Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Blues Rock Singer Brings Her Earthy Sound to Teaneck

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Blues Rock Singer Brings Her Earthy Sound to Teaneck

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The bond that Dana Fuchs builds with her audience on the blues rock singer's recent live album emanates from the powerhouse vocalist bearing her soul in every full-throated scream, weary lament and mournful wail.

"The audience is always going to be with you if you're honest and authentic," said Fuchs, who performs on Saturday in Teaneck. "I always throw caution to the wind onstage. It's two hours of sweating, stomping and celebrating life together."

"Songs From the Road," Fuchs' fifth album, was released in November. The set focuses on the New Jersey-born vocalist's latest studio CDs, "Bliss Avenue" (2013) and "Love to Beg" (2011). Fuchs' previous live record, "Live in New York City," was released in 2008.

"I had done these two studio albums and I wanted to get a document of that energy live," Fuchs said. "I think I've evolved as a songwriter and a performer since the last [live disc]."

Fuchs said the connection she feels with her fans comes from both her fiery performances and her songs' focus on universal themes. "Everybody's lost someone they love or had their heart broken or knows somebody who's struggled from addiction," she said.

On "Songs From the Road," Fuchs, backed by her top-rate band, moves seamlessly through a wide array of blues rock. She shines on the soulful "Livin' on Sunday," channels Janis Joplin in the straight-ahead blues of "Bliss Avenue," raises the roof on the rollicking "How Did Things Get This Way" and conveys world-weary resignation on "Tell Me I'm Not Drinking."

"All of my records have a lot of R&B, a little bit of country, a little bit of classic rock," Fuchs said. She is especially powerful and passionate on "So Hard to Move," a slow blues song about the loss of her brother to illness.

"There have been nights when I've had to cut that song from the set, when I just can't go there," Fuchs said. "But I've tried to make it more about bringing the one you've lost into the room and celebrating their lives. …

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