Blues artist Dana Fuchs (pronounced "Fyooks") is no stranger to the trials and tribulations that define the human experience. Her struggles with the tragic loss of family members, drug experimentation, and a career path that found her working as stripper, Fuchs turned to her love of music as a source of healing and creative expression.
Forming her own record label in 2018, Get Along Records, Fuchs latest album release Love Lives On (2018) embodies the passion, artistry, and determination that defines her as one of today’s most unforgettable blues vocalists. Merging her love of blues, southern rock, roots music, and soul influences, Fuchs' emotionally charged 13-song release will leave you clamoring for more.
Standout tracks include, “Backstreet Baby”, “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”, “Callin’ Angels”, “Love Lives On”, “Ready To Rise”, “Battle Lines”, “Same Sunlight”, and a cover of the Johnny Cash classic, “Ring Of Fire.”
“There are a lot of songs about loss and despair,” says Fuchs while on tour in Florida. “This is the first time I had done that from more of a redemptive place. I loved that you heard the energy because that was the whole intent. It was supposed to be infused with hope, life, and celebration. I’m usually most creative when I’m just past the hurdle and I have the time and the wherewithal to reflect. When I was lying next to my mom and she was dying, that’s when the words popped into my mind for the title track “Love Lives On”. That was actually one of the first times I was able to write while in the thick of the grief and the pain. Usually it’s a little time after I’ve gotten through the hurdle.”
“The whole idea of going to Memphis to record and giving ourselves over to a producer who said, ‘We’re doing this in eleven days’, is where I think that rawness comes from,” adds Fuchs. “It’s a very live album. We did one or two takes and boom it was done. There was no overthinking anything."
Following in the footsteps of legendary vocalists Etta James and Esther Phillips, Fuchs, while living in New York City, embarked on her singing and songwriting career in the late 1990’s. Working the blues clubs, she met Jon Diamond and they formed the Dana Fuchs Band. They released their debut album Lonely for a Lifetime in 2003.
Often compared vocally to the late Janis Joplin, Fuchs was enlisted to play Joplin in the Off-Broadway musical "Love, Janis" from 2001 to 2003. Fuchs also appeared in the film Across the Universe in 2007, which was nominated for Best Picture at the Golden Globe Awards. Fuchs albums Bliss Avenue (2013) and Songs from the Road (2014) made Billboard Magazines Top 10 Blues Album Chart. Fuchs wrote and performed the opening and closing song in the independent film "Sherrybaby."
"I’m involved in every aspect of my career," says Fuchs. "Before I started my own record company, I would work with a label every album prior to Love Lives On. I’d see what they’d do and I see what I wished they had done; I’d see why they didn’t do certain things. So I took everything I had learned. It was a lot of work, but it was also rewarding. You keep your intellectual property and you get the press you want to get.”
“I learned years ago that to perform night after night, and really believe what I was doing, kept it very authentic,” added Fuchs. “I write my own songs. Words have to come from me or come from a legend who has inspired me, and that’s the only way I can keep a show very honest. For me, it’s all about the live performance. There was a time, when I was quite young, that I thought about fame and fortune. Then at a certain point you realize this is who I am. This is my truth, wherever it takes me. It’s all about the connection with the audience. It just has to be real.”
Fuchs 2-1/2-year-old son Aidan, a constant companion on the road, has given her a new perspective on life and a sense of purpose beyond her career.
“He’s an amazing traveler,” says Fuchs. He calls himself 'The tour manager.' He just loves it. It keeps me healthier. There’s no more time for staying out after a show. I’m getting to bed earlier. All these countries that I have been performing in for the last decade are all new to me because I’m looking at them through his eyes. Every little bug on the sidewalk, every little playground I can find is so exciting to me.”
“I’m more happy with where my life is at this point,” adds Fuchs. “I’ve learned that a career is only a part of it. If I had looked years ago at where my career would be right now on paper I would say, ‘Yeah, I could stand to do better.’ I’ve gotten to the point where I have a well-rounded life that is not so career-driven.
I really want people to come out my shows and feel a connection to sanity and each other. To feel like they just had an intense celebration for a couple of hours where they felt uplifted. Come on out and just get away from life for a while and let’s celebrate.”