The career of Dana Fuchs began in her late teens when she ignited Manhattan’s blues-rock circuit with 

her burnt-honey vocal and bruisingly honest songwriting. With a voice acclaimed by Classic Rock

magazine in a Blues album of the month review as “juke-joint dirty and illicit, evoking Joplin, Jagger and 

a fag butt bobbing in a glass of bourbon,” a trio of soul-drenched studio releases signalled her talent,

while in between records she starred in the Broadway musical ‘Love, Janis’ and made her big screen

debut as Sexy Sadie in the film ’Across The Universe’, which was centred on songs by The Beatles.

Dana now returns with ‘Love Lives On’, her fourth album and one on which she fights back from 

personal tragedy with a sound inspired by the siren call of American soul. “It’s a new beginning for me in 

every way, as I have started my own label and left New York to go to the root of the music that inspired 

me to follow my passion, she explains. The Southern soul of Stax/Volt, Hi Records and Sun Studios. 

From Otis Redding to Al Green to Johnny Cash. All huge influences.”   

The years spent reverently studying the greats, the gruelling tours, the tragic death of three close family 

members in a short space of time and the birth of her first child all led to Dana’s arrival at the Music &

Arts studio in Memphis where, in just eleven days, she cut a new album shaped by emotional extremes

and one that proclaims the ultimate truth that love does indeed live on. “Initially it felt the worst timing 

ever to have a baby,” she reflects, “but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The shift from grief to joy was 

the most powerful and empowering experience I’ve ever lived. The opportunity arose to take all of the 

pain from the family loss and the miraculous love of my new son, and place it within a body of music. 

This album is all about hope and perseverance.” 

Dana and her long time songwriting partner, the acclaimed session guitarist Jon Diamond, have crafted 

a superb album of soul-influenced songs with a little help from new songwriting partners that include

Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman). With distinctive covers of classics by Memphis icons Otis Redding and

Johnny Cash also included, it helps render a cohesive body of Memphis Soul done Dana-style.

Helmed by established Memphis producer Kevin Houston (North Mississippi Allstars, Luther Dickinson, 

The Bo-Keys, Ian Siegal), ‘Love Lives On’ features a crack-squad studio band that includes original

Hi Records organist Charles Hodges, Stax titan Steve Potts on drums, keys ace Glenn Patscha and

bassist Jack Daley. “It was so fast and easy, with unbelievable mutual respect and admiration 

between everyone. Not one ego, ever,” summarises Dana.

Out of darkness comes light and a reborn Dana Fuchs, armed with the album of her life. New label. 

New city. New sound. And new horizons for an artist who deserves to realise her dizzying potential.

“I hope those who’ve been with me all along will feel as passionately as I do about ‘Love Lives On’,”

she concludes. “This album is like a second child to me. It’s who I am at this moment in time, 

captured on tape…” 

A full biography of Dana Fuchs is available here :


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