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


Daddy B. Nice's Corner

July 14, 2019:

Top Of The Charts

Readers of Daddy B. Nice's Guide to Ronnie Lovejoy know that for the past year and a half I have relegated Johnnie Taylor to the #2 Southern Soul Artist so that I could right a perceived wrong and feature Lovejoy's "Sho' Wasn't Me" as the #1 Song in Southern Soul. Which it is. But that experiment, I think, has run its course. It's time to reinstate Taylor in the #1 spot of the Top 100 Southern Soul Artists chart where everyone intimate with southern soul knows he belongs. In doing so, "Soul Heaven" moves back into the #1 spot on the Top 100 Southern Soul Songs chart, upending the more deserving "Sho' Wasn't Me," which I shall continue to headline as the "#1 Song in Southern Soul" on the Ronnie Lovejoy page.

--Daddy B. Nice

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See the Ronnie Lovejoy Artist Guide for the back-story. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


July 6, 2019: An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in July (right-hand column, this page). Among new albums, Bigg Robb's Muzic, Stan Mosley's Resurrection and Fat Daddy's Gone Love You Right albums are well-represented with at least three singles apiece. The bragging rights (with five singles) belong to Slack (producer Ronald "Slack" Jefferson) and his debut compilation, My Music, My Friends.

1. "I Did My Time"---Bigg Robb
2. "Why Me?"---Gentry-Jones
3. "Good Times"---Lomax
4. "You Can Ride It"---O.C. Soul & The Soul Patrol
5. "That Thang"---Volton Wright featuring Slack
6. "Superstar"---Vick Allen
7. "Funky Blues"---DJ Wildman Tim
8. "My Cake"---Mr. Campbell
9. "We Come To Party"---Jeter Jones
10. "Bottle After Bottle"---P2K DaDiddy
11. "3 Legs"---Annie Washington
12. "Strong Woman"---Fat Daddy
13. "I'm Rocking With The Thick Girls"---Lil' Jimmie
14. "Hoe To A Husband"---Summer Wolfe
15. "Get It And Hit It"---Stan Mosley
16. "Country Party"---DJ Wildman Tim featuring Slack
17. "Let Me Put My Name On It"---Bigg Robb
18. "Wave To The Sky"---Super Soul Posse (Big Yayo, Krishunda Echols, Andre' Lee, L.J. Echols, Adrena, Adrienne Daniel, D. Broom & Emerson Hill)
19. "Fantasy Man"---Hisyde
20. "Mama And Daddy"---Bigg Robb featuring Vick Allen
21. "Right Hand Know"---Fat Daddy featuring Lacee
22. "Southern Soul"---Sassy D. featuring Cold Drank
23. "We're Gonna Have A Good Time"---Stan Mosley
24. "Hold My Trembling Hand"---Ghetto Cowboy
25. "A Woman Like You"---Darnell Da' Bachelor
26. "Red Beans And Rice"---Teslanay
27. "You Walk Like It's Good"---Jarvis Greene
28. "Drowning In A Sea Of Love"---Sir Charles Jones
29. "Party Rock"---Fat Daddy
30. "Baby Daddy"---Tyree Neal
31. "What We Do"---Cupid featuring Andrew Jackson
32. "Monkey Stick"---Royal D. featuring Jeter Jones
33. "Party"---Mr. David featuring Nelson Curry
34. "First Love"---Fat Daddy
35. "We Gotta Do Better"---Stan Mosley
36. "Dance Floor Remix"---Nelson Curry
37. "Two Lovers"---Miss Mini
38. "Is It Real?"---Bishop Bullwinkle
39. "Sex With My Ex"---T.J. Hooker Taylor
40. "Try Me"---Adrian Bagher
41. "Family Reunion"---Mose Stovall
42. "Alabama Boy"--Big "Ro" Williams
43. "My Milkshake"---J. Dallas
44. "No One Can Replace You"--Sargent Tucker
45. "After Hours"---Christopher LaMont
46. "Da Fire"---Dee Dee Simon
47. "Let's Party"---Big G
48. "Mr. Rogers"---Darnell Da' Bachelor
49. "For The Weekend"---Joe Nice featuring Nelson Curry & Mr. David
50. "In The Morning"---Corey Rudolph featuring Little Kim Stewart

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June 14, 2019: An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in June (right-hand column, this page).

Top 10 "Spillover" June 2019

1. "I Forgot That I Was Married"---J. Red The Nephew
2. "Party Hard"---J. Red The Nephew
3. "I Hump It"---O.B. Buchana
4. "I'm What You're Looking For"---Luziana Wil featuring Crystal Thomas
5. "Sleepin' Pill"---Hisyde featuring Chrissy Luvz
6. "No Woman No Cry"---Bishop Bullwinkle
7. "Return To Sender"---J.J. Caillier
8. "Can We Slip Away"---Willie Clayton
9. "Say Go"---Chris Ardoin
10. "Can You Handle It"---Kami Cole
11. "Done Messed Up"---Benito
12. "Cutting Up"---Bigg Robb featuring O.B. Buchana
13. "Saddle Up On It"--- Diva Dee featuring Bruce Billups
14. "Step Till The Morning Light" --- O.B. Buchana
15. "I've Got Two Lovers" --- Miss Mini
16. "Oochie Coochie" --- Hisyde
17. "Just A Love Song" --- Nikita
18. "Southern Soul Party" --- Rosalyn Candy
19. "I'm Better" --- Andre' Lee
20. "This Hill" --- Alvin Garrett
21. "Tap Out" --- C.J. Hill
22. "Old Back Road"---Jeter Jones featuring Addison Jones & Chalie Boy
23. "Southern Soul Rockin'" --- Tha Don
24. "Back Up Plan Man"---Walt Luv
25. "Grown Folks Party" --- Rodnae
26. "Swing Me Baby" --- Little Kim Stewart
27. "Trailride Slide (Remix)"---Angel Faye Russell
28. "What We Do"---Cupid featuring Andrew Jackson
29. "Tonight's The Night"--- Till 1
31. "What's Up For Tonight?" --- J. Red The Nephew featuring Karen Wolfe
32. "I'm Free" --- Uncle Wayne
33. "It's The Weekend" --- West Love
34. "Salt And Pepper" --- Bigg Robb
35. "That Thang" --- Sur Lloyd
36. "Country (Trail Mix)" --- Marcell Cassanova featuring Cupid and Jeter Jones
37. "I Can Back It Up" --- Choppa Law
38. "Catfish" --- Calvin Duncan Jr.
39. "Juke Joint Money" --- Uncle Fallay (Chris Andrus)
40. "Yanni's Blues" --- Ms. Yanni featuring Bruce Billups - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

June 5, 2019:

Bishop Bullwinkle's New "No Woman, No Cry" Single

Reggae was my blues in the seventies. I was in on it from the beginning, just as I've been in on contemporary southern soul from the get-go, just part of my never-ending search for new music, and what we need today is a movie soundtrack that brings southern soul to the world the way "The Harder They Come" brought reggae to the world in the early seventies. Jimmy Cliff was the star of the album and the movie, but my favorite cuts were by groups like The Melodians and their bluesy "Rivers Of Babylon.

Without "The Harder They Come," "No Woman No Cry," which came years later, would have remained a regional Jamaican hit, never heard in the U.S. Without that album--one movie soundtrack, just one--reggae would have remained regional and never heard by the masses (like southern soul in 2019). And if the album hadn't appeared, there would have been no Bob Marley, who was simply an unknown member of a Kingston group called The Wailers. His group wasn't even invited to be on that landmark album.

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "No Woman, No Cry" on YouTube while you read.

Bishop Bullwinkle is the only artist I'd be interested in hearing cover "No Woman No Cry," simply because the idea sounds preposterous. I certainly never imagined Bullwinkle in Jamaican-colored head wear, puffing on a big blunt, like he does on the artwork for "No Woman, No Cry".

Moreover, in Bullwinkle's passionate testimony, I hear lyrics I never understood (or bothered to pay attention to) in the thousand-plus times I've listened to the Bob Marley version. I remembered the phrase "mingling with the good people we meet/In the government yard in Trenchtown," but I'd never heard the scathing reference to "observing the hypocrites" (a critical phrase to have missed). And I had never heard an important line which Bullwinkle repeats in at least two verses: "Then I cooked some corn meal porridge/ Which I shared with you".

It's great to have Bishop Bullwinkle back. I wrote him off as a vanishing novelty act after a down and mostly absent year in my southern soul wrap-up for 2018: The Year In Review, and I'm so happy to have to eat my words. Bullwinkle's got another single out (even newer than "No Woman No Cry"), and he's once again touring on the concert scene.

Southern soul culture celebrates alcohol. Mel Waiters celebrated it in song and verse even though he didn't drink. Unlike rap and hiphop, southern soul is a "grown-folks" culture, licentious but law-abiding. So to see and hear Bishop Bullwinkle put his blunt out there for all to see--"Hell naw! to the naw naw!"--gave me renewed respect for the man.

And I should add a caveat. The fact that Bullwinkle is promoting his song by appearing to smoke a joint the size of Texas doesn't mean he smokes in real life. Why, he may never have touched the stuff! But the underlying fact is that with the release of that hilarious picture of him smoking herb, the good Bishop has broken one of the last southern soul taboos.

Of course, we all knew Bullwinkle was a brave man when he started singing "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" to that first shopping-mall audience in Mobile captured on YouTube (now gone). And I'm not talking about the watered-down, pureed version--good as it is--the "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" YouTube video people have to content themselves with on the Net nowadays. What is it?--Three years after the original went viral? I'm talking about the original with the Bigg Robb instrumental track (it was so much better, it pulled you along). I'm talking about the original with the "N-word" in the phrase "kids looking for a job/ with pants hanging down their knees/ I say, 'N----, please!"

This was part of his "blazing preacher" viral breakout. The phrase was perfect in the context of the lyric--and also rhythmic. I mean, if we can appreciate it when Richard Pryor says it, why can't we appreciate it when Bishop Bullwinkle says it?

Don't tell me. I know the answer to that question, and it bores me. Even Richard ended up repenting. That's why I'll continue to scratch out the new music like a barnyard rooster, getting it while it's fresh, in all its squirming and crawling messiness.

--Daddy B. Nice

See "No Woman, No Cry," Daddy B. Nice's #6-ranked Southern Soul Single for June '19 (right-hand column this page)

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Bishop Bullwinkle.

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May 18, 2019:

Mose Stovall's "Whiskey Drinking Woman" Now On YouTube

Listen to Mose Stovall and Big Daddy E. singing "Whiskey Drinking Woman" on YouTube.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

"Whiskey Drinking Woman" is the #2-ranked ranked single for May 2019. (See right-hand column, this page.) I give its appearance on YouTube special prominence because it has the makings to be the most important single of Mose Stovall's career. Snatch Nelson produced. Impressively.

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May 4, 2019: Recognizing forty new singles.

Top 10 "Spillover" May 2019

1. "Just Cruzin"---O.B. Buchana
2. "Whiskey Drinking Woman"---Mose Stovall featuring Big Daddy E
3. "Love Games"---Willie Clayton
4. "Juke Joint"---Eloveation featuring Theodis Ealey
5. "Just Another Day"---P2K DaDiddy
6. "Until The Morning Comes"---Tucka
7. "My Bed"---Omar Cunningham
8. "Ride Or Die"---T.K. Soul
9. "Yard Party"---J-Fitz featuring Vick Allen
10. "Mirror Girl"---C.J. Hill
11. "I Couldn't Pull It Out"---2 Buck Chuck
12. "Ain't Nobody Bad Like Me"---Vince Hutchinson
13. "Done Messed Up"---Benito
14. "Humping"---Carlos G
15. "I'm Going Back To The Hole In The Wall"---Jim Bennett
16. "Can We Slip Away?"---Willie Clayton
17. "Saddle Up On It"---Diva Dee featuring Bruce Billups
18. "Step Till The Morning Light"---O.B. Buchana
19. "Old Back Road"---Jeter Jones featuring Addison Jones & Chalie Boy
20. "Zydeco Lady (Club Mix)"---O.B. Buchana
21. "We Belong Together"---Willie Clayton
22. "Moving On"---Mr. Amazing Prince of Blues
23. "Work It Like That"---Snatch Nelson
24. "Back Up Plan Man"---Walt Luv
25. "My Woman Is A Cougar"---Cadillac Man
26. "Good Thang"---Gentry-Jones
27. "21 Again"---J-Wonn
28. "I've Got Two Lovers"---Miss Mini
29. "Drankin'"---C-Wright featuring Mario Smith
30. "Good Love"---Chris Ivy
31. "Still A Party"---Narvel Echols
32. "Want Ads"---Dolla Bill Dodson
33. "Southern Soul Party"---Rosalyn Candy
34. "I'm Free As A Bird"---Uncle Wayne
35. "Haters Gone Hate"---2 Buck Chuck
36. "Don't Stop"---Evette Busby
37. "Let's Go Dancing"---Montrell
38. "I Can't Leave Him Alone"---Dee Dee Simon
39. "Soul Walking From Selma To Montgomery"---Alabama Soul Kats
40. "Blind, Crippled & Crazy"---L.J. Echols

DBN notes: Listen to O.V. Wright singing "Blind, Crippled & Crazy" on YouTube. The beat goes on.

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April 23, 2019:

Summary of Featured Artists:
January--April 2019

Featured Artists appear monthly on Daddy B. Nice's Home Page. In case you missed any of them, here's a list of Daddy B. Nice's Featured Artists for January through April 2019. (Just click the links.)

Val McKnight: New #1 Single, New Album Alert

Corey Rudolph: New Album Alert, New Artist Guide

Sir Charles Jones: The Year In Southern Soul

Magic One: Best Collaboration (w/ Wendell B, Vick Allen, L.J. Echols & Avail Hollywood)

Ronnie Bell: Best Chitlin' Circuit/Blues Song

Johnny James: (Best Out-Of-Left-Field Song)

P2K DaDiddy: Best CD/Album

Ann Peebles: Retrospective

Nelson Curry: Best Male Vocalist

Karen Wolfe: Best Female Vocalist

Avail Hollywood: New Album Alert

Jaye Hammer: New Album Alert, New CD Review

Pokey Bear: New Album Alert

C-Wright: New Album Alert, New CD Review

Katrenia Jefferson: Retrospective

T.K. Soul: New Album Alert

Willie Clayton: New Album Alert

Lebrado: New Album Alert

Lady Q: New CD Review, New Artist Guide

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April 6, 2019: News & Notes:

Top Ten Singles "Spillover" For April 2019

As reported earlier, April '19 was a banner month for southern soul singles. Any of the top twenty could have made the Top 10 (right-hand column of this page) in a more typical month. Here are the top 50 singles for April--the most ever, all new, with no hold-overs from previous charts.

1. "Beautiful" ---- Wendell B.
2. "Stay" ---- Chris Ardoin
3. "Rodeo" ---- Itz Karma feat. Jeter Jones
4. "She's My Baby Forever" ---- Jaye Hammer
5. "DJ Let Me Grind On Her" ---- Avail Hollywood
6. "Mail Man" ---- Fat Daddy feat. Sir Charles Jones
7. "The Ladies Love To Slide" ---- T.K. Soul
8. "Stop Looking" ---- West Love
9. "Sugar Daddy" ---- 2 Buck Chuck
10. "Changed My Mind" ---- Sassy D.
11. "Lonely (If You Think You're Lonely Now)" ---- Shunte' Nicole feat. Big Yayo.
12. "What You Got" ---- Mark Holloway
13. "Cassanova" ---- King Fred feat. Dan'el
14. "Upgrade" ---- Dee Dee Simon
15. "I'm Your Man" ---- Big Yayo
16. "In-Box" ---- J-Fitz
17. "Go Party Go" ---- Corey Rudolph
18. "Next Friday" ---- Sir Charles Jones feat. LaMorris Williams
19. "Snapping Turtle" ---- Theodis Ealey
20. "Back-Up Plan Man" ---- Walt Luv
21. "Can't Catch A Fish Without A Hook" ---- Chrissy Love
22. "You Betta Go" ---- West Love
23. "Girl Bye" ---- T.K. Soul
24. "I'm Going Back To The Hole In The Wall" ---- Jim Bennett
25. "Blind, Crippled & Crazy" ---- L.J. Echols
26. "I Miss My Baby" ---- Andre' Lee
27. "Special Love" ---- Jarvis
28. "Lyin' On Me" ---- Tyree Neal feat. Karen Wolfe
29. "Ain't Nobody Bad Like Me" ---- Vince Hutchinson
30. "Hit It" ---- Jennifer Watts
31. "Someone Else Is Steppin' In" ---- Grady Champion
32. "They Call Me Da Boss" ---- Rodnae
33. "You're The Best" ---- Leroy Allen
34. "I Promise" ---- King Smith
35. "When You Love Somebody" ----Uncle E. feat. Robin Moet
36. "Thiyow" ---- Big "Ro" Williams
37. "Sign These Papers" ---- Tara Keith feat. Mose Stovall
38. "Shake Them Haters" ---- Tyree Neal feat. Boosie Baddass
39. "Vitamin D" ---- Hollywood Hayes
40. "Whoa Ni" ---- Mr. Smoke
41. "Love Games" ---- Willie Clayton
42. "Turn Up" ---- Certified Slim
43. "Back It Up And Dump It" ----- Ra'Shad featuring Stevie J
44. "Let's Go Dancing" ----- Montrell featuring Andre' Lee
45. "Face Down" ---- O.B. Buchana
46. "Come Get This Love" ---- Jesi Terrell
47. "I Love You Baby" ----- Shai Simone
48. "Get It And Hit It" ----- Stan Mosley
49. "Don't Talk About My Baby" ----- Nate Williams
50. "Have You Ever Been Hurt?" ----- Lady Di

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March 17, 2019:


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.

Daddy B Nice

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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. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

March 7, 2019:


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.


Scroll down this page to the bottom of February 16, 2019: "News & Notes". - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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:

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.

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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".

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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.



January 6, 2019:


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, 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 - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide



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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

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

-------JULY 2019-------

1. "I Did My Time" -----Bigg Robb

Bigg Robb takes over this riff--one of the greatest in rap history, from the Geto Boys' "My Mind Is Playing Tricks On Me"--and kills it with his deep-voiced, alpha-male, yarn-spinning self-assurance. From his cornucopia of a new album, Good Muzic.

Listen to Bigg Robb singing "I Did My Time" on YouTube.

See the Geto Boys in Daddy B. Nice's Top 20: The Soulful Side Of Rap & Hiphop.

2. "Why Me?"-----Gentry-Jones

The first things you notice about this long-overdue cover of the late Reggie P.'s classic "Why Me" are the flaws: the inferior vocals (and "inferior" to Reggie P. leaves a lot of room to be soulful), the distortion caused by the amplified bass and percussion. And yet this song--all six minutes of it--just keeps growing on you. It rocks, and has the potential to be bigger than "Roll It, Roll It," and a classic in its own right.

Listen to Gentry-Jones singing "Why Me?" on YouTube.

3. "Good Times"-----Lomax

Here Lomax is very close to the southern soul heaven he captured like a jar of fireflies in "Swing It".

Listen to Lomax singing "Good Times" on YouTube.

4. "You Can Ride It"----O.C. Soul & The Soul Patrol Band

O.C. Soul is one of those fascinating characters I refer to in my review of 2 Buck Chuck, whereby a passionate convert to the southern soul genre achieves a unique perspective on timeworn themes that a veteran artist could never recapture. You might call it the sharpness of an outsider. And so O.C. Soul, who has a very unusual and charismatic voice, tackles Marvin Sease material (no comparisons, of course) with amusing aplomb.

Listen to O.C. Soul & The Soul Patrol Band "You Can Ride It" on YouTube.

5. "That Thang"----Volton Wright featuring Slack

The opening track of Slack's (aka producer Ronald "Slack" Jefferson's) agreeable, nineteen-song collection, My Music My Friends: Southern Soul Compilation: Various Artists.

Listen to Volton and Slack singing "That Thang" on YouTube.

6. "Superstar"----Vick Allen

Just a coincidence, but the guitar hook is a close cousin to the guitar riff in Bigg Robb's "I Did My Time" (above). From Vick's new album, Untouchable, not to be confused with T.K. Soul's new album, Untouchable.

Listen to Vick Allen singing "Superstar" on YouTube.

7. "Funky Blues"-----DJ Wildman Tim

Great funk hook cut with southern soul. The vocal tracks might remind avid southern soul fans of Pyramid City Band's "Party Time". From Slack's My Music My Friends: Southern Soul Compilation.

Listen to DJ Wildman Tim singing "Funky Blues" on YouTube

8. "My Cake"------Mr. Campbell

This song is Number One in Mobile, Alabama. Released on YouTube in early January to little fanfare, it harks back to Campbell's fine debut in 2017, "I'm Stepping Out".

Listen to Mr. Campbell singing "My Cake" on YouTube.

9. "We Come To Party"-----Jeter Jones

Another cut in Jeter's new, understated, groove-dominant, "Black Horse-It'z Karma" style. From Slack's southern soul compilation (see above).

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "We Come To Party" on YouTube.

10. "Bottle After Bottle"-----P2K Dadiddy

Brand new from P2K. Fantastic instrumental track--almost a leap to a symphonic level.

Listen to P2K singing "Bottle After Bottle" on YouTube.

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-------JUNE 2019-------

1. "I Forgot That I Was Mar-
-----J. Red The Nephew

Five minutes long, but so compelling it goes by in what seems like three, "I Forgot That I Was Married" traces a distinguished southern soul heritage all the way back to Ronnie Lovejoy and that "case of mistaken identity" in "Sho' Wasn't Me." J. Red follows up Soul Certified and J. Red the Nephew and Friends with his third winning collection in three years, Platinum Soul. Read Daddy B. Nice's 4-star review.

Listen to J. Red singing "I Forgot That I Was Married" on YouTube.

2. "Party Hard"----J. Red The Nephew

If "I Forgot That I Was Married" is the conceptual center of J. Red's Platinum Soul album, "Party Hard" is its thumping heart. At first it didn't register, but the hook kept returning, and I'd think, "Where is this coming from? Oh yeah! That party song with the disco-pounding tempo and delicate, Van Morrison-like, saxophone fills!"

Listen to J. Red (The Nephew) singing "Party Hard" on YouTube.

3. "I Hump It"-----O.B. Buchana

Buchana's "I Hump It" is the genial flip-side to last year's "The Mule" from Parking Lot Love Affair, in which O.B. transforms the forbidding macho of the latter into a bubbly, ingratiating braggadocio.

Listen to O.B. Buchana singing "I Hump It" on YouTube.

4. "I'm What You're Looking For"----Luziana Wil featuring Crystal Thomas

This is the kind of music southern soul thrives on--from unknown sources with novel vocals (Luziana Wil)--music that embodies the obscure and scruffy character of southern soul itself. And who's the featured collaborator? Crystal Thomas, the lady I've called the present-day Thomisene Anderson for repeatedly giving just this kind of roots-real performance.

Listen to Luziana Wil & Crystal Thomas singing "I'm What You're Looking For" on YouTube.

5. "Sleeping Pill"----Hisyde featuring Chrissy Luvz

When I first saw Hisyde's name popping up in concert flyers, I thought it was one of the strangest names I had ever heard. I pronounced it His-Side, but in the song he pronounces it High-Side, which makes more sense. Chrissy Luvz released her first southern soul single ("Catch A Fish Without A Hook") earlier this year, but that vocal can't match her mind-blowing, sublimely-understated performance on "Sleeping Pill."

Listen to Hisyde & Chrissy Luvz singing "Sleeping Pill" on YouTube.

6. "No Woman, No Cry"-----Bishop Bullwinkle

Hell naw!, I wouldn't feature a reggae song in a southern soul column, but this is Bishop Bullwinkle singing with a robust power I haven't heard from him before. It's a straightforward rhythm and blues treatment, and in Bullwinkle's passionate testimony I'm hearing lyrics I never understood (or bothered to pay attention to) in the thousand-plus times I've listened to the Bob Marley version.

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "No Woman, No Cry" on YouTube.

7. "Return To Sender"-----J.J. Caillier

Elvis did the definitive "Return To Sender" back in the sixties, of course, but J.J. Caillier (the zydeco artist who contributed so vitally to Sharnette Hyter's "Stilettos And Jeans,") crafts a "Return To Sender" with an undulating groove that owes a lot more to Ronnie Bell's "I'll Pay The Shipping Cost".

Listen to J.J. Caillier singing "Return To Sender" on YouTube.

8. "Can We Slip Away?"-----Willie Clayton

Don't confuse Willie Clayton's old-school, professional, vocal technique with conservatism. He's never been afraid to take chances like he does here, namely an insistent, sucker-punching bass hook that seems to perfectly mirror the sexual craving in the lyrics. And for going-out-on-a-limb precedents, only think of "Wiggle" or "Boom Boom Boom".

Listen to Willie Clayton singing "Can We Slip Away?" on YouTube.

9. "Say Go"-----Chris Ardoin

Half the time, and particularly in the choruses, it sounds like Chris is saying, "Say No!," which may say more about your Daddy B Nice than Chris Ardoin. Regardless, it's the boundless energy he captures with the strokes of his button accordion that has me jumping for joy.

Listen to Chris Ardoin singing "Say Go" on YouTube.

10. "Can You Handle It?"-----Kami Cole

This song is a hoot. It combines elements from (most liberally) Nicole Jackson's "Can We Go There, Baby?" with a nod to Betty Wright's "Tonight Is The Night," most poignantly the line, "Tonight is the night/ When I make you a grown man."

Listen to Kami Cole singing "Can You Handle It?" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------MAY 2019-------

1. "Just Cruzin'"-----O.B. Buchana

Another great, nostalgia-steeped, summer-driving song in the musical lineage of the Young Rascals' "Groovin'," from O.B.'s fresh-sounding new album, Face Down. "Just cruzin' down in Mississippi/...With the southern soul wind blowing on me."

Listen to O.B. Buchana singing "Just Cruzin'" on YouTube.

2. "Whiskey Drinkin' Woman"-----Mose Stovall featuring Big Daddy E.

No free YouTube on this jewel, so if you're not lucky enough to hear it on the radio, you'll probably never buy it. The spectacular opening and main chords hark back to David Bowie's masterpiece, "(We Can Be) Heroes".

5-18-19 Update!:

Listen to Mose Stovall and Big Daddy E. singing "Whiskey Drinking Woman" on YouTube.

3. "Love Games"-----Willie Clayton

Willie's new album Excellence is a reminder of what a skillful singer can do with a raft of tasteful material. Still and simply, one of the best in the game.

Listen to Willie Clayton singing "Love Games" on YouTube.

4. "Juke Joint"----- Eloveation featuring Theodis Ealey

That darn'd Chuck Berry-lovin' Theodis is still some cool dude, dressed in his New York black, singing like his life depended on it (see last half of video). It's one of the best vocals of his career. Give credit to Eloveation, of course, not only for their musicianship but their prescience in giving Theodis the first verse.

Listen to Eleveation and Theodis Ealey singing "Juke Joint" on YouTube.

5. "Just Another Day"------P2K DaDiddy

What Keith Taylor (P2K) brings to the southern soul table is a disarming, low-key approach to vocalizing, best illustrated by his hit single, "Caught Up In The Middle". "Just Another Day" is like that: a song that makes you want to be its "friend".

Listen to P2K singing "Just Another Day" on YouTube.

6. "Until The Morning Comes"----- Tucka featuring Audi Yo

Tucka guested on Audi Yo's well-received "Can't Nobody," and Audi Yo returns the favor on Tucka's mid-tempo anthem, "Until The Morning Comes," from Tucka's hit-laden Working With The Feeling" album.

Read Daddy B. Nice's 5-star ("southern soul heaven") review.

7. "My Bed"------Omar Cunningham

Omar does what he does best, singing a tide-pulling melody, and producer Daniel Ross (Beat Flippa) sets an unexpectedly lush and brass-laden table.

Listen to Omar Cunningham singing "My Bed" on YouTube.

8. "Ride Or Die"----T.K. Soul

Once you get past the off-putting and confrontational titles--"Ride Or Die," "Love Is The New Hate," "Girl Bye"--the actual music is accessible and rewarding. From T.K.'s new CD, Untouchable.

Listen to T.K. Soul singing "Ride Or Die" on YouTube.

9. "Yard Party"-----J-Fitz featuring Vick Allen

J-Fitz first caught my attention with "Inbox".

10. "Mirror Girl (Dancing In The Mirror)"-----C.J. Hill

Intriguing new artist with interesting material.

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

-------APRIL 2019-------

1. "Beautiful"----Wendell B.

Tha' Boss delivers.

Listen to Wendell B singing "Beauti-
ful" on YouTube.

2. "Stay"----Chris Ardoin

The opening button-accordion hook sounds like a rooster announcing a brilliant new day, and the dazzling instrumental track (with live rhythm section) combines with an unusually evocative vocal. Zydeco artist Chris Ardoin (pronounced ar-do-in) said his audiences doubled when he got the "swing-out" crowd. Now he's crossing-over to southern soul. He revisits The Staples Singers' "Do It Again" in "Just Kickin' It," another song from his new album Evolution.

Listen to Chris Ardoin singing "Stay" on YouTube.

3. "Rodeo"-----Itz Karma featuring Jeter Jones

By now everyone recognizes that Jeter Jones is about as close to being the "cutting edge" as anyone in southern soul music. Right? He has a nose for a hit.

Listen to Itz Karma and Jeter Jones singing "Rodeo".

4. "She's My Baby Forever"----Jaye Hammer

Oh, you forgot what that "old-school" southern soul sounded like? Here ya' go. As sweet and seasoned as they come, from Hammer's new CD, Double Trouble.

Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "She's My Baby Forever" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice's review.

5. "DJ Let Me Grind On Her"----Avail Hollywood

I marvel at the vocals on Avail's new album Still King. In the early days there was a little "smoke and mirrors," the vocals disappeared at times. The first verse is the game-changer, robust and full-fledged. Hollywood's never sung with such strength and clarity.

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "DJ Let Me Grind On Her" on YouTube.

6. "Mail Man"----Fat Daddy featuring Sir Charles Jones

Think of it. Your first southern soul single becomes the #1 Song of the Year. A dream come true. And the next year--2019--you have the King of Southern Soul, Sir Charles Jones, singing alongside you on a five-minute-plus stab at another number-one single. That's the fate of Fat Daddy, who has a deep well of southern soul inspiration behind his work.

Listen to Fat Daddy and Sir Charles singing "Mail Man" on YouTube.

7. "The Ladies Love To Slide"----T.K. Soul

Beneath its synth-funk-disco exterior, there's a good and even personable dance-floor jam. Play it a few times. From T.K. Soul's unexpectedly idiosyncratic new album, Untouchable.

Listen to T.K. Soul singing "The Ladies Love To Slide" on YouTube.

8. "Stop Looking"----West Love

Here's a new singer who arrives with the chops and poise of a veteran. Promoted and produced by Stan Butler, she's also marketing two other credible singles, "You Betta Go" and "Doing That Donald Trump".

Listen to West Love singing "Stop Looking" on YouTube.

9. "Sugar Daddy"----2 Buck Chuck

Here's another new artist with the chops and confidence of a vet. Chuck's got a number of quality singles circulating from his new album Sugar Daddy, but the title cut is arguably the strongest.

Listen to 2 Buck Chuck singing "Sugar Daddy" on YouTube.

10. TIE: between...

"Changed My Mind"----Sassy D

Listen to Sassy D. singing "Changed My Mind On YouTube.


"Lonely (If You Think You're Lonely Now)"----' Nicole featuring Big Yayo

Listen to Shunte' Nicole and Big Yayo singing "Lonely" (Bobby Womack's "If You Think You're Lonely Now") on YouTube.

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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

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

-------JANUARY 2019-------

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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