Sunday night, Apr. 26, soul veteran Lee Fields is making his way to Austin for a headlining concert at The Parish. The Truth & Soul Records recording artist is on tour in support of his latest release, Emma Jean. Red Bull Sound Select alumni The Tontons open the show.
Fields–born and raised in North Carolina–will feel right at home in Austin where love us some vintage southern soul. Like many soul artists of the era, he spent his teenage years singing in church and listening to the classic sound of ’60s Memphis. By the late ’60s, his first album was released and he toured with popular bands Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, and Little Royal.
Fast forward to the 2000s, Fields and his band The Expressions released 2009’s My World and 2012’s Faithful Man via Brooklyn-based Truth & Soul Records to much critical acclaim. For this particular tour, attendees can expect to hear material from 2014’s Emma Jean. If you’re lucky, perhaps Fields will treat everyone with music from his first full-length LP Let’s Talk It Over, originally released in 1979.
Opening for Lee Fields & The Expressions are Houston indie-pop band The Tontons. The group is led by frontwoman Asli Omar, who delivers sultry vocals over the band’s catchy blend of indie rock, R&B and jazz. They won the Houston Press Awards for “Best New Act” in 2008 and “Best Local Recording” in 2014. Their festival appearances include Voodoo Music Fest, Lone Star Music Fest, Afropunk and of course Houston’s Free Press Summer Festival. The group is touring in support of their latest Billboard charting, self-released Make Out King and Other Stories of Love.
The Parish is located at 214 E. 6th Street. Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. All ages welcome. Advance tickets for this event are available for purchase online here.
Lee Fields & The Expressions