Arthur Young #17 The New Generation Southern Soul

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"Funky Forty"

Arthur Young #17 The New Generation Southern Soul

Composed by Arthur Young


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

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This artist guide marks the rocket-like ascension of Arthur Young from the depths of the "newbies" at #242 all the way up to #17 on Daddy B. Nice's newest and most relevant chart: The New Generation. Young is a trucker from Summit, Mississippi, a don't-blink-or-you'll-miss-it whistle stop south of Jackson near McComb off I-55, southern soul's most widely-travelled touring highway.

Few artists have made such an impression on the southern soul fan base in such a short time. Even fewer have showered as much music upon it. Since his debut in 2020 Young has published (in addition to singles) an EP (Funky Forty), a debut album (A Trucker's Blues, 2020), a sophomore album (A Trucker's Blues Vol. 2, 2021) and---just out---a third album, Drank My Liquor & Talk To Me (2022).

He is not a balladeer. In fact, it's hard to think of a slow song in his repertoire. Arthur's specialty is the sweet, rocking, mid-tempo range blazed by legendary beloveds like Clarence Carter, Tyrone Davis and Marvin Sease. In songs like "Funky Forty," "Stroking," "Good Booty Judy" and "Catfishing," Young perfectly captures the tone, texture and tempo epitomized by Carter's "Slip Away" or Sease's "Do You Qualify".

Not only does Arthur Young tap effortlessly into southern soul's most creative musical aquifer. He's one of the most talented word-smiths to emerge in the last decade. In "Good Booty Judy" Young riffs lyrically on every possible metaphor gleaned from binge-watching TV commercials:

"But I just call her my 'good-booty judy'
Because she knows how to please...

"And the way she let me have it my way, y'all,
No lie, I just wanna call her my Burger King...

"...Sometimes I call her Geico
Because 15 minutes is all I need...

...Sometimes I call her All State
Because that girl got them good hands on me...

...And sometimes I want to call her State Farm
'Cause I know that woman gonna listen for me."

In "Funky Forty" Young sings:

"It's finally Monday morning. Guess what.
I think the girl done got broke again.
She do the same thing every weekend.
She can disappear Friday
But Monday she's calling again.

"Because I'm a runnning with forty dollars
So I can get it in.
That girl like to party hard on the weekend
But Monday she be calling again..."

The great expectations generated by songs like Arthur's "Good Booty Judy" and "Funky Forty," however, haven't yet translated to a leisurely stroll down the rose-strewn path to stardom. Although Young has succeeded at making a solid brand---no easy task---for himself, he's been hampered by an inability to bring his compositions to full fruition in the studio. Production has been his Achilles' heel.

This is disconcerting given that most of Arthur's music since "Funky Forty" has been produced by Ronald "Slack" Jefferson, winner of Daddy B. Nice's Best Producer Of The Year award two of the last three years, the very time period of Young's emergence. And yet, Slack's instrumental tracks for Young have been uncharacteristically spare and minimal.

This discrepancy between artistic vision and finished product is most obvious in the studio version of "Catfishing," in which Slack's overly-fast and punctuated instrumental track sucks all the life and substance out of what had been a promising demo and potential hit single in its first version posted on Arthur Young's Facebook page. "Catfishing" cries out for strings or guitar or background vocals and a full fleshing-out at an anthem-like, medium-ranged tempo. The Facebook video was close---or closer---for sure. (Scroll down to "About The Artist" for more on this.)

Young has responded lately by branching out into other avenues of style and presentation in such disparate singles as the hard-bluesy "Welcome To The Country" and the lush, highly-synthesized"I Wanna Be Your Freak," both included in his just-released album Drank My Liquor & Talk To Me (2022).

But as interesting as these artistic digressions may be, Young is straying from the very Tyrone Davis-style sound that made "Funky Forty" a phenomenal record. And to this day "Funky Forty," produced by McComb, Mississippi's Tony T., remains the finest manifestation of Arthur Young's musical vision.

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For Daddy B. Nice's commentary and contemporaneous reports on Arthur Young's career, scroll down to the "About The Artist". To automatically link to Arthur Young's charted radio singles, awards, CD's and other citations on the website, go to "Arthur Young" in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

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--Daddy B. Nice


About Arthur Young #17 The New Generation Southern Soul

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, writer-producer 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 Johnnie Taylor flash or Ronnie Lovejoy depth. Sease'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 everyman, 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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February 6, 2021: Daddy B. Nice’s Top 25 Songs of 2020

#3 Song of 2020


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

See Daddy B. Nice's "Best of 2020" awards.

Best Debut: "Funky Forty" and "Stroking" by Arthur Young


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

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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, a minimalized production 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.

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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To automatically link to Arthur Young's charted radio singles, awards, CD's and other citations on the website, go to "Arthur Young" in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.
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March 1, 2021:

NEW ALBUM ALERT!

Buy Arthur Young's new A Trucker's Blues, Vol. 2 (Country Boy Noise) album at Amazon.

A Trucker's Blues, Vol. 2 (Country Boy Noise) TRACK LIST:


1
Drunk Man

2
Gears

3
Wife On The Side

4
Throw That Thang

5
Love Cost

6
BBW

7
Good Booty Judy

8
Country Boi Slide


9
Swang


10
Bill Collectors (Down In The Pike)

Daddy B. Nice notes:

If there was any doubt that Arthur Young is one of the finest singer/songwriters to come down the pike in many years, his new album A Trucker's Blues, Vol. 2 (Country Boy Noise) should send any doubters scurrying back to their burrows. If anything, Young's sophomore album is even stronger than his celebrated first. Ronald "Slack" Jefferson from the Jeter Jones "family" is the producer, and he must lick his lips every time Young brings him a new song with lyrics that many another artist would commit felonies to author.

Young is a worthy successor to the legendary Tyrone Davis and more recently the beloved O.B. Buchana. He occupies that hard-to-define middle ground of southern soul, where modest and unassuming tempos and melodies rise like oven-baked bread to a delectable fruition. Enthusiasm, wit and "man-shoe"-sized experience mingle in an intoxicating potpourri of talent. Whether you focus on the musical compositions, the lyrics or the delivery (instrumental track and vocals), you are transported and entertained.

In "Drunk Man" you might focus on the strength of the melody, in "Love Cost," you might focus on the powerful and convincing vocal, in "Wife On The Side" you might focus on the witty juxtaposition of "wife" and "girlfriend".

Lyrically, we haven't seen a songwriter this enthused and engaged and in love with his craft since Luther Lackey (who unfortunately dropped by the wayside). In "Good Booty Judy" every verse is an opportunity for Young to riff on similes, metaphors and catch-phrases from everyday life.

"Sometimes I call her Geico,
Because fifteen minutes is all I need...

Sometimes I call her All-State,
Because that girl got her good hands on me..."

Arthur Young genuinely revels in making ordinary life special.

Listen to all the tracks from Arthur Young's new A Trucker's Blues, Vol. 2 (Country Boy Noise) album on YouTube.

Buy Arthur Young's new A Trucker's Blues, Vol. 2 (Country Boy Noise) album at Apple.

Listen to Arthur Young's new A Trucker's Blues, Vol. 2 (Country Boy Noise) album on Spotify.

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Honorary "B" Side

"Stroking"



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CD: A Trucker's Blues
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CD: A Trucker's Blues Vol. 2
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Loopty Loop


CD: A Trucker's Blues
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A Trucker's Blues


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CD: Mr. Bartender (The Single) feat. Big Yayo
Label: Summit Boy Entertainment

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CD: Netflix & Chill The Single (feat. Sassy D)
Label: BJ Productions

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CD: Flashlight The Single (feat. Jeter Jones)
Label: Jones Boys Ent.

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Mr. Hide And Go Get It


CD: Drank My Liquor & Talk To Me
Label: Summit Boy Entertainment

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Drank My Liquor & Talk To Me


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CD: Drank My Liquor & Talk To Me
Label: Summit Boy Entertainment

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