Lee Fields put out his first single in 1969 and led a fruitful recording career throughout the '70s. Deeply influenced by fellow Southerner James Brown, Fields’ singing style and appearance him earned the nickname “Little J.B.” back then.
After dormant period in the '80s, Fields reinvented and ensconced himself in the Southern soul circuit in the '90s. By the end of the decade, the “Little J.B.” in his sound reemerged in a honed take on '70’s funk, Philly soul and R&B reminiscent of Brown, Otis Redding, and other musical icons of the era.
Fields found a home and new backing band — The Expressions — at Brooklyn’s Truth & Soul Records in the '00s. His renaissance was also propelled by a new and younger generation of listeners who are drawn to retro-soul and, in particular, Fields’s impassioned croons, which carry a more than 40-year vintage.
On Monday night, Lee Fields & The Expressions hit the stage at the Celebrate Brooklyn benefit concert headlined by the rock act Wilco. For a taste of what’s in store, watch the music video for “You’re The Kind Of Girl” and above, download the title song from Fields’s latest album, Faithful Man.