Lee Fields & The Expressions Release New Video For "Magnolia" + Tour Dates For Album 'Emma Jean'
Lee Fields & The Expressions just released a video for their soulful cover of JJ Cale's "Magnolia." The video was directed by Leon Michels--Brooklyn's own Truth & Soul label co-owner--and features cinematic shots from a frigid afternoon in Williamsburg and landscape shots from Plainfield, NJ. The intimacy captured in the video could only be produced by two long time friends; Fields and Michels. "Magnolia" is an uplifting song that still haunts with tones of longing and sadness. The video brings the feeling of the music to moving pictures. Lee Fields has been in the music business for close to 45 years, having released his first single in 1969. There are very few musicians today who can say they've been touring and recording for half as long as the soul singer.
That evolution of the soul genre can be heard on Lee Fields & The Expressions new album Emma Jean set for release on June 3rd. Producers and label heads Jeff Silverman and Leon Michels placed artists that have worked with Jay Z, Adele, Liam Bailey, Ghostface Killa, Aloe Blacc and Sharon Jones behind the record creating an unmistakeable sound. The formula for the updated soul sound is "sticking to the raucous-yet-tender voiced soul music Lee Fields has always made, yet updating it - pushing the boundaries of what it can be." The sound is being stretched into something else and can't be classified as a throwback. Lee Fields schools the many artists who want to emulate the swagger of the '60s with these 11 authentic tracks. Lee Fields & The Expressions cannot be stopped! They head out on a summer tour starting with the May 29th record release show and the Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Watch the "Magnolia" video and check out tour dates below.
LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS TOUR DATES
May 29 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *Record Release Show
Jun 04 London, UK - XOYO
Jun 05 Paris, France, La Maroquinerie
Jun 07 Erfurt, Germany - Franz Mehlhose
Jun 08 Gent, Belgium - Balzaal
Jun 09 Raalte, Netherlands - Ribs & Blues Festival
Jun 10 Hamburg, Germany - Mojo
Jun 12 Stockholm, Sweden - Nalen
Jun 14 Bergen, Norway - Bergenfest
Jun 27 San Francisco - The Fillmore
Jun 28 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
Jun 30 San Diego, CA - Casbah
Jul 02 Victoria, BC – Venue TBA
Jul 03 Vancouver, BC - The Imperial
Jul 04 Seattle, WA - Neptune
Jul 05 & 06 Portland, OR - Waterfront Blues Festival