Truth & Soul Records has been the home for veteran crooner Lee Fields for a few records now, with his 2009 record My World being in my opinion the best of his forty-plus years long career. Starting out melding the funk of James Brown and the emergent disco, in My World and his latest long player Faithful Man he’s looking more an inheritor to Otis Redding’s smooth legacy as an OG soul man for whom love is always the answer. From “She’s a Lovemaker” at the beginning to his paean to “Ladies” in 2009, Fields songs have shown his heart in the driver’s seat with the fairer sex is back-seat driving.
Five years in making with the Expressions, My World‘s eleven songs are a tour de force of classic soul with Fields own suave persona the guiding light. 2012′s Faithful Man also bulges with the energy of mid-sixties Stax revue with horns reaching for the clouds, the bass a sensual heartbeat, and Fields own weathered cords communicating the raw complexity of heartache emotional wrongdoings in a manner second only to the likes of a Redding.
Earlier this year yourstru.ly captured Fields stripped down and it hammered home the strength of the man’s presence and the detail in his delivery. If I could sing, I would want to sing like this. Watch the performance of Faithful Man‘s title track above.
Lee Fields & the Expressions play Bumbershoot on Sunday September 2nd at 7.30pm on the Fisher Green Stage.