The word is out that Lee Fields can still pack a punch. The retro-soul powerhouse returned to St. Louis and delivered a wallop to new and returning fans.
Lee Fields and the Expressions exhibit soul preserved and done right, understated by tough love and good times.
The first single from the debut album by Austin, Texas singer Candace Bellamy has just about everything a soul and blues fan needs: powerhouse vocals delivering a from-the-heart lyric, snaking organ dueling with flashing guitar and heavy horns punctuating a mean, mean groove.
"The One: The Life and Music of James Brown"
"The One: The Life and Music of James Brown" is without a doubt the definitive work on one of the most significant and influential figures in 20th century popular music.
If soul music is anything it's the expression of unfiltered feeling -- in melody and rhythm, theme and voice. Sometimes it's utterly primal, and sometimes, as in the music of Jesse Dee, it's finely, joyfully arranged.
The year has barely begun but exceptional new releases are coming fast and feverish -- with many more to follow. Apparently, the DJs of 88.1 KDHX are champing at the bit to hear them all.
The Gramophone hosted a diverse set of bands from far and near on Saturday, January 19.