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March 20, 2017:

"My estimation of Jeter Jones’ talent-—his 'gift'-—just shot through the ceiling."


Read Daddy B. Nice’s Review of Jeter Jones’ new TRAILRIDE CERTIFIED CD.


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March 19, 2017:

Chuck Berry, Father Of Us All, Dies:
See New York Times Obituary


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The Year In Review / Top 25 Songs Of the Year (Scroll down this page...)
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Featured Artists: Grammy Award Winners Bobby Rush & William Bell....New CD Reviews of Mr. Sam & Stevie J: (Click here.)

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March 1, 2017:

Hot Spot Records' Robert Henderson Jr. Dies

Robert Henderson, Jr., owner of Montgomery, Alabama's indie label Hot Spot Records, passed away last week. The death was first reported by Jerry "Boogie" Mason. Hot Spot Records gained cachet in the last few years for its samplers of little-known southern soul artists. Southern Soul Blues Hot Spot, Vol. 1 (Hot Spot/CDS) featured near-forgotten tracks by Lee Fields, Lee "Shot" Williams, Keri and others. Southern Soul Blues Hot Spot: Volume 2 (Hot Spot/CDS), with contributions from RB & Company, De Carlos Bonds (Billy's son), Pat Brown, Willie B and others, was even more popular. Services for Robert Henderson Jr. will take place 12 Noon, Saturday, March 4th, at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1550 East Washington St., Montgomery, Alabama. (334-265-1807)

--Daddy B. Nice

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February 20, 2017:

Daddy B Nice on Stevie J Blues

...Although Bobby Rush-—Stevie’s mentor-—has done just that. Doing blues one album, doing southern soul the next. Also, Theodis Ealey. But Rush and Ealey climbed the rungs of fame by being outrageous, and Stevie hasn’t shown the stomach for that. Fear of ostracism--the ordinary man's kryptonite--the potential real-life shunning by church-going family and peers--may have stranded Stevie J in a kind of southern-soul, bad-boy, career paralysis. (One every southern soul star has had to deal with.)


Listen to Marvin Sease singing "I'm Mr. Jody" on YouTube.

See New CD Reviews!

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February 1, 2017:

Big Cynthia Passes Away

Big Cynthia (Cynthia Walker) passed away on January 3, 2017. The southern soul performer, although only 47 years old, had recorded for Ace and Avanti in the 90's and a number of different southern soul labels through the first two decades of the 21st Century. The daughter of R&B pioneer Junior Walker, Houston native Cynthia was the quintessential "big woman" of southern soul, renowned for her girth and her many songs extolling the pleasures of being "big." Cynthia had just scored dual #1 Singles at SouthernSoulRnB in December of 2016, with the tunes "Come Saddle Up" and "Swing Out," a still-to-be-released duet with Big Pokey Bear.

--Daddy B. Nice

See more about Big Cynthia's death at Soul Tracks.

See more about Big Cynthia's death at the Big Cynthia Fan Club page.

See Big Cynthia obituary and funeral services information at Houston-Legacy.

Read Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Big Cynthia (21st Century).

Read Daddy B. Nice's original Artist Guide to Big Cynthia (90's to 00's).

See additional appearances of Big Cynthia on the website at Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

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January 21, 2017:

Daddy B. Nice Announces THE WINNERS of the 2016 (10th Annual) SOUTHERN SOUL MUSIC AWARDS.

See Daddy B. Nice's BEST OF 2016.

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January 15, 2017: Notes

Don't forget to watch Nellie "Tiger" Travis's appearance on the Jimmy Fallon "Tonight" Show Wednesday night, January 18th! (See Nellie.) And watch for the pairing of Pokey Bear & Cold Drank with their hot "My Sidepiece" and "Three" singles, touring now! They were up in North Carolina on the 13th to kick off MLK Weekend. See Concert Calendar for upcoming dates. DBN

Watch Cold Drank and Pokey Bear performing "Three" Live.

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Daddy B. Nice's Southern Soul Year In Review: (Scroll down.)

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January 5-6-7, 2017:

Counting Down Daddy B. Nice's Top 25 Songs Of 2016. . .


1. "Three"------Cold Drank

"Already got two house notes. / Man, I'm barely getting by." Absolutely the best "Sidepiece" response song ever. At first producer Heavy had trouble persuading Cold Drank to sing it. That is, until he threatened taking the incendiary lyrics to Big Pokey Bear, as he had "Sidepiece" a couple of years before. A masterpiece of atmosphere and compression, "Three" synthesizes so many musical elements into its vertiginous three minutes, it'll be studied by southern soul producers for years to come.

Listen to Cold Drank singing "Three (Got A Wife, The Other Woman & A Sidepiece)" on YouTube.

2. "Why Can't I Be Your Lover?"----O.B. Buchana

O.B.'s breakthrough of the year arrived not on his MISSISSIPPI FOLKS album--which sounds almost archaic by comparison--but on a sweet little Ecko sampler, Blues Mix, Vol. 21: Booty Shakin' Soul, in which southern soul's premier stylist daringly re-invented himself as a simple rock 'n roller over a John Ward backing track that seamlessly integrated a brash zydeco accordion line into a typically infectious Ecko rhythm track. The result was as mesmerizing as a child's lost balloon floating into the sky.

Listen to O.B. Buchana singing "Why Can't I Be Your Lover?" on YouTube.

3. "I'm Concerned"-----LaMorris Williams

Nellie Travis stresses the positive (#18 below) between a couple. Here LaMorris describes the bond of affection between friends. And technically...well, let's not forget this is the singer who held his own with the great Al Green. This is music of a sophistication that transcends the genre.

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing "I'm Concerned" on YouTube.

4. "Boo Thang"------Chris Ardoin

The Cajun button accordion tugs at your heart strings like the memory of your first love, and the winsome melody creeps into your head like the finest, freshest air. Chris Ardoin's crossover hit follows in the sizable footsteps of fellow zydeco artist Keith Frank's southern soul crossover hits "Haterz" and "Cassanova."

Listen to Chris Ardoin singing "Boo Thang (I'm Running Back To You)" on YouTube.

5. "Sneaky Girl"-----Cool Ricky Blues w/ L.J. Echols

A decade ago there was a deserving young singer/songwriter (Ric E. Bluez) who felt overlooked and went away. In 2016 he returned under a new name (Cool Ricky Blues), touting the same, rare, vocal timbre and tone. Southern Soul-man L.J. Echols collaborates on this heart-stirring project.

Listen to Cool Ricky Blues singing "She's A Sneaky Girl" on YouTube.

6. “Trail Ride”-------------Jaye Hammer

This dance-jam anthem by southern soul stud Jaye Hammer represents the cozy marriage of southern soul power and zydeco enthusiasm your Daddy B. Nice has been ringing your bell about. Be happy. Be dancin'. Be delirious. Produced by John Ward.

Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "Trail Ride" on YouTube.

7. "Bootlegger"------Stan Butler

"They say, 'Stan, you know nothing / About this old-school stuff.' / But I know Jill never woulda got pregnant / If Jack never woulda messed with her." Inspired non sequiturs, indelible melodies, authentic vocals, soaring strings and guitar solos...The new kid on the block (Stan Butler) did it all, and this was arguably his best.

Listen to Stan Butler singing "Take Me To The Bootlegger" on YouTube.

8. ”All True Man”------Ms. Jody

Another jewel from her blockbuster CD, I GOT THE FEELING, the ballad "All True Man" (soulfully written by John Cummings, Leo Johnson & John Ward) is the latest foray into southern soul's essential and beloved "country" wing by the hardest-working diva in the business.

Listen to Ms. Jody singing ”All True Man” on YouTube.

9. “Don’t Make Me Do It"-------Mys. Niki (latterly Nikita)

Artists looking for that “sweet spot” of southern soul should track down the guitarist who laid down this five-star guitar lick. The young songstress Nikita Randle, formerly known as Mys. Niki ("Rules To The Game"), now bills herself as "Nikita."

Listen to Mys. Niki singing “Don’t Make Me Do It” on Spreaker/YouTube.

10. "Do You Think About Me?"------Wendell B. featuring Lacee

Slow jam city, baby. Barry White style. The instrumental track is like a mattress of sound you want to jump into and bury yourself. Wendell B has quietly become one of the foremost vocalists in all of R&B--and without losing his southern soul!

Listen to Wendell B. and Lacee singing "Do You Think About Me?" on YouTube.

11. "My Man Is A Full Grown Dawg"------Jesi Terrell

"He even chased my best friend / Who I thought was a friend for life." Best thing to come out of indie label Sound Mindz Records in years, or at least since Jesi's own "Love Mechanic" in 2012.

Listen to Jesi Terrell singing "My Man Is A Full Grown Dawg" on YouTube.

12. "When She Said Good-Bye"--------Tucka

With echoes of Roy C's "Morning Train," "When She Said Good-Bye" marks a new direction--rougher and more syncopated--for the brilliant Tucka, whose "Sweet Shop" sound has already blazed a new sub-genre of southern soul.

Listen to Tucka singing "When She Said Good-Bye" on YouTube.

13. "The Three Of Me"-------William Bell

This is where southern soul began, Stax Records, and William Bell was there then and he's here now, with a great new album, THIS IS WHERE I LIVE, and a single for the ages.

Listen to William Bell singing "The Three Of Me" on YouTube.

14. "Let Me Know"-------LaMorris Williams

Staggeringly original, with the sparkling, pristine quality of T.K. Soul's "Now This Is A Party (For The Grown Folks)." Here you get a true glimpse of what LaMorris is trying to do--forge a new amalgam of southern soul and hiphop/urban, with the emphasis on southern soul, of course.

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing "Let Me Know" on YouTube.

15. "Third Of The Month"------Stan Butler

A rhythm guitarist's dream from the unknown Georgia youngster who charted no less than four singles here in the course of 2016, not including his novelty YouTube sensation, "I Took My Grandma To The Club."

Listen to Stan Butler singing "Third Of The Month" on YouTube.

16. "I Got The Feeling"----Ms. Jody

Ms. Jody at her best. She'll be opening concerts with this gem, the title cut of her masterpiece of a new album. The instrumental track by Ecko Records' John Ward is taking no prisoners, steamrolling everything in its path.

Listen to Ms. Jody singing "I Got The Feeling" on YouTube

17. "Dump Truck"-----Luster Baker

Brother of Vickie Baker, one of contemporary southern soul's iconic originals, Luster Baker (aka Mr. Juicy) has only begun to tap his limitless potential with this new southern soul double-entendre.

Listen to Luster Baker singing "Dump Truck" on YouTube.

18. "All The Lovers In The House"-----Nellie "Tiger" Travis

A Southern Soul vocal just doesn't get any better. Nellie transforms this flowery, Floyd Hamberlin-produced ballad into an anthem so powerful you can visualize how it's going to play out in concert, with the fans all swaying slowly from side to side with their hands in the air.

Listen to Nellie "Tiger" Travis singing"All The Lovers In The House" on YouTube.

19. "Lord, I Need To Talk To You"---------------J-Wonn

The best thing about this prayer-slash-meditation? It doesn't appear to be a conscious attempt to record a gospel song, which would have added a layer of artifice, however transparent. No, this is simply a song from J'Wonn's innermost soul, like "I Got This Record."

Listen to J'Wonn singing "Lord, I Need To Talk To You" on YouTube.

20. "Better Thangs"-----Adrena

From Adrena's terrific, Mike Darden-produced album BETTER DAYS, the relationship-ending "Better Thangs" sounds simultaneously classic-old-school and girl-next-door fresh. "Was I asking too much of you, babe?"

Listen to Adrena singing "Better Thangs" on YouTube.

21. "Just Say The Word (Remix)"--------Big G

Big G's back with SATISFACTION GUARANTEED, his best collection in years, featuring the nine-minute classic southern soul ballad, "Just Say The Word," as deep and satisfying as Carl Sims' "I'm Trapped."

Listen to Big G singing "Just Say The Word (Remix)" on YouTube

22. "I Need A Grown Woman"-----J-Wonn

Jackson, Mississippi's phenomenal young singer/writer/producer does what chitlin' circuit veterans thought impossible: he makes southern soul accessible to the young, in the process demolishing the old critical "truism" that southern soul would die with its aging audience. From his new sophomore CD, THE LEGACY BEGINS.

Listen to J'Wonn singing "I Need A Grown Woman" on YouTube.

23. "Get On Up"-----Sonny Mack

When the title track from Memphis guitarist/singer/writer Sonny Mack's new, John Ward-produced "GET ON UP" CD rears up from the stereo system with its disco-ey beat and sinuous melody line, the energy charge is like sparks flying from a jumper cable touching a battery post.

Listen to Sonny Mack singing "Get On Up" on YouTube.

24. "Enjoy Yourself"-------J. Red (The Nephew)

The sky's the limit for this consummate young songwriter/producer who broke into the southern soul market as Theodis ("Stand Up In It") Ealey's "nephew." His powerful pipes already put him on the elite level of southern soul vocalists.

Listen to J. Red singing "Enjoy Yourself" on YouTube.

25."Come Saddle Up"-------Big Cynthia

The daughter of Junior Walker and current godmother to the Louisiana southern soul scene was recording for Avanti and Ace way back in the 90's. Beat Flippa and Tyree Neal contribute the marvelously-syncopated instrumental track. "I ain't tough," Big Cynthia sings, "but I was built to last."

Listen to Big Cynthia singing "Come Saddle Up" on YouTube.

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January 1, 2017:

2016: The Year In Southern Soul

Everything seemed to come in threes in 2016. The number held some magical sway. Three dynamos of southern soul--one a performer, the other two producers--left us. And by way of explanation, in southern soul and southern blues we begin with the obituaries not out of any morbidity but because the so-called "white" mainstream "loves" its blues only after a black musician has been dead for a couple of generations. Then and only then are they raised out of anonymity into unqualified renown: it has always been so.

First was Otis Clay, the great Chicago R&B vocalist who, along with Syl Johnson, Tyrone Davis and Cicero Blake defined Chicago blues and soul singing. Late in life, his duets with Uvee Hayes stirred southern soul fans with their grit, heart and authenticity.

Second was the great Jackson, Mississippi composer/producer Harrison Calloway, the grand master of Mississippi blues and southern soul, whose credits would fill pages of this website. Spanning both Johnnie Taylor's and Floyd Taylor's generations, he worked with literally everyone in the industry from his niche at Malaco Records and beyond.

Third, and least well known, was Chicago-based Leo Graham, longtime songwriter/producer for the voluminous Tyrone Davis, whose many styles and chitlin' circuit hits bore Graham's deft touch and were among the most influential in southern soul.

"Three" also popped up often in the year's music. Stax legend William Bell recorded a much-acclaimed CD and single, "The Three Of Me," in which the gentle stylist sang:

"Last night I had a dream
And there were three of me.
There was the man I was,
The man I am,
And the man I want to be."

Then there was Stan Butler, the young "phenom" who came out of nowhere with a string of rhythmic singles, none more beguiling than "The Third Of The Month," dedicated to "all of the old school players out there who get their check on the first and the third of the month." Butler ended the year sharing the bill with southern soul star T.K. Soul.

Finally, and most dramatically, there was "Three," the astounding southern soul debut by Cold Drank.

"I used to have two.
Now I'm taking care of three,
Got a wife,
The other woman,
And a sidepiece."

Written and produced by Charles Lewis (aka Heavy), the young composer/producer responsible for Pokey Bear's "My Sidepiece," itself the biggest chitlin' circuit smash since Theodis Ealey's "Stand Up In It," "Three" was the latest bombshell from Baton Rouge's boiling cauldron of contemporary southern soul (Beat Flippa, Pokey Bear, Tyree Neal, etc.)

Not much--or "light" fare--from some of southern soul's "big guns," however: Sir Charles Jones, T.K. Soul, L.J. Echols, Bigg Robb, Vick Allen, Karen Wolfe and Willie Clayton. T.K. Soul put much energy into producing new artists. Denise LaSalle was hospitalized but, ever indomitable, bounced back by year's end.

Clarence Carter and Latimore appeared to stop touring. Willie Clayton limited his appearances, as did Roy C, Theodis Ealey and Shirley Brown. Still going strong, however, was the indefatigable Bobby Rush. And touring more--gigging seemingly everywhere--were the charismatic new stars like Pokey Bear, J-Wonn and Big Yayo, alongside the (now) veterans like Sir Charles, T.K. and Vick Allen.

Women came back from an off-year in 2015, and none more so than Ms. Jody, with a tremendous album--I Got The Feeling--consolidating her claim to being southern soul's number-one diva. Nellie "Tiger" Travis returned with a Floyd Hamberlin-produced ballad, "All The Lovers In The House," with the lyric:

"I love a man
Who puts it in the garage
All night long."

Adrena wowed fans with a superlative new album, Better Days. Vicksburg's Nikita Randle, formerly known as Mys. Niki--now Nikita--put out two of the finest singles of the year: "Rules To The Game" and "Don't Make Me Do It." Crystal Thomas and Ms. Mini made strong debuts. And Jesi Terrell had a hit single--charted first here--with "My Man Is A Full Grown Dog."

Other women making contributions in 2016 were Stephanie McDee ("If You Lay, You Gone Pay"), Lady Di ("Love Don't Owe Nothing"), Duchess Jureesa McBride ("Personal Love Vendetta"), Rosalyn Candy ("Timeless Soul Music Never Dies") and Memphis veteran Sheba Potts-Wright's anthem "Big Hand Man" ("A man with little hands/Can't give me enough") was fondly remembered at one point in future-president Donald Trump's campaign.

Longtime vet Big Cynthia scored double # 1 singles at year's end with "Come Saddle Up" and "Swing Out," a duet with Pokey, and overlooked, relatively new female artists like Sharnette Hyter and Summer Wolfe emerged. Dallas soul singer Lady Soul ("Lady Soul Slide") returned with a strong outing, "Tighten Up," on Beat Flippa's (Daniel Ross's) new sampler, and Mystery Lady's hilarious novelty hit, "He Caught Me With The Wrong Drawers On" was resurrected.

Jackson, Mississippi's Katrenia Jefferson, southern soul's female-gender doppelganger to Lenny Williams, crushed airplay in southern Alabama with her single "Living A Lie." The talented Shay Denise put out a potent tune, "A Man's World (But Women Run It)," and Toia Jones sexed it up with "You Can Get It."

Collaborations rolled out, among them: O.B. Buchana and Mr. Sam's "I Tiptoed In It," Sir Charles Jones and Karen Wolfe's "You Think I'm Wrong (I Think I'm Right)," Denise Lasalle and Karen Wolfe's vintage acoustic blues, "Shake A Little Something," Cool Ricky Blues and L.J. Echols' "Sneaky Girl," and--recreating the atmosphere of the late Barry White--Wendell B. and Lacee's "Do You Think About Me?"

Mr. David did a southern soul send-off of Bruce Springsteen's "Fire" called "Knock The Fire" (but didn't publish it for obvious copyright reasons). J-Wonn recorded a heartfelt gospel song called "Lord, I Need To Talk To You" in addition to publishing his sophomore CD. And no sketch of 2016 would be complete without mention of the stone-cold masterpiece of a CD, "Mississippi Motown," put out by southern soul's bad-boy genius, LaMorris Williams.

YouTube continued its rise as the defacto radio of southern soul, aided in ever-more-prominent form by YouTube's mixtape deejays, among them Frederick Geason, Mr. Melvin, DJ Bubba Yae, Marvelous Mark and DJ Whaltbabieluv.

Making discreet returns were Ric E. Blues under the new name Cool Ricky Blues, and Luther Lackey, who told your Daddy B. Nice the octave-lower, gospel-drenched background singer on songs like "I Don't Want To Be Alone" is actually himself, saving a buck!

Finally, Zydeco continued to influence and infiltrate southern soul, with none other than traditionalist Ecko Records' John Ward picking up tricks from newbies like Baton Rouge producer Beat Flippa (last year's winner) and giving strong proof for producer of the year. Ward incorporated the cajun-style button accordion into percolating fast jams by Jaye Hammer, ("Trail Ride") and O.B. Buchana ("Why Can't I Be Your Lover"). And on the other side, zydeco's Chris Ardoin (following in Keith Frank's footsteps) moved ever closer to a zydeco-southern soul hybrid with the rhapsodic "Boo Thang."

Here's an approximate list of the year's CD's, many reviewed here, to which your Daddy B. Nice's gives special kudos in these CD-challenged times:

Tucka Long Live The King
T.K. Soul The Legacy
Bigg Robb Got My Whiskey
Big Yayo Southern Classic
Beat Flippa I Got The Blues Vol. 2
J-Wonn The Legacy Begins
Napoleon Demps Presents
Big Poppa G I Believe
Crystal Thomas Lyrical Gumbo
David Brinston Back Seat Rider
Donnie Ray Two Way Love Affair
J. Red Soul Certified
Jeter Jones Da GQ Country Boy
Duchess Jureesa McBride Personal Love Vendetta
Lady Di Love Don't Owe Me Nothing
LaMorris Williams Mississippi Motown
Ms. Jody I Got The Feeling
Pokey Bear Mr. It Ain't Fair
O.B. Buchana Mississippi Folks
Ricky White Love Zone
Rosalyn Candy Timeless Soul Music Never Dies
Big G Satisfaction Guaranteed
Sonny Mack Get On Up
Bobby Conerly The Best Of
Adrena Better Days
Wendell B The Next 1
Stevie J Back 2 Blues

More great quotations from the songs of the year:

Knick-knack, paddy whack,
I think something’s wrong.
I’m in love with a woman,
I think she’s doing me wrong.
(“Sneaky Girl” Cool Ricky Blues)

“What about me?
What about your babies?...
What are you saying?”
“I’m saying….
I used to have two.
Now I’ve taking care of three.
Got a wife, the other woman,
and a sidepiece.”
“…Don’t say no more.
I ain’t no fool!”
(“Three” Cold Drank)

Then I met a man,
And his name was Bill.
And all he wanted
Was just one more cheap thrill.
Then I met another man
And his name was Ray.
And he was just looking
For somewhere to stay.
Now that kind of action
Just won’t do.
(“All True Man” Ms. Jody)

I tried to leave her many times before
And every time I leave,
I walk back for more…
It’s like porcupine meat,
Too fat to eat,
Too lean to throw away.
(“Porcupine Meat” Bobby Rush)

--Daddy B. Nice

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December 17, 2016:

Daddy B. Nice’s “Village Voice” Music Critics Poll 2016 Ballot (w/ YouTube Links Added)

New York City’s “Village Voice” is one of the nation’s first and undoubtedly the most renowned “alternative” weekly newspaper in the country. Daddy B. Nice’s “Village Voice” picks for “Top Ten Singles” and “Top Ten CD’s” are geared to the national audience and are not limited strictly to 2016 releases. Although their break-out seasons in the southern soul world, aka the chitlin’ circuit, may have come before 2016, much of the nation is only now hearing trickles of this music, if any. For instance, Big Pokey Bear’s “Sidepiece” is only now peaking in Chicago. It would be a misfortune if the first glimmers of southern soul on the national stage had no reference points on this list. Southern Soul veterans and fans will see it for what it is: a sprinkling of the recent classic (old) and new. Results will be published in print and online in the Village Voice’s January 25, 2017 issue.

Top Ten Singles

“My Sidepiece” The Louisiana Blues Brothas featuring Big Pokey Bear
From The Louisiana Blues Brothas’ LOVE ON THE BAYOU (Ross Music)
DBN: With an intensity and power not heard since the late Reggie P., Pokey sings "Sidepiece" like a hound baying at a treed coon.

Listen to Pokey Bear singing "My Sidepiece" on YouTube.

“Hell Naw To The Naw Naw Naw” Bishop Bullwinkle
YouTube Only
DBN: Once in awhile, a song comes along that makes everyone feel like they've been creating inside a "box". Listen to "retired preacher" Bullwinkle's full story in the song. You'll understand his anger and passion, and you'll realize he's following in the huge footprints of Clarence Carter, Poonanny, Marvin Sease and Bobby Rush.

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" on YouTube.

“I Got This Record” J-Wonn
From J-Wonn’s I GOT THIS RECORD (Saviour Music)
DBN: Sensitivity off the charts. A stunning debut, and a home-run arrangement from the young producer of the moment, Big Yayo. "I Got This Record” is J-Wonn's coming-out party, dramatic enough to recall Sir Charles Jones' "Friday" and LaMorris Williams' "Impala".

Listen to J-Wonn singing "I Got This Record" on YouTube.

“Three (Got A Wife, The Other Woman & A Sidepiece)” Cold Drank
From Go Legal Entertainment
DBN: A masterpiece of compression and atmosphere by the composer/producer of “My Sidepiece,” Heavy. Absolutely the best "Sidepiece" response song ever.

Listen to Cold Drank singing "Three” on YouTube.


“Hey Mr. Sexy Man” Nellie “Tiger” Travis
From Nellie “Tiger” Travis’s MR. SEXY MAN (Wind Chime Records)
DBN: "Heyyyyy... Mister Sexy Man, What Yo Name Is? What Yo Name Is?.....Proving once again that good English grammar ("What is your name?") just doesn't (don't?) make sense in the world of blues.

Listen to Nellie “Tiger” Travis singing "Hey Mr. Sexy Man" on YouTube.

“I Need A Cowgirl” Big Yayo featuring J-Wonn & T-Baby
From Big Yayo’s SOUTHERN CLASSIC (Saviour Music)
DBN: Southern Soul electronica, baby. The Chitlin' Circuit's #1 dance jam over the last two years.

Listen to Big Yayo singing "Cowgirl" on YouTube.

“Why Can’t I Be Your Lover?” O.B. Buchana
From (VARIOUS ARTISTS) BLUES MIX VOL. 21: BOOTY SHAKIN’ SOUL (Ecko Records)
DBN: Accompanied by an infectious cajun accordion, Southern Soul's premier stylist re-invents himself and his vocal style. Bulletin to the world: southern soul and zydeco are merging like incestuous siblings.

Listen to O.B. Buchana singing "Why Can’t I Be Your Lover" on YouTube.

“Boo Thang (I'm Running Back To You)” Chris Ardoin
From Chris Ardoin’s ZYDEKO FEVER (Maison de Soul Records)
DBN: This is a southern soul song with zydeco accompaniment and timing: you can almost imagine it in reggae if the timing were even slower. I love the way the button accordion tugs at my heart strings like an Argentinean tango.

Listen to Chris Ardoin singing "Boo Thang" on YouTube.

“Do You Think About Me?” Wendell B. featuring Lacee
From Wendell B’s THE NEXT 1 (Wendell Brown / Smoothway Music )
DBN: Slow jam city, baby, Barry White-style. The instrumental track is like a mattress of sound you want to jump into and bury yourself. Worthy to be played with Luther Vandross' Think About You."

Listen to Wendell B. & Lacee singing "Do You Think About Me?" on YouTube.

“The Guitar Song” --- LaMorris Williams
From Lamorris Williams’ Mississippi Motown (Lamorris Williams/ Rockslandon Entertainment )
DBN: Just when we'd begun to overlook him with the emergence of even younger new stars like J'Wonn, Tucka and Pokey, LaMorris reminds us of why we thought he was such a unique vocalist when he hit the scene.

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing "The Guitar Song" on YouTube.

Top Ten CD’s

LaMorris Williams --- Mississippi Motown (LaMorris Williams/ Rockslandon Entertainment )
DBN: Here you get a true glimpse of what LaMorris is trying to do--forge a new amalgam of southern soul and hiphop/urban R&B.

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing "Let Me Know" on YouTube.

William Bell --- This Is Where I Live (Stax Records)
DBN: So glad William Bell is recording, both for the pleasure of listening to his pure southern soul voice and accomplished sound but also for the example he sets the new generation of southern soul artists who will steer better for his shining beacon.

Listen to William Bell singing "The Three Of Me" on YouTube.

Various Artists --- Beat Flippa: I Got The Blues Vol. 1 (Ross Music/Music Access)
DBN: Baton Rouge-based Beat Flippa, Heavy, Pokey Bear, Tyree Neal et. al. have revolutionized contemporary southern soul with their simultaneously hiphop-savvy and bluesy sound and their chitlin’ circuit-steeped wit.

Listen to Pokey Bear, Adrian Bagher & Vince Hutchison singing "(Thank God It’s Friday) T.G.I.F." on YouTube.

Bigg Robb --- Showtime (Robbmusic / Over25sound)
DBN: The real mainstream in southern soul at the moment is a kind of Bigg Robb-derived, hiphop-influenced production. Here’s the bass-heavy template.

Listen to Bigg Robb singing "Good Good" on YouTube.

Adrena --- Better Days (Bone 40 Records)
DBN: Adrena's wispy alto-soprano annoys you with its amateurism even as it beckons you with its earnestness, Her vocals may not warrant putting her on the lofty level of stylists like Ms. Jody and Karen Wolfe, but your Daddy B. Nice would be hard-pressed to say they ever put out an album as good as this one.

Listen to Adrena singing "Better Thangs" on YouTube.

Tucka --- Long Live The King (Groove City Music)
DBN: Does the Deity have a pipeline to Tucka? He is like Cupid brought to real life. But then, we already have a Cupid, don’t we?

Listen to Tucka singing "When She Said Good-Bye" on YouTube.

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

Listen to Bobby Rush singing "Porcupine Meat" on YouTube.

Ms. Jody --- I Got The Feeling (Ecko Records)
DBN: With this outing Ms. Jody consolidates her claim to being contemporary southern soul's number one diva. P.S. I had a reverie the other day of Ms. Jody recording Lesley Gore's rock and roll classic, "It's My Party (And I'll Cry If I Want To)". Maybe she'll do it in concert?

Listen to Ms. Jody singing "All True Man" on YouTube.

J-Wonn --- The Legacy Begins (I Got This Record Publishing)
DBN: J’Wonn does what old-timers thought impossible: he makes the music accessible to the young, in the process demolishing the old critical "truism" that southern soul would die with its aging audience.

Listen to J-Wonn singing "I Need A Grown Woman" on YouTube.

Willie Clayton --- Heart And Soul (Endzone Entertainment)
Given the obscurity of the genre, the remaking of southern soul classics--in this case, "Your Man Is Home Tonight," the Tony Troutman song popularized by Artie “Blues Boy” White--makes super sense, and to hear a master vocalist like Willie Clayton playin’ on the sophisticated texture of the guitars, a “wall of sound,” is worth the price of admission.

Listen to Willie Clayton singing "Your Man Is Home Tonight" on YouTube.

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

-------MAY 2016---------

1. "My Man Is A Full Grown Dawg"------Jesi Terrell

Best thing to come out of indie label Sound Mindz Records in years, or at least since Jesi's own Love Mechanic in 2012. But that was a cover (Willie Clayton). This is an original, with a superb melody/groove and consummate lyrics.

Listen to Jesi Terrell singing "My Man Is A Full Grown Dawg" on YouTube.

Buy Jesi Terrell's "My Man Is A Full Grown Dog" mp3 at CD Baby.

2. TIE: "You Bad" / "Let Me Know"-------LaMorris Williams

"You Bad" is LaMorris at his classic simplicity-rocking-best. "Let Me Know" is the eye-opening new style from LaMorris that will have you ballroom-disco-dancing.

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing "You Bad" on YouTube.

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing "Let Me Know" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice's five-star "southern soul heaven" CD Review.

3. TIE: "Work That Thang" / "Just Say The Word (Remix)"--------Big G

Big G's back with his best collection in years, featuring the rocking single "Work That Thang" and the nine-minute classic ballad, "Just Say The Word," as deep and satisfying as Carl Sims' "I'm Trapped."

Listen to Big G singing "Work That Thang" on YouTube.

Listen to Big G singing "Just Say The Word (Remix)" on YouTube

4. "You Knew What You Had"--------Rue Davis

Who knew Rue Davis would "blossom" in the autumn of his career? This is the second superb single, following the "Twerkin'"-like "Big Hip Woman"--Daddy B. Nice's #7 Southern Soul Single December 2015--from his new CD. See New Album Alerts.

Listen to Rue Davis singing "You Knew What You Had" on YouTube.

5. "Let Me See You Rock"------Big Cynthia featuring Cupid

One of Cupid's best duets in awhile--and Cupid DOES duets.

Listen to Big Cynthia & Cupid singing "Let Me See You Rock" on RockMusicHub.

6. "Come On Home"-----Keith Frank & La. 26

It's not only southern soul artists doing zydeco; it's zydeco artists doing southern soul.

Listen to Keith Frank and La. 26 singing"Come On Home" on YouTube.

7. "Let Me Be Your Pokey Bear"-----Big Pokey

The sample is Tyrone Davis's "Let Me Be Your Pacifier," but a couple of listens to Pokey's version truly obliterates memories of the original.

Listen to Pokey singing "Let Me Be Your Pokey Bear" on YouTube.

8. "Until The Morning"-----Avail Hollywood

Bass-heavy, rattlesnake-hissing, with a vocal as original as the arrangement.

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "Until The Morning" on YouTube.

9. "Hit It Again"-----Stevie J

Listen to Stevie J singing "Hit It Again" on YouTube.

10. "Watch It Shake"------Lomax

Listen to Lomax singing "Watch It Shake" on YouTube.

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-------APRIL 2016---------

1. "The Three Of Me"-------William Bell

So glad William Bell is recording, both for the pleasure of listening to his pure southern soul voice and accomplished sound but also for the example he sets the new generation of southern soul artists who will steer better for his shining beacon.

Listen to William Bell singing "The Three Of Me" on NPR. Also scroll down to read the NPR interview of William.

Sample/Buy William Bell's "The Three Of Me" at iTunes.

2. "Lord, I Need To Talk To You"---------------J'Wonn

Maybe it's your Daddy B. Nice's weird pick of the month, or maybe it's an example of that "outside-the-box" creativity I've been talking about, or maybe my religious childhood is knocking on the back-door of my conscience because I used a four-letter word in my latest column. All I know is that I sit up and listen to this straightforward gospel in the same way I sat up and listened to "I Got This Record." I hear J'Wonn's innermost soul.

Watch and listen to the official video of J'Wonn singing "Lord, I Need To Talk To You" on YouTube.

3. "Get On Up"-----Sonny Mack

You've got to give credit to Ecko Records' John Ward (co-writer and producer of Mack's rambunctious "Get On Up") for assessing the changes in southern soul and moving toward more dance-oriented material with O.B. Buchana, Jaye Hammer and now Sonny Mack. Great vocal integration with the rhythm track.

Listen to Sonny Mack singing "Get On Up" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Sonny Mack's "Get On Up" at iTunes.

4. "Enjoy Yourself"-------J. Red (The Nephew)

This young man is becoming a consummate southern soul singer/songwriter/producer in a very short time. For those wondering about the "nephew," J. Red broke into the southern soul market as Theodis ("Stand Up In It") Ealey's "nephew."

Listen to J. Red singing "Enjoy Yourself" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy J. Red's "Enjoy Yourself" at iTunes.

5. "Hush Money"--------Alonzo Reid

Alonzo doesn't have Marvin's caramel-thick tenor, but longtime Marvin Sease sideman Alonzo Reid has remnants of his musical legacy, his band, and.....pinch your Daddy B. Nice if that's not the one and only LaKeisha Burks singing background and voice-over, just as sassy and 20-something as she ever was on Marvin's records.

Listen to Alonzo Reid singing "Hush Money" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Alonzo Reid's "Hush Money" at CD Baby.

6. "Make Her Feel It"------Tony Tatum

This is the southern soul debut artist who Daddy B. Nice scolded for the amateurish horn programming on his first single. He bounced right up with something even better. "Make Her Feel It" is very "hook-ey" and well-sung, not to mention refreshingly short, and the reference to "Theodis" will seal the deal with the fans.

Listen to Tony Tatum singing "Make Her Feel It" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Tony Tatum's "Make Her Feel It" at iTunes.

7. "Stand By Man"------Mr. Sam

A very welcome, mid-tempo offering from Mr. Sam on the Ecko label. It will remind his fans of the lush, lyrical quality of his early work.

8. "Junk In Yo Trunk"------LaMorris Williams

LaMorris' new single is just one of the delights from his new MISSISSIPPI MOTOWN CD. He's one of the best self-producers in the business.

Watch and listen to the official LaMorris Williams video of "Junk In Yo Trunk."

Sample/Buy LaMorris Williams' "Junk In Yo Trunk" at CD Baby.

9. "Move Something"-----Grady Champion

Grady's shooting for a more southern-soul sound (like "Make That Monkey Jump") on this new record debuted on WAGR (Holmes County, Mississippi)--probably the rawest, funkiest southern station going--the other night. He may cite Sonny Boy Williamson as an influence, but Grady's vocals sound like Darius Rucker from Hootie & The Blowfish (more white and rock than black and blues).

10. TIE between two brazenly-sampled records:

"Been Dreamin' About Ya" by Herman Hitson takes Otis Redding's "I've Got Dreams to Remember" and speeds it up without losing the Redding-style horns. Sample/Buy Herman Hitson's "Been Dreamin' About Ya" at CD Baby.

And Pokey's "I've Got A Root Coming On" samples Curtis Mayfield's "Pusher Man."

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

1. ”She Don’t Want Me No More”----------Mr. Sam

This is a song of majesty, not the usual chant. And if these are programmed drums, they sound as good as the real thing, as does the refreshing piano and deep-soul organ. Sam’s vocal is on fire emotionally and perfectly calibrated technically. The subtle, raised-a-chord “move on” at the end of each chorus soars into “southern soul heaven”.

Listen to Mr. Sam singing ”She Don’t Want Me No More” on YouTube.

2. ”Looking For My Woman”----Joe “Blues” Butler

Fresh, rowdy take on the blues. The production is thin and his singing is undisciplined, but Butler’s light-hearted charisma carries the song. The humor is even more apparent in “Looking For My Woman” than in his also-charting “Full-Figured Woman,” the title cut of Butler’s fifth CD on Memphis’ Nikkie Records, and first to be distributed by Memphis’ “major” indie label, Ecko Records, marking his national-distribution debut.

Listen to Joe “Blues” Butler singing “Looking For My Woman” on YouTube.

3. “Going Down Slow”----Sir Charles Jones w/ Wendell B.

Sir Charles is in fine form on this one, although he does make the uncharacteristic mistake of asking the fans for “four and a half minutes of your time,” an eternity to today’s texting generation. One peculiarity. Although Charles shouts out himself at the beginning and ending of the song, he doesn’t mention Wendell B, who background-sings throughout (although never takes a verse). Another peculiarity: it’s a Wendell B. song. Guess they worked something out.

4. “Lit (Ain’t Nobody In This Club More Lit Than Me)”
-----Cupid featuring Pokey Bear

For those Grammy judges who were good enough to award two southern soul masters—Bobby Rush and William Bell—in this year’s Grammies, “Lit” is the living blues straight from the new generation. Pokey is powerful and tireless, Cupid has seldom been better, and the live video (below) matches the song’s intensity.

Watch the official live-in-the-club video of Cupid & Pokey singing “Lit” on YouTube.

5. ”Don’t You Wanna Dance”-----Mr. Campbell

Great dance floor anthem. Simple, engaging, and well-sung.

Listen to Mr. Campbell singing “Don’t You Wanna Dance on YouTube.

6. "Nightime Gardener"------Bobby Rush featuring Keb' Mo'

Bobby's put down his "night-fishing" rod and he's "night-gardening"--with a lawn mower and all--accompanied by the exhilarating guitar of Keb' Mo'. From Bobby's Grammy award-winning blues album, Porcupine Meat.

Listen to Bobby Rush singing "Nighttime Gardener" on YouTube.

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!) But hold on, I'm not criticizing. Just the opposite. Instead of over-reaching or trying to impress, which so often taints Lomax's singles, this one is as comfortable as an old pair of your favorite shoes. Swing it, Lomax!

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

8. "Are You Ready To Love Again?"------Lebrado

Listen to Lebrado singing "Are You Ready To Love" on YouTube.

9. "She's Ratchet"-----Jeter Jones w/ Big Pokey Bear

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "She's Ratchet" on YouTube.

10. "Slippin'"----Summer Wolfe

Listen to Summer Wolfe singing "Slippin'" on YouTube.

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-------FEBRUARY 2017-------

1. “I Can’t Be Faithful”----Big Pokey Bear featuring Bishop Bullwinkle

The two biggest new stars in southern soul music team up for the first time on a Beat Flippa-produced track that continues Pokey’s theme of being “addicted to the women.” Hewing to his theme of preaching about worldly evils, in this case Pokey’s, Bishop Bullwinkle stuns with his crystal-clear clarity and tone, proving he’s not just a novelty act but a unique vocalist.

2. “Honey Hole”-----Vickie Baker

Whoever wrote the lyrics covered every salacious double entendre possible--“This hole is deep, / This hole is wet”—along with “long poles,” “wide poles,” and so on. Vickie’s investment in getting the male hormones flowing should shower her with new fans and righteous praise.

Listen to Vickie Baker sampling “Honey Hole” on Facebook.

3. ”I’ll Take Your Word For It”-----Vick Allen

Vick augments the light-hearted attitude of “Shawty On The Side” with another witty social commentary, this one about a man turning down a woman's high-powered advances. The rhythm track and strong keyboard line, along with a snap-to-it horn solo, contribute mightily.

Listen to Vick Allen singing “I’ll Take Your Word For It” on YouTube.

4. ”A Lie Don’t Care Who Tell It”------Melody Gold

From her debut CD, Zero To A Hundred, Melody Gold’s new single pairs a first-rate vocal with a sumptuous melody line and one of producer Avail Hollywood's finest arrangements ever.

Listen to Melody Gold singing “A Lie Don’t Care Who Tell It” on YouTube.

5. ”Til The Sun Comes Up”-----Tucka

Still dealing with messy copyright litigation with a former manager, Tucka doesn’t miss a beat creatively, churning out new southern soul hits as lightly as he’d launch a Frisbee across a beach. From his latest set, Long Live The King.

Listen to Tucka singing ”Til The Sun Comes Up” on YouTube.

6. “Old Man’s Sweetheart”----Coco featuring Big Yayo

“Used to be a young man’s fool, / Now I’m an old man’s sweetheart.” Someone remind your Daddy B. Nice. Who did this song? Not Candi Staton (Candi Staton’s ’69 hit of the same name), which is the only thing I can find on Google. It’s cute and knowing, even cuter with Coco (Big Yayo producing).

7. “You’re The One, Baby”----Lomax featuring O.B. Buchana

Solid if predictable ballad, well executed by both singers.

8. ”Busted”-----Donnell Sullivan

If Donnell Sullivan keeps beating down the musical door like he does here, he’s going to go through the vaunted “green door” to southern soul’s V.I.P. His most mature vocal yet.

Listen to Donnell Sullivan singing “Busted” on YouTube.

9. ”Knock The Fire (Remix)”----Mr. David featuring Joe Nice

It’s so much fun--a southern soul fan’s vision of heaven--to hear the opening words of Mr. David’s southern soul version of this old Springsteen riff and its iconic bass line: “I was driving in my Chevy (?)-o, / JACKIE NEAL ON THE RADIO.” Hiphop/techno producer Joe Nice streamlines the remix.

Listen to Mr. David singing ”Knock The Fire (Remix)” on YouTube.

10. “Shake It”-----Kilamity Jane

Catchy, upbeat jam with quirky, merry-go-round-like instrumentation. Equally fascinating is the singing of Kilamity Jane, whose sharp, syncopated vocal took me all the way back to Dinah Washington singing “What A Difference A Day Makes,” one of the first glimmers of southern soul when I was a kid.

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-------JANUARY 2017-------

1. "Dirty"------Adrian Bagher

Great dance jam. In just the first few bars, with its hiphop sheen and rhythm-track "fullness," you know it's either Beat Flippa or--as it turns out--Heavy (aka Highway Heavy), Charles Lewis of "Sidepiece" and "Three" fame on the production. And doing the singing is the kid your Daddy B. Nice has been waiting to break out--a guy who's intent on expressing emotions most people won't touch--the deserving Adrian Bagher.

Listen to Adrian Bagher singing "Dirty" on YouTube.

2. "Born Under A Bad Sign"------William Bell

Where there is sun, there is shade. Maintaining the intimate acoustic sound of "The Three Of Me" and "This Is Where I Live," William Bell explores the dark classic by Albert King. Bell wrote it, by the way, during the Summer of Love, 1967.

Listen to William Bell singing "Born Under A Bad Sign" on YouTube.

3. "If You Need Some Tender Loving"----Ms. Mini & J. Red

In tandem with the richly-piped J. Red, who assuredly produced, Ms. Mini actually outdoes her exemplary vocal on Mike Darden's "That Act Right" with this sumptuous and melodic hymn to the joys of infidelity.

Listen to Ms. Mini & J. Red singing "If You Need Some Tender Loving" on YouTube.

4. "Room 102"-----Emerson Hill

He popped up on the concert circuit, and upon checking him out, Emerson Hill possesses a uniquely nasal vocal tone, like listening to the stereo with treble up, bass down. He's technically polished and well worth giving a listen.

Listen to Emerson Hill singing "Room 102" on YouTube

5. "Naked"------Louisiana Blues Brothas

It was the first single from last year's Beat Flippa Vol. 2, but Tyree Neal's song structure sounded as limp as a yoga-instructor. Months later, something has broken my resistance, like water running over stones, maybe Beat Flippa's tremolo organ or the street-corner-style Pokey/Tyree vocals.

Listen to The Louisiana Blues Brothas singing "Naked" on YouTube.

6. "Hold On (To What You Got)"-----Sharnette Hyter & Joe Tex II

A uplifting duet (and well-done video). As we're immersed in "sidepiece" and "other woman" tunes, Hyter and Tex II remind us of the common sense in remaining monogamous, recycling Tex's famous father's soulful ballad with an uptempo twist.

Listen to Sharnette Hyter & Joe Tex II singing "Hold On To What You Got" on YouTube.

7. "Make Time (For Her)"------

An unabashed throwback to old-school romance by the melodic troubadour, Mr. Sam.

Listen to Mr. Sam singing "Make Time For Her" on YouTube.

8. "What's That Dance?"-----Rhomey

A new dance track from T.K. Soul's label, Soulful Records. Nice mix of gravel-rough rapping and melody-line vocal. No YouTube as of this posting.

9. "Why Jody Be For Me"-----T. Warner

This new artist has a fresh sound. Atmospheric arranging and street-wise voice-overs usher the melody home.

Listen to T. Warner singing "Why Jody B 4 Me" on YouTube.

10. "Turn It Out"----J. Red and Sir Charles Jones

Yet another project from the workaholic and lusty-voiced J. Red The Nephew. The Sir Charles vocal is a little washed-out, as it has been in a couple of other duets over the last year. Not sure if it's the key he's singing in, the vagaries of the mix, or if he's lost some of the projection he brought to early classics like "Better Call Jody."

Listen to J. Red and Sir Charles Jones singing "Turn It Out" on YouTube.

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-------DECEMBER 2016-------

1."Come Saddle Up" / "Swing Out"-------Big Cynthia / Big Cynthia featuring Pokey Bear

Cynthia never met a note she wanted to bend, which has arguably limited her appeal over the years. One of the longest-tenured artists in southern soul, this daughter of Junior Walker and current godmother to the Louisiana southern soul scene was recording for Avanti and Ace in the 90's. I succumbed to "Saddle Up" after a couple of plays. The energy is too electric to do without. And man-of-the-moment Big Pokey joins Cynthia on "Swing Out," submitting an especially "grainy" and vintage-sounding vocal. (No You-Tube as of this posting.)

Listen to Big Cynthia singing "Come Saddle Up" on YouTube.

2. "Do You Think About Me?"------Wendell B. featuring Lacee

Slow jam city, baby. The instrumental track is like a mattress of sound you want to jump into and bury yourself. Wendell B has quietly become one of the foremost vocalists in all of R&B--and without losing his southern soul! Lacee's terrific. Check out the poignant, Ms. Tabatha-like guitar. Worthy to be played with Luther Vandross' "Think About You."

Listen to Wendell B. and Lacee singing "Do You Think About Me?" on YouTube.

3. "All The Lovers In The House"-----Nellie "Tiger" Travis

If this song hadn't come from composer/producer Floyd Hamberlin, I might not have made it past the first few bars: flowery and flaccid, hinting of elevator music. Then Nellie starts singing. A Southern Soul vocal just doesn't get any better. She transforms it into an anthem so powerful you can visualize how it's going to play out in concert, with the fans all swaying slowly from side to side with their hands in the air. It's so positive--full of warmth, love and community. Check out the early Sir Charles Jones production effects.

Listen to Nellie "Tiger" Travis singing"All The Lovers In The House" on YouTube.

4. "Nobody"-----El' Willie

Ever wonder what Willie would sound like on a professionally-produced record? Pretty impressive, as it turns out. Willie told me he sent me the wrong mix, and I said, "No, you didn't." A long, leisurely, Herbie Hancock-ish, instrumental intro leads into El's intimate, velvet-baritone vocal, and it's worth the wait--justified in the way you would wait to be ushered into a bishop's inner chambers. Reminscent of the jazz/blues of Charles Brown.

Listen to El' Willie singing "Nobody" on YouTube.

5. "(They Say I'm) Classy"----Sharnette Hyter

Another find for Daniel Ross (Beat Flippa) and the Baton Rouge-based Ross Music Group, Sharnette Hyter is too good to ignore, and surrounded by Beat Flippa's richly-textured production, she comes across like a tough and passionate southern soul diva.

Listen to Sharnette Hyter singing "Classy" on YouTube.

6. "I Don't Want To Be Alone"-----Luther Lackey

Temperamental. Paranoid. Vacillates between music and comedy. Quits, comes back. We can only hope that Luther Lackey's bleeding-ulcer-like, perennial dissatisfaction with southern soul flows into a cauldron of creativity, because the gentleman is a musical genius, as attested to by this amazing new tune, which harks back to the seminal, early-century southern soul work of producer Senator Jones at Mardi Gras and Hep'Me Records, gospel ensembles and choruses with a hint of singing-cowboys, a beautiful and almost forgotten direction for the music.

Listen to Luther Lackey singing "I Don't Want To Be Alone" on YouTube.

7. "I Ain't Gettin' That Shit"-----Stevie J.

Welcome to southern soul punk rock. I can't imagine fans NOT dancing to this steamrolling slice of blues. From Stevie J's newest, Back 2 Blues.

Listen to Stevie J. singing "I Ain't Gettin' That" on YouTube

8. "I'm Taking It To My Grave"-----J-Wonn

The most southern soul track from J-Wonn's surprisingly pop-ish, new THE LEGACY BEGINS CD.

Listen to J'Wonn singing "Taking It To My Grave" on YouTube.

9. "Zydeco Blues & Trail Ride" (ZBT Anthem)-----Ross Music Group (Pokey Bear, Crystal Thomas, Jeter Jones, Ms. Portia et.al.)

Late-breaking with a bullet.

Listen to RMG singing "ZBT Anthem" on YouTube.

10. "BYOB Party"----Tre' Williams featuring Jerry Flood

Humble but durable tune to close out the last chart spot of 2016. Full of realistic details like...

"I don't want anyone I don't know
Sitting at my table..."

Listen to Tre' Williams singing "BYOB Party" on YouTube.

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-------NOVEMBER 2016-------

1. ”Preacher Was A Home Wrecker”-----Stan Butler

Like the young Bob Dylan, like the young Sir Charles Jones, the young Stan Butler is on an artistic “roll” so pure and unstoppable it’s a joy to behold. I’m not comparing Stan to these greats, just drawing attention to his seemingly inexhaustible creativity, because when I say “on a roll” I mean a song a month, not a song a year. Only a handful of recording artists achieve this kind of sequential inspiration, and only for a brief period.

Listen to Stan Butler singing ”Preacher Was A Home Wrecker” on YouTube.

2. ”All True Man”------Ms. Jody

I once criticized an approximation of the background vocal of this song’s chorus, in another Ecko-produced single, as “nerdy” and maybe even, God forbid, “white,” but here—-vocally-enhanced--it’s perfect, joining a guitar riff of mesmerizing simplicity and a typically soulful lead vocal, just “another day at the office” for Ms. Jody. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, the second verse swings open the gates to Soul Heaven with these simple but somehow indelible lines:

“Then I met this man/ And his name was Bill/ And all he wanted/ Was just one more cheap thrill./ Then I met another man/ And his name was Ray/ And he was just looking/ For somewhere to stay.”

Listen to Ms. Jody’s ”All True Man” on YouTube.

Buy Ms. Jody’s “All True Man” single or I GOT THE FEELING CD at iTunes.

3. "The Thrill Is Gone"------Gene “Poo Poo Man” Anderson

The P-Funk All-Stars alumnus drops a slinky, irresistible, quasi-blues-quasi-funk-quasi-alternative tune on the southern soul circuit. The torrid rhythm track reminds me of the theme from a new, pretty obscure “Adult Swim” (Brad Neeley) cartoon on the Cartoon Channel, in which the animated lead character dances to this beat. Pity there’s no YouTube.

11/12/16 Update: Here's the newly-posted YouTube link: Listen to Poo Poo Man singing "The Thrill Is Gone" on YouTube.

4. ”If You Lay, You Gone Pay”-----Stephanie McDee

Stephanie takes what’s essentially a “lounge” song (the melody could be from any era of cabaret) and transforms it into an up-to-date, gritty, street-wise manifesto on sexual relations. “I’m a good woman, and you’re a no good man.” That says it all, especially when Stephanie is singing (growling) it.

Listen to Stephanie McDee singing “If You Lay, You Gone Pay” on You Tube.

Listen to Stephanie McDee introducing her new single and upcoming album on You Tube.

5. ”24/7”----------J-Wonn

Should this song (with a real sax, by the way) be #1, not #5? Some deejays might argue a new single from Southern Soul’s “young gun,” coinciding with the release of a new album, deserves as much, and the question itself implies the respect your Daddy B. Nice has for this wunderkind of southern soul music. And how can you criticize a young artist for singing about young topics (infatuation with a new lover)? But we are miles from the celestial heights of J’Wonn’s classic, ”I Got This Record.”

Although songs like “24/7” and “Daddy’s Girl” are creating a new generation of young southern soul fans, I can’t help comparing these tunes to the similarly light-weight, borderline-fluffy, follow-up efforts of LaMorris Williams—“Pretty Lady,” etc.--to his breakthrough classic, “Impala.” I hope to see J-Wonn rediscover the ageless depth and soulfulness of “I Got This Record” in the same way LaMorris eventually did with this year’s classic album, Mississippi Motown.

Listen to J-Wonn singing “24/7” on YouTube.

Buy J’Wonn’s “24/7” mp3 or THE LEGACY BEGINS CD at iTunes.

6. “Shake What Your Mama Gave You”-----J. Red featuring Willie Hill

Willie Hill, one of the great, under-appreciated vocalists of southern soul, is in top form on this J. Red record. Terrific bridge.

Listen to J. Red & Willie Hill singing “Shake What Your Mama Gave You.”

Buy J.Red’s/Willie Hill’s “Shake What Your Mama Gave You” mp3 or J. Red The Nephew & Friends CD.

7. ”Charlie Horse” -------Cupid featuring Dana Jackson

One of Cupid’s best and most melodic.

Listen to Cupid & Dana Jackson singing ”Charlie Horse” on YouTube.

8. "Shothouse Blues"------Toia Jones

A new one, in the Bigg Robb style, from the songstress who gave us last winter's "You Can Get It" (DBN's Top 10, #6 January 16).

9. “Sit Down On It (Remix)” -------------Mr. X

This old (2008-2010) “minor” classic (which sounds better than ever) came through the mail with the announcement that it had made the ITUNES 'NEW BLUES CHART @ #78' (OCT. 8, 2016). I had never heard of this chart, so I checked it out, too late--evidently--to find Mr. X still charting, but I always encourage southern soul producers to recycle their "hits," given the limited exposure of the chitlin' circuit. The iTunes chart is fascinating because it is based on up-to-the moment sales of "blues" tunes--old and new--including a constantly-changing (and very encouraging) sprinkling of southern soul standards ("Hole In The Wall," "My Sidepiece," etc.).

Listen to Mr. X singing “Sit Down On It (Remix)” on YouTube.

10. "Dance The Night Away (Remix)"-----Snatch Nelson

A rare recording from the singer who gave us "Ride It Like A Pony" in 2007.

Listen to Snatch Nelson singing "Dance The Night Away (Remix)" on YouTube.

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

-------OCTOBER 2016---------

1. "Sneaky Girl"-----Cool Ricky Blues w/ L.J. Echols

Authentic yet restrained emotion. A lead vocal boasting a rare, gratifying timbre and tone. And aiding Cool Ricky Blues with a back-up vocal and arrangement emphasizing the "one-and-TWO-and" sweet-spot of southern soul he knows so well: L.J. Echols.

Listen to Cool Ricky Blues singing "She's A Sneaky Girl" on YouTube.

Buy Cool Ricky Blues' "Sneaky Girl" single from his new A FRESH BOWL OF SOUL CD at CD Baby.

2. "Porcupine Meat"----Bobby Rush

Who says "slow" doesn't "swing"? Published by straight-blues label Rounder (a first for Rush), the promotional copies may not be flowing to the usual chitlin' circuit deejays, but that doesn't mean we can't partake. As legendary deejays like Ragman at Jackson, Mississippi's WMPR have long schooled us, you can't have your southern soul without a little blues, be it Albert King, B.B. King, Little Milton or Bobby Rush. Vasti Jackson's on lead guitar, Rush on his signature mouth harp.

Listen to Bobby Rush singing "Porcupine Meat" on YouTube.

Buy Bobby Rush's "Porcupine Meat" single from his new PORCUPINE MEAT CD at Amazon.

3. "Boo Thang"-----X-Man Parker

"Boo Thang" is a smashing comeback for the Ultimate Southern Soul alumnus. Yes, X-Man was there when Senator Jones gave "birth" to contemporary southern soul, thanks to Sir Charles Jones and The Love Doctor.

Listen to X-Man Parker singing "Boo Thang" (the official video) on YouTube.

4. "That Act Right"------Miss Mini

The best of the crop of new dance singles by female artists. Good groove, well-sung, written and produced by Mike Darden, who was a major collaborator on Adrena's recent, successful album.

Listen to Miss Mini singing "That Act Right" on YouTube.

5. "Catch A Groove (Dancing Shoes)"-----Christopher La'Mont

It's hiphop--I don't deny it. But what a hook. And the lyrics, well, they're steeped in southern soul and eventually win you over.

"...Listen to some southern soul and old school..."

Listen to Christopher La'Mont singing "Dancing Shoes" on YouTube.

6. "Them Country Girls"------Jeter Jones w/ Crystal Thomas

Jeter Jones is another vocalist with a unique and pleasing timbre, and Crystal Thomas delivers one of her most original vocals yet. Beat Flippa on the production.

Listen to Jeter Jones & Crystal Thomas singing "Them Country Girls" on YouTube.

Buy the Jeter Jones/Crystal Thomas "Them Country Girls" single on the BEAT FLIPPA VOL. 2 album at iTunes.

7. "Cowgirl Remix"------Big Yayo, J'Wonn & Rosalyn Candy

The Rosalyn Candy verse is good, but the show-stopper is the Ray Charles "Hit The Road Jack" verse by Big Yayo.

Listen to "Behind The Cowgirl" Remix with Big Yayo on YouTube

8. "Get Freaky In The Club"-----Avail Hollywood

Brand new single--an erotic ballad--from Hollywood showcasing superb writing, vocal and production.

9. "Love After Hours"-----Tony Tatum

The production skills are still rough, but the inspiration and creativity behind the material signal a potential Jeff Floyd-like star in the making.

Listen to Tony Tatum singing "Love After Hours" on YouTube.

10. "Don't Wanna Lose My Baby"-----Coupe DeVille

A new singer with a name like a vintage car, produced by T.K. Soul with lavish attention to detail.

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

-------SEPTEMBER 2016---------

1. "Why Can't I Be Your Lover?"----O.B. Buchana

Southern Soul's premier stylist has done the near-impossible: re-invented himself and his vocal style. With its sweet soul energy, its country flavor, its button accordion phrasing and classic guitar coda, "Why Can't I Be Your Lover?" deserves to be #1 on every popular music platform in America. From the upcoming sampler, Blues Mix, Vol. 21: Booty Shakin' Soul.

Listen to O.B. Buchana singing "Why Can't I Be Your Lover?" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice's four-star CD review.

2. "Take Me To The Bootlegger"------Stan Butler

A true outsider (Georgia) as yet unfamiliar with southern soul's deejay circuit, this young man is the real thing, a writer/performer of great promise, and he's getting better with each new record. This is his third appearance here in four months. "Bootlegger" has the scope and lyricism of a classic. Write stanb478@gmail.com for service.

Listen to Stan Butler singing "Take Me To The Bootlegger" on YouTube.

3. "I Got The Feeling"----Ms. Jody

Ms. Jody at her best. She'll be opening concerts with this gem. And congratulations to John Ward for taking his arrangements to a higher level of originality and execution, both with Ms. Jody and O.B.

Listen to Ms. Jody singing "I Got The Feeling" on YouTube

Read Daddy B. Nice's five-star "southern soul heaven" review of Ms. Jody's new I GOT THE FEELING CD.

4. "Turkey Leg"----Cool Ricky Blues

Yes, this is the Ric. E. Bluez (confirmed by Blues Festival Guide) from a decade ago, appreciated by a few diehards like your Daddy B. Nice for songs like "I Wanna Make Love To You" and "Angel." I even forgot I wrote an artist guide to Ric E. Bluez back in the day when he was briefly on the Top 100. (Stumbled upon that via googling.) But I didn't know any of this when I fell for "Turkey Leg."

Listen to Cool Ricky Blues singing "Turkey Leg" on You Tube. Line-dance video, too.

5. "You Think I'm Wrong (I Think I'm Right)"-----Karen Wolfe featuring Sir Charles Jones

Southern Soul royalty, folks, and it makes me chuckle over the irony of these two rustic icons of southern soul music in such a smooth, orchestrated setting amidst the young, raw material surrounding them on the Top Ten Singles. Their "domestic dispute"--an echo of The Love Doctor's and Thomisene Anderson's "Lies (You Said It, No I Didn't)"--sounds as sophisticated and classically cabaret as a duet by Frank Sinatra/Nina Simone, or Nat King Cole/Lena Horne.

Watch here for Retail and YouTube.

6. "Tighten Up"-----Lady Soul

I knew this was Beat Flippa (producing) the minute I heard that quickly-becoming-iconic organ/keyboard on the instrumental track, and the fact that this young musical genius keeps such a low profile just makes Beat Flippa all the more fascinating to me. From the singer of "Lady Soul Slide," produced by T.K. Soul, "Tighten Up" marks the little-hyped (until now) debut of Beat Flippa's much-anticipated I Got the Blues, Vol. 2. Your Daddy B. Nice unknowingly debuted another track from the new sampler two months ago with Nicole Jackson's "What You Gone Do For Me?" Both songs utilize the cajun button accordion.

Listen to Lady Soul singing "Tighten Up" on YouTube.

Buy Lady Soul's "Tighten Up" mp3 or the full Beat Flippa: I Got The Blues, Vol. 2 at Amazon.

7. "Better Leave You Alone"----Summer Wolfe

It was her proliferating appearances on Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar that sent me looking for material by this young, Adrena-like singer, and what I found was impressive.

Listen to Summer Wolfe singing "Better Leave You Alone (The Official Video)."

8. "It's Booty Shakin' Time"--------O.B. Buchana

Don't recognize this song? Shame. It's "Ms. Jody's Thang," re-tooled and tweaked for O.B., who's out to own the southern soul dance jam. From the upcoming sampler, Blues Mix, Vol. 21: Booty Shakin' Soul.

Listen to O.B. Buchana singing "Booty Shakin' Time" on YouTube.

9. "Blow Me A Kiss"----Till 1

We know one thing: Till 1 hasn't been monitoring the discussions here about cheesy horn programming. But there's so much else to like, including the vocal and the organ/keyboard--and anyway, the song is already a hit in Mobile and Pensacola.

Listen to Till 1 singing "Blow Me A Kiss" on YouTube.

10. "Steppin' Out"----Donna Renae

Here's another artist (like Summer Wolfe above) whose praiseworthy 2015 release was overlooked. Thanks to WDLT (Mobile's) DJ Stormy for playing this record.

Listen to Donna Renae singing "Steppin' Out" on YouTube.

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

-------AUGUST 2016---------

1. "Three (Got A Wife, The Other Woman & A Sidepiece)" ------Coldrank

Absolutely the best "Sidepiece" response song ever. Strong vocal (by a former hiphopper), Beat Flippa-like, Hammond-deep organ (which makes the song), mean guitar, even a little piano. And--oh yeah--incendiary lyrics. "I used to have two. Now I'm taking care of three..." On sale soon!

Listen to Coldrank singing "Three (Got A Wife, The Other Woman & A Sidepiece)" on YouTube.

2. "This Place Is Hot"-------Ms. Jody

Ms. Jody throws it down on her new album, I GOT THE FEELING, and this fast club jam features one of the tightest tracks the dedicated diva and her Ecko cohorts have ever produced.

Listen to Ms. Jody singing "This Place Is Hot" on YouTube.

Buy Ms. Jody's "This Place Is Hot" mp3 at iTunes.

3. "Calling All The Riders"-------T.K. Soul

Stay on the dance floor. Keep those hands waving in the air. Your longtime "bad boy" of southern soul hasn't lost his hard-jamming touch.

Listen to T.K. Soul singing "Calling All The Riders" on the Youtube.

Buy T.K. Soul's "Calling All The Riders" mp3 at iTunes.

4. "Wrong Draws (He Caught Me With The Wrong Drawers On)"-----The Mystery Lady

A salacious "underground" record re-discovered by WAGR DJ Big Money and written about by your Daddy B. Nice for the last six months...The mystery is finally resolved. See story in Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag.

Listen to The Mystery Lady singing "Wrong Draws (He Caught Me With The Wrong Drawers On)" on Youtube.

Buy The Mystery Lady's "Wrong Drawers" mp3 at CD Baby.

5. "Outside Love Affair"------Donnie Ray

In which Donnie Ray and saxophonist Jessie Primer perform wonderful pirouettes around one another.

Listen to Donnie Ray singing "Outside Love Affair" on YouTube.

Buy Donnie Ray's "Outside Love Affair" mp3 at iTunes.

6. "A Lie Don't Care Who Tell It"-------Napoleon Demps

An affecting mid-tempo tune from the same Napoleon who brought you "Who You Been Lovin'" with Mr. David a decade ago. From the upcoming sampler, NAPOLEON DEMPS PRESENTS SOUTHERN SOUL, on sale soon.

Listen to Napoleon Demps singing "A Lie Don't Care Who Tell It" on YouTube.

7. "I Love You"-----Falisa JaNaye

The Memphis diva returns with an adept vocal, a fine piano-dominated arrangement and a song with an atypically (for southern soul) lovely bridge and sophisticated key change, all within an admirably brisk three minutes.

Listen to Falisa JaNaye singing "I Love You" on YouTube.

Buy Falisa JaNaye's "I Love You" mp3 at iTunes.

8. "Baby, You're Ready"-----Ricky White

Ricky White doesn't say if his intended sexual partner is as young as Sonny Boy Williamson's
"Little Schoolgirl." Let's hope not, because it would take a strong-willed woman indeed to withstand the powerful undertow of White's pleading vocal.

Listen to Ricky White singing "Baby, You're Ready" on YouTube.

Buy Ricky White's "Baby, You're Ready" mp3 at iTunes.

9. "Yo Love (Your Love Has Affected Me)"------Robert "The Duke" Tillman

Robert "The Duke" Tillman. This singer could come back and immediately rank in the top ten of southern soul male vocalists. He hasn't lost a thing except time.

10. "Shake It"-----Ra'Shad The Blues Kid

Imagine a young, raw, unschooled Lee "Shot" Williams.

Listen to Ra'Shad singing "Shake It" on YouTube.

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

-------JULY 2016---------

1. "I'm Concerned"-----LaMorris Williams

“Musically, LaMorris still needs more melody, more sophisticated song structure--like verses, choruses, bridges?--in which to exhibit his prodigious vocal talent.” That’s what your Daddy B. Nice was writing in a Top 10 Singles column as recently as October 13. Man! Has LaMorris ever answered the bell! MISSISSIPPI MOTOWN is the best music of the year so far--music of a sophistication that transcends the genre.

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing "I'm Concerned" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice's 5-star, "southern soul heaven" review of LaMorris Williams' MISSISSIPPI MOTOWN.

2. "Better Thangs/Better Thangs 2"-----Adrena

In my mix I start with the excellent, wah-wah-reverb, one-minute-plus instrumental "Better Thangs" (how about a remix?) and segue into the impressive, full-length, Adrena-sung "Better Thangs 2."

"Her vocals may not warrant putting Adrena on the lofty level of stylists like Ms. Jody and Karen Wolfe, but your Daddy B. Nice would be hard-pressed to say they ever put out an album as good as this one." (From the 5-star, "southern soul heaven" review of Adrena's BETTER DAYS).

3. "Boo Thang"------Chris Ardoin

This is a southern soul song with zydeco accompaniment and timing: you can almost imagine it in reggae if the timing were even slower. I love the way the button accordion tugs at my heart strings like an Argentinean tango.

Listen to Chris Ardoin singing "Boo Thang (I'm Running Back To You)" on YouTube.

Buy Chris Ardoin's new Zydeko Fever CD at iTunes.

4. "Get In There"-----Pokey Bear

This guy has taken over every southern soul stage he's set foot on. He's insanely creative and fearless, a major headliner in the space of a couple of years.

Listen to Pokey singing "Get In There" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Big Pokey Bear's MR. IT AIN'T FAIR album at CD Baby.

5. "Third Of The Month"------Stan Butler

A rhythm guitarist's dream. Extraordinary confidence and expertise from such a neophyte singer/songwriter. Kinda weird, though, a young'un taking up the cause of the social-security crowd. Hope it's not patronization--and I don't think it is. Profiled this month on Southern Soul Corner With The "Soul Dog" Neal Furr.

Listen to Stan Butler singing "Third Of The Month" on YouTube.

6. "Back This Wagon Up (What You Gonna Do For Me?)"-------Nicole Jackson

I really thought Nicole Jackson's evocative but obscure (even for southern soul) anthem from the early aught's--"Can We Go There"--would disappear forever, but she's maintained a loyal and seemingly growing audience.

Listen to Nicole Jackson singing "Bag This Wagon Up" on YouTube

Buy "Bag This Wagon Up" mp3 at iTunes.

7. TIE: between...

"Knock The Fire"------Mr. David

Mr. David covers Springsteen's classic "Fire" with its killer bass hook, southern-soul style. Listening to "Jackie Neal on the radio" leads to back-of-the-car sex and more. (No YouTube or Retail yet.)

"Hey Mr. DJ" ------Chris Ivy

Which brings up the "Turn Road" (sex-in-the-country) man himself.

Listen to Chris Ivy singing "Hey Mr. DJ" on YouTube.

8. TIE: between two distinguished and unique stylists whose rare singles make their styles even more addictive....

"I Want Some More"------Carl Marshall

(No YouTube or Retail yet.)

"I'm Gonna Put It Down Tonight"----Wendell B.

Listen to Wendell B. singing "I'm Gone Put It Down Tonight" on YouTube.

Buy Wendell B.'s "I'm Gone Put It Down Tonight" mp3 at iTunes.

9. TIE: Three Ecko/Memphis-affiliated artists share #9:

"There's A Party Going On"-----Ms. Jody

Great new, uptempo jam from that "Jody" lady.

Sample/Buy Ms. Jody's "There's A Party Going On" mp3 at Amazon.

"I Tiptoed In It"-----Mr. Sam featuring O.B. Buchana

A take-off, of course, on 2009's (has it really been that long?) "Put Your Foot In It" by the same two parties. Indeed, it actually makes "Put Your Foot In It" a little more understandable.

Listen to Mr. Sam & O.B. Buchana singing “Tiptoe In It” on the Gentry Jones/Mr. Sam “sneak preview” Facebook page.

10. "Slow Rock"----Tucka

Listen to Tucka singing "Slow Rock" on YouTube.

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