Ardent’s Pete Matthews Tracks Blues, Funk and Soul
Blues sensation Ana Popovic, a “Best New Artist” W.C. Handy Award-nominee, is tracking her next release at Ardent Studios in Memphis. Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Popovic formed her first band when she was 19, gaining a strong following throughout Europe and with her band, Hush, opening for such Blues stalwarts as Junior Wells.
Recorded in Ardent Studios’ new SSL Duality-equipped Studio C, musicians included Frank Ray Jr., Hammond B3; John Williams, bass; and Tony Coleman, drummer for BB King and producer of the new Popovic album. Longtime Ardent engineer Pete Matthews recorded the new material.
“This was one of my favorite sessions of all times,” commented Popovic. “We cut seven great tracks and the amazing sounding studio C at Ardent made this session stand out from all my previous recordings. Thanks to engineer Pete Matthews, the control room sounded just like the record at all times! And working in the same room where Van Morrison and Bob Dylan recorded simply adds to the magic of the moment. “
Popovic’s album “Still Making History” (2007) was in the Billboard charts for 19 weeks and her “Blind for Love’ (2009) made it to the #1 radio-played Blues album on US radio. In 2011, Popovic was winner of the Best Blues DVD at the Blues Matters Awards (UK), and her “Unconditional” was a triple nominee for “Contemporary Blues Album,” “Contemporary Blues Female Artist” and “Best DVD” (“An Evening at Trasimeno Lake”) at the 33rd Blues Music Awards in Memphis.
“We cut some blues, funk and soul, the way it used to be done back in the day, but it’s not a retro record,” remarked Popovic. “We had the spirit of Albert King and Albert Collins in the room, and we’re coming back in August to finish this project.”
For information about Ardent Studios, visit: http://www.ardentstudios.com