Home News Ana Popovic announces stunning new album “Power” and March 2023 UK Tour

Ana Popovic announces stunning new album “Power” and March 2023 UK Tour

16 min read
Comments Off on Ana Popovic announces stunning new album “Power” and March 2023 UK Tour
0
1,068

Internationally renowned guitarist Ana Popovic has built her career on defining and describing, on her own terms, the essence of American music, simultaneously pushing limits, bending genres, and reinventing her music and herself with each new record.

Not surprisingly, she can claim any number of notable accolades and achievements from the highest quarters of the music industry. She’s shown her commitment to celebrating her guitar-driven, eclectic music style through consistent touring, awards, and recognition for the past 25 years. In the process, she’s emerged as one of the most thoughtful, dynamic, and committed performers in modern songwriting and guitar.

Ana’s new album, “Power,” due for release on May 5, 2023, by ArtisteXclusive Records, brings those dynamics to the fore and, in the process, turns this set of songs into both a powerful and personal tale of survival through faith, determination and tenacity. They were spawned from a decidedly tricky set of circumstances that tested Ana’s devotion to making music and her perseverance.

Ana embarks on a UK tour from 8-12 March, taking in Chester, The Live Rooms (March 8), Stroud, The Subscription Rooms (March 9), London, O2 Islington Academy (March 10), and Southampton, The Brook (March 12). Tickets are now available from https://anapopovic.com/tour.

Special guest is Toby Lee.

Power” symbolizes unity. The album cover art depicts two holding hands, black and white, is what this world needs. It’s the power, and it’s the force that’s going to move this world forward. Without that power, there wouldn’t have been so much remarkable music today, ideas, and reforms. And indeed, not this record. This story is about friendship and embracing yourself with everything life throws at you.

“In the fall of 2020, while the world was dealing with Covid, I found myself in a dire and devastating situation,” says Ana. “I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Having lost my mother three years before the same illness, my world just crumbled. My family had just built a beautiful new home in Manhattan Beach, California. It seemed that everything we had looked forward to, suddenly came to a crashing halt.”

“It left me with so many uncertainties. We didn’t know what to do,” continues Ana.  “Should we move back to Europe? Should I abandon my music career and simply stop performing? I didn’t know what choices I had or what path I should take.”

Her bass player and musical director, Buthel, gave her the support and encouragement she needed.

“You can’t retire! You’re born for this,” he told her. “We’ve got work to do. We need to touch people with our music.” “He simply has that gift, Ana says; he can build people up!”

The songs shared on “Power” testify to her conviction. Recorded with an all-star line-up of top-notch musicians from Detroit, Dallas, and New Orleans, like the powerhouse drummer Chris Coleman (Beck, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder), she and Buthel wrote and produced the album, which was then mixed and mastered by multi-talented Grammy Award and Dove Award-winning producer Jeremy Bishop Hicks.

The results confirm the emotional investment that allowed each entry to become a testimonial to Ana’s potency and prowess.

With her skilled guitar solos, always in the service of the song, ranging from sizzling rock and blues guitar to smooth and sultry jazz licks, her vocals range from electrifying to soulful, Ana and company veer from hard stomping blues to relentless rhythms and searing soulful refrains. “Our sound is so eclectic – it’s a gumbo of rock, blues, gospel, soul, funk. It’s black AND white, like the cover of Power.”

Not surprisingly, then, several songs were spawned from emotions Ana felt in a profoundly personal way. She describes the relentless drive of “Doin’ This” as an expression of the joy of creating something to make people happy. “In my case, it’s music,” she says.

“From the moment a guitar is made in the factory, to the point where I get that instrument, put the band together, arrange the material, record the songs, press it and get it out to the world, we can brighten their day. It feeds my passion and brings me purpose. Chris Coleman’s thunderous drumming brings this track to life, while the backing vocalists add their own touch of gospel and soul. I can’t wait to play this one live.”

The tender ballad “Luv’n Touch” is fuelled by that singular and steady assurance. The lyrics sum up the sentiment succinctly: When the load gets heavy, the world seems out of touch, take my hand, and I’ll follow/I need your presence and loving touch. It’s about finding the one person who can provide an anchor, who is there for support even when the burden appears overwhelming. Or as Ana says, “It affirms that relationships can be work, but that one special person is all you need to survive in this troubling and turbulent world.

The striking and dynamic “Queen of The Pack” is assertive in another way. “My band calls me ‘The Boss Lady,’ and it’s funny to me because I don’t feel that way at all,” Ana maintains. “But fronting a great band — one that has a reputation of being a great band fuelled by great players — always needs to live up to that renowned reputation.

So, it’s my job to ensure we maintain that high bar. Fronting a band or any group of people can be very demanding. You want to be their friend, but at the same time, you need them to respect you as a leader and a front person. That’s especially true when you’re a woman in a male-dominated world.” Or, as the decidedly pointed lyric insists, crack your whip, you’re the Queen of the pack, lick your wounds and never look back, get your team back on track.

The boldly assertive “Rise Up!” transforms that singular stance into a larger and more universal perspective. Although this riveting anthem may not be an original song, the arrangements were altered to help convey a forceful message about the need for change and bringing justice to those communities that have been underserved and marginalized by society.

Mankind has only come so far, but we still have miles to go,” Ana suggests. “We need to fix what’s left to be fixed. We must do better! Don’t stand in the way of progress. Don’t turn a blind eye to injustice and the people that need our love and support. Support inclusiveness and unity. That’s what this song is all about.

Notably, Ana was the only female guitarist to be included in the 2014-2018 all-star Experience Hendrix Tribute, a national tour celebrating the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix that also included such celebrated participants as Buddy GuyEric Johnson, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, among others.
In addition, she and her six-piece band continue to tour relentlessly, having shared stages with B.B. KingGary Clark Jr.Jeff BeckJoe Bonamassa, and many others.

Ana was initially introduced to the blues by her father, a storied musician in Belgrade. She took up guitar as a teenager and formed her first band, Hush, in 1995. She started the Ana Popovic Band in 2000 and never stopped touring.

She proudly states that she has the best job in the world, and it’s the only job I ever had.” Ana recorded her debut album, also named Hush, in 1999 and subsequently moved to the Netherlands to study jazz guitar and other musical pursuits at The Conservatory of Music. Now affiliated with ArtisteXclusive Records, she claims no less than twelve albums in her storied catalogue.

Album Track Listing

1. Rise Up! (4:45)
2. Power Over Me (3:42)
3. Doin’ This (3:38)
4. Luv’n Touch (4:09)
5. Queen Of The Pack (3:28)
6. Strong Taste (3:35)
7. Recipe Is Romance (4:12)
8. Deep Down (3:52)
9. Ride It (3:51)
10. Flicker & Flame (2:41)
11. Tun My Luck (2:24)

ALBUM CREDITS

POWER is produced by Ana Popovic and Buthel

All songs written, composed, and arranged by Ana Popovic and Buthel
Except ‘Rise Up!’ written by Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tia Sillers, and Mark Selby
‘Flicker N Flame’ written by Ana Popovic, Buthel, Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis
‘Ride it’ written by Ana Popovic, Buthel, and Jerry Kelley

Ana Popovic: vocals, slide – electric – and acoustic guitar
Buthel: bass guitar, backing vocals
Chris Coleman: drums (track 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11) percussion (track 3) ending tribal drums (track 1)
Jerry Kelley: drums (track 1, 8) b-vocals (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Michele Papadia: Hammond organ, keys (track 1, 2, 7, 8, 9,)
Brandon ‘Showtime’ Bland: Hammond organ (track 3, 4, 6)
Jeremy Thomas: Hammond organ, keys (track 2, 5)
Joe Foster: rhythm guitar (track 4, 7)
Jeff Bates: rhythm guitar (track 4) string arrangements (track 7, 11)
Claudio Giovagnoli: saxophone (track 2, 5, 7,) horn arrangements (track 7)
Davide Ghidoni: trumpet (track 2, 5, 7) horn arrangements (track 5)
Mark Mullins: trombone (track 2, 4, 7, 9) horn arrangements (track 4, 7, 9)
Brad Walker: tenor sax (track 2, 4, 7, 9)
Bobby Campo: trumpet (track 2, 4, 7, 9)
Tasha Parker: b-vocals (track 3, 4, 7, 8)
Noel Burns: b-vocals (track 3, 4, 7, 8)
Nia Kelley: b-vocals (track 1)
JaDell Burns: additional arrangements (track 2)
Luuk van Meurs: additional arrangements (track 8)

MARCH 2023 UK TOUR

WITH SPECIAL GUEST TOBY LEE

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM ANAPOPOVIC.COM/TOUR

Load More Related Articles
Load More By darren@metalplanetmusic.com
Load More In News
Comments are closed.

Check Also

Album Review: Pearl Jam – Dark Matter

Where to begin? How about straight up facts, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, over 85…