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June 12, 2021: Around Southern Soul Nation (Miscellaneous); The Jones Boyz & Ric Flair Mania.

NEWS & NOTES:

1. Around Southern Soul Nation

Being an old beach bum, your Daddy B. Nice has always preferred wriggling his toes in the sand 24/7 to being stuck on a metal tub in the midst of the ocean, but having said that, CRUISES ARE BACK!

DJ Big O's Southern Soul Family Cruise kicks off from February 27th to March 5th, 2022, leaving the Port of New Orleans for Belize, Cozumel and Costa Maya, with entertainment by L.J. Echols, Jeter Jones and Magic One (601-668-5344). And if you can't wait that long, Walter D's Zydesoul Cruise leaves Galveston, Texas for a four-day stint October 21st-25th with entertainment provided by Jeter Jones, Till 1, Jeff Floyd and Coldrank (832-491-5382).

When new southern soul artist Hump Dog released "Heads Or Tails (The Crawfish Song)" earlier this year, it was the first time many listeners had heard the phrase, "Suck the head, eat the tail." So much so that when Cupid covered the song (with MC World and again feat. Nebu, the same, husky-voiced lady who sang Hump Dog's chorus), he felt it necessary to advise fans that "I'm talking about crawfish/ So get your head out of the gutter!" But I just heard the phrase, "Suck the head, eat the tail" one night recently on one of my favorite late-night cartoons, Adult Swim's Aqua Teen Hunger Force Season 10 episode 3, which came out in 2013.

"Grown Folks" (as in "grown folks music") has long been an alternative description for southern soul music catering to the over-25, non-hiphop audience, and the terminology is slowly filtering into venues across the country. There are now Grown Folks Lounges in Detroit, Cleveland, Atlanta, Cross, South Carolina, Columbus, Ohio and Lawton, Oklahoma.

Memphis has never gotten over the glory days (and subsequent demise) of Stax Records. If you're a fan of Stax you'll be interested in Heikki Suosalo's review of EVERYBODY MAKES A MISTAKE (not to be confused with the popular Bigg Robb single) Stax Southern Soul Vol. 2 from Kent Records in the latest issue of Soul Express. The compilation includes rare work by Shirley Brown, Isaac Hayes, Frederick Knight, William Bell, Ollie Nightingale, Eddie Floyd, Mavis Staples, The Soul Children and more.

WMPR Jackson, Mississippi's DJ Ragman schooled your Daddy B. Nice on the following, little-known, mid-Atlantic group many years ago. The smooth-sounding The Winstons are back, courtesy of Joe Phillips, who has worked with The Delfonics, The Manhatttans, The Stylistics and Barry White. Their new EP (with all-new members) is IT'S BEEN A LONG DAY via Sensational Records/Sensational Music BMI.

New artist WestDawn, who debuted in 2020 with the rugged single, "Strong Country Man," is releasing her southern soul debut CD this month. The bulk of PULL BACK THE COVERS (from Jones Boy Entertainment) is produced by J Swagg. WestDawn is not to be confused with West Love, a Stan Butler protege who has simultaneously appeared on the southern soul circuit.

Southern soul-loving rapper Joe Nice is releasing a new CD, COOKOUT MUSIC. Included will be his smash #1 single, "Take Your Time" (with Sean Dolby) and the South Carolinan's new single, a remix of Mr. David's Bruce Springsteen knock-off, "Knock The Fire". Nice followed rapper Black Zack onto the southern soul scene with his Nelson Curry collaboration "Party Starter" in 2014.

Rita Brent, the young Jackson, Mississippi creative artist who recorded the un-promoted "Quarantine Shuffle" and "Can You Rock Me Like A Pothole" during the Covid year of 2020, is now running for political office, following other central Mississippi southern soul/politician "cross-overs" such as WAGR'S (Lexington, Ms.) DJ Big Money and singer/fellow radio personality Isaac Lindsay.

Lamar Brace's new single "I Like It Like That" shows the influence of Tucka, and Just-K, who collaborates with Jeter Jones on "Trailride Party" from Jone's new Trailride Certified 2 CD, is a dead ringer for Cupid. Meanwhile, singer/writer/producer Mr. Cotton, whose ravaged vocal cords sound like he's a three-packs-a-day, unfiltered-cigarette smoker, refuses to give up the mike, hooking up with Pokey Bear on an impressive new single, "Love Don't Love Nobody". My only question is, "What did you do to your throat, man? What did you do?"

And Bobby Rush is back on a southern soul record for a change, doing voice-overs on Mizz Lowe's "I Ain't Giving Up My Love" in the same amusing way he did a generation ago on Vickie Baker's "I Don't Want You To Leave Your Wife." What I'm trying to remember but can't is if Mizz Lowe is Rush's longtime, devastating, onstage, booty-rolling dancer.

Fresh off his new, four-star-rated CD, WHO IS HISYDE?, Hisyde is on the road, with dates in Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and even Detroit. Magic One is also touring in a big way, with many dates, including some with Lacee. Wendell B is also on the road, responding to a clamor for his appearances. Actually, almost everyone in the business is touring with a post-Covid vengeance. See Concert Calendar. There's never been so many southern soul concerts to choose from.

2. The Jones Boyz & Ric Flair Mania

As most everyone conversant with southern soul music knows by now, Sir Charles Jones and Jeter Jones joined together in 2020 to produce The Jones Boyz: 2 Kings. The two performers brought out the best in one another, but who knew at the time their partnership would also stimulate their future, individual work? Both singers have new albums out this month.

"The Chosen One" is an uncommonly powerful set from Sir Charles. It's as if Jones has been "reborn," achieving the most difficult and elusive state of mind for a 25-year, show-business veteran, making music as if for the first time.

And Trailride Certified Part 2, the new album from Jeter Jones, more than fulfills the high expectations surrounding southern soul’s newest headliner. Too immense and richly textured to grasp in a few short outings, this prolific collection bears comparison to last year's PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (Various Artists) by Beat Flippa.

But what is this mania Charles and Jeter have for Ric Flair? For those unschooled in popular culture, Ric Flair is a World Wrestling Entertainment superstar like Hulk Hogan, and one of the greatest.

Full disclosure. I have a business friend who introduced me many years ago to professional wrestling and its elaborate, testosterone-laced and often hilarious ring and off-ring conflicts. (I haven't seen him since before Covid and suspect he's became one of those 24/7 Fox News watchers.) But, like my friend, I've chuckled more than a few times at his majesty Ric Flair. And, well, apparently Jeter and Charles love them some Ric Flair, too, or why would they be honoring him with intros in their new southern soul albums?

Charles begins THE CHOSEN ONE with:

"Rick Flair said to BE the man, you got to BEAT the man."

And Jeter begins TRAILRIDE CERTIFIED 2 with a 30-second, lip-frothing, Ric Flair throwdown entitled "Holding These Gators Down":

"It's so hard for me to sit back here in this studio looking at a guy out here hollering my name when last year I spent more money on spilt liquor from one side of this world to the other than you made. You're talking to the Rolex-wearing, diamond ring-wearing, wheeling-dealing, limousine-riding, jet-flying son of a gun, and I'm having a hard time holding these alligators down. Whoo!"

Q&A: What's Ric Flair got in common with Sir Charles and Jeter Jones?

All three bill themselves "kings" (Charles the "King of Southern Soul," Jeter the "King of Trailride Blues") and on occasion all three wear WWE-style championship belts.

---Daddy B. Nice


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June 1, 2021:

JUNE TOP TEN "SPILLOVER": Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in June 2021

1. "Just Love Me"---DeMond Crump
2. "Boots Knockin'"---Jeter Jones feat. Urban Mystic
3. "Eternity"---Sir Charles Jones
4. "Hobo Moan"---Columbus Toy
5. "Back That Thang Up"---Jeter Jones
6. "Forever"---Sir Charles Jones
7. "Come On In"---Shell-B
8. "Good Lovin' In The Morning"---JR Blu
9. "Midwest Party"---Sir Charles Jones
10. "Just Right Girl"---Montrell

11. "I'm Sorry"---Hollywood Hayes
12. "Stuck Between The Two"---Ms. Tip
13. "My House"---Jeter Jones feat. Volton Wright
14. "I'm All I Got, I'm All I Need"---Sir Charles Jones
15. "I Know You Miss It"---Chris Ivy
16. "I've Been Drinking"---Hollywood Hayes
17. "Just Love Me"---Passion
18. "The Soul Chain"---Koffee
19. "Licka Man"---Adrena
20. "Party Ride"---Lamar Brace

21. "What Grown Folks Do"---Andre' Lee
22. "Ain't Nobody (Soul Out Mix)"---Soul Southern feat. Marcel Cassanova, Kizzo, Billy Cook, Ezeekiel Ain
23. "Big Booty Baby"---Al Davis feat. Willie Morris
24. "Meet Me"---J-Wonn
25. "Beg For It"---King South
26. "Dancing Shoes"---Ghetto Cowboy
27. "Truck Driver Lovin'"---Tamara McClain feat. Mz. Hollywood
28. "The Way You Move"---Sassy D feat. Tucka
29. "Southern Soul Dance"---DJ Teddie Bear
30. "Yo Love"---Big Yayo feat. Solomon Thompson, Action

31. "Dancin' On The Wild Side"---Simone De
32. "Tonight"---Lenny Williams
33. "Country Boy Slide"---E.J. Soul, Narvel Echols
34. "Share It"---Joe Nice feat. Sean Dolby, Heather Rodgers
35. "It's Been A Long Day"---The Winstons
36. "Want It Too"---Mr. Amazing
38. "If I Was Your Man"---D. Saunders
39. "Blackbird (Remix)"---Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr.
40. "Swing It Like A Lady"---Banky Live


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May 12, 2021: Southern Soul Gets Sophisticated; Another 1-Hit Wonder; Around Southern Soul Nation...Jeter Jones, Stevie J Blues, Marcel Cassanova, Hisyde, Avail Hollywood, The Jay Morris Group and more...

News & Notes

1. Southern Soul Gets Sophisticated

I started out the preceding month (April) thinking the un-thinkable. Would there be enough good singles released to make a worthy Top 10 and Top 40 Singles for May 2021? Then song submissions began pouring in, and my projections flipped. How would I do justice to all?

The most interesting trend was the appearance of sophisticated, cabaret-quality singles by Karen Wolfe and Calvin Richardson (“Stay Together Remix”) and Nellie “Tiger” Travis and O.B. Buchana (“My Baby”). The “My Baby” single was written and produced by southern soul’s genius-behind-the-scenes, Omar Cunningham, who charted in February with his own romantic smoothie, “On My Way To Memphis”. Even Sir Charles Jones got into the act with “Caught Cheating,” in which he brought a Sinatra-like distance and showmanship to a song with otherwise over-the-top lyrics (a gun-toting, cheated-upon woman).

2. Another 1-Hit Wonder?

Last month I spotlighted some of southern soul's 1-hit wonders, and the other day I thought of another, although it's awful to put such a recent artist in that category. But here it is: Champagne, of the scandalous Highway Heavy single "Mouth On You," the Best Female Vocalist of 2019. The no-holds-barred description of fellatio ("That's what's going through my mind/To make my mouth like a pussy") isn't that far musically from yet another candidate for one-hit status: Nicole Jackson, also still active, and her anthem to passion, albeit tamer lyrically, "Can We Go There Baby?". Both songs are indelible, worthy of the lofty fame accorded "Sam" and "Larry Licker" and "Mississippi Boy". And to console the artists who may be offended by being labeled a "one-hit wonder"....Is it preferable to be famous for one song, or to be an unknown with a catalog nobody remembers or cares about?

3. Around Southern Soul Nation...

Did anyone notice? No Spring Fling in Mobile, Alabama this year. The annual outdoor concert hosting thousands was usually scheduled for the first weekend in May, and in recent years had become so popular it had spawned a second area rival.

Baton Rouge has a Soul Food Festival scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 26 & 27. So just about the time the sun is coming up and they're finished shooting their graveyard-shift music videos, Highway Heavy and his Pinky Ring Music cohorts (Tyree Neal, Dave Mack, etc.) can stroll their way through a brunch on the streets.

Jeter Jones' next album, Trail Ride Certified 2, is on the way. It's a 21-track, Slacktraxx-produced compilation. "TC1 was my baby," Jeter told me, "but this right here shall be remembered as not only Country boy/ trailride blues but Southern Soul Gold." Recently-charted "Plain Ole Country Boy" appears, but most of the set looks enticingly new and unknown.

Incidentally, Jeter Jones & King South's "Southern Soul Cowboy" was the #1 "New Most Added" single on Billboard's Blues Charts in April. West Love's "Put It On Me" came in #3 in the same category.

Fresh from the debut of Urban Ladder Society's The Summit (see review), of which he is one of the four members, and on the heels of his latest, currently-charting single "She's A Winner," Stevie J Blues will release a compilation called PKMG Soul Sampler Vol. 1. featuring Urban Ladder Society, Stevie J, Larry Milton, and Stephanie Luckett, in addition to Sir Charles Jones and gospel singer Veronica Lawson.

And from the younger generation, Marcel Cassanova is releasing a compilation album called "Soul Out" by a newly-formed group called, simply enough, Soul Southern. Members include Billy Cook (formerly of H-Town), Kizzo, Ezeekiel Ain and Congo, with special appearances by Itz Karma, Johnny James, R&B Pooh and Shannon Jackson among others.

And Hisyde, fresh from two highly-charting singles---"Is It Ova?" (#1 in December) and "For Your Love" (#2 in March)---will soon release his debut album, Who Is Hisyde. Hisyde produced the set and Dirty South Journals is publishing it.

Touring is getting torrid. In addition to the usual suspects---Pokey Bear, Sir Charles Jones, Tucka and T.K. Soul---watch for extensive opportunities to see Avail Hollywood, Jeter Jones and The Jay Morris Group, all in high demand. The Jay Morris Group is hitting multiple spots in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, and Avail Hollywood, who is appearing with DJ Trac, his talented musical collaborator, will fill an even more dizzying slate of dates in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas and beyond.

--Daddy B. Nice

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May 1, 2021:

MAY TOP TEN "SPILLOVER": Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in May 2021

1. "My Baby"---Nellie "Tiger" Travis feat. O.B. Buchana
2. "Da Loving Hit Different"---Avail Hollywood
3. "I Didn't Know Your Grandma Could Drop It Like That"---Stan Butler
4. "Bring The Freak Out"---T.K. Soul
5. "Stay Together (Remix)"---Karen Wolfe feat. Calvin Richardson
6. "This Is How We Do It In The Club"---Wendell B
7. "Super Love"---H-Town
8. "Eat That Cake"---Tasha Mac
9. "Loving Me"---Joe D
10. "Mr. Good Time"---Portia P

11. "Caught Cheating"---Sir Charles Jones
12. "You Might Have To Hurt"---O.B. Buchana
13. "Ticket To Ride"---Marilyn McCoo feat. Billy Davis
14. "Cowgirl"---Soul Collective
15. "Chill Winds"---Urban Ladder Society
16. "Good Inside"---Terry Rogers feat. Jeter Jones
17. "Southern Soul Good Music"---Mr. Stuff
18. "Spend My Money"---Donyale Renee
19. "Work It Cowboy"---Meme Yahsal
20. "What You Need"---King South

21. "She's A Winner"---Stevie J Blues
22. ""Lil Girl Games"---Highway Heavy feat. Dave Mack
23. "Family Reunion"---Curley Taylor
24. "Throw That Thang"---Arthur Young
25. "Medicine Man"---Gary Shelton
26. "Hot Dog Slide"---DJ Dee
27. "Complicated"---Leela James
28. "Working On Me"---Luziana Wil
29. "All Night"---Latrell Knight
30. "Southern Soul Brothers"---O.B. Buchana

31. "Haters Gonna Be Hatin'"---Ms. Jody
32. "All Day"---Jarvis Jacobs
33. "It's About Sex"---Chuck Strong
34. "The Mississippi Step"---Mr. Sipp
35. "What Happened To Jody"---Jim Bennett
36. "Tuesday Loving"---Mz. Brown Suga
38. "We Don't Have To Force It"---Stephanie Luckett
39. "Don't Ask"---Mr. Amazing
40. "Loving You"---Mr. Hot Topic


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April 12, 2021: The Strange & Unique Case of Calvin Richardson, New Book (by Rob Bowman) On Malaco Records Featured on NPR, The Long Lives of Southern Soul's 1-Hit Wonders (Willie B, Lady J, Judi Brown Eyes, Will T)

News & Notes

1. The Strange & Unique Case Of Calvin Richardson

Calvin Richardson has been on my mind lately, as I've continued to post contemporary southern soul's biggest stars on my new countdown chart, The New Generation. One of the biggest factors in determining the relative status of current candidates for the countdown is their commercial appeal.

How many records do they sell?

(Calvin's albums usually make the Billboard R&B charts, signifying success in that field.)

What is their touring presence?

(Calvin has been a headliner on the southern soul circuit for the last two or three years, most notably the old Blues Is Alright Tour venues around the country, where he has mingled with southern soul's major stars.)

How many views do their songs attract on YouTube?

(Calvin has one song, "Can't Let Go," that has reaped 38 million views. That's "star" territory with the likes of Pokey Bear and Sir Charles Jones.)

Why, then, has your Daddy B. Nice not honored Calvin Richardson with a top placement on the The New Generation chart?

(If I were going to do so, he would probably have made it before now, given his well-known brand and commercial clout.)

The answers are already evident in the postings I've made over the years in the Calvin Richardson artist guide, and they can be summed up in one general statement: Calvin Richardson is not a southern soul artist.

Like Jaheim, like Angie Stone, like Syleena Johnson, like Erykah Badu, like Shemekia Copeland, like Ann Nesby---all of whom, like Calvin, have appeared in previous Daddy B. Nice artist guides---Calvin resides in that nether region of soul music that, on the one hand, elicits national recognition, but on the other, calls up none of the down-south, partisan fervor that the southern soul audience reserves for its true practitioners.

Is Calvin a soul-blues artist? The very term is so ambiguous that it can mean practically anything. Everyone in the South knows what southern soul music is. No one outside of a few radio industry types knows what soul blues is. Blues Critic offers a soul-blues category in its year-end "best-of" poll, and it seems to incorporate artists who in some way ply soul and in some other ways ply blues: once again, a kind of nether region between what is nationally understood as soul or blues and what is southern soul, with its readily-identifiable style.

Calvin Richardson has never recorded a southern soul hit single. Calvin Richardson isn't played---or is very rarely played---on bonafide southern soul outlets. His strongest bonds to southern soul emanate from his southern soul-worthy Bobby Womack album.

That doesn't take away from Calvin Richardson's contributions to the southern soul tour circuit. Like any number of urban r&b artists---R. Kelly, Anthony Hamilton, Dave Hollister, etc.---his presence enhances the tour, giving people unsure of southern soul a "bridge" to the genre in the guise of readily-recognizable, northern or urban soul, just as the artists listed above gave initiates to southern soul music (including yours truly) a handle to interpret the southern soul genre in the first Top 100 countdown twenty years ago.

So while I welcome Calvin Richardson's collaborations with southern soul artists (Karen Wolfe is just the latest), and cheer his presence as a headliner on the bigger, multi-act stages along with Pokey, Sir Charles and other southern soul stars, I cannot promote him as a southern soul artist because he isn't and appears to have no intention of ever becoming one. That is why I call his status in southern soul a "strange and unique" case. I don't presume to have the last word on any of this, and I'm interested in other fans' feedback, but for now it just seems the right thing to do. Welcome Calvin as an artist from another, related genre---urban soul---while not confusing fans by calling him a southern soul artist.

See the chart.

2. NPR features Malaco

Nowadays, with Malaco and even subsidiary Waldoxy out of the southern soul recording business, the most common perspective among the southern soul faithful when Malaco is brought up is one of loss, like the aftermath of a long and fruitful marriage that ultimately went sour. To this day Malaco is revered by the southern soul community for publishing its stars, the icons who inspired the contemporary southern soul scene: Johnnie Taylor, Little Milton, Z.Z. Hill, Shirley Brown, Marvin Sease, Denise LaSalle and so many more. But we tend to forget that Malaco forges on---and not only that---gains accolades along the way.

In March National Public Radio's Morning Edition recognized a new book detailing the legendary Jackson, Mississippi record label, The Last Soul Company: The Malaco Records Story by Rob Bowman.

Did you know that Malaco is one of the longest running independent record labels in American music history, longer than Motown, Stax, Atlantic, Chess---all of them? It's also the largest Black gospel company in the world---bar none. This and a treasure trove of information is chronicled in both printed and streaming versions at the 'Last Soul Company' Details The Story Of Malaco Records.

Today, Malaco Records makes most of its money with new gospel releases and music licensing fees from a warehouse full of blues, R&B and soul recordings (the music that inspired today's contemporary southern soul artists). News of the feature and book were forwarded by Tiffany Couch and former WMPR morning host DJ Outlaw, now of Outlaw Entertainment.

Buy Rob Bowman's "The Last Soul Company: The Malaco Records Story" at Amazon.

3. Willie B Touring As "Larry Licker": Southern Soul's 1-Hit Wonders Never Die

Listen to Willie B singing "Larry Licker" on YouTube.

It was a stroke of genius on the part of Willie B or some trusted, personal publicist. As I posted southern soul concerts on the Concert Calendar one day recently, I noticed little-known and seldom-toured Willie B had made the bill of a multi-act venue, advertised as Willie B aka Larry Licker. "Larry Licker," of course, being the single that gave Willie B his clain to southern soul fame. Subsequently, I posted two more multi-act, summer events with Willie B in the line-up, one that said "aka Larry Licker" and one that did not. (I felt sorry for the one that did not.)

Willie B aka Larry Licker will be appearing May 8th in Longs, South Carolina, May 9th in Grifton, North Carolina and June 19th in Lownesboro, Alabama, sharing the bill in all cases with Angel Faye Russell and also others (David Brinston, Latimore, etc.). Check it out in Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar.

Southern soul artists should be incredibly heartened to hear of this. It shows how much and how deeply people care about the music, and how long-lasting the music is. Another example---and equally obscure---is Lady J. I just got another letter requesting a Lady J album, this years after the fact. Now Lady J wasn't just a one-hit wonder, but she was obscure even in the days she was recording. You had to be an aficionado, or be listening to a deejay who was an aficionado, to even have heard of her. (I tried to track her down for years with no success.) And yet, here, after years of neglect, your Daddy B Nice continues to get queries about Lady J, so many that I don't even post them any more.

Listen to Lady J singing "Part Time Lover" on YouTube.

Another famous one-hit wonder of the southern soul world is Judi Brown Eyes. Her hit single "Sam" has amassed a near half-million views on YouTube since it was first posted in 2008. The now forgotten singers Angel Sent and Leaundra Lively did "takes" on the single.

Listen to Judi Brown Eyes singing "Sam" on YouTube.

Of course, we couldn't leave the subject of one-hit wonders without mentioning the ultimate southern soul one-hit wonder, the result of an impromptu Chicago music session arranged by composer/producer Floyd Hamberlin with a last-minute, pick-up, lead singer simply called Will T. because at the time of the recording he was a preacher and did not want to be associated with a secular release. To this day, the humbly-recorded "Mississippi Boy" ranks as one of the most beloved singles of the last twenty years.

Listen to Will T. singing "Mississippi Boy" on YouTube.

What other contemporary genre holds such high regard and fascination with its historical anomalies? Southern soul's one-hit wonders are a testament to the music's staying power and its fans' fervent love. What more can a recording artist ask for?

---Daddy B. Nice

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April 1, 2021:

Daddy B. Nice's...

APRIL TOP TEN "SPILLOVER": The Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in April 2021.

1. "Southern Soul Girl"---Volton Wright feat. T.K. Soul
2. "Super Woman"---Volton Wright, JD & Jeter Jones
3. "Keep It Country"---B Cam & The Zydeco Young Bucks
4. "Plain Ole Country Boy"---Jeter Jones
5. "Unkle Phunk's Juke Joint"---Unkle Phunk feat. Luster Baker
6. "Toes Curl"---Sojo feat. Methrone
7. "Put It On Me"---West Love
8. "Stay The Night"---Jesi Terrell feat. Theo Huff
9. "Kick Out"---Mr. Fredlo feat. Omar Cunningham
10. "Cowboy Ride"---DeShay

11. "Lick This Candy"---Tasha Mac
12. "Sneaky Link"---Mz. Brown Sugar
13. "Corn Whiskey"---Dr. Dee
14. "Cougar"---Gary Shelton feat. Jeter Jones
15. "Trail Ride Certified"---Jennifer Watts
16. "Soul Stroke"---Uncle Wayne
17. "Circles"---Volton Wright feat. Jeter Jones
18. "Night Shift Cheatin'"---Uncle Gymini
19. "Duck Off Inn"---Mr. Fredlo
20. "Ain't Too Old To Squeeze"---Melvia "Chick" Rodgers

21. "Stay Together"---Karen Wolfe feat. Calvin Richardson
22. "Ain't Nobody"---Marcel Cassanova feat. Kizzo
23. "Put A Twist In Yo Dip"---Al Jeter feat. Jeter Jones
24. "Give It Back"---Elle Jai
25. "Burning Rubber"---Lover Boy Lew
26. "Speed Dial"---Chrissy Luvz
27. "We Just Met"---LaMorris Williams
28. "Be Your Friend"---Calvin Richardson
29. "Leave Me Alone"---Sugar Daddy
30. "Swinging To The Music"---Rich Wright

31. "Let's Barbeque"---Avail Hollywood feat. DJ Trac
32. "Showed Me Different"---Mr. Amazing
33. "Can't Be Playing"---Duchess Jureesa McBride
34. "Big Gurls"---Carolyn Staten
35. "Every Day In Every Way"---Sarah Lesol
36. "Take The Party Outside"---Cupid
37. "I Can't Take This Pain"---Ken Polk Gore
38. "Can't Teach An Old Dog"---Angel Faye Russell
39. "Ooh Wee Baby"---Ms. Kida
40. "Lovely Day (Remix)"---Jimmy Lee

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March 1, 2021:

Daddy B. Nice's...

MARCH TOP TEN "SPILLOVER": The Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in March 2021.

1. "Take Your Time"---Joe Nice feat. Sean Dolby
2. "For Your Love"---Hisyde
3. "Good Booty Judy"---Arthur Young
4. "Singing The Blues"---Ra'Shad The Blues Kid
5. "Save Me, Baby"---Tameka Jackson
6. "Tip-Toe In The Bedroom"---Certified Slim
7. "Just One Lifetime"---Stevie J Bluez feat. Shante'
8. "Kickin' Dirt Up"---Mz. Connie feat. Jeter Jones
9. "South'N Lady"---Darnell Da Bachelor
10. "Paper Or Plastic"---Margo Thunder feat. Bigg Robb

11. "Members Only"---Pat Cooley
12. "Stir It Like Coffee"---Mz. Connie
13. "Side Stepped Me"---Grady Champion
14. "If They Only Knew"---Rosalyn Candy
15. "Come Back To Me"---DJ Wildman Tim
16. "Take Yo Praise"---Crystal Thomas
17. "Drunk Man"---Arthur Young
18. "The Closer I Get To You"---Leroy Allen & Evette Busby
19. "Magic Cat"---Sojo
20. "My Gift To You"---Alvin Garrett

21. "Jody Jr."---Rosalyn Candy
22. "I Found A Man"---Dee Dee Simon
23. "Fussified Woman"---Marvelous Moe Morris
24. "Mighty Good Woman"---Stan Butler
25. "I Bet You Got A Good 'Un"---O.B. Buchana
26. "No Late Night Booty Call"---Jesi Terrell
27. "Ladies Night"---Gary Shelton
28. "One Room"---Ra'Shad The Blues Kid
29. "Who Kat He Kissing"---Towanna Murphy
30. "Take Me Back"---Mose Stovall

31. "Good Time For Love"---Lenny Williams
32. "Milkman Part 2"---Latrell Knight
33. "You Can Get It (Bigg Robb Remix)"---Toia Jones
34. "Hit It Better"---Denzel Dente
35. "Get Down With You"---Dexter Allen
36. "Turning Point"---Isaac Lindsay
37. "I Love You Bae"---Lady Soul
38. "No Mess"---Pat Cooley
39. "Juke Joint Lover"---Urban Ladder Society
40. "Hey Baby"---Larry Milton

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February 14, 2021: "Stir It Like Coffee" X 2, DBN on the New Generation (Chart In Progress), "So You Think You Know Your Southern Soul 2020?" Quiz (Great lyrics from 2020)

News & Notes

While two "Nose Wide Open" songs---one by Benito/Lady Q and the other by Magic Juan (just joking, Magic One)---continue to circulate through the southern soul clubs and deejay world, another pair of songs with titles in common have appeared. Mz. Connie has released "Stir It Like Coffee" on a new debut album of the same name, while even more recently-arrived artist Sojo (who had a top-25 song of 2020 with Kinnie Ken) has a totally different new tune also called "Stir It Like A Coffee". Nelson Curry guests on Mz. Connie's single, as he did on Peaches Jones' original of the tune back in 2014. "Only the names have changed," as they used to say on one of those old detective series.

Listen to Mz. Connie singing "Stir It Like Coffee" on YouTube.

Listen to Sojo singing "Stir It Like Coffee" on YouTube.

The Top 100 Countdown: The New Generation, your Daddy B. Nice's latest ranking of the top Southern Soul artists, continues apace. I started the first-ever charting of southern soul performers in the early 00's and the second charting in the early teens. A quick look at the second chart, 21st Century Southern Soul, will make apparent how outdated it has become in just a decade.

When I started the new chart, The Top 100 Countdown: The New Generation (Chart in Progress), some viewers suggested I was going about it the wrong way, starting at the top (#1 artist Pokey Bear) rather than at the bottom (#100). But it was the very outdatedness of the prior chart that necessitated starting at the top.

Since each recording artist on the "Countdown" also requires a completely new, Daddy B. Nice-written artist guide, with a new profile, biography, discography, top songs, caricature, etc., it would have been two or three years before I even got to the top five artists (now already done). And writing artist guides does give me a chance to go into a performer's catalog with a book-writer's depth and overview as opposed to the journalistic buzz of the monthly top-ten singles and commentary.

The suspense is still there. I certainly experience it along with heightened emotion and the burden of responsibility each month as I ponder over the ninety-some artists whom I'm NOT putting into the next top slot, and who are no doubt asking, "When is he going to get to me?"

One thing I will make clear. This is a chart of the "new generation," the recording artists who deserve recognition for being relevant today, not in the past. Super-stars like Bobby Rush and Lenny Williams, whose major work is behind them and who already have extensive artist guides on Daddy B. Nice's two previous charts, will not appear on the new chart. And that is not meant to minimize or make light of their powerful contributions to the southern soul canon.

What is more important at this point in time is to recognize all the deserving musicians making it happen right now, yet lacking any chart presence and publicity for their endeavors. To them I say: watch closely. Around fifty artists from the old chart are scheduled to depart, opening up around fifty spots on the new chart. There will also be serious movement upward for the deserving artists from the last chart (see Pokey new #1, see Tucka new #3), and...some remaining artists will drift down. Isn't that enough suspense for everyone?

Quiz: So You Think You Know Your Southern Soul 2020? (Great Lyrics from 2020)

2020 was a banner year for lyrics. I thought it would be fun to illustrate that by featuring some of the best couplets by southern soul composers from the year just passed in the form of a quiz.

The answers are posted at the end of this article, but don't look until you absolutely have to!

1. "My grandma used to say/Love is a misunderstanding/Between two fools."

2. "That girl like to disappear on the weekend/But Monday she'll be calling again."

3. "'Cause I need me a day/To drown in my sorrow/Get up in the morning/And start fresh tomorrow."

4. "Now all he can do for you/Is lay on his back/But most of the time/He ain't even good at that."

5. "When I first met you/You wouldn't give me the time of day/You said I was a player/And you didn't have time to play."

6. "She looked up at him/And turned around at me/Held up two fingers/And she said, 'Peace'."

7. "I was gonna be one of the world's greatest entertainers/And you were going to be my queen."

8. "People's talking about my age/They say I need to be somewhere/Locking myself away/I come to show them/What it's all about."

9. "She wanted you to settle down/And be a one-woman man/But I wasn't playing/She better understand."

10. "You know back in the day/I had to live in Boston Massachusetts/And them northern girls used to play me for a sucker/They used to call me a country bumpkin."

---Daddy B. Nice

"So You Think You Know Your Southern Soul" Quiz Answers: 1-"Staying In Love Ain't Easy" by Wendell B, 2-"Funky Forty" by Arthur Young, 3-"Pour Me A Drank" by Narvel Echols, 4-"Let That Hurt Go" by Avail Hollywood, 5-"Nose Wide Open" by Benito & Lady Q, 6-"Cheating With The DJ" by Mr. David, 7-"That's Life" by T.K. Soul, 8-"Rock With You" by R.T. Taylor, 9-"I Put It On Him" by Dee Dee Simon , 10-"Southern Soul Woman" by Cadillac Man.

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FEBRUARY TOP TEN "SPILLOVER": The Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in February 2021.

1. "Love You Down"---JD feat. Jeter Jones
2. "It's About To Go Down"---Jeter Jones feat. Billy Cook
3. "All Because Of Me"---Stevie J. Blues
4. "Headz Or Tailz: The Crawfish Song"---Hump Dog feat. Nebu
5. "Come See About Me"---Jaye Hammer
6. "On My Way To Memphis"---Omar Cunningham
7. "My Weakness"---Baby Drew feat. Sir Charles Jones & Nina Stacks
8. "Lay With Me Tonight"---DeShay feat. Volton Wright
9. "What I Like"---Mississippi Hummin' Boy feat. Omar Cunningham, Sir Charles Jones & K. Monique
10. "Time To Let Go"---Vick Allen

11. "Move On"---J-Wonn
12. "Facebook Friend"---Big Fred
13. "Closer To You (Lord)"---Fredrick Brinson
14. "If They Only Knew"---Rosalyn Candy
15. "Crawfish"---Cupid feat. MC World & Nebu
16. "Facebook Beef"---Lady Trucker
17. "Two Can Play That Game"---Stephanie McDee
18. "I'm In A Hole In The Wall Mood Tonight"---Jaye Hammer
19. "Girls Night Out"---Ms. Kida
20. "Big Girls"---Stevie J. Blues

21. "Good Ol Country Girl"---Omar Cunningham
22. Slow"---J-Wonn
23. "Back In The Day Cafe"---Andre' Lee
24. "I Think I'm In Love"---Highway Heavy feat. Coldrank
25. "All Night Long"---King South
26. "Slide-Inn"---C-Wright
27. "Magic Cat"---Sojo
28. "Flex"---Cupid
29. "2 Legs, 2 Thighs"---Mississippi Hummin' Boy
30. "She Took Her Teeth Out"---AC

31. "We're Ready To Party"---T.K. Soul & Sir Charles Jones
32. "Dance"---Lady Soul
33. "Ain't Yo Fool"---Candice Goodie
34. "Walk The Talk"---Kae Divine
35. "Curtain Drop 3"---Chris Ardoin
36. "15 Minutes"---Highway Heavy feat. Dave Mack
37. "Come And Get It"---C-Wright
38. "Sprinkle My Love"---Sir Jonothan Burton
39. "Before We Make Love"---Carl Sims
40. "That Thang"---Princess Baker

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JANUARY TOP TEN "SPILLOVER": Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in January 2021.

1. "Excuse Me"---Pokey Bear
2. "Southern Soul Woman"---Cadillac Man
3. "When You Work It"---P2K feat. T.K. Soul
4. "A Little Freaky"---Big Yayo
5. "Southern Soul Man"---Mr. Nelson feat. Sonya B
6. "Bout To Go Stepping"---T.K. Soul
7. "Work That"---Tha Party King
8. "That Bomb Love"---J. Red The Nephew
9. "Torn Between The Two"---Lady Q
10. "Different From The Rest"---King Fred

11. "Cake"---Big Yayo
12. "Outside Woman"---Shell-B
13. "Back That Country Thang On Me"---Ice Buck feat. Nellie "Tiger" Travis
14. "Stir It Like Coffee"---Mz. Connie feat. Nelson Curry
15. "It's Gone Cost You (DJ Idol NOLA Remix)"---Miss Portia
16. "You Can't Have My Man"---The Lady Songbird Jinda
17. "Southern Soul New Year"---Nelson Curry
18. "90 Weight"---Mr. Fredlo
19. "My Rocking Chair"---Tip The Singer
20. "My Weakness"---Baby Drew, Sir Charles Jones, Nina Stacks

21. "Two Can Play That Game"---Stephanie McDee
22. "Turn Back The Hands Of Time/Turning Point Medley"---Isaac Lindsay
23. "Step On"---Big Fred
24. "I Don't Care"---Ka'Vettie Smoke
25. "Real Deal (DJ Jazzy Pete Remix)"---Captain Jack Watson
26. "If They Only Knew"---Rosalyn Candy
27. "Shouldn't Have To Tell You"---Miss Portia
28. "Rockin' With You"---J-Fitz
29. "Full Time Love"---Zelda
30. "Facebook Beef"---Lady Trucker

31. "Tha Mz Connie Cha"---Mz. Connie
32. "If You Wanna Party"---Stan Butler
33. "Send Me That Cash App"---The Jay Morris Group
34. "It Don't Take All Night"---O.C. Soul
35. "Joystick"---Ann Devae
36. "Love On Loan"---Stephanie Pickett
38. "Love For Sale"---Lou Battle
39. "Mood Swings"---Gwen Yvette
40. "Dance"---Lady Soul


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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

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

-------JUNE 2021-------

1. "Just Love Me"------DeMond Crump

In this start-of-summer top-ten otherwise domi-
nated by those stalwart stars Sir Charles and Jeter Jones, it gives your Daddy B. Nice great pleasure to celebrate one of southern soul's most under-exposed and deserving artists ("Neighborhood Rat," "Play Your Position," "Tore Your Drawers") and his most accomplished bid for a southern soul hit single in a career spanning two decades. DeMond Crump's tone is refreshingly new, his pure and unfettered southern black culture as unique as the couplet, "We were friends/Before we both jumped the broom."

Listen to DeMond Crump singing "Just Love Me" on YouTube.

2. "Boots Knockin'"------Jeter Jones feat. Urban Mystic

Slow-motion sensuality slathered over a bed of heavenly instrumental sweetness. Jeter Jones is singing like he's never sung before on his new Trailride Certified 2.

Listen to Jeter Jones and Urban Mystic singing "Boots Knockin'" on YouTube.

3. "Eternity"-----Sir Charles Jones

How does a 25-year veteran of southern soul music re-invent himself, approaching his music as if he were a wide-eyed kid, bringing innocence and fresh perspective to bear on all the dues he's paid and techniques he's acquired? Listen to "Eternity" from the new album The Chosen 1.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "Eternity" on YouTube

4. "Hobo Moan"-----Columbus Toy

Sung with a Dave Mack-ish wail and hummed with a memorable chorus, Columbus Toy strikes a southern soul nerve with this stinging, hot-pepper rendering of an old blues hook.

Listen to Columbus Toy singing "Hobo Moan" on YouTube.

5. "Back That Thang Up"-----Jeter Jones

As described in my New Album Alert, the already-popular video careens from an angry mock-killing to a reality-based club scene of blissed-out dancers twerking to the song's pleasant energy.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "Back That Thang Up" on YouTube.

6. "Forever"----Sir Charles Jones

Produced to cross over into the pop market, with a rock-and-roll-tinged piano and gorgeous synth-chorus, this tune could endear Charles to the baby-boomer audience.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "Forever" on YouTube.

7. "Come On In"-----Shell-B

What every man wants to hear, sung with a velvet-softness that hints at the destination. Reminds me of the woman telling Theodis Ealey to "come in" at the finale of "Please Let Me In". And remember? Theodis lets out a whoop of excitement.

Listen to Shell-B singing "Come On In" on YouTube.

8. "Good Lovin' In The Morning"-----JR Blu

To call him "odd" would be an understatement. But Blu, with one fine album to his credit, is one-of-a-kind.

Listen to J.R. Blu singing "Good Lovin' In The Morning" on YouTube.

9. "Midwest Party"-----Sir Charles Jones

The only geographical group that gets less respect than Southerners, Midwesterners (not to mention everyone else) will love this smooth-stepping hymn to the heart of the country. Even Nebraskans..."They sure know how to two-step too!"

Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "Midwest Party" on YouTube.

10. "Just Right Girl"----Montrell

Out of the old Anna Coday stable of artists and currently promoted by silky-singing, southern-soul "vet" Andre' Lee, Montrell has a nose for good material and the brawny yet polished technique to make it stick to the wall.

Listen to Montrell singing "Just Right Girl" on YouTube.

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-------MAY 2021-------

1. "My Baby"-------Nellie "Tiger" Travis & O.B. Buchana

In this unlikeliest of pairings, both Nellie and O.B. rise to the occasion, delivering their best vocals in years. Nellie really brings out the best in O.B. The songwriting and arranging by Omar Cunningham, who can also be heard on background vocals, is crucial. On a "forever and ever" after the bridge, Nellie's voice wavers, flat for a split-second, then immediately recovers, like a ballerina making a bejeweled ballet audience gasp and clap after a difficult pirouette in Lincoln Center.

Listen to Nellie "Tiger" Travis and O.B. Buchana singing "My Baby" on YouTube.

2. "Da Loving Hit Different"-----Avail Hollywood

No man is an island, but Avail Hollywood comes close. His style is without precedent. Here he returns to his métier, female-swooning ballads, with devastating effectiveness. The arrangement is appropriately glamorous.

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "Da Loving Hit Different" on YouTube.

3. "I Didn't Know Your Grandma Could Drop It Like That"------Stan Butler

Blazing guitars, simple melodies and down-home country vocals...This is the Stan Butler we want to hear. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that he's singing about "grandmas" again. Near the two-minute mark Stan segues into his Deacon LowDown voice from "Cowboy Ride" and it is bliss. He should adopt the Deacon garb (cowboy hat, drawers and a big bushy beard) as his stage persona.

Watch Stan Butler singing "Grandma Drop It Like That" with live grandma dancers from the audience.

4. "Bring The Freak Out"-----T.K. Soul

What begins as an ultra-simple, synth-hook exercise takes on texture and depth the minute T.K. sings, "Fellas.../Let me tell you 'bout this woman I admire..." You know instantly you're in the presence of an inspired vocalist.

Listen to T.K. Soul singing "Bring The Freak Out In Me" on YouTube.

5. "Stay Together (Remix)"------Karen Wolfe feat. Calvin Richardson

"Stay Together" walks a very fine line for a secular song. When Karen sings, "The family that prays together/Stays together...," it verges on gospel---old-school, smooth and sentimental---and the original release a month ago exhibited some of those flaws. The remix, on the other hand, captures the magic of Karen's authentic southern soul voice, grounding "Stay Together" in a reality the audience can relate to. Partner Calvin Richardson lends a searing vocal.

Listen to Karen Wolfe and Calvin Richardson singing "Stay Together (Remix)" on YouTube.

6. "This Is How We Do It In The Club"------Wendell B.

"In The Club" is about the only song I haven't featured from Real Talk in the last six months. What turned me around was the video---seeing all those sophisticated St. Louis friends of Wendell's grooving on the dance floor---and I've been grooving to it ever since.

Listen to Wendell B singing "This Is How We Do It In The Club" on YouTube.

7. "Super Love"------H-Town

Am I permitted to feature a successful mainstream R&B group? Daddy B Nice is nodding yes. "Super Love" sure sounds like southern soul to me.

Listen to H-Town (Shazam Conner & GI Jackson) singing "Super Love" on YouTube.

8. "Eat That Cake"----Tasha Mac

What appears on first impression to be a simple pound cake is actually a multi-layered wedding cake with all the special icings. The instrumental track is inspired and generous, and the slow-motion vocal unexpectedly refined. From Tasha Mac's new You're Not My Competition CD.

Listen to Tasha Mac singing "Eat That Cake" on YouTube.

9. "Loving Me"-----Joe D

The best of many male debut artist tracks this month.

Listen to Joe D singing "Loving Me" on YouTube.

10. "Mr. Good Time"---------Portia P

The best of many female debut artist tracks this month.

Listen to Portia P singing "Mr. Good Time" on YouTube.

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

-------APRIL 2021-------

1. "Southern Soul Girl"----Volton Wright feat. T.K. Soul

In my 4-star CD review I admit I considered giving Volton Wright a "trifecta" of top three singles on this month's Top 10 ("Southern Soul Girl," "Super Woman" & "Circles"), but I just couldn't justify taking away that much space from others. Wright is a tremendous new talent, and his collaboration with T.K. Soul on "Southern Soul Girl" will go down as one of southern soul's finest harmonizings. You can imagine stepping to it or slow-dancing: the song's romantic tide pulls you both ways.

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

Listen to Volton Wright and T.K. Soul singing "Southern Soul Girl" on YouTube.

2. "Super Woman"----Volton Wright feat. J.D. and Jeter Jones

Volton Wright redux. This tune starts out with the same gorgeous keyboard chords that lifted Michael Jackson's "Human Nature," so right away you're in seventh heaven. J.D. (#1 in February, remember?) is spectacular on his introductory verse, and Jeter Jones raps the final verse all the way to the pearly gates!

Listen to Volton Wright, JD and Jeter Jones singing "She's My Super Woman" on YouTube.

3. "Keep It Country"-----B Cam & The Zydeco Young Bucks

The sheer lyricism of this song will win you over, and the zydeco accordion fills will make you gush. A special treat is the video, a perfect representation of a trailride, and a modest (not even hay bales), rain-soaked one at that, with the horses and ATV's mingling, with the band, the bonfire and the dancing.

Listen to B Cam singing "Keep It Country" on YouTube.

4. "Plain Ole Country Boy"-----Jeter Jones

Then there's the guy who made all this country trailride stuff relevant: Jeter Jones. He's singing about a simple man "doing what he's supposed to do," including "going to church on Sunday" and "work on Monday'. It's a great ballad with a unique point of view.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "Plain Ole Country Boy" on YouTube.

5. "Unkle Phunk's Juke Joint"----Unkle Phunk feat. Luster Baker

Yes, Unkle Phunk's back with a new collection, and if this fizzy title track featuring Luster Baker is any indicator, the anticipation will be justified.

Listen to Unkle Phunk & Luster Baker singing "Unkle Phunk's Juke Joint" on YouTube.

6. "Toes Curl"-----Sojo feat. Methrone

Like Ann Peebles singing about the rain, this song will work its way so far into your head you'll need one of those Matrix machines to get it out.

Listen to Sojo and Methrone singing "Toes Curl" on YouTube.

7. "Put It On Me"------West Love

A Staples-like vocal arrangement from the powerful singer who gave us "He's Doing That Donald Trump" and "You Better Go". West Love's video has a 100K views and she recently headlined a multi-act concert.

Listen to West Love singing "Put It On Me" on YouTube.

8. "Stay The Night"----Jesi Terrell feat. Theo Huff.

Jesi Terrell is one of the finest vocalists of the new generation, with a great nose for material. And it's so good to hear some southern soul from her partner, Chicago's Theo Huff, who hasn't charted since his #1 single in September of 2014, "It's A Good Thing I Met You".

Listen to Jesi Terrell and Theo Huff singing "Stay The Night" on YouTube.

9. "Kick Out"----Mr. Fredlo feat. Omar Cunningham

Listen to Mr. Fredlo and Omar Cunningham singing "Kick Out" on YouTube.

10. "Cowboy Ride"----DeShay

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

-------March 2021-------

1. "Take Your Time"-----Joe Nice feat. Sean Dolby

I nearly crumbled from the full upright position the first time I heard this song. I just couldn't get over Sean Dolby's vocal. Sounds like he's on his back. The vocal's so wasted, so tentative, a whisper compared to the percussion intro, the best rhythm track since Mr. David's "Cheating With The DJ". But what can I say? The Dolby vocal turns into a blues miracle on the scale of the loaves and fishes. And Joe Nice?...he's perfect. He makes it sound oh so natural, like the Fresh Prince back in the day. Oh and by the way, they're singing my favorite Lynn White song, "Take Your Time." I just didn't recognize it at first. "Props" to DJ Sir Rockinghood for this one.

Listen to Joe Nice and Sean Dolby singing "Take Your Time" on YouTube.

2. "For Your Love"-----Hisyde

Hisyde is really coming on. Two in a row! "For Your Love" comes at you as easily as Mr. Campbell's "I'm Stepping Out" a couple years ago. This song plus "Is It Ova?" should catapult Hisyde above the rank-and-file for good.

Listen to Hisyde singing "For Your Love" on YouTube.

3. "Good Booty Judy"-----Arthur Young

Lyrically, we haven't seen a songwriter this enthused and engaged and in love with his craft since Luther Lackey. "Sometimes I call her Geico/Because fifteen minutes is all I need/Sometimes I call her All-State/Because that girl got her good hands on me..." See Daddy B. Nice's New Arthur Young Album Alert!

Listen to Arthur Young singing "Good Booty Judy" on YouTube.

4. "Singing The Blues"----Ra'Shad The Blues Kid

The best young blues I've heard in awhile. It doesn't get any better. But I can't find a YouTube link to share!

Updated 3/6/21: Listen to Ra'Shad The Blues Kid singing "Singing The Blues" on YouTube.

5. "Save Me, Baby"-----Tameka Jackson

Great instrumental track, with touches of Motown (Supremes), and nice fresh vocal. And again, no YouTube! Reminds me of 2006-2007, before I could furnish readers with YouTube links.

6. "Tip-Toe In The Bedroom"-----Certified Slim

This may be Certified's strongest track ever. Love the slowed-down tempo of the Tyrone Davis classic, and the instrumental track and the vocal never flag.

Listen to Certified Slim singing "Tip-Toe In The Bedroom" on YouTube.

7. "Just One Lifetime"-----Stevie J. Bluez feat. Shunte Hendricks

The words of ardent love sound just as stirring as when J. Blackfoot sang them, and Stevie's back-up singer even sounds like Ann Hines, who did the original with Blackfoot. From Stevie's new Quarantined album.

Listen to Stevie J. Bluez and Shante' singing "Just One Lifetime" on YouTube.

8. "Kickin' Dirt Up"-----Mz. Connie feat. Jeter Jones

One of the most irresistable tracks from Mz. Connie's new Stir It Like Coffee album.

Listen to Mz. Connie and Jeter Jones singing "Kickin' Dirt Up" on YouTube.

9. "South'N Lady"-----Darnell Da Bachelor

Listen to Darnell Da Bachelor singing "South'N Lady" on YouTube.

10. "Paper Or Plastic"-----Margo Thunder feat. Bigg Robb

Listen to Margo Thunder singing "Paper Or Plastic" on YouTube.

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-------FEBRUARY 2021-------

1. "Love You Down"----- JD feat. Jeter Jones

"It never really mattered too much to me, / That you were just too damned old for me...." JD and Jeter Jones turn "grown folks music" on its head. Now it's young folks banging on the green door, wanting to get in on the excitement. "I can do what guys their age can do," JD insists. If this song doesn't get you dancing, nothing will. From Jeter's new, dulcet-sounding sampler, Da Fish Grease Friday.

Listen to JD and Jeter Jones singing "Love You Down" on YouTube.

2. "It's About To Go Down"-----Jeter Jones feat. Billy Cook

"About To Go Down" eulogizes the moment every man in love fixes his every waking thought upon. "She ain't had a man in awhile,/ But she said tonight it's about to go down." Another tuneful single from Jeter Jones' new Fish Grease Friday sampler.

Listen to Jeter Jones and Billy Cook singing "It's About To Go Down" on YouTube.

3. "All Because Of Me"-----Stevie J. Bluez

In 2008 a new artist named Stevie Jay recorded the song that would make him a name in southern soul music. The original online platform for "Because Of Me" was removed but Stevie J. (his new name) republished "Because Of Me" on his double-album DIVERSITY PROJECT in 2012. Now Stevie J. Bluez (his latest name) presents the first full and satisfying remix of "Because Of Me" on his new 2021 album, Quarantined.

Listen to Stevie J. Blues singing "All Because Of Me" on YouTube.

4. "Headz Or Tailz: The Crawfish Song"-----Hump Dogg feat. Nebu

This entertaining ditty on the pleasures of eating crawfish came out in mid-2020 but failed to make an impression. Now Cupid has recorded an equally amusing (and perhaps a little slicker and commercial) version called, simply, "Crawfish". The husky-voiced Nebu guests on both versions and delivers the chorus with amiable verve.

Listen to Hump Dog and Nebu singing "The Crawfish Song" on YouTube.

5. "Come See About Me"-----Jaye Hammer

Jaye Hammer rocks his way home with one of the best mid-tempo tunes of the new year, from his new "It's Jaye Hammer Time" CD.

Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "Come See About Me" on YouTube.

6. "On My Way To Memphis"----Omar Cunningham

Can southern soul be this unashamedly romantic and beautiful? That's the question that's been floating around in my mind the last few months as I've debated whether "On My Way To Memphis" is a potential hit single. I finally have the answer. Yes. From Omar's new album, Certified.

Listen to Omar Cunningham singing "On My Way To Memphis" on YouTube.

7. "My Weakness"----Baby Drew feat. Sir Charles Jones & Nina Stacks

Whoooah! Sir Charles The Balladeer would kill for a tough club jam like this, and indeed he kills it. One of his finest non-ballad projects in a long time.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones, Baby Drew & Nina Stacks singing "My Weakness" on YouTube.

8. "Lay With Me Tonight"----DeShay feat. Volton Wright

Volton Wright is making a name for himself as a premier slow-jam singer, and I think we can safely say that DeShay grew up on Beyonce.

Listen to Volton Wright and DeShay singing "Lay With Me Tonight" on YouTube.

9. "(You Know) What I Like"----Mississippi Hummin' Boy feat. Omar Cunningham, Sir Charles Jones & K. Monique

A dazzling ballad brimming with vocal talent.

Listen to the Mississippi Hummin' Boy and friends singing "You Know What I Like" on YouTube.

10. "Time To Let Go"----Vick Allen

A typical Vick Allen repast with all the musical trimmings.

Listen to Vick Allen singing "Time To Let Go" on YouTube.

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

-------JANUARY 2021-------

1. "Excuse Me"-------Big Pokey Bear

"I was just sipping on the Hennessy," Pokey sings in one of his finest vocals, "Me and my homies chilling V.I.P." In poetry that's called iambic pentameter, and I could give a lecture on all the things this song does, among them nailing a surefire melodic riff (Beat Flippa on the track!) and, foremost, bringing a Notorious B.I.G., hiphop-at-its-best "coolness" to southern soul. Even if you don't like rap culture, you can feel the relevance, the feeling that this is the music of "now," oozing out of every bar Pokey Bear sings.

Listen to Pokey Bear singing "Excuse Me" on YouTube.

2. "Southern Soul Woman"------Cadillac Man

This artist has been beating on your Daddy B Nice's "green door" for a couple of years now, at first with reggae-based, southern-soul submissions that confounded me and then other, expedient projects that alienated me. And yet, in that same time Cadillac Man has transformed himself into a true southern soul singer, as this anthem to southern soul women attests. It just goes to show what true "want-to" will do.

Listen to Cadillac Man singing "Southern Soul Woman" on YouTube.

3. "When You Work It"------P2K feat. T.K. Soul

P2K Dadiddy, the singer/songwriter behind the popular singles "Soul Brothers Moonshine" (with Sir Charles and Jeter Jones) and "Bottle After Bottle," returns with another cozy, guy-next-door groove, assisted ably by T.K. Soul.

Listen to P2K and TK singing "When You Work It" on YouTube.

4."A Little Freaky"------Big Yayo

Written by Omar Cunningham, from Big Yayo's just-released album Electric Cowboy, the risque' yet tender ballad "A Little Freaky" showcases Big Yayo singing without any enhancement and very little accompaniment, and guess what. Yayo kills it. He can really sing.

Listen to Big Yayo singing "A Little Freaky" on YouTube.

5. "Southern Soul Man"------Mr. Nelson feat. Sonya B.

A dynamic pairing of two new southern soul singers perfectly captures southern soul culture. Impressively produced and arranged.

Listen to Mr. Nelson and Sonya B singing "Southern Soul Man" on YouTube.

6. "Bout To Go Stepping"------T.K. Soul

T.K. Soul harks back to the electronic good vibes of "The Ladies Love To Slide" with this new single from his new album Chocolate Jamz. And don't miss Daddy B Nice's new profile of T.K. Soul---#4 The New Generation.

Listen to T.K. Soul singing "Bout To Go Stepping" on YouTube

7. "Work That"------Tha Party King

He's the brother of young diva Donyale Renee and guested on her "Backyard Booty" single. Both siblings forge a hiphop-hybrid southern soul, but "Work That" surpasses anything the duo's yet recorded, and just when you think Party King might falter or get repetitive, an uncredited rapper (or Party King himself in a different rap style?) comes in with a verse that makes it a certified hit.

Listen to Tha Party King singing "Work That" on YouTube.

8.
"That Bomb Love"-----J. Red The Nephew

J. Red shines in another of his signature, mid-tempo ballads with all the finely-wrought trimmings.

Listen to J. Red The Nephew singing "That Bomb Love" on YouTube.

9. "Torn Between The Two"------Lady Q

Fresh from rousing turns on "Lumberjack (I Need That Good Wood)" and "Nose Wide Open," Lady Q goes solo to remake the legendary Carl Sims' "Trapped".

Listen to Lady Q singing "Torn Between The Two" on YouTube.

10. "Different From The Rest"------King Fred

Singing with unaccustomed swagger, King Fred testifies to his southern soul "cred" in ways that have never been recorded before.

Listen to King Fred singing "Different From The Rest" on YouTube.

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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 Holly-
wood

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"----Pa Rooze 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'"------RnB 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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