Dana Fuchs – Live at the Borderline, London *****

Dana Fuchs hit London’s Borderline hard with her compelling brand of gritty soul-tinged southern blues. Fuchs gave her everything in a performance showing what a powerhouse vocalist she is, prowling the stage with commanding stage presence.

In the midst of a lengthy tour to promote her fourth album Love Lives On Fuchs was backed by an excellent six-piece band led by guitarist Jon Diamond, with keys, bass and drums augmented by trumpet and sax.

Let’s spend the evening together in the spirit of music and love” she said, opening with Ready To Rise. When Fuchs threw down her tambourine an audience member picked it up and started using it but she didn’t mind about that.

Sittin’ On brought a great solo from guitarist Diamond and an Otis Redding cover Nobody’s Fault But Mine showed Fuch’s awesome vocal ability. The upbeat Backstreet, an excellent driving blues and the country boogie Nothing On My Mind were standout tracks. Faithfull Sinner about Fusch’s late father was a beautiful song which featured her UK horn section.

Fuchs took to acoustic guitar for one of the first songs she ever wrote, the country-sounding Tell Me I’m Not Drinking with Diamond on steel guitar. Another song about drinking was Long Long Game.

Fuchs explained that she was a big fan of Johnny Cash, which was partly the reason she recorded her latest album in Memphis. She closed her show with a superb cover of Ring Of Fire, putting her own stamp on it. A brilliant performer backed by a quality band. Check out her latest album.

Words and Live Photos by Chaz Brooks

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