Lee Fields

Saturday 18 June 2022

Soul music has poured from this living legend since the 1960s, when he was a teenager in North Carolina sweating it out on juke joint stages.

 

With all these years, and all this life, comes wisdom. Lee Fields believes in people’s ability to love and be loved, believing that music is the divine bridge to these places.

‘We should be conscious at all times of what is good and what is bad,’ he says. ‘Once we lose that consciousness, we are deceived, we are tricked.’

This worldview, equally stern and loving, rocksteady and welcoming, finds its fullest expression yet on It Rains Love, his latest and possibly his most honest record ever.

Now in his late 60s, Fields is ushering in the most fruitful period of his career. His music has been chopped up and sampled by hip-hop artists as diverse as J Cole and Travis Scott.

It Rains Love is music of endless love, of endless hurt, of reverberating kindness and wisdom, of a lifetime of pain alchemised into kindness.

He ended up putting more of himself into his music than he used to dare. As he puts it on the titles of the new album’s last two songs, ‘God Is Real’ and ‘Love Is the Answer’.

Taken together, they could be everything Fields has been trying to say ever since his recording career began. It is nothing less than his take on the human condition.

Joel Culpepper opens this show with a stripped-back acoustic set, delivering a sizzling slice of bittersweet sunshine soul to Meltdown.

More Lambeth Listings MORE

Lambeth Monday 15 - Saturday 27 July

Housemates Returns: Before I Go

Follow Ajani, a young boy who tragically dies and gets stuck in limbo and forced to undergo overcoming…

Lambeth Thursday 18 June - Sunday 8 September

Suzie Larke: Unseen

Logic-defying work by photographer Suzie Larke, who returns to our site with new images raising awareness and sparking…

Lambeth Wednesday 24 - Sunday 28 July

Afrique en Cirque

Roll up, roll up for an indescribable display of acrobatics, artistry and Afro-jazz rhythms in a joyous circus…

Lambeth Thursday 25 July

futuretense: Cherrie B + twst

Dive into a heady blend of hyperpop and electronic music in an edition of our twice-monthly free music…

Lambeth Saturday 3 August

Hidden Histories & Archives

Inspired by Tavares Strachan’s exhibition, a panel of writers, curators and artists, chaired by Lisa Anderson, discuss bringing…

Lambeth Friday 23 August

Kinetika Bloco Summer Showcase

Join us for a joyful, energetic spectacle of young people dancing and playing steel pans, brass, woodwind and…

Lambeth Thursday 12 Septenebr

Diane Abbott: A Woman Like Me

Diane Abbott, who made history as Britain’s first Black woman MP, talks to Afua Hirsch about her new…