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March 17, 2019:

EARLY SPRING RUN-OFF:

Approximately 50 (!) new southern soul singles are vying for the "Top 10 Singles" chart for April 2019. In no particular order...

"She's My Baby Forever" ----- Jaye Hammer
"I'm Your Man" ----- Big Yayo
"Snappin' Turtle" ----- Theodis Ealey
"Turn Up" ----- Certified Slim
"You Better Go" ----- West Love
"When You Love Somebody" ----- Uncle E featuring Robin Moet
"Next Friday" ----- Sir Charles Jones featuring LaMorris Williams
"Rodeo" ----- Itz Karma featuring Jeter Jones
"Lyin' On Me" ----- Tyree Neal featuring Karen Wolfe
"Drop Pop And Roll" ----- Willie Clayton
"Beautiful" ----- Wendell B
"Don't Do Me If You Can't Do Me Right" ----- Toni Green
"You're The Best" ----- Leroy Allen
"Let Me Grind On Her" ----- Avail Hollywood
"The Ladies Love To Slide" ----- T.K. Soul
"Back It Up And Dump It" ----- Ra'Shad featuring Stevie J
"Let's Go Dancing" ----- Montrell featuring Andre' Lee
"Get It And Hit It" ----- Stan Mosley
"Sugar Daddy" ----- 2 Buck Chuck
"Cassanova" ----- King Fred featuring Dan'el
"Whoa Ni" ----- Mr. Smoke
"Have You Ever Been Hurt?" ----- Lady Di
""Go Party Go" ----- Corey Rudolph
Still A Party Goin' On" ----- Narvel Echols
"Upgrade" ----- Dee Dee Simon
"Face Down" ----- O.B. Buchana
"Where's The Party?" ----- C La'Mont
"Don't Talk About My Baby" ----- Nate Williams
"In-Box" ----- J-fitz
"Toot It Up" ----- Ghetto Cowboy
"Someone Else Is Steppin' In" ----- Grady Champion
"They Call Me Da Boss" ----- Rodnae
"I Promise" ----- King South
"What You Got" ----- Mark Holloway
"Stop Looking" ----- West Love featuring Stan Butler
"Vitamin D" ----- Hollywood Hayes
"Can't Catch A Fish Without A Hook" ----- Chrissy Luvz
"I'll Let You Hit It" ----- Jennifer Watts
"I Love You Baby" ----- Shai Simone
"Show Up and Show Out" ----- T.J. Hooker Taylor
"Special Love" ----- Jarvis
"I Miss My Baby" ----- Andre' Lee
"Girl Bye" ----- T.K. Soul
"Shake Them Haters" ----- Tyree Neal featuring Boosie Baddass
"Stay" ---- Chris Ardoin
"Thiyow" ----- Big "Ro" Williams
"Sign These Papers" ----- Tara Keith featuring Mose Stovall
"Coming Home To You" ----- Jaye Hammer
"Come Get This Love" ----- Jesi Terrell
"Dunkin Heinz" ----- 2 Buck Chuck

...And there are still two weeks of new product to go. If this list (which doesn't include an even greater number of rejected songs) isn't a testament to the creative vitality and popularity of southern soul music, I don't know what is. And pity the artists. The competition is like walking into a hurricane.

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March 16, 2019:

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: April 25-May 5, 2019

Pictured: Jeff Floyd

It's the biggest music festival in the nation--for that matter the biggest in the world--too sprawling and complex for Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar and so intensive you can't walk the streets of New Orleans for the better part of two weeks without bumping into famous recording artists. The festival doesn't cater to much contemporary southern soul, but artists of interest for southern soul fans this year include Al Green, The O'Jays, Jeff Floyd, Irma Thomas, Mavis Staples, Gladys Knight, Aaron Neville, Diana Ross, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan, Maze w/ Frankie Beverly, Buddy Guy, Roi "Chip" Anthony, Earth Wind & Fire, Chubby Carrier, C.J. Chenier, Robert Cray, Lil' Nathan and Mr. Sipp, with tributes to--among others, Fats Domino, Aretha Franklin and Bill Withers.

See this year's line-up for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

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March 7, 2019:

Question:

Tucka is not the first southern soul artist to record a cover of country singer Ronnie Milsap's "Ain't No Getting Over Me" (DBN's #1 Single December '18). Can you name the southern soul singer who previously recorded a cover of "Ain't No Getting Over Me"?.

Listen to Tucka singing "Ain't No Getting Over Me" on YouTube.

Answer:

Scroll down this page to the bottom of February 16, 2019: "News & Notes".

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Listen to Wendell B. singing "Beautiful" on YouTube.

February 26, 2019:

Memorial Services for Katrenia Jefferson

Memorial Service: Saturday, March 2, 2019. Word And Worship Church, 6286 Hanging Moss Road, Jackson, Mississippi.

Repast: 1 pm (after service). Central City Complex, 609 West Woodrow Wilson Ave., Jackson, Mississippi.

February 23, 2019:

ALERT!!
Katrenia Jefferson Passes.

The Jackson, Mississippi "Clarion Ledger" is reporting that Katrenia L. Jefferson, 61, of Jackson, Mississippi, died February 20, 2019, in Jackson. According to the obituary, she was born June 23, 1957. No other details have been published confirming that the departed is the Katrenia Jefferson of southern soul music known for gospel-based hits such as "Chance Of A Lifetime" and "Holding On". However, Internet deejay William Bell, aka DJ Sir Rockinghood, just posted (2/21) a new mixtape titled "RIH, Gonna Miss You Lady Mix:" with the comment, "I was working on this mix and my favorite singer passes away. Katrenia Jefferson i'm gonna miss you pretty lady!!!!!!!" In the meantime, I have a query out to Jazzi A., who did the definitive interview with Katrenia in the "Jefferson Blues Magazine"...and Jazzi A. has just replied. Yes. Southern Soul's Katrenia Jefferson has died.

--Daddy B. Nice

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Katrenia Jefferson.

Read Jazzi A's interview with Katrenia in "Jefferson Blues Magazine".

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February 16, 2019:

News & Notes:

2018 is in the rear view mirror, the singles charts for last year are a wrap and the awards have been presented (see Best of 2018). What else is there to say before we turn from 2018 and begin the new year? Let's give a special mention to the (Best Mid-Tempo Song of 2018) and to Daniel Ross of Ross Music Group--aka Beat Flippa--for the most elemental and easily enjoyable organ/keyboard instrumental since Booker T.'s work on "Green Onions".

Listen to Beat Flippa's organ on Jeter Jones' "Black Horse."

And in the same vein, let's give a nod of appreciation for the unremarked-upon blues collaboration of Tyree Neal (lead guitar) and Charles Lewis aka Highway Heavy (keyboard organ) in backing up Johnny James on "Sweet Dick Johnny," which secured the award for (Best Out-Of-Left-Field Song of 2018). This, as only southern soul fans know, is the real, cutting-edge, up-to-the minute "living blues," a cauldron of tasteful picking and deep-soul organ straight from the Devil's crossroads.

Listen to Tyree Neal's guitar and Highway Heavy's keyboards on Johnny James' "Sweet Dick Johnny".

And I'd like to a give a shout-out to Ronnie Bell and Toia Jones for their resuscitations of the meme "Sleeping With The Enemy". In Toia's song (produced by Bigg Robb), the heroine is talking about her tryst with another man who turned out to be a spy for her spouse. In Ronnie Bell's deceptively modest song, "I'll Pay The Shipping Cost," awarded (Best Chitlin' Circuit/Blues Song of 2018), the "sleeping with the enemy" reference comes at the end of the long voice-over which concludes the record and contributed substantially to the tune's success. Ronnie gives nothing less than a motivational speech empowering women and ending with the admonition, "The bottom line, ladies, is you're sleeping with the enemy."

It just so happens my ties to "sleeping with the enemy" go back to the sixties. I was in college where a teacher named Nancy Price taught English and Humanities. Another teacher named Howard Thompson was in the same department, and they got married. Being a "child prodigy," I naturally hung out with a lot of faculty, and when I became a graduate student the faculty gossip was often centered upon Howard Thompson, who reportedly drank a lot and became a "mean" drunk, taking it out on his wife. I soon left the groves of academe for the greater world, but a few years later a book was published by Nancy Price Thompson, and I was stunned by not only the fact she'd published a book about her experiences but by the head-turning title, "Sleeping With The Enemy". Years passed, and at last a movie was made with Julia Roberts in the title role. "Sleeping With The Enemy" became a huge cinematic hit, especially with women, and decades later, here it is, rearing up once again, in southern soul music. A huge hit with women.

On another subject....As southern soul music continues to grow, both in terms of recording artists and fans, it's enlightening to look at the volatility of the music from year to year as seen in the appearance and disappearance of popular artists. To wit, the artists behind the top twenty-five singles of 2017 were almost exclusively absent from the top twenty-five singles of 2018. Failing to re-appear were J. Red (The Nephew), Mr. Campbell, Alonzo Reid, Miss Portia, Crystal Thomas, LaKeisha, Mr. Sam, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Sharnette Hyter, Stan Butler, Joe "Blues" Butler, Wendell B, El' Willie, Ms. Jody, Big Pokey Bear, Gentry-Jones, Omar Cunningham, D. Whit, Lomax, Candace G, Deacon Dukes and Adrian Bagher. I guess this begs the question, "Who repeated?" That would be Jeter Jones, Tucka, David Brinston and Big Yayo (singer the first year, producer the second).

Speaking of Wendell B, the singer who may possess the most "upside" of any vocalist in southern soul music has a new album in the works: Real Talk. Jaye Hammer's new CD, Double Trouble (Ecko Records) is just out, and after a year-long hiatus, LaMorris Williams is sending out new singles again, the latest a collaboration with C'Wright, so there may be a long-play set in his near-future.

Avail Hollywood is dropping a handful of new singles and has a new album titled Still King. Jessi Terrell, Mz. Connie (assisted by L.J. Echols), Annie Washington and Lady Q are shopping new singles: they don't want to "disappear". Tucka's new album "Working With The Feeling" is a bagful of hits; deejays are playing anything and everything from the CD to enthusiastic response.

On the concert scene, the annual Blues Is Alright Tour is getting underway, although the longtime moniker is dropped nowadays in favor of simply " ---- (this or that City) Blues Festival". T.K. Soul is finally getting his long-overdue first-tier status on the tour; Big Pokey Bear and Tucka are the new artists who have made the most dramatic jumps to headliners; and overall, the line-ups are "spiced up" with regional favorites, depending on location (Terry Wright, Ronnie Bell, Klass Band, Crystal Thomas, etc.). Although it remains a formidable benchmark of chitlin' circuit status, the Blues Is Alright Tour isn't what it was in the old days simply because the southern soul field is now so abuzz with venues featuring similar, multi-act events. One thing the tour does, however, is bring southern soul and contemporary blues to the cities of the Midwest and North--a significant accomplishment in itself.

See Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar.

Speaking of the "blues," and how differently the word is perceived by the black and white audiences, I was listening to a National Public Radio feature on Cedric Burnside the other day that, frankly, pissed me off. And when the interviewer identified Cedric as a "voice of the blues" from northern Mississippi, I just about gagged, knowing how many great southern soul (i.e. "blues") artists come from the area. Now I have nothing against Cedric, whom I have posted on my Concert Calendar. His father, R.L. Burnside, was a highly-ranked artist on your Daddy B. Nice's original Top 100 Southern Soul Artists. But when they played Cedric's imitative, electric-guitar blues, the kind white audiences associate with the blues, all I could think of was all of the great music and great artists--far more worthy than Cedric Burnside--NPR and its white audiences still have no inkling about. And a feature like this only reinforces the white audience's belief that second-generation guitar blues is the only blues. (R.L. Burnside's "It's Bad You Know, on the other hand, was original blues, i.e. southern soul.)

Listen to R.L. Burnside singing "It's Bad You Know" on YouTube.

Finally, a big nod of acknowledgment to all the great YouTube mix-tape deejays who are bringing the new music of southern soul to the masses. If you're a fan in the "fanatical" sense, and you always want to hear what's "new," it's tailored for you. Commercial-free after the opening ad blip, these hour-plus sets are great to put on when you're tired of the usual. They're not going to replace your favorite deejay at WMPR in Jackson, Ms. or WDLT in Mobile, Al., nor should they, but in between times you can access superb strings of singles with a touch or a click, enjoying the pleasant element of surprise at hearing something unexpected, maybe even your new "favorite song".

In many ways, especially in the timeliness of his material, the best of the mixtape deejays is William Bell, aka DJ Sir Rockinghood. He's got a mixtape on YouTube right now that presents the newest southern soul with a deftness that will take your breath away. That would be DJ Sir Rockinghood Presents: Black History Month Southern Soul Mix 2019. And also check out the other outstanding mixtape deejays: DJ's BJ, Semelo, Whatbabieluv, Mr. Melvin and Trucker (of P2K DaDiddy fame). I'm forgetting a couple, but I'll try to insert them later.

Here's another good one. I'm listening to it right now for the first time: Semelo's Simply Fabulous R&B n' Southern Soul.

Here's a good one that just came out this year, DJ Whatbabieluv's Southern Soul - Soul Blues / R&B Quick Mix 2019 - "Grown Folks Muzik". A good mix of old and new, with the treat of hearing a new and unknown song by Fat Daddy (of #1 Song "The Blame" fame) followed in true music-detective fashion by the southern soul "oldie" it's based upon, Jesse Graham's "Mr. Mailman." I also like the mix's deft choices of excellent but obscure and overlooked gems like Billy Cole's "When You Do Wrong" and Vince Hutchinson's "Shotgun Motel Love Affair".

--Daddy B. Nice

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Answer:

What southern soul singer recorded a cover of Ronnie Milsap's "Ain't No Getting Over Me" before Tucka's current version?

Willie Clayton

Listen to Willie Clayton singing "Ain't No Getting Over Me" on YouTube.

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January 6, 2019:

2018: THE YEAR IN SOUTHERN SOUL

In addition to a bevy of collaborations for which he’s always been in the highest demand, top-rated recording artist Sir Charles Jones dominated 2018 with a new album, “The Masterpiece”. The hubristic title raised sky-high expectations and begged comparisons to “The Love Machine,” the classic that launched Jones’ career. The singles “Step It Out” (with Prince Damons), “Squeeze Me,” “Call Me” (with Calvin Richardson and Omar Cunningham)” and “100 Years” charted #1 (January), #1 (May), #2 (May) and #1 (August) respectively on Daddy B. Nice’s monthly Top 10 Singles.

Sir Charles was also a prime influence for artist P2K Dadiddy’s 5-star-rated debut album, “Welcome To The Boom Boom Room,” which included an outright Sir Charles homage, “Soul Brothers Moonshine,” a collaborative effort (Sir Charles, P2K and Jeter Jones) on which Charles also sang the opening verse. The song was so steeped in Sir Charles Jones musical lore it could have graced “The Masterpiece”.

Whether “The Masterpiece” was the crowning achievement of the King of Southern Soul’s career was debatable--fans would probably still give “Love Machine” that honor--but there was no disputing the quality of the lyrics, which eclipsed “Love Machine’s” youthful yearnings with the ruminations of a grown man.

In “Squeeze Me,” the song that blended the best of the new and old Sir Charles, the troubadour sang, “Said it’s been three years now,/ And you still don’t see/ How much you mean to me./ I know, baby, I’m a man./ He did you wrong,/ But don’t make me pay/ For the other man’s mistakes."

And in “100 Years” Charles opined, “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 you Juliet./What are you doing/ For the next one hundred years?”

"Southern Soul fans should be proud of Charles," (Daddy B. Nice wrote in his August '18 critique) "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."

Lyrics, in fact, were a road map to the year’s most durable themes. Highway Heavy, the Louisiana maestro behind two of the last half-decade’s top-rated songs, Pokey Bear’s “My Sidepiece” and Cold Drank’s “Three,” returned with a new and even more flamboyant artist, Johnny James, and some of the most wildly carnal lyrics since Clarence Carter’s “Strokin’” and Theodis Ealey’s “Stand Up In it.”

Heavy’s most musically satisfying opus of raunch, “Sweet Dick Johnny,” featured James phlegmatically growling the best opening line of the year: “She was big and yellow (pronounced ‘yella’)/ With some real big thighs.” And soon after: “Built just like her mama,/ Real bad attitude,/ But I still tell her what to do.”

Frequently the fact the lyrics didn’t make ready sense added to a record’s mystery and allure. In ”The Blame” new singer Fat Daddy (who wasn’t fat) described himself as an unfaithful man sitting in his “lonely room” wishing for his woman to come home. “The blame is on me,” he kept repeating. “But the crazy thing about the whole story,/ With all the wrong I’ve done,/ She left me with all these cars and houses.” More than a few listeners, especially the men, must have wondered why their divorces couldn’t have concluded in such a benign denouement.

As for the women, in the song, ”That Bitch Ain’t Me,” a re-invention of Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind,” southern soul chanteuse Karen Wolfe sang, “You thought that things would be better,/ I’m happy for you all,/ So quit texting my phone/ Saying, ‘Can I come home?’/ Hell naw!”

The “hell naw!” was a reference to Bishop Bullwinkle’s “Hell Naw To The Naw Naw,” the novelty-hit sensation of 2015 and 2016, and a reminder of how swiftly the current of change can raise an artist into headliner status and just as swiftly sweep him away, as Bishop Bullwinkle faded from the touring scene in 2018.

Many another southern soul veteran must have wondered why dropping his or her new record didn’t make the same cannonball-like splash it had in the past. The reason was simple. Southern Soul’s chitlin’ circuit was over-run from the Carolinas to the Texas Gulf Coast with both veterans and newcomers jostling for airtime and bookings in a market in which they could no longer count on the fans’ undivided attention, as the music expanded into hiphop-dominated Georgia, saturating Louisiana, mingling with zydeco, consolidating footholds in Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, extending feelers into Austin, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Kansas City and formerly uninterested venues on the West Coast and in the North.

In the traditional southern soul bastions of the Mississippi Delta, well-known venues including big county auditoriums booked southern soul concerts at twice the rate of a few years earlier, while Alabama, Arkansas, and the fertile grounds of the Carolinas spawned gigs with unflagging regularity.

Energy, volatility and competition—-the earmarks of a genre’s incipient arrival—-ruled. The old marketing model whereby an artist recorded an album and went back to his or her day-job was DOA, and older-generation musicians either flourished in the new, tour-driven market or were passed by. Among the stars at the top of their game were T.K. Soul, Bobby Rush, Big Pokey Bear, Calvin Richardson, Sir Charles Jones, Tucka and Nellie “Tiger” Travis.

O.B. Buchana broke out of the safe but stagnant mold of Memphis’ Ecko Records’ frequently-recorded but seldom-touring musicians, collaborating and performing with the likes of new torridly touring giants Pokey Bear and Tucka, while Sir Charles Jones, J-Wonn and Tucka recorded and/or performed with national R&B stars like Keith Sweat, Silk and R. Kelly.

YouTube, Spotify and other streaming services rivaled and all but overwhelmed the traditional gospel-by-day, southern-soul-by-night-and-weekend, regional-radio, air-time model, so much so that if you didn’t publicize your new music on YouTube et.al., your prospects for getting your music heard were nil.

Of course, the combined “resistance” of the national radio conglomerates, the insistence of the national white audience on restricting the “blues” to its mid-twentieth-century generation, the ongoing and clueless acceptance of the faceless and derivative neo- and retro-soul genres, the melody-averse, hiphop-saturated sensibilities of young blacks and the stubborn backlash of the African-American intelligentsia and black middle class for whom the “culturally-incorrect” themes of southern soul were anathema continued to be the major brakes on the growth and popularity of southern soul music.

--Daddy B. Nice

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December 8, 2018:

Summary of Featured Artists:
September--December 2018

In case you missed them, here is the list of Daddy B. Nice's Featured Artists for September through December 2018. (Just click the links.) For this month's featured artists, go to Home Page.

Big Woo: Debut Album Alert, New Artist Guide

Crystal Thomas: New Album Alert! New CD Review

Pictured: P2K

P2K Dadiddy: Debut Album Alert! New 5-Star CD Review!

Will Easley: Album Re-Issue Alert

Rick Lawson: New Single Alert

Jeter Jones: New 4-Star CD Review

Pictured: Krishunda Echols

Krishunda Echols: New Album Alert, New Artist Guide

Frank Lucas: New Album Alert, New #1 Single

Carolyn Staten: Debut Album Alert, New 5-Star CD Review

Lynn White: Retrospective

Pictured: Donnie Ray

Donnie Ray: New Album Alert

Ernie Johnson: Retrospective, w/ Johnnie Taylor, Otis Clay

DeMond Crump: New Single Alert, New Artist Guide

Snatch Nelson: New Album Alert, New Artist Guide

Pictured: Ms. Charli

Ms. Charli: New Artist Guide

Bobby Rush: The Road Widens

Tucka: New Album Alert

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

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

-------MARCH 2019-------

1. "Neckbone Lady"-----Mz. Connie featuring L.J. Echols

The instru- mental track has a bit of "Mad Dog 20/20" to it, and sure enough, it's L.J. Echols (you know? the guy with the Neckbone Band?), pushing this song past this month's formidable competition. And with only one previously published single to her credit--Daddy B. Nice's #19-ranked song of 2018, Why You Gotta Act Like That--Mz. Connie throws down a southern soul vocal for the ages.

Listen to Mz. Connie singing "Neckbone Lady" on YouTube.

2. "Unbelievable Booty"-----Avail Hollywood

With this song and new album, Still King, Avail Hollywood is officially back, singing with a strength and panoramic scope that eclipses his already significant catalog.

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "Unbelievable Booty" on YouTube.

3. "Jungle Love"----- Tucka

I hear a little Bo Diddley in the instrumental track and a little Buddy Holly in the vocal. From Tucka's new, "every-song's-a-classic" album, Working With The Feeling.

Listen to Tucka singing "Jungle Love" on YouTube.

4. "Won't Stop Loving You"----- Nekita Waller

Connecticut southern soul! Who woulda thought? Hey, Peggy Scott-Adams recorded her classics in Van Nuys! If it's got that down-south feeling, it can come from anywhere. And I love the video with the impromptu dancers. Never would have heard this instant classic if not for DJ Sir Rockinghood!

Listen to Nekita Waller singing "Won't Stop Loving You" on YouTube.

5. "Let's Roll (Tonight We're Gone Sip On Tennessee Whiskey)"------J. Hall featuring Theodis Ealey

Remember when Theodis rolled out J. Red (The Nephew)? J. Hall is nothing like J. Red--and much less flashy--but he's got the same steadfast sense of style and identity. And the lyrics, a recitation of southern soul titles from the past, will have grown folks zoning out with sloppy smiles on their faces.

Listen to J. Hall singing "Let's Roll" on YouTube.

6. "Wrong Man" (Reloaded)"-----Highway Heavy featuring Fya Redd & Omar Cunningham

I liked Fya Redd's "Wrong Man" when it charted at #4 in January (elsewhere on this page), and I like it again on this remix, which is getting to be one way for an artist to aggressively market a song he or she really believes in. (Only think of Karen Wolfe's "That Chick Ain't Me" or Magic One's "High Heels & Jeans".) As to producer Highway Heavy's insistence on listing himself, not the vocalist, as the featured performer on every project, I'm having a hard time with it. Producer Christopher Mabry (LaMorris Williams, J-Wonn) became Big Yayo. Will Heavy go that way? He has a new single out in which he IS the performer, but--curiously--it's hiphop.

Listen to Fya Redd and Omar Cunningham singing Highway Heavy's "Wrong Man" (Reloaded)" on YouTube.

7. "Issue It"------Lady Q featuring Jones

Speaking of good rhythm tracks, you can't do much better than Lady Q's "Issue It," another gem from her Class n Session debut album brought to fruition by Producer of the Year Ronald "Slack" Jefferson.

Listen to Lady Q singing "Issue It" on YouTube.

8. "Two Covers"-----J-Wonn

Now here's a guy who knows nothing about rhythm tracks. That's why his collaborations with Big Yayo ("I Got This Record," "Cowgirl") were so transcendent; Big Yayo brought the bass. J-Wonn's always high in the "clouds" of melody (and if you've seen him in concert, the euphoria of performance). But while his songs lack solid bass lines, his success is undeniable, and although its subject is domestic quarreling, "Two Covers" flies like a bird.

Listen to J-Wonn singing "Two Covers" on YouTube.

9. "Inside Man, Outside Help"-----Omar Cunningham

Omar's vocals on this one and "Wrong Man" (with Fya Redd above) are strong and convincing. Omar wrote "Inside Man, Outside Help" and Highway Heavy produced. Heavy must be working 24-7.

Listen to Omar Cunningham singing "Inside Man, Outside Help" on YouTube.

10. "Liquor House Muzik"----------------C-Wright

A LaMorris Williams production. LaMorris is back.

Listen to C-Wright singing "Liquor House Muzik" on YouTube.

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

-------FEBRUARY 2019-------

1. "Sunshine"------Solomon Thompson & David J.

Buoyed by the humor and edgy, straight-faced craziness that served Solomon so well in "Neighbors," he and fellow wild guy David J merrily kick their way through a song that takes off on the comment Allen made at the beginning of "I'll Take Your Word For It". A woman says, "I have got a girl who is so good--if you threw it up in the air it would turn into sunshine." Vick pauses and replies, "Well, I don't want to meet her." Solomon quotes the exchange verbatim and interjects, "I do!", and "Sunshine" ensues.

Listen to Solomon Thompson and David J. singing "Sunshine" on YouTube.

2. "Thick Pocketbook"-----Annie Washington

Proof that "Show Pony" wasn't a fluke, "Thick Pocketbook" not only transitions from zydeco to straight southern soul but clarifies Annie's simple but potent, non-melisma, Mel Waiters-like vocal style. Don't change your name to Ms. B, Annie; we already have a Miz B.

Listen to Annie Washington singing "Thick Pocketbook" on YouTube.

3. "Hitcha Wit Da Tool"------------Till 1

Is Till 1 a recording artist or a body builder? Hard to tell sometimes; he sure likes to display that naked chest. And like Cold Drank, his catalog too often reverts to urban-styled vocals, but "Hitcha Wit Da Tool" is his best southern soul song since "Oooh Baby" and a treat to listen to.

Listen to Till 1 singing "Hitcha Wit Da Tool" on YouTube.

4. "You Make Me Feel Good"------Lady Q

Aided by Jones and Producer of the Year Ronald "Slack" Jefferson, the barrel-chested songstress with the masculine vocal style pounds out a gritty ballad for the ages. From her debut album Class N Session.

Listen to Lady Q. singing"You Make Me Feel Good" on YouTube.

5. "Kitty Kandy"-------Nelson Curry

Good rhythm track propels this unassuming dance jam from the Best Male Vocalist of 2018.

Listen to Nelson Curry singing "Kitty Kandy" on YouTube.

6. "Walk That Dog"-----Dee Dee Simon

Well-produced debut by an accomplished new artist.

Listen to Dee Dee Simon sing "Walk That Dog" on YouTube.

7. "All About Us"------ Williams

Missed LaMorris in 2018--figured he was in a "shell" writing--but he's kicking off 2019 with an acoustic slow jam I can only describe as droopy. In fact, it reminded me of the first few times I heard "Impala" (before it was called "Impala"); it was so slow. But if "All About Us" is half as intoxicating as "Impala," it will be real good.

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing "All About Us" on YouTube.

8. "Main Squeeze"-----Kierra

Another adroit debut, with the vocalist carrying a rocking-the-cradle tempo with confidence.

Listen to Kierra singing "Main Squeeze" on YouTube.

9. "Southern Soul In The Sky"-------P2K DaDiddy

Listen to P2K singing "Southern Soul In The Sky" on YouTube.

10. "I Wanna Do You"------Vick Allen

Listen to Vick Allen singing "I Wanna Do You" on YouTube.

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1. “Down Low Brother”------Val McKnight

Vivacious Val delivers a vocal so unique and unprece- dented it eclipses the original recorded by the gritty Barbara Carr, whose X-rated catalog makes today’s divas look like choir girls. The tale of a woman discovering her husband with another man was one of a wave of "he-turned-out-be-gay" tunes recorded in the wake of the resounding success of Peggy Scott-Adams' "Bill". From Val's new Stroke That Cat album.

Listen to Val McKnight singing “Down Low Brother” on YouTube.

2. "Whipped Again"------O.B. Buchana & Big Pokey Bear

I’m encouraged when old stars (Buchana) mingle with new stars (Pokey Bear). It gives continuity to the music, bestowing legitimacy on the new star and sprinkling relevance like fairy dust on the old star. Also can't say enough about the crisp but charmingly modest production on both "Down Low Brother" and "Whipped Again" by John Ward; you wouldn't know either one was an Ecko project. From the Memphis studio's new sampler, Blues Mix Volume 27.

Listen to O.B. & Pokey singing "Whipped Again" on YouTube.

3. "Big Train"-----Tucka

As a vocalist, Tucka is quite simply unsurpassed, and the driving acoustic-guitar sound of this tune and the Working With The Feeling album as a whole is intoxicating.

Listen to Tucka singing "Big Train" on YouTube.

4. "Wrong Man (Highway Heavy Mix)"-----Fya Redd

The two best new producers in southern soul music both work out of Baton Rouge. They're fierce competitors and they both rely primarily on the organ/keyboard for their instrumental sound. Beat Flippa is the more well-known, but Highway Heavy (Pokey Bear, Cold Drank, Johnny James) is rapidly making a name for himself, lacking only his name on an album cover. This slinky ballad is a nice change-up after the freneticism of Johnny James.

Listen to Fya Redd singing "I'm In Bed With The Wrong Man" on YouTube.

5. "This Woman Of Mine"-----Lamar Brace

Strong new vocalist who turned some heads with last year's "Rock Me, Baby" returns with an even more accomplished bid at a southern soul hit single.

Listen to Lamar Brace singing "This Woman Of Mine" on Number One Music.

6. "Make Me Wanna Do Wrong"-----Tucka

The Pied Piper of Louisiana will add to his long caravan of fans with this ratcheted-down, reggae-rhythm-section-dominated gem.

Listen to Tucka singing "Make Me Wanna Do Wrong" on YouTube.

7. "Blues Heaven"-----Jaye Hammer

The blues belter does it Johnny Taylor "Soul Heaven" style. From Blues Mix Volume 27.

Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "Blues Heaven" on YouTube.

8. "Don't Stop Stepping"-----Sassy D. featuring Mr. Amazing Prince Of Blues

Listen to Sassy D and Mr. Amazing singing "Don't Stop Stepping" on YouTube.

9. "Step Just Because"---- Stacii Adams

Listen to Stacii Adams singing "Step Just Because" on YouTube.

10. "In The Club"----2 Buck Chuck

Listen to 2 Buck Chuck singing "In The Club" on YouTube.

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-------DECEMBER 2018-------

1. "Ain't No Getting Over Me" -----Tucka

Cupid couldn't have shot an arrow at your heart more accurately than Tucka does with this stunning cover of the Ronnie Milsap country classic. Once you hear it, you won't be able to forget it. (I recorded a "short version" without the opening voice-over.)

Listen to Tucka singing "Ain't No Getting Over Me" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's Tucka: New Album Alert!

2. "Tipsy"-----Tucka

In my "New Album Alert" for Tucka I listed this song's antecedents as Frank Lucas' "The Man With The Singing Ding-A-Ling," Betty Wright's "Tonight Is The Night" and The Rascals "Groovin'". But of the three, "Tipsy" with its inebriated "brown liquor love" most resembles the sunny, romantic buzz of "Groovin'/ On a Sunday afternoon..."

Listen to Tucka singing "Tipsy" on YouTube.

Buy Tucka's new WORKING WITH THE FEELING album at iTunes.

3. "Drank Of My Love"-----Crystal Thomas

The deepest and most satisfying cut from Crystal's new album, Drank Of My Love. Great vocal, production and background choruses.

Listen to Crystal Thomas singing "Drank Of My Love" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice's new CD review.

4. "Don't Rush"----Avail Hollywood

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "Don't Rush" on YouTube.

5. "Call On Me"------Big Daddy E.

This is Mose Stovall's brother Eddie, formerly of The Platters, who released his first southern soul single, "Big Daddy E," in March. This one's better, but no YouTube yet.

6. "Why You Mad At Me?"-----Terrence Davis

Wild, raucous, new song with lyrics that feature one man putting down another.

Listen to Terrence Davis singing "Why You Mad At Me" on Kkbox.

7. "Sneak, Creep & Freak"-----Sebastian Gowdy

This young man has the pipes, technique and know-how to go all the way. He's from Jackson, Mississippi and played football with last month's featured
Jackson artist, Demond Crump. He's also the same "Sebastian" who charted in July '17 with the impressive ballad "If You Come Back".

Listen to Sebastian Gowdy "Sneak, Creep & Freak" on YouTube.

8. "The Donald Trump"------West Love featuring Stan Butler

It could have benefited from another take and/or better mixing--Stan Butler in particular gets periodically drowned in the choppy waves of the instrumental track--but as you can guess from the title, this song is a rollicking good time.

Listen to West Love featuring Stan Butler singing "The Donald Trump".

9. "I Need A Fix It Man"-----Pat Cooley

In which Pat graduates from a "boy toy" to a grown man. It's called keeping it (her catalog) consistent.

Listen to Pat Cooley singing "I Need A Fix It Man" on YouTube.

10. "Good Enough For Me"-----Stacii Adams

A self-reflective ballad from the hyper-charged young artist who debuted in November with the head-turning cover of Johnnie Taylor's "Last Few Dollars".

Listen to Stacii Adams singing "Good Enough For Me" on YouTube.

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-------NOVEMBER 2018-------

1. "The Same Hotel (Soul Swing Remix)" -----Nelson Curry featuring Big Yayo

Hard work and persistence pay off for former Klass Band Brotherhood front-man Nelson Curry, who's been searching for just this kind of sweet material. With Big Yayo tweaking the mix into a hit-single groove, Curry has never sounded more rooted, honeyed or euphonious.

Listen to Nelson Curry & Big Yayo singing "The Same Hotel" on SoundCloud.

2. "Tore Your Drawers"-----DeMond Crump

Years ago, this obscure recording artist had a minor regional hit with "Neighborhood Rat".

See Daddy B. Nice's DeMond Crump (New Single Alert! New Artist Guide!)

Listen to DeMond Crump singing "Tore Your Drawers" on YouTube.

3. "Soul Brothers Moonshine"------P2K Dadiddy, Sir Charles Jones & Jeter Jones

A Sir Charles Jones homage from P2K's new Welcome To The Boom Boom Room album. "A Can't Miss Debut. Pure Southern Soul Heaven." Read the review.

Listen to P2K, Sir Charles and Jeter Jones singing "Soul Brothers Moonshine" on YouTube.

4. "Feel Me"-----J-Wonn featuring Keith Sweat

J-Wonn has been trending closer to mainstream popular music ever since he left former mentor Big Yayo, and this one makes it official. Can you imagine J-Wonn on Top 40 Urban R&B?

Listen to J-Wonn and Keith Sweat singing "Feel Me" on YouTube.

5. "Right Thing, Wrong Man"------Stephanie Luckett

Now we've got Stephanie Luckett and Stephanie Pickett. The first time you hear this cover of "Right Thing, Wrong Man," you'll groan that it's not the late Jackie Neal. After that, you'll be adjusted. Ms. Luckett triumphs.

Listen to Stephanie Luckett singing "Right Thing, Wrong Man" on YouTube.

6. "Sha La Do Be Do"------------Snatch Nelson

A throwback sound that's as fresh as ever, from an artist who's been laboring in the margins. See Snatch Nelson (New Album Alert! New Artist Guide!)

Listen to Snatch Nelson singing "Sha La Do Be Do" on YouTube.

7. "Still Called The Blues"------Donnie Ray

Donnie Ray is amped-up on his second CDS release, and "Still Called The Blues," with its reflections on the relationship between the blues, the blues masters and southern soul, finds producer Ricky White at his subtlest and best. See Donnie Ray (New Album Alert!).

Listen to Donnie Ray singing "(You Can Call It Southern Soul But It's) Still Called The Blues"

8. "Last Few Dollars"------Stacii Adams

Stacii Adams resuscitates the Johnnie Taylor classic. Not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill cover.

Listen to Stacii Adams singing "Last Few Dollars" on YouTube.

9. "Trucker Hustle"--------P2K featuring DJ Trucker

Another song with hit potential from Welcome To The Boom Boom Room. "The previously unknown P2K, aka Keith Taylor, exudes the authority of a dude who's been on the scene for years." See Daddy B. Nice's 5-star review.

Listen to P2k and DJ Trucker singing "Trucker Hustle" on YouTube.

10. "That Bitch Ain't Me"-----Karen Wolfe

Even more so than when it charted here as "That Chick Ain't Me" in February (scroll down this page), I think this is an important song. Maybe it can't be marketed or broadcast as such, but the vernacular "bitch" is more real, accurate and relevant, and therefore even more powerful. The inflection in Karen's voice as she sings the last three words in "You made your bed/Now LIE IN IT"...You'll never hear stuff like that outside of southern soul, folks.

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

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-------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 nice 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. Stock up on Lucas. You may not hear from him again for five years.

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-------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.

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-------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.

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