Sultry Serbian blues guitarist Ana Popovic is back again and better than ever. The award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals. Add to the mix her incredible stage presence, all of which makes her an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music. Nominated for five Blues Music Awards, Popovic is taking the American music scene by storm.
Born in Belgrade in 1976, Ana Popovic started playing the guitar at the age of 15. Actively encouraged by her father to embrace the blues genre, Popovic impressed local artists and music teachers with her innate abilities and creativity. In 1995, Ana formed the R&B group Hush, which marked the young guitarist’s first experimentation with touring and performing. The group disbanded in 1998 when Ana went to the Netherlands to study jazz guitar. It was in 1999, after the formation of the Ana Popovic Band, that the blues musician really began to draw international attention. By 2009, Popovic had released the albums Still Making History and Blind for Love, which both reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Blues chart.
In May 2016 Ana released Trilogy, her most ambitious project yet, twenty-three blues, jazz, and funk tunes on three CD's. Guest appearances include Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph, Bernard Purdie (The Purdie Shuffle), Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) and rapper Al Capone. Trilogy makes it to the top 5 best selling blues albums on the Billboard chart.
Always pushing boundaries, Ana has continued to develop her skills and vision. Ana was the only female guitar player invited to play in the 2014 -2016 all star Experience Hendrix lineup; a nationwide tour celebrating the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix. Back at The Lyric Theatre for a third time, Ana Popovic is sure to bring the best that blues has to offer.