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A Very Special New Years Eve with Lee Fields and the Expressions

  • ArtsRiot 400 Pine Street Burlington, VT, 05401 United States (map)

8:30 PM Doors | 9:00 PM Show
$35 advanced/ $45 day of show
*Limited number of early bird tickets available

We are hosting a New Year's Eve bash with the legendary Lee Fields and Expressions. This will be a very soulful, very classy big ass party to ring in the New Year!  We will have a balloon drop and complimentary champagne toast at midnight! Dress code is black tie or totally weird.

At a time when many new artists are trying to emulate the soul and swagger of the 1960s, Lee Fields just has to record a new record. This authenticity is on full blast, once again, with Emma Jean, the new offering from Lee Fields and The Expressions on Brooklyn’s own Truth & Soul Records.

Having been on the road touring for the better part of the last decade, it’s evident that Lee Fields has hit an elevated stride with this album. There’s a sharper wisdom in the songwriting – from the having loved, lost, and learned vibe of “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” backed by crooning guitar and wailing horns, to the sophisticated arrangements and studio acumen that’s pared with Lee’s straightforward sincerity in “Just Can’t Win.” And then there’s “Magnolia,” a cover of a JJ Cale song that embodies the late, great American singer-songwriter and the Tulsa Sound he helped create, that’s refreshed with the Lee Fields approach.

Like past releases from this matchless pairing of Fields’ warm-and-raw growl and The Expressions’ switched-on and sharp musicianship, Emma Jean takes soul music in a familiar, but updated, direction. Mixed and partially recorded at Dan Auerbach’s Nashville studio-country soul and bluesy rock are immediately noticeable. It brings a different kind of strut to Emma Jean, but Fields-born and raised in North Carolina-is right at home with the Southern soul sound. In fact, it feels like a natural progression; an organic, refreshingly pure next step.