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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!

BEST OF 2019 Winners Announced! (Click here.) Scroll down this page for "The Year In Southern Soul".


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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February 1, 2020: BEST OF 2019Winners Announced!

January 1, 2020:

2019: The Year In Southern Soul

Thrown down like a gauntlet near the end of 2018, Tucka's album "Working With The Feeling" was a challenge to every other artist to match or surpass in 2019, and although many recording artists arguably came close, no one succeeded at de-throning the sugar-coated vocalist from Louisiana. "Big Train" (DBN's #1 Song of the Year) crested in the first quarter of 2019 and found the pillow-talking candy-lander banging away at his own unique, acoustic version of the blues.

As for the challengers, just about everybody who was anybody among the major artists put out an album. Avail Hollywood, J-Wonn, L.J. Echols, T.K. Soul, O.B. Buchana, J. Red, Bigg Robb, Big G, Ms. Jody, Vick Allen, Sir Charles Jones, Willie Clayton and Calvin Richardson among others all published new collections, making 2019 a banner year for recording. But although the collective material was of high quality, none were career-defining albums for the individual artists, nor were any industry-shaking events in the way that Pokey Bear's "My Sidepiece" continued to be.

In fact, the one major artist who didn't record a long-play set--Pokey Bear-- dominated the southern soul concert circuit as the #1 headliner along with Tucka, making Louisiana (Pokey's new home via Houston) doubly relevant. When Daddy B. Nice posted the annual Blues Is Alright Tour for the first quarter of 2020, Pokey Bear was the single artist to ace every venue--in demand everywhere.

Once again, the Grim Reaper tiptoed relatively quietly through the year. Certainly, there was no attrition to compare to the early years of the new century, when the old-generation southern soul performers (Johnnie Taylor, et.al.) passed in droves. But those few who were "taken" in 2019 left mourners in their wake. Katrenia Jefferson died in February, Bishop Bullwinkle in June, and Pat Brown in September.

Jackson, Mississippi-based singers Katrenia Jefferson and Pat Brown were local secrets and Delta legends for most of their careers, only gaining greater notoriety in the decade leading up to their deaths.

Bishop Bullwinkle was a one-of-a-kind case. His candid views on church and black culture in "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" went viral and made the unknown septuagenarian a celebrity and concert headliner. Yet so fragile was his fame that his death went unnoticed until Daddy B. Nice posted a belated obituary. Ironically, a posthumous digital album--The Da Vinci Code, Bullwinkle's first and last--was published two months to the day after he passed.

The year's music, as usual, spanned everything from the Dionysian celebration of the carnal to the righteous defense of women and their bodies. In "Don't Be Ashamed" Bigg Robb sang:

"I see you standing in the middle,
Just hating on yourself.
God made you the way he wants you,
Unlike nobody else.
Don't be ashamed, babe.
Don't be ashamed..."

And in "Happy Weight" newcomers The Jay Morris Group sang:

"She's been gaining weight
She's gaining that happy weight.
Said I love the way it look on her,
Because it's all in the right place."

As for the prurient, 2019 saw the release of perhaps the single most shocking tune since Clarence Carter's X-rated "Strokin'". (Marvin Sease's "Candy Licker" doesn't even come close.) The new song was "Mouth On You". Over an intoxicating instrumental track (Baton Rouge producer Highway Heavy on deep-soul keyboard, Tyree Neal--of the Louisiana Neal family--on guitar), Champagne sang:

"From the ear to the neck to the nipple,
Unbuckle his pants, licking down his zipper..."

...And from there it went places you've never heard on record before. As one woman responded on the song's YouTube page, "Is THIS what we're doing now?"

Never fear. The offended could find solace in Vick Allen's "Superstar," in which he sang:

If you're taking good care of your kids,
Working hard, paying all of your bills...
Girl, you're a superstar, that's what you are."

And yet, female performers, as a group, were hanging by their fingernails in 2019. Nellie "Tiger" Travis didn't record. Nor did Sweet Angel. Sheba Potts-Wright, Lacee and Karen Wolfe released singles and generally stayed home. And with Denise LaSalle gone but not forgotten, and Peggy Scott-Adams, Shirley Brown and other seniors largely absent, the ranks of female southern soul singers appeared as fragile as ever.

Traditionalists would say it has always been so. A wave of talented new female singers appeared, as they do every year, but the turnover rate remained high, and scoring gigs remained harder for women than for men. Travis, among all the divas, was most in demand, buoyed by her hit, "Mr. Sexy Man" and a conscientious approach to touring. Ms. Jody was the only major female artist to record an album.

Following 2018's "Black Horse" (Jeter Jones) and other "ride-em-up" lyrics, cowboys, horses, rodeos and trail rides all continued as oft-used metaphors in 2019. A bounty of popular videos took place in the country, including one that epitomized the scene:

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

R.T. Taylor (produced by Ronald "Slack" Jefferson) made the distinction between "ponies" and "mules" obvious, declaring in "It's A Mule" that:

"It's not no god-damned pony,
It's a mule."

And Sassy D., in a duet with Jeter Jones ("She Wanna Ride"), confessed she had a "Clydesdale on her mind".

Phenomenal growth and its dark side, attrition, defined the southern soul genre in 2019. The number of debut artists continued to swell beyond anything seen in the aughts. The carousel of artists circled merrily, some on, some off. Longtime fans could exult in the unprecedented popularity of the genre, but it was happening in a way few insiders predicted. Who would have thought, for example, that the brilliant vocal stylist and young-guy-heir to the J.T. generation, Willie Clayton, would become the odd-man-out in the current scene--overlooked and seldom performing?

The new creative hotbed of the music was Louisiana and the continuing emergence of a new generation of artist/producers led by Pokey Bear, Tucka, Beat Flippa, Highway Heavy, Jeter Jones and Ronald "Slack" Jefferson, whose SLACK: My Music, My Friends: Southern Soul Compilation was the most content-rich and inclusive collection of the year. Near year's end, veteran Donnie Ray's career was all but rejuvenated by his first Beat Flippa-produced single, "She's Just My Girlfriend".

So while southern soul's younger-generation royalty--Sir Charles Jones, O.B. Buchana, T.K. Soul, et.al.--continued to mature into middle-aged artists and build new levels of popularity, something totally unforeseen happened. They were eclipsed by a new type of artist, outsider/newcomers like Pokey Bear and Tucka, who brought in fans (like the many millions infatuated with Pokey's "My Sidepiece") on a scale never seen before. In 2019, for the first time in years, a southern soul concert-goer could have the flesh-pinching, "Am-I-dreaming?" experience of attending a multi-act concert (including Pokey Bear) and NOT seeing Sir Charles Jones close out the show.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listen to Kami Cole singing "Can You Handle It?" on YouTube.

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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.

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

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

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

Tha' Boss delivers.

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


2. "Stay"----Chris Ardoin

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

Listen to Chris Ardoin singing "Stay" on YouTube.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read Daddy B. Nice's review.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. TIE: between...

"Changed My Mind"----Sassy D

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

and...

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

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

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

-------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 Kool & The Gang 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.

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

-------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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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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-------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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