Dana Fuchs is a Jagger blues-jammer, Otis soul-sister, juke-joint Janis & Sexy Sadie all rolled into one passionate performer and compassionate world class singer-songwriter. Summing up what this new record, Love Lives On, the seventh since her 2003 debut, is all about, Fuchs will say, “Hope and redemption.”
A New York transplant, Fuchs went to Memphis to record the robust 13-song album, adding to her rich musical and artistic history that has included six previous albums and starring roles as two wonder women — one real, one fictional — on the stage and screen. She received rave reviews for playing Janis Joplin in Love, Janis, an off-Broadway musical tribute, and Sexy Sadie in the 2007 film Across the Universe, the overlooked gem that gave familiar Fab Four tunes a healthy injection while bringing to life classic Beatles characters.
Those heralded performances helped Fuchs get her foot in the door of night clubs, rock halls and festival venues. That made Dana the entertainer even more determined to show audiences of curious bystanders joining her true-blue legion that Dana the mother, wife, soul sister, devoted daughter and best friend is the real thing, too.
Naturally, Fuchs, whose candid and emotional interview last year landed her among the Huffington Post’s favorite musicians of 2017, enjoys talking almost as much as singing. “My songs, my past albums, have all been dark, hard-luck sort of tunes. And, of course, that’s in these songs. But it’s the first album I’ve ever written that has some happy songs on it,” she says of the record produced by Kevin Houston (a frequent Luther Dickinson collaborator) and co-produced by Fuchs and her longtime music partner and Harlem neighbor, Jon Diamond.“The message is really just hope,” emphasizes Fuchs, who will tour the record first throughout Europe in April, then the States.
Dana has been called “one of the great singers working in Blues, Rock or any other genre” by American Blues Scene and Classic Rock Magazine found “her voice dirty and illicit, evoking Joplin, Jagger and a cigarette butt bobbing in a glass of bourbon.” Relix Magazine finds her as “someone who reveres her art”, a resolute Fuchs bares her spiritual soul in a number of songs while finding a cathartic outlet to come to grips with the emptiness she still feels from the loss of several family members in a very short period of time. “With loss, there is always gain,” Fuchs offers, her loyal fan base from New York to the Netherlands turning out to serve as alert eyewitnesses.
Love Lives On was produced, engineered and mixed by Kevin Houston and co-produced by Dana and Jon Diamond at Music +Arts, Ward Archer Studios in Memphis in 11 days. Feel the power of the Memphis music scene, not only from the seductive clout provided by Fuchs’ vocals but also the Southern sway of top-notch session players like the Rev. Charles Hodges (organ), whose magical notes filled the Al Green songbook, Steve Potts (drums), the soul backbone of Stax Records, Gregg Allman and Booker T., with Kirk Smothers (saxophone) and Marc Franklin (trumpet) contributing horns of plenty. Along with Diamond, other favorite musicians Fuchs has worked with on previous albums return, including Lenny Kravitz and Joss Stone veteran Jack Daley (bass) and Glenn Patscha (piano, Wurlitzer).
Love Lives On, will be released on May 18th on Fuchs’ own new label called Get Along Records.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
May 18 Fairfield Warehouse Fairfield, CT
May 20 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY
May 24 Sellersville Theatre Sellersville, PA
May 25 Darryl’s House Pawling, NY
May 26 The Hamilton Wash, DC
May 27 Ram’s Head on Stage Annapolis, MD
July 10 Todos Santos Plaza Concord, CA
July 11 Biscuits & Blues San Francisco, CA
July 12 Windsor Town Green Windsor, CA
July 14 Eighteen Pastures Golf Mission, BC
Aug 11 JFK Plaza Lowell, MA
Aug 25 Tawas Blues by the Bay East Tawas, MI
Aug 26 Harris Park London, ONT