Dana FuchsDana Fuchs
Album: Songs From The Road
Label: RUF
Tracks: 16+17(DVD)

Wow what a voice. On this evidence Dana must be one of the finest female blues singers on the circuit.

This live album, part of the excellent Songs From the Road series - was recorded at the Highline Ballroom in New York earlier this year.

For the most part it is no holds barred blues rock. Dana has a great rocking band behind her including Jon Diamond on guitar. Right from the opener Bliss Avenue you know you're in for something special as Dana lets rip.

Her voice in many ways is reminiscent of the great Janis Joplin, with a touch of gravel , which is perfect for singing the blues.

It's not all seat of the pants stuff. On Tell Me I'm Not Drinking we see a softer side to Dana's talents.

Contrast that with the quaintly-titled Rats in The Attic where the vocals go right off the scale.

It's a great live set which comes to a piledriving end with Keep On Walkin', with a wailing Les Paul.

There was time for two encores - the Otis Redding classic I've Been Loving You For Too Long and Don't Let Me Down by The Beatles.

The DVD includes an extra track - Love To Beg.

This is a comprehensive package to get to know this fine blues singer.

John Knighton