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Lee Fields

Lee Fields

Lee Fields & the Expressions, the Right Now, Impala Sound Champions 

When: Tue., Sept. 16, 8:30 p.m. 2014
Veteran soul singer Lee Fields has all but completely shed the James Brown fixation he developed as a young turk in the late 70s, instead focusing on a more classic sound—and it serves him better than ever on the new Emma Jean (Truth & Soul). Most of the songs are slinky, sultry ballads or midtempo struts that summon the spirit of various 70s soul models—among them a bit of late Stax, some Philly soul, a touch of disco, and a heaping helping of the late Bobby Womack. Fields inhabits every number so thoroughly, though, that you’ll probably end up feeling silly if you distract yourself with influence spotting. —Peter Margasak, 2014
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