Music Programme

ANA POPOVIĆ

USA / Serbia

Grolsch Blues Festival Schoppingen (D)

Ana Popović was born in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1976, where she started to play guitar at the age of 15. She got into blues through her father’s huge collection of blues records. In 1995, she formed a rhythm and blues band, Hush. In 1998, Hush was busy with over 100 gigs and they also released their debut album, Hometown. This year was also the last year for the band as Ana Popović moved to the Netherlands to study jazz guitar. The following year she formed a band, The Ana Popović Band.In 2000, she played in a Jimi Hendrix tribute album, Blue Haze: Songs of Jimi Hendrix. Her debut solo album, Hush!, released in 2001, was a huge success. Ana Popović left her guitar studies to focus on her career.In 2003, her second album, Comfort to the Soul, was released and in 2005 her live album, Ana! came out. Still Making History was produced in 2007 by an American record label, as well as following albums Blind for Love (2009) and Unconditional (2011). Popović reached two number one songs in the United States Billboard Blues Chart. In 2012, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee.The following year she played at New Orleans Jazz Fest where she introduced her new funk influenced blues band, Ana Popovic & Mo’ Better Love. In the same year, Popović released a new album, Can You Stand The Heat, and toured with her band in Canada, Europe and Japan. She was on the cover of Vintage Guitar magazine and GuitarPlayer’s Gear Guide. In 2014, Ana Popović was nominated Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year and was invited for the Experience Hendrix Tour ’14.