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Ana Popovic rocks the blues in fine, fine fashion

By Olivia Williams

Siberian born, L.A. based blues guitarist Ana Popovic is coming to the triad this September, bringing us her extraordinary shredding and fiery soulful voice with her “most ambitious project yet.” Popovic is currently on the road touring and promoting her newest album, or more like albums, dubbed TRILOGY. Released in 2016, TRILOGY is a triple album release, consisting of 23 tracks spanning from funk to blues, rock to jazz. The album features some pretty killer guest appearances by artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph, and many others. Not to mention it was produced by Warren Riker, Tom Hambridge (both Grammy Award winning producers), and Delfeayo Marsalis, one of the top trombonists, composers, and producers in jazz today.

This notable Siberian guitar slinger has stacked up countless achievements in her career as a musician. Ana Popovic is a five time nominee for the Blues Music Award; she’s played with the likes of many well known guitarist’s such as B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, and Gary Clark Jr,  just to name a few. She has also been invited several times to play at the eminent Rhythm & Blues Cruise, where she jammed with locally and nationally known triad blues guitarist Bob Margolin. She also appeared alongside Eric Gales, another exceptional international touring artist who has, in the past, called the triad his home. She has 11 albums under her belt so far, counting TRILOGY, along with being one of the only female artist (beside Beth Hart) invited to be a part of the Experience Hendrix Tour, a concert series celebrating the music & legacy of the legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. The tour features an outstanding line-up of all-star musicians that include Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Keb’ Mo’, and many more noteworthy artists. Ana has been apart of this tour since 2014.

Ana was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia and grew up listening to her creditable guitarist/bassist father, as well as his friends who would frequent jam sessions at the Popovic’s household. Growing up, Ana would regularly listen to her father’s impactful record collection containing blues and soul artists, which had an enormous influence on her and would contribute to her music down the road. Growing up in an environment like that, she was destined to at least explore the idea of being a musician and eventually picked up the guitar at age 15. Since then, Ana has refined her craft and grown into a remarkable, globally known guitarist and a fiery soulful singer.

With world renowned blues guitarist and singer Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top stating Ana “rocks the blues in fine, fine fashion” and celebrated singer/songwriter Bruce Springsteen saying she is “one helluva a guitar-player,” it’s a bit hard not to be curious about what Ana sounds like live. You can experience her in all her glory in the triad this September when she plays the Blue Note Grill in Durham, NC on September 28, and hear this sensational musician for yourself. If you can’t make it to that date, check out the rest of her tour dates listed on her website here. Make sure to check out her facebook page here so you can keep up to date with her latest news.

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