Artist Spotlight: Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields has only to sing one note, any note, and you know he’s Soul. And when the rhythm section, the un-nameable groove, the wailing horns of The Expressions kick in – you’re transported. This band you don’t just listen to. You connect. You feel.

Fields built his considerable vocal chops in the golden era of Southern R&B. He left North Carolina in his teens for the lights of New York City in the late 1960’s, and has been singing ever since – influenced by James Brown, Otis Redding and others. But it wasn’t until the 1990’s that he met up with the next generation, a group of ace younger players that he says was a joining of forces that was “destined to be.” Together, they bring it all home.

As Pitchfork says, “They push up tempos, channel low-down feelings into high-up catharsis, and make sure every punch connects…Lee Fields & the Expressions play like the stakes have never been higher: they lay it all out there, put it on the line, and make damn well sure you feel it.” Friday night, opening night – you will feel it too!