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Ana Popovic /USA/
The first night of this year's BLUES ALIVE festival culminates with the lady, who has been heard by our blues fans at four concerts, but her current shape has not been shown here for many years. And the fact is that this a forty-two-year-old phenomenal guitarist and singer from Serbian Belgrade, who has been living in Memphis for a number of years, is sure to give a great performance.

Ana Popovic started her career in the mid- nineties in the Serbian rhythm and blues band Hush, which quickly became a European sensation. It did not last long - after three years, the guitarist moved to Holland to study the jazz guitar. Her first entry into the big blues world was an invitation to the Blue Haze, Hendrix cover album, where she was in line with such musical celebrities as Taj Mahal, Buddy Miles or Eric Burdon.

In 2001 she made a solo debut with the album Hush! on the most prominent European label, Ruf Records. The album, of course, was recorded in Memphis in the American production of Jim Gaines, and very famous Bernard Allison played as a guest there. After recording more albums in the United States, Ana Popovic has built firm ground in the blues area, getting more and more opportunities at the biggest festivals, and collaborating with increasingly important (and the best) musicians. Her position is also evidenced by the fact that in 2003 she was nominated as the first European musician to be awarded the WS C. Handy Award, the Blues Music Award today, the highest award in the area.

So far, the latest Ana Popovic´s album was released in 2016 and it is not any album: the guitarist had decided to present three styles in which she feels at home in the three-album format. Under the distinctive name Trilogy, she made funk-soul one, the second one is blues and the third one touches jazz - all in the highest quality and with her own material mostly. The album was produced by Tim Hambridge (longtime Buddy Guy´s associate) or Delfaya Marsalis (from the famous Marsalis family) and instrumental parties were contributed by stars such as Joe Bonamassa (guitar), Robert Randolph (lap steel guitar) and Ivan Neville (keyboards).

Any Popovic is coming to BLUES ALIVE as the musician who made a clear start in the world's first blues league early in her youth - and her hard work has made her break through. It was harder for her to come from a seemingly "no-blues" country. But as you can see, everything is possible.

 

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