Smart Bets: Lee Fields

North Carolina native Lee Fields got his start as a soul musician in the 1960s (though it could easily be argued the art form has been his lifelong pursuit). Along the way, he offered a leg up to fellow soul artists Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley; Fields performed with the likes of Kool & the Gang, B.B. King and Dr. John. His own career nearly ended in the 1980s. He was prepared to open a restaurant when “my wife stopped me, man, she told me, ‘Stick to what you know,’” he says. Now Fields is at the height of the soul revival, and this year he released It Rains Love with his band, The Expressions, with whom he’ll perform at Salvage Station on Friday, Nov. 1. The Artisinals open the 9 p.m. show. $20. salvagestation.com. Photo courtesy of Fields

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Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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  1. Drew Green

    Asheville! Make sure to head out for the opener the Artisanals. Many of you got to see them melt some hearts and faces at Downtown after Five a little while ago. They’re one of the best up and coming bands in America right now. Just go google/spotify them…you’ll see. They will rock it out and also make some beautiful sounds and lyrics. Their sound and ethos are a perfect pairing with Asheville. Sad i missed em as i was just up your way last week!

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