Spring Weekend Artist Profile: Lee Fields & The Expressions
Hailing from North Carolina, Lee Fields has been an important figure in the world of funk since the 60s. Beginning as a solo act, he entered the music industry as a singer in multiple fundamental bands in the funk genre, such as Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, and Little Royal. After a hiatus in the 80s, Lee Fields came back strong in the 1990s with a surprise album release, titled “Enough is Enough”. Not a stranger to funk and soul, he has released six albums since his return to the music industry, brining the soul into the 21st century.
Here’s where The Expressions come in. Back in 2004, the owners of the funk music label Truth & Soul wanted to experiment with the genre and create a record modeled after seasoned bands such as The Moments, The Delfonics, and The Stylistics. They called in Lee Fields to provide the vocals for the single “Do You Love Me”, and the rest is funktastic, soulful history.
Nothing has stopped Lee Fields and his ensemble from bringing the soul into the 21st century, most recently with their album “My World”. Pitchfork rated their latest album a 7.7, and called it a “throwback done right.” They will be opening for Diddy-Dirty Money on Saturday, so start prepping your ears for a funk pregame for our hip-hop headliner.