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


Daddy B. Nice's Corner

December 5, 2019:

Corey Rudolph Obituary & Funeral Service

Mr. Corey Alexander Rudolph, age 31, a resident of Prattville, Alabama, passed away Saturday, November 30, 2019. Funeral service will be held Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 2 pm at Central High School Gym, Hayneville, Alabama, with Rev. Franklin Nettles, Pastor, officiating. Burial to follow at Bougahoma Cemetery.

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

December 1, 2019:

Daddy B. Nice Posts The First "Blues Is Alright" Tour Dates!

See Concert Calendar: February and March dates.

These tour dates, featured in strategic, blues-loving regions around the country, are excellent indicators of which southern soul artists are currently ruling the roost. Of course, all concerts are about the money, but the Blues Is Alright tour--now known as (city or region) "blues festivals"--takes "money" to another level. The tour is notoriously hard for artists to book. This year's headliner evidence shows Tucka and Pokey Bear are in most demand. Sir Charles Jones, Theodis Ealey, Bobby Rush and Lenny Williams also continue to draw well in multiple markets. Nellie "Tiger" Travis tops all female artists in number of venues.

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

November 10, 2019:

TOP TEN "SPILLOVER": Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

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

1. "Cowboy Ride"---Stan Butler
2. "Boss Queen"---Stephanie McDee
3. "Girls Night Out"---Karen Wolfe
4. "So Damn Good"---Sheba Potts-Wright
5. "I Like Da Way, Pt. 1"---Itz Karma
6. "Ready"---Lady Soul
7. "He's Giving Me The Eye"---Zelda Thomas
8. "Rockin' Chair"---Charlesia Jones feat. Charles Jones III
9. "For My Ladies"---Ms. Portia feat. Cupid
10. "I Could've Stayed At Home"---J-Fitz

11. "Game Of Chase"---David J. feat Ms. Portia
12. "Hit It"---Jennifer Watts
13. "Good Ole Days"---Carlos G.
14. "You Need A Real Man"---Melvino
15. "21 Again"---J-Wonn
16. "I Ain't With It"---Itz Karma
17. "I Wanna Groove"---J.R. Blu
18. "Get 2 U"---Summer Wolfe
19. "To The Dance Floor"---Sir Charles Jones, J. Rico & Fat Daddy
20. "My Super Woman"---Mr. Cotton

21. "Hub City Step"---Cupid
22. "Show The DJ Luv"---C. LaMont
23. "Country"---Marcel Cassanova feat. Trilly Polk & Cupid
24. "Roll That Booty"---Mr. Amazing
25. "Steady Love"---India.Arie
26. "It's All About You"---Solomon Thompson feat. Lyle Jennings & DJ Precise
27. "No One Can Replace You"---Sargent Tucker
28. "Good Love"---Cadillac Man
29. "Let Me Put My Name On It"---Bigg Robb
30. "Come Back Kind Of Loving"---L.J. Echols

31. "Get Out Of Here (A Dog Named Bo)"---Bobby Rush
32. "There She Go"---Chris Ivy
33. "Sneak Up On It"---Ghetto Cowboy feat. L.J. Echols
34. "She's Mine"---Tonio Armani
35. "Rock Your Blues Away"---L.A. Big Daddy
36. "The Weekend"---Hummin' Boy feat. Sir Charles Jones
37. "Thinking Of You 24/7"---Nathaniel Kimble
38. "Happy Weight"---Jay Morris Group
39. "Bout' To Go Down"---Hummin' Boy
40. "Slow Rollin'"---King Fred

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

November 1, 2019: News & Notes

More Southern Soul Radio Stations & Deejays

Following up on the October 6th "News & Notes" (scroll down), particularly the radio stations, it's important to stress that there are many southern soul listening options I didn't include. How, for instance, can one forget "the heart and soul of Memphis," WDIA, where well-known radio personality Bev Johnson is currently the marquee deejay? At WDIA on a recent Saturday in October, DJ Michael Jeffries was playing Marvin Sease's "Hoochie Momma," which your Daddy B. Nice has always favored as a signature Marvin Sease song over the "Candy Licker".

Down at WDLT in Mobile, I mentioned DJ Stormy but neglected to cite Mobile's celebrity deejays, Nikki deMarks and Beverly McDowell (7 pm to midnight). Nikki gets WDLT's "All blues Saturdays" off to a running start on Saturday mornings, delivering her unique, lounging-in-a-hammock-style patter--like nothing short of visiting the Gulf Coast.

WGNL in Greenwood, Mississippi hosts a Saturday afternoon "Blues Buffet". That's not to be confused with WBAD in Greenville-Leland, Mississippi, where they also play ample amounts of southern soul.

And over in WMPR's hometown of Jackson (specifically Ridgeland), there's a new southern soul alternative, Blues 93.1, which promotes itself at "Blues 24/7". "Blues and southern soul" is the way well known radio jock Tyrone Davis (the deejay, not the late singer) puts it. This station reminds me of the now defunct American Blues Network.

Remember, if you're from the coasts or North: in the Deep South, "blues" is not B.B. King and Eric Clapton. Delta residents, the most sophisticated listeners in the country, appreciate the traditional blues, but you're going to hear contemporary southern soul on these "blues" stations.

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

October 20, 2019: New & Noteworthy

Stan Butler Reincarnated As Deacon Low Down, With A New Vocal Style To Match!!

After a recording/performing hiatus of a couple of years, Stan Butler is back. And wait 'till you see him in the video!

Watch the official video of Stan Butler singing "Cowboy Ride" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

October 15, 2019:


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

1. "Mouth On You"---Highway Heavy featuring Champagne
2. "Tell On You"---L.J. Echols
3. "A Man Like That"---Ms. Jody
4. "Too Late"---LaMorris Williams
5. "Fish Fry"---Jennifer Watts featuring Unkle Phunk
6. "Trail Ride"---Sir Charles Jones featuring Jeter Jones
7. "In A Coma"---Chuck Strong
8. "Enjoying My Life"---King Fred
9. "Hey Hey Bobby Rush"---Bobby Rush
10. "Here In The South (Remix)"---John Cummings
11. "Caught Up"---Ms. Portia featuring Tyree Neal
12. "I'm Hooked"---Kami Cole featuring Chrissy Luv
13. I've Got My Baby On My Mind"---Sir Charles Jones featuring Mr. Smoke
14. "Missing You"---Highway Heavy featuring Dave Mack
15. "Good Stuff"---Bobby Rush
16. "Ready"---Lady Soul
17. "Saddle Up"---LaMorris Williams
18. "Come Back"---L.J. Echols
19. "My Super Woman"---Mr. Cotton
20. "Hold It In Da Road"---Charles Wilson
21. "Thunderstorm"---Jay Morris Group
22. "Hit It And Hold It"---Narvel Echols
23. "Roll That Booty"---Mr. Amazing
24. "Side Chick Got A Side Chick"---Mr. David
25. "Can I Take You Home?"---Ghetto Cowboy featuring Tucka
26. "So Damn Good"---Sheba Potts-Wright
27. "Mr. Right On Time Dr. Feelgood"---Jim Bennett
28. "You Need A Real Man"---Melvino
29. "On My Way To The Dance Floor"---J.L. Smith
30. "Somebody Stole My Honey"---Jonathon Burton
31. "All About You Girl"---Solomon Thompson featuring Lyle Jennings
32. "Stepping Out"---Raven Salve
33. "I Like Them Twins"---Jennifer Watts
34. "Get Out Of Here (A Dog Named Bo)"---Bobby Rush
35. "I Could've Stayed At Home"---J. Fitz
36. "Get 2 You"---Summer Wolfe
37. "I Wanna Make Love"---Ricky White
38. "Can't Let Go"---Calvin Richardson
39. "Game Of Chase"---David J featuring Miss Portia
40. "Ooh We"---Evette Busby

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October 6, 2019: Calvin Richardson, Denise LaSalle, DJ Sir Rockinghood, DJ Mr. Melvin, DJ Ragman, DJ Handyman, DJ Big Money, DJ Stormy

News & Notes:

1. BOOKS...

When, many years ago, I was constructing the original Top 100 Southern Soul chart, I considered including two artists who eventually didn't make the cut: Anthony Hamilton and Calvin Richardson. Hamilton channeled, as I suspected he would, into "smooth" urban r&b. Calvin Richardson did not, ultimately becoming a veteran headliner on the southern soul circuit. I imagine Calvin more than goes into some of these career changes in his new 130-page paperback, "Do You, Without Them," just published by Sunbury Press.

Don't forget....Also, coming up in 2020, the new autobiography of Denise LaSalle by David Whiteis, the author of Southern Soul Blues.


It's long past time to praise two of the internet's best mixtape deejays. I've often recommended William Bell (not the recording artist, the other William Bell known as DJ Sir Rockinghood), and he has put out a mixtape that literally had your Daddy B. Nice groaning with pleasure, track after track, the past couple of months. Imagine the best--the very best--of Daddy B. Nice's Original Top 100 Southern Soul and Top 100 21st Century Southern Soul, and that's what DJ Rockinghood's fabulous mixtape, "Ain't No Stopping Me Now," surveys. If I had tried to make a mixtape of the best of the best of those two charts, the songs that married me to southern soul music--time and materials, without recompense or reimbursement--for the last two decades, I couldn't have done better.

Beautiful song after beautiful song crashes onto this aural southern soul beach for the listener's appreciation: Bobby Rush singing his best ballad, "Crazy 'Bout You," Jackie Neal singing "That's The Way We Roll," Floyd Taylor singing "Old School Style" and "I Love Being In Love With You," Wilson Meadows singing "Let's Cut Out This Game," Bigg Robb and Carl Marshall singing the "Good Loving Will Make Your Cry (Remix)," Roy C. singing "Living For The Weekend" and "Slow Roll It (Remix)," T.K. Soul singing "Try Me"...The set never flags. Just when you think it couldn't possibly get any better, Sir Rockinghood hits you with Robert "The Duke" Tillman's "I Found Love," sounding as precious and ethereal as a sun-speckled spring rain after a month of drought, and follows it up with another cavalcade of out-of-this-world material: Little Milton's "Guitar Man," Johnnie Taylor's "Soul Heaven," Willie Clayton's "Wiggle In The Middle," Carl Sims' "Seventeen Days Of Loving," Vick Allen's "Soul Music".

Actually, I've been quoting from the part-two installment of DJ Sir Rockinghood's "Ain't No Stopping Me Now". The first installment, if you can believe it, is even more outstanding, featuring the very best of the best: David Brinston's "Party Till The Lights Go Out," Little Milton's "What Do You Do When You Love Somebody?", Marvin Sease's "Do You Qualify," Jeff Floyd's "I Found Love On A Lonely Highway," Johnnie Taylor's "Big Head Hundreds," Artie "Blues Boy" White's "Your Man Is Home Tonight," and on and on. Southern Soul Heaven" descends when DJ Sir Rockinghood fades from Stan Mosley's "Anybody Seen My Boo" into David Brinston's "Kick It". Also when Bobby Rush's "Bare Mouth Woman" fades into Theodis Ealey's "Please Let Me In".

Listen to Little Milton singing "What Do You Do When You Love Somebody?" on YouTube while you read.

This is truly the heart and soul of southern soul. Thank you, William Bell!

I don't talk about DJ Mr. Melvin as much as DJ Sir Rockinghood, but his mixtape, Super Southern Soul Blues, is exactly what southern soul "junkies" like your Daddy B. Nice are looking for: the hot new stuff by the hottest new artists, including (at this particular moment in time) the Marquee Of Soul, Choppa Law, Mr. Smoke, Kami Cole, Chrissy Luv, Hisyde, Narvel Echols, Sassy D., Dee Dee Simon and many more. DJ Sir Melvin even features an intriguing new artist who no one else in the southern soul community has had the privilege of receiving product from: a guy named Brazil (that's right, like the country--try finding him on your search engine) with an equally inaccessible-slash-unintelligible title, "Sho Da Hell Dam Did".

One caveat amidst the praise. YouTube deejays are increasingly succumbing to the pressure to play ads. Some of these ads now break up the ongoing sequence, which is a bummer. But money (even little trickles of it) still makes the world go round. And, along with the requirements to publish copyright information of available songs, there is also a creeping tendency not to publish full lists of the playlists--again a bummer for hungry fellow deejays, critics and fans eager to find the background information on every new tune by every new artist.


Shout-outs to DJ Ragman and DJ Handyman at WMPR in Jackson, Mississippi and DJ Big Money at WAGR in Lexington, Mississippi. They're still fighting the good fight in their traditional airtime spots, "Rag" on weekday afternoons (the only southern soul station to do so in that time period), "Handy" during the commuting hours of late afternoon, and Big Money on Saturdays. DJ Stormy is still holding down the Saturday afternoon spots at WDLT in Mobile, Alabama, although the advertisements in this bastion of "smooth" r&b can be pretty brutal. Back in Jackson, everything is much the same, with ads for spiritual help advisers like the Reverend Mother Walker (the chitlin' circuit equivalent of big-city psychiatrists). There are ads, always interesting, for southern soul concerts--even gospel concerts. And I was happily surprised to hear "The Suit Store" (in a new location) advertising on WMPR. This is where you would go if you wanted to dress up as a flamboyant black entertainer (or a pimp). Truthfully, I've bought a lot of great clothes at The Suit Store, clothes you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. These private-sector enterprises are the cultural flowers of the black community, and I love hearing these ads.

Meanwhile, over in Lexington and Tchula (remember "Tchula Mississippi" in the Love Doctor/Thomisene Anderson song, "You Said It! No I Didn't"?) Alfonso "Big Money" Greer is running his own political ads for Holmes County Supervisor to add to his many other community duties.

Thank you, deejays, for being there, year after year. And if Ragman attenuates that signature "Awwww-ight" any more, he's going to sound like he's choking on a taffy-ed apple. L.J. Echols may have to Call 911.

--Daddy B. Nice

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September 6, 2019:

Just In: Pat Brown Passes Away

Pat Brown, one of Daddy B. Nice's original Top 100 Southern Soul Artists, has died. She had been recently hospitalized in a Jackson, Mississippi-area hospital. She died Thursday, September 5, 2019.

A funeral home notice stated: Arrangements are currently incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Mrs. Patricia “Pat” Brown, 69, of Jackson (formally of Meridian), who died Thursday, September 5, 2019 at University Medical Center, Jackson. Flowers or a memorial gift can be sent to the family of Mrs. Patricia "Pat" Brown at the funeral home's Sympathy Store.

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


The Boogie Report states that Pat Brown’s funeral will take place at the Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church, 2012 Lynch Avenue in Meridian, Mississippi at 11 am. on Thursday, September 12, 2019. Visitations will precede the funeral at the People’s Funeral Home, 886 N. Farish Street in Jackson on Wednesday beginning at 12 Noon. A memorial service will begin at 7 pm Wednesday evening.

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

September 1, 2019: A Belated Obituary

Bishop Bullwinkle:
Gone But Not Forgotten

Days after having a heart attack and complications from a stint, Bishop Bullwinkle (born Bernard Thomas) died on Father’s Day, June 16, 2019 in a Tampa Bay-area hospital. The 70-year-old Plant City, Florida pastor, whose claim to fame was "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw," a southern soul song/slash/sermon from the “First Church Of Nothin’ But Da Truth,” was based on an instrumental track from southern soul star Bigg Robb's song "Country Girl". Released as a YouTube video rather than a single, "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" went on to become a viral hit and novelty sensation, garnering millions of views. It also eventually thrust Bullwinkle into court, where Bigg Robb (Robert Smith) sued and won a copyright infringement case.

“Bullwinkle” was a nickname picked up in Bernard Thomas’s childhood, when a TV cartoon show named "Rocky & Bullwinkle" was popular. In later life Thomas combined "Bullwinkle" with "Bishop" when he decided to record the rap-slash-sermon lambasting the hypocrisies he witnessed in his church and neighborhood. When Bullwinkle auditioned and filmed the tune for Mobile, Alabama's WDLT radio station via a microphone and boombox in a Mobile shopping mall, the song soon went viral, ultimately becoming the #1-ranked song in southern soul.


Daddy B. Nice's TOP 25 SOUTHERN SOUL SONGS OF 2015

1. "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" ------Bishop Bullwinkle

Once in awhile, a song comes along that makes everyone feel like they've been creating inside a "box". "Hell To The Naw Naw" was such a record.

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


A wake was held for Bishop Bullwinkle on June 28, 2019 at the Allen Chapel AME, 1109 East Laura Street, Plant City, Florida, followed by a funeral on June 29, 2019 at the First Baptist Church, 3309 James L. Redman Parkway in Plant City. Daddy B. Nice had just published an update and appreciation of Bishop Bullwinkle ("Bishop Bullwinkle's New "No Woman, No Cry" Single") a few days before he was hospitalized. A posthumous digital album--The Da Vinci Code, Bullwinkle's first and last--was published two months to the day after he passed, August 16, 2019.

See "Bishop Bullwinkle: R.I.P./New Album Alert!"

Reprinted from the Bishop Bullwinkle Artist Guide. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide
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Monthly Top 10 Singles Charts, continued from right-hand column...


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. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

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

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

The instrumental 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 Jeter 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. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Singles Charts (continued from right-hand column):

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well-produced debut by an accomplished new artist.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listen to Kierra singing "Main Squeeze" on YouTube.

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

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

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

Listen to Vick Allen singing "I Wanna Do You" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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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-------DECEMBER 2019-------

1. "She's Just My Girl-
----- Donnie Ray

One of the great things about music is we can allow our celebrities to live out scenarios--good or bad--we couldn't or wouldn't accomplish ourselves. Although most women disapprove of the whole "sidepiece/other woman" culture, they know it’s ingrained in a certain type of man, a man whom Donnie Ray captures with stubborn, passionate precision. Donnie Ray's best since Who's Rocking You?" Beat Flippa on the track!

Listen to Donnie Ray singing "She's Just My Girl-friend" on YouTube.

2. "It's A Mule"-----R.T. Taylor

Obscure, from an overlooked album, and from an obscure artist (whose name--even if he was famous--would be hard to remember), this song reminds me of--and makes me feel as good as--the original "Mississippi Boy," which was just as obscure once upon a time. Like "M.B.," "It's A Mule" doesn't sound like much at first, but stay with it and you'll realize it runs on 100% below-the-belt heart. Slack on the track! Read Daddy B. Nice's five-star review.

Listen to R.T. Taylor singing "It's A Mule" on YouTube.

3. "Still Learning 'Bout Love"----Wendell B. & Soul Music Representatives

Wendell B., Jason Little, Curtis Jefferson & Magic One collaborate on a six-minute, quintessentially "Boss"-like, and Barry-White-deep Wendell B. slow jam. This song is going to rocket up the charts and blow up You-Tube.

Listen to Wendell B. & friends singing "Still Learning 'Bout Love" on YouTube.

4. "Package"------Jeter Jones

Evocative package, too, with a push and pull like a full-moon tide. I'd characterize this song--or at least the genesis of this song--as a Jeter Jones homage to T.K. Soul's electronic style: find a good hook and work it to death.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "Package" on YouTube.

5. "Out In The Country"-----R&B Pooh

Very catchy, mid-tempo song by a new artist promoted by Jones Boys Entertainment (Jeter Jones, New video just posted (12/7/19)!

Listen to R&B Pooh singing "Out In The Country" on YouTube.

6. "Get It My Way"-----Tasha Mac

Tasha Mac is yet another prime offering from the Jones Boys and producer "Slack" Jefferson. Her style owes a lot to Crystal Thomas and Lady Q, her predecessors in the Jones constellation. Jeter sings a verse.

Listen to Tasha Mac singing "Get It My Way" on YouTube.

7. "Can I Take You Home?"----Ghetto Cowboy featuring Tucka

This is the charismatic hit single from Ghetto Cowboy's new album, Southern Soul Legend.

Listen to Ghetto Cowboy and Tucka singing "Can I Take You Home?" on YouTube.

8. "Got To Find Me A Lover"-----Malcom Allen

One of the best of many worthy singles on producer Ronald Jefferson's Slack: My Music, My Friends Southern Soul Compilation.

Listen to Malcom Allen singing "Got To Find Me A Lover" on YouTube.

9. "Left Hand Man"-----Lamar Brace

Here's a young southern soul artist making his bid to move up in the ranks. "Left Hand Man" is the new single from his just-released album, From The Soul.

Listen to Lamar Brace singing "Left Hand Man" on YouTube.

10. "Living Years"----Stevie J.

Domestic strife, southern soul style from the seasoned singer/guitarist. From the new Sir Charles Jones sampler, Sir Charles Jones & Family Vol. 1.

Listen to Stevie J. singing "Living Years" on YouTube.

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-------NOVEMBER 2019-------

1. "Cowboy Ride"-----Stan Butler aka Deacon Low Down

This is an incredible song, with a new persona and new vocal style for Stan Butler, a joy to hear and watch. "Cowboy Ride" is this year's "Black Horse" (Best Mid-Tempo Song 2018 by Jeter Jones). Halfway through, a vaguely eastern musical motif is tossed into the mix like an exotic fish into a gumbo.

Listen to Stan Butler singing "Cowboy Ride" on YouTube.

"Boss Queen"-----Stephanie McDee

Give Stephanie McDee a tough singing assignment and an acoustic guitar (brilliantly wielded by Tyree Neal, who also graced last month's #1 by Champagne and Highway Heavy), and Steph' is unbeatable. Reminds me of her bluesy riffing--again with Tyree--on "When I Step In The Club".

Listen to Stephanie McDee singing "Boss Queen" on YouTube. (Scroll through the first 2 minutes and fifty seconds of talk to get to the song proper.)

3. "Girls Night Out"-----Karen Wolfe

This new single from Karen Wolfe is published by Sweet Success Records, not Anna Coday's label.

Listen to Karen Wolfe singing "Girls Night Out" on YouTube.

4. "So Damn Good"-----Sheba Potts-Wright

A song to make a man feel good, and Sheba's first new single in quite awhile, from the Ecko Records' sampler, Blues Mix 29: Grown & Sexy Soul. Read Daddy B. Nice's review.

Listen to Sheba Potts-Wright singing "So Damn Good" on YouTube.

5. "I Like Da Way, Pt. 1"----Itz Karma

The singer who starred with Jeter Jones on the 2018 hit single "Rodeo" has just released her southern soul debut album, Karma Unleashed.

Listen to Itz Karma singing "I Like Da Way" on YouTube

6. "Ready"----Lady Soul

The singer who's worked with T.K. Soul ("The Lady Soul Slide") and Beat Flippa ("Tighten Up") releases a song as erotic in its way as last month's #1, "Mouth On You" by Champagne.

Listen to Lady Soul singing "I'm Ready" on YouTube.

7. "He's Giving Me The Eye"-----Zelda Thomas

A southern soul debut--simple and direct.

Listen to Zelda Thomas singing "He's Giving Me The Eye" on YouTube.

8. "Rockin' Chair"-----Charlesia Jones feat. Charles Jones III.

The mix and production are sketchy, but the reason to watch this video of Gwen McCrae's oft-recorded and sampled "Rocking Chair" is to watch Sir Charles' fascinating progeny, especially his look-alike son. Daughter Charlesia's lead vocal is sweet. From Sir Charles new compilation, Sir Charles Jones & Family, Vol. 1.

Listen to Charlesia and Charles Jones III singing "Rockin' Chair" on YouTube.

9. "For My Ladies"-----Miss Portia feat. Cupid

Listen to Miss Portia & Cupid singing "For My Ladies".

10. "I Could've Stayed At Home"----J-Fitz

Listen to J-Fitz singing "I Could've Stayed At Home" on YouTube.

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-------OCTOBER 2019-------

1. "(Let Me Put My) Mouth On You"-----Highway Heavy featuring Cham-

The power to shock (especially sexually) is part of what southern soul has always had to offer its fans, regardless of what made it onto the radio. Think of Bobby Rush singing X-rated versions of "Bare Mouth Woman" ("with no teeth in her head") to raucous audiences in small clubs. Think of mainstream southern soul artists as cherished as Clarence Carter ("Strokin'"), Marvin Sease ("Candy Licker"), Millie Jackson, Jackie Neal, Ms. Jody, LaMorris Williams, Sweet Angel, Chick Willis and Bigg Robb: they all provoked and titillated their audiences with sexual explicitness. "Mouth On You" is great music and a continuation of Highway Heavy's (Charles Lewis's) work with Pokey Bear ("My Sidepiece") Cold Drank ("Three"), Sweet Johnny James and most recently Fya Redd ("Wrong Man").

Listen to Champagne singing "Mouth On You" on YouTube.

2. "Tell On You"-----L.J. Echols

The first single from L.J.'s new album, Call 911, also has a deep-soul, Highway Heavy-like organ/keyboard background that resonates with melody and message long after listening.

Listen to L.J. Echols singing "Tell On You" on YouTube.

3. "A Man Like That"-----Ms. Jody

In the same way Floyd Hamberlin is the perfect songwriting vehicle for Nellie "Tiger' Travis and the late Jimmy Lewis for Peggy Scott-Adams, the duo of John Cummings and John Ward is the perfect vehicle for Ms. Jody--relaxed, homespun and yarn-spinning. From Ms. Jody's new album, Get It! Get It.

Listen to Ms. Jody singing "A Man Like That" on YouTube.

4. "Too Late"-----LaMorris Williams

LaMorris reminds us he's right up there with J-Wonn as southern soul's answer to, "Who is the romantic vocalist to succeed Al Green?" Refreshingly realistic lyrics.

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing "Too Late" on YouTube.

5. "Fish Fry"-----Jennifer Watts featuring Unkle Phunk

The lyrics say zydeco but it's not; it's r&b with a strong twist of early rock and roll. It's just pure fun. Check out the debut album, The Foxy Lady Of Southern Soul.

Listen to Jennifer Watts singing "Fish Fry" on YouTube.

6. "Trail Ride"-----Sir Charles Jones featuring Jeter Jones

"Old Town Road" (Lil' Nas featuring Billy Ray Cyrus), the black country song that went viral after (or before?) being banned by country radio, must have had a profound influence on Jeter Jones. He did his own version earlier this year, and this duet with Charles appears to be yet another iteration of the infectious foot-stomper.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones and Jeter Jones singing "Trail Ride" on YouTube.

7. "In A Coma"-----Chuck Strong

One of Daddy B. Nice's original Top 100 southern soul artists, Chuck Strong returns with a powerful ballad that mirrors something I told a friend after the demise of my second marriage: "I feel like Rip Van Winkle awaking from a twenty-year nap."

Listen to Chuck Strong singing "In A Coma" on SoundCloud.

8. "Enjoying My Life"-----King Fred

The idiosyncratic Fred Hicks records one of his most imaginative songs yet. From his new album, A Taste Of Soul.

Listen to King Fred singing "Enjoying My Life" on YouTube.

9. "Hey Hey Bobby Rush"-----Bobby Rush

The first three cuts from Bobby Rush's new album,"Sitting On Top Of The Blues" are all terrific uptempo radio fodder. "Hey Hey Bobby Rush" features the best live horn section heard in a southern soul song in a coon's age. "Good Stuff" features some of the best blues harp to be heard since Bobby's last, Grammy-winning album, Porcupine Meat, and lyrically, "Get Out Of Here (A Dog Named Bo)" recounts the travails of a would-be, courting blues singer--pure Bobby Rush.

Listen to Bobby Rush singing "Hey Hey Bobby Rush" on YouTube.

10. "Here In The South (Remix)"-----John Cummings

Yes, this is the same, Ecko-affiliated songwriter--Big John Cummings--profiled in the bullet capsule for Ms. Jody's "A Man Like That" above (#3, October '19). From the new sampler Blues Mix 29: Grown & Sexy Soul, this electronic/funk remix recaps the even better (well, arguably) Cummings original published in Blues Mix 11: Sweet Soul Blues.

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-------SEPTEMBER 2019-------

1. ”You’re What’s Needed In My Life”-----Lee Fields

Wouldn't it be ironic if Lee Fields, who left southern soul and the chitlin' circuit for greener pastures in the "Little J.B" mainstream, should turn out to be the embodiment of everything southern soul strives to be? From Fields’ new album It Rains Love.

Listen to Lee Fields singing “You’re What’s Needed In My Life” on YouTube

2. ”Get It! Get It!”------Ms. Jody

Ms. Jody’s oh-so-cool, strong and “centered”--as they say (blush) in Boulder, Colorado--on this zydeco-flavored tune and on her new album of the same name in general.

Listen to Ms. Jody singing “Get It! Get It!” on YouTube.

3. ”Do You Hear Me Now?”-----Bishop Bullwinkle

What a way to go out. With a rambunctious “Do ya hear me now?!” Posterity look kindly upon Bishop Bullwinkle. From his new, posthumous album, The Da Vinci Code.

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "Do You Hear Me Now?" on YouTube.

4. ”I Can Back It Up”-----Choppa Law

I had this guy pegged as a “pretender” based on his previous work, but this song blew me away— the instrumental track and the vocal. Suddenly he’s a man among boys. From Choppa’s new album, No Strings Attached.

Listen to Choppa Law singing ”I Can Back It Up” on YouTube

5. ”Party On The Weekend”-----The Marquee’ Of Soul

See related letter in Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag.

Listen to the Marquee of Soul singing “Party On The Weekend” on YouTube.

6. “That Young Thang”-----Big G

From Big G's new Let’s Party album. See Daddy B. Nice’s review.

Listen to Big G singing “That Young Thang” on YouTube.

7. "Got My Mojo Working"-----Angel Faye Russell

Listen to Angel Faye Russell singing "Got My Mojo Working" on YouTube.

8. "I Love You"----Darnell Da' Bachelor

Listen to Darnell Da' Bachelor singing "I Love You" on YouTube.

9. "Big Gun"-----Dee Dee Simon

Listen to Dee Dee Simon singing "Big Gun" on YouTube.

10. "Hey Ms. Sexy Thang"----Sirnature Alexzander

SirNature's first chart appearance since "Let's Party" in 2008.

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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.

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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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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."

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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.

Listen to C.J. Hill singing "Mirror Girl" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------DECEMBER 2019-------

1. "She's Just My Girl-
----- Donnie Ray

One of the great things about music is we can allow our celebrities to live out scenarios--good or bad--we couldn't or wouldn't accomplish ourselves. Although most women disapprove of the whole sidepiece/other woman culture, they know it’s ingrained in a certain type of man, a man whom Donnie Ray captures with such obstinate precision. Donnie Ray's best since Who's Rocking You?" Beat Flippa on the track!




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