The Steepwater Band and Ana PopovicPop/Rock
Recorded at Memphis’ Ardent Studios with a crack band, Ana Popovic’s new full-length, Can You Stand the Heat, is modern blues with a pop twist. The Serbian-born guitarist and singer isn’t an innovator, or even a stylist — Popovic growls convincingly through a set of songs that includes a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Rain Fall Down,” along with a version of Robert Palmer’s funk-pop single, “Every Kind of People.” The song selection is intelligent, while rhythm guitarist Harold Smith, bassist John Williams and drummer Tony Coleman play in a manner that suggests a James Brown groove on the uptempo “Can’t You See What You’re Doing to Me.” Popovic doesn’t sound much like Albert Collins or B.B. King — her electric guitar style suggests the influence of Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana. As do many contemporary blues records, Can You Stand the Heat suggests an interesting fusion of blues, soul and pop.
The Mercy Lounge
Show: 9:00 PM
Presale ($12) & Day of show ($15)
18 and over