All I can say is “Yeah baby!”
Check out this interview of me by Roger Z for theworkingmusician.com
Roger-Z: You grew up down south and in NY with a famous musician father. How did that influence you?
Dave Fields: Wow, in so many ways! Growing up the son of Sammy “Forever” Fields took me on an amazing musical adventure. At a young age, my father would take me out of school and bring me to recording studios where I would observe the whole process. My dad always hired heavy-hitter musicians. As an aspiring young guitarist, I got to do sessions with top NYC players including guitarists such as Bob DeVoe and Steve Bill. I also go to see at close range what it took to be a professional composer/arranger/producer. My family moved to Demarest, NJ when I was in grade school and my father built a “world class” recording studio in our home frequented by the likes of Stevie Wonder and Barbara Streisand among others. Being surrounded by that talent was inspiring.
Roger-Z: When and how did you catch the bug to become a “Rocker?”
Dave Fields:I was born to “Rock” – LOL! My first love was Fifties Rock and Roll followed by The Beatles. From a young age I knew all I wanted to do was play guitar. The more I studied music, the more I realized how guitar was the driving force behind Rock and Roll. As I progress with my music, I realize how all of what I loved as a kid stemmed from the blues. My dad would play piano for my sister and I when we were kids and he would always play this Jerry Lee Lewis song, “Great Balls of Fire.” When I heard it, I would go nuts! That song is the perfect blend of Blues and Rock and Roll.
Roger-Z: How did you come to play all the instruments on your album, “Time’s a Wastin’?”
Dave Fields: Here’s the long answer. My father was my mentor. He always tried to prepare me for any musical situation. One of those by-products was that he encouraged me to become a multi-instrumentalist. At a young age I took piano, bass, drum, and guitar lessons. I began with piano. As I got older, I picked up mandolin, pedal steel, ukulele and more! Also, economic concerns factored into my playing all the instruments on that record!
Roger-Z: How did you entice John Mayall to cover your song, “Train to My Heart?”
Dave Fields: I didn’t entice him! That was luck! He heard my song on one of The Big City Blues Magazine (of which I am the NYC contributor) CD samplers. I can’t describe how excited I was to get a call from Mayall out of the blue asking for the lyrics! That was one of the most exciting days in my life.
Roger-Z: Your most recent CD, “All In,” has resided near the top of the US RMR Top 50 Blues Rock Chart for over half a year! To what do you attribute its success?
Dave Fields: First of all, I’ve been so fortunate to have the support of fans from all over the US as well as all over the world. Rick Lusher, my PR agent, does a fabulous job. At the time of this interview, “All In” lists at #10 on The RMR Top 50 Blues Rock Charts and has been in the top 10 since August 25, 2014. Interesting enough, people love our cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog!” Lastly, I tried to capture the fire of my stage show on this CD. For example, we cut “Changes in My Life” live in the studio. I only overdubbed a few vocal lines and added tambourine.
Roger-Z: Tell me about your projected European summer tour
Dave Fields: Interesting you ask that as I just got an email about a possible July 4th gig in Norway! Right now, I’m still in the process of finalizing dates but so far it looks like Norway in June and July! I’ve been so lucky to gain a foothold. I love my Norwegian fans! It’s a magical country.
Roger-Z: What and when do you intend to record next?
Dave Fields: I’m working on recording a Dave Field Live CD and putting it out by Fall or early Spring of 2016.
ALL IN IS #10 and its been on the charts since Aug 25th 2014! Wow… I gotta pinch myself…! Thanks everyone for your support in making my latest CD such a success!
Don’t miss my special acoustic show that I’m hosting (in association with Shirley Pena from LA Beat Magazine) at BITTER END 149 Bleecker St NY NY Monday March 23rd starting at 8:30pm featuring: Rayvon Pettis, Antoine Poncelet, Eva Lin, Spook Handy and Alan Merrill. I will be the opening artist and each artist will play for 15 minutes (3 songs).
Tonight Thursday March 20th I will be accompanying Amy Coleman at Tagine 221 West 38th St NY NY 8:30pm.
This weekend is going to be a crazy Philadelphia area double header! I was lucky that I could “steal” my pal Bobby Messano’s band: Dave Holligsworth (drums) and Suavek Z (bass). First I will be at Fujiyama Steakhouse Friday March 20th then Saturday I will be at Philadelphia’s premier blues room Twisted Tail. iTS’ GONNA BE A BLAST!
COMING UP NEXT WEEK:
Next week is going to be another fun Dave Fields Week!
Monday (as you know) I will be at Bitter end
Tuesday is my weekly jam at Stanhope House
Wednesday I will be at Ranchero Cantina 214 Kinderkamack Rd Emerson NJ with my pal Nikki Armstrong.
Friday I will be back at Stanhope House as the opening act and the special guest with The Stanhope House R&B Review
Saturday I will be at Brooklyn’s newest blues bar: Dinosaur-Bar-B-Q 604 Union St Brooklyn NY. I’m REALLY looking forward to that!
Lastly, don’t forget to read my article in every issue of Big City Blues Magazine!
I hope to see you at one of my shows! Thanks for your support!
I’m so excited to be #1 in blues in NYC on Reverbnation! Not to make this sound like an ad for Reverbnation, I love Love LOVE the toold it provides from sending out electronic press kits to updating my website seamlessly with my shows to…. SO MANY THINGS! I feel honored to be #1! NYC is a huge market and I’ve worked hard to put myself forward. Thanks everyone for your support!
I’m so excited to announce that I have recently shot a new Dave Fields video that will soon to be released! And just in case you want to see more Dave Fields video’s here is the link to my Youtube page:
A MUSICAL HIT MAN IS “ALL IN”
While the dean of New Jersey harmonica players, Rob Paparozzi, will headline Sunday’s Blues-A-Palooza at Tim McCloone’s Supper Club in Asbury Park, one very talented singer-songwriter and guitarist who hasn’t been back to the Jersey Shore in some time will perform earlier in the afternoon.
Dave Fields, raised in Bergen County and New York City, will bring his trio to the Supper Club Sunday afternoon for Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation’s now-annual fundraiser.
Fields’ spry, groundbreaking original blues and blues-rock tunes, over the course of four albums, have ushered him into the national spotlight in recent years.
The guitar playing on Fields’ latest release, “All In,” contains echoes of Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Muddy Waters, to name a few. What’s more, one of the top talent spotters in the world of blues, the Godfather of British Blues, John Mayall, included a Fields song on his new album. Mayall recorded Fields’ song, “Train to My Heart” on his 2014 album, “Tough.”
Pressed on his approach to songwriting, Fields, answering his cell phone on the way to Stanhope House where he runs the Tuesday night jam session with Johnny Charles and others, said he can’t remember a time he wasn’t interested in blues. His father ran commercial jingle studios in Bergen County and in New York City, so as a kid, Fields often found himself in the company of people like Stevie Wonder and Sammy Kahn.
“Honestly, since I was a kid, I was always attracted to the blues. The first songs I wrote as a kid were blues songs. I feel like it’s always been in my blood,” he said. “It’s weird how life is. I remember as a young kid listening to my father play piano, and one day he plays me this elaborate Jerry Lee Lewis type thing. From that day on, I was hooked on the blues, and my dad is from North Florida, he actually grew up not far from where Ray Charles grew up.”
Fields credits his father — Sammy “Forever” Fields — still active as recording studio owner, with urging him to learn how to play a lot of different instruments in a lot of different styles.
“Unlike many blues musicians, I was raised to be a musical ‘hit man.’ I got to do sessions with many famous musicians and producers like Tommy James and Ahmet Ertegun,” he explained.
After graduating from the Berklee College of Music, Fields spent time lending his expertise to musicians like Steve Jordan, Alex Foster, Dave Valentin, blues singer Roxy Perry and Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin and Wood.
For an audience unfamiliar with Fields or any of his four albums —or his hit song, “Rabbi Blues” — Fields says he prefers to think of himself as a multifaceted musician who is grounded in blues.
At Supper Club on Sunday, he’ll be accompanied by John Meola on bass and Jerry Lobozzo, drums.
“I like to do a mixture of things because I was always exposed to so many things in New York City, such a melting pot of people and cultures,” Fields said.
“You’ll hear blues and blues-rock for sure, but you’ll also hear funk, jazz, country, rock ’n’ roll and even Latin music. I like to keep people guessing, keep them on their toes.”
Check out this review:
BLUES MATTERS.COM “ALL IN” REVIEW
By Adrian Blacklee
Dave Fields has a wonderful musical pedigree across several genres and his career has already seen him get inducted into the New York Blues Hall Of Fame and win the best independent blues album in 2006 with Roxy Perry’s Back In Bluesville release, it is only recently that he has decided to push forward and concentrate on his own musical career.
This album kicks off with high octane doses of rocking blues with Dave demonstrating he is a notable ‘Guitar Slingers’, when you consider his additional talents of song writer, vocalist and producer you can see he really is a stand out artist. The supporting musicians cover the key rhythm areas with everything else left to Dave to weave his magic, two tracks worthy of mention are songs that are probably not strong blues themed ones but have aspects that highlight Dave’s versatility: Dragon Fly which has progressive mystical undertones with a slow guitar led intro and Lovers Holiday which is an acoustic unplugged raw love song performed solo, one of two covers is Led Zeppelin’s Black Dog which was recorded live in Norway with local musicians and is given a unique re-working, the guitar work is exceptional.
While being predominately a rocking blues album there is plenty of variety on show here highlighting that not only is Dave Fields a quality musician but he is prepared to stretch the blues boundaries and not be constrained by them.
Wow…! Thanks Adrian! I’m so excited that “ALL IN” is currently #5 on The RMR Top 50 Blues Rock charts! Yeah baby!
I’m so excited to announce that I will be having a “residency” at New Jersey’s legendary blues-roots roadhouse THE STANHOPE HOUSE 45 Main St Stanhope NJ. I will be hosting the Tuesday night jam featuring The Johnny Charles Band AND I will be a featured guest artist with The Stanhope House R&B Review Band which will be performing the first Saturday and last Friday of the month. My residency will end (for the time being) the last Friday of March. I will also be doing a 45 minute opening act show before every Stanhope House R&B Review Band gig, then I will come back up to play two songs with Stanhope House R&B Review Band and then join them on keyboards. I’m so looking forward to seeing you at one of my shows!
I’m so happy to say that I’m recovering from my three month ordeal with appendicitis. By Dec 15th I should be back to normal and I can’t express how good it feels to not be tired and dizzy from the infection caused by the inflammation and the heavy duty antibiotics. THROUGH ALL OF THIS my new CD “ALL IN” has remained in the top 5 of The RMR Top 50 Blues Charts for twenty weeks and is currently #2! Wednesday Dec 10th I start my tour which will wind through NJ, Cleveland OH, Davenport IA and finally Loves Park IL (a suburb of Illinois). I’m so excited to be doing a double bill with one my guitar hero’s Bobby Messano on this tour! Bobby’s band will be backing me up which will make it extra special!
I’m also pleased to announce that I have received a HOLLOW POINT endorsement courtesy of my pal Scott Quinn. HOLLOW POINT is an amazing intonation system and tone enhancement for Floyd Rose tremolo’s. I will post pictures soon.
In Closing: its great to be back! I can’t wait to see you at one of my shows!
ALL IN has been in the Top 5 on The RMR Top 50 Blues Rock Charts for 19 weeks! Wow, what a fall its been. Despite my appendicitis ALL IN has been TEARING up the charts! My appendix got inflamed Sept 14th and I had to cancel all my shows with the exception of THE LEGENDARY BLUES CRUISE this past October. The doctors treated my appendix with “mind altering” antibiotics. Wouldn’t you know, after I got off the cruise and my appendix got inflamed again! I had my appendectomy Nov 17th and I’ve been rapidly healing. Saturday Nov 29th I was the musical director/co-host of THE BIG CITY BLUES MAGAZINE HAPPY TO HAVE THE BLUES AWARD SHOW. Wow…. WHAT A SHOW! Honorees included: Bettye Lavette, Bob Porter, Carmen Marotta with special guests Laura Rain & The Caesars and Sari Schorr. This next week I’m off to Wilmington NC to do two shows at THE RUSTY NAIL Dec 5th & 6th then next week I’m playing in Cleveland OH Dec 11th at BROTHERS LOUNGE then Friday I’m in Davenport IA at MUDDY WATERS and then HOPE & ANCHOR Saturday Dec 13th in Loves Park IL. I’m so glad i’m better!!!!!
I hope to see you soon at one of my shows!!!