Wednesday, October 10, 2012

ACL Festival Preview: Lee Fields & the Expressions

Photo Credit: Judy Miller

I was one of the fortunate few who had the chance to see Lee Fields & the Expressions perform at the Continental Club earlier this year. It was a hot, sweaty, crowded affair filled with people of all ages and backgrounds and it was truly superb. The Expressions are one of the tightest backing bands I've ever seen. Their terse riffs, soulful rhythms and overall bombastic performance had the crowd hanging on their every note. Matched with Lee Fields' gospel tenor this band can do no wrong. If you're a fan of Sharon Jones or Charles Bradley then make sure you're at the Zilker Stage by 5:30pm Saturday to catch Lee Fields & The Expressions. I predict their performance will be one of the most buzzed-about, break-out performances of the weekend and you'll definitely want to be a part of it.

Lee Fields - You're the Kind of Girl video via YouTube

If you can't make it out to the festival, you can catch Lee Fields' Late Night Show with Alabama Shakes at Stubb's. That show actually takes place tomorrow night before the festival begins and there are still has tickets available.

If you can't make it to either performance, you should at least check out the latest record from Lee Fields & the Expressions, Faithful Man.