50 years into an illustrious career that's taken him from grade school talent shows in Civil Rights-era North Carolina to venues across the world, Lee Fields has released new album It Rains Love (Big Crown Records). With contagious verve and trademark compassion, the soul survivor's fifth LP backed by the Expressions extols his doctrines of love, life, and God in times that need them most.
Read more about the record and Fields' "preternatural power" at The FADER, where the living legend discusses performing at Carnegie Hall last month, being sampled by Travis Scott and J. Cole, fake news, five decades of marriage, traveling through our galactic sea, and how "we're all part of an everlasting dream": https://bit.ly/2FWyXR7
And check out Vanity Fair's look into Fields' collection of a hundred-plus suits, each one a signature of his mission to embody the future: https://bit.ly/2KhR0GP
Fields made It Rains Love with producer Leon Michels (Lana Del Rey, Adele, Beyonce & Jay Z) in Queens' Diamond Mine Studio and a converted post and beam barn upstate, combining analog oddities, generations of tape saturation, and sometimes six consecutive hours of vocal takes to achieve the sound that's made Fields the godfather of New York City's soul revival.
Lee Fields and The Expressions begin a tour headlining some of their biggest stages ever this week – full dates below.
Praise for Lee Fields & It Rains Love
"A celebration of love and the endurance of love despite everything in the world against it"
"Still making old school sound fresh"
"The Soul Legend You Need to Know"
Garden & Gun
"Exactly what you need in your life"
"An album that feels at once familiar and exhilarating"
"Chivalrous, jubilant and gushing...delightful listening for all ears"
"Lee Fields is seizing his moment"
"Another batch of could-be classics"
"A rock-solid set of old-school soul combining warm horns, guitars, and keyboards with his fiery vocals and lyrics of love lost and found"
"A master class in the art of modern soul music"
Lee Fields & The Expressions Tour Dates
04/11 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
04/12 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
04/25 – Utrecht, NE @ Tivoli
04/26 – Berlin, DE @ Columbia Theater
04/28 – Antwerp, BE @ De Roma
04/29 – Paris, FR @ St. Eustache
04/30 – Lille, FR @ Aeronef
05/02 – Cambridge, UK @ The Junction
05/03 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
05/04 – London, UK @ 02 Shepherds Bush
05/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
05/12 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
05/16 – Madrid, ES @ Joy Eslava
05/17 – Barcelona, ES @ La Castanya
05/19 – Brighton, UK @ Soul & Funk Weekender
05/23 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Hall
05/31 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
06/01 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
06/02 – Dallas, TX @ Curtain Club
06/06 – Santa Ana, CA @ La Santa
06/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
06/08 – Sonoma, CA @ Huichica Music Festival
06/14 – Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest 2019
06/22 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
06/28 – Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Festival
07/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Stern Grove Festival
08/02 – Heerlen, NE @ Nieuwe Nor
08/03 – Luhmuhlen, DE @ Summer’s Tale Festival
08/17 – Crickhowell, UK @ Green Man Festival
08/18 – Abbot’s Ripton, UK @ We Out Here Festival
10/03 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
10/04 – Oslo, NO @ Cosmopolite Scene
10/07 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Zakk
10/09 – Munich, DE @ Technikum
10/10 – Basel, CH @ Atlantis
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