Dana Fuchs soon became a hot name in Norway after her performance at last year's Notodden Blues Festival. She has recently finished a tour in Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and Denmark. Norwegian BluesNews met The Dana Fuchs Band at a packed MOJO Blues Bar in Copenhagen, the first weekend of March. An enthusiastic audience supported Dana, and there was a magical atmosphere in the club.
Dana adressed the audience as she did at Notodden, she called on people to forget about everyday life and worries for a few minutes.
- Let's be together and build a church of love. Let's forget the war, religion and politics for a while, was her request to the audience.
And the audience responded with singing and shouting. Among the audience were people who had followed Dana to many of her concerts in Denmark.
Dana sings as only she can, and the band delivers a tight and good sound. Dana is an open and honest girl. She talks about her private life, about her sister Donna who chose to leave this world, and about her brother Don. She dedicated the song "Keep on Rollin'" to them.
It was very close and personal, and both Dana and her audience had to fight back the tears at the end of the song. This was very emotional.
90 minutes has never passed so quickly, and Dana said towards the end: - Well - we are finished. But you will probably have more, so have you got any requests?
- Helter Skelter, it came almost in unison.
I have never heard Dana delivered a better version of Helter Skelter, and when Dana handed the microphone to the audience and invited them to sing along, it became a perfect ending of the concert.
During last year's festival at Notodden Dana Fuchs held two shows, and people still talk about these performances. Dana herself was overwhelmed by both the great Notodden audience, the festival and the Norwegian nature. Since then, Dana and her band has released the new album "Love to Beg" on RUF Records. The album has been well received and was given 8 out of 10 stars by the Norwegian BluesNews' reviewer.
I am convinced that the Dana Fuchs Band's shows at Notodden this year will be sold out, so you need to be aware when the tickets go on sale in May.
Text/photo: Roald Jungaard
Dana Fuchs with Rasmus at Mojo Blues Bar.