“I’m basically a ’70s blues rocker,” says J.R. Fields while closing his Truck Stop Clothing Co. for the night. “Anything that took blues and made it ultra-heavy and loud as hell—that’s what I dig.” Fields’ personal preferences are on display on the self-titled Blackfire Revelation LP, recently released on his Southern Reconstruction label.
Initially written and recorded by Fields and drummer Hank Haney more than five years ago, Blackfire Revelation sat on a shelf collecting dust until some time last year when Fields decided to pull it down. Upon listening to the album, he decided he had to make Blackfire Revelation and the band’s debut EP on Fat Possum Records, Gold and Guns on 51, available to the public once again, this time in both digital and physical form. “I feel like I owe that much to the songs.
“I feel like [Blackfire Revelation] is directly related to the things that were going on in my life at the time, and in a lot of people’s lives around me. People tell me, ‘Man, it’s a lot heavier and more serious than Gold and Guns on 51.’ My response is usually, ‘When I was writing it, it was a fucking heavy and serious time.’”
If you are, however, one of those fans still waiting for the return of BFR in full-swing, hold on to hope. Fields admits, “Right now I don’t have any plans to play live. But just because I’m saying that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t play next month some time. It could happen.”