April 07, 2015
ANA POPOVIC ABOUT BLUE ROOM
My dad Milton is the reason I’m into music. It was his impressive blues and soul collection and nightly jam sessions in our modest apartment on the 11th floor in New-Belgrade, Serbia that kept me awake at night and drawn to this great form of American art.
It was on my to-do list for quite some time to record with Milton. I wanted to record the songs we use to play together while I was still living at home. As a memory of my youth days but also to give people, who are into my music, an idea of how and where things started.
I’m a 3rd generation of guitar players. Milton’s father Mika played guitar in the style of Django Reinhardt. He would often take Milton to the fairgrounds to hear the gypsies play. Milton got into blues in the late 60’s and was so inspired by the American music. He learned English from records and music magazines. He never had a single English lesson.
Listening to my dad, his smooth voice and slow-hand guitar playing was an every-day thing. As a kid I didn’t think much of it and didn’t compare him to any artists either - simply because he’s ‘just’ my dad. Him being modest about it didn’t help either. He would say - «Ooh, this is just a hobby» and «I’m not good at it». But, by the time I moved around the world - over Amsterdam and New Orleans to Memphis TN - I’ve listened to many different artists, but I still couldn’t really find anyone sounding quite like Milton… The coolest versions of Jimmy Reed, Sonny Terry & Brownie, Mc Gee or Albert King to me were still the versions I’ve long ago heard at home - in Serbia.
It took ten years to convince him to record an album together. At last I got him to the studio with an argument he could not reject: ‘Just do it for your grandchildren.’ He did. With producer Jim Gaines (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana) Dave Smith (bass) and Steve Potts (Drums - Gregg Allman band). We started recording songs we really love. Roots blues and great songwriters.
This album might be the most personal record I’ve done. It gives the audience a peek into my living room. The little secluded part of the apartment, stacked with amps, guitars and music magazines we used to call: ‘Blue Room’. We invite the listeners to our Blue Room for a private father - daughter jam session!
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BLUE ROOM - Ana & Milton Popovic
Release: 5/19/15 - artisteXclusive records
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