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January 23, 2021:

WINNERS ANNOUNCED for Daddy B. Nice's 2020 (14th Annual) SOUTHERN SOUL MUSIC AWARDS.

Winners are posted at the end of each list of finalists.


Best Debut: Finalists

Poka Jones----"Love Thyself"

Rich Wright----"I Been Loving You"

Leroy Germaine----"Grown Folks Party"

Mr. Lyve----"City Country Boo Thang"

Kinnie Ken----"I Got The Good Good"

Calvin Taylor----"Southern Soul Kind Of Vibe"

Benito----"Nose Wide Open," "Gwadamala"

Lokey Kountry----"Goin' Out"

Evette Busby----"Ready For Love"

MeMe Yahsal----"Eye Candy"

Derrick Salter----"We Steppin'"

WestDawn----"I Wanna Love You," "Strong Country Man"

Arthur Young----"Funky Forty," "Stroking"

Pretty Kenny----"Listen Girl"

Isaac Lindsay----"Chokin' Kind,"

Parooze----"Wipe Me Down"

Banky----"Stay In Your Lane," "Tonight Gonna Be Your Night"

King South----"Lookin' Good"

Stuff Music----"2Step"

Mr. Nelson----"Southern Soul Man"

Ms. Kida----"Sunshine"

Cadillac Man----"Southern Soul Woman"

Tha Party King----"Work That"

Donyale Renee----"Size Doesn't Matter"

Rita Brent----"Quarantine Shuffle," "Can You Rock Me Like A Pothole"

Tasha Mac----"Get It My Way," "I Just Want To Ride"

J'Cenae----"I'll Be Down In A Minute"

Ju Evans----"Tasty Girl"


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


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

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Best Collaboration: Finalists

Terry Wright, Vick Allen----"It's Over"

Sir Charles Jones, Jeter Jones, King South----"Like Voodoo"

Bigg Robb, Wendell B----"Take It Off"

Tyree Neal, Omar Cunningham----"Can Somebody Take Me?"

Bigg Robb, O.B. Buchana----"Cuttin' Up"

J-Wonn, Jeter Jones----"Step With Me"

Arthur Young, Sassy D----"Netflix & Chill"

Kinnie Ken, Sojo----"I Got The Good Good"

Arthur Young, Jeter Jones----"Flashlight"

Solomon Thompson, Lebrado----"That Booty"

Hisyde, Avail Hollywood----"Is It Ova?"

Dave Mack, Miss Portia----"Bothered"

Benito, Lady Q----"Nose Wide Open"

Johnny James, Adrena, Lady Q, Miss Portia----"Good Thang (Remix)"

Jeter Jones, King South, Stan Butler, Rhomey Rhone, DJ Big Tony----"Jood Wood"

J'Cenae, Wendell B----"I'll Be Down In A Minute"

Mr. Nelson, Sonya B----"Southern Soul Man"

Jeter Jones, Sir Charles Jones, R&B Pooh----"Moonshine"

Carolyn Staten, Jennifer Watts, Unkle Phunk----"Nukie Pie"

Best Collaboration: "Nose Wide Open" by (Beat Flippa), Benito, Lady Q



Listen to Benito and Lady Q singing "Nose Wide Open" on YouTube.

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Best Cover Song: Finalists

Jennifer Watts----"Kiss Me Where You Miss Me"

Jeter Jones----"Mind Playing Tricks On Me"

Towanna Murphy----"Doing The Right Thing With The Wrong Man"

Isaac Lindsay----"Chokin' Kind," "Sho Wasn't Me"

Ms. Kida----"Sunshine"

Rosalyn Candy----"Funky Forty Reply"

Tiffstar Haywood----"Juke Joint"

Toia Jones----"No Pain No Gain"

Stephanie Luckett----"In Love With Your Stuff"

Ricky White----"Southern Soul Nation"

Dee Dee Simon----"Anaconda"

Volton Wright----"Circles"

Best Cover Song: "Mind Playing Tricks On Me" by Jeter Jones



Listen to Jeter Jones singing "Mind Playing Tricks On Me" on YouTube.

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Best Mid-Tempo Song: Finalists

Avail Hollywood----"Love Train"

Arthur Young----"Funky Forty"

Tucka----"Won't Disapprove"

Benito, Lady Q----"Nose Wide Open"

Sassy D, Arthur Young----"Netflix & Chill"

J. Red The Nephew----"Milk"

Lokey Kountry----"Goin' Out"

R&B Pooh----"Out In The Country"

Magic One----"Nose Wide Open"

Wendell B----"That's What We Gone Do"

Dee Dee Simon----"Da Fire"

Chris Ivy----"Thick N Juicy"

Ronnie Bell----"Go Get A Room"

David J----"Last Few Dollars"

Vickie Baker----"Talk In Your Sleep"

Arthur Young----"Stroking"

Best Mid-Tempo Song: "Won't Disapprove" by Tucka feat. Marcus Fisher


Listen to Tucka & Marcus Fisher singing "Won't Disapprove" on YouTube.

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Best Club Song: Finalists

Mr. David----"Cheatin' With The DJ"

Dr. Dee----"Another Weekend"

Hisyde, Avail Hollywood----"Is It Ova?"

Big Yayo----"Get It"

Kinnie Ken, Sojo----"I Got The Good Good"

Luster Baker----"Southern Soul Train"

Karen Wolfe----"Grown Folk Step"

Tha Party King----"Work That"

Jeter Jones----"Mind Playing Tricks On Me"

Benito----"Gwadamala"

Carolyn Staten, Jennifer Watts, Unkle Phunk----"Nukie Pie"

Chrissy Luvz----"I Sing Da Blues"

Narvel Echols----"Country Folks Party"

Best Club Song: "Nukie Pie" by Carolyn Staten, Jennifer Watts, Unkle Phunk

Listen to Carolyn Staten, Jennifer Watts & Unkle Phunk singing "Nukie Pie" on YouTube.

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Best Longtime Veteran: Finalists

Vickie Baker----"Talk In Your Sleep"

Sir Charles Jones----"I Don't Understand," "Still In Love"

Lenny Williams----"Southern Girls"

Sheba Potts-Wright----"One Freak To Another"

Karen Wolfe----"Grown Folks Step"

T.K. Soul----"That's Life"

Wilson Meadows----"We Doin' All Right"

Chris Ivy----"Sad Rat"

Willie Clayton----"Love Don't Hurt Me"

Omar Cunningham----"Call Me Daddy"

Gregg A. Smith----"Party Warrior"

David Brinston----"I'm An O.G."

Mr. David----"Cheatin' With The DJ"

Best Longtime Veteran: "Cheatin' With The DJ" by Mr. David



Listen to Mr. David singing "Cheatin' With The DJ" on YouTube.

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Best Female Vocalist: Finalists

Carolyn Staten----"Nukie Pie"

Miss Portia----"Bothered"

Dee Dee Simon----"I Put It On Him,"
"Da Fire"

Adrena----"Don't Mess With My Man"

Karen Wolfe----"Grown Folk Step"

Summer Wolfe----"Leave Me"

Lady Q----"Nose Wide Open," "Torn Between The Two"

Rosalyn Candy----"Nobody Said It Was Going To Be Easy," "Funky Forty Reply"

CoCo Wade----"He Working Me"

Chrissy Luvz----"I Sing Da Blues"

Sassy D----"Netflix & Chill"

Sheba Potts-Wright----"One Freak To Another"

Best Female Vocalist: "I Put It On Him" and "Da Fire" by Dee Dee Simon


Listen to Dee Dee Simon singing "I Put It On Him" on YouTube.

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Best Male Vocalist: Finalists

Magic One----"Nose Wide Open"

R.T. Taylor----"Rock With You"

Avail Hollywood----"Love Train"

Jeter Jones----"Mind Playing Tricks On Me"

Sir Charles Jones----"I Don't Understand"

Wendell B----"Get'cha Head Right,"
"Staying In Love Ain't Easy"

Hisyde----"Is It Ova?"

Benito----"Nose Wide Open"

T.K. Soul----"That's Life"

Arthur Young----"Stroking"

J-Wonn----"Yo Luv Baby"

Cadillac Man----"Southern Soul Woman"

Narvel Echols----"Pour Me A Drank"

Tucka----"Won't Disapprove"

Best Male Vocalist: "Get'cha Head Right" and "Staying In Love Ain't Easy" by Wendell B


Listen to Wendell B singing "Get'cha Head Right" on YouTube.

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Best Ballad: Finalists



Wendell B----"Staying In Love Ain't Easy"

Sir Charles Jones----"I Don't Understand"

Wendell B----"Get'cha Head Right"

R.T. Taylor----"Rock With You"

Jeter Jones----"You Know I Miss You"

LaMorris Williams----"Stay Here Forever"

Jeter Jones----"Package"

Terry Wright & Vick Allen----"It's Over"

R.T. Taylor----"Southern Soul"

David Brinston----"I'm An O.G."

J-Wonn----"Yo Luv Baby"

Ms. Kida----"Sunshine"

Pokey Bear----"Reasons"

Wendell B & Bigg Robb----"Take It Off"

Best Ballad: "I Don't Understand" by Sir Charles Jones



Listen to Sir Charles singing "I Don't Understand" on YouTube.

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Best Chitlin' Circuit Blues Song: Finalists

Ricky Wayne, Luziana Wil----"Teach My Son"

Lil' Jimmie----"No Drawers On"

Big Pokey Bear----"Can You Keep A Secret?"

Narvel Echols----"Pour Me A Drank"

John Cummings----"Memphis Blues Brothers"

Big G----"Keep On Rockin'"

J. Morris Group----"Happy Weight"

J.T. Watkins----"Nosy Neighbors"

Ronnie Bell----"Go Get A Room"

Dr. Dee----"Another Weekend"

Wendell B----"Cadillac Willie

Mr. David----"Cheatin' With The DJ"

David J----"Last Two Dollars"

Tyree Neal----"Can Somebody Take Me?"

Kinnie Ken, Sojo----"I Got The Good Good"

Arthur Young----"Funky Forty"

Best Chitlin' Circuit Blues Song: "Pour Me A Drank" by Narvel Echols


Listen to Narvel Echols singing "Pour Me A Drank" on YouTube.

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Best Out-Of-Left-Field Song: Finalists

Lokey Kountry----"Goin' Out"

Stan Butler----"Deeper In Your Body"

Cheff Da Entertainer----"I'm Sorry Baby"

Uncle Wayne----"I'm Free"

Dave Mack, Tyree Neal----"Private Party"

Mr. David----"Cheatin' With The DJ"

Gwen Yvette----"Mood Swings"

Mz. Connie----"The Mz. Connie Cha"

Miss Portia, Ice Doll----"Closet Freak"

Mr. Sipp----"Played Yourself"

JL----"Party (Casino)"

Annie Washington----"Man Like You"

Stan Butler----"Threesome With My Wife"

Rita Brent----"Quarantine Shuffle"

T.K. Soul----"That's Life"

Best Out-Of-Left-Field Song: "That's Life" by T.K. Soul



Listen to T.K. Soul singing "That's Life" on YouTube.

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Best Producer: Finalists

Beat Flippa (Daniel Ross)----"Nose Wide Open" (Benito, Lady Q), "Is It Ova?" (Hisyde, Avail Hollywood), "My Bed" (Omar Cunningham), "We Steppin'" (Derrick Salter), "We Doin' Alright" (Wilson Meadows), "No Drawers On" (Lil' Jimmie)

Slack (Ronald Jefferson)----"(Soul Brothers) Moonshine" (Jeter Jones, Sir Charles Jones, R&B Pooh), "Nose Wide Open" (Magic One), "Mind Playing Tricks On Me" (Jeter Jones), "Rock With You" (R.T. Taylor), "Get It My Way" (Tasha Mac), "Rock With You" (R.T. Taylor)

Charles Jones----"I Don't Understand" (Sir Charles), "Still In Love" (Sir Charles, Jeter Jones), "Just Hang Tonight" (Sir Charles, Wilson Meadows), "I Wish I" (Sir Charles)

Unkle Phunk (Earl Williams)----"Talk In Your Sleep" (Vickie Baker), "Nukie Pie" (Carolyn Staten, Jennifer Watts), "Kiss Me Where You Miss Me" (Jennifer Watts), "Southern Soul Train" (Luster Baker)

Tony Tatum----"Last Few Dollars" (David J), "Funky Forty" (Arthur Young), "Stroking" (Arthur Young), "Call Me Daddy" (Omar Cunningham)

Highway Heavy (Charles Lewis)----"Bothered" (Miss Portia, Dave Mack), "Private Party Reloaded" (Jeter Jones, Dave Mack, Tyree Neal), "Mr. VIP" (Coldrank), "In My Name" (Pokey Bear, Johnny James)

John Ward----"I'm An O.G." (David Brinston), "Memphis Blues Brothers" (John Cummings), "One Freak To Another" (Sheba Potts-Wright), "Night Time Lovers" (Gerod Rayburn)

Best Producer: Beat Flippa



Listen to Hisyde & Avail Hollywood singing the Beat Flippa-produced "Is It Ova?" on YouTube.

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Best CD: Finalists



Dee Dee Simon----Da Fire

Jeter Jones----Mufassa

R&B Pooh----The Prince Of Trail Ride Blues

Wendell B----Real Talk

Beat Flippa (Various Artists)----P.O.T.Y. (Producer Of The Year)

Ju Evans----All About Soul

Uncle Wayne----The Birth Of Hithm & Bluez Vol. 2

King Fred----A Taste Of Soul

Unkle Phunk (Various Artists)----Unkle Phunk's Juke Joint Vol. 1

Big G----Keep On Rockin'

Sir Charles Jones, Jeter Jones----The Jones Boyz: 2 Kings

CoCo Wade----Get Up And Dance

Lenny Williams----Fine

Ricky White----Southern Soul Nation

LaMorris Williams----Another Level

LaMorris Williams----Unfinished Business

Gregg A. Smith----The Real Deal

T.K. Soul----Chocolate Jamz

T.K. Soul----Southern Soul Royalty

Sir Charles Jones----Intimacy

Bobby Rush----Sitting On Top Of The Blues

Sheba Potts-Wright----So Damn Good

Pokey Bear----Crown Me

Tyree Neal----I'm Missing My Baby

Nelson Curry----It's Time For Soul

Jaye Hammer----Best Of Jaye Hammer

Willie Clayton----Born To Sing

Cupid----Capricorn

Big G----Midnight Love

Bigg Robb----Smooth Grown & Sexy

T.J. Hooker Taylor----Who Is T.J. Hooker Taylor? EP

Arthur Young----Funky Forty EP

Ronnie Bell----365

Magic One----The Magic Show II

Johnny James----The Book Of Isaiah

R.T. Taylor----The Mule Man

Itz Karma----Karma Unleashed

Best CD: Real Talk by Wendell B



Listen to Wendell B singing "Staying In Love Ain't Easy" from the album REAL TALK on YouTube.

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Congratulations to all!



DBN notes:A permanent listing/link in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index to Southern Soul Music will be made on behalf of each winner. In the early years of the award I also posted all of the finalists, but in recent years I haven't been able to keep up with the volume of data-entry required to do that. Southern Soul music has grown by leaps and bounds, and this past year (2020) has seen the greatest growth ever, which is why I start this year's categories with "Best Debut," which could have numbered one hundred. (I did get all the "Best Debut" finalists in the Comp Index last year. They deserve the recognition the most.)


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2020: The Year In Southern Soul Music



One thing's for sure. No one will soon forget 2020.

The Covid 19 pandemic hit southern soul artists where it hurt. Live concerts, their major source of income, all but disappeared in the spring and summer, even as outdoor gigs inched back towards normal in the fourth quarter. Filling the vacuum was recording on a scale never seen before in southern soul. Hundreds of new artists migrated to the genre from mainstream R&B and hiphop, while hundreds of veterans recorded albums and singles. Representing the former (not to mention the low cost of living in the South) was Arthur Young's popular debut single and EP "Funky Forty," while veteran Wendell B's hit-laden REAL TALK dominated the solo LP's for much of the year with songs like "Beautiful," "Get'cha Head Right," "Staying In Love Ain't Easy," "Still Learning Bout Love" and "Cadillac Willie".

May, not April, was the "cruelest" month. Little Richard entered Soul Heaven May 9th, followed by Betty ("Clean Up Woman") Wright on May 10th.

Gerald Robinson, aka Larome Powers, followed on June 17th in Dallas. As a songwriter in the Johnnie Taylor/producer Don Davis constellation, Robinson penned over one hundred BMI-registered songs, including Jesse James' classic "I Can Do Bad By Myself". As a vocalist, Larome Powers recorded notable singles "Shake and Shimmy" and "Knocking" for Malaco-affiliated Waldoxy Records. He was 67.

Singer Bobby Jonz (aka Bobby Jones), who recorded everything from southern soul to country music, passed away July 21st in Las Vegas from complications brought on by the Covid-19 virus. He was 84. A powerfully robust vocalist, Jonz was a member of a stratum of singers one could best call interpreters. In recent years he had fronted a blues band that played the casinos.

Finally, Roy C. (aka Roy Hammond), the godfather of Carolinas' southern soul and an inspiration to artists as diverse as Hardway Connection, Big G and the Carolina beach music circuit, died in his home in Allendale, South Carolina on September 16th. Roy C's solo career roughly approximated the span of Johnnie Taylor and Bobby "Blue" Bland, but with one glaring difference. His extensive and widely-admired catalog of recordings never made it beyond the Carolinas to the greater chitlin' circuit, much less a national audience.

While Little Richard acquired great fame and fortune and Betty Wright achieved a short-lived celebrity, the trio of Jonz, Powers and Hammond were the quintessential toilers through southern soul's darkest, most obscure period---the chitlin' circuit circa the late eighties, nineties and early aughts---sustaining the culture that would become 21st-century southern soul. And what a scene it had become in 2020.

In the early days of rock and roll, the Lovin' Spoonful asked, "Do you believe in the magic of rock and roll?" The artists were so infatuated with rock and roll (already a decade in the making) they reveled in its distinctiveness. And it was like that for southern soul in 2020. Southern soul came in for much love, and the "haters" were sent scurrying back into their cubbyholes. Everybody, it seemed, was recording songs in and about "southern soul".

"Ain't no woman/Like a southern soul woman," sang Cadillac Man in "Southern Soul Woman".

"I'm a southern soul girl/I need a southern soul man," sang Sonya B to Mr. Nelson in "Southern Soul Man".

"We're stepping out to the southern soul," T.K. Soul sang in "Bout To Go Stepping".

"I represent southern soul all day/And until the day I die," King Fred sang in "Different From The Rest".

Mr. David may have said it best in "Cheatin' With The DJ".

"I took my woman to the hole in the wall,
To listen to some soul and blues,
Because hiphop is cool every once in awhile,
But southern soul is what we choose.

That old deejay was spinning
And people were dancing,
And no one sat down in a chair.
They played Sir Charles Jones,
Then they played T.K. Soul,
Put on some Tucka and Big Pokey Bear."

And like any other genre riding the headwinds of wider popularity, southern soul added a new meme to its celebrated list: "my sidepiece," "sugar shack," "twerk," "hole in the wall," "rocking the boat," "stand up in it," etc. The new term was "Nose Wide Open." (Imagine a bull's flaring nostrils). It meant to be totally "smitten" by a loved one. The new meme figured in not one but two popular singles in 2020.

In the Slack-produced song, Magic One sang, "You got my nose wide open/I think you know it/You can have anything you want from me/I can't control it."

And in the Beat Flippa-produced song, Benito sang, "You got my nose wide open/I never felt like this before/You got my nose wide open/I can't take this shit no more."

To which Lady Q responded: "Now you say/That I got your nose wide open/But you got mine wide open too/And you know we can work this thing out/Don't throw it away."

Both heralded Louisiana producers were extremely busy in 2020, Slack with well-received albums by Jeter Jones and a bevy of aspiring new singers, Beat Flippa with Pokey Bear and Flippa's own twenty-seven-track (count'em) compilation, P.O.T.Y (Producer Of The Year), a strong contender for album-of-the-year honors. Producers Ron G, John Ward and Unkle Phunk (with a new sampler announcing his bid for recognition) were also in the mix.

The "Black Lives Matter" movement coursed through the southern soul community as the debate over historic racial inequities raged across America. Dozens of singles on the topic overwhelmed radio and internet deejays. Charles Evers, the brother of civil rights martyr Medgar Evers and the "godfather" of Deep South, southern-soul, radio-station owners, passed away, but WMPR Jackson, Mississippi soldiered on under the guidance of his daughter Wanda, playing southern soul music on a daily basis. Meanwhile, CD Baby, the eponymous indie music seller (and southern soul artists' longtime go-to choice for distribution) closed its doors.

Jeter Jones continued his torrid recording pace, publishing no less than two full-length albums and too many collaborative singles to list, one of the best ("Flashlight") with the aforementioned young gun Arthur Young. The DBN 5-star-rated MUFASSA collection boasted a superb, southern soul remake of a rap single, "Mind Playing Tricks On Me". And one of the biggest and most pleasant of the surprises of 2020 was Jeter Jones teaming up with Sir Charles Jones (no relation) on the album THE JONES BOYZ: 2 KINGS.

On the CD Sir Charles was represented with the third recorded version of "Moonshine," formerly called "Soul Brothers Moonshine" on P2K DaDiddy's WELCOME TO THE BOOM BOOM ROOM and Jeter Jones' MUFASSA albums, making it the "King's" most high-profile release of the last three years. Jones also released a purely romantic solo album called INTIMACY and a strong new ballad, "I Don't Understand".

Other artists recording two albums in 2020 were T.K. Soul (one new, one retrospective) and LaMorris Williams. Onetime musical partners Big Yayo (mentor) and J-Wonn (student) continued going their separate ways, each growing in professional stature. Tucka impressed with a tuneful new single, "Won't Disapprove," while Avail Hollywood published a powerful new album and guested on Hisyde's #1 single "Is It Ova?," from the Beat Flippa POTY sampler. Lil' Jimmie was featured on the same compilation with a single called "No Drawers On". The only problem was the "drawers" being mis-spelled as "Drawls" in the track credits, meaning no slow-and-lazy, country-western speech.

Just as the pandemic was first hitting America's shores. Pokey Bear held court at the most grandiose birthday extravaganza ever seen in southern soul. His new album CROWN ME arrived later in the year, and a new single, "Excuse Me," was slated for a DBN #1 Single spot to begin the new year. Most importantly, Daddy B. Nice made official what everyone knew in their hearts was right in proclaiming Pokey the #1 recording artist in southern soul on his new Top 100: The New Generation.

Bigg Robb released a new album and connected with Wendell B on a powerful collaboration called "Take It Off". Longtime veteran Lenny Williams reappeared with a new single, as did old pro Willie Clayton with "Love Don't Hurt Me". Bobby Rush was featured on the soundtrack of a neo-black-exploitation flick, THE DOLOMITE KID. Terry Wright and Vick Allen got together on a Wright-style ballad of regret, "It's Over," and Omar Cunningham told fans to "Call Me Daddy". Shirley Brown, Latimore, William Bell and Steve Perry of "Booty Roll" fame were among the artists conspicuously AWOL.

John Cummings' "Memphis Blues Brothers" catalogued the musicians populating the Memphis scene. Johnnie Taylor-sired TJ Hooker Taylor put out his most definitive album to date. Narvel Echols recorded the brand-defining album of his career, headlined by a scorching blues, "Pour Me A Drank". Ronnie Bell finally got "Shipping Cost" on an album, and Johnny James and Stan Butler were unlikely but ever-present purveyors of new material.

Southern Soul's trio of leading ladies---Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Ms. Jody and Karen Wolfe---released no new albums and only a few singles in 2020, but veteran Vickie Baker dropped a new single and Sheba Potts-Wright returned with a 5-star-rated album. Up-and-coming divas including Crystal Parker, Carolyn Staten, Adrena, Dee Dee Simon, Ms. Portia and Rosalyn Candy worked hard to narrow the gap between the "pack" and the "peak". Meanwhile, Lady Q, Shell-B, Annie Washington, Lady Trucker and Tasha Mac held down the "big woman" niche.

Near the end of the year, the ladies of southern soul (inspired by Dee Dee Simon) came through for the holidays with The Queens For Life Virtual Christmas, featuring Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Karen Wolfe Bass, Dee Dee Simon, Lady Q, Queen of Soul, Crystal Thomas, Jesi Terrell, Krishunda Echols, Zelda Tomas, Tiffany “Ms Tip” The Singer and Mz Pat. And last but not least, the late Denise LaSalle (2019) was commemorated in a new autobiography, ALWAYS THE QUEEN, co-written by David Whiteis and published by the University of Illinois Press.

--Daddy B. Nice


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Top 10 Singles Charts (Continued from right-hand column

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

-------MAY 2020-------

Continued from right-hand column...........

8. "Kiss Me Where You Miss Me"-----Jennifer Watts

Watts gives a contemporary southern soul, girl-group treatment to the Tyrone Davis classic, making it accessible for a new generation. The iconic guitar riff is the best of any version I've ever heard. Another keeper from Unkle Phunk's Juke Joint Vol. 1.

Listen to Jennifer Watts singing "Kiss Me Where You Miss Me" on YouTube.

9. "Nobody Said (It Was Going To Be Easy)"-----Rosalyn Candy

Listen to Rosalyn Candy singing "Nobody Said" on YouTube.

10. "Thickness"-----Roi Chip Anthony feat. DJ Jubilee & Pallo Da Jiint

Listen to Roi Chip Anthony & friends singing "Thickness" on YouTube.

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

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

1. "Nukie Pie"-----Caroline Staten feat. Jennifer Watts & Unkle Phunk

Unkle Phunk is the second southern soul producer in less than a month (after Ricky White) to use the suddenly "in" riff from the 80's New Wave band Laid Back's "White Horse," and Carolyn Staten, the most under-rated female singer in southern soul music, absolutely mugs it, obliterating any memory of the original. The three words, "My, My, My..." never sounded so good. Jennifer Watts admirably grafts her vocal onto Staten's tour de force, making it even more powerful, and Unkle Phunk mixes this club classic to perfection. From the best new southern soul compilation since Slack's award-winning "My Music, My Friends". It's called Unkle Phunk's Juke Joint, Vol. 1. and it's going to be a thing.

Listen to Carolyn Staten & friends singing "Nukie Pie" on YouTube.

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.

3. "Tasty Girl"----- Ju Evans

A John Ward (Ecko Records) discovery, Ju Evans is the latest recording artist to testify to the changing mores among young black males about "going down". "Candy-licking" no longer repulses; Ju likes "that apple pie between those thighs". From his Ecko debut, All About Soul.

Listen to Ju Evans singing "Tasty Girl" on YouTube.

4. "Just Hang Tonight"----Sir Charles Jones feat. Wilson Meadows

First impressions of this song might be too slow and ponderous, too much style over substance, too long. Second impressions might be: But what style! We tend to forget what a great producer Charles is. And what a vocal! Charles puts his ("The Letter/Guilty") all into it, as does Wilson. I've played it a lot, and it grows on you.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones and Wilson Meadows singing "Just Hang Tonight".

5. "I Wanna Love You"----West Dawn

Not to be confused with West Love (a Stan Butler discovery), West Dawn is yet another great find by the indefatigable Jeter Jones. Dawn's song belongs to the Staples' "Do It Again" family tree, insuring its southern soul bonafides, but it's also different in that it hinges on the melody, not the iconic bass line (as in "Slow Roll It" etc.).

Listen to West Dawn singing "I Wanna Love You" on YouTube.

6. "Southern Soul Train"-----Luster Baker feat. Unkle Phunk

All grown up, Vickie Baker's little brother Luster, aka Mr. Juicy, records one of his best tunes yet: another compelling (I was going to say "infectious" but I may have to retire that term) track from Unkle Phunk's Juke Joint Vol.1. Choo-chooo!

Listen to Luster Baker singing "Southern Soul Train" on YouTube.

7. "While You Was With Your Sidepiece"-----Certified Slim

Certified Slim is a talented guy with a good singing voice and a good grasp of the genre. The only thing holding him back? He needs to record a lot more material--good stuff like this.

Listen to Certified Slim singing "While You Was With Your Sidepiece" on YouTube.

8. "Take It Off"----- Bigg Robb feat. Wendell B.

Whew! What a team these two musical giants would make. From Bigg Robb's otherwise marginal new album, Smooth, Grown & Sexy, this tune shoots up from the "smooth" debris like an awesome rhythm and blues star-ship. Unlike Wendell's own overly-dense mixes, you can hear his phenomenal voice with crystal-clear brilliance.

Listen to Wendell B. and Bigg Robb singing "Take It Off" on YouTube.

9. "Private Party"-----Highway Heavy feat. Dave Mack & Tyree Neal

If many of us old-guard guys were young again, this is very likely the kind of lyrics we'd sing, exulting in our newfound notoriety.

Listen to Dave Mack & Tyree Neal singing "Private Party" on YouTube.

10. "Come To Daddy"------Stevie J. Blues

Stevie J.'s newest.

Listen to Stevie J. singing "Come To Daddy" on SoundCloud.

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

-------MARCH 2020-------

1. "I Ain't Studdin' You" (Dolo-
mite Is My Name Sound-
track Remix)
------Bobby Rush

The iconic bass line from the two-decade-old anthem begins like a gorgeously-prolonged instrumental with heavenly-sounding live horns and mouth harp (the vocal an unfortunately-truncated afterthought). This is the sound of the King of the Chitlin' Circuit--the last of southern soul's older generation--making it on the nation's highest stage.

Listen to Bobby Rush singing "I Ain't Studdin' You" on YouTube.

2. "Grown Folks Step"------Karen Wolfe

Karen Wolfe redoes Willie Clayton's "Wiggle In The Middle". And nope! We southern soul steppers never, ever tire of "two steps to the right, two steps to the left"--it's all in the style. Produced by Gary and India Wolfe, Karen rocks like never before.

Listen to Karen Wolfe singing "Grown Folks Step" on YouTube.

3. "Do You Wanna Party?"-----R.T. Taylor feat. Jeter Jones

Fresh from his Best Male Vocalist honors for "It's A Mule," the "Mule Man" teams up with young mentor Jeter Jones on a super-smooth, mid-tempo party blast.

Listen to R.T. Taylor and Jeter Jones singing "Do You Wanna Party?" on YouTube.

4. "I'm An O.G."------David Brinston

From David Brinston's new album of the same name, "I'm An O.G." blends great guitar work by John Ward with one of David's inimitable vocals.

Listen to David Brinston singing "I'm An O.G." on YouTube.

5. "Bothered"-----Highway Heavy feat. Dave Mack & Miss Portia

Miss Portia delivers a primer on how to sing southern soul: no histrionics, technique invisible. Her exquisitely natural vocal merges with the passion of Dave Mack, who has left Jackson, Ms. for Baton Rouge and the creative vortex that is Highway Heavy's Pinky Ring family.

Listen to Miss Portia and Dave Mack singing "Bothered" on YouTube.

6. "Love Thyself"------ Poka Jones

Sunny and irresistible debut by a rapper who captures the perfect southern soul tone as he negotiates a little "to the left, to the right" stepping of his own.

Listen to Poka Jones singing "Love Thyself" on YouTube.

7. "I Just Wanna Ride"-----Tasha Mac

Produced by Slack, "I Just Wanna Ride" has all the charisma and appealing modesty of early rock and roll. Tasha Mac looks and sounds like the new Big Cynthia.

Listen to Tasha Mac singing "I Just Wanna Ride" on YouTube.

8. "Southern Soul Nation"-----Ricky White

Hold onto your hats. Monster groove about to hit land. Ricky White transforms "California Love" into a southern soul anthem. From his new album of the same name.

Listen to Ricky White singing "Southern Soul Nation" on YouTube.

9. "I Ain't With It"----- Itz Karma

Karma's double-tracked choruses go down as sweetly as southern-style lemonade. From her Slack-produced album, Karma: Unleashed. Read Daddy B. Nice's 4-star CD Review.

Listen to Itz Karma singing "I Ain't With It" on YouTube.

10. "(Whole Lot Of Bills) In My Name"------Highway Heavy feat. Johnny James and Pokey Bear

More southern soul from the dark and empty, early-morning streets of Baton Rouge.

Listen to Johnny James and Pokey Bear singing "(Whole Lot Of Bills) In My Name" on YouTube.

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

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

1. "Love Train"----Avail Holly-
wood

The only reser-
vation I have about this crowd-pleasing, superbly-sung, mid-tempo anthem is that it would have been better named "Black Locomotive," the title of Avail's intoxicating new CD.

Read Daddy B. Nice's 4-star CD review.

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "Love Train" on YouTube.

2. "Da Fire"-----Dee Dee Simon

The multi-talented Bay area diva strikes gold with an Isley-inspired tune instructing her enamored to "Put your wood in my fire/ 'Cause, baby, my flame is running low."

Listen to Dee Dee Simon singing "Da Fire" on YouTube.

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

Bargain-priced sexual favors in the shadowy corners of the chitlin' circuit make for a funny and memorable tune that has already garnered a quarter-million YouTube views.

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

4. "Funky Forty Reply"-----Rosalyn Candy

And, like Pokey's "My Sidepiece," "Funky Forty" has its very own "Funky Forty Reply," courtesy of Rosalyn Candy. "You can keep your little funky forty/I need more than that!"

Listen to Rosalyn Candy singing "Funky Forty Reply" on YouTube.

5. "That's Life"-----T.K. Soul

T.K. flashes all of the serious vocal firepower at his command on this uncompromising and passionate self-examination of himself and his significant other.

Listen to T.K. Soul singing "That's Life" on YouTube.

6. "Mr. VIP"----Highway Heavy featuring Coldrank

Coldrank takes his most front-and-center musical role to date, spinning a tale of artistic assertion.

Listen to Coldrank singing "Mr. VIP" on YouTube.

7. "Facebook"-----Ricky White

Glory to Ricky! Now, once again, you can hear his incredible vocal prowess without the distraction of those faux-horn riffs he's been infatuated with for years.

Listen to Ricky White singing "Facebook" on YouTube.

8. "That Booty"-----Solomon Thompson featuring Lebrado

Solomon and Lebrado team up on a sparkling ode to a mesmerizing club dancer.

Listen to Solomon Thompson and Lebrado singing "That Booty" on YouTube.

9. "Country Folks Party"----Narvel Echols

Another Echols family member (after L.J. and Krishunda) makes his finest musical bid to date with a club song appropriating the same K.C. & The Sunshine Band horn lick Floyd Hamberlin used in Nellie "Tiger" Travis's "Back It Up".

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

10. "Lookin' Good"-----King South featuring Jeter Jones

Jeter Jones is a one-man, talent-finding machine, and he does it again with King South.

Listen to King South and Jeter Jones singing "Lookin' Good" on YouTube.

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

-------JANUARY 2020-------

1. "Yo Luv Baby"----J-Wonn

J-Wonn's "I Got This Record" is still arguably the greatest southern soul single of the last decade, and "Yo Luv Baby" shares some of its characteristics: superb vocal, melody, arrangement and similarly universal lyrics: "I'll travel miles/ Girl, I will travel cities/ Girl, I'll travel states/ Just to get to your love."

2. "If You're Thinking About Leaving"----Calvin Richardson

The showcase track from Calvin's new GOLD DUST album will become one of his most treasured songs.

Listen to Calvin Richardson singing"If You're Thinking About Leaving" on YouTube.

3. "Tonight Gonna Be Your Night"----Banky Live

The first southern soul debut artist of the new decade has a knack for conveying community and good times. Also check out his previously-released and equally accessible single, "Last Night". Great name, by the way--almost as good as Bullwinkle.

Listen to Banky Live singing "Tonight Gonna Be Your Night" on SoundCloud.

4. "I Been Loving You"----Rich Wright

Another fine debut. Wright is already a solid southern soul singer who gives the necessary depth and texture to this stepping-styled tune.

Listen to Rich Wright singing "I Been Loving You" on YouTube.

5. "Just Like A Woman"----The Ladies of Southern Soul

"Curly hips and thighs/ Pretty brown eyes..." As bluesy as you'll find these days. The ladies of southern soul are: Lady Q, Nakita Randle, Sweet T, Annie B, Itz Karma, Crystal Thomas, and Tanji Emmeni. An album--also including Vickie Baker, Ci Kelly, Simply Lovely and Monro Brown--is in the works.

Listen to The Ladies of Southern Soul singing "Just Like A Woman" on SoundCloud.

6. "That's My Job"----Bigg Robb

Another easy-going, high-character single from Bigg Robb's bountiful Good Muzic CD.

Listen to Bigg Robb singing "That's My Job" on YouTube.

7. "Happy Weight"----The Jay Morris Group

The most popular song from the Jay Morris Group's debut album, Like Food For My Soul. Written up in Daddy B. Nice's The Year In Review.

Listen to the Jay Morris Group singing "Happy Weight" on YouTube.

8. "Party Warrior"----Gregg A. Smith

Texas southern soul with a big-band sound. From Smith's new The Real Deal album.

Listen to Gregg A. Smith singing "Party Warrior" on YouTube.

9. "Sneak Up On It"----Ghetto Cowboy featuring L.J. Echols

From the new Ghetto Cowboy album, Southern Soul Legend.

Listen to Ghetto Cowboy and L.J. Echols singing "Sneak Up On It" on YouTube.

10. "Black Girl Magic"----G-Sky

Originally published in 2018, this overlooked single still has "legs".

Listen to G-Sky singing "Black Girl Magic" on YouTube.




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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

Top 25 Southern Soul Songs of 2020

1. "Cheatin' With The DeeJay"------Mr. David

2. "Staying In Love Ain't Easy"------Wendell B

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

4. "Won't Disapprove"-----Tucka, Marcus Fisher

5. "Pour Me A Drank"-----Narvel Echols

6. "Mind Playing Tricks On Me"------Jeter Jones

7. "I Don't Understand"------Sir Charles Jones

8. "Get'cha Head Right"------Wendell B

9. "Nukie Pie"-----Carolyn Staten, Jennifer Watts, Unkle Phunk

10. "Love Train (Black Locomotive)"-----Avail Hollywood

11. "Is It Ova?"-----Hisyde, Avail Hollywood, Beat Flippa

12. "Nose Wide Open"------Benito (Teddy Bear), Lady Q, Beat Flippa

13. "I Put It On Him"------Dee Dee Simon

14. "Nose Wide Open"-------Magic One

15. "Rock With You"------R.T. Taylor

16. "That's Life"------T.K. Soul

17. "Last Few Dollars"------David J, Tony Tatum

18. "Goin' Out"------Lokey Kountry

19. "Can Somebody Take Me?"-----Tyree Neal, Omar Cunningham

20. "I'll Be Down In A Minute"------J'Cenae, Wendell B

21. "One Freak To Another"------Sheba Potts-Wright

22. "I Got That Good Good"------Kinnie Ken, Sojo

23. "Memphis Blues Brothers"-----John Cummings

24. "Da Fire"-----Dee Dee Simon

25. "Touch Me"------J-Wonn



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

-------DECEMBER 2020-------

1. "Is It Ova?"-----Beat Flippa feat. Hisyde & Avail Hollywood


Wild, delirious energy courses through "Is It Ova?" The bottom (bass, drums and all Flippa mixes into it) is terrific! And Hisyde and Avail ride this rambunctious rhythm track like cowboys on a bucking bronco. Beat Flippa does nothing less than define today's southern soul with "Is It Ova?" and, by extension, his twenty-seven-track (!) musical feast P.O.T.Y., Producer Of The Year, whose tracks dominate this month's top ten singles.

Listen to Beat Flippa, Hisyde & Avail Hollywood singing "Is It Ova?" on YouTube.

2. "Nose Wide Open"-----Beat Flippa, Benito & Lady Q.

Time to retire "sidepiece" and welcome "nose wide open" as the new "go-to" meme of southern soul. The term refers to someone, most usually a male, who is completely smitten by a female. Magic One scored with his soulful version of "Nose Wide Open" in September (#3). Now it's Benito (the youngster who did "Guademala") and Lady Q's turn, and it's not only the young bull's (Benito's) nostrils flaring; Lady Q's nose is quivering too. Beat Flippa on the tracks---both from P.O.T.Y.

Listen to Beat Flippa, Benito & Lady Q singing "Nose Wide Open" on YouTube.

3."Sunshine"-----Ms. Kida

We "playas" need our honeys breaking up the "rowdy-rowdy," southern soul raucousness with their refreshing, dulcet harmonies. Ain't that right, playas? And that's exactly what "Sunshine" accomplishes on a recent DJ Sir Rockinghood mixtape as well as this month's Daddy B Nice singles. Ms. Kida has no idea she has a hit single in the making with this melodious riff on David Ruffin and The Temptations' "My Girl". "I've got sunshine on a cloudy day," she sings, "But Baby, it ain't cool when you push me away... "

Listen to Ms. Kida singing "Sunshine" on Jackson Music Awards Spotlight Soul Recording of The Week on Facebook.

4. "Teach My Son"-----Ricky Wayne feat. Luziana Wil

It has a hook, simple but effective, and it's got that scruffy, one-take, "Mississippi Boy"-like production, but lyrically this song is #1. "I'm going to teach my son/ How to be a real man./ Make Shorty know the truth,/ And make Shorty understand."

Listen to Ricky Wayne and Louisiana Wil singing "Teach My Son"

5. "We Steppin'"-----Beat Flippa feat. Derrick (Son of Jody) Salter

Here's another Beat Flippa instrumental track with a gorgeous bottom and a "wall of sound" that leaves you gasping with pleasure, not to mention a head-turning vocal from yet another (Hisyde and Benito having been just cited) young virtuoso who loves southern soul music.

Listen to Derrick Salter singing "We Steppin'" on You Tube.

6. "Stay Here Forever"-----LaMorris Williams

Oh, man. Just when you start to count a guy out, he gets up off the mat and comes back. I love me some LaMorris. Play that acoustic guitar, boy. Saaaaang that song.

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing "Stay Here Forever" on YouTube.

7. "We Doin' Alright"-----Beat Flippa feat. Wilson Meadows

"We doin' all right," Wilson croons, "let's leave it that way," in a hot-plate single that even hardcore funksters will appreciate. Wilson's always had a knack for finding and milking that one hook everybody else overlooked, and even as he ages he retains his smoldering "cool".

Listen to Wilson Meadows singing "We Doin' Alright" on YouTube.

8. "Sho' Wasn't Me"-----Isaac Lindsay

The Delta singer who recorded a fine cover of Joe Simon's "Chokin' Kind" (#6, October 2020) steps on "holy ground" when he tackles Ronnie Lovejoy's (not Tyrone Davis's or Bill Coday's or anyone else's) "Sho' Wasn't Me". Your Daddy B Nice vacillated but has eventually been won over: it's not the original but it's pretty damned good.

Listen to Isaac Lindsay singing "Sho' Wasn't Me" on YouTube.

9. "Thick N Juicy"-----Chris Ivy

A lot of these new singers on Beat Flippa's new P.O.T.Y. album sound as authentic and gritty as Mr. Ivy (Chris Ivy) when he came out with "Turn Road," which is high praise. "Thick & Juicy" is in the mold.

Listen to Chris Ivy singing "Thick N Juicy" on YouTube.

10. "Strong Country Man"-----Westdawn feat. R&B Pooh

Not to be confused with West Love, Westdawn follows up on her "I Want To Love You" debut (#5, April 2020) in convincing style.

Listen to Westdawn singing "Strong Country Man" on YouTube.

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

-------NOVEMBER 2020-------

1. "Won't Disapprove"------Tucka feat. Marcus Fisher.

Now you take the geo-
graphy of a woman... Who has expanded our apprec-
iation of the contours, the smells, the intoxicating pheromones of the fair sex more than Tucka? "Lick, lick, lick" from "Sweet Shop" is a flat-out illumination of Marvin Sease's "Candy Licker," as is this latest portal into the ways a woman's movement mesmerizes a man and brings heaven to earth.

Listen to Tucka and Marcus Fisher singing "Won't Disapprove" on YouTube.

2. "Check Now"-----Wendell B.

When Wendell gets to, "Can't you see Martin shaking his head?", the pounding piano and the gorgeous musical depth transported me back to Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?" This is looking like the album of the year. Read Daddy B. Nice's 5-star review of Wendell B's Real Talk.

Listen to Wendell B singing "Check Now" on YouTube.

3. "Flashlight"----Jeter Jones feat. Arthur Young

Jeter pumps some life into this shopworn old metaphor, and how about Arthur Young? The man can sing. Can anyone beat him out for best new artist of the year?

Listen to Jeter Jones and Arthur Young singing "Flashlight" on YouTube.

4."Good Thang (Remix)"----Johnny James feat. Adrena, Lady Q, Miss Portia, Summer Wolfe & Mz. Hollywood

Even more---much more---than having talent, becoming a star requires the aggressiveness and persistence of a badger. Few of us have it; Johnny James does. He's back with a troupe of ladies on a memorable remix of "Good Thang". He's stingy with the YouTube postings (only samples) but you can hear the tune in its entirety at the beginning of....

Listen to Johnny James et.al. singing "Good Thang (Remix)" on DJ Whaltbabieluv's Southern Soul Quick Mix VI 2020.

5. "Let That Hurt Go"-----Avail Hollywood

Avail's after another man's gal. Love this verse: "Now all he can do for you/ Is lay on his back./ But most of the time,/ He ain't even good at that./ He had a good job, Shorty/ But he blew it./ Must I remind you/ I'm the King of Grown Folks music?"

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "Let That Hurt Go" on YouTube.

6. "Another Weekend"-----Dr. Dee

A Jackson-area artist who has been matriculating in southern soul music for the past decade, Dr. Dee delivers a nice, tight instrumental track with a lot of punch.

Listen to Dr. Dee singing "Another Weekend" on YouTube.

7. "Get It"------Big Yayo

Big Yayo gets back to the kind of dance groove that made "I Need A Cowgirl" such a big hit single. In fact, the introductory rhythm track is identical. Not quite as inspired as "Cowgirl," but we'll take it.

Listen to Big Yayo singing "Get It" on YouTube.

8. "Keep On Rockin'"-----Big G

As I've testified before, Big G is at his best when he inserts a little novelty into his tunes. This time he hits the bullseye with a jam glorifying the real old folks. Reminiscent of Stan Butler's "Took My Grandma To The Club".

Listen to Big G singing "Keep On Rockin'" on YouTube.

9. "Ready For Love (Remix)"-----Evette Busby

Listen to Evette Busby singing "Ready For Love (Remix)" on YouTube.

10. "Wipe Me Down"----Parooze feat. Lady Coco

Listen to Pa Rooze and Lady Coco singing "Wipe Me Down" on YouTube.

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

-------OCTOBER 2020-------

1. "Pour Me A Drank" ------Narvel Echols

By now it sounds perfectly natural, but only in contemporary southern soul will you hear the blues interwoven with rap. This isn't the "same-old" blues. This is blues through the southern soul prism. Impressive lyrics. Impressive delivery. Narvel joins the big boys.

Listen to Narvel Echols singing "Pour Me A Drank" on YouTube.

2. "Want That Feeling (Dedicated to Roy C)"-----C.C. Miles

This is sweet southern soul music in the nineties' style of Eddie Holloway and Maurice Wynn. It's also a reference-filled homage to Roy C, who just passed, making it even sweeter.

Listen to C.C. Miles singing "Want That Feeling (Dedicated to Roy C)" on YouTube.

3. "America"------Big Robb

There have been scores of "black lives matter" tributes in the last few months, but no one does it like Bigg Robb. His instrumental palette, on which he lays and mixes his musical colors, is simply palatial. This song is quite a contrast with James Brown's celebratory "Living In America".

Listen to Bigg Robb singing "America" on YouTube.

4. "Swangin'"------R&B Pooh

Producer Ronald "Slack" Jefferson whips up an instrumental concoction that will go down as deliciously as a root-beer-and-vanilla float. Remember K.P. & Envyi's "Swing My Way"? From RnB Pooh's fine debut album, The Prince of Trail Ride Blues.

Listen to RnB Pooh singing "Swingin'" on YouTube.

5. "Listen Girl"-----Pretty Kenny

This absorbing and original debut illustrates the old maxim, "It's not what you say (because everything's been said); it's how you say it. All it takes is belief in yourself.

Listen to Pretty Kenny singing "Listen Girl" on YouTube.

6. "The Chokin' Kind"-----Isaac Lindsey & The Soul Experience

Here's a cover (Joe Simon) by a newly secular artist (he's also a pastor) who recasts the song with a striking, orchestral, gospel-based arrangement that's begging to be widely disseminated. And to Mississippi Delta residents...Yes, this is the stentorian voice you've heard for years making announcements on WMPR (Jackson) and WAGR (Lexington). He's still raw, but what a sound.

Listen to Isaac Lindsey singing "The Chokin' Kind" on YouTube.

7. "Reasons"----Pokey Bear

A riveting ballad from the new, .#1-ranked artist in southern soul music, from his new album Crown Me. Is the orneriest womanizer in southern soul really turning in his playa's card for true love?

Listen to Pokey Bear singing "Reasons" on YouTube.

8. "Tell Me Is It Love"----Beat Flippa & ----Sir Charles Jones

The Flippa purloined (fancy word for "stole") this repeating, dah-dah-dah-dah, ascending progression from somebody, but I can't put my finger on it. It goes down smooth. Charles excels.

Listen to Beat Flippa and Sir Charles Jones singing "Tell Me Is It Love" on YouTube.

9. "Ain't Gonna Lie"----Dee Dee Simon

Great hook and arrangement provide a dynamic backdrop for another lively Dee Dee Simon vocal.

Listen to Dee Simon singing "Ain't Gonna Lie" on YouTube.

10. "A Lil' Of You Is Better Than None"----Avail Hollywood

Superb single from the new, love-oriented Avail.

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "A Lil' Of You Is Better Than None" on YouTube.

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

-------SEPTEMBER 2020-------

1. "I Don't Under-
stand"
-------Sir Charles Jones

Only two people in southern soul can concoct synthesized symphonies this sumptuous---Bigg Robb and Sir Charles Jones---and only one can sing like an angel: Sir Charles. "I Don't Understand" is almost six minutes long, but it goes by in what seems like three. Read Daddy B. Nice's enthusiastic review of The Jonez Boyz: Two Kings, in which he compares "I Don't Understand" to "The Letter" and "Is Anybody Lonely?"

Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "I Don't Understand" on YouTube.

2. "That's What We Gonna Do"------Wendell B.

It's just a routine stepping song, but The Boss transforms into something unique. He could make us dance to the Burger King menu. From that great new album, Real Talk.

Listen to Wendell B singing "That's What We Gonna Do" on YouTube.

3. "Nose Wide Open"------Magic One

Not a cocaine song. Nevertheless, the melody is addictive, as is the impressive vocal, a follow-up to Magic One's popular "High Heels & Jeans". That's pronounced "Juan" in the Deep South---Magic "Juan"---and he works magic on this "juan".

Listen to Magic One singing "Nose Wide Open" on YouTube.

4. "Step With Me"-----J-Wonn feat. Jeter Jones

This tune is all J-Wonn "want-to". The mesmerizing young star has matured amazingly as a vocalist, assembling a whole bag of J-Wonn-tailored techniques and phrasings, including a refreshingly youthful, voice-over personality. The "just give me some...drums and a bass line" chorus brought smiles because I criticized J-Wonn a couple albums back for ignoring the bass clef.

Listen to J-Wonn & Jeter Jones singing "Step With Me" on YouTube.

5. "Netflix And Chill"------Sassy D. feat. Arthur Young

This is a match made in southern soul heaven: two up-and-comers with real credibility and authenticity. Love Sassy punctuating her phrases with "Mmmm's," and love Arthur's yapping-dog-like styling. They know what to do and they do it.

Listen to Sassy D and Arthur Young singing "Netflix And Chill" on YouTube.

6. "Goin' Out"-----LoKey Kountry

Two or three melodies intertwine to make a rousing southern soul debut by this oddly-named act. Didn't know if it was a band or a solo artist until I found the YouTube video. Thanks to music buddy DJ Sir Rockinghood for the "heads up".

Listen to LoKey Kountry singing "Goin' Out" on YouTube.

7. "Southern Soul Kinda Vibe"-----Calvin Taylor

I fell under the spell of this song before I knew Calvin was a son of Johnnie Taylor, and I wish I hadn't said that because he doesn't need the hype, and I liked the track even better before I knew. (But I have to be a reporter.)

Listen to Calvin Taylor singing "Southern Soul Kinda Vibe" on YouTube.

8. "Memphis Blues Brothers"-----John Cummings

John Cummings adds to his gospel of Delta-themed compositions---"Here In The South," "I'm Going Home" (O.B. Buchana), "Arkansas Caramel"---with this tuneful postcard from Ecko Records' Blues Mix 31: Dirty South Soul.

Listen to John Cummings singing "Memphis Blues Brothers" on YouTube.

9. "Like Voodoo"-----Sir Charles Jones, Jeter Jones & King South

"This southern soul will take control of you..." All three vocalists excel on this ethereal hymn to the genre. Charles crows like a rooster strutting across the barnyard, King South is an eye-opener, and Jeter's verse is truly transcendent. From The Jones Boyz: Two Kings.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones, Jeter Jones & King South singing "Like Voodoo" on YouTube.

10. "Southern Soul Party"------Jay Morris Group feat. Jeter Jones

More love for southern soul, this time from the best new group to grace the scene since The Revelations and the Klass Band Brotherhood. The omnipresent Jeter Jones once again lifts the ensemble to another, higher level.

Listen to the Jay Morris Group and Jeter Jones singing "Southern Soul Party" on YouTube.

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

-------AUGUST 2020-------

1. "Cheatin' With The DJ"-------Mr. David

Smashing vocal. Monstrous rhythm track. Every bar of this dance jam pulses with energy and excitement. It's so direct it takes your breath away. Tell the deejay to play it over and over, dancers, and get wild with it. Mr. David hits the mainline.

Listen to Mr. David singing "Cheatin' With The DJ" on YouTube.

2. "Leave Me"-----Summer Wolfe feat. L.J. Echols

Summer sounds ballsy and vulnerable, like she was just discovered and pulled off the street. And LJ? Who else would dare use mariachi-band horns? Southern Soul would be poorer without his unique producing talents.

Listen to Summer Wolfe and L.J. Echols singing "Leave Me" on YouTube.

3. "After Hours"-----2 Buck Chuck feat. Dee Dee Simon

Sugar Daddy debut artist 2 Buck Chuck returns with a great new song simmering with tempo and melody, and Dee Dee Simon nails it for good with her trademark brio.

Listen to 2 Buck Chuck & Dee Dee Simon singing "After Hours" on YouTube.

4. "You Know I Miss You"----Jeter Jones

A worthy successor to Jeter's trail-blazing "My Country Girl" from Trail Ride Certified. From J.J.'s new album "Mufassa". See Daddy B. Nice's 5-star CD Review.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "You Know I Miss You" on YouTube.

5. "He Working Me (Over)"------CoCo Wade

A briskly-paced, one-of-a-kind ballad sweating with atmosphere. This is the more recent CoCo Wade of "Get Loose" and "Jump On It," not to be confused with the more veteran Coco of "Crazy About You, Baby" and "Old Man's Sweetheart".

Listen to CoCo Wade singing "He Working Me Over" on YouTube.

6. "It's Over"------Terry Wright & Vick Allen

How do you describe the amount of soul that can be contained in the voices of two men trained like ballerinas since childhood in their art?

Listen to Terry Wright and Vick Allen singing "It's Over" on YouTube.

7. "Call Me Daddy"-----Omar Cunningham

The only thing I can't figure out is... Do we call him "Daddy," or don't we call him "Daddy"?

Listen to Omar Cunningham singing "Call Me Daddy" on YouTube.

8. "I'm Sorry, Baby"-----Cheff Da Entertainer feat. Yoo Neek

You may be running for the exits on first listen, but give these young amateurs a chance and their deep-soul keyboard and brazen vocals may just engulf you in their rap/blues/bayou quicksand.

Listen to Cheff Da Entertainer and Yoo Neek singing "I'm Sorry, Baby" on YouTube.

9. "I'll Be Down In A Minute"-----J'Cenae feat. Wendell B.

What singer wouldn't want Wendell B. singing back-up on her debut single? And it's a good single, with a lot of staying power. Wendell must have been working on this project just about the time he was working on his superlative 2020 album, Real Talk.

Listen to J'cenae and Wendell B. singing "I'll Be Down In A Minute" on YouTube.

10. "Ripping And Running"-----Narvel Echols

I've been watching Narvel Echols knock around since a decade ago with Luther Lackey on "Mississippi Twerk" and later, my favorite, the under-produced "Going Solo". Now, with this new album Return Of The Country Boy, he's finally coming into his own.

Listen to Narvel Echols singing "Ripping And Running" on YouTube.

Comprehensive Index Archives: See Daddy B. Nice’s original write-up on Narvel Echols' "Mississippi Twerk".

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

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

1. "(I) Put It On Him"----Dee Dee Simon

Dee Dee Simon hits the sweet spot of southern soul in this smashing culmination to her quest for a hit single, "southern-soul style". Not only is it great music. Dee Dee sings it with a technical intensity and passion few divas even dream of. This anthem goes on southern soul's top shelf and will be played--as Vick Allen says in "Soul Music"--"twenty years from now".

Listen to Dee Dee Simon singing "Put It On Him" on YouTube.

2. "I Got That Good Good"----Kinnie Ken feat. Sojo

You'll be saying, "Put it on me, big boy!" Kinnie Ken has a big, burly voice, with a female co-singer (Sojo) who can match his power. The strength of the record is in its over-sized vocals.

Listen to Kinnie Ken and Sojo singing "I Got That Good Good" on YouTube.

3. "Cadillac Willie"----Wendell B

The secret to this song is not in the lyrics, which are incredibly likable, descriptive and exotic. I've been waiting to see if the music--specifically the tempo/rhythm--would endure, and it does. Wendell scores his third consecutive top ten single.

Listen to Wendell B singing "Cadillac Willie" on YouTube.

4. "Touch Me"----J-Wonn

With "Yo Love, Baby" (January '20) and now this song, "Touch Me" (July '20), J-Wonn has taken his writing to a new level, making his total package--writing and performance--first-rank, unparalleled for sheer hormonal excitement.

Listen to J-Wonn singing "Touch Me" on YouTube.

5. "Southern Soul"----R.T. Taylor

"Do you wanna go to southern soul?" R.T. asks. "Yes, I do," I answer breathlessly. Southern soul is the place-name of the club we lucky few enjoy. This beautiful ballad and message is anchored by the truly unique vocal quality of its ageless singer. Slack on the track.

Listen to R.T. Taylor singing "Southern Soul" on YouTube.

6."Sad Rat"-----Chris Ivy feat. Omar Cunningham

Now this is what drives the black academics nuts and makes them even more determined to sweep southern soul music under the rug: chitlin' circuit balladeers in a "sidepiece" culture justifying polygamy on the basis of the pain a monogamous husband feels when cuckolded. This song has been waiting in my "wings" for months. For a long time I couldn't get past the "rat"stuff, but I began to enjoy and revel in its Harrison Calloway-at-Malaco-like instrumental track. And the vocals are good.

Listen to Chris Ivy and Omar Cunningham singing "Sad Rat" on YouTube.

7. "City County BooThang"----Mr. Lyve

The vocal's tentative at times, the production sketchy, the mix off, but the ingredients of a hit single are here: great tempo, melody and lyrics. "Drives a Mercedes/But she still rides horses too..."

Listen to Mr. Lyve singing "City County BooThang" on YouTube.

8. "One Lover To Another"/ "One Freak To Another"----Sheba Potts-Wright

Take your pick. They're the same song. Your Daddy B Nice gravitated naturally to "One Freak To Another".

Listen to Sheba Potts-Wright singing "One Freak To Another" on YouTube.

9. "Loopty Loop"----Arthur Young

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

Listen to Arthur Young singing "Loopty Loop" on YouTube.

10. "Teacha Wha You Ought to Know"----Jennifer Watts

This song's been marinating for about a year. What has me hooked is the chord change (or bridge) that begins with the lyrics--
"I'm gonna give you everything
You've been missing,
What them school teachers
Didn't mention..."
In that moment the song rocks hypnotically. It mesmerizes.

Listen to Jennifer Watts singing "Teacha Wha You Ought to Know" on YouTube.

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

-------JUNE 2020-------

1. "Rock With You"-----R.T. Taylor

Even after honoring him with Best Male Vocalist Of The Year for his debut southern soul single "It's A Mule," your Daddy B. Nice didn't know if R.T. Taylor could ever do it again. A man's loving life compressed into three verses and choruses, "Rock With You" proves it wasn't a fluke. Was Taylor delivered to southern soul fans to make up for the loss of the late Bishop Bullwinkle? My guess is that he will become as beloved. When R.T.'s voice occasionally cracks and wavers with the frailty of age, it makes the effect of the vocal even more powerful. One of Ronald "Slack" Jefferson's finest productions, from R.T.'s new debut album The Mule Man.

Listen to R.T. Taylor singing "Rock With You" on YouTube

2. "Mind Playing Tricks On Me"----Jeter Jones

Everybody should give this song to their rap and hiphop-loving friends. It'll blow their minds while giving them an instant vision of what southern soul is. Bigg Robb had a #1 Single in July of 2019 sampling this same Geto Boys song. From Jeter's hot new album, Mufassa.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "Mind Playing Tricks On Me" on YouTube.

3. "Staying in Love Ain't Easy"----Wendell B

Following on the heels of last month's #1 Single, "Get'cha Head Right," from The Boss's new LP Real Talk, "Staying In Love Ain't Easy" is the next hit single from what is increasingly sounding like the best solo-artist album since Tucka's Working With The Feeling.

Listen to Wendell B singing "Staying in Love Ain't Easy" on YouTube.

4. "Go Get A Room"----Ronnie Bell

With over 15 million views on YouTube and counting, recording artist Ronnie Bell struck a chord with his women’s power-enhancing “I’ll Pay The Shipping Cost”. Now he's back with an equally fetching, cautionary song for the men. From his long-awaited new album, Ronnie Bell 365.

Listen to Ronnie Bell singing "Go Get A Room" on YouTube.

5. "Can Somebody Take Me?"----Tyree Neal feat. Omar Cunningham

This is a sweet southern soul tribute with an intoxicating rhythm track and maybe Tyree's best vocal ever. Regular readers know your Daddy B Nice touts Tyree as one of the best guitarists in southern soul (I'd probably say the best right now) but gives short shrift to his laid-back solo efforts. (Felt the same way about Eric Clapton, so don't feel bad, Tyree.) However, "Can Somebody Take Me" takes the cousin of the late Jackie Neal to another level. Mostly invisible on the recording, lending an obviously inspirational hand, is Omar Cunningham. It's from Tyree's new album, I'm Missing My Baby.

Listen to Tyree Neal singing "Can Somebody Take Me?" on YouTube.

6. "Last Few Dollars"---------David J

"I've got two kids/ I got a cat and a dog/ I've got a whole damn wife at home/ But tonight I'm gonna risk it all." This is one hell of a southern soul song, and one hell of a vocal. Note that this is David J, the performer who recorded "Super Woman" and co-sung "Sunshine" with Solomon Thompson, not David G, a former artist who recorded southern soul in 2008 and 2009.

Listen to David J singing "Last Few Dollars" on YouTube.

7. "Still In Love"-----Sir Charles Jones feat. Jeter Jones

The verses in this song are right up there with the best Charles has ever done, but they seem wasted on an unfulfilling chorus. This caused your Daddy B Nice no end of aggravation this month as I listened and wrote comments that went near-viral on the Sir Charles page. Read more.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones and Jeter Jones singing "Still In Love" on YouTube.

8. "Can You Keep A Secret?"-----Pokey Bear

The Big Pokey Bear throws down his strongest track in awhile. That's not only because "Can You Keep A Secret?" is the perfect material for our favorite, cuddly but ornery, southern-soul grizzly. It's also because, like in Josephine Son Pokey, he "sangs" the heck out of it.

Listen to Pokey Bear singing "Can You Keep A Secret?" on YouTube.

9. "I Sing Da Blues"----Chrissy Luvz

This is a singer to watch out for; she's shined on a number of recent projects. Here's how I referred to Chrissy in a new review of Dee Dee Simon: "For a look at a tune that qualifies as southern soul because it is doing something original with "funk," check out Chrissy Luvz's new jam, 'I Sing Da Blues'."

Listen to Chrissy Luvz singing "I Sing Da Blues" on YouTube

10. (Tie) "Operate On Me"-----Sheba Potts-Wright

"Give Him Love"-----T.J. Hooker Taylor

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

-------MAY 2020-------

1. "Get'cha Head Right"-----Wendell B.

1. He's this generation's Ronnie Lovejoy, and if you were going to record a new version of top-rated southern soul classic "Sho' Wasn't Me," Wendell would be the no-brainer choice to sing it. From the Boss's new album Real Talk, "Get-cha Head Right" is nothing short of magical and unique--instrumentally, lyrically, vocally. Most of all, it's believable, from the heart--like it's really coming from Wendell's life.

Listen to Wendell B singing "Get'cha Head Right" on YouTube.

2. "Talk In Your Sleep"----Vickie Baker

Vickie Baker harks back to the flickering dawn of contemporary southern soul, recording with Shreveport's legendary Suzie Q maven Stan Lewis at Paula Records. Somewhat inactive in recent years, Vickie scored a solid but mostly overlooked single called "Honey Hole" (#2 Single/Feb 17). "Talk In Your Sleep" is even better, and you'll love the way Vickie leads into her rant, real subtle-like... Beware, fellas! From Unkle Phunk's Juke Joint Vol. 1.

Listen to Vickie Baker singing ""Talk In Your Sleep" on YouTube.

3. "Booty Roll"----- Tucka

The sophistication is evident from the opening guitar phrase and yet, like a lot of Tucka songs, it shouldn't work. The melody is minimal and repetitive. But once again Tucka seems to make something out of nothing, and that something is "being hypnotized by the motion" of a loved one. "I see nothing but trouble," he says. "That thing is out of control."

Listen to Tucka singing "Booty Roll" on YouTube.

4. "Deeper In Your Body"----Stan Butler

Imagine The Beach Boys going from "Little Deuce Coupe" to "Good Vibrations". Imagine Michael Jackson going from "I Want You Back" to "Billy Jean". Or imagine Sir Charles Jones' and Wilson Meadows' sincere attempt at a masterpiece at #4 in this same spot last month. We're talking hubris. We're talking exhaustive length--six and a half minutes. "Deeper In Your Body" may or may not be the greatest thing Stan Butler has ever done, but those three-minute Motown hits were constructed to be memorable, too--and they are.

Listen to Stan Butler singing "Deeper In Your Body" on YouTube.

5. "Grown Folks Party"-----Leroy Germaine

The highest-rated debut this month, Leroy Germaine's "Grown Folks Party" displays a remarkably seasoned vocalist over a compelling tempo and swaggering, take-no-prisoners rhythm track. The rudimentary keyboards reminded me of Question Mark & The Mysterians, from my childhood, with a whiff of the carnival that hooked me for good.

Listen to Leroy Geremaine singing "Grown Folks Party" on YouTube.

6. "Clockwise"---- Jeter Jones feat. Gary "Lil' G" Jenkins

"Clockwise, "a duet with Silk lead singer Gary "Lil' G" Jenkins, a nice ballad and prime-time, urban R&B fodder, proves Jeter Jones could go mainstream if he wanted to. Let's hope he doesn't. What a loss it would be for southern soul music.

Listen to Jeter Jones and Lil' G Jenkins singing "Clockwise" on YouTube.

7. "Milk"-----J. Red The Nephew

When J. Red gets it all going--the sweet-spot mid-tempo, melody, vocal and lovingly fleshed-out production--he is untouchable.

Listen to J. Red singing "Milk" on YouTube.

May 2020 Top 10 Singles Continued in middle column of this page........

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