Blistering Blues Guitar
- Ana Popovic: lead guitar & vocals
– Carlton Leake: keys + backing vocals
– Barry Campbell: bass + backing voca ls
– Stephane Avellaneda: drums
Serbian-born Ana Popovic, one of the most lauded blues guitarists on the circuit, moved to Memphis to capture the city’s greasy Stax sound, record at Ardent Studios, and play with its finest musicians. A passionate student of the blues, Ana’s new album, Can You Stand The Heat, is equally inspired by Albert King and WAR. She belts from the gut and shreds her Strat…in a pair of high heels.
Ana was born in Belgrade and quickly took to the guitar at 15 after uncovering her father’s impressive collection of blues and soul records. She’s turned heads at festivals around the world, shared stages with Buddy Guy, BB King and Taj Mahal, and has been nominated for a total of four Blues Music Awards.
Can You Stand The Heat is the follow-up to Ana’s 2011 album, Unconditional, which was nominated for two Blues Music Awards and landed in the top 15 of Guitar World’s top Blues and Roots Rock Albums. The album was co-produced by long-time BB King drummer Tony Coleman, Grammy winner Tommy Sims and Ana. It was recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, and features a crack band of some of Memphis’ ﬁnest players including John Williams on bass (Al Green), Harold Smith on rhythm guitar, The Bo-Keys on horns, and Tony Coleman on drums. Tracks like the sultry “Boys Night Out” and her take on a deep Rolling Stones cut “Rain Fall Down” crank up the thermostat on old school blues and funk in the vein of Albert King, Albert Collins and WAR. The album also includes a sweltering cover of Albert King’s classic “Can’t You See What You’re Doing To Me.”
“Ana Popovic can play the sh*t out of the blues. Hot. Cool. Killer chops… the total package.” - Guitar World