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Dave Fields: Detonation

Last Updated 10/30/2012 1:43:27 PM

By: Rick J Bowen

Dave Fields Detonation (Field of Roses)Dave Fields


(Field of Roses)
With the release of his third album Detonation, veteran New York guitarist Dave Fields is set to launch his career in the realm of other blues rock luminaries like Eric Clapton, Johnny Lang, and Joe Bonamassa.

The strong 12-track disc was produced by Grammy winning producer David Z, who is one of Prince’s main men, so you knew the sound would be fat and funky. Make no mistake; this indie record has a radio ready commercial blues-based rock sound. The songs are full of hot guitar licks and catchy hooks, and even though the lyrics may lean on the cornball side, Fields’ gritty tenor and conviction sell the goods.

What is most refreshing is the overall band sound to the album, as David Z recorded Fields and his band “live” in studio so you feel the energy of this top-notch outfit without the studio trickery so prevalent today.  The album title comes from the strong opening track “Addicted to Your Fire,” that could have come out of Journey’s Late ’80s playbook. The guest appearance from blues legend Joe Lewis Walker, who trades licks with Fields on the lowdown dirty blues “Doin’ Hard Time,” is a real treat. Two other strong tracks are the swinging ode to social consciousness “Better Be Good” and the epic instrumental “Lydia” that shows Fields channeling Hendrix and SRV. 

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