New England Conservatory’s spectacular Jordan Hall returns for its second year as a First Night Boston venue with this appearance by soul veteran Lee Fields.

There aren't too many artists making soul music today who had a release in 1969, back when R&B was first beginning to give the drummer some. Lee Fields, however, is one such artist—or maybe he's better labeled a phenomenon. Since the late '60s, the North Carolina native has amassed a prolific catalog of albums and has toured and played with such legends as Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, O.V. Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal. With a career spanning 43 years, releases on 12 different record labels, and having toured the world over with his raucous-yet-tender voice, it's mind-blowing that the music he's making today with Brooklyn's own Truth & Soul Records is the best of his career.

With a catalogue that ranges from James Brown-style funk to lo-fi blues to contemporary Southern soul to collaborations with French House DJ/producer Martin Solveig, Lee Fields has done it all. Working with The Expressions—Truth & Soul's house band—Lee Fields continues to evolve, enmeshed in the group's sweeping, string-laden, cinematic soul sound.

Their first full-length together, My World, released in June 2009 on Truth & Soul, was called "one smoking mother of an old-sound soul record" and a "throwback done right" by Pitchfork. Treacherous followed in 2011, with Faithful Man, which paired Fields with the Truth & Soul house band the Expressions, arriving in 2012.

First Night 2013Admission is free with First Night button.

Date: December 31, 2012 - 9:00:PM
Price: Free with First Night button
Location: NEC’s Jordan Hall

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