*TIMINGS* Doors 19:00 Robbie Ransom 19:45 Ana Popovic 20:45 Curfew 23:00 Plus special guest Robbie Ransom
L.A. based, guitar-player and singer ANA POPOVIC is back on the road promoting her new triple album TRILOGY – Her most ambitious project yet.
With TRILOGY Ana releases three albums in one! Twenty-three funk, rock/blues and jazz tunes produced by Grammy Award winner Warren Riker (Lauryn Hill, Carlos Santana), Grammy Award winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy) and Delfeayo Marsalis, one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Guest appearances include Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph and many others.
The only female guitarist part of the ‘all-star’ Experience Hendrix 2014 – ’17 line-up about the release: “In an era where most are skeptic about the current state and future of the music industry, I wanted TRILOGY to tell a different story. The record biz might be broken and Spotify might rip us off, but that can’t keep an artist down. Creativity is very much alive, and music is the celebration of life.”
Ana was born in Belgrade, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia) and grew up in a family where music was very important. All throughout her youth, her father would invite friends over for nightly jam sessions. In this atmosphere, she quickly learned her father’s impressive blues and soul record collection, grabbed his guitar and started playing at the age of fifteen. Since then, Ana has developed into an phenomenal guitarist/vocalist with a growing legion of fans throughout the world.
Ana and her powerful band are tirelessly touring, playing major blues, jazz and rock festivals. She is endorsed by Fender, D’Angelico, Jim Dunlop and DR strings. Ana has shared headlining stages with B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr. and many others. She’s nominated for five Blues Music Awards, appeared on the cover of Vintage Guitar and Guitar Player magazine. Her albums Can You Stand The Heat (2013) and Unconditional (2011) where Pick-Of-The-Week by USA Today and featured on NPR Music. Nearly all of Ana’s albums made it the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts and are being played regularly on US radio.
“Ana Popovic is one helluva a guitar-player.” – Bruce Springsteen
“Ana rocks the blues in fine, fine fashion.“ – Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
Plus special guest Robbie Ransom With a debut album presently being mastered at Abbey Road and due for release in spring 2017 to be supported by a UK-wide tour, the future is suddenly looking very promising for Hammersmith-born singer-songwriter Robbie Ransom. Produced by Dan Swift (Snow Patrol, Art Brut), recorded at Brighton Electric Studios, Robbie’s love of songs that tell tales of people and places, love and heartbreak manifest themselves in lyrics that have a ‘Dear diary’ quality to them. But despite being born and bred in London, Robbie’s sound is influenced almost exclusively by artists from the other side of the pond. Robbie said, “I’d spend my summer holidays each year in Wyoming and we’d spend hours driving amongst vast landscapes listening to the rock and folk artists of the 1960’s and ‘70’s, such as Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Band and the Doors. I fell in love with this music and it has influenced my own music much more than any British artists have – apart from Cat Stevens!” Robbie’s first E.P. title track and first single ‘Rocks In My Pocket’ released earlier this year tells the story of Robbie’s personal struggles with substance abuse, and how it destroyed his first serious relationship. Robbie says, “‘Rocks In My Pocket’ is about my determination to deal with my substance addiction in an attempt to win back my then girlfriend. I won my own battle but lost my girlfriend to another man.” Other songs on the E.P. include ‘Man Alone’, in which Robbie explores the sense of trying to belong and the acceptance that one day, everything ends. Robbie said, “It’s not a sad song at all, but more a celebration of life.” The track ‘I Am Thunder’ is an overview of the father/son relationship, but from the paternal perspective. Robbie said, “There was a point in time where our relationship was hanging by a thread because I’d really let him down. My father is my hero and has a heart of gold, but my past actions would bring out his thunderous side – but no matter what I put him through he will always be my father and I will always be his boy.” The E.P’s final track, ‘Symbol Of The Night’, is about the fox’s solitary struggle for survival and his right to exist. Robbie said, “I did a year at Nottingham Uni and a fox lived outside my window. He would “sneak in an outta of my (window) frame”. At the time there was a lot in the press about fox hunting and culling and I was very much against it. When I felt sad, the sight of him roaming the night, “bringing the dark to night”, always cheered me up. At the time he was “the light of my life”.