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February 2, 2024:

RE: FaLisa JaNaye #2 Single January 24

Hi Daddy!

I like Falisa's new song, but I wouldn't say that she's been inactive since mid-teens.

I of course noticed your "ironic" remark about her European gigs, but I don't think she's been over here that much.

I may be wrong, and naturally we can check that one out.

However, I still love Falisa (see the photo):

Best regards

Heikki

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Heikki Suosalo writes about soul and blues for Finnish magazine Soul Express.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Well of course you'd love her, Heikki, as the photo of you and Falisa together having European fun attests! That's just what I'm talking about. How many times has she been to Finland? Three? Haha! But you focus on the negative. It's true. Falisa hasn't recorded anything (at least in America) in the last decade, so a little teasing isn't out of order. But you overlook how strongly she's come back. She nailed the #2 southern soul single of the month---one short of #1---for which she was the second-most formidable contender! That's a major accomplishment in this crowded and hyper-ventilating market. Plus, in a single stroke she brought her career in contemporary southern soul back to life and relevancy. All very positive.

Heikki Suosalo replies:

Hi Daddy,

And thank you for your kind answer.

Actually, it was in Porretta, Italy, at the soul music festival that we met.

As far as I know, she's never been to Finland.

I'm glad that she's made a strong comeback.

And all the best to your great SS site.

Best regards

Heikki

Listen to FaLisa JaNaye singing "Down In The Sippi" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Singles for January 2024.

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January 28, 2024:

RE: Jeter Jones BEST ALBUM OF 2023

Hi Daddy B.,

I reviewed the nice Mufassa II. You really have a way with words, so I quoted you at the end of the review.

King George seems to be the big thing now. I should try to listen to listen more on him, and see what I think... Jefferson have hardly no soul material nowadays. Just a CD review now and then. The editor, who is a big fan of William Bell and such (me too) did review Mizz Lowe´s "Classy woman". While I also wrote about the great couple Mojo Ike & Val (from Florida) CD "Phoenix". Check them! Old school but great voices and production.

All best,
Tommy

(Tommy Lofgren) Jefferson Blues Magazine

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks as always, Tommy!

See Southern Soul Awards.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Jefferson Blues Magazine is published in Sweden by the Swedish Blues Association. The first issue was published in the spring 1968, making it the oldest blues magazine still in print in the world. (Wikipedia)

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January 5, 2024:

Thank you from Lady Redtopp

It is with great humility and gratitude that I extend my sincerest appreciation to Daddy B Nice for the incredible honor of being featured in the Top 10 of The Daddy B Nice Top 40 chart for three consecutive months. Your unwavering support and insightful commentary on my musical journey have truly been a source of inspiration and motivation. I am deeply thankful for the opportunity to share my music with your audience and am profoundly grateful for the love and recognition that you have bestowed upon my work. Your platform has provided me with invaluable exposure and encouragement, and I am truly honored to be a part of such a prestigious ranking. Thank you, Daddy B Nice, for your ongoing support and for celebrating the artistry and dedication of all musicians represented in your esteemed chart.

Sincerely yours

Lady Redtopp

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December 29, 2023:

Seeking Best of 2023 southern soul lists

Daddy B. Nice,

There are plenty of folks online listing their fave 2023 NON-soul albums and songs, beginning in November and continuing through January. But I am not seeing southern soul ones. My fave DJ Dr Nick who used to be on WPFW but is now on atx online doesn’t do one. I think you do one in January?

Got too busy with Mom elder care issues and work to keep up with you and others this year. I appreciate all you do and all others in the biz do, especially the artists.

Steve

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Steve, my list (Top 25 Southern Soul Songs of 2023) is up. With links to YouTube for instant listening. Go to Daddy B. Nice’s Corner. Thank you!

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December 27, 2023:


RE: "News & Notes: Fame-Seeking Songwriters


DBN,

I really enjoyed this article. While our name is "Blues Critic" we are no longer critics but I just got to add that Omar Cunningham is the Bruce Springsteen of Southern Soul. "Check To Check", "I Get By", "My Life" and other songs are some of the most outstanding songs this genre has to offer. They are the truth. Southern Soul isn't just gimmick songs about sexual prowess, side pieces and slide/shuffle jams. There's some real songwriting gems too. To hear Mr. Cunningham-a former black child sing "There's a lot of things I had to do without/I still find it hard to talk about" is just as devastating as it can get. Devastatingly gorgeous..

Blues Critic LLC

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December 14, 2023:

Thank You Letters

Dear Mr. Nice,

thanks for your answer to my email and your tips as to where to find more Southern Soul stuff on the www., and who to look for.

As far as my comment on the synthetic claps on the second and fourth beats are concerned, I figure they’re also a style element of a lot of Southern Soul music and have to do with the economics behind the “down home” recordings. Sometimes they even almost sound like human claps anyway. Like in Adrian Bagher’s “If Heaven Had A Phone”. What a beautiful song about family. And the line ”I got a pocket full of quarters, but it don’t work that way” … well, it gets me all kinds of sappy.

One part of the Southern Soul style that I appreciate is the (almost) complete absence of profanities. That’s the poetry of the old style blues stuff; innuendo that says all you need to know without going into detail or having to use expletives. Bobby Rush is a master of that kind of stuff. I’m not at all adverse to trash language myself, but using four letter words four times in every sentence?

BTW, my compliments on your redesigned site. Your writing and the portrait gallery are as good as ever. And the reviews are as interesting and informative as in the past (man, you sure don’t pull any punches). Maybe I’ll finally get around to visiting my people in Louisiana and East Texas to check out some of the joints you mention and to cruise the back routes in the company of soulful tunes coming from an AM radio station.

Thanks for all the work you’re putting into informing the world of the music in Southern Soul.

Max

Meeka Meeka

Hello Daddy B Nice,

My name is Meeka Meeka and I’m just reaching out to thank you!!! I am EXTREMELY honored and humbled for you recognizing my song “DO IT RIGHT” And Making it #9 in your Top 40 of December, and also making it #9 in your Top 10 “BREAKING” Southern Soul Singles. I APPRECIATE YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!! Thank you ! Thank You!!! Thank You!!!

I can’t wait to have the pleasure of meeting you! Lol!!! And also can’t wait to see a portrait drawing of me one day!! That is so dope how you do that! I love it

Thank you again! You are much appreciated.

Meeka Meeka


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November 1, 2023:

LOTSA LETTERS!!

King George on the Football Field, Sunny Ridell in Film, DJ Sir Rockinghood's Thank-You-DBN Mix, Updating Booker Brown, Vel Omarr & Equanya, Elderly Gent Looking For Old School

Just Wanted To Share This Witcha!!!



Hello Daddy B. Nice.....

This is DJ Marvelous Marc (Southern Soul DJ on YouTube), I came across this and wanted to share this with you....it's Southern University's Human Juke Box Marching Band homecoming halftime performance starting at the 3:22 mark in which they're playing King George's Keep On Rolling. Have a nice day and thanks for all that you do to keep bringing Southern Soul to the forefront!!!!!

Watch/listen to Southern University's Human Jukebox Homecoming 2023 Halftime Show, featuring King George's "Keep On Rollin'" at the 3:22 Mark.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hey thanks so much for sending this, Marvelous Marc. The HBCU band choreography on the football field preceding George was dazzling. I thought they were going to end up in a pile of bodies in the middle of the field. And what a real-world statement that King George has broken through another culture barrier for southern soul music, namely academe.

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Sunny Ridell Song


Dear Daddy B. Nice,

I'm writing to seek permission to include a portion of Sunny Ridell's song, "Snap, Crackle and Pop" in a short documentary I am making with the living family of Robert Johnson. It's a 28 min. film we hope to share with festivals, blues organizations, and public television. I am a filmmaker who use to live in Crystal Springs, and I am making the film as a volunteer contribution to the foundation's mission to promote blues history in the Copiah County region.

Thank you for your response to my request, and thank you for upholding Ridell's legacy on your website.

Kind regards,
Samantha

Samantha Davidson Green

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks for your kind and generous query, Samantha. I'm always glad to give some much needed exposure to little known yet beloved Delta musicians like Sunny Ridell. However, I'm not qualified to extend the kind of permission you're seeking. That can only be done by the copyright owner. You say you're only using a portion of the song and very few southern soul artists, writers, producers or heirs resort to litigation over such minor usage. However, you never know. Such usage could result in legal redress, and the fact that it is a film does raise the profile somewhat. I would encourage you to search for the copyright owner and get the permission in writing, and if that fails, to seek advice from an attorney specializing in musical entertainment. (There are such in the Jackson MS, Memphis and Nashville areas, among others.) I hope this helps, and apologies for the slow response.

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DJ Sir Rockinghood Dedicates A "Thank You" YouTube Mix To Daddy B. Nice

Pictured: J-Wonn

I feel you need a Big Thank You, from your peers. You have pushed this thing called Southern Soul for over 18 years and people are just hearing about you now. I want to thank you and dedicate my next mix to you my friend.

Thank You for Keeping it Southern Soul,

DJ Sir Rockinghood

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thank you so much, Sir Rockinghood, I really appreciate it.

DJ Sir Rockinghood replies:

My pleasure! ...

DJ Sir Rockinghood Presents: Thank You For Everything Southern Soul Mix.

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What happened to them?


Hi Daddy B Nice!

I just read your latest column. ("News & Notes" on Daddy B. Nice's Corner October 20th: Whatever Happened To???...)
I can tell right away that at least
- Booker Brown - Booker Brown Interview | Soul Express

and Vel Omar - Deep Soul February 2015 feat. Vel Omarr | Soul Express
are still active and performing.

Also a couple of others, but I can do the research only a bit later.

Best regards
Heikki

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Good to know, Heikki. I'll post that. As chance would have it, right after writing I also heard Equanya featured on the bill last week for a Crystal Springs show in a radio spot aired in Jackson, MS. (DJ Ragman, WMPR).

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Elderly Gent Looking For Old School

Pictured: Syl Johnson


Good evening. My friend is an elderly gent and he's looking some music old school. Isley Bros, Smokey and guys like that. Can you please assist with a number or website? We searched but couldn't find it?. He would greatly appreciate it. Thank you and have a great weekend.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

You realize that a lot of people would think you're putting me on? Right? You must be on the Internet because you're visiting my website. There are some 900 pages, each with a navigation bar with indexes to musical artists, many of them old-school. Of if you prefer, there's the greatest musical innovation of this era: YouTube. It beckons like a musical paradise, and once you enter the gates (clicking your favorite artists) the algorithms take care of everything, delivering a steady diet of your favorite old-school. And if you want to buy, well, you type your desire in the ...oh, you are kidding. Right?

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October 23, 2023:

Dukes & Boots

Hi Daddy B Nice,

What does "dukes and boots" mean? It's everywhere and I don't want to appear stupid asking my friends. It's like when I was a little kid and people gave me the middle finger. I didn't know what it meant and I was afraid to ask.

Artie

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hah hah! "Dukes & Boots" is short for "daisy dukes and cowboy boots". The phrase has grown popular with the emergence of the trailride-blues movement in southern soul championed by Jeter Jones, embracing cowboy/horse culture. Jones' "Black Horse" laid the template. "Daisy Dukes" is the current term for women's frayed, cut-off denim shorts. Put the "dukes and boots" together and you have naked legs from boots to very near the chosen land.

Actually, "daisy dukes" has its source in an old and once very popular comic strip by Al Capp titled "Lil' Abner". Lil' Abner was a big, strapping, hillbilly boy and his girlfriend was a stunning, Marilyn Monroe-type blonde named "Daisy Mae" who could barely keep her bounteous stuff in a skimpy top and a torn, crotch-tight pair of bikini-sized denim shorts. Seventy years later, it's a southern soul craze. Watch out for those middle fingers, Artie!

Watch a song video of women in "dukes and boots' dancing to Avail Hollywood's "Dukes & Boots".

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October 13, 2023:

Quick Hits: Pictured: Ronnie Bell

I'll Pay the Shipping Cost

Hello,

I am a DJ in Austin, TX and my crowd really loves this song. Any chance there's an instrumental version on CD or vinyl? If so, let me know the cost and where to purchase it.

Thank you.
Otis

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Interesting. So they slow dance to it? Line dance?

Nahhh on the instrumental, as far as I know, although you never know what pops up.

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RE: Billy "Soul" Bonds

If you were to report about someone's passing at least do a little research and spell his hometown correctly...it's BISCOE, ARKANSAS.. not "Brisco"--Thank you

Corey Bonds

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thank you. Sorry. My condolences. DBN

Listen to Billy "Soul" Bonds singing "Every Time My Neighbor Walks His Dog" on YouTube.

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Looking For A Song

It goes.... If she could beat me rocking / She could have this rocking chair....

Annisa

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hah! Finally an easy one. At least for me. That's Lady Redtopp singing "Part Time Lover," which happens to be the #1 Single this month (October '23). Actually, that particular phrase is an homage to Vick Allen's song "If They Can Beat Me Rockin'," written by Omar Cunningham.

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Looking for Top 40 Lists & Subscriptions

where can I find more of the Top 40 Lists on your website?

H.O.M.G.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Just scroll down the Daddy B. Nice's Corner page for more "Top 40 Singles" lists.

H.O.M.G. replies:

i was only able to see may-aug 23 list
i would like to have the last 4 yrs where to get list
also it's been very hard to get southern soul music, is there anyway to buy variety like top 40 list or more on a monthly subscription or anything you know of, usb only or download

Daddy B. Nice replies:

I've only been doing the Top 40 charts for a couple of years, and like many of my archives there is just so much stuff I can cram into the 700-some pages already posted on the website. You should delve into the Top 10 charts (not to mention all the other pages), which I've been doing since 2005. They are listed in the Navigation Bar under "Best of (Year).... Subscriptions... No, I don't do that. You're asking for what I don't have and, unfortunately, ignoring all that I do have.

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September 15, 2023:

LYRICS

(Daddy B. Nice Defends Southern Soul's Lack of Literacy)

Hiya. Love your site.

I’m looking for lyrics to "Pregnant again” by Adrian Bagher from “Willing and Able” but can’t find them anywhere.

As a side note...I’ve had a hard time finding lyrics for a lot of southern R&B soul in the past. Why is that? You’d think to put up a site with your latest album with the lyrics would be a stone simple and cheap thing to do but yet…few in this genre do it. You can search for lyrics for popular songs (even more mainstream blues songs as well) and find lyrics all day long. But not much in this genre. Wouldn’t cost anything really. Shame.

-greg

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks for the question, Greg. Yes, it's true that southern soul musicians don't put as much time into the packaging and memorialization of their creative work as do recording artists in other genres, yet it wasn't always so. I have an entire spare bedroom with chests of drawers bulging with CD mailers and promotional packets I used to accumulate---the point being that no one in southern soul does that kind of thing any more. Lyrics, biographies and even CD's/albums with informative liner notes are a rarity for southern soul's younger generation.

I couldn't make out all the words to this month's #1 single "Auntie Outside Tonight" until I happily algorithmed upon "Auntie Outside With Lyrics," and I assume you already know YouTube is the place to find southern soul lyrics (if available).

However, when you say it wouldn't be difficult for artists to create a website to feature lyrics---well, that depends. Tech savvy varies, as does the financial wherewithal and the time required. And when you wag your finger figuratively in judgment and say, "Shame," it implies that writing about the song after the fact is just as important as writing, producing and performing the song in the first place. No way!

Imagine if King George had recorded "Keep On Rollin'" and became so self-absorbed in transcribing the lyrics for fans and packaging it on a website that he never got around to recording "Too Long". (See the demented writer Jack Nicholson plays in "The Shining".) Inspiration is fickle. It trumps all other concerns.

Today's southern soul is a cauldron of creativity similar to classic mid-20th century Top 40 radio. Everybody's in the chase for "Who's got the next big hit"? It's all about the music, the sounds coming over the speakers. It's all about what's new. Or from the artist's perspective, "What can I do next?" Nobody wants to take the time with the kind of chores you take for granted. That's left for scribes and drudges like yours truly.

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August 26, 2023:

Thank You Letter

Daddy B Nice

I recently discovered King George on Deezer and I was searching out some reviews and found your site. I tend to lean towards straight ahead blues but I love classic/soul, R&B, Jazz/Blues, gospel, etc (ie: Little Milton, Bobby Blue Bland, a fair amount of Joe Williams these days, etc) so I searched YT for some videos and was floored when I saw what a big following King George garnered in such a short time. Great stuff.

Yours is one of the only websites I've found that discusses the crossover of the form---and how there's really no one classification for it these days. Unfortunately the blues circles I travel in (I play blues harp/sing at jams) here in the Boston area would never consider listening to King George or Sir Charles Jones. Hard enough to even get them to listen to some Jimmy Rushing or Joe Williams.

Again, thanks for the website. I bookmarked it---I find it a good resource to discover some of the newer artists I'm not familiar with.

Eric

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Much appreciated, Eric. The gulf between what the South considers contemporary blues (southern soul music) and what the North considers contemporary blues (legacy, tradition) has never been greater. Heads would spin in the Northeast if they knew half a million people from Texas to the Carolinas will be attending southern soul concerts this Labor Day Weekend. See Concert Calendar. I'm an old Manhattan clubber and I consider the black audience in the South the hipper audience.

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August 8, 2023:

Where Can We Buy Music?

Pictured: Bigg Robb

Hi there,

Where can we buy music on your site?

Tony & Antonia

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Here's a recap of pages to buy music:

CD Store

This is the best source to find vintage music over the past two decades, although many CD's are out of print and many sellers no longer exist.

Top 100 Countdowns

and...

Artist Guides

Pictured: J-Wonn

These are the best sources to buy music by a specific artist. In the Top 100 Countdowns the buy-music links are located in the left column. In the Artist Guides they are located in the right-hand column under the title "Recommended Singles". There are 3 Top 100 Countdown charts and there are hundreds of Artist Guides.

CD Reviews

This is another source to buy currently-reviewed music by selected artists.

There are many other opportunities to buy music throughout the website's hundreds of pages, but these are the best sources.

Tony & Antonia reply:

Thank you so much. They say people aren't buying music but we do and we want it for our own! Love your website.


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July 13, 2023:

Pictured: John Cummings

Looking For Soul Radio Stations on the WWW

Hello Daddy B

Max Ruse here. I've been doing a radio show on a local station in Bonn Germany since 1994. The show is produced on a voluntary, non-profit basis but broadcast by a private radio station (under the regulations of the state in which the station is located)

Anyway...the show focuses on "Blues, Rhythm and Blues and Related Tunes". and I refer to your website a lot as a source for information on southern soul music. I noticed that you refer to some good southern soul radfio stations in the US.
Do you know if any of those can be heard on the www? If so, I would be very grateful if you would be kind enough to pass along a few of their call signs.

Thanks in advance.
Max

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Pictured: Big Cynthia

The first and most obvious source to check on this website is the Links page. Not many websites feature "link" pages any more. I still think recommending other websites is a valuable resource, but I will admit I've stopped updating the page as the years continue rolling by. These days I spend more and more time on YouTube where their algorithms for my southern soul tastes dispense a plentiful source of new music that just keeps giving and giving. The internet is also replete with deejay mixtapes devoted to southern soul music.

Having said all that, at this very moment I'm listening to my favorite land-line radio station (WMPR, Jackson, Mississippi) on the Web and enjoying the same deejay (DJ Ragman) who began schooling me a quarter-century ago. The best times to listen to WMPR are 12-6 pm week-days (Central USA time), when you'll catch "Rag" and fellow deejay Handyman. Memphis (WDIA) and Mobile (WDLT) are historically strong stations for southern rhythm and blues, but these days most of it is pushed into the weekends.

Don't hesitate to beat the bushes for the come-and-go small stations playing southern soul on the Net. That's half the fun. The South is teeming with them. For example, I was blown away by a Macon, Georgia deejay a couple of weeks ago. In addition, there are people like Cassie Fox and Rojene Bailey who do syndicated shows and deejays like DJ Haynes who do special web shows.

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July 3, 2023:

Looking For a Concert

Hi Daddy B Nice,

We love your southern soul coverage. Please settle an argument my friend and I had over the past weekend (June 10th). She insists she saw Millie Jackson, Chick Willis and Denise LaSalle all together at a Medgar Evers Homecoming Concert in Jackson Mississippi on this very weekend (before it was called Juneteenth) in 2011. As a concert-going resident in those days I insist that particular trio never appeared together. Do you have any concert records going back that far?

Thanks again for all you do,
Brianna

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Brianna,

Yes, I do. Your friend is right. Here's the entry.


Saturday, June 11, 2011. The Room, 421 Woodrow Wilson Ave, Jackson, Mississippi. 48th Annual Medgar Evers Homecoming Celebration. Lebrado, Lina, Chick Willis, Millie Jackson, Denise LaSalle, Walt Love, Pat Brown, Dennis Fountain, Doctor Dee.

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July 3, 2023: Pictured: Floyd Taylor

Southern Soul YouTube Videos

Daddy B Nice,

My name is Larry and I have a youtube channel called "Spiritual Soulful Syndication". This channel features a number of blues and southern soul video moments that I videoed over the years working with a concert promoter. Below are some youtube links to some of the videos. I would love for you to share these on your blog. I know that your audience would love to see these. Subscribe to my page because there are more videos soon to come so feel free to post my videos on your blog anytime. Keep my email in your file as well.

Thanks,
Larry

Who is the King of Southern Soul?
Sir Charles Jones and Mel Waiters

Johnnie Taylor sings with son Floyd Taylor.
Johnnie Taylor and Floyd Taylor

Never-Before-Seen Footage: BB King and Bobby Blue Bland's Final Concert
B.B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland

Blues Legends: Theodis Ealey & Latimore Perform Together LIVE
Theodis Ealey and Latimore

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thank you, Larry, and congratulations to you for filming the videos. I've never forgotten the Mel Waiters/Sir Charles Jones "Who Is The King Of Southern Soul?" video, and I've actually seen them all. Your message brings back fond memories and I'll post the links for the readers.

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Heikki Suosalo replies:

Hi Daddy,

And thank you for your kind answer.

Actually, it was in Porretta, Italy, at the soul music festival that we met.

As far as I know, she's never been to Finland.

I'm glad that she's made a strong comeback.

And all the best to your great SS site.

Best regards

Heikki


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7 pm, Saturday, March 9, 2024. James Brown Arena, 601 7th Street, Augusta, Georgia. The 9th Annual Augusta Blues Festival. Blues Is Alright Tour. West Love, King George, Tucka, Pokey Bear, J-Wonn, Lebrado. Tickets.




Saturday, March 9, 2024. VIP Enter-
tainment Center, 3270 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, Tennessee. Marquee of Soul Blue Blue I See You. Crystal Thomas and more. BYOB. 901-361-5767.




Saturday, March 9, 2024. Olive Boyz Ranch, 184 Doyle Road, Camden, Mississippi. Spring Blues Show. Jeter Jones, Young Guy. Gates open 11 am. Tickets.




10 pm, Saturday, March 9, 2024. Oak Palace, 580 Stewart Street, Holly Springs, Mississippi. Blues, Boots & Beer. P2K DaDiddy, Adrian Bagher, Coldrank, J. Lake. Doors open 8 pm. 901-326-1909. Tickets.




7 pm, Saturday, March 9, 2024. The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St., Memphis, Tennessee. The Blue Jeans Blues Ball. T.K. Soul, Willie Clayton, Jeff Floyd. Doors open 6 pm. Tickets on sale at Orpheum Box Office: 901-525-3000.




8 pm, Friday, March 15, 2024. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, California. Blues Is Alright Tour. Lenny Williams, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, King George, Tucka, Pokey Bear. Tickets.




7 pm, Saturday, March 16, 2023. Beverly O'Neill Theater, Long Beach Convention & Entertain-
ment Center, 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, California. Blues Is Alright Tour. King George, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Theodis Ealey, Lenny Williams, Tucka, Pokey Bear. 510-893-2300. Tickets.




8 pm, Friday, March 22, 2024. Plaza De Las Americas Ballroom, 300 East Ledbetter Drive, Dallas, Texas. Shondra Birthday Bash & Concert. Jeter Jones, L.J. Echols, WestDawn, Badd Newz, RnB Pooh and more. BYOB. 469-245-8828.




7 pm, Saturday, March 23, 2024. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Michigan. The 16th Annual Motor City Blues Festival. Blues Is Alright Tour. Theodis Ealey, Tucka, Pokey Bear, West Love, King George, J-Wonn. Tickets.




9 pm, Saturday, March 23, 2024. Elks Lodge, 2614 Jefferson St., Nashville, Tennessee. J'Cenae. Doors open 8 pm. 615-596-5395. 615-329-2280.




9 pm, Saturday, March 23, 2024. Fiesta Event Center, 1902 E. 4th St., Lubbock, Texas. March Madness In The 806. T.K. Soul, Arthur Young. Doors open 7:30 pm. 806-425-0100. Tickets.




7 pm, Sunday, March 24, 2024. Cajundome Convention Center, 444 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, Louisiana. Southern Soul Extravaganza. Big Pokey Bear, Sir Charles Jones, Tyree Neal, Calvin Richardson, Adrian Bagher, Roi "Chip" Anthony. 337-265-2100. Tickets.




Friday, March 29, 2024. American Legion Hall, 1211 Powell St., Monroe, Louisiana. Pre-Easter Bash. Adrian Bagher. Doors open 9 pm. 318-325-5210.





8 pm, Friday, March 29, 2024. Stifel Theatre, 400 Market Street, St. Louis, Missouri. The 16th Annual Gateway Blues Festival. Blues Is Alright Tour. King George, J-Wonn, West Love, Tucka, Pokey Bear, Theodis Ealey. Tickets.




8 pm, Friday, March 29, 2024. Civic Center, 161 North Section Street, Fairhope, Alabama. The Good Friday "Blues You Can Use". L.J. Echols, Cecily Wilborn. 251-990-0130. Tickets.




7 pm, Saturday, March 30, 2024. Indiana Farmers Coliseum, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, Indiana. The Blues Is Alright Tour. J-Wonn, King George, Tucka, West Love, Pokey Bear, Theodis Ealey. Tickets.




8 pm, Saturday, March 30, 2024. Vicksburg City Auditorium, 901 Monroe St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Aries Celebration. L.J. Echols (w/band), Young Guy, Bridget Shield (w/band), Portia P. Host: WMPR's DJ Handyman. Doors open 6:30 pm. BYOB. 601-946-7899.




8:30 pm, Saturday, March 30, 2024. Greenville Shrine Club & Event Center, 119 Beverly Road, Greenville, South Carolina. Grown Folks Blues Party. Latimore, Lenny Williams, Nelson Curry. Doors open 7 pm. 770-845-0156. Tickets.




10 am, Sunday, March 31, 2024. Liddell Ranch, 1500 Lee Davis Road, Utica, Mississippi. 3rd Annual Easter Sunday Blues Extravaganza. Jeter Jones, Tucka, Ms. Jody, Lenny Williams, Tre Williams, Arthur Young. Twelve-hour event: 10 am to 10 pm. 601-623-9151. Tickets.




8 pm Friday, April 5, 2024. NRG Arena, One NRG Park, Houston, Texas. The 16th Annual H-town Blues Festival. Blues Is Alright Tour. Tucka, King George, West Love, Pokey Bear, J-Wonn, Lenny Williams. Tickets.




Saturday, April 6, 2024. Bowman Dragway, 384 Berrywood Road, Orangeburg, South Carolina. Carolina Kings Concert & Car Show. King George, Jay Morris Group, FPJ, Frank Johnson, Tyronica "Badgir" Rawls, Charmeka Joquelle. Gates open 1 pm. Tickets.




Saturday, April 6, 2024. The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road North, Mobile, Alabama. The Original Spring Fling Music Festival 2024. Tucka, Jeter Jones, Avail Hollywood, T.K. Soul, Lacee, L.J. Echols, Fat Daddy, Big Yayo, Arthur Young, Tonio Armani, Sky Whatley, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Kai, Ice Buck, Big Bo, Kenny Cox, Ida Lee. Special Tribute to Wendell B. 251-379-8283. Tickets.




6 pm, Sunday, April 7, 2024. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia. The 18th Annual ATL Blues Festival. Blues Is Alright Tour. King George, West Love, Tucka, Pokey Bear, Lebrado, J-Wonn. 770-916-2852. Tickets.




8 pm, Friday, April 12, 2024. Brookshire Grocery Arena, 2000 Brookshire Arena Drive, Bossier City, Louisiana. The 16th Annual Shreveport Blues Festival. Blues Is Alright Tour. L.J. Echols, West Love, King George, Tucka, Pokey Bear, J-Wonn. Tickets.




7 pm, Saturday, April 13, 2024. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana. The 16th Annual Big Easy Blues Festival. Blues Is Alright Tour. West Love, King George, Tucka, Pokey Bear, J-Wonn, Lebrado, Lenny Williams. Tickets.




7 pm, Saturday, April 20, 2024. Arie Crown Theater, 2301 Lake Shore Drive At McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois. The 18th Annual Chi-Town Blues Festival. Blues Is Alright Tour. Lenny Williams, King George, West Love, Tucka, Pokey Bear, Theodis Ealey, J-Wonn. 312-791-6900. Tickets.




7 pm, Saturday, April 20, 2024. Mississippi Coliseum, 1207 Mississippi St., Jackson, Mississippi. City With Southern Soul Fest. Bobby Rush, West Love, Arthur Young, Jay Morris Group, Omar Cunningham, Derek The Change Man Smith. Doors open 6 pm. 678-322-8098. Tickets.




Saturday, April 20, 2024. Pierce Place, 28804 LA-62, Angie, Louisiana. East-Louisiana Southern Soul Music & Hot Dog Festival. L.J. Echols, Mz. Suga, Jeremy Fruge & The Zydeco Hot Boyz, Champagne and more. Gates open 10 am. BYOB. 910-977-6055.




7 pm, Saturday, April 27, 2024. The Criterion, 500 E. Sheridan Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Blues Is Alright Tour. King George, Pokey Bear, J-Wonn, Lenny Williams, Melvia "Chick" Rodgers. Tickets.




5 pm, Saturday, April 27, 2024. Union County Fairgrounds, 1430 East 19th St., El Dorado, Arkansas. 23rd Annual South Ark Soul Fest. Avail Hollywood, Marcellus The Singer, F.P.J., Donnie Ray, Karen Wolfe, Royal D, Leroy Germaine, Blues Boy Bo, PC Band, Kae Divine and more. Gates open 3 pm. 870-866-7441. Tickets.




Sunday, May 5, 2024. Regency Furniture Stadium,
11765 Saint Linus Drive, Waldorf, Maryland. Southern Soul GoGo & R&B Concert & Car Show. Doors open 1 pm. P2K DaDiddy, Dougie Fresh, Frank Johnson, Lamar Brace, Badgir and more. Tickets.





8 pm, Friday, May 10 & Saturday, May 11, 2024. Evangeline Downs Casino Event Center, 2235 Creswell Lane, Opelousas, Louisiana. 2nd Annual Tucka James Music Fest (Mother's Day Weekend, 2 days). Tucka, Fat Daddy, Lenny Williams, Mz. Suga, Big Pokey Bear, Mr. Hot Topic, Dee Dee Simon, Mr. Smoke, J. Paul Jr. 2114-989-8782. Tickets.




2 pm, Saturday, May 11, 2024. Parc Inter-national,
200 Garfield Street, Lafayette, Louisiana. Spring Swing Music Festival 2024. Cupid, Roi "Chip" Anthony, Chris Ardoin, J.J. Caillier, Wen'dell G, C.G. Gates open 2 pm. 337-573-0700. Tickets.




8 pm, Saturday, May 18, 2024. Walter Thomas Nelson Stadium @ BJ’s Lounge, 759 Red Top Road, Lynchburg, South Carolina. Southern Soul Fest 2024. King George, Kip Taylor & New Look Band. Gates open 6 pm. Rain or Shine. Tickets.




2 pm, Saturday, May 18, 2024. Richwood Park, 3951 Brown Road, Richwood, Louisiana. DJ Banks' Birthday Bash. Cecily Wilborn, David Brinston, Avail Hollywood, P2K DaDiddy, Jeff Floyd, Benito, Veronica Ra'elle, Fat Daddy, Magic One, Bridget Shield and more. Gates open 12 Noon. 318-547-8870.




5 pm, Saturday, May 25, 2024. Palmore Park, 3701 Fosters Ferry Road, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. T-Town Blues-N-Groove Festival 2024. Ms. Jody, L.J. Echols, O.B. Buchana, T.K. Soul, Arthur Young, Avail Hollywood, Summer Wolfe, Donnie Ray, PC Band. 205-872-2113. Tickets.




11 am, Saturday, May 25, 2024. Huntsville Dragway, 502 Quarter Mountain Road, Harvest, Alabama (Huntsville). 27th Annual Joe Douglas Old School & Blues Festival. King George, Sir Charles Jones, SOS Band, Levelle and more. Tickets.




Saturday, May 25, 2024. 99 Inmon Drive, Proctor, Arkansas (S.W. of Memphis). Memorial Day Weekend Blues & Soul Fest. Bobby Rush, P2K DaDiddy, Uncle Daddy, Young Guy, PC Band and more. Tickets.





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