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Mystery Lady Or Peggy Scott-Adams?

Daddy Be Nice

Me and my friend disagree about who sang the YouTube video "I hear you knocking". She say Peggy Scott Adams, I say Mystery Lady. Can you settle this for us?

Arleena

Daddy B. Nice notes: Listen to "I Hear You Knocking (But You Can't Come In)" on YouTube.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

You're right, Arleena. It's Mystery Lady. And why BluesWoman01 inserted Peggy Scott-Adams' picture with the music is a "mystery" in itself. With 700,000 views, that's sowing a lot of confusion about a song where she accurately identified the artist as Mystery Lady. People in the "Comments" section underneath the video who say it's Peggy Scott-Adams are well-intentioned but misinformed.

You and your friend can read about the song and some of the historic confusion surrounding it in the Queen Isabella Artist Guide. (She was the first artist to chart here with her version of "I Hear You Knocking".) You can also read about it in the Mystery Lady Artist Guide, but on that page you will need to scroll down to Tidbits #1, February 18, 2013, past another "mystery"-shrouded song of Mystery Lady's called "He Caught Me With The Wrong Drawers On".

Daddy B. Nice

Arleena replies:

Thank you!!!!

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Looking For A Song Letters:

Hey there Daddy--

Trying to track down a song-- It's about a love triangle, or love quadrangle?

"I made a deal with her husband
It may not last forever
You see my wife is a good woman
Maybe he and her can get together"

I think maybe an old classic "Part Time Woman" but do you know the artist.

--Shawna

Daddy B. Nice replies:

You're right, Shawna, it is an "old classic," but the title is "I'm Into Something," and it's by Chicagoan Cicero Blake.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Cicero Blake.

Listen to Cicero Blake singing "I'm Into Something" on YouTube.

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Daddy B Nice,

I had a buddy who's moved. He gave me a mixtape with a song with dirty lyrics but done in a kind of innocent way. Like he keeps saying, "Girl! What in the world are you talking about?" The song is "Hokey Pokey," I think. Do you know who does it.

Atlanta Vern

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Wow, Atlanta Vern! I do know that song. It was just e-mailed to me recently, and I like it, too. I miss the outrageous, funny, naughty songs that guys like Clarence Carter and Bobby Rush and Theodis Ealey used to shock people with. "Strong sexual overtones," you know? Recording artists nowadays are getting too tame and domesticated. The song is "Hokie Pokie" and it's by a Georgia artist--formerly a gospel singer (naturally, haha!)--named Arthur Roland. I hope he puts it on YouTube so we can share it with the fans.

Daddy B. Nice

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ENCOURAGEMENT (RE: Charles Wilson & The "Mississippi Boy" Controversy)

Dear Daddy B Nice,

I was very sorry to read about the angry letters you've been getting from Charles Wilson threatening to sue you because your site explains to readers that Will T originally recorded "Mississippi Boy."

Of course as you well know Charles does not have the slightest case, especially since even he admits that the facts are not in doubt. That being said I just wanted to send some words of encouragement and let you know how valuable your site remains for Southern soul fans and artists around the world. Please keep up the good work and ignore the haters (although I'm not even sure there's a need to use the plural). And thanks for turning me onto the original recording by Will T -- I agree that it has an earthy quality that makes it just as good if not better than Charles' hit version.

Many thanks,
Noah

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RE: CHARLES WILSON AND THE "MISSISSIPPI BOY" CONTROVERSY

Listen to "Mississippi Boy" on YouTube while you read.


Dear Daddy B. Nice,

Just thought you'd like to know. Your artist guide to Charles Wilson is down.

Best,
Brian

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear Brian,

Since I don't promote myself in any way outside of the website, I really don't know if this "situation" has a life of its own on social media. The short answer to your question is that I have taken down both Daddy B. Nice Artist Guides to Charles Wilson because Charles has threatened to sue me for copyright infringement and defamation of character.

But if you'll bear with me, I'd like to give you a long answer with some background. It's pretty well-known among the 500,000 visitors to my website this year that I don't make any money off the artists I publicize. That's why, in spite of being a one-man-show, readers and artists alike respect my objectivity.

That's not to say I don't reap any rewards. Let me cite just one example. I recently attended my first southern soul concert in the North. It was a predominately white audience in Ft. Collins, Colorado for the William Bell-Bobby Rush-headlined TAKE ME TO THE RIVER TOUR. See "William Bell and Bobby Rush Take Southern Soul North" on Daddy B. Nice's Corner.

One of the most amusing aspects of the gig was that none of the white performers (white bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, for instance) knew me; all of the black performers--including the two rappers--did. So after the concert, I met and embraced with great happiness Stax/Wilbe southern soul-man William Bell, a reader of my website and occasional correspondent, whom I'd never met in person. Twenty years of knowing each other through word-of-mouth creates a lot of empathy.

But my greatest joy was meeting eighty-something Bobby Rush, the oldest guy there. I'd never heard from him in two decades, had no idea if he'd ever read anything I'd written about him, but when I went up to him and said, "Hey, Bobby, I'm Daddy B. Nice from Southern Soul," Bobby jumped up from his chair, exclaiming, "My buddy!" That made my day, if not week. We exchanged pleasantries and then I did something I'd written about as a joke on my ballot for last year's "Village Voice" album awards.

Bobby Rush is the only guy your Daddy B. Nice would fall to his knees in the “face Mecca” position and chant, “I am not worthy, I am not worthy,” even as he chattered utter nonsense.

Bear in mind, I wouldn't bow (or wouldn't have bowed) to B.B. King or any of the other greats. It's because Bobby Rush is so funny that I wanted to bow. I bowed to his ability to make me laugh. Bobby Rush is the Richard Pryor of southern soul.

So, on impulse, that's what I proceeded to do, surrounded by onlookers. I didn't actually fall to my knees on the floor, but I bowed twice real slow, long arms out-stretched, repeating "I am not worthy." It was hilarious. Bobby loved it, I loved it, and I floated away from the venue that night on a cloud of euphoria.

THAT was my reward, and that is the kind of reward I've been given countless times over the years. Sharing the laughs and the love--of the music, of humanity--with my fellow-travelers in southern souldom. And that is why something like my recent exchange with Charles Wilson hurts so deeply.

Awhile back, Charles Wilson asked me to call him—he had a favor to ask. Charles has asked me for favors and calls in the past, and I’ve always kept him at arm’s length. He’s never thanked me for the career publicity generated by my site. And I’ve always suspected that his requests for calls and favors had to do with my championing the Floyd Hamberlin-produced (Will T.-sung) version of “Mississippi Boy” over his version of “Mississippi Boy,” as happened to be the case this time.

Ironically, I guess, my adamant praise over the years for this little filler song from an obscure sampler has turned the tune into a behemoth so big it can enhance or deter musical careers. (I've had "attacks" from Will T's camp, too.) Over those years Charles has often tried to co-opt the song as his own, at times marketing himself as the “Mississippi Boy” and on at least one occasion taking down the Will T. version of “Mississippi Boy” on YouTube for copyright infringement, a questionable if possibly legitimate action due to the song first appearing on a Wilson Records sampler.

Everyone knows that I don’t accept money or quid pro quo’s with any of the artists on my site. I have never received any remuneration from an artist, nor for touting the original Will T. version of “Mississippi Boy”. It’s simply my opinion. I've always loved the rough, "one-take" ambience of the original. And if the song weren’t such a makeshift session by “anonymous” artists, I’d call it the #1 Song in contemporary southern soul.

As to the “facts” of the controversy, I have always taken great pains to get the facts straight. And when Charles Wilson recently asked me to “take down” unspecified portions of my “Mississippi Boy” commentary, I told him to send me specific passages and I’d review them.

I hold no ill will towards Charles, and I’m willing to review or revise any specific passages regarding Charles that are inaccurate, or even uncomplimentary, but I won't be the “whipping boy” for any dissatisfaction Charles has with his career due to decisions he made or did not make via “Mississippi Boy”. Nor will I continue to give free publicity and support to someone who is threatening to take me to court.

As some time has passed, I've tried to come up with a solution. There's no way I can take down an entire, legitimate artist guide--Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Will T. How is that fair to Floyd Hamberlin or Will T.? And I don't want to eliminate any of the past postings on "Mississippi Boy," which is tantamount to wiping away the colorful history of the song.

Since threatening me at least twice with the statement, "There will be a law suit," Charles Wilson did send a somewhat conciliatory but confusing comment:

"All u have to do is google ms boy on you tube and your page will pop up...we don't care who say who sing what we just want my name taking out of it...it make the people think I stole something and it's been up long enough so what's the purpose...yes floyd wrote it and produce it and will t sanged it first...but the world wouldn't even know the song if I hadn't mailed it all over the world and I never would have touch the song as far as Sanging it...if will t would have came out and toured and supported the song...so enough is enough ...we want my name out of it...it's up to u what ever way u wanna handle this."

The first thing that gets my attention in this statement is Charles Wilson's apparent change of course regarding his "ownership" of "Mississippi Boy". Is Charles saying that he now wants to distance himself from the song? That he would rather wipe his hands of it?

However, when I google "Mississippi Boy," as Charles suggests, I get not my Artist Guide to Will T. but a YouTube posting of the Floyd Hamberlin/Will T. song under the "Charles Wilson" name! The confusion still surrounding this song is unbelievable!

I sense there may be a way out of this spat, and that would be doing a "news story" on Charles Wilson's re-alignment, if that's what it is, regarding "Mississippi Boy". Between us, we might be able to chisel out a story based on his insights that will clear the air once and for all on Charles Wilson and "Mississippi Boy".

I certainly have never disliked Charles' version of "Mississippi Boy". I have simply liked the original version better. I would like to see us--Charles, Will, Floyd, your DBN--get back to what makes this song covered by Sir Charles Jones, Denise LaSalle and so many others a genre touchstone.

"Mississippi Boy" and this music we call southern soul is about happiness. Happiness. Like being Bobby Rush's "buddy".

--Daddy B. Nice

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RE: Denise LaSalle In Hospital Recovering From Leg Amputation

Daddy B. Nice,

. . . I guess the news is out. I've been avoiding giving out any details about her situation because I wasn't sure whether the family wanted everything to go public.

See news article in the "Jackson (Tennessee) Sun".

I must say, she's been taking this with incredible bravery: she's already talking about billing herself as "the One-Legged Diva"! Right now, though, we're all sending her our deepest and most heartfelt blessings and best wishes, and hoping for as speedy and painless a recovery as possible.

David W.

Daddy B. Nice notes: David Whiteis is the author of Southern Soul Blues.

Read Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Denise LaSalle.

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Feedback From Music Critics Near And Far....

FROM CHICAGO: Speaking of "Duplicate Riff (or Melody Line) Alerts"...

Daddy B. Nice

. . . has anyone noticed the striking similarity between the melodic/chord structure of Yayo's "Bedroom Rodeo" and Smokey Robinson's "Cruising"? If the Chiffons' publisher could get George Harrison for "My Sweet Lord," Smokey might have a case, as well . . .

David W.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Wow. Good ear. Good memory, David. That is definitely the same melody line.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

See Daddy B. Nice's #1 Southern Soul Single for September 2017: Big Yayo's "Bedroom Rodeo Remix".

See Daddy B. Nice's "Duplicate Riff Alert!" in the #7 Southern Soul Single for September 2017: "Nadia Green's "Sugar Daddy" vs. D-Whit's "Super Model".

David Whiteis is the Chicago-based author of Southern Soul Blues.

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FROM SWEDEN: re: Nellie "Tiger"


Hi Daddy B Nice,

Nice reading your 5 star Nellie review! Amazing that it took about 4 years to get it out. When I interviewed Nellie March 2016 it wasn´t long. And in e-mails after that, it was always like “it won´t be long now”...

A few days ago I ordered a few copies of Mr. Sexy Man to Smokestack.

And I sneaked in a few quotes from your recent writings in my next column for Jefferson magazine.

All best,
Tommy

Daddy B. Nice notes:

B.B. (Tommy) Lofgren writes a monthly column on southern soul music for the Jefferson Blues Magazine. The periodical is published by the Swedish Blues Association.

Read Daddy B. Nice's 5-star review of Nellie "Tiger"
Travis' MR. SEXY MAN: THE ALBUM.


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RE: Pat Cooley

Hello,

I was on your site looking at Pat Cooley's discography and biography which stated she begin singing with backup vocals in the late 70's. But there is a lady with the exact same name Patricia Cooley who sang a song called "You Got My Nose Wide Open" in 1964. I was wondering is this the same lady as Pat Cooley?

Louturtle

Daddy B. Nice replies:

That 1964 Patricia Cooley "You Got My Nose Wide Open" reference is obscure. I was in high school at the time and never heard of it. I'm curious to know if you can tell me anything else about it.

As to the likelihood that it's the same person as contemporary southern soul's Pat Cooley, I'd say, "No." That's not an iron-clad guarantee, but Pat Cooley is a relatively young woman who was probably in pigtails and an elementary school dress in 1964.

Daddy B. Nice

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Pat Cooley.

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RE: Lebrado

Good morning,

How would I find music by Lebrado? Please advise and thank you.

Kendra

Daddy B. Nice replies:

To find southern soul artists on the site, you can go to one of two indexes: Index To Artist Guides or the even-more detailed Comprehensive Index.

In the case of Lebrado, the first index takes you to the Lebrado Artist Guide, where you will find "Daddy B. Nice's Recommended Tracks" in the right-hand column of the page, and where you can link to specific songs and albums by Lebrado.

Daddy B. Nice

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RE: Ms. Jody

Good Morning!!

I love your website and all the wonderful information you provide. Keep up the good work! My reason for writing is I'm searching for Ms Jody!! I have loved her music since she started in 2006. She is truly one of a kind and I am dying to see her. Just once I want to see her perform. I live in Myrtle Beach, SC and see online where she has performed at events there and local clubs and bars several times. I would give anything to see Ms Jody sing. I just have no clue how to ever find her schedule for shows. I have come across flyers and posters on twitter that people share but never anything around here. Does she have anything around Myrtle Beach coming up? Can we get her here to perform? Any information would be great.

Thank you so much for your time!

Sincerely,

A HUGGGGE MS JODY FAN,
Cody

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Ms. Jody has a new album out: THUNDER UNDER YONDER, that you'll want to get. But even better, by pure coincidence, on the very day you wrote, I received some new and upcoming Ms. Jody tour dates.

Sunday September 17th 2017
North myrtle beach fun Sunday
1st avenue South, North myrtle beach,Sc

Sunday October 8th 2017 the
Stranahan hall, 4645 heatherdown Blvd. Toledo Ohio

Saturday October 21th 2017
Empire event center, 4905 clio rd. Flint Mi.


I'm sure you've noticed that her first gig is in your home town, Myrtle Beach! So there you go. In the future, just consult Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar. If Ms. Jody has a show, it will be listed there.

Have fun!
Daddy B. Nice

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Ms. Jody.

Cody replies:

You have just made my day!!!!!! I am screaming and shouting I can't wait!!!!
Yes I downloaded her new album off iTunes the moment it was released!!
Also I will check that calendar often!

Thank you soooooo much!
You don't know how happy you just made this white boy :)
Will you be at her Myrtle Beach gig ?

Thanks again!

Cody

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Write to

daddybnice@southernsoulrnb.com

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Letters I'll Never Answer

Daddy B Nice

Your site is awesome!
I would like info on buying MP3's
662 --- ----

Vince

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Daddy

How can I get a free Cd

Wanda

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Daddy B,

How can I buy CD's?

Vernon

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Daddy B Nice.....

I would like to buy the complete set of your Top 100 southern soul songs.

Zach

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DaddyNice

How do buy mp3's on the artists you write about.

Peaches

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Why can't people slow down enough to LOOK at the navigation bar--or in old-school terms, the table of contents? Aren't there over 500 pages on the site devoted to southern soul artists, all with links to CD's and mp3's for sale? And isn't everything I write full of links (the words show up in italics, with a different color) to the music sellers? And...to the music sellers via YouTube? Isn't there a CD Store? And on prominent display? And isn't there a Comprehensive Index? An index where you can find anybody and their music anywhere on the site?

What more can I do?

(Never sent.)

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Looking For "Same Old Bullshit" by Lady J

Good afternoon.

Can you please inform me if you have the artist Lady J with her song titled "Same Old Bullshit?" I have searched high and low for this song with no success. Please tell me you have it in stock.

Thanks,
Latrece

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Now this is the kind of letter I'll respond to. It's specific. It's knowledgeable. And it denotes a real need, because Lady J's work is out of print and there is nowhere to buy it. And it's not even on YouTube.

So to make things right in the world, I'm going to do something I hardly ever, ever do, and send Latrece my copy of Lady J's "Same Old Bullshit."

Daddy B. Nice

Latrece replies:

Oh my God!! Thank you thank you thank you so much! I just can't thank you enough!! I'm happy and just in awe! You rock!!

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RE: "Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band," A New Book From The University Press Of Florida by John Capouya

Daddy B. Nice,

When recalling the roots of soul music, most people are likely to name Memphis, Detroit, New Orleans, Muscle Shoals, or Macon. But Florida also has a rich soul music history-an important cultural legacy that has often gone unrecognized. Florida Soul celebrates great artists of the Sunshine State who produced some of the most electric, emotive soul music America has ever heard.

Latimore

This book tells the story of Ray Charles's musical upbringing in Florida, where he wrote his first songs and made his first recordings. It highlights the careers of Pensacola singers James and Bobby Purify and their producer, Papa Don Schroeder. Florida Soul reveals how Hank Ballard created his international hit song "The Twist" after seeing the dance in Tampa and profiles Gainesville singer Linda Lyndell ("What a Man"). Miami's Overtown and Liberty City neighborhoods produced Sam Moore of the legendary duo Sam and Dave, Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall of Deep City Records, and singer Helene Smith. Miami was also the longtime headquarters of Henry Stone, whose influential company T.K. Productions put out hits by Timmy Thomas, Latimore, Betty Wright, and KC and the Sunshine Band. Stone's artists and distribution deals influenced charts and radio airplay across the world.

Born in the era of segregation with origins in gospel, rhythm and blues, and jazz and reaching maturity during the civil rights movement, soul music is still enjoyed today, still very much a part of our collective culture. John Capouya draws on extensive interviews with surviving musicians to re-create the excitement and honor the achievements of soul's golden age, establishing Florida as one of the great soul music capitals of the United States.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Press notices rarely rate inclusion in Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag, but in a month when producer Floyd Hamberlin once again raided vintage Florida soul-style horn charts for Nellie "Tiger" Travis' Top Ten-charting single, "Textual Harassment," and a year when another Florida soul legend Henry Stone: Inside The Music Biz (The Stone Cold Truth Book 2) garnered a new look in book form, how could this valuable new book on southern soul NOT be included?

Vintage Florida soul trickles in countless tributaries through contemporary southern soul. The only shame from a southern soul perspective is that the title of the book isn't From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band to Latimore. John Capouya is associate professor of journalism and writing at the University of Tampa. His previous book, the biography "Gorgeous George: The Outrageous Bad-Boy Wrestler Who Created American Pop Culture," is being adapted into a feature film.

Buy "Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band" at the University Press of Florida.

Listen to Latimore singing "Let's Straighten It Out" on YouTube.

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Thank You Letter: RE: El' Willie's CD Review

Mr. B.

I would like to take this time to thank you for taking the time to review my cd,,. knowing that you have hundreds crossing your desk each day, so first thank you for that.

Moving right along.. I always told you when speaking about someone, if your opinion is what you really feel in your heart about a person or a thing, if that be the case, I don't see anything wrong with that. But I don't think It's cool to attack a persons character or work ethic if you don't know that person personally, because if you don't know that person personally, you wouldn't be able to make sound assessment of that person or the ability of that person from such a small window that you peeped through for such a short time...

So when I read your review I know you took those thing into consideration .. So thank you for your time and what I believe coming from you is your honest opinion regardless to the outcome ..and another thing about this quote

"In the past, a voice-over like the one that starts and intermittently emerges in "Sexy Lady (Remix)" would strike a false note, a flaw that might originate in the arrangement as much as in the words--it was hard to tell. The whistling in "Sexy Lady," for instance, might seem like a mis-step. But either I'm getting awfully used to The Willie or the whistling--simple and crude as it is--works to perfection, meaning I like hearing it again and again."

I think you are just getting use to El' Willie's style you figga dill me ?...

Thank you again for a wonderful review..

Respectfully Yours....

El' Willie

Read Daddy B. Nice's 4-star "Distinguished Effort" CD Review of El' Willie's THE GAME CHANGER.

Read Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to El' Willie.

Listen to El' Willie singing "Sexy Lady (Remix)" on YouTube.

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Thank You Letter:

Dear Daddy B Nice,

Thank you for charting our song , I we appreciate you to the fullest!

The Kings of Soul are at this time Jarvis Greene, Big Ro Williams, & Arthur Roland with individual hits!

A video is coming very soon with other material, we are currently touring wherever we can!

I am going to send you a copy of the press kit!

Thanks again!
Music Man MrCLJ *AKA*
Christopher L. Johnson

Daddy B. Nice notes:

"Clap Your Hands (Club Mix)" by the Kings Of Soul took the #8 spot on this month's singles chart. See Daddy B. Nice's Top Ten "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles for July 2017. Also, the Kings of Soul will be performing live at the C Spot in Jonesboro, Georgia on Saturday, July 29th. (See right-hand column, this page.)

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LGB Looks Back "In Peace" on the Marvin Sease Grave Marker Episode

Hello Daddy B. Nice:

It's been a while since we've talked & I hope all is well with you. This morning I sent you my latest new single rendition, covering "Tore Up From The Floor Up" for your listening pleasure. Of course, if you didn't get it, please let me know and I will gladly resent it to you. As always, I thank you so very much for all you do for the music & the recording artists, too!!!

Of course, as I was going thru some old emails, I came across the Marvin Sease's grave marker episode, which turned out okay, in the end. Also just hearing from you brought about a sense of peace in my heart about the entire effort.

But, I do want you to know on Father's Day, June 18. 2017...I received a FaceBook text from Marvin Sease's youngest son, Matthew Sease. Below I have provided the actual comments that took place on that Sunday afternoon. I also called Matthew Sease to ensure the Sease family members got to Marvin Sease's grave.

The bottom line here is...I know in my heart that we did the right thing back in 2015 and in 2017 some of Marvin Sease family members acknowledged that they, too, love Marvin Sease grave marker!!!

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June 18, 2017/3:55 PM/Matthew Sease wrote:
Hi I hope all is well. can you please give me a call. Some of my relatives went to visit my Daddy's grave and apparently are lost and went to the wrong place. Can you please help me out please if you could. thanks, matthew

June 18, 2017/4:24 PM/LGB wrote, but I also called Matthew Sease & helped guided his family members to the cemetery:
Hope Memorial Park Cemetery, Hwy 3, 1730 Yale Rd, Barnwell SC

June 18, 2017/5:39 PM/Matthew Sease wrote:
THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH.. THE GRAVE MARKER IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL...I APPRECIATE YOU...

June 18, 2017/6:33PM/Matthew Sease wrote:
and Al (the wife) says thank you very much. she loves it.

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Once Again, Daddy B. Nice....Thank You For All You Do...!!!

"LGB"

Linda Gray Barnwell

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Years ago, LGB discovered and was disturbed by the fact that the legendary southern soul singer, Marvin Sease--born in South Carolina near her hometown of Barnwell--was buried in an unmarked grave. She undertook a fund-raising effort and purchased the grave marker, but decided not to go ahead with the scheduled dedication due to the opposition of the Marvin Sease family at that time. That the years have soothed wounds all around is a surprising turn of events and the happiest of news for everyone who loved Marvin.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Marvin Sease.

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Question On Poonanny

Hello I'm a local promoter in the Starkville ms area hoe do I go about getting poonanny contact info

Valerie

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Nice thought. Unfortunately, Poonanny passed away three years ago.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Poonanny.

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You and Charles Jones are responsible for my love of Southern Soul

Mr. Nice,

Sorry for the slow reply. Been a crazy couple weeks.

I understand totally what you mean. I also have a website arrowheads.com that I manage and I fully respect the amount of work you put in. Few people who haven't ran a website can understand the magnitude. I just want to compliment you again and say thanks for all the hard work. You and Charles Jones are responsible for my love of Southern Soul... I heard "Friday" on the Holly Springs, MS radio station back around 2001 on a Friday and it went straight to my soul! From there I looked into all the greats he mentions in the song, and also found your website later on.

And you make a good point. Social media is definitely endless. I started out on facebook about 8 years ago, with just a personal page. Now I am in the antiques and artifacts business, so I have a facebook page for each of my two stores, another for my artifacts company, and still my personal one which I try to limitedly integrate some with my business stuff. The time it consumes is massive as well. But maybe someday we could figure something out to work together.

And man you nailed it about oxford! I have the same gripe and glad you said it as well. I constantly see Soul shows all around but never here. Which is sad since Oxford is supposedly a bastion for local arts. I have always wanted to try my hand in show promoting as a hobby/business, and if I ever get able a Soul show would be the first thing I'd do. I need to chat with some of the local venues and see if we could figure out some way to make it happen. And you make a good point about Jackson. I need to hang out more there, as when I pass through I do catch some tunes on the radio station.

I appreciate your kind words and hopefully we can keep the love going for this music!

Brock

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Keep in touch, Brock, and let me know if you ever have a notion for bringing southern soul to more of the masses. Regarding your idea to promote a southern soul show in Oxford, I do get inquiries and letters of support from time to time from staff or contributors to "Living Blues" Magazine, which is published out of the University of Mississippi, and jokingly called the "Dead Blues" by some. These reviewers are well aware of the cultural gulf between Oxford and the rest of Mississippi. You might find some--not many, but a few--potential friends and collaborators there in hosting a southern soul venue. My advice as a businessman in my "other" life: start small, i.e. a single event rather than a full-fledged, ongoing club, which is a steep hill to climb, in any music genre.

Daddy B. Nice

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Scroll down this page for the original exchange between Brock and Daddy B. Nice entitled, "THANK YOU LETTER...And: Should Daddy B. Nice Be On Facebook?"

Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "Friday" on YouTube.

Brock replies:

Great ideas there! I will definitely stay in touch and hopefully soon can offer some real efforts to improve the reception of SS here in Oxford and other places. I definitely will look into a single event first. Keep up the great work and thanks again!

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Thank you...But How About Obituaries?

Daddy B Nice

Thank you for all that you do!

I think that your site should have an obituary section that lists the deaths of blues artists.

I, like a lot of people, no longer live in the south and usually get information late.

Awesome website,

Shondagrrl

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Actually, I do cover obituaries, and if I don't know enough about the deceased recording artist, I'll still make an announcement with links to a knowledgeable obituary. Always look for the "current" obituaries on Daddy B. Nice's Corner, which is the website's equivalent to a newspaper page or a Facebook page. So far this year, I've posted obituaries on Big Cynthia, Hot Spot Records' Robert Henderson Jr. and Chuck Berry (scroll down the page a ways).

Also, at the end of each year, the "Corner" page becomes the "Best Of" page for that year, and I begin a new "Corner" page. So, for example, if you go to the right-hand column of Best Of 2016 page (last year's "Corner"), you'll be able to read obituaries of Otis Clay, Leo Graham and Harrison Calloway in the article entitled "2016: The Year In Southern Soul".

But for "breaking" obituaries, always check out Daddy B.
Nice's Corner.
Hope this helps, Shondagrrl, and thanks for asking.

Daddy B. Nice

Shondagrrl replies:

Thank you for responding!

I read Daddy B Corner all the time and I see that you always cover the deceased; I just meant a "section" dedicated to obituaries only, where people can click and go right to it and read or find more info like the links you provide.

Thank you again!

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Not enough people are dying for that—thank God. But you never know…

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THANK YOU LETTER...And:

Should Daddy B. Nice Be On Facebook?


Hey Mr. Nice!

First off, thank you for your great work on the website. It's really the only source for southern soul info that I can find online.

I'm constantly disappointed in how little people know about this kind of music. Call me the southern soul crusader. Haha. I write to Pandora and other music sites requesting they give southern soul a closer look. The level of talent vs the exposure for our kind of music is sadly disproportionate! Even living in Mississippi, I'm still amazed at how few folks I can find that enjoy this type music.

Which brings me to my question... do you have a Facebook page? If not, I highly recommend it, as it might breathe some life into public interest in Southern Soul. I would even be willing to help out as an administrator, even though my knowledge of the music is growing, but still less than yours. I'm pretty sharp at Facebook though.

And on a personal note, I see you are located in Colorado? How did you end up way out there, and what got you into Southern Soul?

Thanks again and keep up the great work!

Brock
Oxford, MS

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Brock,

I guess you could say I'm pretty conflicted over social media. Or shall we say, totally in conflict? I'm the kind of guy who's had an unlisted number his entire life. When people got computers, I stuck with my IBM Selectric. When people got cell phones, I stuck with my land-line. When people got smart phones, I graduated to a flip phone (which I still have). When I was young, I was surveiled, so that reinforced my "loner" tendencies.

But that doesn't mean I'm inaccessible. I form intense friendships, and they last a lifetime. I constantly feel guilty (I was born a Catholic) about ignoring all the requests I get to form friendships--these days from LINKED IN members, especially--but if anyone just writes me, I always take that seriously.

This "Daddy B. Nice" character is just a figment of the southern soul community's collective imagination. I've nurtured it and sweated over it because I was the right person at the right time and it just kind of dropped in my lap. I could never fulfill the role in real life, i.e. on Facebook.

And the problem is, it takes time--so much time--to just try and function as Daddy B. Nice, evaluating dozens of new songs each month and finding ten I want to listen to over and over, updating hundreds of artist guides (over 500 pages on the website), posting scads of concerts, answering e-mails, reviewing new hard-copy CD's, posting albums for sale, indexing content, "fishing" for new talent, and alternately praising and scolding veterans, always with "what's best for the music?" in mind. I never catch up with what I have to do on my own website.

If Facebook, why not Linked In, Twitter, Instagram, podcasts, Wikipedia? I mean, the social media thing is endless. I'm not saying I'd be unwilling if you or some other party offered to do the heavy lifting. If it really did further the cause of southern soul music, I'd do it.

I do notice you are from Oxford, Mississippi, Brock, the most southern-soul-hostile town in the Magnolia state, and a city I've vilified in print for never holding a southern soul concert. (I don't know if that's literally true, but no one's ever challenged me on it.) Just saying...If you were down in the Jackson area, listening daily to WMPR and WAGR and hanging out at the "Suit Store," and figuring out which club you were going to hit for some southern soul, you might not be furthering the cause, but you'd sure be in your "element," having some good fun, and probably have a rosier outlook on southern soul.

One thing I don't need from social media is statistics based on bragging rights. The website has all the statistics needed coming in daily, from all over the world, in terms of visits, page views and hits. It's still "underground," but interest in southern soul has multiplied many times since 2000, when I got into it as a "missionary" like you, Brock. If you stick with your passion for southern soul, you never know. You could even take over this website in the coming years.

--Daddy B. Nice

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Introducing Miss Portia

Greetings Daddy B. Nice,

My name is Miss Portia. I am writing you to introduce myself. I have a few butterflies writing you because I am a huge fan of your page. All of the greatest have been featured on your page, so you can only image how elated I was to see my name mentioned a few times. My first mention was the "My Sidepiece Reply". Since then I released my single "Get your money Girl" featuring the Late Great Ms. Jackie Neal and Tyree Neal. On May 14th I am having a single release party. Ms. Lacee and C-wright are coming to perform. Please be on the lookout for my Album, "All In My Feelings" to be released by (Beat Flipper) R.M.G. this year.

I have taken the liberty of sending you some of my music and a few of my upcoming events. Thank you so much for all you do. Be blessed and keep pushing!

Miss Portia

P.S. I can't wait to see what my hand drawn portrait will look like.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

It's so good to hear from you, Miss Portia, and thanks for the nice words. Yes, I will be watching and listening for your new music and posting the concerts you send in. And congratulations on signing for an album release with the most exciting new label in southern soul music, the Ross Music Group!

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Miss Portia's first southern soul charting came in April 2015 with (as she noted) the "My Sidepiece Reply" with Veronica Ra'elle and Lacee. One of the YouTube videos of the song has 751,148 views. Another has 1,167,229 views!

Miss Portia charted again in December of 2016 as part of the Ross Music Group aggregation singing "Zydeco Blues & Trail Ride (ZBT Anthem)" with Pokey Bear, Crystal Thomas, Jeter Jones, Blu3Black and Gangsta.

See Miss Portia in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

Watch the YouTube video of Miss Portia singing "Get Your Money, Girl."

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RE: Listen to David Brinston or Lacee new albums.

Dear Daddybnice,

Listen to David Brinston's new song She's A Freak or Lacee's --- Mind Gone. There is also a hot new swing out song by Mr. Campbell --- I'm Steppin' Out.

William Bell



Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi William,

I featured David Brinston with a “New Album Alert!” last month. His “I Drinks My Whiskey” Is #3 on my Top Ten “Breaking” Southern Soul Singles this month, and watch for the upcoming CD Review.

Thanks for the heads-up on Lacee (now a featured “New Album Alert”). She’s never contacted me.

Mr. Campbell’s “Don’t You Wanna Dance” debuted at #5 in March, and you’re right. I really like his new I'm Steppin' Out.



Daddy B. Nice notes:

William Bell won a 2016 Grammy Award for his album THIS IS WHERE I LIVE.

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

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11:30 am, Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash, Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 312-427-1190.

7:30 pm, Thursday, December 14, 2017. Capitol Grill, Deville Plaza, 5050 Interstate 55 North Frontage Road F, Jackson, Mississippi. Jesse Robinson & Friends. 601-899-8845.

10:30 pm, Thursday, December 14, 2017. Underground 119, 119 S. President Street, Jackson, Mississippi. Stevie J.

12 Midnight, Friday, December 15, 2017. F. Jones Corner, 303 N. Farish St., Jackson, Ms. Stevie J. 601- 983-1148.

9:30 pm, Friday, December 15, 2017. Addis Community Center, 7520 Hwy. 1 South, Addis, Louisiana. Cupid.

Friday, December 15, 2017. Horseshoe Tunica Casino, 1021 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, Mississippi. Gladys Knight. 800-303-7463.

Friday, December 15, 2017. Club 601, 412 N. Dr. Maratin Luther King Jr. St., Natchez, Mississippi. Vick Allen. 601-442-5335.

Saturday, December 16, 2017. Horseshoe Casino, 711 Horseshoe Blvd., Bossier City, Louisiana.Gladys Knight. 800-895-0711.

Saturday, December 16, 2017. West Monroe Convention Center, 901 Ridge Avenue, West Monroe, Louisiana. T.K. Soul. 318-396-5000.

8 pm, Saturday, December 16, 2017. Clarksdale Civic Auditorum, 506 East 2nd St., Clarksdale, Mississippi. Big Yayo, O.B. Buchana, L.J. Echols. Doors open 7 pm. 662-404-6381, 662-627-8431.

3 pm, Sunday, December 17, 2017. Sheraton Hotel, 15700 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, Texas. Tribute to Big Cynthia. ZBT Awards. Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Cupid, Milton Patton, Ruben Morena, Gregory Saxxman Daniels, Lil' Darrall, DJ Jack Frost, Jazzie Redd.

Sunday, December 17, 2017. Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive, Southaven, Mississippi. T.K. Soul, Lenny Williams, Doug E. Fresh. Doors open 5:30 pm.

Sunday, December 17, 2017. R.L. Griffin's Blues Palace, 3100 Al Lipscomb Way, Dallas, Texas. Christmas Ball & Toy Drive. L.J. Echols, R.L. Griffin, Gregg A. Smith and more. 469-471-4180.

11 am, Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Brown Park, 1234 E. Pont Des Mouton Road, Lafayette, Louisiana.Tucka, J.J. Callier, Lil' Nate & more.. Show ends 4 pm.

7 pm, Wednesday, December 20, 2017. T & JJ’s, 718 S. 5th Avenue, Maywood, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 708-338-1185.

9 pm. Friday, December 22, 2017. Level Nightclub, 201 West Veterans' Memorial Blvd., Killeen, Texas. L.J. Echols, Fat Daddy. Doors open 8 pm. 254-350-0353.

Friday, December 22, 2017. Sumter Civic Center, 700 West Liberty Street, Sumter, South Carolina.T.K. Soul, Tucka and more. 803-436-2270.

Friday, December 22, 2017. East Cooper Disco, 1162 Venning Road, Charleston, South Carolina. Ms. Jody. Doors open 7 pm. 843-972-8720.

Saturday, December 23, 2017. Anderson Civic Center, 3027 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Anderson, South Carolina. Ms. Jody. Doors open 7 pm. 864-260-4800.

Saturday, December 23, 2017. Elks Lodge, 2671 Dauphin Island Parkway, Mobile, Alabama. Big Yayo, Diva Dee. 251-473-1082.

8 pm, Saturday, December 23, 2017. Bottleneck Blues Bar, 4116 Washington St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Mr. Sipp.

Saturday, December 23, 2017. Platinum Sports Bar & Grill, 132 Georgetown St., Hazlehurst, Mississippi. L.J. Echols.

Saturday, December 23, 2017. Elks Club, 862 E. Burdeshaw, Dothan, Alabama. Bigg Robb, Nacole.

9 pm, Saturday, December 23, 2017. Chocolate City, 1615 Brogdon, Ripley, Tennessee. Sweet Angel. Doors open 7 pm. 901-834-7903, 901-246-7545, 901-581-6579.

10 pm, Saturday, December 23, 2017. The International, 40 Blackstock Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee. Cupid. 865-200-5143.

Saturday, December 23, 2017. Elite Lounge, 2408 Highway 72/221, Greenwood, South Carolina. Tucka. Doors open 8 pm.

Sunday, December 24, 2017. Big Dough Bar & Grill, Webb, Mississippi. Vick Allen.

9:30 pm, Sunday, December 24, 2017. Turning Point Lounge, 1701 28th St., Gulfport, Mississippi.L.J. Echols. Doors open 7 pm. 228-547-2776.

Monday, December 25, 2017. Club Faces, 1511 Martin Luther King Junior Drive, Monroe, Louisiana.Vick Allen.

10:30 pm, Thursday, December 28, 2017. Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 773-477-4647.

Friday, December 29, 2017. Boutwell Auditorium, 1930 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Boulevard, Birmingham, Alabama. Holiday Blues Bash. Bishop Bullwinkle, Big Pokey Bear, Latimore, Sir Charles Jones, Theodis Ealey, Calvin Richardson, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, . 205-254-2820.

Friday, December 29, 2017. Laurie Theatre, 206 Parler Avenue, St. George, South Carolina.Terry Wright, Vick Allen, Al Chauncy. Doors open 7 pm. 843-513-6835, 843-224-4873. Host: Comedian Keith Glason.

Friday, December 29, 2017. The Event Center at Hollywood Casino, Hollywood Drive, Charles Town, West Virginia. Smokey Robinson. Doors open 9 pm. 800-795-7001.

7 pm, Friday, December 29, 2017. Reggie’s Soul Food, 519 Pierce St., Lafayette, Louisiana. 337-456-2480. Cupid.

7 pm, Saturday, December 30, 2017. Mississippi Coliseum, 1207 Mississippi St., Jackson, Mississippi. Peggy Scott-Adams, Bobby Rush, Big Pokey Bear, Omar Cunningham, Adrian Bagher, Calvin Richardson. 678-322-8098, 601-353-0603.

8 pm, Saturday, December 30, 2017. Bottleneck Blues Bar, 4116 Washington St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Eddie Cotton Jr.

Saturday, December 30, 2017. LR's Sports Bar, 103 East Jefferson Street, Quincy, Florida. Kenne' Wayne. Doors open 8 pm. 850-591-7527, 850-322-6585.

9 pm, Saturday, December 30, 2017. Georgia International Convention Center Ball Room, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, Atlanta, Georgia.
Nellie "Tiger" Travis.

7 pm, Saturday, December 30, 2017. Paramount Theater, 139 South Center St., Goldsboro, North Carolina. Maurice Wynn, L.J. Echols. Host:DJ Heavy. 919-324-5801.

Sunday, December 31, 2017. Club Paradise, 645 E. Georgia Ave., Memphis, Tennessee. Ms. Jody. 901-947-7144.

Sunday, December 31, 2017. Billings Lounge, Old Highway 61, Shelby, Mississippi. Vick Allen. Doors open 9 pm. 662-588-7286.

7 pm, Sunday, December 31, 2017. Elks Lodge, 601 State Street, Mobile, Alabama. Nelson Curry. 251-661-2366.

Sunday, December 31, 2017. The Detroit Rescue Mission Banquet Hall, 3606 East Forest Ave., Detroit, Michigan. New Year's Eve Blues Gala. Wendell B., T.K. Soul, Sir Charles Jones, Priscilla Price. 313-993-6703, 313-993-4700.

Sunday, December 31, 2017. Sage Gateshead, St. Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR, United Kingdom. Candi Staton. +44-191-443-4666.

Sunday, December 31, 2017. Detroit Rescue Mission, 3535 3rd St., Detroit, Michigan. T.K. Soul. 313-993-6703.

Sunday, December 31, 2017. Legends BBQ Smokehouse, 1025 West Johnson Avenue, Jonesboro, Arkansas. Sweet Angel. 870-931-3310.

9 pm, Sunday, December 31, 2017. Whitehall Entertainment Center, US Highway 80 West, Hayneville, Alabama (Montgomery).J-Wonn, Rosalyn Candy, Tyree Neal. Free.

7:30 pm, Thursday, January 4, 2018. Buddy Guy's Legends, 700 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago, Illinois.Bobby Rush, Buddy Guy. 312-427-1190.

8 pm, January 6, 2017. Ruston Civic Center, 401 North Trenton St., Ruston, Louisiana. Southern Soul All Black Affair. T.K. Soul, Jeter Jones, Coco, Rhomey, Coupe DeVille. Doors open 7 pm. BYOB. 318-243-2499, 870-866-7441.

9 pm, Saturday, January 6, 2017. Lewis Johnson Complex, 299 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Granada, Mississippi. JR Blu. Doors open 7 pm. 708-546-6738.

8 pm, Sunday, January 7, 2018. Candlelight Banquet Hall (Old VFW), 502 S. 22nd Street, East St. Louis, Illinois. Sweet Angel. Doors open 6 pm. 618-381-4885.

7 pm, Saturday, January 13, 2018. The Centre at Halifax Community College, 100 College Drive, Weldon, North Carolina. 5th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert. Lenny Williams, Big Pokey Bear, Maurice Wynn, Lacee, Black Diamond, Omar Cunningham. 252-538-4336, 1-800-419-1170. Doors open 6 pm.

Saturday, January 13, 2018. LR's Sports Bar, 103 East Jefferson Street, Quincy, Florida. Nelson Curry. Doors open 8 pm. 850-591-7527, 850-322-6585.

8 pm, Saturday, January 13, 2018. Paradise Entertainment Center, 645 E. Georgia Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. Bobby Rush, Sweet Angel and more. Doors open 7 pm. 901-691-7373, 901-417-8955.

Saturday, January 13, 2018. A.A. Fredericks Auditorium, 140 Central Avenue, Natchitoches, Louisiana. Cupid & Dance Party Express.

Friday, January 19, 2018. Three Fingers Lounge, 4378 N.W. 17th Avenue, Miami, Florida. Betty Padgett, Bishop Bullwinkle. 786-493-3655.

9 pm, Friday & Saturday, January 19 & 20, 2018. Blue Chicago, 536 N. Clark St., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 312-661-0100.

Saturday, January 20, 2018. WinStar World Casino, Exit 1, I-35, Thackerville, Oklahoma. Gladys Knight. 580-276-4229.

Saturday, January 20, 2018. Southern Soul Lounge, 1605 Marshall St., Shreveport, Louisiana. Vick Allen. 318-673-8338.

Sunday, January 21, 2018. Sound Board Theater, MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. The Isley Brothers, Ernie Isley, Ronald Isley. 313-309-4700.

8 pm, Thursday, January 25, 2018. Carolina Theater, 309 West Morgan St., Durham, North Carolina. Take Me To The River Tour. Bobby Rush, William Bell and more. 919-560-3030.

7:30 pm, Thursday, January 25, 2018. Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans, Louisiana. Johnny Mathis. 504-525-1052.

10:30 pm, Thursday, January 25, 2018. Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 773-477-4647.

8 pm, Friday, January 26, 2018. KC Hall, 6320 Madden Lane, Houston, Texas. Northeast Western Pleasure Club Annual Dance: Southern Soul & Zydeco Together. Kenne' Wayne, Chris Ardoin. 832-724-5055.

8 pm, Friday, January 26, 2018. Shaftman Performance Hall, Jefferson Center, 541 Luck Avenue SW #221, Roanoke, Virginia. Take Me To The River Tour. Bobby Rush, William Bell and more. 540-345-2550, 540.343.2624.

Friday, January 26, 2018. Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater,310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin, Texas. Kool & The Gang. 512-225-7999.

7:30 pm, Saturday, January 27, 2018. Harbison Theatre, Midlands Technical College, 7300 College Street, Irmo, South Carolina (Columbia). Take Me To The River Tour. Bobby Rush, William Bell and more. 803-732-0432.

Saturday, January 27, 2018. Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater, 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, Florida (Miami). Cameo, S.O.S. Band, Slick Rick, Miki Howard and more

7:40 pm, Monday, January 29, 2018. Curtis M. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, University of Florida, 3201 Hull Road, Gainesville, Florida. Take Me To The River Tour. Bobby Rush, William Bell and more. 352-392-2787.

8 pm, Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Florida Theatre, 128 East Forsyth St., Jacksonville, Florida. Take Me To The River Tour. Bobby Rush, William Bell and more. 904-355-5661.

7 pm, Friday, February 2, 2018. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 North Macinnes Place, Tampa, Florida. Take Me To The River Tour. Bobby Rush, William Bell and more. 813-229-7827.

7:30 pm, Saturday, February 3, 2018. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Take Me To The River Tour. William Bell, Bobby Rush and more. 954-462-0222.

Friday, February 9, 2018. Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N. Greenwood Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma.T.K. Soul. 918-596-1020.

Friday, February 9, 2018. LR's Sports Bar, 103 East Jefferson Street Quincy, Florida. Jeff Floyd. Doors open 8 pm. 850-591-7527, 850-322-6585.

Friday, February 9, 2018. Beau Rivage Theatre, 875 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, Mississippi. Chaka Khan.

Friday, February 9, 2018. Washington County Convention Center Fairgrounds, 1040 South Raceway Road, Greenville, Mississippi. Tucka, Lacee. 662-332-0488.

Saturday, February 10, 2018. Copiah County Safe House, 1060 Epps Lane, Gallman, Mississippi.Vick Allen.

Saturday, February 10, 2018. The Ruston Civic Center, 401 N. Trenton St., Ruston, Louisiana.T.K. Soul. 318-251-8613.

Saturday, February 10, 2018. Moonlight Lounge, 4720 South Street, Nacogdoches, Texas. Cupid. 281-804-6096.

Friday, February 16, 2018. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina. 3rd Annual Valentines Southern Soul Festival. Nelson Curry, Tucka, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Lacee, Calvin Richardson, Joe Nice, Big Ro Williams, Latrel. 843-529-5000. Doors open 5 pm.

7 pm, Saturday, February 17, 2018. Garrett Coliseum, 1555 Federal Drive, Montgomery, Alabama. Valentine's Day Show. Willie Clayton, Vick Allen, Tucka, Freddie Jackson. 334-356-6866. Doors open 6 pm.

Saturday, February 17, 2018. The Stage on Bay, 1200 West Bay St., Savannah, Georgia. Sir Charles Jones. 912-417-4389.

Friday, March 2, 2018. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, New York.Kool & The Gang. 212-997-4144.

7 pm, Saturday, March 3, 2018.Canton Multipurpose Center, 501 Soldiers Colony Rd., Canton, Mississippi (Jackson). Grady Champion. 601-859-4830.

8 pm, Friday, March 9, 2018. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. Motor City Blues Festival-Blues Is Alright Tour. Omar Cunningham, Sir Charles Jones, Pokey Bear, Calvin Richardson, Willie Clayton, Bobby Rush. 313-471-3200.

Friday, March 16, 2018. Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, 705 Elvis Presley Blvd., Shreveport, Louisiana. Blues Is Alright Tour. Willie Clayton, T.K. Soul, Sir Charles Jones, Tyree Neal, Tucka. Doors open 8 pm. 318-841-4000.

Saturday, March 17, 2018. Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, Texas. Blues Is Alright Tour. Willie Clayton, Latimore, Lenny Williams, Sir Charles Jones. 972-854-5111.

Friday, March 23, 2018. Macon City Auditorium, 415 1st Street, Macon, Georgia. Blues Is Alright Tour. Tucka, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Sir Charles Jones and more.

7 pm, Saturday, March 24, 2018. Cobb Energy Arts Center, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta Blues Festival: Blues Is Alright Tour. Big Pokey Bear, T.K. Soul, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, J-Wonn, Sir Charles Jones, Tucka. 770-916-2800.

Sunday, March 25, 2018. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center St., Newark, New Jersey.
Aretha Franklin.

Friday, March 30, 2018. UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana. Blues Is Alright Tour. Tyree Neal, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Tucka, Calvin Richardson, Sir Charles Jones, Lebrado 504-280-7222.

Saturday, March 31, 2018. NRG Arena, 1 Reliant Park, Houston, Texas. H-Town Blues Festival-Blues Is Alright Tour. Sir Charles Jones, Willie Clayton, Tucka, T.K. Soul, Pokey Bear, Calvin Richardson, Tyree Neal, Omar Cunningham. 832-667-1400.

Friday, April 6, 2018. Chaifetz Arena, 1 South Compton Ave., St Louis, Missouri. Blues Is Alright Tour. Latimore, Willie Clayton, Calvin Richardson, Sir Charles Jones, Bobby Rush. 314-977-5000.

Saturday, April 7, 2018. The Fairgrounds (Outside), 1035 Cody Road, North Mobile, Alabama. Spring Fling 2018.Wendell B., Glenn Jones, L.J. Echols, O.B. Buchana, Lacee, T.K. Soul, Lebrado, Till 1, Nathaniel Kimble, Sir Charles Jones, Summer Wolfe, Ronnie Bell, Tyree Neal, Tony Tatum, Jeff Floyd, Veronica Ra'elle, Mose Stovall, Avant, Fat Daddy, Franky, Tucka, Lil' G of Silk, Fat Daddy. 251-379-8283. BYOB.

Saturday, April 7, 2018. Arie Crown Theater, 2301 Lake Shore Drive At McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois. Blues Is Alright Tour. Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Bobby Rush, Willie Clayton, Calvin Richardson, Latimore, Pokey Bear. 866-353-5167.

Sunday, April 8, 2018. Water Works Park, 1710 North Highland Avenue, Tampa, Florida. Sir Charles Jones, Wendell B., Calvin Richardson. 813-274-8615.

5 pm, Friday & Saturday, July 13 & 14, 2017. Rocky Mount Municipal Complex, Bishop Stadium, 600 Independence Drive, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Down East Music Festival. Tucka, Sir Charles Jones, Theodis Ealey, Omar Cunningham, Maurice Wynn, Roy C, Glenn Jones, Sunshine Anderson, Lenny Williams, Lakeside, Big G, Wilson Meadows, Black Diamond, Karen Wolfe, Lacee, J-Wonn and more. Rain or shine. Gates open 4 pm. See festival website.

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Overflow From Daddy B. Nice's BEST OF 2015 page...

2015: THE YEAR IN SOUTHERN SOUL


January began without holiday hangover, as up-and-coming producer Big Yayo debuted as a performer with a piece of "southern soul electronica" called "Cowgirl" featuring his protege, "I Got This Record's" J'Wonn, the ultimate balladeer, singing an uptempo chorus on his first-ever club jam.

February ushered in a Valentine's Day weekend to be remembered with southern soul concerts across a broad spectrum of the South, from Hooks, Texas (Avail Hollywood) to Memphis (Bertha Payne) to south Atlanta (Lomax) to Greenville, Ms. (J'Wonn) to Canton, Ms. (L.J. Echols, Terry Wright, J-Wonn, Krishunda Echols, Bigg Robb, Napoleon) to Vicksburg (Shirley Brown, Carl Sims, Jaye Hammer, Wilson Meadows, Pat Brown, Adrena) to Corpus Christi (Mel Waiters) to Decatur, Ga. and Talladega, Alabama (T.J. Hooker Taylor) to Tuscaloosa (Tre' Williams, Jeff Floyd) to Panama City, Florida (Ms. Jody) to Germantown, Tenn. (Mavis Staples) to Montgomery (Bigg Robb, O.B. Buchana, Tucka, Lebrado, Lomax, Toia Jones) to Farmerville, La. (Avail Hollywood) to Mobile (L.J. Echols, Andre' Lee, James Payne, Geno Wesley) to Dallas and the annual Blues Is Alright Tour (T.K. Soul, Theodis Ealey, Mel Waiters, Clarence Carter, Latimore, Millie Jackson) to Shiner, Texas (Rue Davis) to Texarkana (Omar Cunningham, Wendell B) to Indianola, Ms., B.B. King's hometown (Chris Ivy, Lil' Jimmie) to Baytown, Texas (Kenne' Wayne, AP Heavy But Sweet) to East Tyler, Texas (R. Kelly, Avail Hollywood) and back to Memphis (Jarekus Singleton), setting the bar for a record-breaking year in Southern Soul clubs.

Mindful of the concert bonanza, Daddy B. Nice urged fans in March to get out of the airport hubs (Memphis, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans) and "walk on the wild side," visiting the "holes-in-the-walls" in the verdant countryside where the true contemporary blues reigns supreme. In Jackson, premier nineties' vocalist Robert "The Duke" Tillman (Ace, Ichiban) re-emerged, as did storied DJ Outlaw at WMPR, while young Jackson guitar-blues stars Jarekus Singleton, Grady Champion and Mr. Sipp parlayed their mass audience-friendly blues far beyond the Delta.

April saw the breakthrough collection THE LOUISIANA BLUES BROTHERS, explode in the southern soul demographic via its suddenly iconic single,
"My Sidepiece," featuring the powerful-piped, Reggie P.-like vocalist Pokey (or Big Pokey Bear), whose electric stage show featured the singer thrusting and gyrating with a passion not seen since Bobby Rush's twerking dancers.

The song's message that it was okay to have a "woman on the side" because it's in the "genes" alternately fascinated and disgusted listeners, and not always along gender lines, and the "sidepiece" theme became a motif in countless new southern soul songs. Meanwhile, Pokey et. al.'s new album, BEAT FLIPPA I GOT THE BLUES VOL. 1., released in February, shot up the charts, bringing a rock-and-roll-like energy, immediacy and accessibility to the southern soul scene that thrust its brilliant producer (Beat Flippa) and roster of talented artists (Pokey, Tyree Neal, Adrian Bagher, Vince Hutchinson, Mz. Pat, Veronica Ra'elle, Rosalyn Candy, etc.) into a level of popularity even southern soul's veteran artists had to envy.

Also in April, the great sixties' artist Percy Sledge, who recorded one of the most powerful southern soul songs of the last fifty years, "When A Man Loves A Woman," passed away with scant fanfare.

May was the worst month, the cruelest month...

....Mother's Day and Memorial Day weekends witnessed another slew of record-breaking fan-friendly southern soul concerts, but the nation and entire world mourned the passing of B.B. King, whose ties to Indianola and Jackson, Mississippi were real and renewed each summer, when B.B. always returned for the Medgar Evers Homecoming Celebration and played for his original chitlin' circuit fans in the Delta.

But for contemporary southern soul fans it was the passing of song-master Mel Waiters that really hurt. Unknown outside of blues circles (unlike the world-famous B.B. King), Waiters was an irreplaceable part of the southern soul pantheon of recording artists, having largely kicked off the contemporary scene with his "Hole In The Wall," fashioned in the late nineties in the tradition of Mel's inspirations, Z.Z. Hill and Buddy Ace. For many fans, Waiters was the number-one performer in the South, and Mel never shied away from the kudos. YouTube videos document his exciting "contests" with Sir Charles Jones, which did so much to enliven the concert scene.

June marked the appearance of a rapping preacher named Bishop Bullwinkle, whose "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" continued a trend of unknown artists (like J'Wonn, Tucka, Pokey) eclipsing southern soul's veteran artists in notoriety-slash-popularity in one fell swoop (be it a single or album). Whereas J'Wonn had stunned the southern soul community a couple of years earlier with his straight-forward youth and sensitivity, the nearly seventy-something Bishop Bullwinkle simultaneously astonished and dumbfounded fans with his fearless, back-woods vision of the world compressed into a six-minute, no-holds-barred sermon castigating hypocrisy in the church and gangsterism in the hood.

While J'Wonn had seemingly thrust the entire world off his back with the momentous words, "I Got This Record," the grizzled Bullwinkle did the same with his proclamation, "My name is Bishop Bullwinkle / From the church of nothing but the truth..."

....In less than a month his YouTube video (there was no published record) had a million views--unheard-of for a southern soul song--and by the end of the year it was approaching ten million. Clearly, Bullwinkle's "Hell To The Naw Naw" had cut through layers of padding and pretension to strike a deeply-felt, common nerve with fans.

In August Tucka and T.K. Soul sold out the 3,000-seat Houston Arena Theatre, notching a new high in audience numbers for a pair of southern soul acts.

Jackson's own James "Hot Dog" Lewis, keyboardist, performer and producer, passed away in October.

Late summer sizzled with gigs--July 4th, Labor Day--the fans' thirst for the music couldn't be slaked--culminating in the biggest concert-venue weekend ever Thanksgiving.

From Thibodeaux, Louisiana (Cupid, Lebrado, Pokey) to Montgomery, Alabama (T.K. Soul) to Canton-Jackson, Ms. (J'Wonn, Big Yayo) to Opelika, Alabama (T.K. Soul) to Hattiesburg, Ms. (J'Wonn, Big Yayo) to Tchula, Ms. (Tre' Williams) to Grenada, Ms. (J'Wonn) to DC area Pomonkey, Md. (Jeff Floyd, J. Red, Hardway Connection) to Birmingham, Alabama (Calvin Richardson, Nellie "Tiger" Travis) and back to Hattiesburg (T.K. Soul) and way out to San Diego (Cupid) and back to Vicksburg (Bishop Bullwinkle, Terry Wright, Bigg Robb, Lacee, Stevie J) to New Orleans (T.K. Soul) to El Dorado, Arkansas (T.K. Soul, Ghetto Cowboy, Summer Wolfe) to Charlotte, North Carolina (Lenny Williams, Ann Nesby) and Wilson, North Carolina (Jeff Floyd, Wilson Meadows, Hardway Connection) down to Tampa, Florida (Clarence Carter, Bishop Bullwinkle, Betty Wright, Shirley Murdoch) and Sebring, Florida (Bobby Rush, Theodis Ealey) and way up to Gary, Indiana (Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Willie Clayton, Latimore, Otis Clay) and back to the Delta in Tchula, Mississippi (Big Yayo, J'Wonn) and Pickens, Ms. (The Love Doctor, Terry Wright, Sorrento Ussery, Pat Brown, Nathaniel Kimble, Doctor Dee, Lady Di) to Meridian, Ms. (Big Robb, Vick Allen, Lacee, JR Blu) and thence back north to St. Louis (Bobby Rush, David Dee) and Chicago (Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Willie Clayton, Otis Clay, Latimore) and back home to Jackson (Andre' Lee, T-Baby) and the re-opened Evers Blues Lounge on Pecan Park Circle next to WMPR (Roy C., LGB, Doctor Dee, Dennis Fountain).... From all of these venues, enthusiastic fans supplemented their turkey with southern soul music.

2016 marked Southern Soul's most serious forays into the mainstream yet, and Bishop Bullwinkle was southern soul's "Donald Trump," refreshingly candid, wildly off-the-wall. At year's end, Bigg Robb took down Bullwinkle's video for copyright infringement. Turns out the Bishop had used the instrumental track from Robb's "Looking For A Country Girl" for the backing track to "Naw Naw," but Bishop Bullwinkle was uncontrite, telling Daddy B. Nice in a profanity-laced interview that he "dared" Robb to take him to court. As one industry insider noted, it didn't matter that the song hadn't been published (as a record); its online streaming revenues alone amounted to the same thing. And so it went in the raucous, wild-west-like cradle of the musical universe--the Deep South--where the music is as primeval and super-sized as the SEC. (And still unknown nationally...Go figure!) And as Jaye Hammer (one of 2015's finest vocalists) says in his juking new ode to the Delta, "I Ain't Leaving Mississippi." ....

"You know, someone came up to me the other day and said, 'Hammer! They told me you had moved to Chicago."

I said, "What? Man! People are always spreading rumors. But let me say this. I ain't leaving Mississippi. Mississippi is my home. If you think I'm gonna leave Mississippi, you might as well leave me alone."

--Daddy B. Nice

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From Daddy B. Nice's BEST OF 2014 page...

2014: THE YEAR IN SOUTHERN SOUL

The year did not begin auspiciously. Floyd Taylor, son of the late great Johnnie Taylor and a contemporary southern soul headliner in his own right, passed away on February 21st, causing his stepbrother TJ to remark, "He died pretty much the way my dad died: a heart attack (at too young an age)." A masterful and discerning vocal interpreter, Taylor's career was notable for spanning southern soul's two generations of songwriters, from the best of Charles Richard Cason and Lawrence Harper (of his father's generation) to Simeo Overall of the new.

A few days later Eddie Holloway, a lesser-known but seminal figure renowned for contemporary southern soul classics like "I Had A Good Time," "Poor Boy" and "My Mind's Too Strong," passed away in obscurity, without fanfare.

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.

Daddy B. Nice himself underwent a lung cancer scare and finally had surgery in May, returning successfully after two bouts in the hospital to discover that "Funky" Larry Jones, owner of the Soul & Blues Report, a monthly compendium and summary of southern soul deejay playlists and a vital niche in the southern soul internet community, had died. Other websites (Boogie, Blues Critic) made attempts to provide the same function, but at year's end the loss was still felt and seemed irrevocable.

That, along with the June death of Don Davis (the producing genius behind Johnnie Taylor) and the early-September passing of Joe Poonanny, the Weird Al Yankovich of the chitlin' circuit and the last of a dying breed of blues parodists, was the bad news.

The good news was that, stimulated by an invitation to Kim Cole's Celebrity Birthday Bash in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in July, your Daddy B. Nice rebounded to attend (and chronicle) three multi-act southern soul concerts in thirty hours, including getting out on the dance floor.

There was cause. Southern Soul stars were appearing everywhere across the Deep South, from Texas to the Carolinas. A month later, Southern Soul Labor Day concerts and associated sales would surpass a million, and the concerts continued to proliferate, populating weekends throughout the calendar that would have been few and far between ten years ago.

But what really uncorked the euphoria in 2014 was the return to recording of southern soul's younger-generation leading lights, Sir Charles Jones and T.K. Soul. After long absences (especially in Sir Charles' case), both performers produced sets of significant material with fresh yet authentic sounds, in T.K.'s case stripped-down, acoustic-dominated arrangements.

The two CD's, combined with the much-anticipated debut by J'Wonn (I GOT THIS RECORD) and the latest drop from O.B. Buchana, made it a banner year for male vocalists.

Women, not so much. For the second year in a row Denise LaSalle and Shirley Brown were sorely missed. Both appeared only rarely, and neither released new product. Ms. Jody and Nellie "Tiger" Travis were relatively quiet after big years in 2013. Sweet Angel reposed and, as expected, Peggy Scott-Adams (whose early partner, JoJo Benson, died just before Christmas) failed to follow up on her 2012 return to southern soul. Candi Staton and Uvee Hayes returned with new CD's, however.

Some of the major male stars--known for productivity--were also MIA in 2014. Mel Waiters, Theodis Ealey, Latimore and Bobby Rush produced little new studio work, and in pursuit of an elusive Grammy that even the late Johnnie Taylor and Tyrone Davis never won, Willie Clayton's new album disconcerted some longtime fans with its slide into atmospheric, Isley-style soul.

Young Grady Champion was the year's sensation (following fellow Jacksonian J'Wonn in 2013). Champion drew a cover story in "Living Blues" magazine after signing with Malaco Records for his new album BOOTLEG WHISKEY. Rare for a Delta artist, Champion drew national interest and crossover appeal.

Waiting in the wings, and getting no respect, was Chicago phenomenon Theo Huff, whose "It's A Good Thing I Met You" drew high praise (#5 for the year) from Daddy B. Nice for its approximation of--you guessed it--vintage Willie Clayton.

Lil' Jimmie's dance jam "She Was Twerkin'" was the underground sensation of the year, the subject of constant fan queries on where to buy--the answer was always, "Nowhere." Which reminded your Daddy B. Nice of an old Lil' Jimmie song called "I'm Not Going Nowhere," a song so full of double-negatives you're not sure what he means.

A young artist named Wood redid Nellie "Tiger" Travis's "Mr. Sexy Man" with a lounge-band sound ("Foxy Lady"), drawing copyright ire.

Tyree Neal, Pokey and Adrian Bagher formed a group called The Louisiana Blues Brothers.

Memphis-based Anita Love (Humphrey), former back-up singer for Sweet Angel, had an out-of-left-field smash with "Keep Knockin'", while Memphis-based songwriter John Cummings continued his transformation into a first-rate recording artist.

Vick Allen was in a stage play in Jackson, Mississippi, while singles ("Crazy Over You," "True To Me") continued to spit out of his going-on-three-year-old SOUL MUSIC album like candy from a child's Christmas wind-up toy.

Steve Perry of "Booty Roll" fame thought better of his name change to Prince Mekl and became good old Steve Perry again.

WAGR in Lexington, Mississippi and its colorful deejay, Big Money, became the exciting new southern soul station to stream on the Internet.

And last but not least, storied DJ Ragman returned in December to WMPR in Jackson, Mississippi--also on the Web--doling out southern soul music in the afternoons with his trademark, champagne-fizz optimism.

By the end of the year, life in Southern Soul was good.

--Daddy B. Nice

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