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Dana Fuchs - Interview PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen   
Dana Fuchs at Stage 48 New York City - photo by Luxury ExperienceBlues Rocker Singer Songwriter Dana Fuchs takes time between touring to speak candidly with Luxury Experience about her life and her new poignant and evocative CD, Bliss Avenue, released on the Ruf Records label.

 

 

LE

Dana Fuchs - Bliss AvenueDana, thank you for taking time to speak with Luxury Experience about your new CD, Bliss Avenue, released on the Ruf Records label. This stellar release blends genres of the Blues and Rock, adds a dash of Pop, Gospel, and Country as deftly as a well-balanced cocktail.

 

You started singing at an early age, and by age 12, you were singing in the First Baptist Gospel Choir. Growing up in rural Florida, what were some of your musical influences?

 

Dana

My parents were big into Ray Charles and Billie Holiday, along with Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash, which is where I get my Country influences from and my grandmother introduced me to the music of Frank Sinatra.

 

Dana Fuchs at Stage 48 New York - Photo by Luxury ExperienceI was the youngest of six children and my older sister and brother listened to classic Rock, and introduced me to the music of Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, the Beetles, and the Allman Brothers.

 

When I was in school, a teacher introduced me to the music of Earth, Wind and Fire, and Donna Summers. From there I found Soul, Funk, and Classic R & B.

 

I never heard the Blues until I moved to New York. I was walking past a club, and I heard Jon Diamond's guitar from the street and decided to go in. It was a Blues Jam "open mike" night and Jon was playing the song, I'd Rather Go Blind, which I had never heard before. During the break I went up to Jon and introduced myself and told him I was a singer, and he asked me if I wanted to join him onstage and if I knew any Blues songs. I said I knew Stormy Monday, which although I had heard it, I really did not know the words, so Jon fed me the lyrics as we went along.

 

When I moved to New York I started listening to more Blues music as well as Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones, Etta James, Cream, Muddy Waters, Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart, and Robert Johnson, whom I have a painting of in my apartment.

 

LE

And now?

 

Dana

I listen to old Blues and Jazz, to Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits, Dylan, Bowie, and old Steely Dan music, which reminds me of my sister, who loved the Steely Dan song, Rikki Don't Lose That Number.

 

LE

You just completed a United States tour and have a heavy upcoming European tour scheduled with performances in Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, United Kingdom, and France.

 

What are a few of your favorite places to play?

 

Dana

I love The Netherlands. We played a festival there a few years ago in a 1:00 pm time slot opening for ZZ Top and we played all of our own materials, including Songbird (Fly Me To Sleep), a song about my sister going to New York and taking her life. I wrote the lyrics shortly after she died, and when it came to the chorus, the audience started singing along with me. Soon there were thousands of people singing along. After that we started playing larger venues.

 

Norway is also great; I have played at the Notodden Blues Festival in Norway three times, once when Van Morrison was playing there, he was wonderful.

 

I also love playing in Germany. My great-great grandparents are from Germany, and the fans there are very loyal, very devoted. When my brother was dying (of brain cancer), the fans got together and wrote out a card and enclosed money. I always do a "meet and greet" after the shows and it is always wonderful meeting the fans.

 

I am also excited about playing in the other cities on the tour, as some of them are a first for me.

 

LE

You definitely have a great line-up of cities and countries for the tour. Living in New York City now, and being on the road as much as you are, what do miss most about New York when touring?

 

Dana

I miss my cats! Also when I am on the road, after I finish the "meet and greet" after every show it is often very late and I am starving and sometimes there are not many places open. In New York City there is always someplace open at any hour where I can go and get something to eat.

 

LE

Your lyrics are very personal, very deep. Is writing cathartic for you?

 

Dana

It is very cathartic. I want people to be able to relate, I want to write songs that they can connect with; I would get tired if I had to perform trite little Pop songs every night.

 

LE

When not writing, performing, and touring, how do you spend your free time?

 

Dana

I love yoga and riding my bike. I am also learning to play acoustic guitar, which I used to write the song, Nothin' On My Mind. Someday I would like to play guitar on stage. I also like writing little things and blogs in my spare time on the road. When I am touring and spending time in a van on the road, I also like to meditate.

 

LE

What is next?

 

Dana

More music! Acting was fun - playing Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway play, Love Janis, and being in the film, Across the Universe, but music is what I worked for my whole life. I really enjoyed doing the film soundtrack with T-Bone Burnett so maybe more of that as well.

 

LE

Dana, thank you for taking time to speak with me. Good luck on your latest CD, Bliss Avenue released on the Ruf Records label, and enjoy your time on the road. Luxury Experience looks forward to attending another one of your performances soon. In the meantime, we will keep pressing the replay button on the CD player and giving Bliss Avenue a listen.

 

For information on upcoming Dana Fuchs performances, please visit the website: www.DanaFuchs.com   

 

Follow Dana Fuchs on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DanaFuchs

 

Dana Fuchs at Stage 48 New York - Photo by Luxury Experience
Dana Fuchs on Performing at Stage 48 in New York

 

Follow Luxury Experience on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/LuxuryExperience 

 

Read the review of Dana Fuchs' release: Bliss Avenue released on the Ruf Records label in the Music Scene section.

 

Read the review of Dana Fuchs' performance at Stage 48 in New York in the Performances section.

 

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