I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Love Lives On, from Dana Fuchs and it's a soul drenched release that could have been done by Stax. Opening with Backstreet Baby, a R&B track with just a taste of southern rock, Fuchs winds it up with her distinctive vocals and Reverend Charles Hodges on organ, Jack Daley on bass, Steve Potts on drums, and Kirk Smothers and Marc Franklin on horns. On high stepper, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Fuchs gets into a groove that could have been created by the Queen of Soul herself. Punched up Smothers and Franklin, this track is hot. Sittin' On has solid radio styling with a super melody and balanced instrumental backing and featuring a nice steel solo by Eric Lewis. Ballad, Faithful Sinner, has a strong melody and with the firm horn work of Smothers and Franklin and soothing keyboard work of Glen Patscha, a solid radio entry. Ready To Rise is another of my choices with cool conga work by Felix Hernandez and slick guitar riffs by Jon Diamond. Fight My Way is a stand out track with a totally acoustic approach. Fuchs vocals are crisp and clear, backed by acoustic guitar, and Lewis on mandolin and steel. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Johnny Cash's Wheel Of Fire. Fuchs takes a nice approach on this classic, maintaining it's country roots but in a sensuous way. Her expressive vocals, coupled with slow yet warm steel work of Lewis makes this an excellent closer for a solid release.
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