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October 6, 2018: News & Notes

Top Ten "Spillover": October 2018

Pictured: Uvee Hayes

Whenever a colleague or friend complains that the current crop of southern soul music has dried up like a Nevada riverbed, I always say, "You just need to look harder." There's an ebb and flow to the release of new material, for sure, but whenever I'm frustrated by the quality or quantity of new singles submissions and can't find anything I really love to listen to, I put on my "fishing gear" and go searching and listening in all the wonderful places where new music is gurgling up from the collective subconscious: southern soul radio stations, websites, YouTube channels and mixtapes. This month was one such time. The submissions were down, so I spent more time fishing. And just as the world is an unfathomably big place, so too is the geography of southern soul. There is always good music out there. It's just in need of being found.

Here's the list of songs that contended for "Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles in October (right-hand column this page):

1. "Lucas Love Train" --- Frank Lucas
2. "Cheating In The Next Room" --- Beatrice featuring Rhomey
3. "Party Time" --- Pyramid City Band
4. "I Don't Want To Argue" --- Lil' Nathan & The Zydeco Big-Timers
5. "Can't Nobody" --- Audi Yo featuring Tucka
6. "That Good Good" --- Sweet Angel featuring Mattie
7. "Sweat" --- Diva Dee featuring Snatch Nelson
8. "Basement Party" --- Uvee Hayes
9. "That Ain't My Woman" --- Kinfolks (Adrian Bagher, Katrenia Jefferson & Mark A. Holloway
10. "The Ninga Ning Song" --- Frank Lucas
11. "Spoil You" --- Roi Anthony featuring Cupid
12. "Stella" --- Tyree Neal
13. "Shake A Leg" --- G. Rockafella
14. "Going Back" --- Roi Anthony featuring Tyree Neal
15. "Suga Suga" --- Gilley Wiltz featuring Lil' Runt
16. "Rocks Me" --- Ms. B (formerly Annie Washington)
17. "Just The Way You Want It" --- Carolyn Staten
18. "A Man That Can Dance" --- Cupid featuring Pokey Bear, J-Wonn, Jeter Jones
19. "That Don't Mean" --- Adrian Bagher
20. "Where The Pretty Women At?" (Live) --- Lil' Nathan & The Zydeco Big-Timers
21. "Ooh Wee (Remix)" --- Ms. Yanni
22. "Family Reunion" --- Corey Rudolph
23. "Rock Me All Night" --- Lamar Brace
24. "Style" --- Mister Cotton featuring Pokey Bear
25. "Give Her To Me" --- Stan Butler
26. "Don't Be Ashamed" --- Bigg Robb
27. "Sally Sue" --- Stan Butler
28. "She's Got That Ooh Wee" --- Donnie Ray
29. "Get Loose" --- Coco Wade
30. "A Good Woman" --- Naycole - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

September 29, 2018: News & Notes

A Belated "In Memoriam" for Southern Soul Commentator Neil "Soul Dog" Furr

Neil "Soul Dog" Furr wrote a column on southern soul music for the website Beach Music 45, based in the Carolinas. His articles were inclusive, informative, and always positive and upbeat to an extent that made your Daddy B. Nice tease him last year in print for being so unfailingly positive and optimistic (unlike you know whom).

Furr was one of a dwindling number of commentators on the southern soul phenomenon, whose ranks--paradoxically--have shrunk through attrition even as the genre itself has grown by leaps and bounds. In 2017 the "Soul Dog" posted his struggles with carpel-tunnel syndrome, which impeded his ability to write. Then the columns ceased altogether.

It was only in researching the 2018 Carolina Beach Music Awards for the Concert Calendar this past week that I found a definitive announcement that Furr had died from unspecified reasons (carpel tunnel not being terminal).

The awards show will feature Furr ("In Loving Memory") among other Carolina beach music luminaries who have passed. The festivities and awards for performers (William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Hardway Connection and more) will take place at 3 pm at the Alabama Theater in Myrtle Beach on November 11, 2018. See the website.

--Daddy B. Nice

See Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

September 23, 2018: News & Notes

Be at College Park, Georgia on Friday to see Southern Soul's top-tier stars...

Pictured: Big Pokey Bear

...There are southern soul concerts by the bushel-loads these days, brimming with popular performers, but I'd be remiss if I didn't tell everyone about this ensemble of major stars, a veritable southern soul aristocracy, and the perfect line-up for anyone who wants to witness the best southern soul music has to offer in this particular moment. That the venue is the unlikeliest and historically unfriendliest of locations--Atlanta, the bastion of hip-hop and "shiny" (Whitney Houston-style) R&B--is a testament to the inroads southern soul music is making in areas formerly closed and/or uninterested. Among this golden half-dozen recording artists, Willie Clayton represents the old guard, along with Sir Charles Jones and T.K. Soul, whose longevity has earned them "old guard" status. Add "new-guard" stars Tucka, Big Pokey Bear and J-Wonn, each with his own, head-turning fan base, and you have an intoxicating mix of the "heavyweights" of contemporary southern soul--at least from a male perspective.

Saturday, September 29, 2018. Wolf Creek Amphitheater, 3025 Merk Road, College Park, Georgia. An Evening Under The Stars Blues Festival. Tucka, Pokey Bear, Willie Clayton, J-Wonn, T.K. Soul, Sir Charles Jones. See website.

See Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar.

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

September 15, 2018:

Artists Added To Comprehensive Index: September 2018

Find the name below and click the link to go to the artist's first appearance on the website.

Fat Daddy



Donald Tabron

Keri Carter

Annie Washington

Ms. B. (formerly Annie Washington)


Mel Hudson

Lady Q

R.L. Griffin

Ms. Innocents

Big Woo

Earl "Phunk Dawg" Williams

Anissa Hampton

Sweet Nay

Bobby Gentry

Christopher Johnson

Bo Dollar

Jennifer Watts

Lamar Brace

Corey Rudolph

Jay Morris Group

Jay Morris

Z. Brownlow

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

September 8, 2018:

Top 10 Singles "Spillover" for September

1. "On A Mission"-----Big Woo
2. "Born Alabama"-----Big "Ro" Williams, Mose Stovall & Sir Charles Jones
3. "High Heels & Jeans (Remix)"-----Magic One featuring Wendell B., L.J. Echols, Avail Hollywood & Vick Allen
4. "Zydeco Love"-----P2K DaDiddy featuring Cupid
5. "Sugar Daddy (What I Gotta Pay To Be A Man)"-----Bo Dolla
6. "Rock Wit' It, Baby"-----Jennifer Watts
7. "Wanna Be A Player"-----Corey Rudolph
8. "Southern Soul Bounce"-----Ms. Jody
9. "Ms. Wendy"-----Jay Morris Group
10. "Working Man"-----Highway Heavy featuring Johnny James
11. "Just The Way You Want It"-----Carolyn Staten
12. "Rock Me All Night"-----Lamar Brace
13. "Rocks Me"-----Ms. B. (formerly Annie Washington)
14. "Something 'Bout This Lady"-----X-Man Parker
15. "Showtime"-----Krystal Parker
16. "I Feel Like I'm Using You"-----Mr. X (Mark Safford)
17. "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby"-----Carl Sims & Deborah Benson
18. "You're My Sugar Foot"-----Avail Hollywood
19. "Dancin'"-----Mose Stovall
20. "Running Loose"-----Highway Heavy featuring Johnny James
21. "Child Support"-----P2K featuring Jeter Jones
22. "Get Loose"-----Coco Wade
23. "Say You Will"-----Kami
24. "I Got That Good Stuff"-----Crystal Thomas
25. "Love Can't Pay My Bills"-----Coco
26. "Is This What You Want?"-----Lomax
27. "Work It Girl"-----Ricky White
28. "I'm Gonna Love You"-----Leroy Allen
29. "Happy Weight"-----Jay Morris Group
30. "Haters"-----Uncle Wayne - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

September 3, 2018: LABOR DAY TREAT

Old Movie Stars Dance to Uptown Funk! - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

August 19, 2018: News & Notes

Rare Artist Sightings

See Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar for venue specifics.

Falisa JaNaye

She rarely tours the chitlin' circuit. You're more likely to see her in Europe--like Italy's Porretta Soul Festival--than the U.S.A. Falisa JaNaye will be performing Labor Day Weekend--Sunday, September 2nd--in Byhalia, Mississippi (south Memphis) with Tre' Williams, Mr. Sam, O.B. Buchana, L.J. Echols and Gerod Rayburn.

Listen to Falisa JaNaye singing "You Won't Miss Your Water" on YouTube.


Luther Lackey

The talented singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist has an aversion to performing his music in front of an audience. When he has appeared in public, it's usually been in his alter-ego comedian role. On Labor Day Weekend (Saturday, September 1st) it's anyone's guess whether Luther Lackey will perform songs from his illustrious catalog. Here's hoping he does, even if it's fronting a deejay. Also on the bill in Helena, Arkansas: Millie Jackson and T.K. Soul.

Listen to Luther Lackey singing "If She's Cheating On Me, I Don't Want To Know" on YouTube.

Read Chuck Eddy's take on Luther Lackey in "Southern Soul Guide: Sweet Angel, Mel Waiters, and Luther Lackey" in "The Village Voice".

Read Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Luther Lackey.


Clarence Carter

One of the last surviving southern soul stars of the older generation, the blind singer with the over-sized voice occasionally appears on high-profile, multi-artist venues, but less so in the last year. His "Making Love At The Dark End Of The Street" is #61 on Dave Marsh's THE HEART OF ROCK & SOUL: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made. See Clarence Carter while you still can.

Listen to Clarence Carter singing "Strokin'" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Clarence Carter.


Dorothy Moore

The "Misty Blue" lady has kept a low profile in recent years. Her 2016 comeback album, BLUES HEART, was poorly marketed, never getting the attention it deserved. The single "Institutionalize" from the album was Daddy B. Nice's #2 Southern Soul Song of the Year in 2012, with the comment: "This brash and remarkable song features in-your-face horns, nasty-good percussion, sizzling guitar and Dorothy Moore's indescribably world-weary, been-there-done-that vocal, the finest performance of her storied career." See her at the Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival in Greenville, Mississippi on September 15th.

Listen to Dorothy Moore singing "Institutionalize" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Dorothy Moore



Famous for her southern soul duets with the young Sir Charles Jones, LaKeisha Burks disappeared through much of the 21st Century, only to resurface with former Marvin Sease sideman Alonzo Reid on "Do You Want Somebody?" The song was Daddy B. Nice's #1 Ballad of 2017. LaKeisha, who still sings like a teenager, will make her first major appearance in years September 15th in Saraland, Alabama (north Mobile) surrounded by a new generation of southern soul stars.

Listen to Alonzo Reid & LaKeisha singing "Do You Want Somebody To Love You?"

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


Roy C

The godfather of southeastern seaboard southern soul, Roy C curtailed some of his admittedly erratic touring last year, but he's back this fall, appearing October 13th in Norfolk, Virginia and November 3rd in Durham, North Carolina. His cover of the Love Doctor's "Slow Roll It" will send chills up your spine.

Listen to Roy C singing "Slow Roll It" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Roy C.


Shirley Brown

Last but not least, the great Shirley Brown will make an appearance this fall. Not nearly as monstrously famous as the just-passed Aretha Franklin, nor as beloved by the southern soul-chitlin' circuit as the recently-passed and always-mingling Denise LaSalle, loner Shirley is nevertheless southern soul's greatest surviving female vocal stylist. She will appear in the same venue as Roy C November 3rd in Durham, North Carolina, alongside legendary diva Peggy Scott-Adams.

Listen to Shirley Brown singing "Sleep With One Eye Open" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Shirley Brown.

See all these and more tour dates in Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar.

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August 18, 2018: News & Notes

Summary of Featured Artists: May--August 2018

In case you missed them, here is the list of Daddy B. Nice's Featured Artists for May through August 2018. (Just click the links.)

King Fred: New CD Review, New Artist Guide

Sir Charles Jones: New Album Alert

J-Wonn: New Album Alert

Lady Di: New Album Alert

El' Willie: New Album Alert

Big G: New Album Alert/New CD Review

David Brinston: New Album Alert/New CD Review

Beat Flippa: New Album Alert

J. Red: Album Re-Issue Alert

Wilson Meadows: New Album Alert

Carl Sims: New Album Alert

Jeter Jones: New Album Alert

Peggy Scott-Adams: New Album Re-Issue Alert

Solomon Thompson: New CD Review/New Artist Guide

C-Wright: New CD Review/New Artist Guide

Da Twinky Man: New Album Alert

Rue Davis: New Album Alert

Ms. Jody: New Album Alert

Cicero Blake: New Album Alert

Ricky White: New Album Alert - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

August 16, 2018:


Listen to Aretha Franklin singing "Think" on YouTube.

"The Mount Everest of American Female Singers"

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

8-12-18 Daddy B. Nice on David Brinston.
See New CD Reviews.

August 5, 2018: News & Notes

Pictured: Ms. Jody

2. Top Ten "Spillover": August 2018

Recently, as an "adjunct" of Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Singles in the right-hand column of this page, I've begun posting these "spill-over" lists:

1/ to reflect the higher volume of southern soul singles being recorded;

2/ to let the artists know I'm getting their product;

...and 3/ to make the fans aware of all of the interesting new music vying for their attention.

Here's the list of songs seriously contending for "Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles in August:

1. "100 Years" --- Sir Charles Jones
2. "Hide And Seek" --- Ms. Jody
3. "Club Booty" --- David Brinston
4. "I Ain't Gone Cheat No More" --- Jeter Jones
5. "That's Where The Party's At" --- Ms. Jody

6. "Drinkin'" --- King Fred (Pictured)

7. "Let The Rain Come Down" --- Lomax
8. "Why You Gotta Act Like That" --- Mz. Connie
9. "Alabama Folks" --- Rena Ree
10. "She Gone With Jody" --- Jeter Jones feat. Omar Cunningham
11. "I Want You" --- Vick Allen
12. "Get It Done Right" --- Simeo feat. Joe Nice
13. "Buckle Up (Give Me That Green Light)" --- David Brinston
14. "Do It To Me One More Time" --- Jarvis
15. "Good Good Woman" --- King Fred feat. Shell
16. "Get It Up" --- Solomon Thompson
17. "Is This What You Want" --- Lomax
18. "Finger Licking Love" --- Andre' Lee

19. "Sunshine Lady" --- J.T. Watkins (pictured)

20. "Boomerang Love" --- Angel Faye Russell
21. "Love Can't Pay My Bills" --- Coco
22. "Zydeco Dance" --- Stevie J. feat Rashad
23. "Slay The Big Girl Way" --- Adrena
24. "I Done Found Your Good Thang" --- Rick Lawson
25. "I Needs A Drank" --- Jeter Jones
26. "Get Loose" --- Coco
(I went back to listening to her previous single from '15)
27. "Nookie Thang" --- Jonte'
28. "Juke Joint" --- P2K feat. Jeter Jones
29. "Gotta Get My Groove On" --- Frank McKinney
30. "Say What You Want" --- Andre' Lee
31. "I Need Your Love (Remix) --- Big G.
32. "Real Love" --- Stan J.

33. "Kitty Whipped" --- David Brinston (Pictured)

34. "Stank Stank" --- Rico
35. "Body Talk" --- Aaron Cook
36. "You're A Queen" --- Sweet Nay
37. "Southern Soul Fresh" --- Gentry-Jones
38. "Child Support" --- P2K
39. "No Late Night Booty Call" --- Rena Ree

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

August Featured Artists:

Rue Davis
Ms. Jody
Cicero Blake
Ricky White
Da Twinky Man

(click here). - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

June 24, 2018: News & Notes: Singles Glut, Stevie J, Jackie Neal, Horns To Emulate, Stevie Wonder, Nellie "Tiger" Travis

1. July '18 Will Be A Bountiful Month For Southern Soul Singles: Here's What's In Store...

Publishing this list is my way of saying I can never do justice to all the artists this (upcoming) month. I could easily post two respectable, "quality" Top Ten Singles charts in July, twenty rather than ten worthy songs, and the abundance of music is still coming in as I write, setting off little "dings" on my e-mail app: songs from the new Jeter Jones album (many collaborations); the latest from Joe Nice (successor to Black Zack as southern soul's resident rapper); and no less than three head-turning singles from scantly-known veteran Andre' Lee.

Pictured: Andre' Lee

There's the return of Rick Lawson, another "underground" bluesman from the Jackson area, via a response song to Terry Wright's "I Done Lost My Good Thang"; a jam from rarely-heard-from Mr. David; yet another remake of "Mississippi Boy," this one for Alabama folk; Katrenia Jefferson's new tribute to "good men," amazingly refreshing from a lyrical standpoint, and which I'd have featured on Father's Day if it had been on YouTube; and on and on.

Here's the 40-some, brand-new, southern soul singles vying for Top 10 status in July. They were culled from approximately three times as many submissions.

1. Fat Daddy -- The Blame
2. Ms. Innocents feat. Mr. Cotton & Uncle Phunk -- Swing Out With Me (DBN notes: Do you think they mean Ms. Innocence?)
3. Rena Ree -- Alabama Folks
4. Big G -- You're Not The Only One
5. Annisa Hampton -- Big Sexy
6. Jeter Jones feat. Big "Ro" Williams -- Dance With Me
7. Sweet Nay -- Do You
8. Stevie J feat. Rashad The Blues Kid -- Zydeco Dance
9. David Brinston feat. Lucky Love -- I Do Me A Big Girl (I Do A Slim One Too)

Pictured: C-Wright

10. C-Wright -- Tickle Box
11. Coco -- Love Can't Pay My Bills
12. Katrenia Jefferson -- To All The Good Men
13. Mr. David -- Make Your Toes Curl
14. Adrena -- Slay The Big Girl Way
15. Rick Lawson -- I Done Found Your Good Thang
16. Vick Allen -- I Want You
17. Jeter Jones feat. C. LaMont -- I Needs A Drank
18. Jonte -- Nookie Thang
19. P2K feat. Jeter Jones -- Juke Joint
20. Frank McKinney -- Gotta Get My Groove On
21. Kami -- Say You Will
22. Big G -- I Need Your Love (Remix)
23. Stan J -- Real Love
24. David Brinston -- Kitty Whipped
25. Rico Baby -- Stank Stank
26. Aaron Cook -- Body Talk
27. Sweet Nay -- You're A Queen

28. Andre' Lee -- Finger Lickin' Good
29. Gentry Jones -- Southern Soul Fresh
30. Lady Soul feat. Pokey Bear -- One In A Million
31. P2K -- Child Support

Pictured: Solomon Thompson

32. Solomon Thompson -- Say Ooh
33. Adrian Bagher feat. Tyree Neal & Johnny James -- Come Ride With Me
34. Pokey Bear -- Come Back To Me
35. Crystal Thomas -- I Got That Good Stuff
36. Johnny James -- Sweet JJ
37. Jarvis -- Do It To Me One More Time
38. Andre' Lee -- I Won't Give You Up
39. Andre' Lee -- Say What You Won't
40. Heavy feat. Johnny James -- Something To Prove
41. Eloveation (aka Rico) feat. Joe Nice -- Let's Dance

The rankings are fluid. Indeed, many good, new, late-arriving entries populate the bottom of the list. As you can see, competition for ten spots is fierce. There's gonna' be a lot of warriors left bloodied on the the battlefield.

2. Stevie J's Jackie Neal Celebration Project

Here's Stevie Johnson in his own words:

"...First single from the Jackie Neal celebration project features Rashad the blues kid!! Jackie Neal was loved and adored by many and tragically taken away far too soon... 13 years ago... We have put together a compilation of songs from the Jackie Neal catalog that will surely have you up on your feet with your hands in the air! The project features various female artists from MISSISSIPPI, Louisiana, and Texas but we felt a collaboration with these two blues men (Stevie and Rashad) would be a artistic spin in itself."

Stevie J. also sent a cover of Jackie's "Nookie Thang" by Jonte, New Orleans native Jonte Mayon. Both songs are included in the list above. (DBN notes: Sorry. No YouTube.)

Watch Daddy B. Nice's Calendar for Stevie J. playing in various Jackson, Mississippi-area locations. (DBN notes: Stevie has a real and rare affinity for zydeco music, as did Jackie.)

Listen to Stevie J singing "Come Here Party" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Jackie Neal.

3. Really great horn sections...

...Especially for southern this month’s--July '18's--singles listed above. Among them…

Andre Lee “Finger Lickin’ Lovin’
Jeter Jones “Dance With You”
Big G “You’re Not The Only One”
Vick Allen “I Want You”

If you're searching for the best brass-section sounds for your recording session--live or programmed (they're both here)--check out these horn tracks. (DBN notes: And remember: I am writing in advance. Hopefully, these tunes will turn up on YouTube as well.)

4. Etc. Stevie Wonder

If you’ve gone through life never experiencing the other "Stevie," the artist will take up residence in the Park MGM in Las Vegas four nights in August for a rare string of appearances.

Saturday 04 August 2018
Wednesday 08 August 2018
Friday 10 August 2018
Saturday 11 August 2018

Listen to the artist who started out as Little Stevie Wonder performing at 12 years old in 1963.

And Nellie “Tiger” Travis...

...will tour Sweden beginning October 17th and ending November 4th. The Scandinavian peninsula is a hotbed of blues zealots, among them Heikki Suosalo, who writes on American blues and southern soul recording artists monthly for “Soul Express”.

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

June 9, 2018:


More Than Eighty Concert Listings & Counting...

See Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar

Pictured: O.B. Buchana - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

May 20, 2018: News & Notes: THREE QUESTIONS

1. Is Sir Charles Too Sentimental?

This question is like asking, "Is the kettle too black?" It's occasioned by one of the singles Charles is promoting from his new album, The Masterpiece. The song is "My Everything," which I found unbearably sentimental, like the boxes of fragrant-scented greeting cards I used to go door-to-door selling to old ladies when I was a kid. The arrangement has a lot to do with it: a kind of light jazz reminiscent of the forties and fifties. Of course, Sir Charles has never avoided throwback styles. Only think of his remake of "Mississippi Boy," the light-jazzy "Country Boy," or his ode to "Dallas," which could be a soundtrack from a sixties TV series. But these latter two tunes don't suffer from sentimentality. "My Everything" crosses the line into pure schmalz. Of course, the flip side of the coin that is called sentiment is feeling--true feeling, deep feeling--Sir Charles' specialty. I put "Squeeze Me," Southern Soul RnB's current #1 (right-hand column this page), in that category.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "Squeeze Me" on YouTube.

2. Where Is The New Elvis?

This question is based on my long-held theory that contemporary southern soul (black music) could usher in a new "rock and roll" (white music) in the same way Fats Domino, Little Richard, Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters made way for rock and roll. It's occasioned by two incidents. One, seeing Elvis: The Searcher, an HBO documentary which documents the first decade of Elvis's career (mostly in beloved Memphis), before kids like me in the North heard what we THOUGHT was his first stuff ("Hound Dog," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Don't Be Cruel") on big-label Capitol Records.

Just like today, the early stuff on deep-south, small label Sun never saw the light of national "day," and it's fascinating to trace Elvis's total immersion in black and gospel music over that decade, when he toured on the white equivalent of the chitlin' circuit, both shocking and captivating country and bluegrass audiences with his revolutionary new sound based on the black artists he studied under. He "felt" the music like a black man and made it his own. He was unique, and I was too young to appreciate any of that at the time.

So I was talking to a lifelong blues singer in the North one day. He's white, like so many other "national" blues artists, and he admires the fact your Daddy B. Nice knows so many contemporary black blues artists. But I never saw such awe come over his face as the day when I told him, in answer to his question, that of five hundred artist pages on the website, not a one was devoted to a white recording artist. I hastened to assure him it wasn't by design.

I remember in the early aughts there was a guy named Rick who always wrote in about white guys who loved and played southern soul. That was his thing, and there was one artist--Little "something-or-other"--whom he touted and who played straight blues which I featured a couple of times. But he never got a page: he was just an interpreter, like so many other white blues stars. Elvis, on the other hand, swallowed black music whole and made it his own. It ran through his veins.

Anyway, between the two incidents, I really got to thinking... Who among today's white artists has the arugula to do what Elvis did? Where Is The New Elvis?

3. Why Do Producers Want To Be Performers?

This question came up this week when a publicist tried to "introduce" me to a producer I already knew (Highway Heavy) and got me all "hot and bothered". (See Daddy B. Nice's reply in the Mailbag.) Heavy (Charles Lewis), like Beat Flippa (Daniel Ross), is a Baton-Rouge-based producer. Between the two of them, they're making central Louisiana a hotspot of current southern soul recording. What doesn't get talked about in the correspondence is that Heavy is increasingly frustrated at the apparent lack of recognition given him.

Which got me to thinking... Why Do Producers Want To Be In The Limelight? Production is the quintessential "behind-the-scenes" activity.

Well, duhhhh. Money, women and adulation for starters. A few years ago, Chris Mabrey was the Jackson, Ms.-based producer who forged "Impala," the iconic breakthrough hit for LaMorris Williams. Subsequently, he hooked up with a kid still green behind the ears named Jawonn Smith. The spectacular coming-out single was "I Got This Record".

These two records sealed Mabrey's credentials as an ace southern soul producer, but it wasn't enough. He yearned for the stage, and came up with a dance jam ("Cowgirl") that he took to the fans, touring with the irrepressible J-Wonn. Today, Chris Mabrey is known primarily as the performer Big Yayo.

Beat Flippa, a young producer similarly drawn to the "bright lights" but unwilling (as yet) to actually perform, began by inserting himself into his artists' (Pokey Bear, etc.) many YouTube music videos. He also seldom records a song by any artist without putting his brand--"Beat Flippa On The Track"--into the first couple of bars of a song. And, most tellingly, he has made a career of publishing popular samplers such as the "Beat Flippa: I Got The Blues" and "Trailride Music" series. Another, "Premeditated Love," just came out.

Heavy hasn't done any of that (and maybe he should), but what he has done recently is put his name before the name of the artist/singer on the YouTube videos of his songs. So, for instance, the "Sweet Dick Johnny" page on YouTube is titled: Highway Heavy ft. Johnny James - Sweet Dick Johnny.

This seems a little heavy-handed, although I certainly respect the indispensability of the sound Heavy brings to these projects. Without his instrumental tracks, these songs wouldn't amount to much. But it did get me wondering...The old-school producers--Floyd Hamberlin, John Ward, Harrison Calloway, Frederick Knight, Senator Jones--were content to stay "behind the scenes". Why Do Producers Want To Be Performers?

--Daddy B. Nice

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Singles Charts, continued from right-hand column...


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

-------MARCH 2018-------

1. "The Mule"------O.B. Buchana

I prefer O.B. as the stud of "The Mule," brimming with swagger and sexuality, to the tentative, would-be dancer of "Teach Me How To Swing," another song featured twice on Buchana's new Parking Lot Love Affair album. "The Mule's" rhythm section slinks along like a giant king snake while the Bootsy Collins-style guitar distortion blends with the falsetto background-singing of Latoya Malone to make a new and fiery sound. O.B. hits #1 for the second month in a row.

Listen to O.B. Buchana singing "The Mule" on YouTube.

2. "Down In The Club"-------King Fred

From his new album, Soul 2 Soul, King Fred's "Down In The Club" is a remarkable piece of songwriting and production, highlighted by a lovely, African-tinged chorus line. Fred's vocal, in which each phrase seems to be half-swallowed and regurgitated as an ancient man's wisdom, is typically superb and off-the-chain.

Listen to King Fred Hicks singing "Down In The Club" on YouTube.

3. "Viagra Man"----The Cadillac Man

Yet another gospel artist gone secular, Sylvester Collins aka "The Cadillac Man" succeeds where many another artist has failed, weaving a reggae beat into authentic southern soul and making it work. A great novelty tune.

Listen to The Cadillac Man singing "Mr. Viagra Man" on YouTube.

4. "The Real Mississippi Boy"------Will T. feat. Billy Branch

It's Charles Wilson (or in this song "he who shall not be named") vs. Will T. again--see the "Mississippi Boy" controversy--in this throw-down from Songwriter of the Year Floyd Hamberlin and the original, the "real" Mississippi Boy, Will T. The blues harp by Billy Branch sounds almost exotic, and one hopes to see it featured in more southern soul, not just the blues. After all...Is the sound of the blues harp any more antithetical to southern soul than the presently-in-vogue, zydeco button accordion?

Listen to Will T. singing "The Real Mississippi Boy" on YouTube.

5. "Sidepiece On The Side"-----Willie Clayton

From a southern soul perspective, this is Willie's finest offering since his cover of the little-known Tony Troutman's "Your Man Is Home Tonight," and "Sidepiece On The Side" has the same (albeit different) pristine guitar sound.

Listen to Willie Clayton singing "Sidepiece On The Side" on YouTube.

6. "Johnny James"-----Heavy Presents Johnny James

This is potent and fascinating stuff. Highway Heavy's deep-soul organ. A scratchy-voiced singer in hitched-up running pants dancing around on his kitchen counter tops, proclaiming he's "Johnny--Johnny James". You couldn't even imagine it if it wasn't on YouTube.

Listen to Heavy Presents Johnny James singing "Johnny James" on YouTube.

7. "Georgia Kick"-----Stan Butler

Begging to be choreographed into a line dance, the "Georgia Kick" has antecedents in the marching-band-like instrumental tracks of Pokey Bear's "Get On The Good Foot" and Stephanie McDee's "Lion Of Judah". Most significantly, it shows wunderkind Stan Butler staying loose and fresh.

Listen to Stan Butler singing "Georgia Kick" on YouTube.

8. "Girls From Louisiana"------O Flava Psi

No singer under T.K. Soul's musical tent has a stranger name or more fuzzy and warm vocal tone than O Flava Psi. From 2017's overlooked sampler from Soulful Records (T.K.'s label), Southern Soul Mixtape, Vol. 3.

Listen to O Flava Psi singing "Girls From Louisiana" on YouTube.

9. "Wanna Feel Your Body"-----Chris Andrus (Uncle Fallay)

Formerly Lil' Fallay, Lafayette, Louisiana's Chris Andrus now calls himself Uncle Fallay.

Listen to Chris Andrus (Uncle Fallay) singing "Wanna Feel Your Body" on YouTube.

10. "Weekend"-----G'que

From the EP The Definition of Urban Soul.

Listen to G'que Mickens singing "Weekend" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------FEBRUARY 2018-------

1. "Parking Lot Love Affair"-----O.B. Buchana

Who hasn't run into a stranger in a mall, been too bashful to approach, and later regretted it, sometimes remembering the stranger for years afterward? "Parking Lot Love Affair" is a universal fantasy and a giant step into a new frontier for southern soul's master stylist. O.B. puts everything into it: immediacy, a staggeringly-forceful vocal, a fan-friendly concept, great songwriting and, most prominently, all of himself, nothing held back.

Listen to O.B. Buchana singing "Parking Lot Love Affair" on YouTube.

2. "You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)"------Karen Wolfe

Karen Wolfe, the lady who re-defined rustic soul-singing with "Man Enough," has made a triumphant return with two singles (see #4 below). "You Ain't Woman Enough" is quintessential, mid-tempo southern soul (where in the world can you find music with as light a touch, yet as deep and elemental?). The song rocks along on a John Cummings-Terry Wright-Karen Wolfe instrumental track produced by the "I Lost My Good Thang" man. According to Karen, Sir Charles came up with the title; his "Dallas Dallas" provided some of the musical structure.

Listen to Karen Wolfe singing "You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man" on YouTube.

3. "Roll With You"-----Nelson Curry

You'll have to take my word on this one. There's no YouTube or retail yet. I tried to twist Nelson's arm to get just a rudimentary demo on YouTube in time for publication, cigar. What makes "Roll With You" outstanding is that it distances itself from Curry's prior hits by striking out in a new direction, yet maintains just the right balance of the beloved Klass brand. The result? Nelson's vocal shimmers like a fine diamond in a new setting.

4. "That Chick Ain't Me"-----Karen Wolfe

She held off sending me this one. Karen must have known your Daddy B. Nice would cry out in pain. There are two songs too sacred to f--- with: Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" and Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind." You see, when you allow yourself to be seduced by a classic hook in a new song, you're giving up your allegiance to the classic (or at least a piece of it), in this case "I'd Rather Go Blind". Do you agree, millennials?...Well, maybe not, they say. And even I admit I love this remake, with a great guitar instrumental, a great background chorus--the only question then being, "Will I still be seduced by this song in a month or will I hate it?" So I packed a month's worth of listenings into a couple of days (which takes a lot of substance abuse, let me tell you) and the verdict is...I love it. "That Chick Ain't Me" endures.

Listen to Karen Wolfe singing "That Chick Ain't Me" on YouTube.

5. (Heavy Presents) "Take Care Of You"-----Adrian Bagher & Cold Drank

Regarding the title: Writer/Producer Heavy, aka Highway Heavy, aka Charles Lewis (the creator of "My Sidepiece" and "Three") is seeking a little recognition of the kind Beat Flippa routinely receives--and rightfully so. Regarding the song: super-passionate and deep--the Heavy trademark.

Listen to Adrian Bagher & Cold Drank singing "(Heavy Presents) I'll Take Care Of You" on YouTube.

6. "Somebody Get This Fool (Remix)"-----Jeter Jones featuring Vick Allen

Vick Allen sounds like "a million" on this remake of Jeter Jones' "Roommate (Somebody Get This Fool)". The song sounds more "mainstream," and the switch in title helps. For the first time I really understand the lyrics. The song poses the question, "Do we men of principle love "My Sidepiece" because it represents reality or because it's a preposterous fantasy that makes us laugh?"

7. "Southern Soul U.S.A."----Mo'B

You know I gotta love the title. There was "surfin' USA, now there's "southern soul USA". "Urban Soul" Mo'B inches toward southern soul.

8. "Rodeo"----Miss Lady Blues

Listen to Miss Lady Blues singing "Rodeo" on YouTube.

Starts slow but picks up.

9. "We Gone Do It"----Coco featuring Big Yayo

Another remake of the Staples' "Do It Again". The iconic bass line has graced "Slow Roll It" and many other southern soul songs. Like a saucy LaKeisha, Coco has that young-girl voice that will take her far.

Listen to Coco singing "We Gone Do It" on YouTube.

10. TIE:

"You Can't Raise Me"----Stephanie McDee

"She's Gifted"----Keith Frank & LA 26 - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------JANUARY 2018-------

1. "Step It Out"------Sir Charles Jones featuring Prince Damons

Sir Charles is a balladeer. Most of his fast jams have fallen short. Not this one. It's got a great, gut-bucket rhythm section that makes it an essential dance jam by the "King," although the synthesized vocal track by Prince Damons adds little and--maybe because of that--is mixed down.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "Step It Out" on YouTube.

2. "You Got That Southern Soul"-----Dave Mack featuring Omar Cunningham

Dave Mack discards his rough and raucous vocal style for a more middle-of-the-road, crooner style--and it works. New look, too--long locks! Written by Omar Cunningham, produced by Jerry Flood.

Listen to Dave Mack singing "You Got That Southern Soul" on YouTube

3. "I'll Pay The Shipping Cost"-----Ronnie Bell

New artist Ronnie Bell struck a chord with his women’s-power-enhancing “I’ll Pay The Shipping Cost,” a sensation in the Mobile/Pensacola area, where it's topped radio charts for months. 100K YouTube views and growing.

Listen to Ronnie Bell singing "I'll Pay The Shipping Cost" on YouTube.

4. "Good Thang"----Bigg Robb

I'd guess-ti-mate Bigg Robb gets 50% more of his tracks on the charts simply because he knows the importance of the bass. Here he makes a welcome turn from funk to rock-and-roll.

Sample Bigg Robb's "Good Thang" on Shazam.

5. "Anybody Wanna Party"-----Solomon Thompson

Solomon follows up his December-charting "Neighbor" by recycling the riff from "One Big Party"--and for the better. The lyrics will remind you of the fame-loving club-celeb in T.K. Soul's "They Wonna Party With Me".

6. "High Heels And Jeans"----Magic One

With the swinging "It's The Weekend" and to a lesser extent the ballad "Loving For The Both Of Us," and now the impressive "High Heels And Jeans," I'm sitting up and taking notice of this T.K. Soul protege.

7. "Do Thangs"----Vick Allen

Here is my only fear: that with these recent witty songs, Vick is concentrating on words to the detriment of music. Where are the fresh, under-towing melodies of "Soul Music" and "My Baby's Phone"? The hooky riff and undulating bass line of "If You Can Beat Me Rockin'"?

Listen to Vick Allen singing "Do Thangs" on YouTube.

8. "Swing My Way"----Chris Ardoin

Bubbly zydeco version of the beloved R&B classic by K.P. & Envyi.

Listen to Chris Ardoin singing "Shorty Swing My Way" on YouTube.

9. "Deadbeat Lover"----Chris Ivy

In which Mr. Ivy addresses some grievances of the male gender: "Can I get to know you first/ Before you ask me to pay your bills?"

Listen to Chris Ivy singing "Deadbeat Lover" on YouTube

10. "Southern Soul Jukebox"----Shai' Simone

Now this is a case of a song that's TOO rock and roll. Too many rock and roll mannerisms, starting with the blatantly vintage chorus. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

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

-------OCTOBER 2018-------

1. "Lucas Love Train"---Frank Lucas

His "The Man With The Singing Ding-A-Ling" rivals Clarence Carter's "Strokin'" in giddy and enraptured male narcissism. His new song, "Lucas Love Train," with a devastating rhythm track and hook, couldn't be more different. Done in a folk-singing style, it recalls the protest songs of Ritchie Havens ("Freedom") and Buffy Sainte-Marie. No YouTube as of this posting.

See Daddy B. Nice's "Frank Lucas: New Album Alert!"

2. "Cheating In The Next Room"-----Beatrice featuring Rhomey

No, it's not Z.Z. Hill's "Cheating In The Next Room". This is the talented and convincing Beatrice, who had an equally atmospheric southern soul single (#4, June '18) with "I'm Gonna Wait".

Listen to Beatrice & Rhomey singing "Cheating In The Next Room" on YouTube.

3. "Party Time"-----Pyramid City Band

I was equivocal about the the transparent funk of PCB's "Party Time" while reviewing Ecko Records new VARIOUS ARTISTS: Blues Mix 25: Slammin' Southern Soul, where it was first published. Now what was "transparency" sounds like accessibility and immediacy, and although the overlapping bass singers on the chorus might still be singing, "Don't Ride...Ride the White Horse...," "Party Time" has achieved its own light and groove-friendly identity.

Listen to the Pyramid City Band singing "Party Time" on YouTube.

Read the review.

4. "I Don't Want To Argue"-----Lil' Nathan & The Zydeco Big Timers

From Southern Soul's sister genre. Such sweet sounds for such confrontational lyrics.

Listen to Lil' Nathan & The Zydeco Big Timers singing "I
Don't Want To Argue" on YouTube.

5. "Can't Nobody"------Audi Yo featuring Tucka

Listen to Audi Yo & Tucka singing "Can't Nobody" on YouTube.

6. "That Good Good"------Sweet Angel featuring Mattie

Sweet Angel doesn't release a single very often (remember "Mr. Wrong Gonna Get This Love Tonight"?), so when she does you know it's been given some serious thought and execution.

Listen to Sweet Angel & Mattie singing "That Good Good" on ReverbNation.

7. "Sweat"------Diva Dee featuring Snatch Nelson

Listen to Diva Dee & Snatch Nelson singing "Sweat" on YouTube.

8. "Basement Party"-----Uvee Hayes

This stepping song by James McKay is a bid to make Uvee Hayes refreshingly relevant, and it succeeds.

Listen to Uvee Hayes singing "Basement Party" on YouTube.

9. "That Ain't My Woman"-----Kinfolks (Adrian Bagher, Katrenia Jefferson & Mark A. Holloway)

Listen to Kinfolks singing "That Ain't My Woman" on YouTube.

10. "Ninga Ning Song"-----Frank Lucas

Didn't think you were going to get out of here without some more Frank Lucas, did you? Hey, I'd do the same for ol' Theodis and "Stand Up In It". This is "The Man With The Singing Ding-A-Ling" in concert version, and it's pleasing to hear the appreciative fans. The "ninga-ning" scat-singing reminds me of the sounds of the Schwinn bicycle I had when I was a kid delivering newspapers, specifically the sound of the silver saddle baskets rattling against the back fender as I rode over bumpy ground. Stock up on Lucas. You may not hear from him again for five years.

See Daddy B. Nice's "Frank Lucas: New Album Alert!" - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------SEPTEMBER 2018-------

1. "On A Mission"-----Big Woo

More producer than per-
former when he was starting out (2004-2006), Bigg Robb used Big Woo as his deep-soul lead vocalist in Da Problem Solvas in the same way producer Highway Heavy is using gravel-voiced Johnny James as his front-man in 2018 ("Sweet Dick Johnny," etc.). Big Woo returns at long last as a solo artist with "On A Mission". Southern Soul does doo-wop.

Listen to Big Woo singing "On A Mission" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's "Big Woo (Debut Album Alert!)".

2. "Born Alabama"-----Big "Ro" Williams, Mose Stovall & Sir Charles Jones

This jam was recorded a couple of years ago; now it's been re-titled and repackaged as "Born Alabama". The "Bama Slide" video (the only YouTube available at the moment) doesn't do justice to the deep-running current of the instrumental track or the trio's vocals. Sir Charles' verse--which comes at the end--is particularly good, with a bit of double-track and echo in the "Dallas" mode. Thanks to Mose Stovall for the heads-up.

3. "High Heels & Jeans (Remix)"------Magic One featuring Wendell B, Vick Allen, L.J. Echols & Avail Hollywood.

Now this is the kind of showcase guaranteed to strengthen any deserving record's bid of becoming a classic. Wendell B. damned right is the boss, and he makes your head swivel as he throws down the opening phrases of the first verse. (Wendell also pronounces Magic "One" Magic "Juan"--that'll make northerners smile.) Vick, L.J. and Avail--they're all outstanding--easily one of the finest collaborations of the year.

Listen to Magic One, Wendell B. et. al. singing"High Heels & Jeans (Remix)" on YouTube.

4. "Zydeco Love"-----P2K Dadiddy featuring Cupid

If you don't dance to this, you're ready for the rocking chair. An uptempo keeper from P2K's new album, Welcome To Da Boom Boom Room. See Daddy B. Nice's new Artist Guide to P2K (Debut Album Alert!).

Listen to P2K & Cupid singing "Zydeco Love" on YouTube.

5. "Sugar Daddy (What I Gotta Pay To Be A Man?)"--------Bo Dollar

Quaintly innocent take on "sugar daddies," drenched in southern soul musical conventions put together in a unique and charming way. Not to be confused with Dolla Bill Dodson (#2 April 2018). Thanks to Cadillac Zack for sending this.

6. "Rock Wit' It, Baby"-----Jennifer Watts

Hard to believe "rock" was originally and still is a euphemism for the other four-letter word ending in "k". We've become so used to it. Your Daddy B. Nice had other "rock" submissions this month: Annie Washington, now calling herself Ms. B., with "Rocks Me," and Lamar Brace, a new artist, with "Rock Me All Night". Frankly, Watts was the only one "rocking" on YouTube. Besides, "Rock Wit' Me" (produced by Uncle Phunk) just may be the Jennifer Watts single that finally catches on.

Listen to Jennifer Watts singing "Rock Wit It, Baby" on YouTube.

But Jennifer Watts' "Rock Wit It Baby" at Apple.

7. "So You Wanna Be A Player"----Corey Rudolph

Corey Rudolph is the same, crooning R&B'er Koree' Rudolph who recorded "All I Want". This one's much different--southern soul with a ferocious edge.

Listen to a 1-minute sample of "So You Wanna Be A Player" on YouTube.

8. "Southern Soul Bounce"----------Ms. Jody

I didn't get this song at first. Then the little light bulb went on inside my brain. This is the equivalent of David Brinston's "I Drinks My Whiskey". This is Ms. Jody throwing down the gauntlet and saying, "I'll sing ya some blues, and I'll take my damned time about it. Now get out on the damned dance floor, grandpa!" And five minutes later, Grandpa's still dancing in funky oblivion.

Listen to Ms. Jody singing "Southern Soul Bounce" on YouTube.

Buy Ms. Jody's "Southern Soul Bounce" at Amazon.

9. "Ms. Wendy"-----Jay Morris Group (Jay Morris & Z. Brownlow)

I don't know if even Morris realizes how good this tune is, musically speaking. As far as what it's all about, I don't know yet.

Listen to the Jay Morris Group singing "Ms. Wendy" on pCloud.

10. "Working Man"----Highway Heavy featuring Johnny James

What's the matter with Johnny? Johnny sounds out of breath. Johnny's mumbling. Awww, just your Daddy B. Nice giving him shit because he's a fascinating mo-f-er. I'll tell you what works: Heavy's deep-soul keyboard lines. You could rock your baby to sleep by their graceful fluctuations.

Listen to Highway Heavy featuring Johnny James singing "Working Man" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------AUGUST 2018-------

1. "100 Years"----------Sir Charles Jones

"When God made a soul,/ He split that soul in two./ He gave half to me/ And the other half to you./ As fate would have it,/ The day came when we met./ Friends called me Romeo,/ And called you Juliet." What lyrics! Southern Soul fans should be proud of Charles for 1/ recognizing a once-in-a-lifetime classic when he hears it, and 2/ being brave enough to record it in a no-frills, pop-balladeer style (acoustic guitar, strings, piano), putting the emphasis squarely on the naked vocal.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing" 100 Years" on YouTube.

Buy Sir Charles Jones' "100 Years" at iTunes.

See Daddy B. Nice's Sir Charles Jones: New Album Alert!

2. "Let's Play Hide And Seek"-------Ms. Jody

In the hallowed tradition of her first hit single, "I Never Take A Day Off," Ms. Jody's "Let's Play Hide And Seek" showcases her intoxicating alto to superb effect, with lyrics ("Anywhere you hide it/ I don't care") that take you as far as your imagination dares to wander.

Listen to Ms. Jody singing "Let's Play Hide And Seek" on YouTube.

Buy Ms. Jody's "Hide And Seek" at iTunes.

See Daddy B. Nice's "Ms. Jody: New Album Alert!"

3. "Club Booty"-----David Brinston

The unique southern soul singer who thrilled the Delta at the turn of the century with "Party Till The Lights Go Out" has returned to form with his last two albums on Ecko Records, never sounding better.

Listen to David Brinston singing "Club Booty" on YouTube.

Buy David Brinton's "Club Booty" at Amazon.

See Daddy B. Nice's "David Brinston: New Album Alert!"

Watch for the review!

4. "I Ain't Gone Cheat No More"------Jeter Jones

Not about to put this on a pedestal alongside Ronnie Lovejoy's "Sho' Wasn't Me" or anything, but it chugs away in a juke-joint way with a modesty and urgency that wins me over, and with my love and prejudice for dance jams, I almost put it and the next one (Ms. Jody's "That's Where The Party's At") number one and two, over the ballads (sorry, Sir Charles). If you listen closely, you'll hear Sweet Nay contributing to the raucous texture.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "I Ain't Gone Cheat No More" on YouTube.

Buy Jeter Jones' "I Ain't Gone Cheat No More" at Amazon.

See Daddy B. Nice's "Jeter Jones: New Album Alert!"

5. "That's Where The Party's At"-----Ms. Jody

When a southern soul artist through-and-through like Ms. Jody takes on influences--the zydeco instrumental track, the country-western "tippy-toe" refrain--it's like spice added to a gumbo. It works to perfection. The instrumental background that sounds half like a button accordion and half like a bumblebee belly-heavy with nectar wandering between flowers is John Ward on the keyboards.

Listen to Ms. Jody singing "That's Where The Party's At" on YouTube.

6. "Drinkin' (I Gotta Stop Drinking)"----------King Fred

It wasn't so long ago that I likened the young King Fred to southern soul luminary David Brinston--an idiosyncratic vocal stylist with a possibly bright future--and now he's appearing without any need of explanation in the top-10 alongside the veteran.

No YouTube yet (8-5-18).

7. "Let The Rain Come Down"------Lomax

Listen to Lomax singing "Let The Rain Come Down" on YouTube.

Buy Lomax's "Let The Rain Come Down" at CD Baby.

See Daddy B. Nice's "Lomax (Chart-Climber!)".

8. "Why You Gotta Act Like That"-----Mz. Connie

Impressively self-assured vocal and instrumental arrangement for a debut. Thanks to Christopher Johnson for alerting me to this one.

Listen to Mz. Connie singing "Why You Gotta Act Like That" on YouTube.

Buy Mz. Connie's "Why You Gotta Act Like That" at CD Baby.

9. "Alabama Folks (Remix)"-----Rena Ree

"Mississippi Boy," anyone? Yet another rendition of my beloved, one-hit-wonder classic. I like "Alabama Folks"' scruffy, by-the-seat-of-your-pants production. In that respect, it's the most similar of all the remakes to the original. And it puts the blues harp (back) into southern soul. Produced by Mark Safford.

Listen to Rena Ree singing "Alabama Folks (Remix)" on YouTube.

Buy Rena Ree's "Alabama Folks (Remix)" at CD Baby.

10. "She Gone With Jody"--------Jeter Jones featuring Omar Cunningham

Listen to Jeter and Omar singing "She Gone With Jody" on YouTube.

Buy Jeter Jones' "She Gone With Jody" at Amazon. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------JULY 2018-------

1. "The Blame"------Fat Daddy

Who says the young people don't "get" southern soul? Fat Daddy's "The Blame Is On Me" is an unexpected gift. Excepting a couple of appearances on DBN's Concert Calendar (including R.L. Griffin's Blues Palace in Dallas) I know nothing about him, he's never contacted me, and to my knowledge he's never recorded before, but this ballad blows away the powerful likes of Vick Allen's "I Want You" and Rick Lawson's return with "I Done Found Your Good Thing," and your Daddy B. Nice will always acknowledge the talent, just like when Vick and Rick first appeared.

Listen to Fat Daddy singing "The Blame" on YouTube.

Buy Fat Daddy's "The Blame" at Amazon.

2. "Swing Out With Me"-----Ms. Innocents featuring Uncle Phunk & Mr. Cotton

Terry (Mr.) Cotton holds the record here at Southern Soul RnB for sending in the most discarded promotional music submissions. I have told him (with respect) that he can't sing, but he gets a verse (and hits "pay dirt") on this irresistible dance jam propelled by a magnetic bass line which--voila!--is revealed to be the hook from The Temptations' "My Girl" in a nifty transition half-way through the song. Innocents' vocally-enhanced soprano is raw and pop all at the same time. Not sure if Uncle Phunk is Earl "Phunk Dawg" Williams. No YouTube or Retail yet (7-4-18).

3. "Big Sexy"------Anissa Hampton

A former back-up singer for Willie Clayton and Calvin Richardson hailing from Jackson, Mississippi, Anissa Hampton's classic-sounding southern soul debut overwhelmed competition from Adrena's "Slay The Big Girl Way" and Coco's "Love Can't Pay My Bills".

Sample Anissa Hampton's "Big Sexy" at Shazam.

4. "You're Not The Only One"-----Big G

This is the song to hear from G's new LONELY TEARS LP. Big G is in really fine form, and the production with the female background vocals, harmonica and "live" saxophone is superb. Unfortunately, no YouTube "freebies" (7-4-18). See Daddy B. Nice's "Big G: New Album Alert!

...And watch for Daddy B. Nice's review.

7-15-18: Listen to the official video of Big G singing "I Need Your Love" on YouTube. DBN notes: All the album cuts from LONELY TEARS are now posted on YouTube.

5. "Tickle Box"------C-Wright

C-Wright's best song yet! And in the second half we're treated to an amazing insertion of Barbara Lewis's "Hello Stranger"--"It seems like a mighty long timmmme..."-- that will thrill the old school. It does me.

Listen to C-Wright singing "Tickle Box" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's new artist guide to C-Wright.

6. "Do You (If I Ain't The One)"------Sweet Nay

You can hear the gospel gurgling up through the water table of this song, also a little of the Delta's very own vintage country songstress, Bobby Gentry ("Ode To Billy Joe").

Listen to Sweet Nay singing "Do You" on YouTube.

7. "I Won't Give You Up"------Andre' Lee

From the opening bars, with the electric guitar strumming a great hook, Andre' reminds us how soothing southern soul music sounded in the early 00's. And it sounds just as good--and refreshing--today.

Listen to Andre' Lee singing "I Won't Give You Up" on YouTube.

8. "Dance With You"--------Jeter Jones featuring Big "Ro" Williams

Jeter Jones stretches his musical wings, leaving his pop and zydeco influences for a jazzier, horn-laden take on southern soul. Unusual, but the rhythm section keeps it rooted. Strong vocals all around.

Listen to Jeter and Big "Ro" singing "Dance With You" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's "Jeter Jones: New Album Alert!"

9. "To All The Good Men"-----Katrenia Jefferson

Of course, Katrenia's style is all about gospel, and with lines like...

"To all the good men in the world
That's taking care of your children, We salute you."

...this song is distinguished by its lyrics and should become a "Father's Day" and "Happy Birthday" anthem to good dads and partners.

10. "I Do Me A Big Girl (I Do A Slim One Too)"-----David Brinston featuring Lucky Love

Thumps happily along like a horn-laden, tuba-burping, New Orleans funeral parade.

See Daddy B. Nice's "David Brinston: New Album Alert!" - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------JUNE 2018-------

1. "Sweet Dick Johnny"--Highway Heavy featuring Johnny James

After musical bouts with Pokey Bear and Cold Drank, producer Heavy has finally found his doppelgänger in Johnny James, the wired, will-do-anything vehicle for his song-creating artistry. Not porn, either, like you might think from the title, just Chick Willis-style southern soul, bluesy and boasting, with enough great organ and guitar to be heard (like Heavy's "My Sidepiece") far beyond the chitlin' circuit. This is actually one in a series of at least four songs devoted to the fearless and funny, gravelly-voiced "Johnny," all on YouTube.

Listen to Heavy feat. Johnny James singing "Sweet Dick Johnny".

See related story--RE: Southern Soul Producer Highway Heavy--in Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag.

See yet another related story in Daddy B. Nice's Corner: News & Notes #3 / May 20 2018: Why Do Producers Want To Be Performers? (this page).

2. "Show Pony"------Annie Washington

Not to overlook the rhythm section, but this is the sweetest zydeco accordion lick in a southern soul song since J.J. Callier's fills in Sharnette Hyter's "Stilettos and Jeans". The vocal is rudimentary but completely convincing.

Listen to DJ Sir Rockinghood's May 2018 Listening Party Pt 1 Mix, which includes Annie Washington singing "Show Pony," the only media stream available at this point (6-2-18).

6-9-18. Here's the just-posted video!

Listen to Annie Williams singing "Show Pony" on YouTube.

3. "Caught Up In The Middle"-----P2K featuring Vick Allen

Who would have thought someone in southern soul music could ever come up with something fresh to say about being "caught between two" in a love triangle? But P2K, heretofore a one-shot recording artist ("Boom Boom Room") and a host/impresario on the chitlin' circuit, does, and with a companion single, "Child Support," also out, he's obviously a promising southern soul songwriter. Naturally, Vick Allen comes to the plate and hits this song out of the park. This track WAS going to be #1 before being knocked off by "Johnny James".

Listen to P2K featuring Vick Allen singing "Caught Up In The Middle" on YouTube.

4. "I'm Gonna Wait"----Beatrice

This song has it all--melody, vocal and production--comparable in heft to early Katrenia Jefferson and guaranteed to melt any man's defenses. Do you hear that, ladies? No media stream available yet (6-3-18). Like "Show Pony" (#2 above), it's so new the varnish is still wet. Thanks to Nathaniel Kimble and Mel Hudson.

6-16-18. Here's the just-posted video!

Listen to Beatrice singing "I'm Gonna Wait For You" on YouTube.

5. "Lumberjack (Good Wood/I Need A Lumberjack)"-----Lady Q featuring Jeter Jones

Another stunning, hard-hitting, dance-grooving debut by a female vocalist (making three in this month's top five picks).

Listen to Lady Q feat. Jeter Jones singing "Lumberjack".

6. "Mississippi Lit"-----Chris Ivy

I like the way Mr. Ivy backs off the pedal a little on his vocals, which have been pretty in-your-face lately, taking a more subtle approach, and you might say beating LaMorris at his own game.

Listen to Chris Ivy singing "Mississippi Lit" on YouTube.

7. "Fed Up"-----J-Wonn

J-Wonn does R. Kelly. And it reminds you of R. Kelly from a more--shall we say--innocent time? From Making Love To Your Mind, J-Wonn's new album.

Listen to J-Wonn singing "Fed Up" on YouTube.

8. "Lipstick On My Zipper"----Big Yayo

Lots of vocal enhancer, in the Bigg Robb style. From Beat Flippa's new sampler, Premeditated Love.

Listen to Big Yayo singing "Lipstick On My Zipper" on YouTube.

See June '18 Featured Artist Beat Flippa.

9. "Is It True?"-----L.J. Echols

Re-issued on Beat Flippa's Premeditated Love compilation, after also being featured on I Got The Blues Vol. 2.

Listen to L.J. Echols singing "Is It True?" on YouTube.

10. "Girl You Bad"----Avail Hollywood featuring DJ Trac

Atmospheric and hiphoppy. From the new Hollywood CD, Good Whiskey.

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "Girl You Bad" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------MAY 2018-------

1. "Squeeze Me" -----Sir Charles Jones

People across America and around the world are clamoring to hear something different, something deep, something filled with life. Meanwhile, everyone involved in southern soul music can sense the genre moving inexorably towards the mainstream--no worries--channeled by the head-winds of its culturally-preserved marginalization and its unparalleled richness of heritage. Who better to lead the "slow-rolling" charge than the King--the Return of the King--of Southern Soul? From his new album: The Masterpiece.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "Squeeze Me" on YouTube.

2. "Call On Me"-----Sir Charles Jones, Calvin Richardson & Omar Cunningham

The parallels with last year's "Bedroom Rodeo" (see Daddy B. Nice's Best Collaboration of 2017), sung by the trio of Big Yayo, Gentry-Jones & Omar Cunningham, are fascinating. First, Cunningham's on both. Second, Big Yayo's track is more innovative, with richer harmonies, while Sir Charles' "Call On Me" is straight-ahead singing, with each singer taking a verse--no frills--underlining the fact that Sir Charles is southern soul's most eminent classicist. From the new album The Masterpiece.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones, Omar Cunningham & Calvin Richardson singing "Call On Me" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's Sir Charles Jones/New Album Alert!

3. "Him And Her"------J-Wonn

J-Wonn was put on terra firma to remind us what it's like to be young. In "Him And Her"" this strange and androgynous young man and heir-apparent to Sir Charles Jones takes us back to those innocent days when we actually took the time to transform love into poetry and personal mythology. J-Wonn recites the verses and sings the choruses, his vocal recalling the ethereality of Michael Jackson singing songs like "Human Nature". From the new album, Making Love To Your Mind.

Listen to J-Wonn singing "Him And Her" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's J-Wonn/New Album Alert!

4. "Can I Take You Home"-----Montrell

This tune wouldn't sound out of place on a southern soul playlist from 2001--strong melody, even stronger vocal, programmed horns--and why not? It was produced by Andrew Caples, aka longtime southern soul artist Andre' Lee.

Listen to MonTrell singing "Can I Take You Home" on YouTube.

5. "Mr. Ain't Gone Do Right"-----Carolyn Staten

This is the young singer who debuted last year with the smashing "Thump Mr. DJ". She's mentored by up-and-coming producer Mike Darden, who serves up possibly his finest instrumental track to date.

Listen to Carolyn Staten singing "Mr. Ain't Gone Do Right" on YouTube.

6. "Sweet Thang"------Dabron

From the 2017 debut album True Love, "Sweet Thang" is credible southern soul with a strong hint of gospel from a lusty-piped singer who has fused his name Donald Tabron into the sobriquet Dabron. The song also borrows the unmistakable synth-intro from Terry Wright's "I Done Lost My Good Thang".

Listen to Dabron singing "Sweet Thang" on YouTube.

7. "In The Mood"----Keri Carter

You may not be impressed with this song through the first verse or so, but by the end Keri Carter is swinging and wailing. Not sure if this is the artist Keri who recorded "Borrowed Time," "Gonna Get Paid" or "Serious Love".

Listen to Keri Carter singing "In The Mood" on YouTube.

8. "In The Morning"----Cupid

This phrase hereby goes down as a southern soul first: "You're going to be sore in the morning." And it's a refrain: Cupid sings it over and over. I can only imagine being a woman, just thinking about the chafing. "Baby, I apologize in advance," Cupid croons, but...

"It will be so sorrrrrre in the morning."

Produced by Beat Flippa.

Listen to Cupid singing "In The Morning" on YouTube.

9. "Sleeping With The Enemy"----Toia Jones

Good song, good melody, and impressive vocal--displaying both strength and personality--from the young singer mentored and produced by Bigg Robb.

Listen to Toia Jones singing "Sleeping With The Enemy" on YouTube.

10. "I Just Dodged A Bullet"----El' Willie

I commend El' Willie for his recently-found confidence, clarity and directness, both in musical style and subject matter. His jazzy, minimalist sound may be off-putting to the typical southern soul fan, but he belongs. Factoid for recent devotees: El' Willie wrote Theodis Ealey's classic, "Stand Up In It".

Listen to El' Willie singing "I Just Dodged A Bullet" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's El' Willie/New Album Alert!

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

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

-------APRIL 2018-------

1. "Black Horse"------Jeter Jones

From the minute I received this single, there was never any doubt it would be #1. "Black Horse" is one of those rare songs that arrives perfect in every way, like a text from God. From the Jeter Jones CD "DHIS HIM" upcoming from Ross Music Group.

Listen to a 1-minute sample of Jeter Jones singing "Black Horse" on YouTube.

JUST ADDED 4-15-18! Listen to Jeter Jones singing the complete version of "Black Horse" on SoundCloud.

2. "Ain't No Fun (When The Rabbit Got The Gun)"------Dolla Bill Dodson

Real old-school southern soul arranged and performed with care from the house-band lead singer at CC's in Memphis. (And with the family name of The BarKay's Larry Dodson.) The song solemnly capsulizes southern soul's "men-can-cheat-but-women-can't" double standard that may shock observers unfamiliar with Deep South culture. Derived (and transformed into a ballad) by writer Omar Cunningham from Walt Luv's "The Rabbit Got The Gun".

Listen to Dolla Bill singing "Ain't No Fun" on YouTube

3. "Put It On Me"-----Krishunda Echols

More fizz than a just-popped bottle of champagne. From Krishunda's (L.J.'s little sister's) new album, I MISS YOU. I know I shouldn't break out the Jackie Neal comparisons, but...

Listen to Krishunda Echols singing "Put It On Me" on YouTube.

4. "Pokey At The Trailride"-----Pokey Bear featuring The Deaconaires

Are you a "hater"? Or are you with us, pumping your fists, screaming "Go, Pokey! Go, Pokey!" How many larger-than-life characters are there in this too-drab life, after all? From Trailride Music Vol. 1.

Listen to Pokey Bear & The Deaconaires singing "Pokey At The Trailride" on YouTube.

5. "Give It All You Got"-----L.J. Echols

L.J.--the pure stuff, from the heart.

Listen to L.J. Echols singing "Give It All You Got" on YouTube.

6. "Cheating Together"-----Mose Stovall

Mose Stovall returns after a decade-long absence from recording (see Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide). The song has a good hook and is plenty funny, especially the introductory voice-over.

7. "Dippin' In My Pudding"-----King Fred

From King Fred's new CD, Soul 2 Soul, "Dippin' In My Pudding" was first recorded for his debut CD under the name Fredrick Hicks.

Listen to King Fred singing "Dipping In My Pudding" on YouTube.

8. "In The Mood"-----Pokey Bear and Cupid

If you want to focus on Pokey as a pure singer, this is the track. From his award-winning Best CD of 2017, Bear Season.

Listen to Pokey and Cupid singing "In The Mood" on YouTube.

9. "Country Roads"-----Tucka

I suspect a lot of southern soul fans, like myself, were late in appreciating Tucka. At any rate, I missed or overlooked this tune, and when I heard it recently, the violins just blew me away. I've been playing it as much as WMPR's DJ Handyman used to play (long after its initial release) another country-infused song, Tyrone Davis's "Where Are You, Lady?"

Listen to Tucka singing "Country Roads" on YouTube.

10. "Mr. Right"-----Mz. Juicy

Back to the brand new and extremely original. Not to be confused with Mr. Juicy (Luster Baker), Mz. Juicy, the vocalist on "Mr. Right," is Sandra Hardyway, a new artist from Simsboro, Louisiana. Produced by Christopher Lamont and written by Lady Star (Starla Cenales). - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide



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