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


Daddy B. Nice's Corner

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. - 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

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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.

See Daddy B. Nice's biography of Denise LaSalle, including discography and videos. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Looking For A Song: Dark Side's "Mississippi Hustling Mother"

Daddy B. Nice,

I'm looking to purchase the CD with Dark Side-Mississippi Hustling Mother on it..It's number 5 or 6 on the CD. I've been searching for this song every since it first come out...Can you please tell me how can I purchase it...

Thanks in advance,

Ms. Flo Richardson


Daddy B. Nice,

Looking to by the CD with Dark Side on it singing "Mississippi Hustling Mother"...Been searching for this song for a while...

Thanks in advance,

Ms. Flo Richardson

Daddy B. Nice responds:

Me too, Ms. Flo. Been searching "for awhile," or what the millenials call "a minute". Why, just a couple of months ago ((October '17 Top 10 Singles), I wrote:

"Powerful Claytie Bonds sings like the super-heroine who recorded the poem/rant "Mississippi Hustling Mother"."

Listen to Claytie Bonds singing "I Stop Loving You" on BandCamp.

Listening to this will probably make you even more frustrated. I was secretly hoping Claytie Bonds would turn out to be the singer/testifier of "Mississippi Hustling Mother," but evidently not, and I mention it only to show you how I'm also constantly searching for Dark Side's "Mississippi Hustling Mother"--without success. I've received queries on this before, but I'm going to post it again, and if any readers can help, that'd be great.

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

Thank You Letters

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!!

Daddy B. Nice,

Oh My Goodness!!!!! The review you gave me left me in tears!!!! This is truly the blessing I did not see coming. Along with winning Best New Artist at the ABT Awards Show. There I had the pleasure of honoring Big Cynthia in her Tribute!!! This year has been full of surprises that has me on the edge of my seat for 2018. Here are two birthday shows I can't wait to cut up for and I am shooting my video for my upcoming single trust me it is going to have the dance floor packed. You know I can't wait to send it over. Anywho thank you once again and keep up the positive work!!! It it is definitely making a difference to me!!!!

Miss Portia

See Daddy B. Nice's new Artist Guide to Miss Portia.

See Daddy B. Nice's new review of Miss Portia's debut album, ALL IN MY FEELINGS. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Hello....Daddy B Nice....Wow....THANK YOU...THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.....!!!!

Last night I read your comments… and yes, all that you wrote is so correct…”YouTube” and social media are most definitely a way of life for a recording artist and is very much essential for survivor. Thank You for the “reality check” and I am working to get the situation under better control as quickly as possible. The elimination of the YouTube videos of my music that existed on the popular music channel took place that you posted were removed/taken down kind of beyond my control by the person who originally posted it on YouTube, which was not me. Of course, that is no excuse because it is still solely my responsibility to ensure my fans and my extraordinary supporters can have accessibility and know where by music is located at all time. I have 17 YouTube videos available on YouTube that can be seen, but I am working to do a better job at making sure they are all located in a certain location and make it known to all that website address. As always, I once again, humbly “Thank You” so very much for sharing light on how important it is to stay in the (fast lane of today’s life)…and thank you so very much for calling this to my attention; we will make it our top priority to always be on and stay on top.

In your personal note…which you are totally right on the “spot” and that is why you are our awesome “DADDY B NICE”…because you always tell it like it suppose to be told.

Below are the 2 of the 17 YouTube videos that are available on YouTube, but I apologize and please forgive me for not keeping you in the loop when I added those sites:

Listen to LGB singing "Reality Slowly Walks Us Down" on YouTube.

Listen to LGB singing "Jealous Wo-Man, Yes I Am" on YouTube.

Also, all of my 17 videos are located on this website:

Listen to LGB'S top tracks on YouTube.

Of course, I don’t have my new CD “Our Love Slipped Away” on YouTube yet, but will assure you…I am working as I speak to get that done as quickly as possible.

Daddy B. Nice…please always know that there are the great ones such as “YOURSELF- Daddy B Nice” and some other great ones who comes a long and throws out a “life jacket”, which I will always be so grateful because with you guys…there would be no LGB!!! I personally ….Thank….God all through the day for the beacon lights that he has allowed & allows to guide me and the others recording artists to share!!! Thank You “DADDY B NICE”…for all you do for others, the music and the recording artists, too!!!

Very Respectfully….


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

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Mystery Lady Or Peggy Scott-Adams?

Daddy Be Nice

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


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

Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

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

Daddy B. Nice

Arleena replies:

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Looking For A Song Letters:

Hey there Daddy--

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

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

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


Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

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

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


Daddy B Nice,

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

Atlanta Vern

Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

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

Dear Daddy B Nice,

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

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

Many thanks,



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

Dear Daddy B. Nice,

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


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear Brian,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



RE: Denise LaSalle In Hospital Recovering From Leg Amputation

Daddy B. Nice,

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

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

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

David W.

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

Read Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Denise LaSalle. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Feedback From Music Critics Near And Far....

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

Daddy B. Nice

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

David W.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

Daddy B. Nice notes:

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

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

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


FROM SWEDEN: re: Nellie "Tiger"

Hi Daddy B Nice,

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

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

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

All best,

Daddy B. Nice notes:

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

Read Daddy B. Nice's 5-star review of Nellie "Tiger"
Travis' MR. SEXY MAN: THE ALBUM. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


RE: Pat Cooley


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


Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

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

Daddy B. Nice

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

RE: Lebrado

Good morning,

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


Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

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

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


RE: Ms. Jody

Good Morning!!

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

Thank you so much for your time!



Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

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

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

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

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

Have fun!
Daddy B. Nice

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

Cody replies:

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

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

Thanks again!

Cody - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

Friday, April 20, 2018. B.B. King Blues Club, 1801 Eddie L. Tullis Road, Montgomery, Alabama. Sir Charles Jones.

JUST ADDED! Friday, April 20, 2018. Lewis Johnson Building, 299 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, Grenada, Mississippi. Pokey Bear. Doors open 8 pm.

7 pm, Saturday, April 21, 2018. Halifax Community College, 200 College Drive, Weldon, North Carolina. Betty Wright, LJ Echols, Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 252-536-4221.

9 pm. Saturday, April 21, 2018. 830 Batchler Road, Red Oak, Texas. Tilley Riders Trail Ride (Fri-Sat). Jeter Jones & Perfect Blend Band.

Saturday, April 21, 2018. Octavia's Event Center, 2315 Texas Blvd., Texarkana, Arkansas. T.K. Soul.

7 pm, Saturday, April 21, 2018. Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May, New Jersey. William Bell & Memphis Soul Revue.

Saturday, April 21, 2018. Savannah Civic Center (Johnny Mercer Theater), 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah, Georgia. 6th Annual Savannah Blues Festival. Blues Is Alright Tour. Theodis Ealey, Sir Charles Jones, Tucka, Latimore, Pokey Bear, Clarence Carter. 912-651-6550.

9 pm, Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Outhouse, 815 North Meridian St., Aberdeen, Mississippi. Lomax.

8 pm, Saturday, April 21, 2018. Gold Strike Casino Resort, 1010 Casino Center Dr., Tunica, Mississippi. Kool & The Gang. 888-747-7711.

9 pm, Saturday, April 21, 2018. Underground 119, 119 South President St., Jackson, Mississippi. J.J. Thames. 601-944-0907.

9 pm, Saturday, April 21, 2018. American Legion Post 248, 5070 FM 1398, Hooks, Texas. Sweet Angel. Comedians included. Doors open 6 pm. 903-276-4871.

7 pm, Sunday, April 22, 2018. Lounge 114, 105 Capitol Street, Jackson, Mississippi. J.J. Thames. 769-257-6223.

Sunday, April 22, 2018. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd St., New York, New York.William Bell. 212-997-4144.

Sunday, April 22, 2018. Monroe Civic Center, 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expy., Monroe, Louisiana. Cupid, Tucka, Pokey Bear, Keith Sweat. 318-329-2225.

7 pm, Thursday, April 26, 2018. Underground 119, 119 South President St., Jackson, Mississippi. Stevie J. 601-944-0907.

8:30 pm, Friday, April 27, 2018. Underground 119, 119 South President St., Jackson, Mississippi. Johnny Rawls. 601-944-0907.

Saturday, April 28, 2018. The Brass Room, 1302 Surrey St., Lafayette, Louisiana. Tucka, Audi Yo. 225-209-4732.

Saturday, April 28, 2018. Performing Arts Center, 916 West Atlantic St. # D, Emporia, Virginia. T.K. Soul. 434-634-6001.

Saturday, April 28, 2018. Orleans Parish, New Orleans, Louusiana. New Orleans Jazz Festival.Aretha Franklin. See website.

Saturday, April 28, 2018. Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave., Seattle, Washington. Dexter Allen. 206-322-1151.

Friday, May 4 & Saturday, May 5, 2018. Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., San Francisco, California. Bobby Rush. 415-292-2583.

7 pm, Saturday, May 5, 2018. Washington County Convention Center, 1040 South Raceway Road, Greenville, Mississippi. Sir Charles Jones, Bishop Bullwinkle, Chris Ivy, Pokey Bear. Doors open 6 pm. BYOB. 662-332-0488. 601-218-6343.

8 pm, Friday, May 11, 2018. Vicksburg City Auditorium, 901 Monroe St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. 12th Annual Mother's Day Friday. Peggy Scott-Adams, J-Wonn, L.J. Echols, Coco, Ronnie Bell. Doors open 7 pm. BYOB. 601-955-4894, 601-634-4511.

8 pm, Saturday, May 12, 2018. Clarksdale Civic Auditorium, 506 East Second St., Clarksdale, Mississippi. Terry Wright, Pokey Bear, Cold Drank, JoJo Murray, Ra'Shad The Blues Kid, Emerson Hill. Doors open 7 pm.

7 pm, Saturday, May 12, 2018. Richwood Park, 600 Audubon Woods Drive, Richwood, Louisiana. Ricky White, Billy "Soul" Bonds, Donnie Ray, Ghetto Cowboy, Stephanie McDee, Gregg A. Smith. BYOB. 317-323-5817.

8 pm, Saturday, May 12, 2018. Ruston Civic Center, 401 N. Trenton St., Ruston, Louisiana. Mother's Day Soul & Blues Bash: Pink & Blue Affair. Vick Allen, Lacee, Jeter Jones, Ronnie Bell, Fat Daddy. Doors open 7 pm. BYOB. 318-243-2499, 870-866-7441.

2 pm, Sunday, May 13, 2018. Carnes Park, Highway 80, Whitehall, Alabama. Karen Wolfe, O.B. Buchana, J-Wonn, Avail Hollywood, Ronnie Bell. Gates open 12 Noon.

Thursday, May 17, 2018. Forum Nice Nord, 10 Boulevard Comte de Falicon, Nice, France. Syl Johnson, Robin McKelle. +33 4 93 51 72 54.

Friday, May 18, 2018. Tunica Arena & Expo Center, 3873 US-61, Tunica, Mississippi. Tunica Takeover: The Kings of Southern Soul. Sir Charles Jones, Latimore, O.B. Buchana, Bigg Robb, Willie Clayton, Calvin Richardson. 901-509-5882. 662-363-3299.

Saturday, May 19, 2018. Underground 119, 119 South President St., Jackson, Mississippi.Dexter Allen. 601-944-0907.

7 pm, Saturday, May 19, 2018. Indigo At The O2, Greenwich, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX, United Kingdom. Millie Jackson. +44 20 8463 2000.

Saturday, May 26, 2018. North Florida Fairgrounds, 441 Paul Russell Road, Tallahassee, Florida. Lloyd Music Festival. Bishop Bullwinkle, Rosalyn Candy, Tucka, Kenne' Wayne, Wilson Meadows, Mr. Sam, Cupid, TNL. 850-322-6585.

Saturday, May 26, 2018. Attala Colliseum, 550 MS-12, Kosciusko, Mississippi. Pokey Bear, J-Wonn, Cold Drank, L.J. Echols, Chris Ivy. 662-289-1618.

Sunday, May 27, 2018. The Stadium, Holly Springs, Mississippi. Sir Charles Jones, Karen Wolfe, Bobby Rush, Tank and more. 901-355-7318.

6 pm, Sunday, May 27, 2018. Lucas Ball Park, Highway 84, Prentiss, Mississippi. Krishunda Echols, Omar Cunningham, Dave Mack, Terry Wright, Adrian Bagher, Coco. Gates open 10 am. 601-297-3949, 601-455-0598.

4 pm, Sunday, May 27, 2018. Wall Hill Park, 1930 Wall Hill Road, Byhalia, Mississippi. Sheba Potts-Wright, L.J. Echols, Theodis Ealey, Jaye Hammer, Pokey Bear, Grady Champion, King Fish. Gates open Noon, 12 pm. 901-268-7007.

Saturday, June 2, 2018. Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston Massachusetts. Aretha Franklin. 617-482-9393.

Saturday, June 2, 2018. Desoto Multicultural Center, 1216 Old Jefferson Highway, Mansfield, Louisiana. Jeter Jones.

6 pm, Saturday, June 2, 2018. Greenwood Fairgrounds, Hwy. 221 South, Greenwood, South Carolina. Summer Blues Fest. Sir Charles Jones, Tucka, Bishop Bullwinkle, Ronnie Bell, Big Mucci. Gates open at 4 pm. BYOB. Rain or shine. 678-428-5159, 678-506-7744.

2 pm, Sunday, June 3, 2018. Tunica River Park (Outside behind Fitz Casino), 1 River Park Drive, Robinsonville, Mississippi. Blues On The River.
T.K. Soul, J-Wonn, O.B. Buchana, Queen Ann Hines, Summer Wolfe, Kirby Smooth. 662-671-1230. Gates open 10 am.

Saturday, June 9, 2018. Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 East Fourteen Mile Road, Warren, Michigan. Millie Jackson. 586-268-3200.

3:30 pm, Saturday, June 9, 2018. Vance County Regional Fairgrounds, 1427 East Andrews Avenue, Hwy. 39, Henderson, North Carolina. Southern Soul Comedy Fest. Pokey Bear, T.K. Soul, Lebrado, Cold Drank, Black Diamond, Nellie "Tiger" Travis and many comedians. See festival website. Gates open 2 pm. Rain or Shine.

9 pm, Saturday, June 9, 2018. Pensacola State Fairgrounds, 6655 Mobile Hwy., Pensacola, Florida. Bike & Blues Festival. Ms. Jody, Jeff Floyd, L.J. Echols, Mose Stovall, Franky. 850-512-8981, 850-944-4500.

Saturday, June 9, 2018. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, New York.Aretha Franklin. 516-247-5200.

7:30 pm, June 14, 2018. Riley Center - MSU, 2200 5th St., Meridian, Mississippi. William Bell & Memphis Soul Revue.

Sunday, June 17, 2018. Columbus Civic Center, 400 4th St., Columbus, Georgia. T.K. Soul, Tucka, Bishop Bullwinkle, Pokey Bear, Latimore, Sir Charles Jones, Calvin Richardson. 706-653-4482.

8 pm, Friday, June 22, 2018. Bottleneck Blues Bar At Ameristar, 4116 Washington St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Mr. Sipp. Doors open 7 pm.

Thursday, June 28, 2018. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E., Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Aretha Franklin. +1 416-368-6161.

June 30, 2018. One World Theater, 7701 Bee Caves Road, Austin, Texas. Chubby Checker. 512-330-9500.

Saturday, June 30, 2018. Miller Theater, 708 Broad St., Augusta, Georgia. Pokey Bear, Sunshine Anderson, Cold Drank, Rome. 706-842-4080.

6 pm, Saturday, July 7, 2018. Nolan Memorial Park (aka Ponderosa Park), Wisner, Louisiana. 10th Annual Nolan Norman Day Celebration. Sir Charles Jones, T.K. Soul, Nathaniel Kimble, Avail Hollywood, Lacee.

Saturday, July 7, 2018. Cherry Street Pavillion, Downtown, Helena, Arkansas. L.J. Echols, Pokey Bear, Cold Drank. 870-995-4030.

7 pm, Friday, July 13, 2018. Brown Auditorium, Nash Community College, 522 North Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Down East Music Festival Weekend. J-Wonn, Karen Wolfe, Black Diamond, Maurice Wynn, Wilson Meadows and more.

5 pm, Saturday, July 14, 2018. Rocky Mount Municipal Complex, Bishop Stadium, 600 Independence Drive, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Down East Music Festival Weekend. Pokey Bear, Glenn Jones, Tucka, Sir Charles Jones, Theodis Ealey, Omar Cunningham, Maurice Wynn, Roy C, Sunshine Anderson, Lenny Williams, Lakeside, Big G, Lacee and more. Rain or shine. Gates open 4 pm. See festival website.

3 pm, Saturday, August 4, 2018.Pitt County Fairgrounds, 3910 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard,Greenville, North Carolina. The Manhattans feat. Gerald Alston.

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


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


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

*********** - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide




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