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Ana Popovic "Unconditional"
Ana Popovic is widely regarded as one of world's very best female guitar-players. Her new 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. ''I recorded in eclectic cities like Memphis and Los Angeles, but always wanted to go to New Orleans to capture something of their rich musical history,'' says Popovic (who was born in Belgrade, Serbia). ''I loved being in New Orleans for a period of three months. I love everything about that city - its vibe, spirit and optimism, and not to forget, hospitality and kindness of the people. I think it influenced the album in more ways than just musically.''
Popovic was recently honored to appear as a special guest at B.B. King's German shows. Her previous studio release, Still Making History made its way to #3 on the U.S. Billboard blues chart for a total of 19 weeks. On 2011's Unconditional, Ana truly is a guitar goddess - illustrating a daring side on a powerful guitar record that presents a soulful fusion of contemporary and classic blues. The album features a representation of New Orleans' finest musicians such as renowned slide guitarist Sonny Landreth, the amazing Jon Cleary and David Torkanowski on Hammond B3 and piano, Calvin Turner on bass and Doug Belote on drums. ''I was fortunate to have the fabulous Sonny Landreth - my slide idol since my Belgrade years - to play on the album, a dream come true,'' says Popovic. Also the incredible harp player Jason Ricci makes a guest appearance.
Of the album's twelve songs, eight are originals by Popovic, from which two are co-written by writing partner Mark van Meurs. Also on the album are songs gleaned from the rich blues history done by some of Ana's favorites, including Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Otis Spann, Nina Simone and Sugar Pie DeSanto. ''The title Unconditional,'' Ana explains, ''describes what I feel on stage. That place is simply unconditional. It is magical. It's just me and my guitar, notes, sounds and drum grooves. I let the band lift me up, and I feed off of their energy. I hate to think when playing. I only feel. Unconditional is how I stand towards my music - it's mine, it's sacred, and it's with no boundaries - absolute, definite. I tend to put everything I have into it and don't let anything or anyone get in between, except the people that truly inspire me." Amazon.com
1. Fearless 3:16
2. Count Me In 4:54
3. Unconditional 3:52
4. Reset Rewind 3:38
5. Slideshow 5:22
6. Business As Usual 3:22
7. Your Love Ain't Real 4:15
8. Work Song 4:01
9. Summer Rain 4:36
10. Voodoo Woman 4:11
11. One Room Country Shack 6:33
12. Soulful Dress 2:53
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About Ana Popovic
WELCOME!.. You must have heard it before, but I'm telling you; 'being a musician is the BEST job in the World!' You just got to love being on stage, playing LOUD guitar with a strong band backing you up!
.... and the good thing is; I got to do it a lot!!
The blues and I go back a long way.... It's the only music I've been hearing at home throughout my childhood, and the reason I picked up the guitar and started to play.
I worked very hard getting where I am now. My fathers' (rehearsal-) garage in Belgrade became the Yugoslavian blues scene. Later -after moving to the Netherlands- the Dutch blues scene, then the European blues scene, and now Im already on my 20th US tour! It was a journey without rules. Just possibilities and challenges..... And its challenge that gives me my biggest inspiration.
Something that worked in my benefit was my nomination for 'Best New Artist Debut' at the WC Handy Awards in Memphis. I was the first European ever nominated for this award. Then other nominations came; for 'Best Blues Album' at the Jammie Awards in NY City, a three-way European nomination for 'Best Singer','Best Guitarist' & 'Best Album' and a Jazz Award at 'Jazz a Juan Revelation'. At the beginning of 2006 and again in 2009 I was invited to play on the legendary Blues Cruise. In 2007 the readers of 'BluesWax Magazine' nominated me as 'Blues Artist of the Year'. In 2010 I got nominated for the ‘British Blues Awards' for Best Overseas Artist. I'm endorsed by Fender, Mesa Boogie, Yamaha acoustic guitars, Ovation and DR strings.
My album 'Still making History' (2007) was in the US Billboard chart for 19 weeks (top 3 position). My CD 'Blind for Love' (2009) made it to 1 radio-played blues album on US radio.
I play a kind of mainstream blues with a bit of everything; Electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and raw rock, tight blues grooves, acoustic slide and soulful guitar. My sets have something for everyone.
We- guitar players- have something that works in our benefit; the guitar player's audience. It makes us one big family. Its that family that connects Clapton to Steve Vai, and George Benson to John Mayer. And Myspace makes the family even closer!