Dana Fuchs review…February 2, 2015…

DANA FUCHS

SONGS FROM THE ROAD

RUF CD/DVD 1207

CD:  BLISS AVENUE–HANDFUL TOO MANY–LIVIN ON SUNDAY–HOW DID THINGS GET THIS WAY–SO HARD TO MOVE–SUMMERSONG–SET IT ON FIRE–SAD SALVATION–TELL ME I’M NOT DRINKING–RODENTS IN THE ATTIC–NOTHIN ON MY MIND–VAGABOND WIND–LONG LONG GAME–KEEP ON WALKIN–I’VE BEEN LOVING YOU TOO LONG–DON’T LET ME DOWN

DVD: SAME EXCEPT FOR “LOVE TO BEG”

Dana Fuchs is one of the most powerful female vocalists on the contemporary scene today.  For her latest release for Ruf Records, “Songs From The Road,” a blistering live CD/DVD combo, she headed to NYC on March 14, 2014, to the Highline Ballroom and recorded this set in front of a fired-up crowd.  She’s backed by her long-time songwriting collaborator and guitarist Jon Diamond, with Matt Beck also on guitars, Pete Levin on keys, Jack Daley on bass, and Joe Daley on drums.

Dana’s vocals are in charge on this set, and there are several highlights.  The set leads off with the pounding, minor-key “Bliss Avenue,’ and Dana commands the crowd’s full attention.  She rocks out on “Set It On Fire,” gives a nod to classic Faces on “How Did Things Get This Way,” and shows a honky-tonk side on the good-time “Nothin On My Mind.”

There are two fine acoustic numbers, “Sad Salvation,” and “Tell Me I’m Not Drinking,” then takes us all to church on a song dealing with personal loss, “So Hard To Move.”  She closes with two hot covers that show off her vocal chops, Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” and Lennon-McCartney’s “Don’t Let Me Down.”

The DVD contains the live performances of all the songs on the CD, with one addition, “Love To Beg.”

Dana Fuchs continues to show why she is such a viable force on the scene today.  Strong performances, a fantastic stage presence, and a batch of killer songs makes “Songs From The Road” the next best thing to being at one of Dana’s live shows!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

 

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