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"Swing It"

Lomax

Composed by Aaron Lomax Spaulding, IV


August 4, 2013: Reprinted from Daddy B. Nice's New CD Reviews

July 20, 2013: LOMAX: Life's Lessons (Kal Ent.) Four Stars **** Distinguished Debut By A New Southern Soul Artist.

Listen to Lomax singing "Swing it" on YouTube while you read.

There's no doubt Lomax is going to get a lot of Southern Soul love. He's got the Southern Soul thing down. The question with a young artist as technically-accomplished and emotionally-driven as Lomax demonstrates on his first full-length Southern Soul CD Life's Lessons.....is....Will he stick with Southern Soul or move into the smooth-jazz mainstream?

The song "I've Had My Turn," for instance, starts out with a burnished, jazzy-sounding intro, then, just when you think it's going down smooth-jazz avenue, kicks in with a full-bodied southern soul melody and middle. By the end, Lomax is head over heels in a gospel-like climax.

"Satisfy You," too, leans away from southern soul towards a more urban sound, but unlike "I've Had My Turn," it keeps on going, throwing away any pretense of being country and illustrating how easily Lomax could transfer his talents to a more conventionally R&B, Charlie Wilson-type style.

Influences? There's a lot of T. K. Soul behind Lomax's "Put It All Up In There," a song whose lineage also runs through Mel Waiters and Tyrone Davis.

Just last week a local (Mississippi) promoter pointed your Daddy B. Nice's nose in the direction of "Put It All Up In There," marking the third time a song from Lomax's breakthrough CD LIFE'S LESSONS has charted at SouthernSoulRnB, following "Swing It" and "Second Hand Man."

"Second Hand Man" charted in Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 in June 2013 at #6 and "Put It All Up In There" occupied the #6 spot in July of 2013. "Swing It" by Lomax (#2 October '12) was the 11th-ranked song of the year as cited in Daddy B. Nice's TOP 25 SINGLES OF 2012.

Here in Lomax's "Swing It," Daddy B. Nice wrote, is the sweet spot of Southern Soul rediscovered, especially on the choruses. Lomax (Lomax Spaulding IV) came up through the Southern Soul ranks via Tony Troutman ("Your Man Is Home Tonight") and Mel Waiters, who is a virtual magnet for talent. In fact, "Swing It" harks back to Mel's own 1998 sweet-spot classic, Swing Out.

That's not to say Lomax is perfect. A song like "Baby It's Over" drifts dangerously close to cloying pop. But at his best--for instance, the assured, Redding-like performance on "Second Hand Man"--Lomax purveys an impressive mix of melody, hooks, arranging acumen and clear, convincing vocals.

And on "I'm In Love (With My Next-Door Neighbor's Wife)" Lomax not only revels in a slice-of-life story with a Sam Fallie-like melody perfectly suited to the chitlin' circuit: he makes it sound like he lived it.

Nevertheless, the single most impressive point on the album are the choruses of "Swing It," in which Lomax sings background harmonies of a beauty and luminosity that transcend the song's simple pop structure. The choruses are mid-tempo mini-masterpieces of arranging, burrowing deep into the southern soul subconscious for their inspiration. It's the kind of music Southern Soul was born to create.

--Daddy B. Nice

Sample or Buy Lomax's LIFE'S LESSONS at CD Baby.

Listen to the official "Put It All Up In There" Promo-Video on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Lomax's LIFE LESSONS on iTunes.

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A onetime gospel singer who has compared himself to neo-soul artist Calvin Richardson, rock-and-roller Darius Rucker and contemporary-country artist Jason Aldean, Lomax Spaulding IV (aka Lomax) has performed for the National Congress of Black Women and met Ms. Michelle Obama.

Lomax played guitar on underground Southern Soul star Tony Troutman's "Your Man Is Home Tonight" (covered more famously by the late Artie "Blues Boy" White), which led to a stint in Mel Waiter's band.

Lomax wrote and produced Waiters' popular single, "She's Got No Curfew" and Chandra Calloway's (solo recording artist and background singer for Waiters) single "Ask Me what You Want."

He also contributed to new music by JimmyJa and Charles Wilson on Mel Waiters' record label, Brittney Records.

Life's Lessons, Lomax's first full-length Southern Soul CD, was released in 2012 (KAL Ent.) and notched a solid, chitlin' circuit hit with the exceptionally-sung, mid-tempo anthem "Swing It."

Lomax was nominated for "New Male Vocalist of the Year" by the Jus' Blues Music Foundation and won Daddy B. Nice's 6th Annual "Best Of Southern Soul" awards in 2012 for Best Mid-Tempo Southern Soul Song: "Swing It" and Best Southern Soul Artist Debut: "Swing it."

--Daddy B. Nice


Honorary "B" Side

"Second Hand Man"



5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
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Swing It


CD: Life's Lessons
Label: KAL Ent.

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Life's Lessons


5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
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Second Hand Man


CD: Life's Lessons
Label: KAL Ent.

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Life's Lessons


4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
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I've Had My Turn


CD: Life's Lessons
Label: KAL Ent.

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Life's Lessons


4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
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Put It All Up In There


CD: Life's Lessons
Label: KAL Ent.

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Life's Lessons


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
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Baby It's Over


CD: Life's Lessons
Label: KAL Ent.

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Life's Lessons


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
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I'm In Love


CD: Life's Lessons
Label: KAL Ent.

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Life's Lessons


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
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Satisfy You


CD: Life's Lessons
Label: KAL Ent.

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Life's Lessons


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