Lee Fields is living proof that many things in life get better with age. The soul man’s 40-plus-year career started in 1969 with the release of his first record. He has toured the world on the strength of his incredibly appealing, sexy-soulful voice and performed with soul standard-bearers like Kool and The Gang and O.V. Wright. He could call it a day and have a respectable career to look back with pride, but there is far too much artistry and passion left in the man to settle down just yet. Arguably, he is creating his best work right now. The venerable soul man – like his hero, James Brown – is still takin’ it to the bridge.
Since releasing records beginning in 2009 for Truth and Soul Records – The Expressions are the label’s house band – Fields’ already strong presence on the music scene enjoyed a huge resurgence and earned him a whole new generation of fans. The group’s 2009 release My World, was called “throwback done right,” by one contemporary music magazine. With its supreme vocal workouts reminiscent of the Delphonics and the Stylistics, and funk firmly in the grooves, the record declared in no uncertain terms that authentic soul music is here to stay.
His newest record, Emma Jean, is another glittering jewel in Lee Fields’ crown. Get you some.