Carl Marshall (21st Century)

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"Good Loving Will Make You Cry"

Carl Marshall (21st Century)

Composed by Carl Marshall




September 12, 2015: Re-Posted from Daddy B. Nice's New CD Reviews

April 8, 2015:

CARL MARSHALL: Love Brings Me Back To You (CDS/Music Access) Four Stars **** Distinguished effort. Should please old fans and gain new.

Carl Marshall's new album, LOVE BRINGS ME BACK TO YOU, should instantly disarm even the most critical of Marshall's detractors. Not much minimalist keyboard funk, no "Good Lovin'" retreads. This is popular music, inviting and lush, arranged with loving care right down to the special musical tweaks and female background singing.

In fact, Track 1, Frank-O Johnson's "(This Must Be A) Cheating Town" sounds so immediately familiar you'd swear it was an old Carl Marshall tune. (It isn't; I looked.) But it's actually more fleshed-out than Marshall's music has been in a long time, and pretty close to irresistible.

"Sugar," the second track, is the same, so accessible and popular-sounding with its commercial-sounding harmonica phrase that you want to bob your head and hit the dance floor with a slow, sexy shuffle and dance to the Carl Marshall grown folks music in a way you haven't in years.

Ironically, Marshall has dipped into his back-catalog (from SONGS PEOPLE LOVE THE MOST) in choosing the first single from the new CD, "From The Church To The Motel." It's the most conservative choice he could have made, generic and derivative of his earlier work, and a tune with which his fans will certainly be familiar. But the best material on the album are the cuts that surprise listeners with their new energy and fresh arrangements.

Marshall suffered a stroke in 2012, and he's kept a low profile since the hospitalization, absenting himself from his former extensive production chores at CDS Records, where he is now a vice-president. It was anyone's guess if and how he would come back. "I Owe It All To The Blues," Daddy B. Nice's first charted single from the album (#6 April 2015), finds the rejuvenated Marshall tearing it up on guitar (his "woman"), part-Albert King and part-Jimi Hendrix.

"I've never been loved
The way I felt I should have..."


...Carl sings with a bluesy swagger only he or Bobby Rush could get away with. The wild guitar runs seem to free him like a phoenix rising, and when he double-tracks his voice in harmony, the song goes celestial.

"The Walk (Like A Soldier)" sounds like fairly routine Carl Marshall New Orleans funk until--again--Carl surprises you with a little "You're-in-the-army-now" phrase that makes the tune downright delightful. This is the kind of musical elaboration and depth Marshall didn't have the wherewithal to achieve during busier, perhaps more harried times. Jamonte Black (I believe that's her singing background) also elevates her vocals. "I'm Tired Of Missing You" is another straight-ahead ballad that illustrates Marshall's commitment to heartfelt vocals and sophisticated arrangements.

Not all of the tracks on the set warrant this kind of effusive criticism. The title track, Love Me Brings Me Back To You," is the kind of druggy-sounding, bargain-basement New Orleans funk with which Sly Stone jettisoned his career long before Carl hit his creative stride. Why Carl believes this "downer" funk is most representative of his oeuvre, your Daddy B. Nice will never know.

Good Marshall friend Rue Davis shows up on a mostly throw-away stepping exercise called "Laughing and Stepping," and Marshall redoes the simplistic "Wind It Up" yet again, gathering no kudos in the process. "I Wanna Know What Kind Of Love You've Got" and "Ladies Know Your Worth" are okay, plenty familiar, but nothing special.

But even the most marginal tunes on this very generous, twelve-track set are executed with the professionalism of an engaged and re-focused songwriter/producer. The songs are both a reminder of how unique an artist Carl Marshall is and how far into our heads he's gotten. Simply put, there's no one doing what Carl Marshall does--and no one who sounds like him. It's good to have him back.

--Daddy B. Nice

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March 30, 2015: NEW ALBUM ALERT!

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Daddy B. Nice Reviews the CD ("Disguished Effort, 4 stars")....See NEW CD REVIEWS.

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Note: Carl Marshall also appears on Daddy B. Nice's original Top 100 Southern Soul Artists (90's-00's). The "21st Century" after Carl Marshall's name in the headline is to distinguish his artist-guide entries on this page from his artist-guide page on Daddy B. Nice's original chart.

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October 12, 2012:

I queued up "Sho' Wasn't Me" by Ronnie Lovejoy back-to-back with Carl Marshall's "Good Loving Will Make You Cry." "Sho' Wasn't Me" sounded fresh and magnificent, as it almost always does, and to its credit, Carl Marshall's "Good Loving Will Make You Cry"--although a definite step down--also sounded fine, holding its own in the integrity department.

I think we all wish Carl Marshall would record another original song of "Good Lovin's" stature.

Listen to Carl Marshall singing "Good Loving Will Make You Cry" Live on YouTube while you read.

"Your songs usually have a funky groove," your Daddy B. Nice said to Carl in a 2009 interview with the artist, "but 'Good Loving' is an exception. It's almost country."

"You're right. You know, I lived in Nashville for fifteen years, Daddy."

"Really. When, exactly?"

"Late seventies, early eighties," Carl said. "That's where I honed a lot of my production skills."

Marshall hasn't done anything remotely country-inflected since "Good Lovin,'" in spite of his acknowledgement of the song's importance to his career. The "country" in "Good Loving Will Make You Cry" gave the song a musicality.

Musicality--melody, bridges, tempo and contrast-- are what's lacking in the minimalist, funk-oriented work into which Marshall has retreated since the song's success.

Seen in retrospect (for a closer examination of the song, go to Daddy B. Nice's Original Artist Guide to Carl Marshall), "Good Lovin'" appears to be the culmination of Carl Marshall's "Southern Soul sound." What's so refreshing about the song is how Marshall's thoroughly pushy and preachy fronting finds its perfect foil in the mattress-like softness of the "Good Lovin'" melody.

Suddenly all the revival-tent attitude makes sense. There's plenty of psychological room to stretch out in the ample arms of the song's sentimental story. Which brings up the song's other major endearment: its theme--it's story line--of the cause/effect of sexual fulfillment with tears.

When Marshall, on the other hand, solely focuses on the familiar old New Orleans funk riffs of the 80's and 90's, the familiar mannerisms and characters--a woman's advocate, a preacher, a philosopher, a psychiatrist, a missionary, a dispenser of universal love--return. To be all those things you've got to be something of a con man, too.

In "Reap What You Sow" (one of Marshall's best vintage ballads) Carl says:

"I have a friend and her name is Jane. Jane had a little situation she was dealing with, and she came to talk to me about it. She said, 'Mr. Carl, I respect you as a man with much wisdom, and I want to know, could you give me your point of view on something I'm faced with.'"

Carl Marshall demands that he be seen as a "man with much wisdom," a soul-man's version of a guru. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but it chops off a lot of thematic musical territory--no posing as "Mr. Jody" ala Marvin Sease or "I'm Guilty" ala Sir Charles Jones, for example.

Carl Marshall demands respect in his songs, and it is always himself in the position of authority. He is never the vulnerable one, he is never at fault. His persona is also his agenda and goes beyond music into a kind of thirst for power characteristic of great leaders.

I say "always" and "never" but actually your Daddy B. Nice's favorite Carl Marshall songs are the exceptions to this autocratic I'm-in-charge Marshall rule.

In addition to "Good Lovin,'" in which Carl is completely convincing in plumbing the raw emotion of his "friend's" vulnerability, there is "Jingle My Bell," admittedly a funk tune, but a rootsy, unvarnished one in which Marshall is willing to say he's just like the rest of us. He just wants to "jingle his bell." The song isn't far from being "Sledgehammer" elemental.

Then there is "I've Lived It All," a rare early song in which Marshall talks about his hard times in the first person. The song is a masterpiece, full of even more creative arranging than "Good Lovin,'" which itself is very good--and far superior to his funk-minimalist work.

"I was lonely, hungry, broke.
Didn't have any hope.
Doors closed in my face.
Friends I thought I had
Made me feel so bad.

"Sometimes I couldn't pay my rent.
When I got a little money,
It was already spent.
I had to go pay
All the debts I owed,
So my friends would loan me some more.

Nobody can tell me
Nothing about rough times
'Cause I believe
I lived it all."

One of the things that has complicated Carl Marshall's career is the impact he has made as the in-house producer for CDS Records. Marshall has made so many records over the last few years in his now-trademark style: funk vehicles, whether slow or fast, thumb-pressing keyboard runs, synthetic brass fills and urban-inflected background vocals. (By Jamonte Black and very different from the more country-sounding female background on "Good Lovin'.")

In effect, this Carl Marshall James Brown-via-The Meters sound has saturated the Southern Soul market, not only on Marshall's own records but those of the young CDS artists for whom he has served as virtual mentor. Combined with Marshall's indefatigable production of his own solo albums and samplers, almost always with material plumbed from his own deep well of funk compositions, his emphasis on a New Orleans-derived sound and his exclusion of the softer country and gospel sounds of mainstream Southern Soul have polarized much of his audience, creating a backlash among many critics and fans.

Where will Carl Marshall go from here? Will he ever return to the fuller, softer sound of "Good Loving Will Make You Cry" or the country-funky, surprisingly varied arrangements of his production of Arthur Foy's "I'm Not Ready (Don't Stop My Party)" or his own triumphantly-arranged, "Howl"-like "I Lived It All"?

Stay tuned, watch the stage, because Carl Marshall is sure to be one of the actors treading the boards in the coming decade.

As far as the Bigg Robb vs. Carl Marshall debate on whose version of "Good Lovin'" is better, Marshall's original or Bigg Robb's "Remix," Bigg Robb's is unquestionably better, losing nothing of Marshall's original (including Carl's vocal) and surrounding it with a brilliant and inventive framework.

But admitting that does not take anything away from Marshall--in fact it strengthens him. Moreover, Marshall continues to put out powerful albums, as witnessed by Daddy B. Nice's own reviews of Marshall's last two important discs:

Scroll down to Tidbits #7 CD REVIEW, May 4, 2009, CARL MARSHALL: Look Good For You (CDS) Four Stars **** Distinguished effort. Should please old fans and gain new...

And Tidbits #9 CD REVIEW, June 20, 2010: CARL MARSHALL: Love Who You Wanna Love (CDS) Five Stars ***** Can't Miss. Pure Southern Soul Heaven, in Daddy B. Nice's Original Artist Guide to Carl Marshall.


Marshall's gulf-coast funk-soul remains as potent as ever, all of a piece, and at its best mesmerizing. It's not Southern Soul--it's an outpost of Southern Soul.

Finally, on the debate about which performer--Bigg Robb or Carl Marshall--came up with the "grown folks" phrase first, your Daddy B. Nice will come down on Carl Marshall's behalf. Carl was singing about "grown folks" way back when, in the dark ages before mobile phones.

To read Daddy B. Nice's far-ranging 2009 interview with Carl Marshall, go to Tidbits #6, April 12, 2009: DADDY B. NICE INTERVIEWS CARL MARSHALL.

--Daddy B. Nice


About Carl Marshall (21st Century)

Carl Marshall was born on March 28, 1950 in Independence, Louisiana. In a 2009 interview with Daddy B. Nice (see Daddy B. Nice's Original Artist Guide to Carl Marshall, scroll down to Tidbits #6) Marshall stated: "My mom and dad separated when I was little, so I split time growing up between my mom in New Orleans and my dad in a small town."

As a young man in the 70's and early 80's, Marshall lived and worked for fifteen years in Nashville, Tennessee.

"That's where I honed a lot of my production skills," he told Daddy B. Nice. "That's where I became a kind of one-man session band. It was a lot cheaper for the studios to hire me than to hire a lot of musicians. I gradually learned to play all the instruments, arrange, do everything there is to do. And then, when I went back to New Orleans, I continued down there."

In New Orleans, Marshall fell in with the local musicians: the Nevilles, Isleys and The Meters.

"The roots of my music come from New Orleans funk," he continued in that interview. "The Isleys. I worked with Aaron Neville, and played guitar for the Neville Brothers. There was The Meters, of course. New Orleans funk. That was the thing. If you can be as funky as The Meters, you're doing it. And we played it all: jazz, soul, gospel, blues, country. James Brown said, 'If you ain't groovin', you ain't movin'."

In the 90's Marshall began publishing solo-artist albums on his own imprint, Giftt: Dead End, Let's Get Fired Up, This Gift, Last Minute.

In the early 00's Marshall's music evolved in recognition of the emerging popularity of Southern Soul, collaborating with Southern Soul producer Senator Jones, aka WMPR Jackson, Mississippi DJ "Uncle Bobo," on product for the New Orleans-based Mardi Gras Records.

(Marshall himself was a radio personality at the Meridian, Mississippi Clear Channel station Kiss 104.1 (also a Gospel station, WYLD, in New Orleans).

Senator Jones (who was already gaining fame by virtue of discovering Sir Charles Jones) produced Marshall on one of his label's first efforts, the Carl Marshall You Can't Stop A Woman CD (Hep'Me, 2000).

Poorly distributed, largely overlooked, as were most of Marshall's CD's over the ensuing decade, the disc mixed a handful of original Marshall tunes with soul classics (Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You," Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman") with which Marshall had been entertaining the New Orleans and Gulf Coast-area party-music circuit for years.

Senator Jones then turned to Marshall for the composing and arranging duties on the Love Doctor's second CD, Moaning And Groaning (Mardi Gras, 2002). Moaning And Groaning maintained the Sir Charles musical formulas that had made Doctor Of Love such a hit--in fact, Jones sang on many of the tracks--but there was a subtler, new sound and atmosphere too--funk--and that was the influence of Carl Marshall.

Marshall continued churning out albums on his own: A Woman Wants A Man, She Don't Want No Punk (Mardi Gras 2001), This Is For Grown Folks (Giftt 2002), All the Big Shots Been Shot (Giftt 2003)Taking It To A Higher Level (Giftt 2004), Let's Dance (Giftt 2005) and Going Against The Grain (Unleashed 2006), whose "I've Got The Blues Trying To Find Love" and "Wind It Up" were two of the first Marshall singles to break into the Southern Soul market (beyond Louisiana).

Two other songs from those albums, "Reap What You Sow" from the Taking It To A Higher Level CD and a tune called "Good Loving Can Make You Cry" from the Let's Dance CD passed with little notice.

But Marshall's entry as a true Southern Soul celebrity arrived with the re-publishing of "Good Loving Will Make You Cry" on the Songs People Love the Most, Vol. 1 CD (Unleashed/Mr. Tee 2006)).

(In 2010 the album was re-named Songs People Love the Most, Vol. 1: Deluxe Edition and re-issued with bonus tracks by CDS.)

Marshall collaborated with another obscure-slash-legendary producer in Tommy Tee for the collection of mostly previously-released music, which became the definitive Carl Marshall Southern Soul album to date and most fan's introduction to the artist.

In 2009 Carl Marshall began working with California-based Dylann DeAnna of the fledgling label CDS, who hired Marshall to produce the label's CD's, and the same year he released one of his most solid CD's of mostly new material: Look Good For You, featuring the socially-acerbic tracks "Leave That Man's Wife Alone" and "Sex Costs But Love Is Free." The title tune was a carbon copy of "Good Loving Will Make You Cry," but the album also contained the creditable ballad "After Your Man Is Gone."

In 2010 Carl Marshall released another solid album for the label, Love Who You Wanna Love (CDS 2010), with a redo of "Good Lovin'" featuring Rue Davis, another incarnation of "Let's Dance" featuring David Brinston, a scintillating cover of the blues classic "Alberta," a furious funk number in "I Was Trying To Get My Groove On," and a triumphant, early, autobiographical song originally performed on the Last Minute CD (Giftt 1999), "I Lived It All."

To read more about Carl Marshall's "I Lived It All" and the genesis of "Good Loving Will Make You Cry," go to "Daddy B. Nice's Original Artist Guide to Carl Marshall.

Carl Marshall Discography:

Soul Dog "Movin' On" (Amherst 1976)

I'll Give My Heart To You (Chantilly 1980)

Let's Get Fired Up (Giftt 1997)

Last Minute (Giftt 1999)

You Can't Stop A Woman (Hep' Me 2000)

A Woman Wants A Man, She Don't Want No Punk (Mardi Gras 2001)

This Is For Grown Folks (Giftt 2002)

All the Big Shots Been Shot (Giftt 2003)

Taking It To A Higher Level (Giftt 2004)

Let's Dance (Giftt 2005)

Going Against The Grain (Unleashed 2006)

Songs People Love The Most Vol. 1 (Unleashed/Mr. Tee 2006)

Look Good For You (CDS 2009)

Christmas Southern Soul Style (CDS 2009)

Songs People Love The Most, Vol. 1: Deluxe Version" (CDS 2010)

Love Who You Wanna Love (CDS 2010)

Grown Folks Live DVD (CDS 2010)

Grown Folks Love To Dance (CDS 2011)

Songs People Love The Most, Vol. 2 (CDS 2011)

Going Back To The Blues (CDS 2012)

Songs People Love The Most: Volume 1 & 2 (CDS 2014)

Love Brings Me Back To You (CDS 2015)

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Song's Transcendent Moment

"A young man I know
Stayed on the run for a long time.
He wanted to be a player.
Oh, he was a tough cat.
Had women everywhere.

"But, finally, one day,
He met that special someone.
And fell in love with
A woman who had been married three times
And had three kids--
One from each marriage.

"And she whipped that thing on him.
My, my, my. She had some
Experience in making love.
She made him so happy
Every time he would come around
He had tears in his eyes.
And I know why.

Good lovin'
It'll make you cry. . . "



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Listen to Carl Marshall singing "Let's Step" on YouTube.

Listen to Carl Marshall singing "Dog Walkin' Woman" on YouTube.

Listen to Carl Marshall singing "Sex Costs But Love Is Free" Live on YouTube.

Listen to Carl Marshall singing "Jingle My Bell" Live on YouTube.

Listen to Carl Marshall singing "Good Loving Will Make You Cry" Live on YouTube.

Listen to Carl Marshall singing "Good Loving Will Make You Cry" Live with Dallas-area entertainers on YouTube.

Listen to Bigg Robb and Carl Marshall collaborating on the definitive version of Carl Marshall's "Good Lovin' Will Make You Cry (Remix)" on YouTube.


If You Liked. . . You'll Love

If you liked The Love Doctor's "Slow Roll It," you'll love Carl Marshall's "Good Loving Will Make You Cry."


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"I Lived It All"



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CD: Songs People Love the Most, Vol. 1: Deluxe Edition
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I Lived It All


CD: Love Who You Wanna Love
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Love Who You Wanna Love


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CD: Best of Carl Marshall: Limited Edition
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Best of Carl Marshall: Limited Edition


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After Your Man Is Gone


CD: Look Good For You
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Look Good For You


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Alberta


CD: Love Who You Wanna Love
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Love Who You Wanna Love


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Love Who You Wanna Love


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Leave That Man's Wife Alone


CD: Look Good For You
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Look Good For You


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Look Good For You


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Look Good For You


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I Owe It All To The Blues


CD: Love Brings Me Back To You
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Love Brings Me Back To You


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Let's Dance


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Love Who You Wanna Love


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Reap What You Sow


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