Lee Fields & The Expressions will launch their third album together on June 2, courtesy Truth & Soul Records. What’s more, they’ll be supporting the arrival of Emma Jean with a live date at London’s XOYO on June 4.
The first single is a new take on JJ Cale’s Magnolia:
The album was partially recorded and mixed in Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys’ Nashville studio, and elements of country soul and blues-rock are immediately noticeable, particularly on the song Paralyzed, which Auerbach wrote. As Fields was born and raised in North Carolina, he is right at home with Southern soul music, and Emma Jean sounds like a natural progression.
“He’s 63 years old,” notes Leon Michels, Fields’ producer and co-owner of Truth & Soul, whose production credits also include Aloe Blacc’s worldwide hit album Good Things, “He’s so focused, and has been working non-stop – he’s singing the best he ever has.”