While the U.S., Britain, and to a lesser extent Canada don't have a stranglehold on the blues, these countries account for the majority of music being produced in that genre. Therefore, when someone from a different nationality releases a strong album in the States, it usually makes news, at least in the rarefied blues universe. Born and raised in Yugoslavia, Ana Popovic would seem to have been brought up in an unusual area to soak in the deep soul, robust swamp rock, and husky R&B she reveals on her first album.
Ana Popovic nominated several times for the Blues Award and awarded - was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She quickly delved into the impressive blues and soul record collection of her father's, grabbed his guitar and began to work at the young age of 15. Since Ana Popovic has become a phenomenal guitarist and singer, who tours tirelessly around the world and plays big blues, jazz and rock festivals……
Ana Popovic is widely regarded as one of world's very best female guitar-players. Her new album, "Unconditional," was recorded at the famous Piety Street recording studios in New Orleans and is Ana's sixth studio release. It was produced by Ana Popovic and Grammy Award winning producer John Porter. Of the album's twelve songs, eight are originals by Popovic, from which two are co-written by writing partner Mark van Meurs. Also on the album are songs gleaned from the rich blues history done by some of Ana's favorites, including Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Otis Spann, Nina Simone and Sugar Pie DeSanto.
The international appeal of the blues comes home with a fiery flourish on the breakout album by youthful Yugoslavian singer/guitarist Ana Popovic. Her 2001 debut disc Hush! effectively displayed her potential and Comfort to the Soul demonstrates she's well on the road to realizing much of it. Popovic, who relocated to the Netherlands in 1999, is much more than just the best Belgrade-born blues act. Although it's her rockish energy, expressed on tunes like the opening Melissa Etheridge-style "Don't Bear Down on Me," that will garner the majority of the attention, the most impressive aspect of her music is its diversity. She exhibits some Elmore James-inspired slide guitar on a couple of tracks (most notably on an innovative up-tempo take on Howlin' Wolf's "Sittin' On Top of the World"), shoots off more than a few hard-edged rocking blues solos elsewhere, and utilizes her affinity for jazz guitar in several creative contexts. Popovic's music, like her blues persona, is obviously still a work in progress but her second album provides as much pleasure in the present as it does promise for the future.–Michael PointAmazon.com