Dana Fuchs ~ Songs From the Road – CD Review

danasongssleeveDana Fuchs
Songs From the Road
Ruf Records

This is another in the Songs From the Road series from Ruf – a combination of Live recorded CD and DVD of the gig with a little bit extra. As the opening number and title track of her recent album Bliss Avenue, this makes you want to put on your coat and go see this lady live where the energy will be directed at you in the audience. Singing in front of her band to an audience from across the stage and into the auditorium is the natural environment for Dana you can hear that she just loves to deliver high-octane vocals to please the crowd who are enjoying and hanging to every note in the NYC Ballroom.

Dana belts out the lyrics with the drama of a steam-roller as she delivers a sassy soul-laden rendition of her own tracks and covers, she has a gravelly edge to her voice that is distinctly hers but at the same time you can hear echoes from the past from Janis Joplin and from today’s Bonnie Riatt and the bluesy tones of Maggie Bell.

The warmth of the live act comes through every time she talks to the audience and they relate to the experiences as she does in a slower more considered number Summersong where she drew upon the experience of the death of her brother when she wrote it. It is a track where the quality of both the musicians and this gentle side of her voice shine through, proving this is a lady who is comfortable delivering a range of tones and tempo’s.

Rodents In the Attic is a change in shape and form with a western country sound and gives the five musicians an opportunity to strut their stuff as the perfect foil to the dark imagery that she is shaping and telling.

This is sixteen tracks of glorious music form a women whose voice is at the top of the game full of colour, tones and textures as her tongue and vocal chords curl around the notes and words.

There is some divine bluesy soul that suits her voice as she pleads with you on Livin’ On Sunday also in addition to many tracks from Bliss Avenue we are re-introduced to earlier numbers with that looping country stroll on Vagabond Wind with a percussive beat that always augments and never smothers the woman out front.
This is an album where every track has something to offer, but the two I return to are Long Long Game and the opening track Bliss Avenue.

There can be no argument that is a fantastic value for money offer from Ruf the choice of listening or watching Dana Fuchs – whichever shiny disc you play you will be entertained and will be looking for when she is performing next nearby.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD NINE doodle paws out of TEN ….pawprint half inch

Dana Fuchs – Vocals, Guitar Percussion
Jon Diamond – Guitar Backing Vocals
Matt Beck – Guitars
Jack Daley – Bass
Peter Levin – Keyboards
Joe Daley – Drums

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