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


Daddy B. Nice's Corner

August 17, 2019:


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

1. "Love Stand"---Mr. Smoke
2. "A Woman Like You"---Darnell Da' Bachelor
3. "No One"---Vick Allen
4. "Don't Be Ashamed (Swing Out Mix)"---Bigg Robb
5. "I'd Go Back"---Big G
6. "3 Legs"---Annie Washington
7. "You Walk Like It's Good"---Jarvis Greene
8. "She Wanna Ride"---Sassy D featuring Jeter Jones
9. "Good Ole Boy"---Carl Sims
10. "Strong Woman"---Fat Daddy
11. "Red Beans And Rice"---Teslanay
12. "Kitty Kat Tamer"---K.T.
13. "Just Kickin' It"---Chris Ardoin
14. "Drowning In A Sea Of Love"---Sir Charles Jones
15. "Hoe To A Husband"---Summer Wolfe
16. "I Love You So"---Vick Allen featuring Dear Silas
17. "Money"---Mr. Smoke
18. "Willing And Able"---Adrian Bagher
19. "Mississippi Barbeque"---Zac Harmon
20. "Rescued"---Teddy Cross featuring Lenny Williams
21. "Stealing It"---Ra'Shad
22. "Step 'Till The Morning Light"---O.B. Buchana
23. "I Love You"---Darnell Da' Bachelor
24. "Good Lawd"---Mr. Smoke
25. "Dirty Young Man"---GR
26. "Alabama Boy"---Big "Ro" Williams
27. "Don't Let The Rain"---Bigg Robb featuring Shirley Murdoch
28. "It's A Mule"---Slack featuring R.T. Taylor
29. "Big Gun"---Dee Dee Simon
30. "Get It Get It"---Britt Fox
31. "Hog Status"---Big "Ro" Williams
32. "Swing Out"---Jennifer Watts
33. "Calling My Name"---Jarvis Jacob
34. "Country Party"---DJ Wildman Tim featuring Slack
35. "Listenin' And Waitin'"---Angel Faye Russell
36. "That's What Love Will Make You Do"---Pat Cooley
37. "Dance With Me"---Night Affair Band
38. "For The Weekend"---Joe Nice featuring Mr. David & Nelson Curry
39. "Loving Life"---Lysa
40. "Will It Be Him Or Me"---Leroy Allen

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July 21, 2019:

On The Birthplace Of Southern Soul:
Jackson, Shreveport Or Memphis?

Old friend and media mate Jerry "Boogie" Mason recently reported on the efforts of at least two cities who are vying for the title of "the birthplace of southern soul". The cities are Jackson, Mississippi and Shreveport, Louisiana, with Memphis, Tennessee also in the discussion.

First of all, why is this such a big thing? Well, twenty years ago, when the old stars like Johnnie Taylor were dying off and the new stars like Sir Charles Jones and T.K. Soul were fighting an uphill battle to market their music, nobody much cared for the term "southern soul". The old stars from my generation--Taylor, Tyrone Davis, Peggy Scott-Adams, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Little Milton, Bobby Rush, Lee "Shot" Williams, Bill Coday, Cicero Blake, Ronnie Lovejoy and the like--had suffered so much neglect, abuse and marginalization under so many genre designations that they were wary of being pigeon-holed. I don't think it's a stretch to say that in their minds southern soul was likely dead. Moreover, the "southern soul" tag was regarded in the music industry as variously outmoded, restrictive (the "southern") and amateurish or dilettantish.

And although the ties between artists and audiences were genuine and celebratory, from a career (financial) standpoint, the southern soul--or chitlin' circuit--way amounted to a "road of many tears". By today's standards, concerts were woefully few and far-between, and hardly anyone outside of B.B. King (made famous by blues-loving British rockers) was making enough money to quit a day job. But no matter how much resistance the old stars had to calling their music "southern soul" on record, I noticed in casual conversation they always reverted to "southern soul" when they needed to describe the music, be it their own or the music in aggregate coming out of the Delta.

Into this fragile and transitional time period (roughly late-nineties to 2005) came a few harbingers of change in the media's take on southern soul, and it all had to do with the burgeoning internet. Daddy B. Nice, Boogie, Blues Critic, and Funky Larry Jones jumped into the fray with media platforms. Others, like Chitlin' Circuit, American Blues Network and Southern Soul Network, failed after a time, and it was interesting to hear in Boogie's report that the Chitlin' Circuit's "CC Sweet" (Cassandra Peagler), absent from the scene for well over a decade, has rejoined the southern soul media as a member of Boogie's staff.

Nor were all of these media promoters crazy about the term "southern soul"--excepting your Daddy B. Nice, who joined with Sir Charles Jones, who defiantly proclaimed himself the "King Of Southern Soul"--and in the process single-handedly legitimized the term--after Malaco Records had rejected him, and also Uncle Bobo of Jackson's WMPR radio station, who regaled his listeners in the wee hours of the morning on the ecstasies of southern soul music, much of which (like The Love Doctor's "Slow Roll It" written by Charles Jones) he was producing under his given name of Senator Jones for his label Hep' Me Records. He loved to say the words "southern soul" and he'd repeat them as if you were the only person in the world listening to him. And at that hour of the morning, you might have been.

But the efforts of the four main website promoters of southern soul music--Daddy B. Nice, Blues Critic, Boogie and (the late) Funky Larry Jones--were vital to the survival of southern soul in the first decade of the century and its growth since then--so much so you might call the southern soul sites a fourth "city," making the Internet itself "the birthplace of contemporary southern soul." Before that, the artists--even what we now think of as the classic artists--had no national or international presence.

The reason that cities like Jackson and Shreveport vying to be "the birthplace of southern soul" is such a watershed moment is that no one could have predicted southern soul music would even be "alive" in 2019, much less being fought over for bragging rights. I have long held that Jackson, Mississippi is the hub of southern soul music. It was where I experienced my "conversion," much like St. Paul being blinded and thrown from his horse on the way to Damascus. Jackson was the hometown of southern soul's flagship label, Malaco Records, and the home of the most influential (and the only "daily" radio) outlet playing southern soul, WMPR under the tutelage of Charles Evers, the ramrod-straight brother of martyred civil rights legend Medgar Evers. Jackson and its surrounding Delta counties were the hotbed for the artists and the venues, and although southern soul artists recorded from all over the country--from L.A. to Chicago to Florida--they almost all had ties (and frequent trips) back to Jackson. Jackson, Mississippi is where I have spent 80% of my time in the South over the years, and if you wanted to research southern soul music and artists, you'd want to get a hotel room in Jackson and plan on making a lot of day trips into the surrounding countryside.

It wasn't until the last decade and the emergence of Pokey Bear and Tucka (and producers Beat Flippa and Highway Heavy) that Louisiana rose again as a southern soul power, although Senator Jones had had Louisiana ties (Mardi Gras Records), as well as seminal singer Jackie Neal of Louisiana's Neal family, as well as early and influential producer Jimmy Lewis (Butch Records), who wrote for and produced Peggy Scott-Adams. T.K. Soul, too, was a Louisianan.

And while Jackson will always be first and foremost in my mind as the heart of southern soul, Shreveport, Louisiana has a genuine claim to being the "birthplace". Here is why. Stan and Lenny Lewis of Paula Records and later Suzie Q Records of Shreveport lit the spark that started the contemporary southern soul conflagration with the initial releases by David Brinston ("Party Till The Lights Go Out"), O.B. Buchana ("Let's Get Drunk") and Maurice Wynn ("What She Don't Know Won't Hurt Her"). (Carl Sims had launched his "Seventeen Days Of Loving" on the Paula label just a few years earlier.) In a recent CD review of Shreveport-based
P2K Dadiddy's "Welcome To Da Boom Boom Room," I called Shreveport, Louisiana "the last place in America you'd want to live, but the first place in America you'd want to go into a dive, punch a jukebox and listen to popular music." Most of the Shreveport stable of artists soon moved on to Memphis and Ecko Records under the direction of John Ward, but those early records on Suzie Q--now rare, obscure and legendary--were the bridge that took us media types from the lavish, nineties-era, live-instrument, southern soul recordings of Malaco to the twentieth-century southern soul of today. When Malaco/Waldoxy closed down its southern soul program with the dire prediction that southern soul was dead, it was the efforts of all the people mentioned above and the young artists who believed in the genre that soldiered on in spite of Malaco's closed doors.

So Shreveport was critical to contemporary southern soul, just as critical as Birmingham, Alabama's Charles Jones and Jackson, Mississippi's Senator Jones. Memphis, on the other hand, has never had the southern soul presence to compete with Jackson, Mississippi, in spite of the longstanding contributions of its hometown label Ecko. Tourists to Memphis looking for "blues" are to this day directed to Beale Street for the "clean blues," the "petrified blues," not the "living blues" (i.e. southern soul) or the clubs that cater to southern soul (which are few and far between). Too rough, too raucous, the Memphis luminaries have determined. So Memphis has turned its back on southern soul in the same way Malaco Records, which values Grady Champion over Sir Charles Jones, has. (Sir Charles got the last laugh, he's a rich man.) Like an endless hangover, Memphis has never recovered from the glory days of Stax Records, when the local music industry was rolling in cash. What is left is the residue of mid-twentieth century blues and the great Stax catalog, with all the living blues--the southern soul--relegated to the back alleys and surrounding countryside (the Delta to the south).

The greater message here is not that one or another city is the true "birthplace" of southern soul. It's that southern soul has survived and prospered. It is a THING. And all of us who have loved it and promoted it can take great satisfaction that we have turned out to be on the winning side. They (the non-believers) haven't a clue to what a good time we're having, and frankly, your Daddy B. Nice doesn't care any more. This music sustains me, keeps my juices flowing, makes me laugh and makes me dance--in sum, gives me reason to live. Each month, I have a dozen new southern soul singles I crave to listen to; of what other genre can you legitimately say that? Southern Soul is the cusp of the new rock and roll, full of energy and immediacy, humor and hormones.

The same music, as a matter of fact, I would be listening to long, long ago, in the black pitch of the night, delivering Sunday papers at 3 am in the morning with my dad on his farm-country paper route, pulling in stations as far away as--yes!--Shreveport Mississippi(!)--listening to The Marcels' version of "Blue Moon" until Dad opened the car door and slapped my hand from the radio dial hard enough to get a bruise against the metal dash. Then he'd turn the dial back back to jazz, omni-present in those days. But those precious moments, when Dad took a turn getting out of the car and delivering a rolled-up paper through a dog-ridden yard to an S-clamp on a house with a spoon holding a quarter glistening in the moonlight, were like heaven to me. How could I have known then it was southern soul heaven?

--Daddy B. Nice.

See "Is Jackson or Shreveport the official birthplace of southern soul?"

See "Jackson City Council declares city the birthplace of Southern Soul music".

See Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar to experience the breadth and scope of today's southern soul scene. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide
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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.

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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.


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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:

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". - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide




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.



August 17, 2019:


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

1. "Love Stand"---Mr. Smoke
2. "A Woman Like You"---Darnell Da' Bachelor
3. "No One"---Vick Allen
4. "Don't Be Ashamed (Swing Out Mix)"---Bigg Robb
5. "I'd Go Back"---Big G
6. "3 Legs"---Annie Washington
7. "You Walk Like It's Good"---Jarvis Greene
8. "She Wanna Ride"---Sassy D featuring Jeter Jones
9. "Good Ole Boy"---Carl Sims
10. "Strong Woman"---Fat Daddy
11. "Red Beans And Rice"---Teslanay
12. "Kitty Kat Tamer"---K.T.
13. "Just Kickin' It"---Chris Ardoin
14. "Drowning In A Sea Of Love"---Sir Charles Jones
15. "Hoe To A Husband"---Summer Wolfe
16. "I Love You So"---Vick Allen featuring Dear Silas
17. "Money"---Mr. Smoke
18. "Willing And Able"---Adrian Bagher
19. "Mississippi Barbeque"---Zac Harmon
20. "Rescued"---Teddy Cross featuring Lenny Williams
21. "Stealing It"---Ra'Shad


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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.




Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

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

-------AUGUST 2019-------

1. "Love Stand"------Mr. Smoke

From Mr. Smoke's debut album, Who Want Smoke?, "Love Stand" is a ballad in the deep, soulful tradition of "I'm Trapped" by Carl Sims, who coincidentally released his annual single this month (scroll down to #9), two decades after he helped jump-start contemporary southern soul in Shreveport, Louisiana. The beat goes on, and the torch is passed.

Listen to Mr. Smoke singing "Love Stand" on YouTube.

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

2. "A Woman Like You"-----Darnell Da' Bachelor

"The house is always clean, woman / When I come home." Lyrics like these are the reason southern soul is snubbed by "urban" main-streamers, but Darnell "gets" southern soul. It's personal (not political), straight-
forward (not satirical) and unlike many first-timers, Darnell truly understands southern soul technically. This is a debut that, while maybe not as powerful as J-Wonn's "I Got This Record," can be put up beside it on the top shelf.

Listen to Darnell Da' Bachelor singing "A Woman Like You" on YouTube.

3. "No One"------Vick Allen

This is the most southern-soulful of the tunes on Vick's new Untouchable album. Naturally, I love it for that--especially the synth-instrumental echoes of vintage Jesse Graham and Eddie Holloway. I'll post a congratu-
lations to any reader who can identify the even earlier soul-music source for the "You will never, ever find anyone" line in the chorus.

Listen to Vick Allen singing "No One" on YouTube.

4. "Don't Be Ashamed (Swing-Out Mix)"------Bigg Robb

We're talking about vocally-enhanced soulfulness on a level no one else has ever achieved, a sophistication (paradoxically) that we southern soul fanatics take for granted, as we would a "natural" voice. Following up last month's #1 single, from Bigg Robb's new Good Muzic album.

Listen to Bigg Robb singing "Don't Be Ashamed (Swing-Out Mix)" on YouTube.

5. "I'd Go Back"-----Big G

Some people say "live" musicians such as Big G uses with deft skill in "I'd Go Back" just won't "fly" in certain southern soul markets. That would be a shame, wouldn't it? I don't know any deejays who have gone that far; if you do, tell them to write me.

Listen to Big G singing "I'd Go Back" on YouTube.

Watch for the upcoming CD Review.

6. "3 Legs"-----Annie Washington featuring Tim Williams

Annie Washington almost took the name "Ms. B" until your Daddy B. Nice advised her that southern soul already had a Miz B. The original Miz B. had a lusty underground hit with "My Name Is Dollars" (still un-YouTubed) co-performed with a deep-voiced, masculine partner, and perhaps Annie was inspired by that tune in bringing Tim Williams into "3 Legs"--male brawn to match her female brawn. The result is a song that, while not "When A Man Loves A Woman," is drenched in a Percy Sledge-like, deep-soul ambience. Haven't a clue--well, just a couple--what "3 Legs" really means.

Listen to Annie Washington and Tim Williams singing "3 Legs" on YouTube.

7. "You Walk Like It's Good"-----Jarvis Greene

Nice stepping tempo, melody and atmosphere. I'm not sure, but I believe this is the new Georgia artist who has recorded a few songs under, variously, "Jarvis" or "Jarvis Greene" in the last couple of years, including a funny, X-rated track I would have given special kudos to but can no longer find in my library or YouTube.

Listen to Jarvis Greene singing "You Walk Like It's Good" on YouTube.

8. "She Wanna Ride"------Sassy D. featuring Jeter Jones

I went back to listen to Jeter's "Black Horse" to see how closely "She Wanna Ride" copied it and it's much the same. "She Wanna Ride" is also a dominant refrain in "Black Horse"--both produced by Beat Flippa. Former hiphopper (aren't they all?) Sassy D is quite the collaborator. In addition to Jeter Jones her cohort list includes Adrian Bagher, Roi Anthony, ColdDrank and Mr. Amazing Prince of Blues, but my favorite Sassy D is her girlish-tinged, double-tracked, solo lead on "I Changed My Mind".

Listen to Sassy D. "She Wanna Ride"

9. "Good Ole Boy"-----Carl Sims

See #1 Single above.

Listen to Carl Sims singing "Good Ole Boy" on YouTube.

10. "Strong Woman"-----Fat Daddy

I've been suppressing this song from Fat Daddy's debut album Gone To Love You Right because, like Bishop Bullwinkle appropriating Bigg Robb's instrumental track for "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw," Fat Daddy cannibalizes Jesse Graham's "Mr. Mailman". Now, after a year of abstinence, I still crave hearing "Strong Woman," with its thumping bass line and ethereal strings--and, truth is, I've gotten used to it.

Listen to Fat Daddy singing "Strong Woman" on YouTube".

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

-------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."

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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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