With Dana Fuchs, all bets are off. Rewind to the 1990s and the singer’s dazzling career began when she ignited the New York club scene with a run of Soul-drenched albums and a voice acclaimed by Classic Rock magazine as “juke-joint dirty and illicit, evoking Joplin, Jagger and a cigarette bobbing in a glass of bourbon”.
Now, this fearless artist rips it up and starts again with Love Lives On, the hotly anticipated fourth album on which Dana fights back from personal tragedy with a sound inspired by the siren call of American Soul and Blues.
“This album is all about hope and perseverance,” she says. “It’s a new beginning for me in every way…”
Dana Fuchs has never dealt in nostalgia. For this questing artist, it’s not about the rear-view but the road ahead. The next song. The next session. Tonight’s show and tomorrow’s bus ride. But as Dana sheds her musical skin with her triumphant fourth album Love Lives On, it seems a fitting juncture to rewind the reels and thumb a backstory as compelling as any in rock ‘n’ roll. This life and times doesn’t always make for easy reading. The triumphs are laced by tragedy, ugliness, injustice. But whatever the obstacles, music and love have been the beacons that guide her on.