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Arthur Young (New Album Alert!)

August 21, 2020:

NEW ALBUM ALERT!

Buy Arthur Young's new A TRUCKER'S BLUES album at Amazon.

A TRUCKER'S BLUES TRACK LIST:

1 Get Lit

2 Getting It in the Daylight

3 Windex Man

4 Drop It

5 Catfishing

6 Knock It

7 Loopty Loop

8 Funky Forty

9 Stroking

10 Slide wit It

Daddy B. Nice notes:

My first comments on Arthur Young's debut album came earlier this year (before there was even an album) in regard to "Catfishing," a song from the just-minted A TRUCKER'S BLUES that Arthur previewed on a Facebook page around the time he published his 4-song EP, FUNKY FORTY. (Scroll down this page.) Then, earlier this month, Arthur made Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag (August 12th) when a reader wrote in as follows:

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August 12, 2020:

Looking For A Song Letter: Arthur Young's "Catfishing"

Hey Daddy,

I'm a fan of Arthur Young, and I was interested by your comment in your "News & Notes" (August 1st) that you'd heard an early recording of Young's "Catfishing" on his Facebook page that was better than the one that's being previewed on YouTube ahead of the album release. Is that still up? Can you help me find that?

Shonda

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sure, Shonda. That's still posted in Arthur's Artist Guide. But here it is again. I don't want to say it's the perfect production, but I like the thickness of the vocal and the more relaxed tempo. The updated version has a quicker tempo and a pared-down vocal that loses some of Arthur's charisma, I think. Oh, and by the way, my memory of it was a little off: Arthur's not playing the guitar, he's just singing along to his recording.

Listen to Arthur Young singing "Catfishing" on Facebook.
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Whatever you think of "Catfishing," there's no doubting the talent Young possesses, and the well-deserved attention he's been getting from the fans and his older peers in southern soul music.

In less than a year his debut single "Funky Forty" has amassed close to two million YouTube views and become a new classic among southern soul faithful.

It first charted here in February as follows:

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

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

…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.
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That was soon followed by the single "Stroking".

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

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

…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.
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And that in turn was succeeded by "Loopty Loop".

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

-------JULY 2020-------

…9. "Loopty Loop"----Arthur Young

He's a natural, and if the breaks break right, he should have a long career.

Listen to Arthur Young singing "Loopty Loop" on YouTube.
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Other new cuts from A TRUCKER'S BLUES worth checking out are "Getting It In The Daylight" and "Get Lit". Few debut artists bring this measure of talent and such a thorough knowledge and love of southern soul culture.

Listen to all the tracks from Arthur Young's A TRUCKER'S BLUES on YouTube.

Buy Arthur Young's new A TRUCKER'S BLUES album at Apple.

Listen to Arthur Young's A TRUCKER'S BLUES on Spotify.

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April 4, 2020:

Originally Posted in Daddy B. Nice's New CD Reviews:

April 4, 2020:

Arthur Young: Funky Forty EP (Vigor Music). Four Stars **** Distinguished Debut By A New Southern Soul Artist.

Arthur Young has a no-frills video posted on his Facebook page--just him
casually singing a song. Underneath the video are the words: "Rough draft to “Catfishing” What y’all think!!"

I'll tell you what your Daddy B. Nice thinks. Terrific. "Catfishing" will be as big or bigger than "Funky Forty". Southern soul music has found itself a keeper.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. "Funky Forty" is a four-song collection headlined by the tune, "Funky Forty". It snuck out a few days before Christmas last year--December 20th, to be exact--and without any publicity or industry recognition the YouTube video has already amassed over 700,000 views. Clearly, the young man is doing something that attracts an audience.

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

Young didn't appear completely out of the void. Accompanied by southern soul up-and-comer Tony Tatum on the "Funky Forty" choruses, he was soon given the ultimate peer compliment when Rosalyn Candy recorded an "answer" song to "Funky Forty" which, when it first came through my e-mail, was how I first became aware of Young's original.

Listen to Rosalyn Candy singing "Funky Forty Reply".

Musically, "Funky Forty" is much more than its justifiably-lauded lyrics. It's got a good groove, a solid rhythm track, an easy-going yet memorable melody, and--grounding it all--an earthy, believable vocal. And, on top of that, you get all the funny lyrics about the in's and out's of keeping a forty-dollar whore. Wasn't there a single?--now what was the name of that?--called "My Sidepiece" with some of the same keep-you-laughing qualities?

Here's how it charted:

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

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

...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.

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And that was followed by...

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

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

...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.

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Easy to overlook, because the lyrics of the two tunes are so good, is the fact Young's music is substantial in terms of both composition and production. And when I think of "substantial," I think of Marvin Sease. Marvin's "everyman" voice (which he used to his advantage) and cunningly accessible production more than made up for Johnny Taylor flash or Ronnie Lovejoy depth. Marvin's sound was consistently round and full, pulling you in, charming the socks off you, humble and humorous, yet always swinging, always pulsing that groove.

Young's artistry is much like that. He sounds like a Sease-kinda every-man, intimate with all the low-life details, the stories of the contemporary "culture" we delight in hearing about, and armed with the intuitive musical tools to bring them off.

Of the remaining two songs on the EP, "Windex Man" is an acceptable but in the end resistible take-off on Betty Wright's "Clean Up Woman," while "Knock It" is a well-received (75,000 views) but ultimately forgettable tune, well within the long shadows cast by "Stroking" and "Funky Forty".

Bring on "Catfishing"!

--Daddy B. Nice

Listen to all the tracks from Arthur Young's "Funky Forty" EP on YouTube.

Buy Arthur Young's new Funky Forty EP at Apple.


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