Dana Fuchs review…May 15, 2018….

DANA FUCHS

LOVE LIVES ON

GET ALONG RECORDS  3441

BACKSTREET BABY–NOBODY’S FAULT BUT MINE–CALLIN’ ANGELS–SITTIN’ ON–LOVE LIVES ON–SAD SOLUTION–FAITHFUL SINNER–SEDATIVE–READY TO RISE–FIGHT MY WAY–BATTLE LINES–SAME SUNLIGHT–RING OF FIRE

Dana Fuchs has one of the most powerful, soulful, and entertaining voices in any genre.’  Comparisons to Janis Joplin paved the way for her to portray the Texas blues belter in an off-Broadway production, “Love, Janis.”  Another side to her voice made its appearance in the 2007 film, “Across The Universe,” where she brought the Beatles’ Sexy Sadie to life in that underrated film.  She shows off her blues-noir chops throughout her latest album, “Love Lives On,” on her own Get Along Records, and also brings to the table a somewhat softer, more vulnerable side.  Using her own words, this marks her first album in which she has written some “happy songs,” as well.

A version of that Sexy Sadie character leads off, with “Backstreet Baby,” Jon Diamond’s riff-heavy guitar lines churning over our heroine’s vocals, with “nothin’ left to lose,”  eventually coming to a tragic end.  She channels her inner Otis with the soul-sister strut of “Nobody’s Fault But Mine,” with Hi Records legend, Rev. Charles Hodges, on organ.

Dana has suffered the loss of both parents and three other siblings, and honors them with the title cut, “Callin’ Angels,” and the gospel-fired “Faithful Sinner,” again with Rev. Hodges on keys.  As the set rolls on, Dana offers up some scintillating acoustic numbers.  “Fight My Way” deals with battling one’s demons, “climbing a mountain I never knew I’d made.”  She closes the set with a poignant version of Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire,” showing her at perhaps her most vulnerable, the whole thing punctuated by steel guitar from Eric Lewis.

We had two favorites, too.  “Same Sunlight” has a sweet Delaney And Bonnie feel, offering up hope for a troubled world, realizing that “we’re all the same, dancing in the Same Sunlight.”  And, “Sedative” finds our lass “sweatin’ thru the sheets” “wide awake but it’s way too late for a Sedative,” with nothin’ but lusty lovin’ on her mind.  Jon offers up a cool, twangin’ guitar throughout, too.

Her contractual obligation to Thomas Ruf completed, Dana Fuchs took control of her own career.  She started this label, and went down to Memphis to immerse herself in the muddy waters of the home of the blues.   Produced by Kevin Houston at Ward Archer Studios, it was Dana’s intent, thru the material in “Love Lives On” to spread a message of hope for a world split by political and racial divisiveness.  Dana, we congratulate you on a job well done!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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