Daddy B. Nice's #118 ranked Southern Soul Artist
"Cold Pepsi And A Hot Man"
March 29, 2017:
New CD Review!Re-Posted from Daddy B. Nice's New CD Reviews:
March 19, 2017:
JETER JONES & THE PERFECT BLEND: Trailride Certified (Jones Boyz Ent.) Five Stars ***** Can't Miss. Pure Southern Soul Heaven.All you can ask of a practitioner of any art form is that he or she keeps getting better: honing craft, living in a way that facilitates inspiration, surrounding oneself with the best professional fellowship, forging ahead through adversity and disappointments. Jeter Jones' debut album, Sweet Jones Live @ Leroy's Chicken Shack, with its impressive debut single "Da Boot Scoot," was nevertheless flawed by its author's unfamiliarity with the southern soul canon, specifically the confusion resulting from some of its instrumental tracks by collaborator Eric "Smidi" Smith being previously used on songs by Chuck Roberson and Bobby Jones.
Jeter's second album, Da GQ Country Boy, with its equally deserving single, "Cold Pepsi And A Hot Man," steered clear of such outside influences, posing a handful of new singles tied together with voice-over interludes by a gritty-voiced "master of ceremonies" named Da Big Dawg, who goaded Jones into doing short, impromptu, acapella stints.
Such distractions often sabotage a long-playing record, and while the interplay avoided excess and seemed to energize and loosen up Jeter Jones, it did add a note of hubris that detracted at times from the music. There’s none of that emcee posturing on Jones' new CD, TRAILRIDE CERTIFIED. Songs--most in the three-minute range--roll out of the speakers in an unfurling carpet of sound, and just when you think the end is near, the carpet of tunes continues to unroll: fourteen original tracks in all, double the music of the average album.
You don’t go through TRAILRIDE CERTIFIED thinking every song is a hit single, although a surprising number of the tracks qualify. But you do go from song to song thinking, “This is from the heart," or, "This is yet another piece of Jeter’s heart.”
TRAILRIDE CERTIFIED displays a compulsion to sing, a compulsion to tell stories. Jones is all "in," without pretense or artifice, without self-doubt or self-congratulation.
Combining refreshing songwriting with top-notch, live-instrument execution (contributors include Pokey Bear, Beat Flippa, Crystal Thomas, David Jones, Damon J. Scruggs, Antonio Smith, Lil' Jabb, Tomi Gran, Tommy Granville, Jr. and Gifted Sounds), the set grabs your interest and covers a plethora of musical territory without cliché or repetition.
Nor is this music with a lot of specific, obvious musical antecedents. Southern soul and zydeco blend with dashes of hiphop, rock, country, funk, and New Orleans swing in a sound as sophisticated and unique as far-more-acclaimed, fellow Gulf-Coast performers like Pokey Bear and Tucka.
Take “Single Footin’,” featuring DJ Big Tony, an instant dance jam classic. You want to hug the percussionist, then do the same to the button accordionist. The piano line at the heart of the song--two long single notes with no frills on what sounds like an old-fashioned, stand-up piano--is so daring, so right. Never been done in southern soul.
Can’t make out the lyrics. I’m hearing, “Single-footing stallion / A single-footin’ mare.” But don't quote me. “Single Footin’”clocks in at six minutes. In this set of otherwise thankfully-short songs, it's an astonishing length of time for a chant on the order of Lil’ Jimmie’s “She Was Twerkin’,” yet every minute is a delight.
But every song on this album has exceptional merits--that's what's so surprising. The ballad "My Country Girl" is a veritable anthem, perfectly sung and produced, letting the message shine through:
"I got a country girl.
I don't need no sidepiece."
And it's the best "Sidepiece" response song from the "fidelity side" yet. Every detail Jones sings about comes off as stone-cold, truthful observation. Meanwhile, the song's melody pulls at you like a full moon on the beach.
Unlike "Single Footin'" and "My Country Girl," “She's Ratchet,” the opening track, is taciturn in mood, with a minor chord-like feel, and one of at least two Beat Flippa contributions to the set (the other being the Jeter/Crystal Thomas collaboration “Them Country Girls”). Sounding more Argentinean than Cajun, Flippa’s moody organ dominates, and since the tango isn’t a staple of the South, my guess is the ambience defaults to hiphop. This is also the track featuring Big Pokey Bear.
Even a “minefield” of a theme for southern soul singers like “haters” is given a tender, almost affectionate spin. "Haters Gone Hate" has some of the best detail on the album to go with its lilting, pleasant melody, although I admit to thinking, every time Jones sings, "I just want to go / Where the rain don't fall," that he's going to say, "I just want to go / Where the sun don't shine."
"Haters Gone Hate" actually segues into another song about rain, namely "Something About The Rain," featuring David Jones. If you moved and presently live in a dry climate, this song will remind you of what it's like to be intimate on rainy days.
The successful sound that runs through all the songs on the set (one review can't do them all justice) does make occasional genre digressions: the pure zydeco of the title tune, "Trailride Certified," with Crystal rapping, the funk of "Cat Killa" and the hypnotic "Watch My Boots," and--most markedly--the classic R&B and hiphop of "Ghetto Woman," another strong candidate for hit single.
Even songs that seem light or transitional on the first or second listens reveal uncommon depth the more you hear them, for example the winsome "Thank You," with another spate of authentic, personally-detailed lyrics to its credit. Then there's the New Orleans street jazz of "Come Out Of Them Bushes," whose lyrics bring Jeter around to the same home-sweet-home he described in "My Country Girl," this time with a different agenda, rousting a neighborhood "Jody".
I said it at the outset and I'll say it again. This album is original. From the heart. And fun to listen to. This is Jeter Jones’ RUBBER SOUL (Beatles), his OFF THE WALL (Michael Jackson), or closer to home, his MISSISSIPPI MOTOWN (LaMorris Williams). TRAILRIDE CERTIFIED is one of those rare albums that's all of a piece: a perfect portrait of a rising star at the moment when it all comes together. My estimation of Jeter Jones’ talent-—his “gift”-—just shot through the ceiling.
My only picky issue with this CD is I can't credit the wonderful musicians that actually make up the Perfect Blend, who to Jones' credit he bills equally in the album title. But I'll get that worked out with Jeter and add a postscript.
--Daddy B. Nice
Sample/Buy Jeter Jones' TRAILRIDE CERTIFIED CD at CD Baby.
February 1, 2017:
NEW ALBUM ALERT!Sample/Buy Jeter Jones' TRAILRIDE CERTIFIED album at CD Baby.
1. She's Ratchet
2. Dat Country Boy Lovin'
3. Haters Gone Hate
4. Something About the Rain
5. Trailride Certified
6. Watch My Boots
7. Them Country Girls
8. Single Footin'
9. Ghetto Woman
10. Thank U
11. My Country Girl
12. Cat Killa
13. Come out the Bushes
14. Take One for the Team
Daddy B. Nice notes: "Them Country Girls," a duet with Crystal Thomas, charted on Daddy B. Nice's "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles in 2016, and was included in the BEAT FLIPPA VOL. 2 album.
Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Preview For. . .
6. "Them Country Girls"------Jeter Jones w/ Crystal Thomas
Jeter Jones is another vocalist with a unique and pleasing timbre, and Crystal Thomas delivers one of her most original vocals yet. Beat Flippa on the production.
Listen to Jeter Jones & Crystal Thomas singing "Them Country Girls" on YouTube.
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--Daddy B. Nice
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March 23, 2014: RE-POSTED FROM DADDY B. NICE'S CD REVIEWS
1.Re-Posted from Daddy B. Nice's MAILBAG:
RE: TOP 25 SONGS OF THE YEAR: "CRY FOR RESPECT"
We just asking out of respect can Jeter Jones get some love? "Cold Pepsi" not in the Top 10, 20, 25? We gotta do more work frfr. Jeter is the 2015 ZBT AWARDS blues artist on the rise. Just asking out of respect. We feel "Roommate" and "Cold bed blues" which are killing the radio waves are in that caliber.
da Big Dawg.
Daddy B. Nice replies:
Did I get your check in the mail? Seriously, guys, you need to lighten up. There were hundreds (somewhere between a thousand and two thousand, actually) southern soul singles to evaluate in 2015. That your favored songs didn't make this extremely short list isn't a sign of disrespect. Sir Charles Jones, Ms. Jody, O.B. Buchana, Donnie Ray, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Carl Marshall, Calvin Richardson, Rue Davis, Lil' Jimmie, Denise LaSalle, Andre' Lee, Ricky White, Jeff Floyd, David Brinston, Mr. David, Tyree Neal, Cupid, Stan Mosley, Sheba Potts-Wright, Theodis Ealey and Terry Wright all released new material in 2015 and none of them made the list--and no offense intended--but I admire these artists and the dues they've paid more than you guys.
And if you're thinking I shouldn't compare these deserving veterans to yourselves, or that they don't have a bigger claim to be on the list, what about all the praiseworthy young artists--your peers--who didn't make the list--like Lomax, Ronnie Bell, Donnell Sullivan, Solomon Thompson, Lady Soul, J.B. Hendricks, Certified Slim, Adrena, Chris Ivy, Columbus Toy, Katrenia Jefferson, Shohn Marshall, Adrian Bagher and Veronica Ra'elle, to name only a few?
Sorry to beat up on you. You're not the only artists to dole out the licks quicker than the thanks. I have been getting plenty of heat from J. Red and his people lately, who despite four write-ups on the site in the last two years feels ignored and unappreciated by your Daddy B. Nice. But listen. Contemporary Southern Soul isn't some little clique or club or coterie that you just join and magically get your name on a marquee (if it ever was); it's a vast, sprawling composite of hundreds of successful artists all vying for the prize of a hit record. It's a "jungle" out here, guys.
Lastly, your "cry for respect" arrived before the last six songs were posted. "Zydeco With Me" came in at #22. Congratulations, fellas. Try to remember how blessed you are, not how dissed you are.
--Daddy B. Nice
See Daddy B. Nice's TOP 25 SONGS of 2015.
Jeter Jones replies:
Hey Daddy Nice, This is Da GQ Country Boy Jeter Jones himself and I'm going to speak for myself cause I'm a Man, I take full responsiblity for my team. Sorry for my team going in on a email. They just believe in the music as do all artist's teams. I can't blame Big Dog he is passionate about the Blues. I got mad respect for all the artist doing Blues/Southern Soul music and I don't see myself as better than noone, and I know their grind cause I'm living it also. I wanna say thank You for reviewing my Cd's and even taking the time to listen to my music at all. I want people that love music, to love my music because a wrote it about everyday life, and I wanna prove that good blues still lives. No disrespect or crying for it, we will win the people by taking it to the people and giving them the best shows and tracks that we can give. On my Madear years from now, I want to be known as a legend like the ones I grew up listening to the Bobby Bland's, Johnny Taylor, Little Milton, Solomon Burke, etc. my list goes on and on. I love to hear the music as well as sing it. We only got a few legends like Bobby Rush, Carl Simms, Dennis LaSalle, Peggy Scott Adams, and etc left. And so many others cementing there legacy like TK Soul, Sir Charles Jones(no relation) Bigg Rob and etc to join that great list of ICON's. God has truly been good to me and he has blessed me with a great team, and a wonderful fan base that is growing daily. So with that I say, in due time I shall earn whateva I am due, cause what God has for me is for me. Anyone that truly knows me knows that I am so driven that I will not stop till my peoples are satisfied and they (the fans) say that I'm that man. Thanks for your time, and thanks for giving us artists new and old a place on your page to display our passions. Get Ready for my next Cd "TrailRide Certified" coming soon outta Gifted Sounds. SOMEBODY GET THIS FOOL!! HIM.
Daddy B. Nice replies:
Cool, Jeter. Thanks for writing!!!
October 8, 2015:
JETER JONES: Da GQ Country Boy (Jones Boys Ent.) Four Stars **** Distinguished effort. Should please old fans and gain new.Jeter Jones' southern soul debut, Sweet Jones Live @ Leroy's Chicken Shack, received prominent mention in Daddy B. Nice's 2014: THE YEAR IN SOUTHERN SOUL, albeit for reasons more dubious than dazzling:
A young recording artist (Jeter Jones) trying to break into the southern soul market released an album whose instrumental tracks Daddy B. Nice--in a CD review--recognized as identical to certain Bobby Jones and Chuck Roberson songs of the recent past, setting off a firestorm of litigation between Desert Sounds CEO Charles Peterson and his former producer, Eric "Smidi" Smith.
Jones, who hails from Shreveport, Louisiana, returns apparently unscathed and just as ambitious with Da GQ Country Boy, assisted once again by Eric "Smidi" Smith on instrumental tracks. The GQ Country Boy offers no apologies in reprising both "Cowboy Up" and the "Chuck Strut"-like "Boot-Up" from LEROY'S CHICKEN SHACK in three of the new CD's thirteen tracks, as if to say, "Hey, this is my music, and I'm proud of it."
Watch the official video of Jeter Jones' "Cowboy Up" on YouTube.
But what really impresses on Da GQ Country Boy is the new work, specifically a handful of new singles tied together with voice-over interludes by a gritty-voiced "master of ceremonies"-type named Da Big Dawg, who goads Jones into doing short and effective (apparently impromptu) acapella stints. Such distractions often sabotage a long-playing record, but the interplay avoids excess and seems to energize and loosen up Jeter Jones.
Jones is a fantastic vocalist. He has a nasal tone that doesn't sound like anyone you've ever heard, and as if to prove his vocal acumen he brings in talented singers like L.J. Echols ("Lovin' Me On Borrowed Time") and J'Wonn ("Cold Bed Blues"), with whom he more than carries his own.
"Lovin' Me On Borrowed Time" has a catchy brass-section riff that I couldn't place even though I've heard it before. (The bass line comes from Marvin Sease's "Do You Qualify," and maybe that is the antecedent.)
"Cold Bed Blues" featuring J'Wonn has a Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" ambience. It's also reminiscent of the slow and stately "True Love" on J'Wonn's CD from last year, I GOT THIS RECORD.
"Cold Pepsi And A Hot Man," the first single from the album, is an impressive, mid-tempo cut with a novel story line that has already made a significant impact on southern soul radio.
And just when you think the CD couldn't contain much more charisma, Jones teams up with zydeco musician Lil' Jabb on the toast-to-life, Pied-Piper-like "Zydeco With Me."
Easily overlooked in the company of the rich material above are "Roommate"--a significant song in its own right--and "Looking For Lovin'," a well-constructed duet with Crystal. I haven't figured out the lyrics to "Roommate," but it doesn't really matter. The song is musical enough to stand on its own--as, to its credit, is the entire CD.
--Daddy B. Nice
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Honorary "B" Side
"Zydeco With Me feat. Lil' Jabb"
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