Tucka

Daddy B. Nice's #43 ranked Southern Soul Artist



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"Sweet Shop"

Tucka



August 7, 2016: NEW ALBUM ALERT!

Sample/Buy Tucka's new LONG LIVE THE KING CD at iTunes.

Sample/Buy Tucka's new LONG LIVE THE KING CD at CD Baby.

August 1, 2016:

CHART-CLIMBER!:

Tucka and "The Sweet Shop" Climbs From The #73 Spot On Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 (21st Century) Southern Soul Countdown To #43!

The chart ranks the top one hundred contemporary southern soul singles over the last sixteen years--ultimately a twenty-year period (from 2000-2020).


See Tucka's new position on the Chart.


SouthernSoulRnB.com - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Tucka also becomes the #43-ranked artist on Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 21st Century Southern Soul Artists Chart.


See the chart.


SouthernSoulRnB.com - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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For the latest updates on Tucka, scroll down to the "Tidbits" section. To automatically link to Tucka's charted radio singles, awards, CD's and other citations on the website, go to "Tucka" in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

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Listen to Tucka singing "The Sweet Shop" on YouTube while you read.

July 1, 2014: Daddy B. Nice's Profile of Tucka:



Buried in the middle of a list of derivative and otherwise unremarkable songs on Tucka's first full-length album, Love Rehab, "Work It Out" was the harbinger of the "Tucka" sound.

Listen to Tucka singing "Work It Out" on YouTube.

And beginning in the summer of 2010, in response to the airplay given the subtly-bouncing, mid-tempo "Work It Out" and the singer's highly-addictive, somehow-different, smokier tenor, an audience sprang to life. No one knew who the young man was; everyone wanted to hear him.

The sound was more sugary and commercial-sounding than the southern soul singers in northern Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. (Tucka's base was southwest Louisiana). His sound in-sourced Cajun, Caribbean, hip-hop, AND southern soul influences, running them through a strong "keepin'-it-on-the-down-low" filter.

So that even when you sensed Tucka had the vocal chops to belt out something forceful and melodramatic, he refrained from doing so, keeping the beat as even-keeled as a Donna Summer/Georgio Moroder disco anthem, avoiding crescendos and climaxes, muffling the latent emotion behind "Work It Out" like some "Mellow Yellow," southern-soul/zydeco Donovan.

Tucka had gotten his start in music working with renowned zydeco recording artist Keith Frank, no stranger himself to line-blurring musicianship between the genres. Two of his songs had crossed over into southern soul airspace.

Listen to Keith Frank singing "Cassanova" on YouTube.

Listen to Keith Frank singing "Haterz" on YouTube.

Seasoned by his sojourn with Frank, fresh from the missed opportunities of his first full-length album, Tucka wasted no time putting out a second, much better one. Forever King was anchored by another surefire, swinging-at-midtempo hit, "Don't Make Me Beg."

Listen to Tucka singing "Don't Make Me Beg" on YouTube.

The album featured a much more confident and focused songwriter and vocalist comfortable with his own themes and techniques--witness the sure-handed title tune, "Candyland".

Following closely on the heels of FOREVER KING, Love Rehab 2 published in 2012, was another resounding success, improving even more on what was now unmistakably Tucka's sound with another mellow, mid-tempo classic: Sweet Shop.

Listen to Tucka singing "Sweet Shop" on YouTube.

"Sweet Shop" wasn't the only radio-worthy track on LOVE REHAB 2. Tucka also scored with "Forever Swing," accompanied by the ever-buoyant Doug E. Fresh.

And, as if to emphasize that he was no one-hit or two-hit wonder, the album contained another Tucka track that swiftly moved up Gulf-coast music charts--"Book Of Love"--making at least three singles which, once exposed to radio, had fans tying up request lines.

The most prominent Deep South station to popularize Tucka was Mobile, Alabama's WDLT, led by deejays Beverly McDowell, Nikki DeMarks and Stormy on their excellent "All Blues Saturdays," where Tucka--through sheer talent and charisma--became close to a "resident" artist.

Other Southern Soul radio stations, led by Jackson, Mississippi's WMPR and Memphis, Tennessee's WDIA, were much slower to join the bandwagon. Nor did Tucka market to the southern soul market, for the most part.

And yet, so beguiling was the music and the message, random deejays (often the younger jocks) began playing "Don't Make Me Beg," "Sweet Shop," "Book Of Love" and "Candyland" anyway, introducing Tucka to Delta audiences and southern soul fans around the world.

In one very meaningful sense, Tucka did market his music. Everything he did, he put on YouTube, rejecting the notion that "free" equals capitulation. In this he followed in the footsteps of another Louisiana mentor, Cupid, who had used YouTube to "brand" his name.

And by teaming with other gulf-coast performers (Tyree Neal, Doug E. Fresh, Pokey etc.) on some of the YouTube "freebies," Tucka raised his no-charge profile even more.

Tucka's verses on Pokey's "They Call Me Pokey (Remix) were especially revealing. underlining by contrast with his collaborators' styles the very special and singular tone of his vocals.

Listen to Tucka singing on the Pokey remix, "They Call Me Pokey."

By 2014, the sheer quality and quantity of the music had more than made up for what would have been radio-airplay time in the good old days. And, as this article was being written, Tucka had just announced a "Touch Your Spot Tour featuring Tucka," including at least one date with veteran Jeff Floyd ("I Found Love On A Lonely Highway") and newcomer Columbus Toy.

Tucka had only recently headlined a gig with fellow young-gun Avail Hollywood in a longtime mecca of southern soul music, Monroe, Louisiana, also known to HBO's "True Blood" audience as the neighboring city to vampire-ridden Bon Temps, home of "Sookie" Stackhouse.

And as this article was being written, your Daddy B. Nice posted the following.

(From Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar)

Saturday, August 30, 2014. Casino Beach, 4 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, Florida. Gulf Coast Summer Festival. Tucka, Lacee, Gina Brown, Johnny Gill, Dru Hill, Average White Band, Will Downing. Gates open 12 Noon.

Clearly, the young man who as recently as his newest album, Groove City, could humbly write--

"I'm gonna be somebody.
I know someone gonna give me a chance.
I'm gonna be somebody.
Yes, I am. Yes, I am."


--had already negotiated some kind of fine arrival.

--Daddy B. Nice


About Tucka

Tucka Discography:

Love Rehab (Top Authority/Tucka Ent.) 2009

Love Rehab

3 stars

Forever King (Top Authority) 2011

Forever King

4 stars

Love Rehab 2 (Juke Joint Music) 2012

Love Rehab 2

5 stars

Groove City (Tucka/Groove City Music) 2014

Groove City

3 stars

Cecil Green is Tucka's usual producer.

To instantly link to all the awards, citations and other references to Tucka on the website, go to "Tucka" in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.


Tidbits

1.

June 25, 2014:

Tucka on YouTube


Listen to Tucka singing "Don't Make Me Beg" on YouTube.



Listen to Tucka singing "Work It Out" on YouTube.

Listen to Tucka singing "Candyland" on YouTube.

Listen to Tucka singing "Sweet Shop" on YouTube.

Listen to Tucka singing "Book Of Love" on YouTube.

Listen to Tucka and Doug E. Fresh singing "Forever Swing" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Listen to Tucka and Lacee singing "Move Something (Remix)" on YouTube.

Listen to Tucka and Wochee and JPaul Jr. singing "Candyland (Remix)" on YouTube.

Listen to Tucka and Tyree Neal joining Pokey in singing "They Call Me Pokey" on YouTube.

Listen to Tucka singing "Troubled Man" on YouTube.

Listen to Tucka singing "I Ran A Good Man Away" on YouTube.

Listen to Tucka singing "Don't Make Me Beg (New Orleans Bounce Remix)" on YouTube.

Listen to Tucka singing "She's Lovin' Me" on YouTube.

Listen to Tucka singing "Moanin'" on YouTube.

Listen to Tucka singing "Love Doctor" on YouTube.

Listen to Tucka singing "Back To The Sweet Shop" on YouTube.

Listen to Tucka singing "I'm Gonna Be Somebody" on YouTube.

Listen to Tucka singing the complete playlist from his new "Groove City" CD on YouTube.

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June 25, 2014:

Tucka's shout-out to Nicole Jackson:


On his official video to "Work It Out," Tucka writes:

A "Shout out" goes to "Ms Nicole Jackson" for the inspiration of this song! Check out her video "Can We Go There". She is a hell of a performer, with music so so real you gotta feel her. This song is the Answer to her question!

Listen to Nicole Jackson singing "Can We Go There" on YouTube.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Tucka used the instrumental track from Nicole Jackson's "Can We Go There" for his first radio hit, "Work It Out." The phrase "work it out" is also featured prominently in the Nicole Jackson version. Ms. Jackson's "Can We Go There charted on Daddy B. Nice's Top Ten Singles for June 2007 (#5).

"Can We Go There" was also ranked in the Top 25 Songs of the Year, as follows:

19. "Can We Go There" by Ms. Nicole Jackson

Speaking of reincarnations, here's a song reminiscent of the unforgettable "I Wanna Tear Your Playhouse Down." Like the Ann Peebles classic, it's a sweet and delectable groove done with perfect vocal poise.

The one song a gal would want to take to a desert island to get her guy primed.


See Nicole Jackson in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

3.


June 28, 2014: NEW ALBUM ALERT

Sample/Buy Tucka's new GROOVE CITY CD.

See Daddy B. Nice's #10 "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles Review for July 2014 ("I'm Gonna Be Somebody" by Tucka").

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4.



July 1, 2014: CHART CLIMBERS!

Tucka Debuts At #73 On Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 21st Century Southern Soul Countdown


Go to chart.

Listen to Tucka singing "Sweet Shop" on YouTube while you read.

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Honorary "B" Side

"Don't Make Me Beg"



5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy Sweet Shop by  Tucka
Sweet Shop


CD: Love Rehab 2
Label: Tucka/Juke Joint

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Love Rehab 2


5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy Don't Make Me Beg by  Tucka
Don't Make Me Beg


CD: Forever King
Label: Norris Boutte/Thomas Antoine / Top Authority

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Forever King


5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy Back To The Sweet Shop by  Tucka
Back To The Sweet Shop


CD: Groove City
Label: Tucka / Groove City

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Groove City


5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy Work It Out by  Tucka
Work It Out


CD: Love Rehab
Label: Tucka Ent.

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Love Rehab


4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
Sample or Buy Book Of Love by  Tucka
Book Of Love


CD: Love Rehab 2
Label: Tucka/Juke Joint

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Love Rehab 2


4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
Sample or Buy Forever Swing  by  Tucka
Forever Swing


CD: Love Rehab 2
Label: Tucka/Juke Joint

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Love Rehab 2


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