Take one listen to Ana Popovic’s bluesy roar of a voice and you know she could kick your ass without any trouble. The fact that she can wail hard on a guitar only hammers home the point. She also has the look of a golden goddess, which only adds to her appeal. Born in Yugoslavia in the mid-’70s, she learned the blues from her father and soon realized there was nothing else she wanted to do. She now lives in Nashville and was recently nominated for the 2014 Blues Awards in the Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year category. Her music is contemporary — it’s by no means pure blues, instead flavored with funk and soul riffs throughout. Popovic’s presence is a welcome sight in a blues world that needs a new generation to be excited about the genre.
— Laura Johnson