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June 1, 2020:

RE: Sir Charles Jones’ “Still In Love” Commentary


Dear Daddy B Nice,

I’m a longtime fan of the website. Thank you for what you do. And I know you and Sir Charles have tons of history going back to the beginning. Your Comprehensive Index on him is as long as the Bible. Still, I have to take friendly exception to your comments on Sir Charles’ new song, “Still In Love”. I agree with you that the verses are the best part, but I don’t think the chorus ruins the song, as you do. I see it has 100K YouTube views. In the commentary you said you would give it some time, but I haven’t seen an update. Have you changed your mind about “Still In Love” in the three weeks since you wrote it?

Luther

Listen to Sir Charles Jones and Jeter Jones singing “Still In Love (With You)” on YouTube.

Daddy B Nice replies:

Thanks for the thoughtful letter, Luther. Right now I’m “feeling it” for Sir Charles Jones. He’s got Tucka passing him on the left and Pokey Bear passing him on the right and Wendell B and Jeter Jones stepping on his heels. Isn't it within the realm of possibility for the King of Southern Soul to feel a little “tight” (which is what I sense in that chorus)?

For the readers’ benefit, Luther is referring to Daddy B Nice going “off the deep end” in the middle of May on Sir Charles’ latest single, “Still In Love (With You),” posting my gut-wrenching “why-I-don’t-like-it” on Sir Charles’ artist-guide page. I still considered it unfinished and had an “Under Construction” sign on it, but I couldn’t come up with anything new to say and so it sat. and sure enough, behind my back, the thing went near-viral.

But let’s go back to what makes the song so good, the peaceful and meditative place conjured in the verses. “The verses are those of a #1 hit single. The “I was just thinking…” verse is perfect—as good as anything Charles has ever done--maybe the best. That tempo, that emotional evenness, suits him. And when Jeter takes a verse, it’s a beautiful variation. But then, coming into the chorus, Charles wants to crescendo, and from there it explodes into a wholly different, hyper-emotional tone.

The chorus is not even hummable, and at the tail-end of the first chorus, Charles literally screeches that ascending phrase of “Yes, I am!” Three weeks later, I think there is a melody in that chorus, but Charles chooses to hide it in favor of a more dramatic peak. It’s as if Charles is trying to “bully” the song, get rough with it. But it’s supposed to be a profession of love, like in the verses, isn’t it?

One thing I’ll say, Luther. I’ll take a Sir Charles Jones who puts out 3 albums in 2 years any day. Charles is engaged. If you’re paying attention, you know he’s all over the place. And if Charles is engaged and happy, I’m happy, because it’s good for southern soul.

Read the original commentary at “Sir Charles” (New Album Alert!)

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May 14, 2020:

RE: BETTY WRIGHT

I never had the opportunity to get to know Betty Wright, but her death hits me very personally for two reasons:

1. Her son Patrick was shot to death in 2005; in 2014, she released the song “Dry Well,” which she had written in his memory. One of my dearest friends in life lost her own son to similar circumstances in Chicago in 2016, and I can never listen to “Dry Well” without thinking of her, what she went through, and what it has taken for her to pull herself back together and keep going.

2. Another of my dearest friends in life, Denise LaSalle, received a remarkable gift from Betty Wright -- a gift she didn't even know she was receiving when it came to her. It was late 2017, and Denise had been going through a health crisis following her leg amputation; she was in a medically induced coma at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. Here’s how she tells the story in her autobiography, Always the Queen:

"It was during this time that I experienced a miracle. Again, I don’t remember it, but my husband says that Betty Wright had started calling from her home in Florida to see how I was doing.
"I knew Betty somewhat, but we had never been anything more than just cordial friends. For some reason, though, when she found out what was going on, she began checking up on me, calling to ask Wolfe [Denise's husband] about me, always staying in touch. So there I was, in a coma, and Betty called my room and asked Wolfe, 'Can I sing to her?'
"Wolfe put the phone to my ear, and Betty sang the gospel song, 'Your Grace and Mercy Brought Me Through.' She sang the whole song to me over the phone, and my husband said that as she was singing, my eyes started moving, and I started trying to move my lips a little; it was like I was coming back from somewhere far away. As she came to the end of the song, he says, I smiled and I started whispering the words: 'Brought me through . . .'
"He says he got so excited he could barely contain himself. He grabbed the phone back and told her, 'Betty! She’s coming alive! She’s coming alive again!' And from that point, I started talking. That was the beginning of my recovering from that.
"Betty had been through a lot. She’d had a son who was shot to death in 2005; she wrote her song 'Dry Well' in his memory. Then her career had kind of fallen off, and she was trying to build it back up again. But she was there for me. It was like she’d been called to me; someone I didn’t even know that well, who came into my life and showed by her prayers and her spirit what the power of God can do."

David Whiteis

Daddy B. Nice notes:

David Whiteis is the co-author of Always the Queen:
The Denise LaSalle Story,
just published by University of Illinois Press. Read Daddy B. Nice's book review.

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May 9, 2020:

Greetings From "Hole In The Wall" Cafe

Daddy B Nice

I am from Conway Ar. I own and operate a restaurant named...”The Hole In The Wall “ I used Mel’s music to his song and put my lyrics to it I put it on youtube and on my Facebook page, the Hole in the Wall cafe catering and events, trying to stay afloat during this madness. Thought y’all might get a smile out of it! I don’t have the rhythm nor the singing abilities as Mel, but I can cook standing right beside any of my soul brothers and sisters!! Hope y’all enjoy this!! Don’t laugh to much!! Be blessed and safe!!

Toni

Daddy B Nice replies:

Toni, I hope you and "The Hole In The Wall" cafe/catering are hanging in there. Maybe more catering these days? I love the name of your restaurant and the fact you know the Mel Waiters song. Now that I read your letter more carefully, I see you actually have a video on YouTube--there was no attachment or link. If you meant to send one, you can still do that and I'll share it with the readers. In the meantime, I'll recommend they stop by "The Hole In The Wall" cafe in Conway, Arkansas!

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May 5, 2020:

Correction

Hi!

First I would like to thank you for reviewing my CD Compilation Unkle Phunk's Juke Joint Vol.1. Just for note and thought, I wrote and produced Talk In Your Sleep by Vickie Baker. So for the record it was Unkle Phunk who wrote and produced Talk On Your Sleep by Vickie Baker. Thanks in advance and once again its an honor to be in your charts and look foward to continuing bringing you good music to listen and play.

Unkle Phunk

Read Daddy B Nice's review of Unkle Phunk's JUKE JOINT, VOL. 1.

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May 1, 2020: Thank You Letter

Thank you

Dear B Nice,

To those that may not know, my name is Mose Stovall aka The Velvet Voice! First off i'd like thank Daddy B Nice and Southern Soul RnB for all your continuous hard work and Dedication to the Southern Soul Community! I've been apart of this family for quite sometime time now! Thank you for recognizing Me featuring my father Eddie Stovall aka Big Daddy E for Whiskey Drinking Woman which was produced By Snatch Nelson and Fatt Catt Records. I'm also alumni of the Daddy B Nice's 21st century Top 100 Count Down with "Don't Stop The Music" Produced by Austin Hall and Rob Harris For Soul 1st records! It a honor to be apart of the family! Please be on the Look Out for my New Album Titled "Family" Ready for Release right now! It Features songs produced by Ron G Suggs, Snatch Nelson, Beat Flippa and Kelvin Benion. 85% Written by Mose Stovall. Featuring other writers Big Bird of Durdy Music and Eddie Stovall aka Big Daddy E. I also love reading reviews and keeping up with the new and old in Southern Soul. I'm signing out. In closing "Let The Music Play!!


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RE: Tyree Neal T-shirt

April 16, 2020:

Hello,

Can someone get in touch with me? I went to Tyree Neal's concert and purchased this t-shirt only for them to sale me a dirty and messed up t-shirt. My name is Nettie, I am from Garland, Louisiana now lives in Missouri City, Texas. I would like to get a clean t-shirt and one that the picture is not peeling off. I have never been able to wear this dirty and messed up t-shirt. I don't want to give him or his company a bad review or name, so I'm hoping we can get this resolved as soon as possible. I have attached pictures t-shirt that was sold for $20, just the way it was sold to me after the concert. If we can't get this resolved I will NEVER attend another one of his concerts, but I'm hoping and praying that he will do the right thing in replacing my t-shirt and I will send this one back. Thanks in advance for your time and have a good day. I look forward to hearing from someone soon. Should this not be the correct email address for Tyree Neal, can you supply me with the correct contact information for him or his business manager. I know that Tyree will want to do the right thing and get this misunderstanding right. I'm really shocked that they would sale this type of t-shirt to anyone picture peeling off at the bottom between the last E in Tyree and at the beginning of the N in Neal, it is also dirty.

Pray everyone is being safe with this virus going around.

Sincerely,
Nettie

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Did you ever get a reply from anyone?

Nettie replies:

Hello and Happy Easter, no I have not received a response from anyone as of today. Can you have someone contact me? Thanks for your reply and checking with me. Have a good rest of your day!

Nettie

Daddy B. Nice replies:

First, Nettie, I feel bad because I don't have Tyree Neal's contact info at hand. He sends me material frequently and I should have it, but I don't--it's gotten lost in the shuffle. Second, I'm sure Tyree will be glad to get you a new t-shirt if only he is made aware of it. This kind of thing happens. Third, if you have any CD's or other product by Tyree Neal (of if one of your friends does), you will probably find contact information listed on the cover. You might also search on social media, if you have not done so already. Finally, I'll post your letter in the Mailbag, where Tyree or one of his people will undoubtedly see it and notify me, and I'll hook you up. Now don't hold your breath, but I'm sure Tyree will get this resolved.

Daddy B. Nice

Nettie replies:

Aww...this is so sweet of and I really appreciate you for taking out of your time to reply back to me. I looked on the internet and that's how I found your information. I have not checked social media. I hope he or someone on his team will reach out to you. Again, thanks for your time and continue to be safe. Make it a good rest of your day!

Warm Regards,
Nettie

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Looking For A Song Letter: Miss Jody..."Strong Woman"


April 11, 2020:

Daddy B Nice,

I'm trying to find this song in any medium. I'd love to download the CD. Or buy it, if one exists with that song on it.

Can you help?

Thx, Lynne

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Lynne, I don't know of any song by Ms. Jody with the title "Strong Woman". I checked with John Ward of Ecko Records, Ms. Jody's label, just to make sure, and he assured me Ms. Jody had never recorded a song by that name.

I have two songs in my music library with the title "Strong Woman": Ricky White's "Strong Woman" and Fat Daddy's "Strong Woman," with Fat Daddy's being popular most recently. But it's hard to believe you would mistake either of these two male singers for a female. You may be thinking of a song by Ms. Jody that actually goes by a different title. That used to happen to me all the time.

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April 1, 2020:

Looking For The Antecedent To Narvel Echols' "Country Folks Party"

Pictured: Nellie "Tiger" Travis

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

hello,

first i want to say, i like your website very much. i‘m from austria and its complicate to find new southern soul songs. so i like this very much ??

my question: the song from narvel echols covers some parts of a great old soul song. do you know the original artist?

best regards from austria

Gernot

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Very sorry for the delay, Gernot. Yes, I do know the original artist. It’s the Florida disco-era band K.C. & The Sunshine Band doing “Boogie Shoes,” and you’re referring to the horn charts from the song.

Listen to K.C. & The Sunshine Band singing "Boogie Shoes" on YouTube.

Many southern soul fans know it as the synthesized horn riff from Nellie “Tiger” Travis’s’ “If I Back It Up,” her early-career, signature song. Nellie’s writer, Floyd Hamberlin Jr., was the first southern soul producer to lift and use the riff in a southern soul single.

Then, after all this time, there's a run on this horn lick. Not only Narvel Echols in ”Country Folks Party”. It’s also sampled by Avail Hollywood on his latest album BLACK LOCOMOTIVE in the tune “Got To Get It,” copied a little in Hisyde’s “Hap Here,” and used extensively by Blind Ricky McCants & Joe Nice in Blind Ricky's”Sugar Daddy”.

Thanks for being such a curious southern soul listener.

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March 13, 2020:

Re: Jeter Jones Concert Venue Change In Dallas March 29th and Concert-Going During COVID 19 Outbreak In General

Good morning~~~

I went to Club Odyssey in Dallas to buy tickets for Jeter Jones on March 29 and they said that he’s not going to be there. Has there been a change in the venue or the date?? Please advise and thanks.

Kendra

Daddy B. Nice replies:

I’m checking with Jeter on that. Will get back to you.

Daddy B. Nice follows up:

Hi Kendra,

Jeter says that venue has changed to the White Diamonds club. Here are the particulars:

Sunday, March 29, 2020. White Diamonds Bar & Grill, 3906 W. Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas, Texas. Cookie B-Day Bash. Jeter Jones & The Perfect Blend Band and more. Doors open 6 pm. 469-765-7214.

Daddy B. Nice adds:

Although this is a separate and more general issue, Daddy B. Nice recommends that, due to the COVID 19 outbreak, potential concert-goers reach out via published websites, ticket-sellers and phone numbers in the Concert Calendar to insure the events they wish to attend are still scheduled to take place.

See Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar.

Kendra replies:

Thank you so much!

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March 7, 2020:

LOOKING FOR A SONG LETTER: Earl Duke's "Salt In My Sugar Bowl"

Hi,

I wanted to know if you could get me a copy of Earl Dukes song salt in my sugar bowl?

Adrian

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Great song, Adrian. Brings back great memories. Chicago southern soul composer/producer Floyd Hamberlin (Nellie "Tiger" Travis' "Mr. Sexy Man," "If I Back It Up," etc.) wrote this song and "Mississippi Boy" (by Will T.) for a compilation he and Charles Wilson were going to publish. "Mississippi Boy" and "Salt In My Sugar Bowl" were added to the sampler as bonus tracks. (All the other songs were performed by Wilson.) Against Hamberlin's wishes, Charles Wilson went ahead and released the collection on his own, and "Salt In My Sugar Bowl" was never released again under Earl Duke's name or anyone else's. You can still find "Salt In My Sugar Bowl" on the CD at Amazon (along with the original "Mississippi Boy") at this link:

Buy Charles Wilson's IF IT AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT CD at Amazon.

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February 23, 2020:

Readers Respond To 'Reviewer's Rant'

Hello Daddy B. Nice

I Read Where Mr. David Whiteis expressed his concern about Not having hard copies on certain artist sent to him. Well I Can't speak for All Artist But I will speak on Behalf of Dee Dee Simon. If He would like her music sent to him for review Then Please have him to contact me. Her Contact/Booking Info isn't hard to find online. I send music out on several artist via Mp3 and/or hard copies to over 2,000 DJs, Promoters etc on A Weekly basis. So I'm Not opposed to sending him anything. So For Anyone Who May be seeking Info on Dee Dee Simon as far as Bookings, Music, Appearances etc Please Contact Melody Hudson aka DJ Melle Mel (That Lady DJ) at (251)554-9861 or Via Email

LadyDJProductions1@gmail.com
Melody Hudson
That Lady DJ Productions
DJ Melle Mel (That Lady DJ)
(251)554-9861

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Well, Melody, I for one want you to send me a hard copy of Dee Dee's new album for review. (Daddy B Nice, Southern Soul, P.O. Box 19574, Boulder, Colorado 80308). And I will post your response for the benefit of David and other readers. (Always let me know if you want it taken down due to your phone blowing up.)

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Dee Dee Simon currently holds down the #2 spot on Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles, with "Da Fire" (February 2020).

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(Daddy,)

Well, artists don't seem too eager to send MP3s to folks like me, either. It's even more difficult because "albums" (song collections, regardless of format) seem also to have faded away. I've already approached Living Blues about extending their reviews to include singles, but since the vast majority of singles these days (again, no matter what the format) are southern soul, they weren't interested. The end result is that a lot of artists with the potential to appeal to a much wider and diverse audience aren't getting heard outside their own already-established network of online friends and fans.

Marketing oneself solely online is well and good, but the way to really get your stuff out there into the wider world is to find a way to reach people who DON'T know who you are, but who would really like your music if they got to hear it. These folks won't be googling you or clicking onto your website, because right now they've never heard of you; but they'd really like your music if they got to hear it. That's what writers and critics from other media and sources can help out with.



DGW

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Watch for Daddy B. Nice's upcoming review of Always the Queen
The Denise LaSalle Story (with David Whiteis).


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February 16, 2020: Three Miscellaneous Letters

1. Looking For A Song By Jesse Graham: Stop The Rain Inquiry

Hello,

I’m from Mobile, AL and I have been looking for “Lovers before friends” by Jesse Graham for years and I cannot seem to find it anywhere on the web or any information about it. Where can I at least stream the song let alone purchase a CD/cassette? My father used to play southern soul for me when I was a little girl and we love this kind of music. We just can’t seem to find this song that we used to play off a long lost blues mix cassette. Please help,

Jaelyn

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sorry for the long delay, Jaelyn. I actually hear from Jesse Graham fairly often--sometimes positive, sometimes negative--and I was hoping to re-discover his e-mail address after both a computer crash and the usual storage and deletion problems that plague my site due to the volume of mp3's I get. Unfortunately, I can't follow up right now because I can't find Jesse's info. Watch the site. He's due to write me one of these days and I'll ask him.

Daddy B Nice

2. Thank You Letter from Summer Wolfe

Daddy B Nice

I was so overjoyed of the review and recognition that you gave me.. not to mention that I finally got that drawing??. I want to thank you and to make that you understand just how much I appreciate you for your continuous support & honesty, it makes me better as an artist. But I must admit that when I saw the feature of me, I literally started screaming, I couldn't get it out... All I could say was "THIS IS A BIG DEAL...THIS IS HUGE!!".. I screenshoted it to EVERYBODY twice...and is so honored to have a place on your site..it means everything to me and I thank you so much!!

Daddy B Nice notes:

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Summer Wolfe.

3. Reviewer's Rant to Daddy B Nice From "Southern Soul Blues" Author David Whiteis:

I know I've said this many times before . . .

. . . but just clicking rapidly through some of your latest links (Avail, Dee Dee Simon, J-Wonn, et al.)--really good stuff. If ONLY these artists (or their management) would send product to reviewers, we could get the word out about them to listeners who otherwise probably wouldn't know of them.

I only wish . . .

David Whiteis

Daddy B Nice replies:

I agree, but the world has changed and will never be the same. I still get CD's, but fewer all the time. Ecko Records is the best at sending hard copies of their artists' material. Everyone these days wants to send mp3's via e-mail, and that works, but somehow those hard copies have a presence that e-mails will never have. They're also more likely to be reviewed because they don't go away. (As evidence see today's posting of the Itz Karma release KARMA UNLEASHED in Daddy B Nice's New CD Reviews.) Which reminds me that one new-guard label--Jonez Boy Entertainment, the Jeter Jones-fronted recording group--mails out their artist's material. If you need a hook-up, David, let me know.

The new young artists may think it won't help their careers sending product for professional review--they may think it's all about their audience, and that's partially true--but what they fail to realize is the very real influence being professionally reviewed means to their long-term careers and their place in southern soul history.

Daddy B Nice notes:

David Whiteis's new book, the autobiography of the southern soul superstar, Always the Queen: The Denise LaSalle Story, has just been published by the University Of Illinois Press. (And I'm ashamed to say it's still sitting in its mailer on my vintage 1940's, stand-up, wood-cabinet radio with a basket of unopened CD's.) Hopefully, I will get to it soon. One thing for sure. It won't go away!

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February 1, 2020.

Thank You Letter: Best of 2019

Hello Daddy B Nice!!!

I would first like to say thank you for all that you do. Thank you for giving Southern Soul a platform and supporting good quality music. Secondly I am honored to be recognized as having one of the best albums this past year and among its top producers. I do have to inform you that I am not responsible for the production of Get It Done Right. Those credits belong to my good friend Simeo Overall. I am however responsible 4 production on Party Starter, Don't Disturb This Groove, For The Weekend and several others (Nellie Tiger Travis, Mr. Sexy Man Remix and Mr. David's Knock the Fire Remix, which are not featured on this project). I hope this doesn't impact my nomination but I cannot take credit for someone else's work. Thank you again and I look forward to another year of pushing Southern Soul music to the forefront!!!

Niiiiccccceeeeee

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Joe Nice.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

I also heard from Simeo and got it all straightened out.

See Daddy B. Nice's Best Of 2019: Albums, Producers.

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January 18, 2020:

RE: "I Love Southern Soul" on Amazon

Gentlemen,

Happy New Year!

Have either of you seen the first episode of the Amazon reality show "I Love Southern Soul?" It's one of the offerings which can be streamed for free with an Amazon Prime account.

I cannot stress enough that the producers are going for a "Real Housewives"-style affair full of shouting and screaming rather than a more traditional documentary about the genre we all love, but perhaps it will draw some new fans to the music of Stephanie McDee, Rosalyn Candy and whatever artists appear in future episodes.

Take care,
Noah

PS -- Daddy is as always free to run my comments in his mailbag.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

This letter was cc'd to David Whiteis, whose biography of Denise LaSalle is to be released soon. Both Noah Schaffer and Whiteis write for Living Blues Magazine.

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January 18, 2020

RE: Best of 2019: Nekita Waller

Hi Daddy B Nice

Thank you for recognizing my friend Nekita Waller’s song.

Nekita was born in Alabama and her parents were raised there. She may have grown up in Connecticut but her southern roots and family are extremely important to her. To be recognized by you is really awesome. I know the song didn’t get much play up here.

I can’t wait to show her your page.

Thank you
Jessica

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hey, thanks for responding, Jessica. I don't know if you saw Nikita's Top 10 Singles charting in March of 2019. You can check it out by going to the Comprehensive Index.

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4. "Won't Stop Loving You"-----Nekita Waller

Connecticut southern soul! Who woulda thought? Hey, Peggy Scott-Adams recorded her classics in Van Nuys! (That's Los Angeles.) If it's got that down-south feeling, it can come from anywhere. And I love the video with the impromptu dancers. Never would have heard this instant classic if not for DJ Sir Rockinghood!

Listen to Nekita Waller singing "Won't Stop Loving You" on YouTube.
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January 1, 2020:

Daddy B Nice Bias?
Music Over Lyrics


Pokey Bear

Dear Daddy B Nice,

I really enjoy your reviews. As a reviewer/critic, do you have any particular biases that would help artists like me?

P.S. Please don't use my name.

(Anonymous.)

Daddy B Nice replies:

Me? Biases? Are you kidding? Okay, I'll give you a straight answer. My main and overriding bias. I favor music over lyrics. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate lyrics. Lyrics (conveying thoughts) are obviously easier to write about in a review. And great lyrics, as we all know, will take great music to another level. But what draws me to a song is first and foremost the instrumental track and the vocal--the "sound" of the vocal, not the words.

Crystal Thomas

And it's often evident in the first few bars of a song, before a singer even gets to the words. That's what pulls me in. It's an "ear" thing, a physical thing. I'm looking for a new, favorite melody or dance hook or passionate vocal to get me through the next month of work, commuting and leisure. So as a reviewer, I follow the same formula as I would as a fan.

I do think artists make a mistake by starting with lyrics (sometimes calling it a "concept") and then searching for music to carry the words. Great lyrics are often wasted if they're tied to a sub-par instrumental track.

A couple of the most glaring examples of my bias:

Listen to Pokey Bear and Crystal Thomas singing "All I Want Is You"

I was so enamored of the music--the instrumental track (Beat Flippa) and vocals by Pokey Bear and Crystal Thomas (their "sound," not the words)--including a year-end award ("Best Collaboration")--that I didn't realize it was a Christmas song until six months later. And this in spite of the fact "Christmas Eve" is mentioned in the lyrics.

Champagne

Listen to Champagne singing "Mouth On You" on YouTube.

I can't pretend I didn't hear the X-rated lyrics to this scandalous Highway Heavy ode to fellatio, but it was the music--Tyree Neal's incredibly-inspired guitar, H.H.'s smoky, deep-soul organ, and Champagne's mesmerizing vocal and voice-overs--that hooked me, so much so that I would have given it a #1 if the lyrics had been--

"Let me put my scarf on you."

Believe it or not.

Daddy B Nice

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December 12, 2019

Thank You Letter:

Awesome Website

Pictured: Bobby Womack

Hello Daddy B. Nice,

I just wanted to take the time to thank you for a well developed, articulated, informative and definitely detailed website. Being a "true mobile DJ" your website helps keep me informed as well as up to date with everything Southern Soul/Blues. Your integrity and passion for your craft shows throughout your website. May you have continued success with all of your endeavors!!!

DJ Marvelous Marc

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thank you, Marc. Really appreciate it!

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December 5, 2019:

Looking For A Song Letter: Artist Inquiry

Daddy B Nice,

Hi. How are you? I follow your playlists online to keep up with new music. I heard a song on the radio and it has the beat and some lyrics of Betty Wright's Tonight Is The Night but another female is singing. I was wondering if you know who's the artist. I asked a local DJ (we're in south Alabama) and he didn't know who sings the song but he's heard it.

Tamella

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Oh, Tamella, you've really put a bug in my night-shirt. I think I've heard that song you're talking about too, but it was awhile back and I can't remember it now. I'll post your question in the Mailbag and see if anyone else can help. Also, I always like to remind people that Betty "stole" that melody/instrumental track from Italian rock and roller Felix Cavaliere of The Young Rascals. "Groovin'"... A true classic.

Tamella replies:

Hi. My friend found it. It's Angel Faye Russell,....My Baby Boo Remix. I didn't know Betty "stole" the melody. I'll be sure to check out Felix Cavaliere's song. Thanks for the info.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Good for you!

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November 30, 2019:

Looking For A Song Letter: trying to find "what i like about christmas" by patrick green

Daddy B. Nice,

Heard this song in Houston Texas can't seem to find it. Can you help me find a copy?

thanks so much.
Ben

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Anybody help?

(Patrick Green is Daddy B. Nice's 55th-ranked southern soul artist.)

A reader replies:

What I Like About Christmas by Patrick Green:

I downloaded it from The Boogie Report.

Pete

Daddy B. Nice adds:

Thanks, Pete! The "Boogie Report" is a long-running, ever-changing, tech-and-media-savvy website run by Jerry "Boogie" Mason, who also churns out promotional e-mails to the southern soul community. Here is his current base website: The Boogie Report. It may take a bit of doing to search through Boogie's many pages for the Christmas song you're looking for, but if unsuccessful, there is always the option of contacting Boogie through his website e-mail. He has featured Patrick Green in many promotional features and downloads recently.

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November 17, 2019:

LOOKING TO BUY MUSIC Letters

Record Pool

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How can I join to get mp3 to download?'

Stanley

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mp3's

daddybnice

i'm in need of more southern soul music,I checked out your website and I believe I've found the jackpot. How can I get music from your list?

Brian

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Daddy B. Nice replies:

Remember, there's a universe of southern soul artists out there--it's not just a small or exclusive or recently-formed club--so you will have to find the music through the individual artist, which is not hard at all. Links to CD's and mp3's are scattered everywhere in the website content. I know, because I painstakingly insert them; it's one of the "perks" of the site. But if you're not on a page with links to a retailer, or if you're on a page that only offers links to Youtube viewings (another "perk" of the site) there are three surefire ways to buy the music. One, go to the CD/MP3 Store.

If you can't find what you want in the CD Store, go to one of two indexes. The Index to Artist Guides takes you to feature pages on the artist. Each artist guide has a Recommended Singles section (right-hand column) with retail links, in addition to links in the text of the page's stories. If you're on one of the Top 100 charts it will also take you to the artist guides by clicking the artist's name.

If all else fails and you cannot find an mp3 in either the CD Store or the Artist Guides, go to Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index. This index attempts to instantly link the reader to all references to the artist throughout the website's hundreds of pages. Hopefully, there you will find what you're looking for, no matter how obscure.

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Looking For A Song Letter

Dear Daddy B. Nice,

I recently played a v.a. cassette tape that I recorded in 2006. And I can’t figure out who the artist is on one song. It’s a slow blues song by a woman accompanied w/guitar (BBK style), organ, bass & drums.
The title might be “ONE NIGHT WITH YOU “

The opening lyrics are:

I’m a loose woman, Wrapped up in lust.

Imagine you here with me,
Just the two of us.

So just stop talking daddy,
Let your body do some walking, over here.

I’m just an open minded fool, trying to make my dreams come true.

Just one night with you.

Being a loose woman gives me flexibility.
I can can swim a river, climb a tree.
And take care of you without leaving my seat.

Any help from you or your readers would be appreciated.

Thanks, Pete

Daddy B. Nice replies:

I'm stumped, Pete. Haven't a clue. As you suggest, I'll give the readers a chance to weigh in.

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Due to the COVID 19 outbreak, Daddy B. Nice recommends that potential concert-goers reach out via published websites, ticket-sellers and phone numbers in the Concert Calendar to insure the events they wish to attend are still scheduled to take place.
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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7, 2020. Millenium Park, 201 East Randolph St., Chicago, Ilinois. 37th Annual Chicago Blues Festival. Line-Up to be announced. See festival website. Free admission.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RE-
SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 15, 2020.
8 pm, Saturday, June 6, 2020. The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond, Indiana. 15th Annual Chi-town Blues Festival. Theodis Ealey, Lenny Williams, Sir Charles Jones, Bobby Rush, Nellie "Tiger" Travis.

THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 1, 2020. 2 pm, Saturday, June 6, 2020. Lithonia Amphitheatre, 2515 Park Drive, Lithonia, Georgia (Atlanta). 3rd Annual Back Yard Boogie Festival. Avail Hollywood & DJ Trac, Jeter Jones, T.J. Hooker Taylor, Wilson Meadows, Carolyn Staten, CoCo Wade, Uncle Wayne, Antwuan Lefthand Lewis & Kollaboration, DJ Mr. Melvin. Gates open 1 pm. 770-265-3023. Tickets.

THIS EVENT IS CURRENTLY GOING FORWARD. SEE UPDATE AT "ELDORADO NEWS".7 pm, Saturday, June 13, 2020. Union County Fairgrounds, 1430 East 19th St., El Dorado, Arkansas. 19th Annual South Ark Soulfest. J-Wonn, Bigg Robb, Jeter Jones, P2K, R&B Pooh, Wild Cowboy, West Dawn, Blues Boy Bo. Deejay: DJ Big Daddy. Gates open 6 pm. 870-866-7441.

3 pm, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Madison County Amusement Park, Canton, Mississippi. Father's Day Horse Race and $15 Blues Show. Big Pokey Bear. 601-573-5507. DBN NOTES: THIS IS A NEW CONCERT, JUST ARRIVED, AND IS GOING FORWARD AS SCHEDULED.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED FOR 3 PM, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2020.3 pm, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Fitz Casino Tunica, 711 Lucky Lane, Robinsonville, Mississippi (Memphis). Fathers Day Blues Festival. Mr. Sam, Pokey Bear, L.J. Echols, Avail Hollywood, Jaye Hammer, Veronica Ra'elle, Bird Williams. 662-363-5825. Tickets.

7 pm, Friday, June 26, 2020. Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center Street, Arlington, Texas. Willie Clayton, Tejas Brothers. Tickets.

8 pm, Saturday, June 27, 2020. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Bobby Rush. Blues Alley Website & Tickets.

10 pm, Saturday, June 27, 2020. David Means Memorial 4-H Center, 10117 Highway 171, Grand Cane, Louisiana. Chris Ardoin & Nustep Zydeko.

7 pm, Friday, July 3, 2020. 359 Suburban Drive, Sandersville, Georgia. Southern Soul Festival. Tucka, P2K, DJ Trucker & more. Gates open 6:30 pm. Local ticket outlets.

Friday, July 10, 2020. African American Heritage Center, 1600 Phoenix Square, Hammond, Louisiana. For The Love Of Southern Soul. Sassy D, T.K. Soul, P2K, Doctor Dee, Chef Da Entertainer. Host/DJ: Sweet Nay/DJ Trucker.. 985-510-5564.

8 pm, Saturday, July 18, 2020. Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel Street, Richmond, Virginia. Roy C, Tucka, Calvin Richardson, Pokey Bear,
Sir Charles Jones, Ronnie Bell.
Richmond’s First Southern Soul Music Festival. Buy Tickets.

Originally scheduled for March 14, 2020, and rescheduled for July 25, 2020, this event will now take place on Saturday, October 16, 2020. (Scroll down.) Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. 14th Annual Motor City Blues Festival 2020. Sir Charles Jones, Lenny Williams, Calvin Richardson, Bobby Rush, Theodis Ealey, Pokey Bear. 313-471-6611.

Wednesday, July 29 through Saturday, August 1, 2020. Horseshoe Tunica Casino Hotel, 1021 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, Mississippi (Memphis). Honoring Denise LaSalle. Jus' Blues Music Awards 20th Anniversary. See official website, book tickets and make hotel reservations. 1-800-303-7463.

THIS IS THE MAKE-UP DATE FOR THE ATLANTA CONCERT ORIG-
INALLY SCHED-
ULED JUNE 6, 2020.
2 pm, Saturday, August 1, 2020. Lithonia Amphitheatre, 2515 Park Drive, Lithonia, Georgia (Atlanta). 3rd Annual Back Yard Boogie Festival. Avail Hollywood & DJ Trac, Jeter Jones, T.J. Hooker Taylor, Wilson Meadows, Carolyn Staten, CoCo Wade, Uncle Wayne, Antwuan Lefthand Lewis & Kollaboration, DJ Mr. Melvin. Gates open 1 pm. 770-265-3023. Tickets.

8 pm, Friday, August 7, 2020. Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium, 705 Grand Avenue, Shreveport, Louisiana. 14th Annual Shreveport Blues Festival. Jeter Jones, Pokey Bear, Tucka, O.B. Buchana, Calvin Richardson, Melvia "Chick" Rodgers. 318-841-4000. Tickets.

7 pm, Saturday, August 8, 2020. NRG Arena, 1 NRG Pkwy (1 Reliant Park), Houston, Texas. 14th Annual H-town Blues Festival. Calvin Richardson, Sir Charles Jones, Tucka, Pokey Bear, Roi Anthony. 832-667-1400. Tickets.

RE-SCHED-
ULED FROM JUNE 6, 2020.
8 pm, Saturday, August 15, 2020. The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond, Indiana. 15th Annual Chi-town Blues Festival. Theodis Ealey, Pokey Bear, Melvia "Chick" Rogers, Lenny Williams, Sir Charles Jones, Bobby Rush, Sir Charles Jones, Nellie "Tiger" Travis. Tickets.

THIS IS THE MAKE-UP DATE FOR THE CONCERT ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED APRIL 25TH. TICKETS FOR THE ORIGINAL DATE WILL BE HONORED. 7 pm, Saturday, August 22, 2020. Columbia Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St., Columbia, South Carolina. Columbia R&B Fest. Keith Sweat, Brian McKnight, Tevin Campbell, Dru Hill, El Debarge. 803-576-9053.

Saturday, September 12, 2020. DeBardeleben Park, 1623 2nd Avenue North, Bessemer, Alabama. 11th Annual Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival. Bobby Rush. Festival Website & Tickets.

8 pm, Saturday, September 19, 2020. Orpheum Theater, 910 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Lenny Williams, The Whispers, Stephanie Mills. Tickets.

8 pm, Saturday, October 3, 2020. Indiana Farmers Coliseum, 1202 East 38th St., Indianapolis, Indiana. 2nd Annual Indy Blues Festival. Latimore, Lenny Williams, Sir Charles Jones, Theodis Ealey, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Pokey Bear. Tickets.

7 pm, Saturday, October 10, 2020. Macon City Auditorium, 415 1st Street, Macon, Georgia. 5th Annual Macon Blues Festival. Tucka, Pokey Bear, J-Wonn, Bobby Rush, Lebrado, Ronnie Bell. Doors open 7 pm. 478-803-1593.

THIS IS THE MAKE-UP DATE FOR THE CONCERT ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED JUNE 21, 2020. 3 pm, Sunday, October 11, 2020. Fitz Casino Tunica, 711 Lucky Lane, Robinsonville, Mississippi (Memphis). Fathers Day Blues Festival. Pokey Bear, Mr. Sam, L.J. Echols, Avail Hollywood, Jaye Hammer, Veronica Ra'elle, Bird Williams. 662-363-5825. Tickets.

RESCHEDULED FROM March 14 and July 25! 8 pm, Friday, October 16, 2020. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. 14th Annual Motor City Blues Festival. Lenny Williams, Calvin Richardson, Sir Charles Jones, Bobby Rush, Theodis Ealey, Pokey Bear. 313-471-6611. Tickets.

12 Noon, Saturday, October 17, 2020. Tom Lee Park, 357 Riverside Drive, Memphis, Tennessee. 2020 Beale Street Music Festival. Bobby Rush. Gates open 11 am. 901-312-9190. Tickets.


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