The Blue Note Presents


Driving Wheel

Sat, March 23, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$12 in Advance $15 Day of Show

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is all ages

MINORS: $2 cash surcharge at the door for anyone under the age of 21.

PLEASE NOTE: This show was rescheduled from 2/21. Tickets purchased for the original date will be honored at the door. If you purchased tickets to 2/21, and are unable to attend on this night, refunds will be available at the point of purchase by request UNTIL Saturday March 23 at 7:30pm.

Widely regarded as one of worlds very best female guitar-players - Ana Popovic is set to release her new album, ?UNCONDITIONAL, August 16 on EclectoGroove Records. Recorded at the famous Piety Street recording studios in New Orleans, it is Ana's sixth studio release.

Unconditional is produced by Ana Popovic and Grammy Award winning John Porter. "I recorded in Eclectic cities like Memphis and Los Angeles but always wanted to go to New Orleans the capture something of their rich musical history" says Popovic, who was born in Belgrade, Serbia . "I loved being in New Orleans for a period of 3 months. I love everything about that city. It's vibe, spirit and optimism and not to forget hospitality and kindness of the people. I think it influenced the album in more ways than just musically. "

Popovic was recently honored to appear as a special guest at BB-King's German shows. Her previous studio release, 'Still Making History' made it's way to no.3 at the US Billboard chart, for a total of 19 weeks. On 2011's Unconditional, Ana truly is a guitargodess illustrating a daring slide on a powerful guitar record that presents a soulful fusion of contemporary and classic blues. The album features New Orleans very best musicians like Sonny Landreth, the amazing Jon Cleary and David Torkanowski on hammond B3 and piano, Calvin Turner on bass and Doug Belote on drums. "I was fortunate to have the fabulous Sonny Landreth - my slide idol since my Belgrade years- to play on the album, a dream come true'' says Popovic. Also incredible harp player Jason Ricci makes a guest appearance.

Of the album's twelve songs, eight are originals by Popovic from which two co-written by writing partner Mark van Meurs. Also on the album, songs from the rich blues history done by some of Ana's favorites, like Koko Taylore, Buddy Guy, Otis Span, Nina Simone and Sugar Pie DeSanto. "The title Unconditional, Ana explains, "describes what I feel on stage. That place is simply unconditional. It is magical. It's just me and my guitar, notes, sounds and drum grooves. I let the band lift me up, and I feed off of their energy. I hate to think when playing. I only feel. Unconditional is how I stand towards my music -it's mine, it's sacred, and it's with no boundaries. Absolute, definite. I tend to put everything I have into it and don't let anything or anyone get in between, except the people that truly inspire me."
Driving Wheel
Driving Wheel
The members of Driving Wheel might not be on a mission from God. But that doesn’t keep them from existing as blues brothers, driven by a family vibe and a passion to perform for any crowd that will have them.

And many have delighted to do so — the band has played at Roots N Blues N BBQ festival, shared a recent bill with Tab Benoit and held hands with fellow local standouts such as The Mojo Roots. The duo that makes up Driving Wheel’s core — guitarist Ryan Tomlinson and bassist Jeremy Hunsaker — has fine-tuned a sound that’s indebted to torchbearers in the blues, Southern rock and alternative camps. Yet, to hear Hunsaker tell it, the pair’s biggest musical influences are one another.

Five years in, Driving Wheel has achieved a blistering sound built around tough, melodic guitar licks, grinding grooves and vocals that come from somewhere deep in the gut. Its music contains echoes of long-gone blues masters while finding room for a more modern musical language. Songs can go from a whimper to a roar in a heartbeat, such positive volatility springing from the respect band members share.

“I feel lucky that I get to play in a band with one of my absolute favorite guitar players,” Hunsaker said of Tomlinson. “His phrasing, his tone … because I know him, I feel like those are extensions of his personality. Listening to him talk is like listening to him play guitar, to me.”
Venue Information:
The Blue Note (MO)
17 N 9th St
Columbia, MO, 65201-4845