March 31, 2014
Experience Hendrix 2014
Thought we'd share some recent notices now that Ana has been part of the Experience Hendrix tour, joining such notables as Buddy Guy, Billy Cox, Dweezil Zappa, Aerosmith's Brad Whitford, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Double Trouble's Chris Layton, Mato Nanji and other top players.
Some press notices that mention Ana in a glowing light and, yes, she does sparkle:
"Popovic, in a sparkly dress and red high, high heels, entered to wolf whistles. Her strong, saucy vocals complimented her mesmering guitar skills."
- Citizens' Voice
"As musicians rotated on and off stage freely and swirling, psychedelic lights and pictures of Hendrix filled the video screen, Popovic, attracting lots of attention in her sparkly dress and high heels, then tore into 'House Burning Down' and 'Can You See Me.'"
- Wilkes Barre Times Leader
"Pure Ana is scary good."
- Cleveland Plain Dealer
But, more importantly, perhaps, are Ana's own thoughts on her getting to be a part of the annual celebration of Jimi Hendrix. We asked her to share her thoughts and she wrote the following:
"Experience Hendrix is more than I ever expected it to be - and I had high expectations. This is, contrary to what people expect, a summit of the kindest, modest, down to earth people, who happen to be killer guitar players, bass players and drummers on stage. There's no such thing as 'head cutting,' as some might assume. No one is trying to outplay the other, we're all in this together. They're all gentleman on and off stage showing their respect to each other and -- what's most important -- showing their 'A' game because of Jimi. It's as if you're on a mission to keep Jimi's spirit alive and, more that anything, to play those songs - those masterpieces - the way they were meant to be played- the very best way you can. Bring out the best in you. Not for the people, not for your self, but for Jimi.
The tour is very well led by a great crew who put it together and who make sure we're all happy, both on and off stage : Janie Hendrix and John McDermott. They make sure we all feel comfortable, at ease, we get enough time to go over the songs. They even know the personalities and have (secretly) divided the busses into the 'wild one' and a 'quiet one'. LOL :-) I'm in the 'quiet one' together with Dweezil, Doyle, Tony, Billy, Stan and Dani. Chris Layton is on the 'wild one' :-))
Back in the bus we watched Jimi's DVD ' Hear My Train A Comin' that almost brought tears to my eyes. With so little time he did so much, leaving behind the ultimate rock history performances of all times. Watching his masterful performance of closing Woodstock at 9AM just leaves you speechless.
I think for all of us it's great to get of our own tour schedule, our own tour busses, our recording studios and our own comfort zones, take time to remember what Jimi did, to play and listen to his songs again and again, night after night, you get into the zone and forget about the rest of the world for a second and relive the energy.
It is truly an honor to be a part of this and, as far as I'm concerned, it's the tour of the year for me."