Dana Fuchs Band

Dana Fuchs Band

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Dana is blessed with an incredibly warm, powerful and textured voice. Her lyrics are direct and real. And while she has really studied the great soul, rock & blues singers, she has synthesized those influences into her own unique sound and style.

Biography

The youngest of six musical children, Dana was raised in a small town in rural Florida surrounded by music – her older siblings’ band playing classic rock in the garage, Ray Charles and Hank Williams on her parents’ turntable, and a big dose of 70’s and 80’s funk at school. At the age of 12 she joined the First Baptist Gospel Choir and was singing, shouting, and praising the lord every week in a small black church on the outskirts of town. At 16 she was fronting a popular local band at a roadside Holiday Inn. It was the beginning of a hunger for singing and the stage that Wildwood, Florida couldn’t possibly satiate.
Soon she was headed north telling friends and family she was “going to New York to sing the blues”.

Arriving in NYC alone and broke at the age of 19, Dana soon found herself down and out on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. After the wake-up call of her older sister’s suicide (Donna was Dana’s first musical mentor), Dana pulled herself together, determined to reconnect with her passion for music and began hitting the local blues jams with a vengeance. It was at one of these jams that she met Jon Diamond, an established NYC guitarist who had toured with Joan Osborne and W.C. Handy Award winner Debbie Davies. Immediately recognizing a musical chemistry they formed the Dana Fuchs Band. Within a year the band was a feature act at NY’s best blues clubs, often sharing the stage and performing with the likes of John Popper, James Cotton, and Taj Mahal. For another year Dana immersed herself in the blues, playing 3 long sets a night, 4 nights a week until 3 am, honing her already formidable vocal power and performance style, and building a large, loyal following.

After 2 years of working the blues circuit Dana knew it was time for a change and decided to tell her own story and create her own music. She and Jon began writing intensively, putting together a solid body of original rock songs. Soon Dana was back on the Lower East Side again, only this time on stage with the band, debuting her songs to a packed house at Arlene’s Grocery. The fan response was overwhelming. The band was soon selling out shows at The Mercury Lounge, The Stephen Talkhouse and BB King’s, sharing the bill with national acts, Little Feat, Marianne Faithfull, and Etta James.

Not long after the producers of the off-Broadway hit ‘Love, Janis’, hearing raves about Dana from various cast and crewmembers, asked her to come in for an audition. Dana went in, sang a few bars of “Piece of My Heart,” and, on the spot, was offered the role of Janis Joplin. Playing Janis 4 nights a week garnered Dana a whole new audience who were soon at the DFB’s shows listening to Dana performing her own music.

These songs can be heard on the band’s debut CD, Lonely For A Lifetime, which was released to an enthusiastic response from both press and fans. Drawing from influences ranging from ‘60s Stax/Volt R&B, Lucinda Williams and The Rolling Stones, Lonely for A Lifetime, hints, lyrically, at Tom Waits and Bob Dylan, among others. Says Fuchs, “I wanted to capture a soulful and rocking vibe…but with an earthiness to it.” Vocally Dana was inspired by legendary singers including Etta James, Otis Redding, Bobby Bland, Aretha Franklin, and Mavis Staples.

Notable tracks include “Strung Out, ”Lonely For A Lifetime” and “Bible Baby.” Explains Fuchs, “These tracks are about addiction and religious hypocrisy, and like all of the tracks on the album deal with subjects that I have a deep personal experience with. It’s crucial to me to have a passionate connection to what I’m delivering in order to create a sincere representation of me, my life and my influences.”

Producer, co-writer, guitarist Jon Diamond says: “Dana is blessed with an incredibly warm, powerful and textured voice. Her lyrics are direct and real. And while she has really studied the great soul, rock & blues singers, she has synthesized those influences into her own unique sound and style”.

Lyrics

Strung Out

Written By: Dana Fuchs

I woke up to the sounds of breaking glass
Tried to remember where I was last
Blood on my hands none in my veins
I went back to the avenue to do it again

I kept on telling myself I must be doing alright
Somehow I’d make it to another night
Then I saw you standing there
Well suddenly I didn’t care about anything

I’m so strung out on you
There’s nothing left of me
But the life I took from the air you breathed
I’m so strung out on you
There’s nothing left of me
But the life I lost and a memory of you

I was running form my hunger to find what I craved
Felt myself going under but I wasn’t afraid
Starving to taste the sight of you
So weak that I know I might not ever get to

Chorus

I went searching for the soul that led me here
Tried to find some faith in all this fear
And there you were still standing there
well nothing matters – I just don’t care

Chorus

I woke up to the sounds of breaking glass
Tried to remember what happened last
Blood on my hands but feeling no pain
I went back to the avenue to it again
And again

Lonely For A Lifetime

Written By: Dana Fuchs

I’ve been walking ‘round all night long
I’m wondering if you’re gonna let me come home
I know last time you did I swore things
wouldn’t be like this anymore

But something grabbed a hold of me
Sent me spinning through the air
When I hit the ground not a sold was around
and honey I’m just so scared

I’ve been lonely for a lifetime
Won’t you let me come inside
It’s getting dark and I can’t find
No place for me to hide
I’ve been lonely for a lifetime
Won’t you spare me a little love
I know that I have bled you dry
But one night would be enough

Cause it’s all I need

Now it’s nearly early dawn
and I could use a nice warm bed
But you’re telling me it’s cold
since I’ve been gone,
I need to try somewhere else instead

But honey I’m just so tired
I’ve been out waling with the living dead
Spending hour after hour of senseless talking
Casing dreams inside my head

Chorus

Moment Away

Written By: Dana Fuchs

This weary lullaby bleeds a broken sky
Burning my aching eyes, that still search for you

Can’t even claim what’s mine
from what they left behind
I’ll never rest by eyes
‘til I lay them on you
Don’t look away now

Don’t cry without me, I’m only a moment away
Don’t cry about me, I’m only a moment away

It’s been a long, long year
seems you were just right here
A kiss goodbye without tears
was just for a day
Not for forever

Wish I had said a prayer
for just one more day to spare
Until forever was here – to take you away

Chorus

I feel every hour come and go,
the sun just chills me to the bone
I only sleep, to dream you back home

Chorus

This weary lullaby, bleeds through a broken sky
Burning my aching eyes, that still look for you
I’ll look forever

Discography

Lonely For A Lifetime - Full length record released in 2003

Set List

Any where from 45 minutes - 2 hours (longer is preferred)