To coincide with her participation in the 2014 Experience Hendrix Tour, blues guitarist Ana Popovic has debuted a new video of her fiery take on Jimi Hendrix’s “Can You See Me.”
“I’ve always found it challenging to cover Hendrix tunes,” says Popovic of the cover. “There is really not much you can do. His tunes are already worked out to their max—the arrangements, the guitar lines, the lyrics, his vocals. In this particular tune, what I didn’t want to change was the energy Hendrix had going—that frantic energy and excitement, but for me, it always was leaning towards a slide song. And I saw that as a window to add something that is mine, and make it different, while still paying homage to Jimi.
“‘Can You See Me’ is a hip song of someone longing for someone’s love. Screaming guitars, crying for his or her attention. The song is so powerful in its simplicity. It’s a stripped-down, straight-to-the-point rock tune. I first fell in love with the song when I was six or seven years old, when it was playing in a music video of California artist Denny Dent making a portrait of Hendrix. True art is how I experience Hendrix. Hendrix was all-in-one: Motion, Sound, Poetry. He is timeless.”
Watch the video below and click here to see where you can catch Popovic on the Experience Hendrix Tour, along with Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), Zakk Wylde, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson and Dweezil Zappa.