Sound Advice: Ana Popovic (Sept. 28)

Guitar goddess Ana Popovic supports her just-released 'Trilogy' at the Southgate House Revival.

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Ana Popovic
Like Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi and a host of other gender-myth-busting talents, Ana Popovic obliterates the three-word suffix “for a girl” from a sentence that begins, “She plays great guitar...” For the past two decades, Popovic has applied her estimable performing and writing gifts to variations of the Blues, folding in elements of Rock, Funk, R&B and Jazz, played with soulful delicacy, concussive power and an irresistible groove-drunk swing that has helped her attract an ever-growing fan base.

Born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1976, Popovic became a Blues fan under her father’s tutelage and began her own guitar journey at age 15. Four years later, she formed the R&B/Soul/Funk outfit Hush and spent the next three years gigging around Europe, playing clubs and festivals and earning an impressive reputation. In 1998, Hush recorded its first album of originals and Blues standards titled Hometown, which proved to be the group’s debut and swan song. Hush broke up when Popovic relocated to the Netherlands to study Jazz guitar.

In the midst of her studies, Popovic formed a band under her own name, which quickly led to her appearance on the Jimi Hendrix tribute album Blue Haze, raising her profile even further. In 2001, Popovic and her band recorded their debut album Hush! in Memphis with a variety of guest musicians, including guitarist Bernard Allison. The success of the album convinced Popovic to abandon her guitar studies and devote full attention to her career.

Since 2003’s Comfort to the Soul, Popovic has released an album every two years, including six more studio sets and her 2005 live CD/DVD Ana!, recorded in concert at Amsterdam’s famed Melkweg club.

Popovic’s just-released triple album Trilogy — the discs are divided into “Morning,” “Mid-Day” and “Midnight” volumes — is a compendium of her musical brilliance, with soulful songs that soothe and scorch in equal measure, guitar runs and riffs that inspire thoughts of Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Carlos Santana, B.B. King and any number of other world-class axemasters and a husky voice that defines the raw emotion and endless depth of the Blues.

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