Flim Flam - Lee Fields

from the album Let's Talk It Over (2013)

Last week, I visited the Stax Records Museum in Memphis.  If you ever the chance to go, please do.  It is filled with the history of the quintessential soul label that brought us Otis Redding, Booker T. & The MGs, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave, The Staples Sisters, Wilson Pickett, and so many more.  Stepping into the studio where Sitting On The Dock Of A Bay and Green Onions were recorded gave me goosebumps so big you'd have thought I was a Longleaf Pine.

The tour also touches on race in America.  Stax was a place where race did not matter, instead it was all about your talent and perfecting your craft.  All that changed when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis.  Seven years later, Stax was gone.

But the soul music created there will live forever, as will the music of those it has inspired.  One of those artists is Lee Fields, who records for Truth and Soul Records in Brooklyn.

Lee Fields makes music that drips soul.  His new album, Let's Talk It Over, is filled with great tracks that take me back to Stax.  And although his vocals are exceptional, I have been grooving to an instrumental track, Flim Flam.  It reminds me a little of something Booker T. may have done.

Flim Flam is an all-out party jam, that is highlighted by an electrifying Hammond Organ track that takes the lead throughout the song before eventually giving way to a breakdown featuring the bass guitar and drums followed by an electric guitar that leads us into the fade.  I hope someday to hear an extended version, because three and a half minutes of this song is simply not enough.

There is another great party jam on this record titled The Bull Is Coming.

Click Here to listen to the song.  Note that the file has seven minutes of dead air on the tail end.

Click Here to watch Lee Fields and The Expressions play live on KEXP in Seattle last year.

Click Here to visit the official site of The Stax Records Museum.