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

Hello Daddy B. Nice:

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

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

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

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


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

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

June 18, 2017/5:39 PM/Matthew Sease wrote:

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


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


Linda Gray Barnwell

Daddy B. Nice notes:

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

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

Question On Poonanny

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


Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

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

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

Mr. Nice,

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

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

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

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

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


Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

Daddy B. Nice

Daddy B. Nice notes:

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

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

Brock replies:

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

Thank you...But How About Obituaries?

Daddy B Nice

Thank you for all that you do!

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

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

Awesome website,


Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

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

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

Daddy B. Nice

Shondagrrl replies:

Thank you for responding!

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

Thank you again!

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Not enough people are dying for that—thank God. But you never know… - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


Should Daddy B. Nice Be On Facebook?

Hey Mr. Nice!

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

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

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

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

Thanks again and keep up the great work!

Oxford, MS

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Brock,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

--Daddy B. Nice

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Introducing Miss Portia

Greetings Daddy B. Nice,

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

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

Miss Portia

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

Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

Daddy B. Nice notes:

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

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

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

Watch the YouTube video of Miss Portia singing "Get Your Money, Girl." - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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RE: Listen to David Brinston or Lacee new albums.

Dear Daddybnice,

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

William Bell

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi William,

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

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

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

Daddy B. Nice notes:

William Bell won a 2016 Grammy Award for his album THIS IS WHERE I LIVE. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Looking For A Song Letter...(A New "Southern Soul Music")...

Dear Daddybnice

I was wondering who is the male artist that sings "Southern Soul Music" I'm pretty sure that is the title, actually Toni Green sings the same song. I was wondering if you can help me out with that. Thank you very much and God Bless !


Daddy B. Nice replies:

I have not heard that new version, Cedric. I'll post your question in the Mailbag to see if any readers know about it. Thanks...

Daddy B. Nice

Listen to Toni Green singing "Southern Soul Music" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

RE: "Quit Hatin' The South"

Daddy B Nice---

(Listen to UGK singing "Quit Hatin' The South" on YouTube.)

I know you know where Pimp C got this beat. (NSFW lyrics)

John Nova Lomax

Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

Yes, and in all the comments beneath the video regarding the East Coast, West Coast, Dirty South rap scenes, there's not a word about Latimore or "Let's Straighten It Out". That's okay. Just like rock and roll before it, southern soul music continues to build power and cachet from being "underground".

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

"For What It's Worth" Dept. . . .

Daddy B. Nice,

A few weeks ago, at the college where I teach, a band set up and performed during lunchtime in the student cafeteria. I remember thinking that they had decent chops, but the drummer sounded really stiff and mechanical: no soul; no funk; no rock & roll kick-ass; nothing remotely sensual -- could've been a metronome up there. Later, when I was talking with my students about it, they were unanimous in praising him as the best musician of the bunch. "He was great," they said. "He sounded like BEATS!"

In other words, the measure of his excellence was that he sounded more like a synthesized rhythm track than a human being.

I have seen . . . our future???

David W.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

David Whiteis is the author of Southern Soul-Blues (Music in American Life). - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide



Thank You Letter:

Re: 5-Star Review of Jeter Jones' TRAILRIDE CERTIFIED Album

Daddy B. Nice,

5 stars, Wow!!! First let me say thanks to God, I'm humbled by the work and I salute all the artist out here on the chitterling circuit with me getting it. My grandmother use to say "the work I do will speak for me". This is a true testament of that saying. As a young U.S. Marine I learned "Mind over matter" that if I didn't mind it wouldn't matter. I've read the critiques from u and everyone else and they made me better as an artist thanks. I don't expect to win all the awards (just to be nominated is a blessing to me) but I wanna be consistent and respected by my peers in the music world. I'm not the best but I want to build my legacy as a singer, & song writer. With all of that being said "Thank You" for holding my feet to the fire and making me better. This was a fun Cd to make, thanks to all of the artist, my mentor Eric "Smidi" Smith, my partner in music Crystal Thomas, my bro/cuz Jason Jones for his ear, my big bro & leader of my new team @ RMG Big Pokey Bear he has taken me under his wing and has already made a impact on my career, producers and Gifted Sounds, DJ Scruggs, Beat Flippa a true mentor, Tommy Granville jr. my band members Julius Walton, Brandon Campbell, Ricco Atkins, & Davante Youngblood for all there hard work playing real music for the project. I pray that i can make a song that everyone can relate to, dance to, and smile, cry, laugh. It is truly an honor to be an entertainer, so thanks to everyone listening and playing our music. Get ready for Ross Music Group, our trailride Cd drops soon, and if you love mines this one will blow your socks off, plus Bear Season, new Crystal Thomas, Dea. Dukes, Mz Portia, ColdDrank, & more coming soon.

1 love Thanks HIM..
Jeter Jones

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Jeter Jones.

See Daddy B. Nice's New CD Reviews. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Looking For A Song Letter

Daddy Nice--

I'v searching for the name and artist of the song "I can do me and You can do you, but when we get together we do we do>" Please respond

Thank you

Daddy B. Nice replies:

That is a popular southern soul song called "We Do We" by Ves featuring Kenne' Wayne.

Listen to Ves featuring Kenne' Wayne singing "WE Do We" on YouTube.

Ermie replies:

Thank you very much My friend will be very happy. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

RE: LaKeisha (On The #1 Single With Alonzo Reid)

Daddy B Nice--

Glad she's back in action! When I was first planning my Southern Soul-Blues book, I targeted LaKeisha for a chapter-length profile, even though at the time (if I recall correctly) she only had one CD to her credit. A young artist who sounded as if she was combining old-school/new-school/blues/soul/R&B influences into something new, sexy, and exciting -- I wanted to profile her. But then she more or less dropped out of the scene, and I ended up not including her in the book. I also wanted to do a chapter on Sheba (Potts-Wright), but she disappeared for a while as well, so I ended up only including a short write-up on her. Now that she's back, I still feel bad about that one...

At any rate, I hope La'Keisha is back to stay.

David W.

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

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

See the write-up on LaKeisha in Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Singles. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

RE: Copyrights, plagiarism, etc. -- just an interested query

Daddy B Nice,

Have you heard O.B. Buchana's "They Were Gone" from his latest Ecko CD? Nice song -- I like it! But its basic structure is really, really similar to "Abraham, Martin, and John." (I found a YouTube version, which I've pasted below, in case you haven't heard it yet.)

Listen to O.B. Buchana singing "They Were Gone" On YouTube.

Obviously (I'm guessing), John Ward and/or O.B. checked things out before recording it, but it does make me wonder: exactly how close to an "original" does something have to be, before the original writer can decide to take action? I mean -- if George Harrison could be sued over "My Sweet Lord"/"He's So Fine," it certainly seems as if this one walks an even finer line.

And again, I'm not criticizing or signifying at O.B. or John Ward; I'm just curious. Any insights?

David Whiteis

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear David,

I wrote a pretty good summary of music copyright law during the brouhaha over Bishop Bullwinkle's use of the Bigg Robb instrumental track in "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" in 2015. ("Tidbits #4" section of the Bishop Bullwinkle Artist Guide)

But to respond in a lighter, more transient vein, I'd say that it's up to 1/ the original songwriter--in this case, Dick Holler, who wrote "Abraham, Martin & John"--and then, more importantly, it's up to the judge.

I didn't make the connection between "Abraham, Martin & John" and "They Were Gone." The latter has a much slower tempo and the melody line does diverge from the original in places, although thematically there is a strong similarity in theme or lyrics (heroes "lost"). But note you cannot copyright a theme, concept or title.

For that matter, at the time I never made the connection between George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" and The Chiffons' "He's So Fine," in spite of the fact the latter was a huge favorite of mine growing up. I thought of it as the "Doodle-lang, doodle-lang, doodle-lang" song. I also much preferred "He's So Fine" for the same reason I love southern soul music today: it's unpretentiously about a young man and a young woman from the street or the hood, not some "pie-in-the-sky" religious experience.

However, I always agreed with Ringo that George was "unlucky." As George later said, he wasn't aware of the plagiarism. If he had been, he would have changed enough of the melody line to cast doubt on any allegations of plagiarism. Lomax, for example, uses the bass line from Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady," a common practice. (See letter below.) The irrepressible rhythm line to Big Yayo's "Cowgirl," to offer another example, is a direct extension of Soul Sonic Force's "Planet Rock," not a copyright-able offense

My own current candidate for southern soul's "best copycat song" is Mr. David's "Knock The Fire." This tune is an egregious remake of Bruce Springsteen's "Fire," copying not only the iconic bass line but pretty much all of the melody and lyrics. (Nellie "Tiger" Travis recorded a song called "Man On Drugs (M.O.D.)" in which the composer, Floyd Hamberlin, used the same bass line.) The song has been covered most famously by The Pointer Sisters, but also by rockabilly star Robert Gordon and R&B'er Babyface, among many others.

Mr. David's version has a line guaranteed to thrill all southern soul fans:

"I was driving in my Chevy 'Do',
Jackie Neal on the radio... "

Listen to Mr. David and Joe Nice singing "Knock The Fire" on YouTube.

...and although still to my knowledge David has not offered the song for sale--even digitally--he has done a remix with Joe Nice that underlines how well-received the knock-off has actually become among southern soul devotees.

Hey, the chitlin' circuit has always been at least as wild as the "wild, wild West."

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


RE: Mr. Sam

(Daddy B. Nice's 4-star “Distinguished Effort” Review of Mr. Sam’s new MAKE TIME FOR HER CD)

Daddy B Nice

Absolutely 100% in agreement. Why Sam has never "crossed over" into the R&B "mainstream" is beyond me ("Picking Up Pieces" should have been a hit, too. Maybe the labels he's been with simply don't/can't tie into the right distribution networks?)

Gotta give John Ward credit for that superb bluesy guitar line, as well. Sam seems to bring out the best in everyone around him.

David W.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

David Whiteis is the author of Southern Soul Blues.

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


RE: Lomax Mystery?

Daddy B. Nice had written in DBN's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Preview For. . .

-------MARCH 2017-------

7. "Let's Get This Party Started"-----Lomax

Lomax Spaulding uses an old disco chord progression that I can't retrieve from my dusty memory bins. (Help, readers!)....

Listen to Lomax singing "Let's Get This Party Started" on SoundCloud.

A Reader responds:

Dear Mr Daddy B Nice

I’m may be late out, but the bass line at the Lomax song originates from Bootsy Collins playing on the Johnnie Taylor platinum hit Disco Lady from 1974, the first ever awarded platinum

Yours Truly

Anders Lillsunde
Stockholm, Sweden

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Of course! Way to go, Anders! And thank you so much!

Listen to Johnnie Taylor singing "Disco Lady" on YouTube.

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

RE: Southern Soul Producer Eric "Smidi" Smith Trying To Reclaim His Reputation After Copyright Litigation

Hello Daddy B Nice...

I am not trying to beat a dead horse about my legal issues with Charles "Pete" Peterson and Desert Sounds Records. I just want to clear my name and my credibility as a music producer. Charles Peterson falsely filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against me on 22 July 2013. On 18 September 2014 the judge dismissed both, his lawsuit and my counter lawsuit without prejudice. On 19 February 2017 I received my official copyright for "Southern Soul Classics Volume One" from the US Copyright Office. I am currently in the process of filing a lawsuit against Charles J. Peterson and any other Desert Sounds Records affiliate. I am seeking damages for defamation, unpaid production expenses and pain and suffering. Please post this letter so that all can see and help me regain my reputation as a Southern Soul Music Producer.

Thanking you in advance.

Eric D. Smith AKA Smidi Beats


Daddy B. Nice notes:

Smidi's letter was accompanied by copies of documents backing up his statements. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


Looking For A Song Letter: "Pork & Beans & Weiners" by Reverend John V. Kelly w/ Lee Bates....(See "Bug-Eyed Kids" responses to "Blues Boy Willie" letter immediately below.)

Daddy B. Nice,

Credits for John V. Kelly, Sr.: There is a selection on the album Southern Soul & Party Blues, Volume 3. It is track 12 that includes Lee Bates. I, too, cannot locate Pork and Beans but John must be available. The title Pork and Beans may not be correct.

Credits for John V. Kelly:

John V. Kelly, Southern Soul & Party Blues Vol. 3, etc.

Credits for Lee Bates:

Lee Bates, Southern Soul & Party Blues Vol. 3, etc.

Henry Tate

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Track 12 on the compilation is a different tune: Carl Marshall's excellent "I Got The Blues Trying To Find Love." Both Bates and Kelly do receive credits on that cut, however.

Also, you are correct in stating that "Pork & Beans & Weiners" may not be the correct title.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

I have found the "Pork & Beans & Weiners" duet in my library. Here are a couple of excerpts:

Kelly: "You're not up to my standards of ophthalmology....I can't have no woman laying around and looking at "Edge of The Night," "General Hospital" and "As The World Turns," and giving me some left-over pork and beans and weiners..."

Bates: "When I was at home with my mama, I didn't cook. So what makes you think I'm gonna cook now?...You better listen to me. I know you hear me. I ain't cookin' nothing. Not now. Not ever. I ain't cookin' no gumbo. I'm only cooking what you taught me to cook. Pork and beans and weiners..."

Kelly: "I just can't take no more, woman. No more pork and beans and weiners again today...What's wrong with you, woman? You must be smoking that cocaine pipe. I'm gonna call the police and put you outa here!... Woman, you got to go. I don't need no hip-shaking woman. Open the door, woman, and let them flies out with you, too..."

--Daddy B. Nice


Looking For A Song Letter: From Way Out In Left-Field....


I want to know who sings the song about willie he told the woman the had some bug eyed kids she said those the only ones that's his I need to purchase this


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Haven't got a clue, Latoya, but the lyrics are intriguing. I'll put it out for the readers. In the meantime stand by. Where did you hear this, by the way?

Daddy B. Nice

Latoya replies:

I heard it on the radio years ago and my grandmother had been trying to find it her husband name Willie lol

An astute reader responds:

It could be Blues Boy Willie's album "Be Who?"

Source: Indie Spirit Magazine

There are now "Be Who 2" and "Be Who 3"

More about Blues Boy Willie:

Blues Boy Willie at Wikipedia

Henry Tate

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Many thanks for your input.This appears to be a viable guess. Here's an excerpt from the Indie Spirit article:

I first heard Blues Boy Willie on the radio singing,”Be Who.” Everybody was talking about that song and Blues Boy Willie. I was saying,”Who is this guy, wonder where he came from and why we haven’t heard of him before now?” I remember my brother-in-law trying to find the CD at the same time I was looking for it too. I found it at a little record shop in Marshall on Houston Street and they only had one copy. It was around Christmas time and we played that song over and over because it was funny. He didn’t think the little bugged out kid was his and the mother says, but Willie that little bugged eyed one is the only one that’s yours.

I couldn't find "Be Who" on YouTube--not yet, at least--but there are a number of Blues Boy Willie tunes on YouTube. Here's one:

Listen to Blues Boy Willie singing "Be Who 3" on YouTube.

Listening to the bluesy husband/wife repartee on the above song reminded your Daddy B. Nice of an hilarious tune in the same vein/genre. I've somehow lost or misplaced it over the years:

"Pork And Beans And Weiners" by the Reverend John V. Kelly with Lee Bates which the husband berates the wife on her culinary routine.

--Daddy B. Nice

LaToya replies:

thanks I will try finding it

Henry responds:

This is funny. This is Southern Soul.



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RE: Ms. Jody--How To Contact To Perform In Massachusetts

Dear Daddy B. Nice,

Hello my name is Deborah P--- and I am trying to find out how I can contact Ms. Jody to talk about her performing in Massachusetts or Connecticut. We would like her and maybe other artist to perform in the Spring, Summer or Fall in our one cities. Additionally, I have a radio show on a local station and would like to know how we can get compliment copies to play your Southern artists music on the radio stations (STCC) in Springfield, Boston and in Amherst (106.1) Massachusetts and Hartford, Connecticut areas. Also, we have a tremendous amount of people that want to purchase Southern Soul R and B music. I am also affiliated with a Soul Music Store in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Please send me an artist singles and albums list along with a price list and how to order online from a website or a mailing adress or over the phone.

My sincere appreciation and Thank you


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear Deborah,

It's good to get your letter, because New England has been one of the regions of the country seemingly most impervious to the spread of southern soul music. To answer your questions...

First, you can buy southern soul music right here on this website. Go to Daddy B. Nice's CD Store, and press the links to gain access to artists and their CD's.

Second, I do not do booking, but because of your specific interest in Ms. Jody I'm going to direct you to her label, Ecko Records, via e-mail:

The Ecko staff will be able to hook you up with Ms. Jody for event-planning in your area. You can also buy records, including all of Ms. Jody's, at the Ecko website. When contacting Ecko, inform them that you are affiliated with area radio stations, that you want to play more southern soul music and that future complimentary copies would be appreciated.

Hope this helps,

Daddy B. Nice

Deborah replies:

Hello Daddy B. Nice,

Thank you for taking the time you respond to my inquiries. I appreciate the feedback and the additional information to purchase "real" R&B music. I look forward to purchasing and having others purchasing music from your website.

With sincere appreciation,


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Daddy B Nice,

Could you please add Eddie (Holloway) passed away on Jan. 13, 2014. He was my best friend for 17 years. I miss him very much. He was more than a singer. Eddie was an extraordinary man.

Sharon Rivers

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Eddie Holloway.

See Eddie Holloway in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

Listen to Eddie Holloway singing "I Had A Good Time" on YouTube.


R.I.P. Tommy Tate


Tommy Tate passed away on January 20. My tribute to the great Tommy Tate is attached.

Best regards

Read Heikki Suosalo's tribute to Tommy Tate at Soul Express.

Listen to Tommy Tate singing "School Of Life" on YouTube.


Henry Stone: Soul and RnB Label Pioneer

Dear Daddy B. Nice,

From 1948 to 2014, Henry Stone ruled the Florida music industry with an iron fist, a brick of cash, and a warehouse full of vinyl.

I think your students will really enjoy learning from this text!


Inside The Music Biz (The Stone Cold Truth Book 2)

An inside look at how the music business works from a pioneering independent record man whose career spanned gospel, blues, R&B, doo wop, soul, funk, disco, hip hop, rock, techno, electro, and pop music even today. Henry Stone is considered the greatest independent record man of all time and has been lauded by BILLBOARD and The New York Times. His industry leading work in music distribution is recounted in great detail in this conceptual autobiographical work on every aspect of the music biz from artistry, to contracts, copyrights, publishing, marketing, promotion, distribution, and more. All told in the form of his real life stories and experiences inside the music biz.; on behalf of; Henry Stone Music []

Buy Henry Stone: Inside The Music Biz (The Stone Cold Truth Book 2) at Amazon.

See Henry Stone in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

Listen to Steve Alaimo/Henry Stone artist Latimore singing "Let's Straighten It Out" on YouTube.

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

7:30 pm, Thursday, July 20, 2017. Capitol Grill, DeVille Plaza, 5050 Interstate 55, North Frontage Road, Jackson, Mississippi. Jesse Robinson & Friends. 601-899-8845.

9 pm, Friday, July 21, 2017. Club Davonte's, 204 West 2nd St., Taylor, Texas. Stevie J, Summer Wolfe, Ricky "Da Soulman" Burton, James Redd, Da Unit Band. Doors open at 7 pm. 512-779-6578.

Friday, July 21, 2017. My Place, 1200 Eastern Blvd., Montgomery, Alabama. Vick Allen. 334-649-2700.

Saturday, July 22, 2017. Daniel's Hall, 71 East Yale Avenue, Denver, Colorado. Bobby Rush.

7 pm, Saturday, July 22, 2017. Crossroads Arena, 2800 S. Harper Rd., Corinth, Mississippi. Sheba Potts-Wright, Theodis Ealey, Eddie Cotton Jr. 662-287-7779.

Saturday, July 22, 2017. Daniel's Hall, 71 East Yale Avenue Denver, Colorado. Bobby Rush.

9 pm, Saturday, July 22, 2017. 765 Marilyn Avenue, Lambert, Mississippi. Avail Hollywood & Band, Melody Gold.

8 pm, Saturday, July 22, 2017. Bottleneck Blues Bar, 4116 Washington St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Mr. Sipp.

7 pm, Saturday, July 22, 2017. Crossroads Arena, 2800 S. Harper Road, Corinth, Mississippi. Latimore, Theodis Ealey, Sheba Potts-Wright, Eddie Cotton Jr. and more. 662-287-7779.

Saturday, July 22, 2017. The Bull Dog Fest, Aberdeen, Mississippi. T.K. Soul.

6 pm, Monday, July 24, 2017. Jackson Marriott Hotel, 200 East Amite St., Jackson, Mississippi. 43rd Annual Jackson Music Awards. Latimore, Tito Jackson, Dorothy Moore, Bev Johnson, Lady Vee, Lacee, Tre' Williams, Mr. Sipp and more. Tributes to Tommy Tate, Bobby Rush. 601-969-5100.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Belle Isle Park, 6925 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. Bobby Rush, Sir Charles Jones. 313-628-2081.

5 pm, Saturday, July 29, 2017. Whiskey's Saloon, 17190 Front Beach Rd,, Panama City Beach, Florida. Bishop Bullwinkle. Gates open 4 pm. 850-234-6770.

8 pm, Saturday, July 29, 2017. C Spot Bar & Grill, 6534 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, Georgia. Kings Of Soul. Doors open 7 pm.

Saturday, July 29, 2017. Brazos Park, 3516 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Waco, Texas. Brazos Blues Festival. Cupid, T.K. Soul.

Sunday, July 30, 2017. R.L. Griffin's Blues Palace, 3100 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas. T.K. Soul. 214-421-9867.

Thursday, August 3, 2017. Horseshoe Casino Tunica, 1021 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, Mississippi. Jus' Blues Music Foundation Awards Show: Night Of The Living Legends. Karen Wolfe, Grady Champion, Calvin Richardson, Benny Turner, Carl Sims, Archie Bell, Ms. Jody, Jim Alexander, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Deitra Farr, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Teeny Tucker, Tony Coleman. Event transpires August 2-August 5th. 678-403-1993, 800-303-7463. See Jus' Blues website.

Thursday, August 3, 2017. Southern Soul Lounge, 1605 Marshall St., Shreveport, Louisiana. Luster Baker's Birthday Bash. Vickie Baker, T.K. Soul, L.J. Echols, Rhomey, Nikita, Crystal Thomas, Nathaniel Kimble, Jeter Jones, Vick Allen, O Flava Psi, Magic One, Coco. Doors open 8 pm. 318-673-8338.

3 pm. Saturday, August 5, 2017. Albert Lee Mills Post VFW Park 10387, 206 Winston Churchill Drive, Hopewell, Virginia. Jeff Floyd, Big G, Joe Tex Jr. Gates open 1 pm. 804-277-1420.

6 pm, Saturday, August 5, 2017. National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds, 5622 US-231, Dothan, Alabama. Sir Charles Jones, T.K. Soul, Wilson Meadows, Ms. Jody, Joe Nice. BYOB. Gates open 4 pm. 678-428-5159.

Saturday, August 5, 2017. The C-Spot Daiquiris Bar & Grill, 6534 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, Georgia. Angel Faye Russell, Reggie Boone. 404-492-2740.

Saturday, August 5, 2017. Pitt County Fairgrounds, 3010 MLK Jr. Blvd. (Old Greeneville Blvd.), Greeneville, North Carolina. Bishop Bullwinkle, Omar Cunningham, Nelson Curry, Theodis Ealey, Walt Luv, Pat Cooley. Gates open at 12 Noon. 919-208-5877.

7 pm, Saturday, August 5, 2017. Thunder Valley Casino Resort, 1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln, California. Lenny Williams.

Saturday, August 5, 2017. The Village Club (Outside), Lexington, Mississippi. Vick Allen.

12 pm, Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12, 2017. Rivon's ABC Arena, FM 160, Raywood, Texas. Victoria Redo 10th Annual Trailride. Brian Jack, Lil Nate, C-Wright. Gates open 12 Noon.

12 pm, Friday, August 11, Saturday, August 12 & Sunday, August 13, 2017. Adams County Equestrian Center, 34 Muddy Fork Rd., Natchez, Mississippi. 3rd Annual Mississippi Zydeco Jamboree Trailride. Keith Frank, Leon Chavis, Lil Nate, Cupid and more. 769-798-9412.

5 pm, Saturday, August 12, 2017. Ellis Field, 39 College Street, Culloden, Georgia. Big Pokey Bear, Willie Hill, Bo Ponder, The Master Blasters, Conquest Show Band. Gates open 3 pm. 301-233-2951, 404-386-2288.

Saturday, August 12, 2017. Rustic, 505 Campbell St., Sarnia, Ontario. Bobby Rush. +1 519-383-0006.

3 pm, Saturday, August 12, 2017. Twin Lakes State Park, Cedar Crest Conference Center, 22 Cedar Crest Road, Green Bay, Virginia. Katrenia Jefferson, Big G, Miss Portia, T.J. Hooker Taylor. Gates open 1 pm. 804-615-2196.

Saturday, August 12, 2017. Bert’s Warehouse Theater, 2739 Russell St., Detroit, Michigan. Theodis Ealey. 313-393-3233.

Saturday, August 12, 2017. Bluesville, Horseshoe Casino, 1021 Casino Center Drive, Tunica, Mississippi. The O'Jays.

8 pm, Saturday, August 12, 2017. Margaret Jean Johnson Event Center, 4737 Village Fair Drive, Suite 104, Dallas, Texas. Donnell Sullivan, Summer Wolfe, R.J. Scott, O Flava Psi, James Redd. 817-228-0082. Doors open 7 pm.

7 pm, Saturday, August 12, 2017. Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, 705 Grand Ave., Shreveport, Louisiana. Ms. Jody, Wendell B., Jeff Floyd, Avail Hollywood, Ghetto Cowboy, Luster Baker. 870-866-7441. Doors open 6 pm.

Saturday, August 12, 2017. 34 Muddy Fork Rd., Natchez, Mississippi. Mississippi Zydeco Jamboree. Cupid, Keith Frank, Leon Chavis, Omar Cunningham, Crystal Thomas, Dave Mack, Lil' Nate, Coco and more. 769-798-9412, 601-918-2333.

9 pm, Saturday, August 12, 2017. Boss Sports Bar, 302 East Gilmer St., Plain Dealing, Louisiana. Luster Baker.

6 pm, Friday, August 18, and Saturday, August 19, 2017. Jackson Convention Complex, 105 East Pascagoula St., Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival. Bobby Rush, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Ludacris, Calvin Richardson, Eddie Cotton, Jarekus Singleton, Jazmine Sullivan, Eric Benet, Ro James, Doug E. Fresh, Eric Roberson, Eden Brent, Jason Turner, Selwyn Birchwood and more. See festival website. 601-960-2321.

Friday, August 18, 2017. Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana St. (Downtown), Houston, Texas. T.K. Soul. 713-237-1439. Free.

9 pm, Saturday, August 19, 2017. Clarion Hotel, 3032 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, Virginia. Southern Soul 2nd Anniversary Show & Dance. Big G, Joe Tex Jr., T.J. Hooker Taylor. Doors open 8 pm. 757-603-0650.

Saturday, August 19, 2017. Club Xtraordinaire, 308 South 2nd St., Killeen, Texas. T.K. Soul. 254-702-4028.

Saturday, August 19, 2017. Landers Center, 4560 Venture Dr., Southaven, Mississippi. Bobby Rush, Terry Wright, Shirley Murdock, Willie Clayton, The Memphis Tri. Doors open 6:30 pm.

8 pm, Saturday, August 19, 2017. American Legion Post 248, 5070 FM 1398, Hooks, Texas. Stephanie McDee, Donnie Ray, Uncle Wayne, Christopher La'Mont, Mz. Pat, Jennifer Watts. Doors open 6 pm.

1 pm, Sunday, August 20, 2017. Backroad 40, Tangipahoa Exit I-55 North, 71251 Highway 1051, Kentwood, Louisiana. Tangipahoa Parish Blues Extravaganza. Tre' Williams, Lacee, J-Wonn, C-Wright, G'Que, Miss Portia, Ra'shad The Blues Kid, Fat Daddy, Gina Brown. DJ Host: DJ Kidd Kidd. Gates open 10 am. 985-664-7905.

3 p.m. Saturday, August 26, 2017. 7243 Gatewood Rd. Woodford, Virginia (Richmond/Washington DC).Omar Cunningham, T.J. Hooker Taylor, Big G, Jesi Terrell, Southern Bluez. Gates open 1 pm. 804-389-3558.

Saturday, August 26, 2017. Doris Miller Auditorium 2300 Rosewood Ave, Austin, Texas. Cupid.

Saturday, August 26, 2017. Coahoma County Expo, 1150 Wildcat Drive, Clarksdale, Mississippi. Southern Soul Classic. Big Pokey Bear, Bigg Robb, Cold Drank, Tyree Neal, Veronica Ra'elle, Avail Hollywood. 662-404-6381.

Friday, September 1, 2017. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, 201 Tallapoosa St., Montgomery, Alabama. Big Pokey Bear, Tucka, Calvin Richardson, MC Lightfoot. 334-481-5100.

7 pm, Saturday, September 2, 2017. Union County Fairgrounds, 1430 Eest 19th Street, El Dorado, Arkansas. Southern Soul Showdown. L.J. Echols, Avail Hollywood, T.K. Soul, Summer Wolfe, Kiko, Da Unit Band. Gates open 6 pm. 870-866-7441.

5:30 pm, Sunday, September 3, 2017. Tom Bass Park Arts Pavilion, 3452 Fellows Road, Houston, Texas. 2nd Annual Blues-Zydeco Scholarship Fund Raiser. Big Pokey Bear, Cold Drank, Brian Jack Veronica Ra'elle Nooney & The Zydeco Floaters. 713-875-2407.

Sunday, September 3, 2017. Hub-City Race Track, 331 Eatonville Road, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Hattiesburg Music Festival. Cupid.

Saturday, September 9, 2017. Historic 8th Street, 708 Commercial Avenue, Cairo, Illinois. Cairo Heritage Blues and Gospel Festival. Sweet Angel. Free.

Saturday, September 23, 2017. Wolf Creek Ampitheatre, 3025 Merk Road, College Park, Georgia. Willie Clayton, Tucka, Sir Charles Jones, Sheba Potts-Wright, Pokey Bear. 404- 613-9653.

8 pm, Saturday, September 23, and 8 pm, Sunday, September 24, 2017. Speak Easy Cigars & Spirits, 501 East Baars Street, Pensacola, Florida. Alonzo Reid & UCF Band.

Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, 2017. Marks, Mississippi. Mules & Blues Fest. Willie Clayton, Sweet Angel, Terry Wright and more. See festival website.

Friday, October 13, 2017. Uptown Theatre, 1350 3rd St., Napa, California. William Bell, Bobby Rush.

7 pm, Saturday, October 21, 2017. 4791 Leshure Drive, Theodore, Alabama. Blues N The Bottom Trail Ride & Trina Pre-B-Day Bash. Lacee, Ms. Portia, C-Wright, David J. Trail Ride events begin 12 Noon Friday & end 1 pm, Sunday, October 20 through 22, 2017. 885-664-7805, 504-234-8983.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

--Daddy B. Nice

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

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

A young recording artist (Jeter Jones) trying to break into the southern soul market released an album whose instrumental tracks Daddy B. Nice--in a CD review--recognized as identical to certain Bobby Jones and Chuck Roberson songs of the recent past, setting off a firestorm of litigation between Desert Sounds CEO Charles Peterson and his former producer, Eric "Smidi" Smith.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

--Daddy B. Nice

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