Popović Band in Amsterdam. The band consisted of Popović on guitar and vocals, Rob Geboers on keyboards, Bart Kamp on bass guitar, and Ronald Oor on drums. In 2000, she appeared, alongside Eric Burdon, Taj Mahal, Buddy Miles, Double Trouble, Eric Gales and others, on a Jimi Hendrix tribute album called Blue Haze: Songs of Jimi Hendrix. In 2001, she released her debut solo debut called 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 has previously worked with Carlos Santana, John Lee Hooker, Alexis Korner and many others. The album featured Bernard Allison as a guest and the album was a large success, so Popović left her guitar studies in the Netherlands and dedicated herself to performing. In 2003, Popović released her second album, Comfort To The Soul. This album which was recorded in Memphis and produced by Gaines, featured a fusion of blues, rock, soul and jazz. During the same year, at the Rhythm & Blues Festival in Belgium, she was invited by Solomon Burke to join him on stage, after which she then joined him for the rest of the tour as a guest. In 2005, Popović released live album and DVD entitled Ana!, recorded on January 30, 2005 at her concert in the Amsterdam club Melkweg.
In 2007, Popović released the album Still Making History through the American record label Eclecto Groove Records. In 2009, she released the album Blind for Love, and in 2011 the album Unconditional through the same label. Both Still Making History and Unconditional reached number one in the United States Billboard Blues Chart. From January through March 2011 Ana lives in New Orleans to record her 6th studio album, and 3rd Eclecto Groove release. The back to the roots & blues album Unconditional is produced by Ana and Grammy Award winning John Porter. The record features New Orleans very best musicians like Ana's slide idol Sonny Landreth and Jon Cleary on B3 and piano, as well as harp player Jason Ricci who makes a guest appearance. In 2012 Ana performs at the Mahindra Blues Festival in Mumbai India where she jams with Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Robert Randolph and John Lee Hooker Jr. In April Ana traveled to Memphis, Tennessee for a recording session at the Ardent Studios. On June 1st Ana gives birth to a healthy baby girl that she named Lenna. It is her second child, the first being a boy named Luuk born on May 5st 2008. It was in 2012 that Popović moved to Memphis, Tennessee where her ninth full-length album entitled Can You Stand The Heat was released through on ArtisteXclusive records in April of 2013. The album, produced by Tony Coleman, was recorded with John Williams on bass guitar, Harold Smith on rhythm guitar, Frank Ray Jr. on organ and Tony Coleman on drums.
Popović was announced to perform at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, where she introduced a new project: a nine-piece band under the name Ana Popovic & Mo' Better Love. Ana is invited to play the prestigious New Orleans Jazz Fest where she introduces her new project; a nine-piece power blues and funk machine under the name Ana Popovic & Mo' Better Love. With Ana Popovic & Mo' Better Love, Ana fronts a musical collaboration with Tony Coleman - drummer BB King and John Williams - bass Al Green. In April follows the worldwide release of Can You Stand The Heat, Ana's ninth full-length album. The daring release featured guest performances of Grammy Award winner Tommy Sims and Grammy Award nominee Lucky Peterson. Can You Stand The Heat was in the Billboard Blues Charts for 10 weeks with a top ranking at #3. It was USA-Today’s Pick-Of-The-Week and featured on National Public Radio. Ana played over 130 shows in the US, Canada, every country of Europe and even Japan, as well as jamming with Buddy Guy and Warren Hayes. She was on the cover of Vintage Guitar in the US, GuitarPlayer's Gear Guide in the US and American Blues Scene Magazine in the US to name a few. I was fortunate enough to see Ana play a small venue in Vlissingen, Netherlands in 2011. She walked out onto the stage and literally blew everyone away with exquisite lightning fast guitar riffs and her sexy appearance.
2011 — Three-way nominee for Contemporary Blues Album (Unconditional), Contemporary Blues Female Artist and Best DVD (An Evening at Trasimeno Lake) at the 33rd Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tennessee, United States.
2011 — Winner of the award Best Blues DVD at the Blues Matters Awards, United Kingdom.
2010 — Nominated as Best Overseas Artist at the British Blues Awards.
2007 — Nominated for Blues Artist of the Year, BluesWax 2007, United States.
2006 — Nominated for Best Blues DVD (2005), Best Live Performer, Best Female Blues Artist and Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar) at the Living Blues Awards.
2004 — Winner of the award Jazz à Juan Revelation in Juan-les-Pins, France.
2003 — Nominated for Best Blues Album at the Jammie Awards in New York City, United States.
2003 — First European nominated for Best New Artist Debut at the W.C. Handy Award in Memphis, Tennessee, United States.
2002 — Three-way nominee for Best Singer, Best Guitarist and Best Album at the French Blues Awards.
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Ana Popovic is widely regarded as one of world's very best female guitar players. Her album, Unconditional, was recorded at the famous Piety Street recording studios in New Orleans and is Ana's sixth studio release. It was produced by Ana Popovic and Grammy Award winning producer John Porter.
Memphis, Tennessee based Ana Popovic returns with a daring studio record. An album full of 'Old School' funk and bluesy grooves, in the vein of Albert King, Albert Collins and War. Can You Stand The Heat was produced by Tony Coleman - the drummer for B. B. King, co-produced by Ana and Grammy Award winner Tommy Sims. With Can You Stand The Heat, Ana Popovic follows up her 2011 two time Music Blues Award nominated album Unconditional, which reached #4 on the Billboard Blues Chart, the top 10 of Amazon's Best Blues Albums and the top 15 of Guitar World's top Blues and Roots Rock albums.
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