Daddy B. Nice's - Guide to Today's Top Chitlin' Circuit Rhythm and Blues Artists


Daddy B. Nice's Corner

Where To Buy Sir Charles Video?

Dear Daddy B Nice:

Where can I purchase a Sir Charles Jones "Country Boy Video"?

Thank you.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi, Ann. I guess I really don't know much about videos. I wasn't aware they were sold. Of course, you can watch the "Country Boy" video for free on YouTube any time you want. If a video was for sale, the information would be posted in the "Show More" section of the YouTube page, wouldn't it?

Daddy B. Nice

Watch Sir Charles Jones singing "Country Boy" on YouTube.

See Sir Charles Jones two #1 Singles of the Summer of 2018--"100 Years" (August) and "Squeeze Me" (May)--on Daddy B. Nice's Corner. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Thank You Letter

Hey Daddy B. Nice,

Thanks for printing those expanded song lists on the Corner page. Very helpful.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

You're welcome!

See Daddy B. Nice's Corner.

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Looking For A Song Letters...

daddy b nice,

driving thru LA east of shreveport late last night heard a new or at least new to me version of zz hills "cheating in the next room" very good! real talky! it was a male and none of the usual suspects, tyrone davis etc. do you know who this is? maybe bishop bullwinkle? cant find anywhere!


Pictured: Z.Z. Hill

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Well, just a wild guess. Was it Poonanny?

Listen to Poonanny singing "Cheating In The Next Room" on YouTube.

Curtis replies:

yes! thats it! is he still recording? can I buy it?

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sadly, Poonanny died in 2014, but you can still buy Poonanny's "Cheating In The Next Room" and the Poonanny albums. Poonanny was Bishop Bullwinkle before there was a Bishop Bullwinkle.

Curtis replies:

okay thanks daddy! your the best!

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Poonanny. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Looking For A Song Letters...

Daddy be Nice----

I am looking for a song that was a remake of Judi Blue Eyes "Sam". A female artist, a faithful cover. Maybe even a little better. Please help me find this! I want to buy it.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

You're probably thinking of a cover of "Sam" made by an artist named Angel Sent. It was sometimes labeled "Sugar Daddy," the album where it appeared. The title track ("Sugar Daddy") also had the same "Sam" instrumental track, adding to the confusion.

Listen to Angel Sent singing "Sam" on YouTube.

Buy Angel Sent's "Sam" at CD Baby.

Genevieve replies:

That's it!! Thank you so much!!

See Angel Sent in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

Hard To Find Songs


I would like to know who sang the remake of Carl Sims m&m man daddy its a cat in the window

Then who sing the female version of sure it wasn't me


Daddy B. Nice replies:

That's some obscure stuff, Marc. I'll put it on the "Mailbag" page and see if any readers can help.

Listen to Carl Sims singing "M&M Man" on YouTube.

Listen to Ronnie Lovejoy singing "Sho' Wasn't Me" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Solomon Thompson Responds To Daddy B. Nice's New CD Review.

Daddy B. Nice,

I want to start by thanking you for your review and rating of my work. Overall, I am very pleased with the review. However, I want to clarify one point.

In the article, there is a statement that reads as though I do not write my own music. I want to go on record that I write my own work. I am a singer, songwriter, and entertainer. I write Southern Soul, R&B, Pop, and Hip-Hop, to name a few. When it comes to music, there are many great singers and songwriters in this profession. I wanted to do something different to make people take notice of my sound, hence the party songs my audience have come to know and love.

Thanks again for the review.

Solomon Thompson - Singer/ Songwriter
"The Party Starter"
Golden Choice Records

Read Daddy B. Nice's review of Solomon Thompson's new GOOD DAMN MUSIC album. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

RE: Napoleon Review Reply

See Daddy B. Nice's CD Review of Napoleon Demps' "Southern Soul Vol. 2, Southern Soul With A Twist".

First of all Daddy B Nice let me thank you over the years for your support and helping to expose my music to a broader platform but I must respectfully disagree with you review of my latest project. Now I do understand that it doesnt sound like the typical Southern Soul of days past which I am a fan of and a student of yes I grew up in the North but my parents are from the south. So i grew up to the sounds of o.v. wright mckinley mitchell little milton artie blues boy white tyrone davis and marvin sease to name a few and I know the root of Southern Soul and even though some of my earlier music is hard to find it represents thay song. Cuts like Let me get it for the last time body talk and Who you been lovin. However like many things I have evolved as an artist and I felt the need to in my opinion combine soulful singing with several elements hip hop ,Gospel, Zydeco, and even Country!!! My music is currently sold out on several media outlets and it was distributed by Sony with a noted musician who has produced and written for several major acts in the music industry. Now I have no gripes with you having an opinion. I dont even have gripes with you saying this isnt Southern Soul as you know it but the last time i checked artistry isn't about playing it safe its about reaching and expanding sir i shouldnt sound the same today as i did in 2004 when I started. So ask this question as an artist am i allowed to have a different expression of what southern soul is to me. I grew up in Michigan so i have a different spin on things So i have to represent my way. I love Southern Soul music always will it dominates my playlist and i know its roots and i wont forget but Napoleon has to be Napoleon Sir not a replica of what is the norm in Southern Soul. Look at The differences in classic soul music Stax and Motown were both labled Soul just distinct differences in presentation but i know stax artists traveled north and Motown artists traveled South and people got into them the point is it was all Soul without definitions just variations. Well in closing Daddy b nice I sent you an email with a hip hop video by the legendary group the roots. Its called what they do if you can try to listen to the theme of it. It's what i go through as an artist I cant do what they do I must do what I do!!! Have a blessed day and continued success on your column sir.


Listen to The Roots singing "What They Do" on YouTube.

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RE: CORRECTION: “Bedroom Rodeo”

On Daddy B. Nice’s Corner, in the Top 10 “Breaking” Southern Soul Singles (May 2018), Daddy B. Nice had written regarding Sir Charles Jones "Call On Me":

The parallels with last year's "Bedroom Rodeo" (see Daddy B. Nice's Best Collaboration of 2017), sung by the trio of Big Yayo, Gentry-Jones & Omar Cunningham, are fascinating. First, Cunningham's on both. Second, Big Yayo's track is more innovative, with richer harmonies, while Sir Charles' "Call On Me" is straight-ahead singing, with each singer taking a verse--no frills…


daddy b nice,

just for the record we, Tony Gentry and Nil Jones(Gentry-Jones) did the production for the song "Bedroom Rodeo".


Nil Jones

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Glad to get this correction. In spite of once meeting him (either Tony Gentry or Nil Jones), I confess I thought he was one person with a hyphenated name. Here’s the original, praise-filled write-up:

Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Preview For. . .

-------SEPTEMBER 2017-------

1. "Bedroom Rodeo Remix"------Big Yayo featuring Gentry-Jones & Omar Cunningham

"This can't be. It's too weird," I thought the first time I heard this song. That, my friends, is the mark of originality, and as the droopy bass line and limp-tempo-ed intro of Yayo's lead vocal slips into an amazing double-track and, a few bars on, picks up the harmonies of Gentry-Jones and Omar Cunningham, "Bedroom Rodeo" morphs into the kind of originality that transcends the genre and becomes pure pop, making you shiver like when you heard Brian Wilson's falsetto onThe Beach Boys' "Don't Worry, Baby."

Listen to Big Yayo, Gentry Jones & Omar Cunningham singing "Bedroom Rodeo" on YouTube.

Nil Jones replies:

No problem, and thanks for the support!!!
(BTW, it was me who you met with Mr. Sam back when we first did "Roll It Roll It"....

Nil Jones - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

MORE RE: Jimmy Fallon Trashes Billy "Soul" Bonds and Nellie "Tiger" Travis on The Tonight Show

A reader responds:

Yes, he did bring Nellie on to sing one (!) verse of "Slap Yo' Weave Off," but that was only after he had earlier targeted the song for ridicule during one of his snarky “Do Not Play This Record” routines. It was only after she picked up the gauntlet and summoned her online admirers to hit him up with demands for an appearance that he (or his producers) decided to book her.

David Whiteis

Another reader responds:

Dear Daddy B. Nice,

I know appearing on The Tonight Show was a big deal to Nellie “Tiger” Travis”. Except Jimmy Fallon needs to be called out for ridiculing the song and her live performance. While she was singing, the camera would go back to him dancing around making fun of the song. Nellie is a real artist, who is not deserving of this “Gong Show” style of treatment. Plus, she was only given only one minute of airtime. These clowns could have at least let her do the entire song.

Latimore was another artist they have also picked on in the past. Maybe the Tonight Show should poke fun at some of the awful songs in the Top 40 first, before putting down real artists like Nellie Tiger Travis, Billy Soul Bonds and Latimore. All of whom have been paying their dues for many years. This type of treatment from what is considered a respectable late night program is reprehensible. It only echo the unacceptable behavior of being mean and ridiculing others.


Allen Larman


RE: Jimmy Fallon Trashes Billy "Soul" Bonds on The Tonight Show

Daddy B Nice,

I don't know if you have seen this video on YouTube but I wanted to bring your attention to it.

Jimmy Fallon has a regular segment on "The Tonight Show" called "Do Not Play" in which he plays songs that are way out there in left field (totally awful songs) as part of the comedy bit.

There is a clip on YouTube from the "Do Not Play' from April 30th, 2018 in which he features several songs which I agree are just plain bad. The first song he plays, though, is "Here, Kitty Kitty" by Billy "Soul" Bonds. I can't believe that he would have lumped that song with the other songs he played. I have heard "Kitty Kitty' many times before and I think to put that song on the "Do Not Play' segment was just plain wrong.

I have posted a reply to that video with a shout out to Mr. Bonds.

If you want to see the video, this is the link:

Listen to Jimmy Fallon discussing "Scat Cat Here Kitty Kitty" on The Tonight Show.

Or, you can just search for
Do Not Play: "Here Kitty, Kitty!", "Wawa Hoagies" on You Tube. Yep, one of the other songs featured is a song about going to WaWa (gas station) to get a hoagie.

I hope you have a great weekend.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

No, Christina, I had not seen or heard about this, and I thank you for calling it to my attention. Is this the same Jimmy Fallon who just last year, or the year before, excited southern soul fans when he featured Nellie "Tiger" Travis singing "Slap Yo Weave Off"? The clip on "Scat Cat Here Kitty Kitty" is truly embarrassing. Not to Billy "Soul" Bonds. To Fallon and his two black "yes-men" sidekicks. Why, you can see Fallon stirring to the beat and the tune with subtle, white-man-style head-weaving even as he snickers at the lyrics!

I hope that no one in the South takes this clueless national sarcasm as "gospel," because southern soul music--and Billy "Soul" Bonds "Scat Cat Kitty Kitty" in particular--inhabits a sphere of musical artistry and lyrical delicacy way beyond the comprehension of these snide, back-biting, pretentious and arrogant know-nothings. And I'll tell you something else from a long life lived. Impeccable, revolutionary records like Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill" and The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" faced scathing criticism in their day from smart asses like Fallon and his show-writers. And one of the first TV talk-show hosts, Steve Allen, thought it was funny to embarrass Elvis Presley by making him sing "Hound Dog" onstage with a live dog--truly the fifties' equivalent of Jimmy Fallon undermining "Scat Cat". That puts Billy in superb company.

This travesty reminded me of another incident from the southern soul past. When The Love Doctor put out his amazing breakthrough hit, "Slow Roll It," a reworking of The Staples Singers "Do It Again" written and co-sung by an unknown Charles Jones, All Music Guide trashed it and The Love Doctor in words that couldn't have been more hurtful.

Typically, even The Doctor Of Love was misunderstood by the mainstream. Here's an excerpt from All Music Guide's contemptuous 2001 review:

"There's bad bad, and then there's just sad bad, and Doctor of Love unfortunately falls into the latter category. . . Nearly every single thing about this album borders on laughable, from the cliche-ridden grooves and outdated production style to the sound itself."

(See Daddy B. Nice's Original Artist Guide to The Love Doctor.)

The reviewer/biographer couldn't have been more mistaken, missing the whole point of the Love Doctor's sound--its immediacy--which wafted through the chitlin' circuit like a fresh breeze. I notice that review has been taken down in favor of a much less hostile, if meager, biography, which only goes to show that, given time, even "the haters" can come around.

--Daddy B. Nice

P.S. I did not see your comment in the "comments" list, but I saw at least two other notices defending "Scat Cat Here Kitty Kitty". I think southern soul fans should inundate the page with pro-Billy Bonds feedback.

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RE: El Willie's "I Just Dodged A Bullet" & Daddy B. Nice's News & Notes April 16, 2018

I Got It Late, But I Think I Got It ..

Mr. B,

I Got It Late But, I Think I Got It .. I also read your article about people wanting you to change your front page format, and I just laughed at your response .. because it reminded me of the exact same thing i told you when you said my style was too laid back, and in my stubbornness I refuse to change ,,but I told you the same thing for the same reason that you,, Stubbly Refuse to change.. that was hilarious to me ...i guess we have more in common that you thought. you figga dill me ? LMAO !!!!!!!!!!! Sometime you just have to hold on and stay true to yourself and that way people can really know who you are and than eventually they may just come around and be able to appreciate just what you bring to the table.....your flavor ,, your style ,, and most of all,, your differences,..because we are all different, and at the same time we are all one of the same.and remember , Variety,, is the spice of life... Peace

El' Willie

Listen to El' Willie singing "I Just Dodged A Bullet" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Another Ill-Advised Publicist's Letter:


I hope this correspondence finds you doing well! I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself as well as my clients. I have periodically looked at the list of southern soul "BEST" per your site and wanted to share some of my clients work with you. I am a sports and entertainment publicist representing Louisiana native Highway Heavy and his record label Pinky Ring Music. Heavy is the producer and songwriter behind some of the hottest southern soul songs out however most don't know him or his work. That's why I stepped in to assist him in building his brand. He wrote and produced "My Side Piece" performed by Pokey Bear,..."Three" performed by Coldrank, "Don't Blame It On Jody" and "Pregnant Again" performed by Adrian Bagher, "Bring It On Home" performed by Tyree Neal, "Take Care of You" performed by Adrian Bagher and Coldrank, "Ghetto Man" performed by Tyree Neal and Adrian Bagher and so much more. Looking for "out-of-left field" check out his work with Johnny James! I invite you to visit the links provided below and enjoy the iconic sound of Highway Heavy and Pinky Ring Music.

Listen to Highway Heavy Pinky Ring Music on YouTube.

Listen to Tyree Neal and Adrian Bagher singing "Ghetto Man" on YouTube.

Listen to Cold Drank and Adrian Bagher singing "I'll Take Care Of You" on YouTube.

Listen to Johnny James singing "Sweet JJ" on YouTube.

You find more information about Highway Heavy and Pinky Ring Music on Instagram @highwayheavy and @pinkyringmusic.

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about this unsung legend in the southern soul music sector. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance!

Best regards,

LaToya M. Williams, M.Ed & M.P.A.
Celebrity Lifestyle Manager * Public Relations & Branding Consultant * Writer & Editor
"The DIFFERENCE In Your Brand"

Daddy B. Nice replies:

If you really knew how to do your job as a publicist, Latoya, you’d know that your Daddy B. Nice broke Highway Heavy to the southern soul audience way back in 2015, and has constantly given him “props”. So you’re “introducing” me to him? You’re telling me he wrote Pokey’s “Sidepiece”? I’ve been reporting that for years. Heavy’s one of the few people I’ve talked to on the phone. Southern soul insiders will tell you that happens about as often as a total eclipse--I haven’t even talked to Beat Flippa. But that shows you just how curious I was about the guy. Charles (Heavy's name is Charles Lewis) told me all about “pinky ring” music a couple of years ago. It means the kind of music that brings in the money to buy those “pinky rings”.

You say you’ve gone to my “Best” pages? If you were doing your “effing” job, you’d be watching the Top Ten Singles every month, and every time I featured Johnny James or Adrian Bagher or Tyree Neal or Cold Drank on a Heavy track, you’d be sending that commentary out over the southern soul media, doing your client some good, NOT sending out a stupid form letter that condescends to the very person you’re trying to influence.

Oh, shoot! This happens all the time. I recently got a letter (which I didn’t reply to) from Krishunda Echols “introducing” herself to me even though I'd been writing about her for five years, even though she palmed my hand as I was late-arriving past the stage apron where she was performing in Kosciusko one night, and even though I'd talked with her brother L.J. earlier that day, and even though I introduced her to southern soul fans back in 2013, and even though I was the one who pushed “Mad Dog 20-20” from the very beginning, and even though I have compared her to Jackie Neal, and have written her up on numerous occasions-—one a southern soul concert in Jackson with, among others, Peggy Scott-Adams, in which I spoke of Krishunda in words that made her, not Peggy, the royalty of the venue. And yet, in Krishunda's letter she cluelessly "introduced me" to--you guessed it--“Mad Dog 20-20”.

I’m publishing your letter, Latoya-—something I seldom do for publicists-—not because I want to scold but because I do want to support and further Highway Heavy's career. Your letter will appear in Daddy B. Nice’s Mailbag, another page on the site you should become familiar with, giving Heavy even more publicity. Producers like Heavy, who are willing to push the envelope, are so hard to find. He has a nose for a good hook, and he knows what to do with it. And who else among all these timid and aging southern soul stars and producers is going to record a song like “Sweet Dick Johnny”?

Oh, well, I'm through "venting". Everyone’s in his or her own little world. Only my little world is southern soul, and you’d better know what you’re talking about if you want to “introduce” me to an artist. Am I angry? Yes, I do get annoyed with inefficiency. You’ve got to take it to the next level as a publicist. Go to “Heavy” (not to mention Adrian Bagher, Cold Drank, Johnny James, etc.) in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index. Start researching the complimentary features and citations and blurbs I’ve published on Heavy over the last three years. Get them out there on social media, which I don't do, and really help your client. And do your penance. I’m out of here.

Daddy B. Nice

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Quick Hits...3 Letters


Daddy B Nice

Where can I can a magazine with all these great artist in!!!! IF THAT SUCH A THING EXIST


Pictured: Lynn White

Daddy B. Nice replies:

As a lifelong writer/journalist/editor and reader who loves the tactile pleasure of paper, I can tell you what you probably already know. Print magazines and newspapers are dying from a horrific, plague-like illness called the Web. Daddy B. Nice's Southern Soul IS your magazine for southern soul.


Thank you

Daddy B. Nice

I Thank you for being a blessing to my life and all the work you do for Southern Soul music. If you need my help please contact me at 386----------. Please post my show in your concert calendar


Pictured: The Love Doctor (who's on the bill)

Daddy B. Nice notes:

The flyer is for a July 7, 2018 show at the Breakroom Sports Bar in Natchez, Mississipi featuring The Love Doctor, Ricky White and more.

See Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar



Hello DaddyBNice

Pictured: Karen Wolfe

I've been going to this site for awhile and love it. I normally get the artist and song and see if it is listed in emusic so I can by it. A lot of the times it is not listed and then I have to go elsewhere. I was wondering if you have a place where people can go to and find these Southern Soul artist and download there album/song possibly at a discount like emusic?

Also, I am here in Little Rock, Arkansas and was wondering if you knew of a radio station that I could get to so I can possibly hear some Southern Soul. I was raised in Calif. and go there often, my brother states that a lot of my music they don't even hear till I come there because, most of my music be from Southern Soul.

Thank You,

Pictured: Adrena

Daddy B. Nice replies:

On the first question--where to buy southern soul music at competitive prices--you can always try Daddy B. Nice's Bargain-Priced CD Store, where I try to find the best values for southern soul CD's and mp3's. And don't forget the many "links" within the song commentaries and CD reviews and artist guides.

On the second question--where to tune into southern soul radio from Little Rock, Arkansas--I can't say I'm an expert. In general, try to listen in the night-time hours or weekends to stations in Memphis, Shreveport, Texarkana, and El Dorado (the closest southern soul hubs around Little Rock). If you can pull in stations all the way from Mississippi or Louisiana, you're doing even better.

Don't forget the Internet and online stations like WMPR in Jackson, Mississippi. (See Daddy B. Nice's Links.) And also, all the great southern soul mix-tapes being put together by online deejays and posted on YouTube, many quite up-to-the-minute in terms of new releases--in other words, fulfilling the function of traditional radio stations and without the commercials.

Daddy B. Nice

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Looking For A Song Letter


My wife and I want to know a song we heard years ago. We don't know the title or artist. "I ask her if there's any food / she said not for you / and….My lover… "She treats me like a stranger". Can't find anything online. Can you help?


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Oh, that's a great song, if you're talking about "My Lover (She Treats Me Like A Stranger)" by John Haley, aka Nine-Pound John Haley. Check out a poor copy of the song on YouTube.

Listen to John Haley singing "My Lover, She Treats Me Like A Stranger".

Ray replies:

That's it! That is it! Do you know where I could score an mp3?

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sorry, no. The song came out on Knock On Wood Records, a small Jackson, Mississippi label. You can find more on John Haley in the Comprehensive Index, where there are mostly links to a better-known song of his (and cover of Joe Tex and James Payne) called "I Wanna Bump." If you're really intent on tracking down the single, you might try inquiring at WMPR's office in south Jackson.

Ray replies:

All right. Thanks! - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Thank You Letter

Dear Daddy B. Nice,

I have been coming to your site for many years, and I want to thank you for all the work you do for southern black artists. Your honest and exacting reviews “raise all boats,” to use an expression you recently used for Pokey. What I wanted to say in particular is I used to enter on your home page with the description of southern soul music, then I went through a period going to my favorite artist (David Brinston) page for a few years, and then the Corner pages But now I go to the Concert Calendar. It’s got to be the single most valuable page of information in the genre, a true picture of what’s going on and so much appreciated! May the Lord give you the energy and good health to keep it going!

Black Lilly

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks so much for the letter. I do want to point out that there is one feature in the Home Page that DOES change, and your letter made me fear a lot of other readers bypass it. That’s the 5 Featured Artists in the right-hand column, which changes monthly. It highlights the artist pages I’ve updated each month for various reasons—new artist profiles, chart-movement, new album releases, important new CD’s reviewed, obituaries , appreciations, and so on. Check out the story your letter prompted on Daddy B. Nice’s Corner: News & Notes, "Internal Affairs," 4-16-18. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

RE: Buying Bishop Bullwinkle CD?

Daddy B Nice

Where can I purchase Bishop Bullwinkle cd or any of the southern soul artist cd?


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Despite his fame, Bishop Bullwinkle hasn't recorded a CD. Fans have been limited to YouTube postings. Recently, however, the Bishop has put "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" and a couple of other tunes on Spotify. You can also stream or buy mp3's of "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" on Amazon Prime and Google Play.

As for southern soul artist CD's in general, go to individual artist guides via Daddy B. Nice's Index To Artists or go directly to Daddy B. Nice's Lowest-Priced Southern Soul CD's.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Bishop Bullwinkle.

P.S. David Whiteis has reminded me that Bishop Bullwinkle has sold a "home"-recorded CD at his concert appearances. That may still be a viable option. DBN. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

RE: Ronnie Lovejoy's "Sho' Wasn't Me" Takes Over #1 Spot From Johnnie Taylor's "Soul Heaven"!

Hi Daddy B Nice,

...following on from your Sho Wasn't Me article you may like to know that Blues & Rhythm magazine has run some articles on the female backing singers at Malaco i.e. Thomisene Anderson, Dorothy Moore, Jewel Bass, Katherine Henderson along with articles on Mike Russell and Harrison Calloway.

We can advise in what issues the features appeared should anyone be interested.

(Go to) Blues & Rhythm Magazine.

Keep up the great work you are doing for southern soul/ blues music.

Mike Stephenson

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks, Mike, I'll post your link.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Readers can also discover more about the back-up singers--credited and uncredited--from the recording session of "Sho' Wasn't Me" in the "Tidbits" section of the Ronnie Lovejoy Artist Guide.

Read the story: Daddy B. Nice's Corner, March 18, 2018: Major Shake-Up! Top Of The Charts! Ronnie Lovejoy's "Sho' Wasn't Me" Takes Over #1 Spot From Johnnie Taylor's "Soul Heaven"! - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

More....RE: "Why I Don't Want To Spell Cold Drank "Coldrank"

Hooo-eeeeeeee! that was funny... don't want no "rank" artists round here neither! Stay loose yourself Daddy!


See Random Notes, February 17, 2018: "Why I Don't Want To Spell Cold Drank "Coldrank" on Daddy B. Nice's Corner.

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Looking For A Song: David J's "I Wanna Party"

Hi Daddy B,

I am looking for a song by David J called I Wanna Party. I have searched high and low and cannot find this song anywhere. Can you tell me where I can find it?


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sorry for the delay, Kevin. I put your question to David J's promoter, who sent me the song in March of 2014. It charted here in April of that year, largely on the basis of its masterful reworking of Eddie Holloway's vintage sound. The promoter has quit working with David J but forwarded your question to his current promoter, who still hasn't responded, so I've hit a dead end. It's a shame when a talented artist puts out a good single and doesn't follow up with selling it, and then adds insult to injury by taking down the only YouTube link. I've heard from David J only once since then: a single by Geno Wesley & David called "Super Woman" which arrived in March of 2017, but that song came courtesy of Geno Wesley. If anybody contacts me with new information about "I Wanna Party," I'll let you know.

Daddy B. Nice

Kevin replies:

Daddy B. Nice,

Thanks for responding, I really appreciate you checking into that for me.

Best regards,

Listen to David J. singing "I Wanna Party" on SoundCloud. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

RE: "Why I Don't Want To Spell Cold Drank "Coldrank"..."Little Fallay"/"Uncle Fallay" etc. ...

. . . And to make matters worse, Mr. Sam's real name is Sam Fallie! Meanwhile, Karen Wolfe goes by the nickname "Pokey" to her friends; and of course you've referenced the "Mys. Niki"/"Ms. Nickki" conundrum (actually, I believe Nickki -- Nicole Whitlock, out of Memphis -- had that one first). There are several "Countesses" and "Duchesses" around, and if I'm not mistaken there are at least two "Portias". For that matter, in Chicago we have two "Super Percys"!

I only hope no one starts confusing Cold Drank with veteran roots- bluesman/songster Drink Small . . .


Daddy B. Nice had written: "He's no longer Lil' Fallay. He's Chris Andrus. Uncle Fallay. A whole different artist!"

See Daddy B. Nice's Corner, February 17, 2018: Random Notes: "Why I Don't Want To Spell Cold Drank "Coldrank".

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RE: "Mississippi Boy": Will T. responds!

Its me will t just like to let u know I am happy to get started on the right track now Floyd said he sent u a email of the new single the real Mississippi boy Will T i get credit for this on I am happy to announce this is a good song for southern soul and blues I think I smell another hit I will be working on an album soon with Floyd this summer thank u for putting it out there about Mississippi boy and me being associated with the song u are the best my friend enjoy life and stay blessed

Will T. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

RE: "Mississippi Boy" Controversy: New Single Alert!

Hi Daddy B

This is Floyd, I see they still talking about Mississippi boy, so I thought id throw something in the pot.

I caught up with Will T and got a song out of him

give it a listen please.


(Floyd Hamberlin)

Attached: "The Real Mississippi Boy" by Will T. featuring Billy Branc

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Terrific, Floyd. Watch top ten singles next month (March).

Floyd Hamberlin replies:

Ok thanks.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

If you can get it on YouTube, that’d be great. I can link and readers can listen.

Floyd Hamberlin replies:

I will have it done by Monday.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

And that's the way it often happens behind the scenes. One of the legendary writer/producers in southern soul music (Nellie "Tiger" Travis's "If I Back It Up," Artie "Blues Boy" White's "I Can't Afford To Be Broke," etc.), Floyd Hamberlin composed and produced the original "Mississippi Boy" sung by Will T., later recorded by Charles Wilson and still later covered by Denise LaSalle and Sir Charles Jones among others. Scroll down this column to read more on "Mississippi Boy" and its complicated and still unfolding history.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Will T and "Mississippi Boy".

See the many references, citations and awards given to Floyd Hamberlin in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

See Floyd Hamberlin's award for BEST SONGWRITER: 2017.

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Looking For A Song Answers

Ashley had written (see below):

... all I remember is “I wanna slow dance with you” “baby I want to slow dance” something like those words.

DJ Sir Rockinghood replies:

The song Ashley looking for sounds like R. Kelly "Slow Dance". If she could provide more of the lyrics I'll confirm it. She says she has a little of the song recorded. Please provide more lyrics.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Of course! I forgot that southern soul co-exists with urban r&b in many places, and I forgot about R. Kelly's southern soul. Thanks, DJ Sir Rockinghood. Is this it, Ashley?

Listen to R. Kelly singing "Slow Dance" on YouTube.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

DJ Sir Rockinghood is an accomplished YouTube mixtape deejay. Listen to his brand new southern soul mixtape,

DJ Sir Rockinghood Presents: February 2018 Grown Folks Night Out Mix Pt. 1.

Another reader wrote regarding Ashley's mystery song:

It could be "Hand Dancin" by Charles "Big Daddy"Stallings

It's a good day for the blues,


Daddy B. Nice notes:

Big Daddy Stallings' southern soul song "In Love By Yourself" was Daddy B. Nice's #1-ranked Southern Soul Song Of 2011.

So there you have two options, Ashley.

Ashley replies:

I looked up both songs and they wasn’t it

I remember a line “slow dancing is alright, the dj told me so” “I wanna slow dance (slow dance) with you. “ “come on baby lets bump and grind, wanna so it all night long, baby lets get it on”

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Quick Hits: Miscellaneous Letters

Congratulations to Best of 2017 Southern Soul Award Winners

Mr B

I would just like to say congratulations to all of the winners, They represent well you figga dill me?


El' Willie

See the winners of Daddy B. Nice's Best of Southern Soul Awards for 2017.


Looking For A Song


I need help finding a name of a song. I heard the song from my neighbor but he forgot the person who sings it. I remember it kinda and I all I remember is “I wanna slow dance with you” “baby I want to slow dance” something like those words.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

I'm stumped, Ashley. Sorry, but I'll post your query on the Mailbag page and see if anyone else has heard of it.

Ashley replies:

It’s okay I been asking a lot of people and they don’t know who sings it. I do have a little of the song I recorded it one day and when my neighbor was playing it but he forgot who sings it too and the name of the song.


Looking For Bishop Bullwinkle

To whom it may concern:

I am sending this email because I have older parents who don’t use modern technology.

...My stepfather is looking for Bishop Bro Winkels song hell naw...on CD for his car. Can you tell me where I can purchase him this CD. I live in Memphis, Tn

Thank you

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Margo, I will post your e-mail on the Mailbag page, and right below it, you'll see a letter that came in just a week before yours, explaining where on the Internet you can download Bishop Bullwinkle's hit song. Hopefully, you can find some way to download it and burn it onto a CDR for your parents. This is the first opportunity to get Bishop Bullwinkle's music in the two years since "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" came out.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Bishop Bullwinkle. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Bishop Bullwinkle on Spotify!

Dear daddbnice:

I just went on your website and saw that Denise LaSalle passed away. I am so sorry to read the news. She was a very talented lady and I enjoyed listening to her songs in the few years since I've discovered Southern Soul Blues. I am sorry for the loss for her friends and family and for the fans.

I wanted to let you know that Bishop Bullwinkle has 3 songs on Spotify that I was alerted to via my "Release Radar" feature. These new releases post every Friday. The song that posted to my radar was "Hell to da Naw". The version is the one that is on You Tube with the bike. The song has already has 12,065 plays since being released yesterday. That won't get it viral, but that is pretty good. I also checked Google Play (available for 99 cents but if you have a subscription with them you can stream for free) and on Amazon (also for 99 cents but can stream for free with Amazon Prime).

Even though I can stream for free on Spotify and Amazon Prime I am going to show some love by buying the mp3.

Please spread the word since I know you love the song and so do I and a lot of others.

Christina Dodson

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks so much, Christina. That is great news for Bishop Bullwinkle fans who have repeatedly requested where to buy his music over the last couple of years. The "bicycle" version of "Hell Naw" isn't quite as good as the original "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" with Bigg Robb's instrumental track, but I'm not going to quibble or even go there, given the copyright implications.

Christina replies:

I am also guessing that it's on iTunes but haven't checked since I don't use that. I have read all of the issues regarding the copyright on your website. I wish they they could be resolved because the original does sound better.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Bishop Bullwinkle.

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Denise LaSalle (1939-2018)

Some very sad news...

Daddy B. Nice

. . . Denise LaSalle passed away last night. She'd been in a rehab facility in Milan, Tennessee, near Jackson, when she fell ill and was rushed to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. She died at about 10:30 PM. I had visited her in Milan just last weekend (New Year's Eve weekend), and she was doing really well -- we hung out, talked, had some dinner together in her room; she seemed to be strong, in good spirits, and looking toward the future. She called me on Saturday and still sounded fine; the last words we said to each other were, "I love you."

David W.

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

Saturday, August 18, 2018. Landers Center, 4560 Venture Dr., Southaven, Mississippi (Memphis). Terry Wright, Calvin Richardson, Bobby Rush, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, T.K. Soul, Sir Charles Jones, Tucka.

Saturday, August 18, 2018. Underground 119, 119 South President St., Jackson, Mississippi.Dexter Allen. 601-944-0907.

Saturday, August 18, 2018. River Front Park, 600 Sophia St., Fredericksburg, Virginia. Southern Soul All White Affair. Pokey Bear, Summer Wolfe, Cold Drank.

Saturday, August 18, 2018. TJ's Night Life, 4801 Leigh Drive Raleigh, North Carolina. Adina Howard. 919-713-1300.

7 pm, Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25, 2018. Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport, 4101 B Island Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 2018 Heritage Appreciation Award and/or Lifetime Achievement Award. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 215-365-6600.

Saturday, August 25, 2018. T's Lounge, 1900 Highway 80, Jackson, Mississippi. Coco's Birthday Bash. Andre' Lee, Nikita, Coco, Dave Mack, Chris Ivy, Magic One, Adrena, Krishunda Echols, Mister Zay, Emerson Hill, Big Yayo, Val McKnight, Summer Wolfe, Shunte Nicole. Host: WMPR's DJ Handyman.

Saturday, August 25, 2018. Harker Heights Event Center, 710 Edwards Drive, Harker Heights, Texas. Summer Soul Jamboree. Fat Daddy, Lacee, Omar Cunningham, L.J. Echols, Mo' B, Miss Portia, Rosalyn Candy, Jinda, Rhomey, P2K, Tucka, T.K. Soul and more. 254-554-3600.

3 pm, Saturday, August 25, 2018. Mr. B's Park, 7243 Gatewood Road, Woodford, Virginia. Kenne' Wayne, Big G, Katrenia Jefferson, Jim Bennett. 804-389-3558.

Saturday, August 25 & Sunday, August 26, 2018. Park Theater, Park MGM Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada. Stevie Wonder. 844-600-7275.

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

8 pm, Friday, August 31, 2018. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, 201 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery, Alabama. Calvin Richardson, Sir Charles Jones, Big "Ro" Williams, Ronnie Bell, Mose Stovall.

Friday, August 31, 2018. Delhi Civic Center, 232 Denver St., Delhi, Louisiana. T.K. Soul.

7 pm, Friday, August 31, 2018. City Winery, 650 North Avenue, Ponce City Market, Atlanta, Georgia. Bobby Rush. Doors open 5:30 pm.

Friday, August 31, Saturday, September 1 & Sunday, September 2, 2018. Texas Horse Park, 811 Pemberton Hill Road, Dallas, Texas. Riverfront Jazz Festival. Erykah Badu & more (Fri), Bobby Rush, Sir Charles Jones & more (Sat), T.K. Soul & more (Sun). See festival website.

Saturday, September 1, 2018. McComb Bo Diddley Pavilion, Main Street & Railroad Blvd., Downtown, Macomb, Mississippi. 10-year Bo Diddley Memorial Tribute. Jeter Jones and more. 228-627-8288.

Saturday, September 1, 2018. Cherry Street Pavillion, 116 Cherry Street Helena, Arkansas. T.K. Soul.

Saturday, September 1, 2018. Cox Business Center, 100 Civic Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. All White Southern Soul Classic. Pokey Bear, Cold Drank, Veronica Ra'elle, Calvin Richardson, Bigg Robb.

11 am, Saturday, September 1, 2018. Bonnie & Clyde Trade Days & RV Park, 20550 Highway 9, Arcadia, Louisiana. 1st Annual Blues & All Day Music Festival & Trail Ride. Donnie Ray, Jeter Jones, Dave Mack, Summer Wolfe, Avail Hollywood, Ves, Rhomey, Ghetto Cowboy, Luster Baker, Napoleon Demps, Crystal Thomas, O Flava Psi, M.P. Soul, Coupe DeVille, Coco, Kiko Pryor, Sweet Nay, C. La'Mont, Wendell B. 254-368-5574, 318-278-1287.

4:30 pm, Saturday, September 1, 2018. 900 OU Sykes Lane, Meridian, Mississippi. Q.V. Sykes 3rd Annual Labor Day Festival. L.J. Echols, Big Ro Williams, Chris Ivy, Ms. Jody, Lady T and more. 601-480-4635. Gates open 9 am.

5 pm, Saturday, September 1, 2018. Cherry Street, Helena, Arkansas. Luther Lackey, T.K. Soul, Millie Jackson, Charlee Jr. 870-572-9506. Gates open 3 pm.

Saturday, September 1, 2018. Our Favorite Place, 127 N. Main St., Eufala, Oklahoma. Dinner (6:30 pm)/Show (7:30 pm). The Platters. 918-689-1515.

Sunday, September 2, 2018. Texas Horse Park, 811 Pemberton Hill Road, Dallas, Texas. Riverfront Jazz Festival. T.K. Soul.

6 pm, Sunday, September 2, 2018. Richwood Park, Richwood, Louisiana (Monroe). Southern Soul Sunday. Karen Wolfe, Adrian Bagher, Jeter Jones, Luster Baker, Ghetto Cowboy, Ricky White, Vick Allen, Nathaniel Kimble. BYOB. Gates open 12 Noon. Host: Vickie Baker.

4 pm, Sunday, September 2, 2018. Ellis Field, 39 College St., Culloden, Georgia. 4th Annual Blues Festival. Bobby Rush, Stan Butler, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Stacii Adams and more. Host: MC Lightfoot. Rain or Shine. Gates open 2 pm. 404-386-2288.

4 pm, Sunday, September 2, 2018. Wall Hill Park, 1939 Wall Hill Road, Byhalia, Mississippi. Labor Day Weekend Blues Festival. Tre' Williams, L.J. Echols, Falisa JaNaye, O.B. Buchana, Mr. Sam, Gerod Rayburn. Gates open 12 Noon. 901-268-7007.

6 pm, Sunday, September 2, 2018. Festival Plaza, 101 Crockett, Shreveport, Louisiana. Shreveport Blues & Southern Soul Festival. David Brinston, Ms. Jody, Carl Sims, Jeter Jones, Avail Hollywood, Ves. Gates open 5 pm. 318-220-6118.

Sunday, September 2, 2018. Riverfront Park, 100 1st Ave N., Nashville, Tennessee. Sir Charles Jones, After 7, KeKe Wyatt, Lakeside and more. Doors open 4 pm. 615-862-8750

Friday, September 7, 2018. Leflore County Civic Center, 200 MS-7, Greenwood, Mississippi. Southern Soul End Of Summer Jam. Pokey Bear, Tucka, Cold Drank, Mr. Amazing Prince of Blues, Lazar, Sassy D. BYOB. 662-457-2769.

7 pm, Friday, September 7, 2018. L.T. Ellis Center, 610 Munson St., Laurel, Mississippi. Omar Cunningham, Tre' Williams, Lacee, Miss Portia, Fat Daddy, Big Yayo. Doors open 6 pm. 769-223-2746.

1 pm, Saturday, September 8, 2018. Jackson County Fairgrounds, 2902 Shortcut Road, Pascagoula, Mississippi. Big Yayo, Lacee, Tucka, Omar Cunningham and more. Rain or shine. Host: Nikki DeMarks.

Saturday, September 8, 2018. Cannery Casino Hotel, 2121 East Craig Road North, North Las Vegas, Nevada. Seventies Soul Jam. Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, The Stylistics, Eddie Holman, Heatwave. 702-507-5700.

Saturday, September 8, 2018. Union Bank & Trust Pavilion, 16 Crawford Circle, Portsmouth, Virginia. Clarence Carter, Latimore, Theodis Ealey, Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 757-393-8181.

Saturday, September 8, 2018. Union County Fairgrounds, 1430 East 19th Street, El Dorado, Arkansas. Vick Allen.

10:30 pm, Friday, September 14, 2018. Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 312-427-1190.

Saturday, September 15, 2018. Bok Homa Casino, 1 Choctaw Road, Heidelberg, Mississippi. T.K. Soul. 866-447-3275.

7 pm, Saturday, September 15, 2018. Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St., Chattanooga, Tennessee. Pokey Bear, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Cold Drank.

12 pm, Noon, September 15, 2018. Delta Blues Park, 1135 Dycus Road, Greenville, Mississippi. Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival. Dorothy Moore, Willie Clayton, Bobby Rush, Grady Champion, Latimore, J-Wonn, Nathaniel Kimble, Jo Jo Murray, Vick Allen, Karen Wolfe, Mr. Sipp, Chick Rodgers, Jimmy Duck Holmes, Kern Pratt. Gates open 10 am. See festival website.

12 Noon, Monday, September 17, 2018. Main Street (Outdoors), Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. SOS Fun Monday Shag Festival. Ms. Jody, Wall Street, The Magnificents Band.

10:30 pm, Thursday, September 20, 2018. Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 773-477-4647.

8 pm, Saturday, September 22, 2018. Mesquite Arena, Mesquite, Texas. Bad Boys Of Blues. Bishop Bullwinkle, Big Pokey Bear, Sir Charles Jones, Willie Clayton. See website.

Saturday, September 22, 2018. Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South St., Raleigh, North Carolina. No Pain No Gain Tour. Betty Wright, J. Red The Nephew, Lenny Williams, L.J. Echols, Shirley Murdoch, Big G and more. 919-996-8700, 252-578-3504.

Saturday, September 22, 2018. Clarksdale Civic Auditorium, 506 East 2nd St., Clarksdale, Mississippi. Adrian Bagher, Big Yayo, Avail Hollywood. 662-404-6381.

Saturday, September 22, 2018. Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, Texas. Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Anthony Hamilton. 972-854-5050.

Saturday, September 22, 2018. Fairpark, Downtown, Tupelo, Mississippi. T.K. Soul.

Saturday, September 29, 2018. Wolf Creek Amphitheater, 3025 Merk Road, College Park, Georgia. Tucka, Pokey Bear, Willie Clayton, J-Wonn, T.K. Soul, Sir Charles Jones. See website.

Saturday, September 29, 2018. 79 County Road 1226, Morris County, Pittsburgh, Texas. Keepa Steppin Rydin Club Annual Trail Ride. Jeter Jones. Gates open 12 pm, Noon.

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, October 4, 5 & 6, 2018. West Helena, Arkansas. King Biscuit Blues Festival. Bobby Rush, 8:30 pm Thursday, Deidra & The Ruff Pro Blues Band, 4 pm, Saturday, B.B.Queen, 5 pm, Saturday, Sweet Angel, 6 pm, Saturday. See festival website.

8 pm, Saturday, October 6, 2018. Golden Nugget Casino, 151 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, Mississippi. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 228-435-5400.

Saturday, October 6, 2018. Cook's Family Park, Highway 79 between Pine Bluff & Altheimer, Altheimer, Arkansas. Altheimer Blues Fest. T.K. Soul.

Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, 2018. Shelby Farms Park, 6903 Great View Drive North, Memphis, Tennessee. Mempho Music Festival. Bobby Rush, William Bell, The Bar-Kays, George Clinton & Parliament, Janelle Monay, Beck, John Nemeth, Don Bryant, Nas and many more. See festival website.

Friday, October 12, 2018. HorseShoe Casino Tunica, 1021 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, Mississippi. Jus' Blues White Linen Party. The O'Jays. 800-303-7463.

Saturday, October 13, 2018. Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul's Blvd., Norfolk, Virginia. Legends & Heavy Hitters of Southern Soul. Roy C, Big G, T.K. Soul, Lacee, Betty Wright, Lenny Williams. Doors open 7 pm. 757-664-6464.

Friday, October 26, 2018. Trotter Center, 402 2nd Avenue North, Columbus, Mississippi. T.K. Soul. 662-328-4164.

Friday, November 2, 2018. Carolina Theater, 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro, North Carolina. T.K. Soul. 336-333-2605.

8 pm, Saturday, November 3, 2018. Brownville Community Resource Center, 3200 West DeSoto St., Pensacola, Florida. Latimore, Lomax, Big Yayo, Kenne' Wayne, Walter Waiters, Magic One. Hosts: WDLT's Nikki DeMarks & Beverly McDowell.

8 pm, Saturday, November 3, 2018. Durham Armory, 220 Foster St., Durham, North Carolina. Legends & Heavy Hitters of Southern Soul Tour. Shirley Brown, Peggy Scott-Adams, T.K. Soul, Roy C, Black Diamond. Doors open 7 pm. 800-419-1270.

10:30 pm, Friday, November 16 & Saturday, November 17, 2018. Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 773-477-4647.

Saturday, November 24, 2018. Brown Auditorium, Nash Community College, 522 N. Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Willie Clayton & Friends: Annual Thanksgiving Southern Soul Concert. Willie Clayton, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Bigg Robb, Black Diamond, Lebrado. Doors open 7 pm. 800-419-1170.

Friday, November 30, 2018. Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 East Fourteen Mile Road, Warren, Michigan. Millie Jackson, The Emotions, The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston. 586-268-3200.


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


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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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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