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Ana Popović: Guitar slinger / blues artist on road with new music

April 8, 2019

Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Ana Popović has been electrifying audiences around the world with her music, and is headed to Connecticut. A native of Serbia, she’s touring in support of her latest album, “Like It On Top.”

The title is a reference to empowered women who overcome obstacles to break through the glass ceiling. Recorded in Nashville, it came out last year and hit No. 2 on the Billboard Blues Albums best-sellers chart.

While the music of “Like It On Top” celebrates successful and inspiring female role models, it also credits men who are motivated to support women in their quest to be the best they can be.

Popović will perform at Hartford’s Infinity Music Hall on Thursday, April 18. Audience members can expect a mix of blistering blues riffs and delicate jazz sensibilities from this charismatic performer.

The star’s father introduced her to the blues through an extensive record collection and musical sessions at home. She was 19 when she started her first serious band. Within a year she was opening shows for American blues icons such as Junior Wells.

Popović’s band, Hush, released its debut album in 1998. The next year she relocated to the Netherlands to study jazz guitar. She quickly became a fixture on the Dutch blues scene and soon ventured into neighboring Germany.

She’s moved around a lot over the years. She’s also released five studio albums, received music awards in France and the United Kingdom, and been nominated for numerous honors in the United States, including “Blues Artist of the Year.”

Popović and her band have shared stages with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa and many others, her website says. When not on tour, she makes her home in Los Angeles.

Infinity Music Hall, 32 Front St., Hartford. Thursday, April 18, 8 p.m. $49-$29. 860-560-7757