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April 1, 2020: Daddy B. Nice Book Review

Denise LaSalle (w/ David Whiteis): The New Posthumous Autobiography!

Reading Always the Queen
The Denise LaSalle Story
is like eating candy. LaSalle's journey from growing up in Jim Crow-era Belzoni, Mississippi to early-seventies Gold Record recording artist (for "Trapped By A Thing Called Love") to, a generation later, reigning queen of 21st-Century southern-soul divas is told in the vernacular, as direct and zesty as one of LaSalle's sexually-explicit, chitlin'-circuit anthems. As such, it also marks a high point in the publishing career of David Whiteis, who forgoes the weighty analysis of his last book, the genre-defining Southern Soul Blues, to bury himself (and most of the critical kudos) in LaSalle's riveting, street-wise, tell-all voice.

LaSalle was no china doll. When Billy Emerson, her first man-slash-manager on the Chicago R&B circuit in the early sixties, beat her up badly near the end of their relationship, LaSalle kicked him out. When he returned to get his belongings, Emerson had a friend bang on Denise's locked storm door. When she answered, she saw Billy and told him to wait.

By then I had bought a pistol from a lady across the street. I went back in and grabbed that pistol. When I got back to the door, he saw it, turned around, started running. So I opened the door and shot up in the air--POW! POW!--behind him. He was gone. And he never did get his stuff back.

Later, in Memphis, she hooked up with a high-roller named Nate Johnson who had a habit of leaving for Atlanta or other cities for a few days at a time and returning with what he said were gambling earnings. He turned out to be a bank-robber and achieved even greater notoriety for a time as the alleged killer of famed Stax and Hi musician Al Jackson.

Yeah, it was kind of dangerous, Denise remarks, but I didn't care. You have to remember. I was still pretty young, and Nate was coming in with two and three thousand dollars stuck up in the glove compartment of his car, giving me half of it.

Indeed, what comes through most vividly in LaSalle's accounts of musicians and night life in Chicago, Memphis, Detroit and other cities is how these entertainers--both those who had "made it" and those who had not--lived like sly aristocrats amidst racism, poverty and violence. No one needed to reinforce their sense of worth in spite of the barriers put up by the society surrounding them. They had moxie in spades, and Denise as much or more than anyone.

Chicago in particular was a teeming hotbed of talent and showmanship, and LaSalle's journey took her everywhere, touching virtually everyone who would become legendary either nationally or on what would become the contemporary southern soul circuit: Bobby Rush, Tyrone ("The Wonder Boy" in those days) Davis, Johnnie Taylor, Cicero Blake, Gene ("Duke of Earl") Chandler, McKinley ("The End Of The Rainbow") Mitchell, Dee ("Raindrops") Clark, Lonnie Brooks, Major ("Um, Um, Um, Um, Um") Lance, writer Floyd Hamberlin, Etta James, Koko Taylor, Syl ("Is It Because I'm Black?") Johnson and his brother Jimmie Johnson, Otis Rush, Joe Simon, even the pre-teen, pre-famous Michael Jackson.

In fact, one of the most charming and affecting motifs of the autobiography is Denise's frank and feminine takes on the sexual appeal of the many artists she worked with.

Part of McKinley's (Mitchell's) appeal to me was that he was pretty. I'm just being honest and saying the truth!...Oooh. When he was young? That was a pretty boy. But then as he got older, he got fatter and didn't look as good anymore. But he was pretty 'til then. And Dee Clark? Oooh, yeah. He was cute, too.

Later in the book, she says about Latimore:

I love him from the bottom of my heart, and in fact, I'll admit it: I probably liked him enough to break my rule about not having an affair or anything like that with an entertainer. Oooh, I lusted after that man. But never would I go that route with him, and what I like bout Lat is that Lat's so cool. Throw hints, throw hints, but we'd laugh them off.

As LaSalle matured she returned to the South, recording in Memphis, Jackson and even Muscle Shoals over a remarkable run of decades, along the way mingling with an even wider array of musical celebrities: Bobby "Blue" Bland, Z.Z. Hill, Don Bryant, Ann Peebles, Shirley Brown, Millie Jackson, Little Milton, Bill Coday, not to mention writer/producers Harrison Calloway, Frederick Knight and George Jackson. Contemporary Southern Soul fans and readers will want to skip ahead to the contemporary era for Denise's backstage gossip on all of them--including Sir Charles Jones--then double back (as I did), to read the whole book. LaSalle is refreshingly frank but never mean-spirited, and what shines through reads like the truth.

About Z.Z. Hill, she notes:

Z.Z., by the way, also became a good friend of mine. One of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet. Good performer too. But he was strange. He didn't clown like the other guys on stage. He'd walk up there, get the microphone, just stand there and rock back and forth, just rockin' in rhythm. Some people used to kind of laugh at him, but it wasn't a laughing matter. He was just a little different, that's all it was.

And about Bobby Rush:

Bobby Rush takes gigs where nobody else could go...Not many of us can do equally well with the black and white audiences, but Bobby can do it, and I think it's great.

Along the way we find out that LaSalle signed with Malaco Records right after Z.Z. Hill in the mid-eighties and brought Johnnie Taylor to the label. We get the real story behind LaSalle's surprisingly fortuitous recording of the zydeco novelty hit "My Toot Toot," arguably her most popular legacy-tune. Throughout, LaSalle shines the same incandescent lamp of "no bullshit" upon herself that she directs toward others.

In describing how she constructed her stage act ("I'd go into a little spoken-word thing mixed up with the verses...then I'd be sashaying around, playing with all the guys, sitting on their laps") in her early years in Chicago, Denise gives this no-nonsense comparison to Aretha Franklin:

Aretha could take a phrase and build these incredible vocal ad libs around it. But every time I'd try to sing with the power she had when she sang, I fell flat on my face... I couldn't sing it like she could, so I just dropped down to saying it. It wasn't written down; it was just coming off my head, and I got to be really good at that... When I found out it worked, I kept it in my act. Same thing with my monologues on my records later on.

When, in the course of my southern travels in the late nineties, I first stumbled upon what was to your Daddy B. Nice a new and better kind of black music, there were three divas ruling the then murky and mysterious (pre-Internet-presence) chitlin' circuit: Peggy Scott-Adams, Shirley Brown and Denise LaSalle. (With honorable mention to Barbara Carr, Lynn White and Keisa Brown.) And the underground "southern soul" scene--a tentative term at the time--was so chaotic, dispersed and disjointed that even these three divas didn't really understand what was going on. (See Daddy B. Nice's interview with Peggy Scott-Adams.)

Peggy Scott-Adams was the artist who absolutely slayed me--the woman who more than any other made me forage for more, more and more southern soul. At one time I had her ranked even above Johnnie Taylor on the first Top 100 Southern Soul chart. But this was because she had a southern-soul genius and genre pioneer, the late Jimmy Lewis backing her, writing and producing her material, as Peggy is the first to admit.

Shirley Brown was second in the hierarchy. Like Denise (and to a lesser extent, Peggy), she had scored a gold record in her youth ("Woman To Woman"), and of the three Shirley was the most gifted, boasting a phenomenal set of pipes and incredible range and clarity. And yet, of the three musical "mothers" of the modern genre, Denise LaSalle was the most durable and accessible, playing the consistent and long-lived Rolling Stones to the Beatles-like brilliance and flame-out of Scott-Adams and Brown. (And, ironically, she is the only one of the trio who has passed.)

LaSalle was around, year after year, gigging and recording, meeting and greeting, mingling and singing with new and unfamiliar entertainers. Sheba Potts-Wright began her career as Denise's back-up singer, as did Karen Wolfe. Denise accepted invitations to perform or record with artists in what she called the "modern" southern soul style, even those as exotic and seemingly ill-fitted as the techno-funky Bigg Robb.

Listen to Bigg Robb and Denise LaSalle singing "Blues And BBQ" on YouTube.

The collaboration became successful beyond expectations (2 million-plus YouTube views) chiefly because of the two singers' mutual voice-over skills, Bigg Robb being a master of the audience-loving "ad lib" LaSalle explains with such loving detail in this autobiography.

Clashing styles and labels are a recurring motif in LaSalle's long career. Classified by the industry as "R&B" in her younger years, she was encouraged to record as a "blues" singer in her later years. LaSalle alternately rebelled and compromised, and knowledgeable southern soul readers will delight in her thoughts on the "blues," specifically the chasm between what "white folks" call the blues and "black folks" call the blues.

I never will forget. Wolfe (her husband and manager) brought a show to Jackson one time; I think it was at the Fairgrounds. And I guess he was trying to attract a white audience, because he brought in this old guy from Leland, Mississippi, playing some "Dump-da-dump-da-dump" shit on an old guitar. Boy, I stood out there and listened to him. I wouldn't have paid him fifty dollars to do a show for me. But those white folks were out there fallin' out, jumpin', and jammin', just going crazy over him, while all of us black folk were standing around saying, "What the hell is this?"

It kind of stunned me, how that could be. But that's the way it was. I always felt like a lot of white folks still love to see us lookin' like country slave niggers, anyway. We came here as slaves, and "slave" was where they wanted to keep us, okay?"


And LaSalle continues:

Even Bobby Rush. He'll go and sit down with them white folks, playing solo guitar, wearing some overalls and a hat. How much money you think Bobby could make sitting in a club, playing that guitar and that harmonica, for black folk? Black folk want musicians! They don't want no one-man band. They'd walk out on his ass in a minute!

And...

Bobby’s show when he plays for a black audience is not the same as when he plays some of those sit-down gigs for the white folks. Honey, Bobby’s raunchy when he’s with us! Bobby be turnin’ it out with them nasty girls up there. They’ll be up there dancing, all the men looking real hard at ’em, and Bobby just say, 'You can look, but you can’t have nothin’ up here on this stage! Your eyes may shine, your teeth may grit, but ain’t shit up here you gon’ git!'

And there you have the difference between what white folks call the blues and black folk call the blues.

Now Bobby knows what he’s doing. He’s keeping his gig, and no matter how he does it, it’s always the real Bobby Rush, just a different side of him. He won’t bow, and he won’t shuffle. And there’s nothing wrong with that, either. I don’t mind it. I don’t mind it because when he does that, we’re singing two different kinds of blues. I do not sing Muddy Waters-style blues. I do not sing Koko-style blues.

LaSalle sums up her life with similar mettle, humor and candor. After noting a couple of things she might have changed, she says:

But I like who I am, and I like the way I am. I'm a rounded performer, whereas a lot of other people aren't. You talk about songwriter, artist, producer, manager--I'm all of those things...I've done it all.

And also, people might find this hard to believe, but I never really cared about becoming a superstar, making it that big. I'm happy doing the work. I like what I do. I've enjoyed it.


--Daddy B. Nice

Buy Always the Queen
The Denise LaSalle Story.


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March 28, 2020:

Music is the fourth great material want, first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music.

Christian Nestell Bovee

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March 1, 2020:

TOP TEN "SPILLOVER": Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in March 2020

1. "I Ain't Studdin' You (Dolomite Soundtrack)"---Bobby Rush
2. "Grown Folks Step"---Karen Wolfe
3. "Do You Wanna Party"---R.T. Taylor feat. Jeter Jones
4. "I'm An O.G."---David Brinston
5. "Bothered"---Highway Heavy feat. Miss Portia & Dave Mack
6. "Love Thyself"---Poka Jones
7. "I Just Want To Ride"---Tasha Mac
8. "Southern Soul Nation"---Ricky White
9. "I Ain't With It"---Itz Karma
10. "Whole Lot Of Bills) In My Name"---Highway Heavy feat. Johnny James & Pokey Bear

11. "Just Hang Tonight"---Sir Charles Jones feat. Wilson Meadows
12. "Mr. Right"---Marcell Cassanova
13. "Party"---Magic One
14. "Private Party"---Highway Heavy feat. Dave Mack & Tyree Neal
15. "Trail Ride" Marcell Cassanova feat. Itz Karma
16. "Dolomite Kid"---Bobby Rush
17. "Fever (Remix)"---Amber King
18. "Monkey Stick (Remix)"---Royal D. feat. Jeter Jones
19. "Jump On It"---CoCo Wade
20. "This Is The Real Blues"---David Brinston

21. "Take Dat"---Cupid feat. Pokey Bear
22. "Backdoe Jody"---Antwaun Oliver
23. "I Think I Fell"---Tina P. feat. Theodis Ealey
24. "A Fool"---Darnell
25. "Tasty Girl"---Ju Evans

26. "The Last Time"---T.J. Hooker Taylor
27. "Showed Me Different"---Mr. Amazing
28. "Just What I Need"---Sweet Nay
29. "Booty Shakin'"---Big Ro Williams
30. "Side To Side"---J. Morris Group

31. "I'm Hot In Mississippi"---David Brinston
32. "Work It (DJ Ish Remix)"---Lacee
33. "Two Wrongs"---Kae Divine
34. "Who Came To Party"---Soul Collective
35. "Move Around"---B Streezy feat. Roi Chip Anthony

36."Concrete"---Highway Heavy feat. Johnny James & Krystal Parker
37. "Into The Mouth Of The Serpent"---Sayed Sabrina
38. "Would You Rock Me"---Bobby Bowens
39. "Looking For Love"---James Redd
40. "Knock Dat Coochie Out"---Parooze

--Daddy B. Nice



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February 22, 2020:

Mr. X (Mark Safford) R.I.P. (Gone But Not Forgotten) by Tony Gideon

Daddy B. Nice,

It is with great sadness in my heart that I am passing on this information. Happened around 2:00 AM October 22, 2019. (Heart Attack). We had just finished our phone conversation around midnight, Over the past 10+ years that we worked together, we had become quite close, he was like a Son to me. Would have informed you earlier but lost my computers and quite a bit of information and contacts 2 years ago in storm. Still recovering information. As you may or may not know, I am 82 years old and have been in the Music Industry 63+ years, starting here in Birmingham, AL (1956) moving with my Vocal Group, The Daylighters to Chicago,IL (1958). Started with Bea & Baby Records (1959). (Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Promotion - Marketing). As you may have heard, Mark had a stroke approximately 3 years ago and never fully recovered. But, he was one of the most positive individuals I have met during my lifetime. He was still writing, Playing keyboards (with one hand) and Producing. (He was not able to play the guitar anymore). He was as talented as any of the musicians that I worked with through the years. This includes friends of mine that I worked with over the years, (Willie Henderson who produced Tyrone Davis early hits, "Can I Change My Mind" and more .. Thomas 'Tom Tom' Washington (Arranger for Earth Wind & Fire and more) .. Gerald Sims (who joined The Daylighters in 1959 as guitarist along with Betty Everett), etc. Mark was special. He will surely be missed. I will keep in touch now that I have you in my system again.
Sincerely,
T.F. 'Tony' Gideon - LIP International/Sound Mindz Records

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Mr. X.


Daddy B. Nice on Tony Gideon:

I don't think any one e-mail music-submitter has frustrated me as much over the years as Tony Gideon. First, the e-mail submissions came in almost daily, clogging the box. Second, in almost every instance the mp3's were old music, music I was familiar with and had heard long before. Finally, the songs were often labeled "new" when they were really "old," and more than once I contemplated "outing" Tony Gideon for this practice. Now, reading his account of himself (82 years old and still passionate about the music), my annoyance has blossomed into understanding and admiration. I'm currently reading Denise LaSalle's autobiography (like eating candy) in her vernacular about all the music people in her life. It's made me doubly mellow about all the people in this business trying to "do what they do" the best they can. Even the story of Mark Safford's passing is somehow Tony Gideon-like, i.e. after-the-fact. When I first read the letter, I went through a thought process. "Did I know this? That Mr. X had died?"--and just forgotten? Obscure as he was, Mr. X's songs (first sold to Senator Jones and The Love Doctor) have really held up. And if I had known of Safford's death, I would have memorialized it in the Artist Guide to Mr. X.. No. Mark Safford's passing is "breaking news" in the Tony Gideon fashion, and we are the richer and more well-informed for it. DBN.

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February 15, 2020: Listen to DJ Big Al's innovative and seamless mix blending half-century-old classics with new southern soul. So, for example, Clarence Carter's "Slip Away" segues into Nellie "Tiger" Travis' "Mr.Sexy Man," and Ms. Jody's "I Did It" segues into Betty Wright's "Clean Up Woman," and "Clean Up Woman" into Tucka's "Sweet Tooth". The rapturous comments by listeners are seemingly unaware that half the songs are by contemporary southern soul artists.

February 9, 2020: Spring Fling Line-Up Announced! See Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar, April 4th!

February 3, 2020:

TOP TEN "SPILLOVER": Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in February 2020

1. "Love Train"---Avail Hollywood
2. "Da Fire"---Dee Dee Simon
3. "Funky Forty"---Arthur Young
4. "Funky Forty Reply"---Rosalyn Candy
5. "That's Life"---T.K. Soul
6. "Mr. VIP"---Coldrank
7. "Facebook"---Ricky White
8. "That Booty"---Solomon Thompson feat. Lebrado
9. "Country Folks Party"---Narvel Echols
10. "Lookin' Good"---King South feat. Jeter Jones

11. "Don't Cry No More (Party Remix)"---Gregg A. Smith feat. Jeter Jones
12. "You Are The One"---Willie Clayton
13. "Box Top Chevy"---Avail Hollywood
14. "Put It On Him"---Dee Dee Simon
15. "Hap Here"---Hisyde
13. "Playing House"---Candace G.
14. "All I Do Is Cry"---Isaac J. feat. Miss Portia
15. "Cake"---Big Yayo
16. "Boom Boom Room (Remix)"---P2K feat. J-Wonn
17. "Eye Candy"---MeMe Yahsal
18. "Cake"---Big Yayo
19. "Treat Her Right"---Calvin Richardson
20. "Ride It"---Highway Heavy feat. Champagne

21. "Can I Get Some"---Ronnie Bell
22. "When I Go Down"---Willie Clayton
23. "Shake It Baby"---Stan Butler feat. West Love
24. "Back Dat Booty"---Donyale Renee feat. The Party King
25. "Twerk It"---King Fred feat. Lady Soul
26. "New 2 Someone Else"---Big Yayo
27. "Coming Home To Stay"---Dee Bradley
28. "Private Party"---Highway Heavy feat. Dave Mack & Tyree Neal
29. "Let It Go"---Darryl Morris Band
30. "Make Love To Myself"---Jules Truly

31. "Walk That Walk"---William Calhoun
32. "Party"---Hummin' Boy
33. "Operation Move Around"---Frank Lucas
34. "That Side Chick Song"---Evette Busby
35. "Jump On It"---Coco Wade
36. "In The Morning"---Corey Rudolph feat. Little Kim Stewart
37. "Snowstorm Shorty"---Cat Clark
38. "Country Roots"---Annie Washington
39. "OSBL"---AshleyMarie
40. "Come And Get It"---C-Wright

--Daddy B. Nice



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December 19, 2019.

More 2020 Blues Is Alright Tour Dates Added! More Tickets Come Online. Most Blues Is Alright Venues Ever. Shirley Brown Returns.

See Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar: February, March & April.

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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.

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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



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Monthly Top 10 Singles Charts, continued from right-hand column...




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

-------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.

Listen to Sirnature Alexzander singing "Hey Ms. Sexy Thang" on YouTube.

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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.

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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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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-------APRIL 2020-------

1. "Nukie Pie"-----Caroline Staten feat. Jennifer Watts & Unkle Phunk

Unkle Phunk is the second southern soul producer in less than a month (after Ricky White) to use the suddenly "in" riff from the 80's New Wave band Laid Back's "White Horse," and Carolyn Staten, the most under-rated female singer in southern soul music, absolutely mugs it, obliterating any memory of the original. The three words, "My, My, My..." never sounded so good. Jennifer Watts admirably grafts her vocal onto Staten's tour de force, making it even more powerful, and Unkle Phunk mixes this club classic to perfection. From the best new southern soul compilation since Slack's award-winning "My Music, My Friends". It's called Unkle Phunk's Juke Joint, Vol. 1. and it's going to be a thing.

Listen to Carolyn Staten & friends singing "Nukie Pie" on YouTube.

2. "Stroking"----Arthur Young

Clarence Carter would be proud of this young man's authoritative "Stroking". Young has already brought us the surefire classic "Funky Forty" (See #3, Top 10 Singles February 2020), and just as with that hit single, he has a knack for the right phrase. "I'll be crying in the morning/ I'll be begging in the evening/ But I bet I'll be strokin' tonight." From Arthur Young's Funky Forty EP.

Listen to Arthur Young singing "Stroking" on YouTube.

3. "Tasty Girl"-----Ju Evans

A John Ward (Ecko Records) discovery, Ju Evans is the latest recording artist to testify to the changing mores among young black males about "going down". "Candy-licking" no longer repulses; Ju likes "that apple pie between those thighs". From his Ecko debut, All About Soul.

Listen to Ju Evans singing "Tasty Girl" on YouTube.

4. "Just Hang Tonight"----Sir Charles Jones feat. Wilson Meadows

First impressions of this song might be too slow and ponderous, too much style over substance, too long. Second impressions might be: But what style! We tend to forget what a great producer Charles is. And what a vocal! Charles puts his ("The Letter/Guilty") all into it, as does Wilson. I've played it a lot, and it grows on you.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones and Wilson Meadows singing "Just Hang Tonight".

5. "I Wanna Love You"----West Dawn

Not to be confused with West Love (a Stan Butler discovery), West Dawn is yet another great find by the indefatigable Jeter Jones. Dawn's song belongs to the Staples' "Do It Again" family tree, insuring its southern soul bonafides, but it's also different in that it hinges on the melody, not the iconic bass line (as in "Slow Roll It" etc.).

Listen to West Dawn singing "I Wanna Love You" on YouTube.

6. "Southern Soul Train"-----Luster Baker feat. Unkle Phunk

All grown up, Vickie Baker's little brother Luster, aka Mr. Juicy, records one of his best tunes yet: another compelling (I was going to say "infectious" but I may have to retire that term) track from Unkle Phunk's Juke Joint Vol.1. Choo-chooo!

Listen to Luster Baker singing "Southern Soul Train" on YouTube.

7. "While You Was With Your Sidepiece"-----Certified Slim

Certified Slim is a talented guy with a good singing voice and a good grasp of the genre. The only thing holding him back? He needs to record a lot more material--good stuff like this.

Listen to Certified Slim singing "While You Was With Your Sidepiece" on YouTube.

8. "Take It Off"-----Bigg Robb feat. Wendell B.

Whew! What a team these two musical giants would make. From Bigg Robb's otherwise marginal new album, Smooth, Grown & Sexy, this tune shoots up from the "smooth" debris like an awesome rhythm and blues star-ship. Unlike Wendell's own overly-dense mixes, you can hear his phenomenal voice with crystal-clear brilliance.

Listen to Wendell B. and Bigg Robb singing "Take It Off" on YouTube.

9. "Private Party"-----Highway Heavy feat. Dave Mack & Tyree Neal

If many of us old-guard guys were young again, this is very likely the kind of lyrics we'd sing, exulting in our newfound notoriety.

Listen to Dave Mack & Tyree Neal singing "Private Party" on YouTube.

10. "Come To Daddy"------Stevie J. Blues

Stevie J.'s newest.

Listen to Stevie J. singing "Come To Daddy" on SoundCloud.

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-------MARCH 2020-------

1. "I Ain't Studdin' You" (Dolo-
mite Is My Name Sound-
track Remix)
------Bobby Rush

The iconic bass line from the two-decade-old anthem begins like a gorgeously-prolonged instrumental with heavenly-sounding live horns and mouth harp (the vocal an unfortunately-truncated afterthought). This is the sound of the King of the Chitlin' Circuit--the last of southern soul's older generation--making it on the nation's highest stage.

Listen to Bobby Rush singing "I Ain't Studdin' You" on YouTube.

2. "Grown Folks Step"------Karen Wolfe

Karen Wolfe redoes Willie Clayton's "Wiggle In The Middle". And nope! We southern soul steppers never, ever tire of "two steps to the right, two steps to the left"--it's all in the style. Produced by Gary and India Wolfe, Karen rocks like never before.

Listen to Karen Wolfe singing "Grown Folks Step" on YouTube.

3. "Do You Wanna Party?"-----R.T. Taylor feat. Jeter Jones

Fresh from his Best Male Vocalist honors for "It's A Mule," the "Mule Man" teams up with young mentor Jeter Jones on a super-smooth, mid-tempo party blast.

Listen to R.T. Taylor and Jeter Jones singing "Do You Wanna Party?" on YouTube.

4. "I'm An O.G."------David Brinston

From David Brinston's new album of the same name, "I'm An O.G." blends great guitar work by John Ward with one of David's inimitable vocals.

Listen to David Brinston singing "I'm An O.G." on YouTube.

5. "Bothered"-----Highway Heavy feat. Dave Mack & Miss Portia

Miss Portia delivers a primer on how to sing southern soul: no histrionics, technique invisible. Her exquisitely natural vocal merges with the passion of Dave Mack, who has left Jackson, Ms. for Baton Rouge and the creative vortex that is Highway Heavy's Pinky Ring family.

Listen to Miss Portia and Dave Mack singing "Bothered" on YouTube.

6. "Love Thyself"------Poka Jones

Sunny and irresistible debut by a rapper who captures the perfect southern soul tone as he negotiates a little "to the left, to the right" stepping of his own.

Listen to Poka Jones singing "Love Thyself" on YouTube.

7. "I Just Wanna Ride"-----Tasha Mac

Produced by Slack, "I Just Wanna Ride" has all the charisma and appealing modesty of early rock and roll. Tasha Mac looks and sounds like the new Big Cynthia.

Listen to Tasha Mac singing "I Just Wanna Ride" on YouTube.

8. "Southern Soul Nation"-----Ricky White

Hold onto your hats. Monster groove about to hit land. Ricky White transforms "California Love" into a southern soul anthem. From his new album of the same name.

Listen to Ricky White singing "Southern Soul Nation" on YouTube.

9. "I Ain't With It"-----Itz Karma

Karma's double-tracked choruses go down as sweetly as southern-style lemonade. From her Slack-produced album, Karma: Unleashed. Read Daddy B. Nice's 4-star CD Review.

Listen to Itz Karma singing "I Ain't With It" on YouTube.

10. "(Whole Lot Of Bills) In My Name"------Highway Heavy feat. Johnny James and Pokey Bear

More southern soul from the dark and empty, early-morning streets of Baton Rouge.

Listen to Johnny James and Pokey Bear singing "(Whole Lot Of Bills) In My Name" on YouTube.

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-------FEBRUARY 2020-------

1. "Love Train"----Avail Holly-
wood

The only reser-
vation I have about this crowd-pleasing, superbly-sung, mid-tempo anthem is that it would have been better named "Black Locomotive," the title of Avail's intoxicating new CD.

Read Daddy B. Nice's 4-star CD review.

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "Love Train" on YouTube.

2. "Da Fire"-----Dee Dee Simon

The multi-talented Bay area diva strikes gold with an Isley-inspired tune instructing her enamored to "Put your wood in my fire/ 'Cause, baby, my flame is running low."

Listen to Dee Dee Simon singing "Da Fire" on YouTube.

3. "Funky Forty"------Arthur Young

Bargain-priced sexual favors in the shadowy corners of the chitlin' circuit make for a funny and memorable tune that has already garnered a quarter-million YouTube views.

Listen to Arthur Young singing "Funky Forty" on YouTube.

4. "Funky Forty Reply"-----Rosalyn Candy

And, like Pokey's "My Sidepiece," "Funky Forty" has its very own "Funky Forty Reply," courtesy of Rosalyn Candy. "You can keep your little funky forty/I need more than that!"

Listen to Rosalyn Candy singing "Funky Forty Reply" on YouTube.

5. "That's Life"-----T.K. Soul

T.K. flashes all of the serious vocal firepower at his command on this uncompromising and passionate self-examination of himself and his significant other.

Listen to T.K. Soul singing "That's Life" on YouTube.

6. "Mr. VIP"----Highway Heavy featuring Coldrank

Coldrank takes his most front-and-center musical role to date, spinning a tale of artistic assertion.

Listen to Coldrank singing "Mr. VIP" on YouTube.

7. "Facebook"-----Ricky White

Glory to Ricky! Now, once again, you can hear his incredible vocal prowess without the distraction of those faux-horn riffs he's been infatuated with for years.

Listen to Ricky White singing "Facebook" on YouTube.

8. "That Booty"-----Solomon Thompson featuring Lebrado

Solomon and Lebrado team up on a sparkling ode to a mesmerizing club dancer.

Listen to Solomon Thompson and Lebrado singing "That Booty" on YouTube.

9. "Country Folks Party"----Narvel Echols

Another Echols family member (after L.J. and Krishaunda) makes his finest musical bid to date with a club song appropriating the same K.C. & The Sunshine Band horn lick Floyd Hamberlin used in Nellie "Tiger" Travis's "Back It Up".

Listen to Narvel Echols singing "Country Folks Party" on YouTube.

10. "Lookin' Good"-----King South featuring Jeter Jones

Jeter Jones is a one-man, talent-finding machine, and he does it again with King South.

Listen to King South and Jeter Jones singing "Lookin' Good" on YouTube.

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

-------JANUARY 2020-------

1. "Yo Luv Baby"----J-Wonn

J-Wonn's "I Got This Record" is still arguably the greatest southern soul single of the last decade, and "Yo Luv Baby" shares some of its characteristics: superb vocal, melody, arrangement and similarly universal lyrics: "I'll travel miles/ Girl, I will travel cities/ Girl, I'll travel states/ Just to get to your love."

Listen to J-Wonn singing "Yo Luv Baby" on YouTube.

2. "If You're Thinking About Leaving"----Calvin Richardson

The showcase track from Calvin's new GOLD DUST album will become one of his most treasured songs.

Listen to Calvin Richardson singing"If You're Thinking About Leaving" on YouTube.

3. "Tonight Gonna Be Your Night"----Banky Live

The first southern soul debut artist of the new decade has a knack for conveying community and good times. Also check out his previously-released and equally accessible single, "Last Night". Great name, by the way--almost as good as Bullwinkle.

Listen to Banky Live singing "Tonight Gonna Be Your Night" on SoundCloud.

4. "I Been Loving You"----Rich Wright

Another fine debut. Wright is already a solid southern soul singer who gives the necessary depth and texture to this stepping-styled tune.

Listen to Rich Wright singing "I Been Loving You" on YouTube.

5. "Just Like A Woman"----The Ladies of Southern Soul

"Curly hips and thighs/ Pretty brown eyes..." As bluesy as you'll find these days. The ladies of southern soul are: Lady Q, Nakita Randle, Sweet T, Annie B, Itz Karma, Crystal Thomas, and Tanji Emmeni. An album--also including Vickie Baker, Ci Kelly, Simply Lovely and Monro Brown--is in the works.

Listen to The Ladies of Southern Soul singing "Just Like A Woman" on SoundCloud.

6. "That's My Job"----Bigg Robb

Another easy-going, high-character single from Bigg Robb's bountiful Good Muzic CD.

Listen to Bigg Robb singing "That's My Job" on YouTube.

7. "Happy Weight"----The Jay Morris Group

The most popular song from the Jay Morris Group's debut album, Like Food For My Soul. Written up in Daddy B. Nice's The Year In Review.

Listen to the Jay Morris Group singing "Happy Weight" on YouTube.

8. "Party Warrior"----Gregg A. Smith

Texas southern soul with a big-band sound. From Smith's new The Real Deal album.

Listen to Gregg A. Smith singing "Party Warrior" on YouTube.

9. "Sneak Up On It"----Ghetto Cowboy featuring L.J. Echols

From the new Ghetto Cowboy album, Southern Soul Legend.

Listen to Ghetto Cowboy and L.J. Echols singing "Sneak Up On It" on YouTube.

10. "Black Girl Magic"----G-Sky

Originally published in 2018, this overlooked single still has "legs".

Listen to G-Sky singing "Black Girl Magic" on YouTube.

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

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

1. "She's Just My Girl-
friend"
----- 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 Girlfriend" 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, et.al.). 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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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Preview For. . .

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

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

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.

Listen to John Cummings singing "Here In The South (Remix)" on YouTube.

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