According to Choice Cuts this one’s for fans of “Al Green, Charles Bradley, Otis Redding, James Brown, Sharon Jones, Aloe Blacc, Amy Winehouse, Wu Tang” but we say it’s just for fans of proper music / people with ears:
There aren’t too many artists making soul music today who had a release in 1969, back when R&B was first beginning to give the drummer some. Lee Fields, however, is one such artist–or maybe he’s better labeled a phenomenon. Since the late sixties, the North Carolina native has amassed a prolific catalog of albums and has toured and played with such legends as Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, O.V Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal. With a career spanning 43 years, releases on twelve different record labels, and having toured the world over with his raucous-yet-tender voice, it’s mind-blowing that the music he’s making today with Brooklyn’s own Truth & Soul Records is the best of his career.
With a catalogue that ranges from James Brown-style funk to lo-fi blues to contemporary Southern soul to collaborations with French house DJ/producer Martin Solveig, Lee Fields has done it all. Today, with The Expressions–Truth & Soul’s house band, Lee Fields continues to evolve, enmeshed into the group’s sweeping, string-laden, cinematic soul sound. Their first full-length together, My World, released in June 2009 on Truth & Soul, was called “one smoking mother of an old-sound soul record” and a “throwback done right” by Pitchfork.
Lee Fields & The Expressions play the Sugar Club on Saturday April 7th. Tickets are €21.90 (+ ticketmaster’s piece of the action), or you can try sending an email with LEEFIELDSTICKETSPLEASE as the subject line to [email protected] by midnight on Wednesday 4th April.