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


Daddy B. Nice's Corner

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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Letters I'll Never Answer

Daddy B Nice

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




How can I get a free Cd



Daddy B,

How can I buy CD's?



Daddy B Nice.....

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




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


Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

What more can I do?

(Never sent.)


Looking For "Same Old Bullshit" by Lady J

Good afternoon.

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


Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

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

Daddy B. Nice

Latrece replies:

Oh my God!! Thank you thank you thank you so much! I just can't thank you enough!! I'm happy and just in awe! You rock!! - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

Daddy B. Nice,

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


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

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

Daddy B. Nice notes:

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

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

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

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

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



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

Mr. B.

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you again for a wonderful review..

Respectfully Yours....

El' Willie

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

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

Listen to El' Willie singing "Sexy Lady (Remix)" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Thank You Letter:

Dear Daddy B Nice,

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

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

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

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

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

Daddy B. Nice notes:

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

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

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

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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

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2-6 p.m, Monday, October 16 through Friday, October 20, 2017. King's Palace Cafe Patio, 162 Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee. Sonny Mack. 901-521-1851. (DBN notes: This is a regular weekly gig.)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Arlene Schnitzer Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, Portland, Oregon. Take Me To The River Tour. Bobby Rush, William Bell and more. 503-248-4335.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Encore Theatre, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Las Vegas, Nevada. Diana Ross. 702-770-5320.

8 pm, Thursday, October 19, 2017. Main Street Crossing, 111 West Main St., Tomball, Texas.Trudy Lynn.

Friday, October 20, 2017. Jackson Convention Complex, 105 East Pascagoula St., Jackson, Mississippi. Denise LaSalle, T.K. Soul, Lenny Williams, The Temptations Review. 601-960-2321. (DBN notes: See story opposite for the status of Denise LaSalle.)

Friday, October 20, 2017. Admiral Theatre, 515 Pacific Ave., Bremerton, Washington. Take Me To The River Tour. Bobby Rush, William Bell and more. 360-373-6743.

8 pm, Friday, October 20, 2017. Belle Of Baton Rouge Casino-The Atrium, 103 France St., Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 225-242-2600.

9 pm, Friday, October 20, 2017. Good Deeds Center, 15101 Madison St., Gulfport, Mississippi. Pink & White Breast Cancer Awareness Concert. Big Pokey Bear, Veronica Ra'elle, Cold Drank. Doors open 8 pm. 228-669-1050. Host: Tyrone The Don Davis.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 20, 21 & 22, 2017. Austin 360 Amphitheater, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Del Valle (Austin), Texas. Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake. 512-301-6600.

Friday, October 20 & Saturday, October 21, 2017. Encore Theatre, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Las Vegas, Nevada. Diana Ross. 702-770-5320.

Saturday, October 21, 2017. The Event Center, 3201 West Navy Boulevard, Pensacola, Florida. Breast Cancer Awareness Concert. Big Pokey Bear, Veronica Ra'elle, Cold Drank and more. 601-421-2022.

6 pm, Saturday, October 21, 2017. Downtown, Brownsville, Tennessee. Sweet Angel.

7 pm, Saturday, October 21, 2017. 4791 Leshure Drive, Theodore, Alabama. Blues N The Bottom Trail Ride & Trina & Johnnie's Pre-B-Day Bash. Lacee, Ms. Portia, Ann, David J. Trail Ride events begin 12 Noon Friday & end 1 pm, Sunday, October 20 through 22, 2017. 985-664-7905, 885-664-7805, 504-234-8983.

8 pm, Saturday, October 21, 2017. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland, Washington. Take Me To The River Tour. Bobby Rush, William Bell and more. 425-893-9900.

Saturday, October 21, 2017. Cypress Bayou Casino, 832 Martin Luther King Rd., Charenton, Louisiana. 337-923-7284. Cupid.

Saturday, October 21, 2017. Empire Event Center, 4905 Clio Road, Flint, Michigan. Ms. Jody.

8:30 pm, Saturday, October 21, 2017. Theatre Traversiere, 15, Rue Traversiere, Paris, France. Syl Johnson.

Saturday, October 21, 2017. The Cotton Mill, Tupelo, Mississippi. T.K. Soul.

Saturday, October 21, 2017. Underground 119, 119 S. President Street, Jackson, Mississippi. Stevie J. 601-944-0907.

8 pm, Sunday, October 22, 2017. Shrine Cultural & Event Center, 5309 Martin Luther King Blvd., Houston, Texas. Cool Ricky Blues. Doors open 7 pm.

Sunday, October 22, 2017. Pantages Theatre, Broadway Center for the Arts, 901 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, Washington. Take Me To The River Tour. William Bell, Bobby Rush and more. 253-591-5894.

3 pm, Sunday, October 22, 2017. 818 12th Street, Lafayette, Louisiana. I.H.M Church Fall Festival.Cupid.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Alberta Bair Theater, 2801 3rd Avenue North, Billings, Montana. Take Me To The River Tour. William Bell, Bobby Rush and more. 877-321-2074.

7:30 pm, Thursday, October 26, 2017. Lincoln Center Performance Hall, 417 West Magnolia St., Fort Collins, Colorado. Take Me To The River Tour. William Bell, Bobby Rush and more. 970-221-6730.

10:30 pm, Thursday, October 26, 2017. Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois.Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 773-477-4647.

Friday, October 27, 2017. Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree, Colorado (Denver). Take Me To The River Tour. William Bell, Bobby Rush and more.

7 pm, Friday, October 27 & Saturday, October 28, 2017. 3701 Hudson Avenue, Shreveport, Louisiana. Southern Soul Weekend at the Louisiana State Fair. Big Pokey Bear, Cold Drank, Veronica Ra'elle, Audi Yo. 318-635-1361. See Fair website. And...Saturday, October 28, 2017.3701 Hudson Avenue, Shreveport, Louisiana. Southern Soul Weekend at the Louisiana State Fair. Bigg Robb, Jeter Jones, Miss Portia. 318-635-1361. See Fair website.

Friday, October 27 & Saturday, October 28, 2017. Encore Theatre, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Las Vegas, Nevada. Diana Ross. 702-770-5320.

Saturday, October 28, 2017. Durham Downtown Armory, 220 Foster St., Durham, North Carolina. Roy C, Sir Charles Jones, Big Pokey Bear, Calvin Richardson, Cold Drank, Black Diamond. 919-590-5896.

Saturday, October 28, 2017. Ruston Civic Center, 401 N. Trenton St., Ruston, Louisiana. Willie Clayton. 318-251-8613.

Saturday, October 28, 2017. Stiefel Theatre, 151 South Santa Fe Avenue, Salina, Kansas. Take Me To The River Tour. William Bell, Bobby Rush and more. 785-827-1998.

11 pm, Saturday, October 28, 2017. Highway 480 LA-3127, Edgard, Louisiana. Cupid, Nicole Jackson.

Sunday, October 29, 2017. Roc's Jazz Bar, 1000 North Carolina Music Factory Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina. Album Release Party. Calvin Richardson. Doors open 4 pm. Host: Olympia D. 980-299-5946.

Friday, November 3, 2017. Paragon Casino Resort, 711 Paragon Place, Marksville, Louisiana.Tucka, Jagged Edge. 318-253-1946.

8 pm, Friday, November 3, 2017. Vicksburg City Auditorium, 901 Monroe St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. 12th Annual Soul Blues Friday. Bigg Robb, Ms. Jody, Jeff Floyd, Chris Ivy, Rhomey. Doors open 7 pm. 601-955-4894.

Friday, November 3, 2017. Florence Civic Center, 3300 West Radio Drive, Florence, South Carolina.The Temptations feat. Dennis Edwards, The Chi-Lites, The Tams, The Dramatics.

Friday, November 3, 2017. B.B. King's Club Ebony, 404 Hannah, Indianola, Mississippi. Terry Wright, Al Chauncy. Doors open 8 pm. 662-887-9539. Host: Comedian Keith Glason.

Friday, November 3, 2017. Couples Entertainment Center, 4511 Byrd Drive, Jackson, Mississippi. Miss Hollywood Birthday Bash. Vick Allen, Big Yayo, Nikita, Ghetto Cowboy. 601-500-0667.

10:30 pm, Friday, November 3 & Saturday, November 4, 2017. Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 773-477-4647.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 3, 4 & 5, 2017. The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana Property, LA 1, Marksville, Louisiana before Mansura city limits. 19th Annual LA. Super Ride (Trail Ride): Zydeco Meets Southern Soul. Southern Soul artists: Tyree Neal, Miss Portia, T.K. Soul, Roi Anthony, Lysa, Jaye Hammer, Cupid, Balldena, Lil' Runt. Zydeco artists: J. Paul, J.J. Callier, Leon Chavis, Nooney, Chris Ardoin, Brian Jack, Jeremy Fruge, Lil' Nate Jr., Mike Broussard. 337-739-7944, 337-945-4304.

8 pm, Saturday, November 4, 2017. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri. Take Me To The River Tour. William Bell, Bobby Rush and more. 314-726-6161.

9 pm, Saturday, November 4, 2017. Arpeggio's Lounge & Event Center, 204 N. Main St., Opelousas, Louisiana. Album Release Party. Calvin Richardson. Doors open 8 pm.

Saturday, November 4, 2017. Community Center, Highway 44, Lakeview, Arkansas. Pokey Bear, Cold Drank. 870-572-9393.

7 pm, Saturday, November 4, 2017. King George Lodge, 9019 James Madison Parkway, King George, Virginia. All White Party. J. Red, NaCole. Doors open 6 pm. 804-450-4139.

7 pm, Saturday, November 4, 2017. The Cotillion, 11120 West Kellogg St., Wichita, Kansas. Jarekus Singleton.

Thursday, November 9, 2017. Underground 119, 119 S. President Street, Jackson, Mississippi. Stevie J. 601-944-0907.

Friday, November 10, 2017. Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida. Blues Is Alright Tour. Bishop Bullwinkle, Tucka, T.K. Soul, Sir Charles Jones, Jeff Floyd, Pokey Bear. 904-630-3900.

Friday, November 10, 2017. Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Take Me To The River Tour. William Bell, Bobby Rush and more. 414-273-7206.

Saturday, November 11, 2017. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, California. The Bar-Kays, Dazz Band, Klymaxx, Steve Arrington, Masters of Funk. 510-465-6400.

9 pm, Saturday, November 11, 2017. Lincoln Auditorium, 106 Lee St., Marion, Alabama. Terry Wright, Vick Allen. Doors open 7 pm. 334-247-5481.

10 pm, Saturday, November 11, 2017. Joe's Place, 303 Carrollton Avenue, Greenwood, Mississippi.Columbus Toy, Miss Lady Blues. Doors open 8 pm.

8 pm, Saturday, November 11, 2017. 5 Star Bar, 4451 NW Evangeline Thruway, Carencro, Louisiana. Lil' Nate's 31st Birthday. Lil' Nate & special guests.

Saturday, November 11, 2017. Club 425, Rayville, Louisiana. T.K. Soul.

9 pm, Saturday, November 11, 2017. Michigan Empire Event Center, 4905 Clio Road, Flint, Michigan. Nellie "Tiger" Travis.

Saturday, November 11, 2017. Cypress Bayou Casino, 832 Martin Luther King Rd., Charenton, Louisiana. Chris Ardoin. 337-923-7284.

8 pm, Sunday, November 12, 2017. Shrine Cultural & Event Center, 5309 Martin Luther King Blvd., Houston, Texas. Cool Ricky Blues. Doors open 7 pm.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017. City Winery, 1200 West Randolph St., Chicago, Illinois. Take Me To The River Tour. William Bell, Bobby Rush and more. 312-733-9463.

Wednesday & Thursday, November 15 & 16, 2017. Grand Casino, Lucerne, Switzerland. Lucerne Blues Festival. Grady Champion. See festival website.

9 pm, Saturday November 18, 2017. Margaret Jean Johnson Event Center, 4737 Village Fair Drive, Suite 104, Dallas, Texas. Eddie Cotton Jr. Doors open 8 pm.

8 pm, Saturday, November 18, 2017. The Good Deeds Center, 1601 Madison Avenue, Gulfport, Mississippi. Carl Williams Birthday Bash. Ms. Portia, Lacee, Tre' Williams, Mr. Campbell, Fat Daddy. Doors open 7 pm. 228-865-4204.

Saturday, November 18, 2017. Ferdinand's, 1803 Bear Fork Road, Mobile, Alabama. Vick Allen, Terry Wright. 251-554-5740. Doors open 7 pm.

Saturday, November 18, 2017. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, North Carolina. The O'Jays, The Dramatics. 919-680-2787.

Saturday, November 11, 2017. Cypress Bayou Casino, 832 Martin Luther King Rd., Charenton, Louisiana. Keith Frank. 337-923-7284.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, 201 Tallapoosa St., Montgomery, Alabama. Bishop Bullwinkle, T.K. Soul, Cupid, J-Wonn, MC Lightfoot. 334-481-5100.

Friday, November 24, 2017. LR's Sports Bar, 103 East Jefferson Street, Quincy, Florida. Ronnie Bell. Doors open at 8 pm. 850-591-7527.

8 pm, Friday, November 24, 2017. Bottleneck Blues Bar, 4116 Washington St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Mr. Sipp.

9 pm, Friday, November 24, 2017. The Power Center, 12401 S. Post Oak Road, Houston, Texas.Big Pokey Bear, Cold Drank, Calvin Richardson, Lady Audrey, Rebekah. Doors open 8 pm. 281-633-1017.

8 pm, Saturday, November 25, 2017. Bottleneck Blues Bar, 4116 Washington St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Eddie Cotton Jr.

Saturday, November 25, 2017. North Charleston Performing Arts Center–Columbia, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston, South Carolina. Betty Wright, Lenny Williams.

7 pm, Saturday, November 25, 2017. Washington County Convention Center & Fairgrounds, 1040 S. Raceway Road, Greenville, Mississippi. O.B. Buchana, LaMorris Williams, Karen Brown.

8 pm, Saturday, November 25, 2017. Bill Ellis Convention Center, 3007 Downing St. SW, Wilson, North Carolina. Maurice Wynn, Tre' Williams, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Omar Cunningham, Black Diamond, J-Wonn. Doors open 7 pm.

4:30 pm, Saturday, November 25, 2017. Brazos Park East, 3516 MLK Jr. Blvd., Waco, Texas. For The Love Of Soul Tour. Pokey Bear, Tucka, Veronica Ra'elle, Cold Drank. Gates open 2 pm. 254-750-5980.

Saturday, November 25, 2017. McDowell Place, 116 McDowell Road, Jenkinsburg, Georgia. Theodis Ealey.

Saturday, November 25, 2017. Horseshoe Tunica Casino, 1021 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, Mississippi. Ohio Players. 800-303-7463.

7 pm, Sunday, November 26, 2017. Blackmon’s Plaza, 127 Collinsville Ave., East St. Louis, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis.

8 pm, Sunday, November 26, 2017. Shrine Cultural & Event Center, 5309 Martin Luther King Blvd., Houston, Texas. Cool Ricky Blues. Doors open 7 pm.

Monday, November 27, 2017. Pan Piper–Paris, 2-4 impasse Lamier, 75011, Paris, France. Syl Johnson. See Pan Piper website.

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

Saturday, December 2, 2017. Guys & Dolls, 813 Southway Circle, Fort Worth, Texas. T.K. Soul. 817-926-6619.

Friday, December 8, 2017. Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College, 150 College Road NE, Bolivia, North Carolina. Blues & Beach. Clarence Carter, Theodis Ealey, Pat Cooley and more. Doors open at 7 pm. 910-755-7416.

8 pm, Saturday, December 9, 2017. Caswell County Civic Center, 536 Main St., Yanceyville, North Carolina. Blues & Beach. Clarence Carter, Theodis Ealey, Pat Cooley. 800-419-1170.

Saturday, December 9, 2017. Coahoma County Expo, 1150 Wildcat Drive, Clarksdale, Mississippi.Avail Hollywood, L.J. Echols, Summer Wolfe, James Redd. 662-404-6381.

Saturday, December 9, 2017. The Oil Palace, 10408 TX-64, Tyler, Texas. T.K. Soul. 903-566-2120.

Saturday, December 9, 2017. Underground 119, 119 South President St., Jackson, Mississippi. Grady Champion. 601-944-0907.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, December 23, 2017. Municipal Auditorium, 705 Grand Ave, Shreveport, Louisiana. T.K. Soul. 318-841-4000.

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

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

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

Saturday, December 30, 2017. Temple Theater, 47 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, Washington. T.K. Soul. 253-272-2042.

Sunday, December 31, 2017. The Detroit Rescue Mission, 3535 Third Street, Detroit, Michigan. T.K. Soul. 313-993-6703.


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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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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

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