Stripped down to the raw, blues-shaken soul, Lee Fields has finally done his fair share of shaking recent rankings with his 2012 album, Faithful Man. The gospel-painted soul man has survived decades of genre advents and pop transformations, staying true to the quintessential roughness coined by his generation’s version of funk. Slipping through the cracks of popularity at times, Fields has resurfaced within the last two years with his celebrated 2009 EP, My World and his most recent, NPR-admired work.
The album is set in the tradition of such funk-loving peers as James Brown, Otis Redding, Al Green, The Temptations, and Eddie Floyd, leaving us with a descriptive reminder that the world needs new soul anthems–wailing dejection and all. With home roots in North Carolina, Lee, who now performs with his young band called The Expressions, takes from his Southern upbringing in church choirs and adds his classic 60’s R&B flair to meet the eyes of this funky bunch. With one foot in the past, and one in his present, Lee Fields has found us waiting for his next step into our retro-modern hearts.