Lee Fields & Expressions
Since the late sixties, the North Carolina native has amassed prolific catalogue that ranges from James Brown-style funk to lo-fi blues or contemporary Southern soul. It was in the seventies when he had the strongest fan base with funk fanatics, thanks to a series of singles for small labels (he has recorded for a dozen labels) that became cult and collecting objects. It was nicknamed “Little JB” for his physical and vocal resemblance with Mr. Brown.
He returned in the 90s as a soul-blues belter playing to female-heavy audiences on the Southern circuit. Thanks to sample-obsessed hip-hoppers and rare-groove aficionados he reached a peak at the late 90s, and his new recordings in the style, with the same energy and crudeness as the old ones, became a viable proposition. Since Problems (2002) until Emma Jean (2014) he doesn´t stop to put together recordings that stablished him among the greatest in the ranking of black classicism revival, at the same level as Sharon Jones. And if she has The Dap Kings as support band, he can count on The Expressions.