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Ana Popovic Band - An Evening at Trasimeno Lake DVD


14 Songs - 1 hour 12:33 minutes; Bonus material - over 30 minutes of 2 Solo Acoustic Tracks and a Full Interview

Rating: Library Quality

Styles: Modern Electric Blues-Rock; Blues; Jazz; Acoustic ballads

Inspired by Fantasy sports leagues, I invited my friend and Blues fan, Holden McGroine, to create his fantasy Blues artist. Here is what he created:

1. A brown-eyed girl, young and gorgeous like a runway fashion model.
2. Skilled enough to play an electric guitar like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.
3. A wonderful singer with edge and power who writes her own songs.
4. Friendly with a warm personality and an exotic accent when speaking.

I had to tell him, “Holden, that is no fantasy; you have perfectly described Serbian born, International Blues-Rock star Ana Popovic!” To prove the point, I loaned him my two DVDs of Ana, the just released in the USA “Ana Popovic Band: An Evening at Trasimeno Lake” and 2005’s “Ana” on the Ruf label.

Ever since the collapse of Eastern European communism allowed Popovic to emerge from her Belgrade, Serbia (then Yugoslavia) home, Popovic has gained fans and critical acclaim worldwide. Her first CD was recorded in 1999 and was so good it inspired the Ruf label to release her major label debut “Hush” in 2001. Since then, Ana has released four more CDs and two DVDs.

Filmed at a historic Medieval castle in Castiglione Del Lago, Perugia, Italy during her “Blind for Love” (CD) tour, the concert features an eight piece band performing to a 5000+ audience. A crack crew using six cameras captured the energy and passion of not only Popovic, but also the entire band, especially her long time bassist, music director, and stage performer Ronald Jonker. Additionally, one sees memorable views of the lake and the “Rocca Medievale” castle completed in 1247. Overall, the DVD pairs an incredible performance with a remarkably beautiful location to create a winning masterpiece combination.

As a master show-person, Ana knows how to pace a show and entertain her audience. Some songs are stripped down while others are the full eight piece band. The songs range from slide guitar Blues (“How’d You Learn to Shake It Like That”) to Rock (“Recall the Days”) to a Jazzy acoustic “Doubt Everyone But Me” to a breathy, beautiful “Blind for Love.”

As much as I enjoyed the music, both the night concert and the two solo, acoustic numbers done during an afternoon at various locations around the castle, I thoroughly appreciated the 7:16 minute interview. The interview confirmed her “real person” warmth, her love for her infant son Luuk, her long range plans, and it revealed insights like her workout regimen to keep in such great tour-ready shape.

Fans of Ana Popovic have probably already pre-ordered their copy, and new comers will find no better introduction and personal music library entry than this DVD. Ana is no fantasy; she’s the real deal!.

Reviewer James "Skyy Dobro" Walker is a noted Blues writer, DJ, Master of Ceremonies, and longtime Blues Blast Magazine contributor. His weekly radio show "Friends of the Blues" can be heard Saturdays 8 pm - Midnight on WKCC 91.1 FM and at in Kankakee, IL. To See James “Skyy Dobro” Walker's CD rating system, CLICK HERE

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