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


Daddy B. Nice's Corner

January 18, 2020:

RE: "I Love Southern Soul" on Amazon


Happy New Year!

Have either of you seen the first episode of the Amazon reality show "I Love Southern Soul?" It's one of the offerings which can be streamed for free with an Amazon Prime account.

I cannot stress enough that the producers are going for a "Real Housewives"-style affair full of shouting and screaming rather than a more traditional documentary about the genre we all love, but perhaps it will draw some new fans to the music of Stephanie McDee, Rosalyn Candy and whatever artists appear in future episodes.

Take care,

PS -- Daddy is as always free to run my comments in his mailbag.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

This letter was cc'd to David Whiteis, whose biography of Denise LaSalle is to be released soon. Both Noah Schaffer and Whiteis write for Living Blues Magazine. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

January 18, 2020

RE: Best of 2019: Nekita Waller

Hi Daddy B Nice

Thank you for recognizing my friend Nekita Waller’s song.

Nekita was born in Alabama and her parents were raised there. She may have grown up in Connecticut but her southern roots and family are extremely important to her. To be recognized by you is really awesome. I know the song didn’t get much play up here.

I can’t wait to show her your page.

Thank you

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hey, thanks for responding, Jessica. I don't know if you saw Nikita's Top 10 Singles charting in March of 2019. You can check it out by going to the Comprehensive Index.

4. "Won't Stop Loving You"-----Nekita Waller

Connecticut southern soul! Who woulda thought? Hey, Peggy Scott-Adams recorded her classics in Van Nuys! (That's Los Angeles.) If it's got that down-south feeling, it can come from anywhere. And I love the video with the impromptu dancers. Never would have heard this instant classic if not for DJ Sir Rockinghood!

Listen to Nekita Waller singing "Won't Stop Loving You" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's BEST OF 2019.

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January 1, 2020:

Daddy B Nice Bias?
Music Over Lyrics

Pokey Bear

Dear Daddy B Nice,

I really enjoy your reviews. As a reviewer/critic, do you have any particular biases that would help artists like me?

P.S. Please don't use my name.


Daddy B Nice replies:

Me? Biases? Are you kidding? Okay, I'll give you a straight answer. My main and overriding bias. I favor music over lyrics. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate lyrics. Lyrics (conveying thoughts) are obviously easier to write about in a review. And great lyrics, as we all know, will take great music to another level. But what draws me to a song is first and foremost the instrumental track and the vocal--the "sound" of the vocal, not the words.

Crystal Thomas

And it's often evident in the first few bars of a song, before a singer even gets to the words. That's what pulls me in. It's an "ear" thing, a physical thing. I'm looking for a new, favorite melody or dance hook or passionate vocal to get me through the next month of work, commuting and leisure. So as a reviewer, I follow the same formula as I would as a fan.

I do think artists make a mistake by starting with lyrics (sometimes calling it a "concept") and then searching for music to carry the words. Great lyrics are often wasted if they're tied to a sub-par instrumental track.

A couple of the most glaring examples of my bias:

Listen to Pokey Bear and Crystal Thomas singing "All I Want Is You"

I was so enamored of the music--the instrumental track (Beat Flippa) and vocals by Pokey Bear and Crystal Thomas (their "sound," not the words)--including a year-end award ("Best Collaboration")--that I didn't realize it was a Christmas song until six months later. And this in spite of the fact "Christmas Eve" is mentioned in the lyrics.


Listen to Champagne singing "Mouth On You" on YouTube.

I can't pretend I didn't hear the X-rated lyrics to this scandalous Highway Heavy ode to fellatio, but it was the music--Tyree Neal's incredibly-inspired guitar, H.H.'s smoky, deep-soul organ, and Champagne's mesmerizing vocal and voice-overs--that hooked me, so much so that I would have given it a #1 if the lyrics had been--

"Let me put my scarf on you."

Believe it or not.

Daddy B Nice

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December 12, 2019

Thank You Letter:

Awesome Website

Pictured: Bobby Womack

Hello Daddy B. Nice,

I just wanted to take the time to thank you for a well developed, articulated, informative and definitely detailed website. Being a "true mobile DJ" your website helps keep me informed as well as up to date with everything Southern Soul/Blues. Your integrity and passion for your craft shows throughout your website. May you have continued success with all of your endeavors!!!

DJ Marvelous Marc

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thank you, Marc. Really appreciate it! - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

December 5, 2019:

Looking For A Song Letter: Artist Inquiry

Daddy B Nice,

Hi. How are you? I follow your playlists online to keep up with new music. I heard a song on the radio and it has the beat and some lyrics of Betty Wright's Tonight Is The Night but another female is singing. I was wondering if you know who's the artist. I asked a local DJ (we're in south Alabama) and he didn't know who sings the song but he's heard it.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Oh, Tamella, you've really put a bug in my night-shirt. I think I've heard that song you're talking about too, but it was awhile back and I can't remember it now. I'll post your question in the Mailbag and see if anyone else can help. Also, I always like to remind people that Betty "stole" that melody/instrumental track from Italian rock and roller Felix Cavaliere of The Young Rascals. "Groovin'"... A true classic.

Tamella replies:

Hi. My friend found it. It's Angel Faye Russell,....My Baby Boo Remix. I didn't know Betty "stole" the melody. I'll be sure to check out Felix Cavaliere's song. Thanks for the info.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Good for you! - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

November 30, 2019:

Looking For A Song Letter: trying to find "what i like about christmas" by patrick green

Daddy B. Nice,

Heard this song in Houston Texas can't seem to find it. Can you help me find a copy?

thanks so much.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Anybody help?

(Patrick Green is Daddy B. Nice's 55th-ranked southern soul artist.)

A reader replies:

What I Like About Christmas by Patrick Green:

I downloaded it from The Boogie Report.


Daddy B. Nice adds:

Thanks, Pete! The "Boogie Report" is a long-running, ever-changing, tech-and-media-savvy website run by Jerry "Boogie" Mason, who also churns out promotional e-mails to the southern soul community. Here is his current base website: The Boogie Report. It may take a bit of doing to search through Boogie's many pages for the Christmas song you're looking for, but if unsuccessful, there is always the option of contacting Boogie through his website e-mail. He has featured Patrick Green in many promotional features and downloads recently. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide
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November 17, 2019:


Record Pool

Daddy B Nice

How can I join to get mp3 to download?'





i'm in need of more southern soul music,I checked out your website and I believe I've found the jackpot. How can I get music from your list?



Daddy B. Nice replies:

Remember, there's a universe of southern soul artists out there--it's not just a small or exclusive or recently-formed club--so you will have to find the music through the individual artist, which is not hard at all. Links to CD's and mp3's are scattered everywhere in the website content. I know, because I painstakingly insert them; it's one of the "perks" of the site. But if you're not on a page with links to a retailer, or if you're on a page that only offers links to Youtube viewings (another "perk" of the site) there are three surefire ways to buy the music. One, go to the CD/MP3 Store.

If you can't find what you want in the CD Store, go to one of two indexes. The Index to Artist Guides takes you to feature pages on the artist. Each artist guide has a Recommended Singles section (right-hand column) with retail links, in addition to links in the text of the page's stories. If you're on one of the Top 100 charts it will also take you to the artist guides by clicking the artist's name.

If all else fails and you cannot find an mp3 in either the CD Store or the Artist Guides, go to Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index. This index attempts to instantly link the reader to all references to the artist throughout the website's hundreds of pages. Hopefully, there you will find what you're looking for, no matter how obscure.

--Daddy B. Nice - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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Looking For A Song Letter

Dear Daddy B. Nice,

I recently played a v.a. cassette tape that I recorded in 2006. And I can’t figure out who the artist is on one song. It’s a slow blues song by a woman accompanied w/guitar (BBK style), organ, bass & drums.
The title might be “ONE NIGHT WITH YOU “

The opening lyrics are:

I’m a loose woman, Wrapped up in lust.

Imagine you here with me,
Just the two of us.

So just stop talking daddy,
Let your body do some walking, over here.

I’m just an open minded fool, trying to make my dreams come true.

Just one night with you.

Being a loose woman gives me flexibility.
I can can swim a river, climb a tree.
And take care of you without leaving my seat.

Any help from you or your readers would be appreciated.

Thanks, Pete

Daddy B. Nice replies:

I'm stumped, Pete. Haven't a clue. As you suggest, I'll give the readers a chance to weigh in. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Avail Hollywood Checks In!

What’s up MR. B NICE ... Been a minute— HOPE ALL IS WELL!! You didn’t hear this from me, but Avail Still Sings, STILL PRODUCES, still records and mix, still writes, all his stuff, still pack out and HEADLINES venues, EVERY WEEKEND ... ??????. and sold a lil bit over $90,000.00 downloads this year alone on independently-that means by my damn self !!???????? Now if that ain’t worth a lil article I don’t know what is!!.... lol I can’t talk about show money. IRS MIGHT COME LOOKING FOR ME????.... IM THE REAL DEAL MAN!!!! peace LUV YA , keep doing what you do!

p.s. that ranked 47 southern soul artist is so UNDERRATED and only two 5 star singles. Come on now U CANT BE SERIOUS TWENTY FIVE AND UP GOT 5.5million hits just on YouTube man that’s a damn CLASSIC !!! Not to mention SINKING IN QUICK SAND, and Lil Age On It

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Good to hear from you, man. Always glad to hear you giving me some shit. I’m working on your calendar postings today. I like your letter too, and I’m trying to decide whether to put it in the Mailbag (pending your approval) or siphon some of the stuff into an upcoming DBN’s Corner “News & Notes”. Any preference? Stay bad now!

Avail Hollywood replies:

Lol now you know don’t no southern soul artist BOAST more than AVAIL HOLLYWOOD!! and plus the great SOUTHERNSOULRNB.COM IS the home of AVAIL HOLLYWOOD ???? now u remember that!!

no But humble-ly its always great to here back from you DADDY B! YOU R A LEGEND MANNN!!

but of course POST THIS!! like the younger generation say “a lil CLOUT/CONTROVERSY” don’t hurt nobody!

Ps! Pray for me I’m a 36 year old SOUL singer with 115 songs Out, and I’m itching to drop another 12track album after CHRISTMAS—— guess you could probably say I’m a studio junky, and “REHAB AINT WORKING” that’s why I been “DRINKING AGAIN”, I stay “WASTED”, but you can do that when you “TWENTY FIVE AND UP”!! ??????. Let me go I could do this all day!!

we Love ya Man!

Avail Hollywood

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RE: News & Notes: Mixtape DJ's

Daddy B. Nice,

Hey thanks for mentioning my mix in your article.

DJ Mr. Melvin

Mr Melvin's Super Southern Soul Blues.

Hello Daddy B Nice,

I would like to thank you for all your hard work, without you I feel there will be no DJ Sir Rockinghood. You have kept it real on every aspect of Southern Soul/Blues and I hope everyone can see your passion. You have given us a place to learn about the history as well as the the present of good Southern Soul/Blues music.

Again Thank You,

DJ Sir Rockinghood

Ain't No Stopping Me Now SS Mix.

Read the article "News & Notes: BOOKS...MIXTAPES...RADIO STATIONS"
on Daddy B. Nice's Corner. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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Re: Lee Fields - "I'll Put My Life On The Line"

Daddy B. Nice,

(Re:) Your link:
Lee Fields Artist Guide

A friend in Manhattan let me listen to a track from Lee's BDA release "Let Me Hit It"

The song "Tell Me Where To Be" seems to be the one you are describing in your original 2011 post.

It seems that this song was also on his cassette "I Got A Problem" although I don't know if it is the same version.

Lee was not filing copyrights for most of his work in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
This Title does not show up on as a song he wrote.

During the interview, perhaps Lee did not recall this, even though the lyrics frequently mention "Life On The Line." I suspect that he hasn't listened to these cassettes in ages since he has moved away from the modern Southern soul style.

It's hard to say whether there was a release by Johnny Vincent, but it would have had to be after his third Ace CD in 1996. Wikipedia says that Johnny Vincent sold Ace in 1997. I don't know what (if any) involvement he had on Avanti. There are a couple of Ace 45s (5012, 5013) from 1995 or so that have not turned up anywhere, so it is possible that one might be from Lee, but it seems more likely that any Ace 45 would have come from an existing CD. So I'm skeptical about a release by Johnny Vincent, but it's certainly possible since you heard it on a radio station in Jackson, MS.

Before you update your webpage, please try to find one of these cassettes to verify that this is the song you remember. Maybe that Chicago music writer has a copy. If you do post something, please don't use my name.

Good luck!


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear (Anonymous),

I really appreciate this letter because you have unearthed the first documented release (actually two documented releases) of the Lee Fields single ("I'll Put My Life On The Line") in question. As a matter of fact, for many years I presumed the title of the song was "Tell Me Where To Be". I often did online searches with the keywords "Tell me where to be"--with, of course, no results. I only settled on the title "I'll Put My Life On The Line" after talking with DJ Handyman (WMPR Jackson, Mississippi deejay). He said the title was "I'll Put My Life On The Line," but I often suspected that he wasn't sure himself--that is, that he didn't have a copy of the single in front of him at the moment I was talking with him. My decision to go with Handyman's title "I'll Put My Life On The Line" was also influenced by the fact that the late Tina Diamond and the late Reggie P. had done a cover of the tune called "Life On The Line". I'm not going to "update" any text in the Lee Fields artist guide, but I am going to include the "alternate" title in the song heading and I'm going to post your most informative letter. Thank you!

P.S. I'm an old Manhattanite (eighties).

P.P.S. By the way, and coincidentally, Lee Fields touts the #1 single this month (September '19) on Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles with a capsule review that says in part: Wouldn't it be ironic if Lee Fields, who left southern soul and the chitlin' circuit for greener pastures in the "Little J.B" mainstream, should turn out to be the embodiment of everything southern soul strives to be?

A reader responds:

For what it's worth, when I asked Lee Fields, for my Living Blues profile, about why "Life On the Line" was virtually impossible to find, he answered: "“That’s because I was on Ace Records, and the contract was up. Johnny Vincent was focusing on some of his other artists, so he never go the chance to really push that record or put it out there. It was released, but it wasn’t released properly. The contract was over. I began to decide to move on; there were certain things that were happening with the label that I didn’t really go along with, so . . . I said, well, I’m just going to wait my contract out. And that’s what I did. I knew I was going.”

David W.

Daddy B. Nice notes: David Whiteis, the "Chicago music writer" mentioned in the letter above, is the author of an upcoming biography of Denise LaSalle. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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Re: Marquee Of Soul:
More info regarding blues artist?


My name is Tiffany and I was wondering if you have heard of a blues singer by the name of the Marquee of Soul? I saw him at a show recently and truly enjoyed him. He sung a few of his songs like Yo Daddy, Giving that thang up and this particular song got the crowd to grooving - think it was Party on the Weekend. I was told he was a former background singer for Shirley Brown. Do you know of this artist? Any albums out, etc. Thought his show was really good.



Daddy B. Nice replies:

I first noticed The Marquee' of Soul cropping up in venue line-ups in Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar. He's posted a picture of his unpublished 2007 release, Kitty Purr, on his YouTube page for the song "Party On The Weekend," and he's published two singles, "Party On the Weekend" and "Stalkin'", at CD Baby. Although I've never heard from him, The Marquee' has a distinctive vocal style, and I'd watch for him to soon be breaking into Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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Summer Wolfe Checks In

Good morning!

I am a Southern Soul and Blues Artist. For the past few years other than a few songs on CD Baby...I have been releasing music the wrong recording and just sending them out unmastered nor coded..I've learned that there are steps. This new EP that I'm releasing was done properly. Mastered & Coded through Disc Makers. I've been out here on my own and I'm learning as I go..I guess you can say I am a country girl thrown to the wolves...I've been watching your website for quite a while. I was so honored that you featured my song "Better Leave You Alone" on your site...I almost died..but I couldn't understand why none of my other music was featured..well now I didn't go through the correct avenues...To have my new music featured on your website would mean everything..I just need to know what I have to do....thank you so much!

Summer Wolfe

P.S...I tell all my friends "You ain't made it until Daddy B Nice draw your picture". I'm working towards my

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Good to hear from you, Summer, and I do know about you and your music. You're not quite correct when you say you didn't go through "correct avenues" and that is the reason "none of our other music was featured". First, some of your other music has been featured. If you go to "Wolfe, Summer" in the Comprehensive Index under W's, you'll find at least one other single of yours that charted in March of 2017: "Slippin'". And it hasn't made it into the "Top Ten Singles" or "Comp Index" yet, but "Hoe To A Husband" from Slack's FRIENDS album has been charting in the "Top 10 Spillover" segment on Daddy B. Nice's Corner in August and, I believe, one or two months before that. (Just scroll down that page.) So my advice is: "Don't give up." There are always a lot of people (like me) constantly looking for new talent and compelling new songs. Which is to say: there are a lot of people listening to you even when you don't realize it. Just keep working at creating songs that make people listen and laugh or cry. Finally, here's a hint on the best way to getting that Daddy B. Nice caricature. Collect those songs into a debut album and send it to me. If it's good, I have to make a drawing for the CD review!

Daddy B. Nice

Summer Wolfe replies:

Wow...thank you so much..I just released a EP AUG 6 entitled "GET 2 U"..Slippin is featured on it ..I will be sending you my product first thing Tuesday morning

Thanks Again for the support

Summer - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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Thank You Letter

Morning Sir,

Just wanted to reach out to you and say thank you. Thank you and all the artist who reached out to me and sent me music. I would also like to inform you that since its start we have reached #1 status in Charleston, SC. One again thank you for opening your platform to us. If you get an opportunity please check out the show on Saturday morning from 10AM to 1PM on WMGL MAGIC 107.3. You can also listen in online Thank you again. We are going to keep The Southern Soul and Blues Review Going!


Shanard Deas
"Kidd Shanard"

The Southern Soul and Blues Review

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Shanard Deas wrote in and introduced himself a few months ago (scroll down this page), seeking music submissions from the southern soul artists featured in Daddy B. Nice's pages. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Can't find J. Red & Friends CD


Trying to order Jay Redd and friends CD 2016. Amazon has download only but I want the CD but can't find to order.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

They took it offline...but e-mail
and send them your mailing address. It's $12 through Pay Pal (Friends & Family) and they will mail it out.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to J. Red The Nephew. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

RE: CD Review


El' Willie

Daddy B. Nice replies:


Read Daddy B. Nice's "What About El' Willie?" CD Review. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Readers Respond To "On The Birthplace Of Southern Soul: Jackson, Shreveport Or Memphis?"

Read the article on Daddy B. Nice's Corner

RE: The Birthplace Of Southern Soul


Thank you for your interesting article on the birthplace of Southern Soul.

I would add to that list still the Muscle Shoals area with Fame and those Muscle Shoals Sound Studios.

My report derives already from the year 2000:

Read Heikki Suosalo's feature article on Muscle Shoals.

Best regards

Daddy B. Nice notes: Heikki Suosalo writes on Southern Soul, Blues & R&B for Soul Express. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

RE: Birthplace, etc.. . .

Daddy B. Nice,

I'd vote for Memphis as the "original" or "first" birthplace (Stax, Hi, Goldwax. et al.), then Jackson as the "second," equally legit, birthplace for the "born-again" version of the music that arose in the wake of "Down Home Blues" (Not unlike the way the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, and Chicago can all make a legitimate claim for being "home of the blues" -- different iterations /generations . . . or, for that matter, the way in which Denise LaSalle, Shemekia Copeland, and Nellie Travis could all make (and have all made) a legitimate claim to be the true new (post-Koko Taylor) Queen of the Blues (different subgenres / audiences . . . basically, three Queens, each reigning supremely in her own realm).

As for terminology -- in fact, Cicero Blake seems to have liked the term "Southern Soul" from the beginning -- he told me years ago: "It's like you used to consider the Motown sound, whatever came out of Motown, you knew it came from Motown, because they had that sound. They’ve developing what they call a southern soul type sound; that’s just what they’re doing. And what’s happening, it’s beginning to get to the point that if you hear something from out of the south, you’ll say ‘That’s from the south’ – no matter what label it’s on. Good thing!. See, because they’re going to bring some of the music back. If you bring it to some of the stations in the south, you’re going to have good outlets. That’s why right now you concentrate on Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Florida – you got enough in all that southern area. Lots of good young artists coming out of the south; that’s what they’re beginning to call southern soul. You can still get that kind of music played down there."

Stan Mosley, on the other hand, never liked the term, for the very "regional identity" reasons that Cicero DOES like. He said, "What does that make me -- northern soul? I'm a SOUL SINGER, and that's it!"

Willie Clayton doesn't like ":southern soul" -- he also considers himself a soul singer, although he'll settle for "soul-blues" if he has to.

Denise LaSalle didn't like the term either: "I didn’t like that 'southern soul' when I first heard it, and I still don’t. Far as I’m concerned, southern soul is nothing but rhythm and blues, the same rhythm and blues we did yesterday. You see, a lot of artists and a lot of labels, they still don’t want to be kept in that 'blues' category. Even at Malaco, they say they can’t sell anything with that name 'blues' on it, unless maybe it’s Bobby 'Blue' Bland, and he’s not even alive anymore. 'Soul-blues' worked for me; some other singers, like Willie Clayton, sometimes he’ll go by that, too. But now, what they’re doing, they’re sending this 'southern soul' thing out there to young minds that aren’t solid in the music, creating a new category for these young artists they’re trying to market. They saw these younger singers couldn’t get the prestige the older ones in this business were getting. We were the big R&B singers, so they had to jump up and make up a whole new category so they could get a leg in. But all they’re doing is the same music we’ve been doing all these years, singing the same lyrics, copying their music off us, maybe make it sound a little different with the synthesizers and the beats and all that stuff, but it’s still basically the same music, but now they’re going to name it something and say, 'That’s it! That’s southern soul! That’s new! That’s big!' Shit! Ain’t nothing but the same thing. Don’t tell me I’m singing 'southern soul.' I’m singing R&B like I always sang. You’re not gonna push this 'southern soul' off on me."

Millie Jackson can't stand the term, but then she doesn't like to be called a "soul" singer, either --says it's just a ghetto they throw Black singers into when they don't know what else to call them. She's an R&B artist, and that' that.

Not sure about Sweet Angel, but last time we discussed it, she said: "Southern soul has been classified as more comical-like music, to me," she says, adamantly but without rancor. "Soul music had its funny lines, too – [Mel and Tim's] ‘Backfield in Motion,’ y'know? It's a play on words. But then they started playing with the words too much. The classic R&B [has] that smooth groove that you can lay back, listen to it for a while, for a long time; you never get tired of it. It's just something you can feel. That's why it was called soul music, because it was coming from the soul. I'm not even putting it on my plate to say I want to be classified as a southern soul artist. It's just this little grouping that, to me, stretches only so far. I'm technically more R&B, and I love the blues because I grew up on the blues, and I feel it. I like songs with real meaning. That's where my heart is."

David W.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

David Whiteis's upcoming autobiography of the late Denise LaSalle, ALWAYS THE QUEEN, is set for release in 2020 by the University Of Illinois Press.

Read "On The Birthplace Of Southern Soul: Jackson, Shreveport Or Memphis?" on Daddy B. Nice's Corner

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Looking For A Song: Is This Bishop Bullwinkle Before He Got Famous?


Please with a song I heard on vacation in Jacksonville. My better half thinks it Bishop Bullwinkle. He’s driving a big Cadillac. The lyrics go, I set my cruise control - So I wouldn’t speed -But he gets picked up by a policeman with a dog named Hitler.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hah. Got it. Unforgettable blues song about the "High Sheriff from Hell" incarcerating blacks. Right? Great vocal. Great rhythm track, not to mention the lyrics. It's not Bishop Bullwinkle. It's by a guy named Smokehouse (Anthony "Packrat" Thompson) from an out-of-print album called "Edge Of The Swamp". It used to get air play in the early 00's. Here's a YouTube link.

Listen to Smokehouse singing "Highway 95: The High Sheriff From Hell" on YouTube.

Thea replies:

That's it. Thank you for your wonderful Mailbag.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Actually, this song ("High Sheriff from Hell") and "I Hear You Knocking" (different versions by Mystery Lady, Queen Isabella, Rasheeda--although Peggy Scott-Adams never did one, as is erroneously posted on YouTube) have been the two most-asked-about songs over the years. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

LOOKING FOR A SONG LETTER: “mister nobody”

Daddy be nice

I just heard this at a party with the dj playing supposedly new southern soul music, it goes “mister nobody” something like that. Do you know it? and where I can get it?



Daddy B. Nice replies:

You might have heard the new record from Fat Daddy:

Listen to Fat Daddy singing ”Mr. Nobody” on YouTube.

The original was Johnnie Taylor’s “Mr. Nobody Is Somebody Now” in the nineties. The version of "Mr. Nobody" that really stunned me (and the one that may have really influenced Fat Daddy) was the 2001 Carl Sims cover:

Listen to Carl Sims singing “Mr. Nobody Is Somebody Now” on YouTube. Legendary songwriter Homer Banks and legendary producer Don Davis were behind that track, if memory serves.

If it's Fat Daddy, to get it, go to Daddy B. Nice's Fat Daddy: New Album Alert!

Makisha replies:

That's it! Thank you, thank you! - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

RE: Old But Cool

Hey Daddy

I know that this song is old, But this is cool.

Watch Animated Tribute To Nellie "Tiger" Travis's "Mr. Sexy Man" Starring Puddin Afterthought on YouTube.

Floyd Hamberlin

Daddy B Nice replies:

Hey there Floyd. When are you going to give us another “Mr. Sexy Man,”? Can’t wait. I’ll spread this around.

Daddy B Nice notes:

Floyd Hamberlin wrote and produced Nellie "Tiger" Travis's "Mr. Sexy Man" as well as Will T's "Mississippi Boy," not to mention earlier-era, southern soul songs like Artie "Blues Boy" White's "I Can't Afford To Be Broke".

Read Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide To Nellie "Tiger" Travis and "Mr. Sexy Man".

See #17-ranked "Mr. Sexy Man" in The Top 100 Southern Soul Songs: 21st Century Countdown. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

RE: "Hisyde"
Name Clarification & Introduction

Hi Daddy B. Nice,

First, I just want to introduce myself. I am HISYDE - "Your Fantasy Man". The correct pronunciation is (HI - SIDE) I humbly appreciate the review of my recently released single "Sleepin' Pill" featuring Chrissy Luvz and charting it as #5 on your Top 10. I'm fairly new to the Southern Soul/ Blues Genre, but not to creating good quality music. Thank you so much for giving us a platform.

I'm originally from Strong, Arkansas, but current reside in Dallas, TX. I was born and raised a country boy in south Arkansas, full of Southern Soul. Thank you.


Daddy B. Nice notes:

I've corrected the spelling in this month's Top Ten Singles and posted new artist Hisyde's debut entry in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index. Hisyde's first three southern soul singles are all better-than-average projects meriting attention.

Listen to Hisyde's first three southern soul singles on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

RE: Research On BB King

Dear Editor,

My name is Jen and I’m the Editor at Jen Reviews. I was doing research on BB King and just finished reading your wonderful piece: Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to B.B. King.

In that article, I noticed that you cited a solid post that I’ve read in the past: BB King: The Official Website.

We just published an updated, comprehensive guide on how to play like famous guitarists including BB King on our sister site, Beginner Guitar HQ. It is completely free and you can find it here: How To Play Like Famous Guitarists.

If you like the piece we’d be humbled if you cited us in your article. Of course, we will also share your article with our 100k newsletter subscribers and followers across our social platforms.

Either way, keep up the great work!


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thank you, Jen. Very interesting stuff, and I’ll post your letter on my Mailbag page.

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

Friday, January 24, 2020. The Good Times Social Club, 1814 Junction City Road, El Dorado, Arkansas. Capricorn Vs. Aquarius B-Day Bash (Venus, Na, and Diana). Host: P2K. Special Performance: Rodnae Da Boss. Doors open 9 pm. 870-866-7441.

9 pm, Friday, January 24, 2020. KC Hall, 6320 Madden Lane, Houston, Texas. Northeast Pleasure Club 60th Club Anniversary Dance. Jeter Jones, Keith Frank. 713-991-1720.

Saturday, January 25, 2020. Oil Palace, 10408 TX-64, Tyler, Texas. T.K. Soul. 903-566-2120.

9 pm, Saturday, January 25, 2020. L.T. Miller Community Center, 930 Lamar Ave., Yazoo City, Mississippi. Donnie Ray, Carl Sims. 662-746-7984.

10 pm, Saturday, January 25, 2020. Exclusives Southern Soul Lounge Bar & Grille, 2003 Greenwood St., Savannah, Georgia. Nelson Curry. Doors open 8 pm. 912-695-2116.

Tuesday, January 28 to Saturday, February 1, 2020. The Blues Foundation, 480 Beale St., Memphis, Tennessee. 2020 International Blues Challenge. Various Artists. See website.

Friday, January 31, 2020. The Good Times Social Club, 1814 Junction City Road, El Dorado, Arkansas. Return Of The Jeter: Star Wars Edition. Jeter Jones. Doors open 9 pm. 870-866-7441.

Saturday, February 1, 2020. American Legion Post 248, 5070 FM-1398, Hooks, Texas. T.K. Soul. 903-547-7248.

7 pm, Saturday, February 1, 2020. Elks Lodge #244, 601 State St., Mobile, Alabama. Mardi Gras Party. Nathaniel Kimble, Ms. Portia.

7 pm, Saturday, February 1, 2020. Natchez City Auditorium, 207 Jefferson St., Natchez, Mississippi. Big Pokey Bear Birthday Bash. Pokey Bear, Bigg Robb, Jeff Floyd, Jeter Jones, Nellie Tiger Travis, O.B. Buchana, Tucka. 601-499-6000.

7 pm, Saturday, February 1, 2020. Loxley Civic Center, 4198 Municipal Park Drive, Loxley, Alabama. Johnny James, Coldrank, Mose Stovall, Rhomey, Franky Mr. Soul City, Tara Keith. 251-964-7733.

7 pm, Friday, February 7, 2020. Winnfield Civic Center, 2000 South Jones St. Hwy. #34 South, Winnfield, Louisana. Tucka, Jeter Jones, Lady Q, Rodnae, Jeter Jones.

8 pm, Friday, February 7, 2020. Starlight Event Center 895 North White Station Rd., Memphis, Tennessee. Bertha Payne's 75th Birthday Celebration. Bertha Payne, Anita Love, Melvino Smith, Anthony Turner. 901-299-1654.

9 pm, Friday, February 7, 2020. African American Heritage Center 1600 Phoenix Square, Hammond, Louisiana. Pre-Valentine's Day Party. P2K, Donnie Ray, Mz. Pat, Leroy Jermaine. 985-634-5785, 985-542-4259.

9 pm, Saturday, February 8, 2020. Kirkwood Adams Community Center, 1100 Hamilton St., Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Red & White Pre-Valentine Day Bash. Karen Wolfe, Rome. 252-578-1071.

Saturday, February 8, 2020. Ground Zero Blues Club, 387 Delta Avenue, Clarksdale, Mississippi. Sweet Angel. 662-621-9009.

Sunday, February 9, 2020. Albany Civic Center–Columbus, 100 West Oglethorpe Boulevard, Albany, Georgia. Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Keith Sweat, KeKe Wyatt, Surface. Tickets.

Friday, February 14, 2020. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 East Independence Boulevard, Charlotte, North Carolina. The 3rd Annual Queen City Blues Festival 2020. Lenny Williams, Calvin Richardson, Theodis Ealey, Lacee, Pokey Bear. Tickets.

8 pm, Friday, February 14, 2020. Ruston Civic Center, 401 N. Trenton St., Ruston, Louisiana. 23rd Annual Hearts With Fire Valentines Concert. Tucka, Nikita, Rhomey. BYOB. DJ Big Daddy. Doors open 7 pm. 318-805-8609.

Friday, February 14, 2020. Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, Illinois. Bobby Rush. 773-924-5156.

8 pm, Friday, February 14, 2020. Town & Country Plaza (Old Piccadilly Building), 3300 N. Pace Blvd., Pensacola, Florida. Itz Karma, Tasha Mac, Henry Tony Williams, Sential McCaskey, Franky Mr. Soul City, Geno Wesley, Kenny Cox. 727-449-2020.

Saturday, February 15, 2020. Fitzgerald's Tunica Casino, 711 Lucky Lane, Robinsonville, Mississippi. T.K. Soul. 662-363-5825.

Saturday, February 15, 2020. Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah, Georgia. Theodis Ealey. 912-651-6550.

7 pm, Sunday, Feb 16, 2020.Albany Civic Center, 100 West Oglethorpe Blvd., Albany, Georgia. Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Keith Sweat, Keke Wyatt, Surface. 229-430-5200. Tickets.

Friday, February 21, 2020. Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina. 11th Annual Raleigh Blues Festival 2020. Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Tucka, Lacee, Big G, Pokey Bear. 919-831-6060.

7 pm, Saturday, February 22, 2020. North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, South Carolina. Dee Dee Simon, Geno Wesley, Roi Chip Anthony & the MoHitz Family, Anthony Hamilton, Chubb Rock.

8 pm, February 28, 2020. Hampton Coliseum, 1000 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, Virginia. 7 City Blues Festival. Pokey Bear, Lenny Williams, Tucka, Theodis Ealey, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Sir Charles Jones. 757-838-4203. Tickets.

9 pm, Friday, February 28, 2020 .Elks Lodge, 4304 Water Ave., Selma, Alabama. Avail Hollywood, Jeter Jones. Doors open 8 pm. 334-875-2310.

8 pm, Saturday, February 29, 2020. Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter, Memphis, Tennessee. Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles: Georgia on My Mind. Clint Holmes, Take 6, Nnenna Freelon, Kirk Whalum. 901-751-7500. Tickets.

8 pm, Saturday, February 29, 2020 Municipal Auditorium, 100 West 8th St., El Dorado, Arkansas. Saturday Night Live Part 2. T.K. Soul, Fat Daddy, Rhomey, West Dawn. Hosts: DJ Big Daddy, Supastar Mark Jones. Doors open 7 pm. 870-866-7441.

Saturday, February 29, 2020. Nashville Municipal Auditorium, 417 4th Avenue N., Nashville, Tennessee. Cashville Blues Festival. Shirley Brown, Bobby Rush, Pokey Bear, Sir Charles Jones, Latimore. 615-862-6390. Tickets.

Friday, March 6, 2020. UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana. 13th Annual Big Easy Blues Festival 2020. Pokey Bear, Tucka, Theodis Ealey, Lacee, Lebrado, Ronnie Bell. 504-280-7222. Tickets.

Saturday, March 7, 2020. The Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, Texas. Dallas Blues Festival. Tucka, Pokey Bear, Nellie Tiger Travis, Lenny Williams, Sir Charles Jones, Tyree Neal, Calvin Richardson & Ronnie Bell. Tickets.

7 pm, Saturday, March 7, 2020. Leflore County Civic Center, 200 MS-7, Greenwood, Mississippi. Put Up Or Shut Up Blues Show. Willie Clayton, O.B. Buchana, Bigg Robb, L.J. Echols, Jay Morris Group, Narvell Echols. Hosts: WGNL Stepanie & Cyreio Hughes. Doors open 6 pm. 662-453-1646, 662-385-6271.

10 pm, Saturday, March 7, 2020. Angel's Open Bar (Latin Angel Sports Bar), 2655 Winrock Blvd., Houston, Texas. Ms. Portia, Stacii Adams, Mark A. Holloway, Avail Hollywood, Itz Karma, Jeter Jones, Shana D., Westdawn. 713-239-2461.

7 pm, Sunday, March 8, 2020. Thalia Mara Hall, 255 East Pascougala St., Jackson, Mississippi. The Temptations. See Website.

8 pm, Friday, March 13, 2020. The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond, Indiana. The 15th Annual Chi-town Blues Festival 2020. Pokey Bear, Sir Charles Jones, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Theodis Ealey, Bobby Rush, Lenny Williams. Tickets.

Friday, March 13 & Saturday, March 14, 2020. The Official Southern Soul Music Conference In Atlanta. J. Red The Nephew, J. Flood, Ron G., Jay Boogie, Mitch Faulkner, Robert Aydlett Jr. and more. 877-285-7762. See Website.

Saturday, March 14, 2020. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. 14th Annual Motor City Blues Festival 2020. Theodis Ealey, Pokey Bear, Bobby Rush, Calvin Richardson, Lenny Williams. 313-471-6611. Tickets.

Saturday, March 14, 2020. The Grand Palace Lounge, 13377 CR 436, Coffeeville, Mississippi. Avail Hollywood.

Friday, March 20, 2020. Elderite Multi-Purpose Building, 316 Hall St., Sanderville, Georgia. The Black Cup Party Soul & Blues Jam. Stacii Adams, Big Yayo, Nelson Curry, Mr. Smoke, Jeter Jones. Host: Missy.E. (The Party Doll). 478-357-2997. 478-363-6736.

Friday, March 20, 2020. Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St., Augusta, Georgia. Ronnie Bell, Pokey Bear, J-Wonn, Sir Charles Jones, Theodis Ealey, Tucka. 706-722-3521.

7 pm, Saturday, March 21, 2020. Macon City Auditorium, 415 1st St. Macon, Georgia. 5th Annual Macon Blues Festival. Tucka, Pokey Bear, Bobby Rush, Lebrado, J-Wonn, Ronnie Bell, Tickets.

8:30 pm, Friday, March 27, 2020. Club Genesis, 1700 Commerce Road, Athens, Georgia. Mr. Smoke, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Nelson Curry, Stacii Adams, DJ Trucker MC, Bruce Smith. 706-351-4174.

10 pm, Sunday, March 29, 2020. Club Odyssey, 7439 S. Westmoreland Road, Dallas, Texas. Jeter Jones. 972-572-1727.

Friday, April 3, 2020. Indiana Farmers Coli-
seum, 1202 East 38th St., Indianapolis, Indiana. 2nd Annual Indy Blues Festival 2020. Latimore, Lenny Williams, Sir Charles Jones, Theodis Ealey, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Pokey Bear.

7 pm, Saturday, April 4, 2020. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galeria Pkwy., Atlanta, Georgia. Pokey Bear, Shirley Brown, Latimore, Bobby Rush, Clarence Carter, Theodis Ealey, Melvia “Chick” Rodgers-Williams. Tickets.

8 pm, Friday, April 10, 2020. Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, 705 Elvis Presley Avenue, Shreveport, Louisiana. 14th Annual Shreveport Blues Festival. O.B. Buchana, Pokey Bear, Tucka, Jeter Jones, Calvin Richardson, Melvia “Chick” Rodgers-Williams. Tickets.

7 pm, Friday, May 8, 2020. African American Heritage Center, 1600 Phoenix Square, Hammond, Louisiana. Jeter Jones, Calvin Richardson, Arthur Young, Leroy Jermaine. 985-542-4259.


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