Dave Fields’ bluesy
guitar channels Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix. But when he
opens his mouth to sing in a clear, youthful voice, the internationally
acclaimed New Yorker sounds like pure rock ’n’ roll. While his third album, Detonation
explodes in blues-rock bursts, it also incorporates reggae (“Bad Hair Day,”
featuring organist/rapper Delmar Brown), pop (the sparse ballad “Same Old Me”)
and something Bon Jovi could have recorded yesterday (“You Will Remember Me”).
his core, Fields remains a bluesman, though, proving it on “Doin’ Hard Time,” a
blazing duet with Joe Louis Walker, and with stunning, soulful solos on “Better
Be Good to Yourself” and “Pocket Full of Dust,” which echo Buddy Guy. Detonation
won’t please blues purists, but this album isn’t intended for them, anyway.