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Lee Fields | Cedar Cultural Center | Thursday, September 17
Born in North Carolina, soul singer Lee Fields has held a sustained career that's been on a long steady ascent. An incredible talent, the 63-year-old has maintained a vintage soul sound with his band, the Expressions. Truth and Soul Records put out another fantastic Fields album in 2014 called Emma Jean, a tribute to his late mother. Once again produced by Truth and Soul co-founder Leon Michaels, the record features Black Key Dan Auerbach, who lends some vocals and guitar and also wrote a song, "Paralyzed."
Since he started singing and released his first single in 1969, Fields embodies a similar style to the late James Brown and a steadfast faith in the divine. Gimme Noise spoke to Fields on the phone last week from his home in Plainville, New Jersey. Gearing up for another tour that includes a kick-off tomorrow night at the Cedar, he was able to talk what moves him spiritually and musically, and the voice behind the new songs on Emma Jean.More »
|Glenn Jones will perform at Old Familiar Chime|
It seemed like the time was right to do something," says Old Familiar Chime festival organizer Chris Berry. "There are so many people out there and another resurgence going on now." Five years after the death of the mercurial Jack Rose, the man who helped lead a revival of the hypnotic, experimental branch of folk fingerpicking in the early 2000s, a host of players both old and young continue flying the flag first waved by John Fahey.More »
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The Persian Leaps | 331 Club | Friday, September 12
Building on their catchy 2013 debut EP, Praise Elephants, the Persian Leaps return with another collection of radio-ready tunes, Drive Drive Delay. The trio experienced some lineup changes in the interim, but that didn't derail their hook-laden, noise-pop sound. The new EP is filled with five taut, guitar-fueled songs with vocalist/guitarist Drew Forsberg delivering gritty riffs and melodic verses.
Ahead of their record release show tonight at the 331 Club -- where the Persian Leaps will play with the Person and the People and Queen of France -- Gimme Noise caught up with Forsberg, and he shared his thoughts about what went into the new EP, where he derives many of his influences, how he's fine with the full-length format dying out, and what the future holds for his talented trio.
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