Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Goldenvoice presents April 2020 Concert Series, coming between April 8 and April 24

The latest news from Goldenvoice...


2020 LINEUP FOR SEVENTH ANNUAL
GOLDENVOICE PRESENTS APRIL
CONCERT SERIES REVEALED

 PERFORMANCES CONFIRMED IN INTIMATE VENUES
THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

ARTISTS INCLUDE:
DISCLOSURE, MADEON, FKA TWIGS, SLANDER,
YAEJI, IDLES, PUP, ARI LENNOX, MURA MASA,
CODE ORANGE, MIKA AND MANY MORE 




Los Angeles, CA – Wednesday, February 19, 2020
 
Today, Goldenvoice revealed its lineup for the Goldenvoice Presents April concert series. This year, the series will take over venues throughout Southern California with 30+ shows between April 8 and April 24. Goldenvoice Presents April, now in its seventh year, offers fans the unique opportunity to see their favorite artists in the most intimate settings in Los Angeles, Orange County, Santa Barbara, Pomona, Palm Springs and Indio.

For the first time, Chella is part of Goldenvoice Presents April. Taking place at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Fullenwider Amphitheatre, the show will feature co-headlining performances by Cuco and Chicano Batman with special guests Mariachi Nuevo Amanecer and Mijo Mija. Now in its third year, Chella is a concert to celebrate the local community of the Coachella Desert Valley.

Tickets for these shows will go on sale over the course of three weeks starting this Friday, February 21 at 12:00 PM pacific time. The subsequent on sales will take place Friday, February 28 at 12:00 PM pacific time and Friday, March 6 at 12:00 PM pacific time. Tickets for all shows can be purchased here. See calendar above & visit www.gvpresentsapril.goldenvoice.com for more information and to browse the full list of shows and on sale dates.

The following Goldenvoice Presents April shows are already on sale: Hatsune Miku at Shrine Auditorium on April 8, Disclosure at Santa Barbara Bowl on April 15, and Orville Peck at Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara on April 22.

Participating venues include: The Roxy Theatre, El Rey Theatre, Fonda Theatre, The Novo, Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall, 1720, The Glass House, Fox Theater Pomona, Santa Barbara Bowl, Pappy & Harriet’s, The Yost Theater and Fullenwider Auditorium at Riverside County Fairgrounds.

Connect with Goldenvoice for show updates:
Official Hashtag: #GoldenvoicePresentsApril


Tickets for all #GoldenvoicePresentsApril shows available online here

'Do You Feel Like I Do?' Peter Frampton memoir coming in 2020

Peter Frampton thrilling NAMM fans at the
City National Grove of Anaheim on Jan. 24, 2019.
Photo: Bob Steshetz
Here is breaking news on the forthcoming release of 'Do You Feel Like I Do?', a memoir by Peter Frampton. I saw Peter Frampton perform in January 2019 during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California and he was fantastic. He performed several solo hits, and also shared the stage with several other notable stars including ZZ Top's Billy F Gibbons. It was truly a memorable and once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can read my review of his performance as part of the Gibson NAMM Jam HERE. Barnes and Noble has a full-length page on the book, which is available for pre-order as a signed hardcover HERE.

Here is the official information from the publisher about "Do You Feel Like I Do?":







Do You Feel Like I Do?

A Memoir
A revelatory memoir by rock icon and legendary guitarist Peter Frampton.

Do You Feel Like I Do? is the incredible story of Peter Frampton’s positively resilient life and career told in his own words for the first time. His groundbreaking album Frampton Comes Alive! spawned three top-20 singles and sold 8 million copies the year it was released (over 17 million to date) and was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in January. Frampton was on a path to stardom from an early age. By 22, he was touring incessantly and making use of the talk box which would become his signature guitar effect. “I started playing music so young that I sometimes feel I’ve lived more than one lifetime already,” says Frampton.

The artist shares fascinating stories of his collaborative work and tours with the likes of George Harrison and David Bowie, among others, and reveals both the blessing and curse of Frampton Comes Alive!. And he opens up about becoming the heartthrob and cover boy he never wanted to be, his overcoming substance abuse, and how he’s continued to play at the top of his game despite an inflammatory muscle disease.

You can access the website with all details here.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Country and Rock 'n' Roll titles entice

Is it too early to discuss a music-minded gift guide for 2020? Check out my roundup of a slew of new special deluxe editions available now...




Artist: Marty Stuart
Title: The Pilgrim: A Wall-To-Wall Odyssey (BMG Books)
You might like if you enjoy: Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, Johnny Cash
Tell me more: At 192 pages and weighing well over three pounds, the astounding hardcover title The Pilgrim: A Wall-To-Wall Odyssey fully expands and sheds light anew on country icon Marty Stuart's brilliant "The Pilgrim." Released in 1999, The Pilgrim was Stuart's 10th album and marked a true artistic turning point for the artist. In addition to Stuart's considerable talents as singer-songwriter and musician, he is joined by the likes of Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis, George Jones and Johnny Cash on the ambitious album inspired by true events that occurred in his hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. The lushly-illustrated coffee table volume features countless details about the recording of the project and what the seminal album has meant to Stuart's celebrated career; additionally, the title is enhanced by the inclusion of an audio CD featuring the original album along with 10 unreleased bonus tracks. Information: www.bmg.com.



Artist: Hank Williams
Title: Pictures From Life's Other Side: The Man and His Music in Rare Recordings and Photos (BMG)
You might like if you enjoy: Hank Williams, traditional country music
Tell me more: In addition to the wonderful edition of Marty Stuart's The Pilgrim: A Wall-To-Wall Odyssey, BMG has released the equally-crucial Hank Williams table-top book Pictures From Life's Other Side: The Man and His Music in Rare Recordings and Photos. The book includes more than 200 photos (many never-before-seen!) of the late country music hero as well as six full-length audio CDs of remastered performances pulled from his "Mother's Best" radio series. More than 65 years after his death at the age of 29 on New Year's Day in 1953, Williams remains among the most influential and important country music artists of all time. This splendid coffee table book  that comes in a slipcase and is bolstered by a treasure trove of audio recordings  serves as an enduring reminder that Williams classics such as "Cold Cold Heart," "Lovesick Blues," "I Saw the Light," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and many more set a template for country music and Americana styles that live on in 2020. Information: www.bmg.com.



Title: London, Reign Over Me
Author: Stephen Tow
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Hardcover: 224 pages
Tell me more: Author Stephen Tow's informative London, Reign Over Me offers an in-depth look at the explosion of the British classic rock scene of the 1960s. While it's easy to peg the era as simply "the '60s," Tow's probing volume provides a nuanced look at the various styles that mattered including skiffle, R&B, British blues, folk and progressive rock. A key area explored is how British musicians took American blues music and made it into something that was their own, ultimately helping to forever define what we recognize today as classic rock. Much of the history of the decade comes alive via interviews with a who's who of rock legends: Rod Argent (The Zombies), Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Dave Davies (The Kinks), Peter Frampton (Humble Pie), Carl Palmer (ELP, Asia), Roger Glover (Deep Purple) and many more. This is a must-read for fans of classic rock. Information: www.Rowman.com.




Title: Rush: Song by Song
Author: Alex E. Body
Publisher: Fonthill Media
Paperback: 160 pages
Tell me more: While it took the establishment decades to catch on to the power and magic of Canadian rock trio Rush, diehard fans of the outfit have been championing the group since the early 1970s. The power of the band's music is celebrated in spades on writer Alex E. Body's Rush: Song by SongI somehow missed the release of the book when it was published last summer but I wasted no time in reading the title when I discovered it earlier this month. Body really does a great job of addressing the musical layers on specific tracks, as well as details in the lyrics and how those were influenced by the times when the songs were written. Reading the book brought back a flood of memories including my high school pal Jeff introducing me to Rush via blasting Fly By Night while we cruised in his station wagon on Whittier Boulevard and catching the band in concert in the '80s, '90s and several times this century. Information: fonthillmedia.com.


Robert Kinsler

Monday, February 17, 2020

Sights and Sounds: 'The Vinyl Revival', new documentary explores all things vinyl

One of the remarkable trends in music has been the reemergence on vinyl over the past few years. Now comes a new documentary looking at "The Vinyl Revival"...


'THE VINYL REVIVAL' COMING THIS SPRING

Fascinating documentary from the makers of Last Shop Standing exploring the renaissance in all things vinyl 

Arriving on DVD on April 10, 2020 via Wienerworld (UK)

Includes interviews from Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Philip Selway (Radiohead), Ade Utley (Portishead), Joel Gion (The Brian Jonestown Massacre), The Orielles, CASSIA and many more


From the makers of the acclaimed Last Shop Standing, this new film, The Vinyl Revival, charts the amazing revival of vinyl over the past several years. The film explores the whys and hows with industry pundits, artists, record shop owners, vinyl fans and many more. 
Directed and produced by Pip Piper, we hear from passionate new record shop owners as well the established die-hards still going and thriving. The film discusses the importance of the record shop and vinyl as a whole. We answer the why's of vinyl's revival, the human need for belonging, the love of history and the stories of how the humble little record shop has shaped so many lives.
Record collecting has lost its image as a hobby for middle-aged men and become instead a pursuit of the most fashion-conscious consumer. Will it last? What is the future for record shops when vinyl becomes less fashionable? Why are we in danger of another record shop decline? Why must we support these bastions of culture?
Features an 8 page booklet chronicling the making of the film, with contributions from director Pip Piper (Last Shop Standing) and author Graham Jones.
"The vinyl record is the equivalent of whether you have the tea bag or the Japanese tea ceremony; the tea ceremony is the right way to approach music." 
Nick Mason, Pink Floyd
"It's a Lazarus moment." 
Phil Barton of Sister Ray and ERA 

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Empty Hearts return with new music

Make sure to check out the wonderful music video for The Empty Hearts' "Run and Hide From You." It is embedded at the bottom of this post. That song, as well as the new tracks "Remember Days Like These (featuring Ringo Starr) and "Tell Me Reasons Why" are all great power pop gems sure to please fans of the melody-minded genre...




The Empty Hearts release new music featuring Ringo Starr on Stevie Van Zandt's Wicked Cool Records / The Orchard






New York, NY, - Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for new music by The Empty Hearts. Dubbed a “Rock‘n Roll super group,” by Billboard Magazine and USA Today when their first album was released in 2014, The Empty Hearts, have released their second single with Stevie Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records, “Remember Days Like These” b/w “Tell Me Reasons Why.” The Empty Hearts include Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Elliot Easton of The Cars and Clem Burke of Blondie; as well as Wally Palmar of The Romantics and Andy Babiuk of The Chesterfield Kings. In addition to the all-star lineup, the iconic Ringo Starr joins the band on drums for the A-side, “Remember Days Like These”

“Having Ringo Starr guest on our new single is a truly profound event for our band,” says Easton. “The Beatles are pretty much the reason that we do what we do; their importance to us cannot be overstated. To have started by seeing them play on the Ed Sullivan show at 10 years old, to travel for so many years down this long and winding river that we call life, and to come full circle, to the point where you're making music with one of them...it's everything.”

Easton continues, “Our newest album is a big leap for us creatively, with more adventurous writing, some wild sonic exploration (or as we call it, 'ear candy'), and a desire to make the sort of record that we've always loved. Not just a bunch of isolated songs, but more of a total 'experience' or voyage that takes the listener from point A and drops them off at point Z. We want everybody to hop on the train and take that trip with us.”

In September of 2019, the band released their first single with Wicked Cool Records, “Coat-Tailer.” The limited edition vinyl single sold out within the first two weeks of release. 
For the band, releasing with Wicked Cool Records is coming full circle. Stevie Van Zandt named the band. Early on, The Empty Hearts struggled to find a name that was not already in use, eventually turning to Van Zandt to see if he had any ideas."He had a list of 20 kickass names and we looked up the ones we liked and somebody was using it," says Babiuk, noting they were legally advised to be cautious with regards to a name. "About three weeks later I get a text from Steven. 'Did you guys come up with a freakin’ name yet?” I replied ‘No.’ Then Steven texts back, ‘You guys are going to be called The Empty Hearts, I said so!' I copied the whole text to other guys in the band and said 'If any of you guys want to argue with Silvio Dante, be my guest. Other than that I guess we’re gonna be called The Empty Hearts!”

The Empty Hearts invite you to hear their new music digitally and on limited-edition color vinyl (black and blue splatter). Please visit this link to stream, download, and buy:


Gang of Four releases "The Dying Rays (2020)" from new EP out February 26

Today comes word we can all hear new music from Gang of Four, bittersweet as it comes following the Feb. 1, 2020 passing of the band's co-founder Andy Gill...


GANG OF FOUR
New EP “THIS HEAVEN GIVES ME MIGRAINE” -  Out Feb. 26, 2020

ROLLING STONE Premieres New Single “THE DYING RAYS (2020)”
Out Today Feb. 14, 2020 (Stream HERE)

Gang of Four today announce the release of a new EP, This Heaven Gives Me Migraine, on February 26, 2020. The lead single, "The Dying Rays (2020)" is released today (February 14, 2020) and premieres via Rolling Stone.

Until days before his death on February 1st, Gang of Four co-founder Andy Gill was working on a new body of music that revisits and re-imagines his musical legacy. The new EP includes three new recordings, which form only part of that output, together with two spoken interludes by Andy.

Andy’s wife, Catherine Mayer, says;

“From the hospital, Andy continued to give final notes on mixes of music that he looked forward to releasing. Since his death, I have been working with the band to fulfill his vision. The only change we have made is to include on the EP two brief recordings of Andy speaking, both, in different ways, essence of Andy.”

Gang of Four singer John “Gaoler” Sterry adds:
This collection of songs was recorded just before Andy died and it was his intention to get these out - to represent the way we played them on tour, late last year. All three songs were recorded in Andy’s home studio in London and there’s a fly-on-the-wall intimacy to this EP; from the song selection to the snippets of spoken word.”

"The Dying Rays (2020)" re-imagines a song originally included on the legendary post punk outfit’s eighth studio album, What Happens Next, released in 2015. The new track features vocals by John “Gaoler” Sterry in place of original vocalist, Herbert Grönemeyer. Poignant and powerful, "The Dying Rays (2020)" is a meditation on mortality, composed and produced by Andy Gill.

John says:
“'The Dying Rays (2020)' is just a beautiful song and completely confounds what people think of when they think Gang Of Four, which in itself is quite a Gang Of Four thing I guess; the lyrics seem all the more pertinent now.” 

Catherine adds;
“There have been so many tributes to Andy as a creator and as a breaker - of rules, new ground, guitars. 'The Dying Rays (2020)', a track Andy first recorded with our old friend Herbert Grönemeyer and reworked by Gang of Four singer John, shows the fuller picture, of a man who also thought and felt deeply and whose loss is not just to music but to all of us who loved him.”

The other tracks on the EP are:

"Natural’s Not In It": Originally featured on Gang of Four’s seminal 1979 album Entertainment! and one of the few older tracks included in the live setup of the current Gang of Four line up, this was recorded in late 2019 to capture the energy of those live performances.

"Toreador": Andy was fascinated and horrified by the myth of the Minotaur, as he said, a story that is “ancient but of the moment... Half man, half beast. He’s rational and understands his predicament while locked into the behaviors that destroy all chance of happiness or intimacy. Vainglorious, insecure. Simultaneously aggressively proud, attention-seeking and conceited. He’s brave but frightened. He is alone but desperate for the human touch. Masculine fragility and alienation.” First recorded for Gang of Four’s 2019 album, Happy Now, the track continued to evolve in performance and in Andy’s concept for it.

Says John:
“'Toreador' was in the live set from the moment it was written and has evolved a lot from the album version, it has an energy that only comes from knowing a song like the back of your hand.”
 

This Heaven Gives Me Migraine EP Track-listing
  1. Anthrax (Andy speaks)
  2. The Dying Rays (2020)
  3. Natural’s Not In It
  4. Toreador
  5. Purple in Nature (Andy speaks)

Media Release: Billie Eilish releases new song "No Time To Die"

I posted a brief item on the release of Billie Eilish's new single yesterday (read it here), but wanted to provide readers the full media release here...



Billie Eilish releases new song 'No Time To Die' via Darkroom/Interscope Records


THE OFFICIAL THEME SONG TO NEW JAMES BOND FILM
WILL PERFORM THE SONG LIVE AT THE BRIT AWARDS ON FEBRUARY 18 WITH SPECIAL GUESTS HANS ZIMMER AND 
JOHNNY MARR
SOLD OUT NORTH AMERICAN WHERE DO WE GO? ARENA TOUR STARTS MARCH 9





LISTEN
‘NO TIME TO DIE’


Today, five-time GRAMMY® Award winning Darkroom/Interscope Records artist Billie Eilish has released her latest song, No Time To Die, the official theme song to the upcoming James Bond film. The song was produced by her brother; fellow multi GRAMMY® Award winning FINNEAS alongside Stephen Lipson, with orchestral arrangements by Hans Zimmer and Matt Dunkley, and guitar from Johnny Marr. 

Johnny Marr at Coachella on April 19, 2013.
Photo: Kelly A. Swift
No Time To Die comes ahead of the film’s global release, which hits theaters from April 2 in the U.K. through Universal Pictures International and in the U.S on April 10 through MGM via their United Artists Releasing banner. 18-year-old Eilish is officially the youngest artist in history to both write and record a James Bond theme song, and will be performing it live for the first time, accompanied by FINNEAS, plus special guests Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr at The Brit Awards in London on February 18.

“Billie and FINNEAS have written an incredibly powerful and moving song for No Time To Die, which has been impeccably crafted to work within the emotional story of the film,” said Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the producers of No Time To Die
“There are a chosen few who record a Bond theme. I am a huge fan of Billie and FINNEAS.  Their creative integrity and talent are second to none and I cannot wait for audiences to hear what they’ve brought – a fresh new perspective whose vocals will echo for generations to come,” said director Cary Joji Fukunaga.
Eilish said, “It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor.  James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock”. FINNEAS adds. “Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of Goldfinger and Live and Let Die. We feel so so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007.”
Listen to No Time To Die HERE.
Last month, Billie Eilish made GRAMMY® history as the youngest artist to win in all four major categories, taking away five wins in total for Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album. Her brother and sole collaborator FINNEAS took home an additional two GRAMMY® Awards for Producer of the Year, Non Classical and Best Engineered Album, Non Classical. Last Sunday, the pair performed live during the In Memoriam segment at the 92nd Oscars. Watch their moving rendition of The Beatles’ classic ‘Yesterday’ HERE.
Billie's 2020 WHERE DO WE GO? World Arena Tour sold out within an hour of on-sale and starts March 9, 2020.
 
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
03/09 - AmericanAirlines Arena - Miami, FL
03/10 - Amway Center - Orlando, FL
03/12 - PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
03/13 – Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA
03/15 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
03/16 - Prudential Center - Newark, NJ
03/18 - Capital One Center - Washington, DC
03/19 - TD Garden - Boston, MA
03/20 - Barclays Center - Brooklyn, NY
03/23 - Little Caesars Arena - Detroit, MI
03/24 - United Center - Chicago, IL
03/25 - Bankers Life Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN
03/27 - Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN
03/28 - Enterprise Center - St. Louis, MO
04/03- The Forum - Los Angeles, CA 
04/04 - The Forum - Los Angeles, CAx
04/05 - The Forum - Los Angeles, CA
04/07 - Chase Center - San Francisco, CA
04/08 - Golden 1 Center - Sacramento, CA
04/10 - Tacoma Dome - Seattle, WA
04/11 - Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC
04/15 - Pepsi Center - Denver, CO 
04/17 - CHI Health Center Omaha - Omaha, NE
 


About EON Productions
EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company that has made the James Bond films since 1962 and together with Danjaq controls all worldwide merchandising. The twenty-fifth 007 film is currently in post-production. For more information, visit www.007.com.
About Metro Goldwyn Mayer 
Metro Goldwyn Mayer is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content.  In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels and is the majority owner of and distributor for United Artists Media Group (UAMG). For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
About Universal
Universal Pictures International (UPI) is the international marketing and distribution division for Universal Pictures. In the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Russia, Korea, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Hong Kong, India and China, UPI directly markets and distributes movies through its local offices, creating campaigns and release strategies that respond to the culture and market behavior of those territories. In other parts of the world, UPI partners with Paramount and Sony in the distribution of all three companies’ films. Universal Pictures is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About United Artists
United Artists Releasing, a joint venture between Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) and Annapurna Pictures (Annapurna), is a U.S. theatrical releasing company. Built upon the legacy of the iconic United Artists motion picture studio, the joint venture provides a home where filmmakers are supported by thoughtful approaches to marketing, publicity and distribution. United Artists Releasing offers content creators an alternative distribution option outside of the studio system and supports Annapurna and MGM’s film slates as well as the films of third-party filmmakers.

About The Darkroom
The Darkroom is a forward-thinking, full-service record label that is partnered with Interscope Records. With a focus on artist development, creative strategies, and fan engagement, The Darkroom has been a driving force behind the careers of many of music’s leading artists from around the world.
About Interscope Geffen A&M
Combining the legacies of three of the most influential record labels in modern music history, Interscope Geffen A&M embarked on a new tradition of musical achievement with its unification on January 1, 1999. Interscope Geffen A&M is a major force in global music, developing chart-topping artists across a wide range of musical genres including rock, rap, pop and alternative.
 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Sights and Sounds: Billie Eilish releases "No Time To Die" Bond film title track; Stone Temple Pilots review; Brandon "Taz" Niederauer performance at NAMM Show

With the Presidents' Day holiday weekend looming, why not plan out some time to view some great music-related videos, including a compelling review of the latest Stone Temple Pilots from TJR, a performance video featuring Brandon "Taz" Niederauer and the newly-released track from singer-songwriter Billie Eilish:

Hear the new title track from the next James Bond film, courtesy of five-time Grammy winner Billie Eilish. "No Time To Die" is a great song and extends the reach of the rising young star. Eilish is set to perform the song live at the upcoming Brit Awards on Feb. 18, 2020 with special guests Hans Zimmer and guitar great Johnny Marr:




TJR has taken a thoughtful and intelligent look at Stone Temple Pilots' new album Perdida:




Check out 16-year-old singer/songwriter/guitar master Brandon "Taz" Niederauer and his amazing band performing the original blues-rocker "My Revival" at the recent NAMM Show in Anaheim:





Robert Kinsler

Ana Popovic sets 20th Anniversary Tour plans

News about Ana Popovic's upcoming 20th Anniversary tour...


Ana Popovic announces first 60 appearances of her 20th Anniversary Tour confirmed for 2020 across the U.S. and Europe


Manhattan Beach, CA --- Ana Popovic has announced the initial sixty confirmed appearances she’ll make this year across The United States and Europe as she celebrates her 20th anniversary. There will be dozens of additional performances announced as they are confirmed in the coming weeks.  Popovic begins the run on February 19 in Atlanta, GA and wraps the leg on March 28 in Everett, WA.  She’ll then make European appearances from April 23 in to Early May.  A complete itinerary of shows now on-sale follows below.
 
This year marks the milestone 20th anniversary of Ana Popovic travelling the globe as a touring musician.  She shares, “It’s really hard to believe that twenty years ago, I gave up a career in graphic design, formed the Ana Popovic Band, and decided to be a full-time musician. Soon after, I traveled to Memphis to record my debut HUSH!  I had big dreams back then, and I still dream big today.  I can proudly look back at a career of thousands of shows over five continents. I’ve successfully merged musical styles and inspired a new generation of guitar players male and female to start pursuing their dreams, regardless of where they were born. Sometimes, the clichés about (music) business are right. If you work hard enough and want it bad enough, you can make anything happen.”
 
Ana Popovic performing at Doheny Blues
Festival in Dana Point, CA in May 2011.
Photo: Bob Steshetz
Looking back at the beginning, Popovic reflects, “It feels like just yesterday, I started this project in a garage in Belgrade. Friends and family where supportive, a try-out show at a local bar became a steady gig, and through perseverance and hard work, here we are now. To celebrate the occasion, my six-piece band is walking down memory lane playing music of all of my albums. I’m excited to play older tunes I haven't played in a while, giving ‘fans of the first hour’ that sweet 'a-ha feel’. We’re also re-recording tunes on a special 20th-anniversary studio album – one track for every year.”  Additionally, there will be a live CD / DVD release in the coming months, captured in France late last year.  
 
Despite having to juggle work with family, Popovic claims she has the best job in the world offering, “The feeling of freedom. The energy you get from a fantastic show. The people you meet during tours, the friendships built. And the best part - losing yourself in music. Performing with a fabulous band that musically connects to every move and every idea you bring to the stage, while sparking their own musical background to bring out the best in all of us.”
 
Today, you’ll find Popovic in a select group of excellent modern blues guitar players. One reason could be the fact that she’s always willing to work a little harder and travel a little further to hone her craft. That dedication has resulted in 12 albums, two DVDs, six nationwide Experience Hendrix tours, six Blues Music Awards nominations and sharing the stage with legends B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark, Joe Bonamassa and many others.  Her latest studio album, Like It On Top, focuses on empowered, successful, inspiring female role models.  The release opened at #2 as the iTunes most downloaded US blues albums, as well as peaking at #2 on the Billboard Top Selling Blues albums chart.  Recorded in Nashville, TN and produced by four-time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’, the blues influenced album features guest appearances from Kenny Wayne ShepherdRobben Ford and Keb’ Mo’.

Twenty years in to her professional career, Ana Popovic has travelled countless miles since she stepped forward from Belgrade, Serbia (ex-Yugoslavia).  After attending study at The Conservatory of Jazz and World Music in the Netherlands, she lived in Amsterdam for a decade.  With single-minded pursuit of her art and career, she then relocated to Memphis, TN to record and work with Southern musicians. Two years ago, she and her family relocated to Los Angeles, California where she now lives.

Called “one helluva a guitar-player” by Bruce Springsteen, and nominated for six Blues Music Awards, Ana has appeared on the covers of Vintage Guitar and Guitar Player magazine. Her albums Can You Stand The Heat and Unconditional were USA Today Picks-Of-The-Week and featured on NPR Weekend Edition, who praised her "Fiery technique on the Stratocaster". Nearly all of Ana's albums reached the top of the Billboard Blues Charts. She and her six-piece band have toured tirelessly, sharing stages with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa and many others. 
 
Confirmed appearances include:
2/19     Atlanta, GA                                                    Terminal West
2/20     Chattanooga, TN                                            Songbirds North Stage
2/21     Shelby, NC                                                     The Don Gibson Theatre
2/22     Durham, NC                                                   Blue Note
2/23     Annapolis, MD                                               Ram’s Head On Stage
2/24     New York, NY                                               Iridium
2/25     New York, NY                                               Iridium
2/26     Warrendale, PA                                              Jergel’s
2/27     Buffalo, NY                                                    The Tralf
2/28     Jim Thorpe, PA                                              Mauch Chunk Opera House
2/29     Pawtucket, RI                                                 The Met
3/01     Pawling, NY                                                   Daryl’s House
3/10     Chicago, IL                                                     City Winery
3/11     Milwaukee, WI                                               Shank Hall
3/12     Bloomington, IL                                             Castle Theatre
3/13     Fond Du Lac, WI                                            Thelma Sadoff Center
3/14     Rothschild, WI                                                21st Annual Blues Café at Rothschild Pav.
3/15     Minneapolis, MN                                           Dakota
3/17     Colorado Springs, CO                                    Stargazer’s Theatre
3/18     Golden, CO                                                     Buffalo Rose
3/19     Salt Lake City, UT                                         The State Room
3/20     Boise, ID                                                         The Olympic
3/21     Coeur D’Alene, ID                                         Coeur D’Alene Blues Fest
3/25     Portland, OR                                                   Jack London Revue
3/27     Tacoma, WA                                                  Alma Mater
3/28     Everett, WA                                                    Historic Everett Theatre
 
4/23     Goes, NL                                                        Podium ‘T Beest
4/24     Esslingen, DE                                                 Diesselstrasse
4/25     Maastricht, NL                                                Muziekgieterij
4/29     Dortmund, DE                                                Musiktheater Piano
4/30     Homburg, DE                                                 Musikpark Homburg
5/01     Oss, NL                                                           Groene Engel
5/02     Groningen, NL                                                Rhythm & Blues Fest Oosterpoort
 
5/15     Hutchinson, KS                                               Historic Fox Theatre
5/16     Springfield, MO                                             Stomp The Blues Fest
 
6/20     Dudelange, LUX                                            Fete De La Musique Fest
6/25     Leffinge, BE                                                   De Zwerver
7/03     Ville De Clichy, FR                                        Autour De La Guitare
7/04     Cabannes, FR                                                 Nuit de Blues De Cabannes
 
7/09     Norwich, NY                                                  Chenango Summer Concert Series
7/10     Nescopeck, PA                                               Briggs Farm Blues Fest
7/11     Natick, MA                                                     TCAN Center For The Arts
7/12     Rockland, MA                                                North Atlantic Blues Fest
7/13     Mystic, CT                                                      Blue Mondays Concert Series
 
7/14     Barcelona, SP                                                 Keeping The Blues Alive Cruise
10/15   Verviers, BE                                                   Spirit of 66
10/16   Beaufort, LUX                                                Flying Dutchman
10/17   Worpswede, DE                                              Music Hall Worpswede
10/18   Lubeck, DE                                                     Rider’s Music Club
10/20   Aschaffenburg, DE                                         Colos-Saal
10/21   Torgau, DE                                                     Kulturbastion
10/22   Erfurt, DE                                                       Museumkeller
10/23   Reichenbach, DE                                            Die Halle
10/24   Zurich, CH                                                      Moods
10/25   Rubigen, CH                                                   Muhle Hunziken
12/04   Unna, DE                                                        Lindencrauerei

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