Lee Fields & The Expressions – Faithful Man [album review]

by Woody on April 9, 2012

Lee Fields has been at it for over four decades. Up until a month ago, I didn’t have a clue who he was. And if Oz and I weren’t such big fans of Aquarium Drunkard, I probably would still be in the dark. But with the knowledge that Lee Fields was playing at their party, we checked him out online and made seeing him a priority in Austin. After catching his set at the Shangri-La, I was a fan.

Upon arriving home, I dug into Faithful Man and his prior release, My World. I was psyched that I had found him but completely bummed that I just now found him. Fields is part of this revival of soul music that encapsulates Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley and countless others that I probably don’t know about. Revival is probably the wrong word. Its not like the music went anywhere. Its just now getting its proper due.

The stripped down version of the title track below can tell you more about Fields’ voice than I could do with 1000 words. That is one of the best vocal performances that I have seen in quite some time. I have watched this about a dozen times and it leaves me speechless every time. Fields toiled in obscurity for years while America was subjected half-ass singing competitions on TV. That is absolutely criminal! That assclown for Maroon 5 is the barometer for good singing? Here’s a clue. Watch this video, eliminate these shows and put some real programming on.

Lee Fields and The Expressions are on tour now, at Lincoln Hall on May 9th. Take your special someone to the show, have a couple of cocktails and then grind up all over each other while Fields delivers one of the most soulful performances you will see in quite some time.

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