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October 17, 2021:

Miss Portia, One Of Southern Soul's Youngest And Brightest Stars, Passes!

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October 15, 2021: Around Southern Soul Nation....

NEWS & NOTES:

Your Daddy B. Nice talked with Bigg Robb about the Bishop Bullwinkle situation. In this month's Top 100 Countdown New Generation chart featuring Bishop Bullwinkle at #13, I appeal to Bigg Robb to let stand a YouTube page I found featuring the original "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" with the Bigg Robb instrumental track still intact. After the copyright infringement crisis, most of the original pages were taken down, subsequently replaced by Bishop Bullwinkle With Da Bicycle, which currently has 65 million page views in spite of a much inferior instrumental track. I was expecting Robb to toe a hard line on the issue, but he graciously accepted my reasoning that with Bullwinkle gone it could only benefit southern soul and posterity to leave the original page online. You can read about it and listen to the overlooked video at Bishop Bullwinkle, New Generation. New southern soul artist J'Cenae's two singles "I'll Be Down In A Minute" and "I Ain't No Side Piece Lover" have been putting up YouTube numbers most divas only dream of. They'll be included in J'Cenae's debut CD "Decency" scheduled for release in November on Smoothway (Wendell B's label). Mr. Sipp's first southern soul album, "Sippnotized," is just out on the gold standard of southern soul labels, the legendary Malaco Records of Jackson, Mississippi. Mr. Sipp's coup puts him in rare company. Malaco rejected Sir Charles Jones, Vick Allen and many other highly-regarded southern soul recording artists. Singer/songwriter Gerod Rayburn, well-known in Memphis for his work with John Ward's Ecko Records, has released a CD called "I Love My Blues". B. Dupree, who charted on Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Singles way back in 2006 and subsequently left the scene, has re-released another single from that era: "Freight Train".
New artist Demetrius Richardson, who will be appearing on the bill with Dallas area-bred L.J. Echols, Lil' Jimmie and a host of beautiful divas celebrating Dee Dee Simon's birthday in Henderson, Texas in November, is the younger brother of Calvin Richardson. Joining a rare venue December 11th in Los Angeles with Big Pokey Bear will be Bobby Warren. What makes him notable? Bobby was the lone male artist (along with a trio of female singers) to record "I Hear You Knockin'," featured this month in the Mystery Lady Artist Guide (Mystery Lady Blast From Past "I Hear You Knockin"). The song has quietly accrued 3 million page views in the years since it was first published. L.J. Echols produced the new M.P. Soul single "I'm Not Going Nowhere," and his familiar musical techniques are all over the record. Along with Omar Cunningham, L.J. appears to have opted toward writing and production of other artists in pursuit of a steadier income than the feast-or-famine cycles of a solo career. Copyright income also make it a viable, long-term, revenue source. The online deejay who has become popular with his "Facebook Live" shows---one of which was the source for this month's number one single,"Drink Of You" by The Night Affair Band,---is DJ Haynes, based in the Montgomery, Alabama area. Contemporary musicians like to assume they're the cutting-edge of outrageous sexuality. Here's proof nothing's new under the sun. "60-Minute Man" by The Dominoes. Although it was banned by some radio stations, "60 Minute Man" was on Top 40 radio (that's mainstream radio for contemporary listeners) across the USA in 1951 and helped jumpstart rock and roll. The chorus held the audience's anticipation up to the very last line with:

"There'll be fifteen minutes of kissin'
Then you'll holler "Please don't stop" (Don't stop!)
There'll be fifteen minutes of teasin'
Fifteen minutes of squeezin'
And fifteen minutes of blowin' my top."

In another sign of southern soul's increasing popularity, Facebook groups devoted to the genre are proliferating. Everybody wants to talk aout the music: Syrup City Soul (The Southern Soul Movement), Southern Soul Gospel Blues and R&B Events, Southern Soul Central, Southern Soul Divas, Blues/Southern Soul, Lovers of Southern Soul, Soul Blues & Old School, Blues and Southern Soul In The Basement, Friends & Fans Of DJ Haynes (along with many other individual artist groups), Chicago Southern Soul, The Southern Soul Scene and Southern Soul TV are a few of just the newest groups available to fans.

---Daddy B. Nice


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October 1, 2021:

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

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

1. "Drink Of You"---Night Affair Band
2. "I Ain't No Sidepiece Lover"---J'Cenae
3. "We Rollin'"---Unkle Phunk feat. Big Poppa
4. "Mr. Hide And Go Get It"---Arthur Young
5. "Tank On E"---DeShay
6. "Let Me Love You"---Ra'Shad The Blues Kid
7. "Wash My Hands"---Denzel Dante
8. "The Best Of Me"---Mrs. Sham
9. "Giddy Up And Let's Ride"---Tasha Mac feat. Jeter Jones
10. "Real Man"---Mr. Sipp

11. "Fantastic"---Bigg Robb
12. "Push To The Side"---Stan Butler
13. "Rent Man"---Adrian Bagher
14. "I'm In Love With A Married Man"---Sheila B. Jackson feat. Jeter Jones
15. "Close To Me"---Ra'Shad The Blues Kid
16. "I'm In Love With A Married Man"---Sheila B Sexi feat. Jeter Jones
17. "Can't Believe It"---Klay Bankz Da Hood Anchorman
18. "It's A Party At The Juke Joint"---Al Davis feat. Mark Lockett
19. "Sexy Soul Swinging"---Mr. Lyve
20. "To The Country"---Patrick Harris feat. Jeter Jones

21. "Blackberry Taste So Sweet"---Stan Butler
22. "My Mind"---Chris Ivy
23. "Big Boy Drawls"---Stevie J. Bluez
24. "Loving You"---Miss Lady Blues
25. "Southern Soul Party"---Mr. Fredlo
26. "Hit It And Hold It (Remix)"---Narvel Echols
27. "Freight Train"---B. Dupree
28. "Hurt Me So Bad"---Stephanie Pickett
29. "I Love Chocolate"---Cupid feat. Jarvis Jacob
30. "It Is What It Is"---Highway Heavy feat. Dave Mack

31. "Look Good Look Fine"---J-Wonn & T.K. Soul
32. "Sugar Bear"---X-Man Parker
33. "Intervention"---B Streezy
34. "Grown Man Shhh"---Bigg Robb
35. "Hittin' It"---Eric Hunter feat. Volton Wright & Dubble G
36. "Can't Be Love"---Miss Lady Blues
37. "My Other Woman"---D.D. Taylor
38. "Slow Jam"---Andre' Lee
39. "Catfish And Bbq"---Bigg Robb feat. Theodis Ealey
40. "If It Ain't You"---Russ G feat. Lil' Runt


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September 13, 2021: Around Southern Soul Nation....

NEWS & NOTES:

Steve Perry of "Booty "Roll" fame has been conspicuously absent from the southern soul scene of late, so it's heartening to see him on the bill for a rare upcoming appearance at Bessie Munden Park in Camden, Alabama Saturday, October 9th. Ms. Jody is the headliner........Bluesman Dexter Allen, who honed his chops as Bobby Rush's lead guitarist, has released a new album---"Keep Moving On"---on the Endless Blues label....Wave Radio Boston, a new online station, is featuring southern soul music as part of its "Soul" program hosted by Big Ben Hillman....Just posted in June, the official video for J'Cenae's "I'll Be Down In A Minute," featuring Wendell B on background vocals, has passed the 2-million mark in YouTube views....Speaking of astounding numbers, The Jay Morris Group's official video of "Knee Deep," featuring Zee Brownlow on lead vocal, has now amassed 11,941,883 views, launching the the self-described "only group in southern soul" into the Top 100 Countdown: The New Generation at #12 ....Totally Wired Radio's "Soul Discovery" is a new online radio program aware of the genre and seeking new material from southern soul artists....Look for Maurice Southernsoul Andrews' show at Oak93.5 in Raleigh-Durham NC, yet another online station promoting southern soul music. ....Gwen Yyvette celebrated a 50th Birday party in August and is putting out a limited edition (50) CD compiling her songs....Stan Butler released a single recently that was almost all talk. His new single "Push To The Side" clocks almost two minutes before getting to the music. Now comes Avail Hollywood with "Mississippi River, in which the rapping prologue takes close to two and a half minutes....The Latimore effect?....Jeter Jones goes hiphop in a big way in "Ratchet Trailride" featuring Boosie Badazz, Poppa Hussein, Deshay & DJScootermanpro....For fans who don't know Toni Green (with a new single, "Drive Thru Love Affair"), she was one of the first artists on Daddy B Nice's Original Top 100 Southern Soul Artists and recorded one of the first songs about "southern soul music". She toured Europe and beyond and came home to open Toni Green's Palace, a club in Memphis, where she recently ran for City Council...Dee Dee Simon and 2 Buck Chuck are the writer/producer team behind Karen Wolfe's new single (#3 September) "I'll Leave The Light On"....Miss Lady Blues has just released an eight-song LP titled Moe Better Blues....BStreezy, who had one of the freshest sounds of 2020 with Roi Chip Anthony on "Move Around," is releasing a new single, "Intervention"....Texas bluesman Roy Gaines passed away in August. The guitarist was a highly-regarded studio musician wo worked with Chuck Willis, Ray Charles, Albert King and many more....Unkle Phunk returns to "club" form with Big Poppa on a new fast jam entitled "We Rollin'"....X-Man Parker appeared on one of the most renowned southern soul albums of the early contemporary era, Ultimate Southern Soul. He was a contemporary of Mel Waiters, the early Sir Charles Jones and The Love Doctor...He returned to recording a few years ago with "Boo Thang," a deserving tune that nevertheless didn't catch on. Now he's back with a new single, "Suga Bear"....Dee Dee Simon has once again collected a bevy of talented divas---including Sassy D, Jinda Harris, Sojo The Ladies Champ, Jesi Terrell, Donna Renee, Carletta Bush and Tara Keith---for a third Queens of Southern Soul compilation scheduled for a pre-holiday release. Simon did all the writing and 2 Buck Chuck produced. A pre-celebration celebration of sorts (including L.J. Echols, Hummin Boy, Kenne Wayne and Donnie Ray) will be held in Henderson, Texas November 13th and an album release party is scheduled for December 4th in Oakland....When Stan Butler recorded "Cowboy Ride" in 2019 your Daddy B Nice honestly believed Stan had donned a wig and removed a lot of clothes to become the mesmerizing focal point of the YouTube video. After all, why would a recording artist make someone other than himself the subject of one of his songs? I even suggested that Stan make the "costume" his performing persona in line with the old axiom the more colorful and outrageous the stage presence, the better. But now, with the release of the new Stan Butler/WestLove official video of their popular new single "Down In The Kuntry," we discover that Stan Butler and the colorful character he made the central point of "Cowboy Ride" are two different people. The video begins with another shocking (or at least novel) close-up of the imposing, improbably-dressed, bearded fellow tooling down the middle of the street in baby-blue, fringed shorts and jacket like a homeless person or crack addict or shall we say the town's most reliable "character" who feels like he "owns" the street? And in the next shot we see Stan Butler, close-cropped and guy-next-door-casual as usual, with West Love and a crowd of locals singing and dancing to the song. Yes sir, they are two different people!

--- Daddy B Nice

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See the new Stan Butler/West Love live video of "Down In The Kuntry"!

September 1, 2021:

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

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

1. "I'm Gonna Win"---T.K. Soul
2. "Knee Deep (Soul Lion Bass Mashup"---Jay Morris Group
3. "I'll Leave The Light On"---Karen Wolfe
4. "OMG"---Cadillac Man
5. "Tennessee Whiskey"---Sir Jonathan Burton
6. "For You"---Sean Ardoin
7. "Kush Kush"---Lacee
8. "Do You Wanna Ride"---Silky G McCoy
9. "Imma Let Him Get It"---Summer Wolfe
10. "Rough Ride"---Stephanie McDee

11. "Drive Thru Love Affair"---Toni Green
12. "Real Man"---Mr. Sipp
13. "Do It Right"---Marcellus The Singer
14. "Cabbage Greens & Cornbread"---Jay Morris Group
15. "Daddy Stroke"---DJ Wildman Tim
16. "I'm In Love With A Married Man"---Sheila B Sexi feat. Jeter Jones
17. "Head To My Toes"---Roi Anthony
18. "Old Shit"---Highway Heavy feat. Coldrank, Dave Mack, Robert Butler
19. "Body Bumping"---Awesome Bo & Miss Lady Blues
20. "You Need A Good Man"---T.K. Soul

21. "Back It Up And Drop It (Remix)"---Ra'Shad The Blues Kid feat. Stevie J Blues
22. "If I Get It Up"---Miss Lady Blues
23. "Hoochie Mama"---Big Arthur
24. "Ratchet Trailride"---Jeter Jones feat. Boosie BadAzz, Poppa Hussein, DeShay, Scootermanpro
25. "Fantastic"---Bigg Robb
26. "We Ready To Party"---T.K. Soul feat. Sir Charles Jones
27. "Pet That Dog"---Tina P.
28. "Just Want A Little Bit"---Ghetto Cowboy
29. "Boy Bye"---Meme Yahsal
30. "Just Relax"---Mose Stovall

31. "Liquor"---Rosalyn Candy
32. "The Mess We Made"---Omar Cunningham
33. "Party On The Weekend"---Stephanie Luckett
34. "Trailride"---Choppa Law
35. "Let's Have A Good Time"---Ms. Jody
36. "All In The Bed"---Gentry-Jones
38. "Get On Up"---Mr. Stuff feat. Biggs/DJM5
39. "I'll Be Dam"---Roi Chip Anthony feat. Lysa
40. "Let's Ride"---Cheff Da Entertainer & Teslaney


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August 23, 2021: Obituary

Maurice Wynn, whose song "What She Don't Know (Won't Hurt Her)" became a southern soul classic, has passed away.


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August 15, 2021: News & Notes

A Daddy B Nice essay on WHAT NO WOMAN WANTS TO HEAR (occasioned by the latest single from Soul Southern featuring Marcel Cassanova)

"The Difference Between A Boy And A Man"

That's a line from Duchess Jureesa McBride's captivating new song, "All Men Ain't Bad," hinting that boys...well...may be a different story. Mr. Sipp has a new song out called "Real Man" (no YouTube yet) in which he dismisses "living at home with your mama" as a sure sign you're not a man. I wonder if Duchess Jureesa or Mr. Sipp has heard "Quit My Job," the new song by Soul Southern, a young group headed by lead singer Marcell Cassanova. When it comes to lyrics, this otherwise musically-catchy tune does everything in its power to alienate the fair sex.

"I'll quit my job
So I can take care of you, baby."


What a hoot! He's going to take care of her by quitting his job?!

"You need a man who's
Going to be there for you, lady.
Ain't got no money,
And ain't got no car.
But girl I got the biggest heart.


Oh yeah, "lady" must be thinking. You ain't got nothing, but you expect me to love and even support you for your so-called "heart"? Have the bandmembers of Soul Southern not listened to all the songs by ladies lambasting men with these delusions? But wait, it gets even worse...

"When I first met you
I was doing bad.
Living with my mama
And I was catching ---?--

But you changed my life.
Made me a new man.
Got me a job,
A woman and a plan.

But something changed
And it's not your fault.
I got lazy
---?----
I started lying and creeping
With your friends
Every other weekend."


At the least, you have to give Cassanova (who's singing it with a straight face) credit for honesty, but who values candor coming from an adolescent? And why, after all his betrayals and shortcomings, would it even occur to him that she might think it was HER fault? And it gets even worse...

"Can you give me your keys?
Let me drive your car.
I'll pick you up from work.
Treat you like a star."


Oh yeah? Me working? (the woman must be thinking)...That makes me a star? And what are you going to be doing with my car while I'm working?

This is the quintessential hymn of the "kept man". Call him the "Bubblebath Kid". It's the one thing he can do. He can pour bubblebath, but he can't hold a job.

No...In the annals of young, entitled male delirium, "Quit My Job," is decidedly off-the-charts, a primer in what NOT to say to a woman. Nor is it distanced like a lot of blues, nor tongue-in-cheek or double-entendred like Marvin Sease or Bobby Rush. On the contrary, it's romantic and misty-eyed, and with women making up probably 80% of the market for southern soul music, it makes you wonder...What audience are the boys shooting for? The small fraction of us men who've been there and done that and gone on to grow up?

The one positive we can take from this song is that southern soul is no longer just the preserve of grown folks. J-Wonn is undoubtedly the biggest star to bring that reality home to the chitlin' circuit, but he is by no means the exception. There's JD, who has a one-of-a-kind voice like J-Wonn, with "Love You Down," a dazzling melody from Jeter Jones' recent sampler, Fish Grease Friday.

"All your friends think
That I'm too young for you.
You tell them that I can do
What guys their age can do."


That's a refreshing perspective...that a "boy toy" can also feel vulnerable. But JD also ventures into Soul Southern-like quicksand on a Volton Wright tune, "Super Woman," in which he sings:

"She don't need nothing from me,
But she wants me."


JD's implying that the reason he thinks she's so "super" is that she doesn't demand any responsibilities or support from him. Ahhh...the luck, albeit short-lived, of youth. (In fairness, a middle-aged Volton Wright wrote the lyrics.)

And just arrived on the scene this last month is T-Lyons, The Southern Soul Kid, with "Young Thang," in which he announces:

"I might be a young man,
I don't bark or bite.
I might be a young man,
But I know how to treat you right."

The Southern Soul Kid is straddling the fence pretty well there. So far he's avoiding the Humpty-Dumpty-ish fall of Marcell Cassanova.

Maybe the reason we grown men howl with pain when confronted with the narcissism of the young is that we recognize ourselves at a certain point in our lives, when we were young and entitled and loved by women for our talent, looks and promising futures. Maybe these women even told us they'd work the nine-to-five while we pursued our respective muses. It's too tempting not to refuse, but it never really works out. Sooner or later, the hold we have on these selfless women turns. Rock bottom beckons. And once there, growing up isn't an option any more. It's a necessity.

--Daddy B. Nice

See more "news and notes" in Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag: "Do You Have a List of Stations That Play Southern Soul?", "Replacing Arthur Foy" and "What happen to lady j why we cannot find and buy her music?" and "How can i order lady j same old bullshit going down song?" (click here)

Or, if reading on a mobile phone, go to Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag on the new mobile phone Mailbag page. (click here)

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July 14, 2021:

Daddy B. Nice's News & Notes

Shout-Out To The Carolinas (Multiple Artists)
Roy Roberts interview (link)
Roy "Chocolate Cowboy" Roberts, Cassie J. Fox & Country Soul
Calvin Richardson interview (link)
Blacks originated much of American music, and the nation needs to right the record. (Link)
Illustrious 1-Hit Wonder Anita Love
More "Crawfish": Don't Forget New Orleans' The Radiators
First Time Out: Klay Redd's #1 Single
"Summer Of Soul" documentary (Various Artists): Streaming on Hulu


Shout-Out To The Carolinas!

Pictured: The late Marvin Sease: Born in Blackville SC, buried in Barnwell SC.

The Mississippi Delta gets most of the attention, but there is no more fertile scene for southern soul music than the Carolinas, home to Marvin Sease, Roy C, Maurice "What She Don't Know Won't Hurt Her" Wynn, Lebrado, J. Red The Nephew, Big G, Nelson "Sugar Shack" Curry, L--"Reality Slowly Walks Us Down"--GB, Jonathan Burton, Black Diamond's Fuller Brothers, Walt "When The Rabbit Got The Gun" Love, and many more.

Today, however, your Daddy B. Nice celebrates North and South Carolina for the astonishing number of southern soul concerts the relatively small sister states manage to host in aggregate. Carolinans just can't slake their thirst for "grown folks" music. Touring revenue is robust given bigger counterparts in Mississippi, Texas, Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Here's a snippet of what's happening in the Carolinas in the coming months:

---T.K. Soul and P2K visit Weldon NC Saturday, July 24th;

---Theodis Ealey and Sir Charles Jones headline the Southern Soul Cooler fest in Norlina NC Saturday, July 31st;

---Big Yayo and Jeff Floyd and Carolinan Lebrado headline the multi-act Southern Soul Music Fest in Concord NC Saturday, August 21st;

---Nelson Curry, Tasha Mac, Fat Daddy and Tyree Neal (an interesting mix!) take the stage at the Silver Dragstrip in Manning, SC on the same Saturday, August 21st;

---Jeter Jones brings his trailride music and friends to the Grown Folks Lounge in Cross SC Saturday, August 28th;

---Tucka and Pokey Bear play the Southern Soul Lake Fest in Henrico NC, also on Saturday, August 28th;

---Calvin Richardson, Lebrado and friends rock the Roanoke Rapids NC American Legion Saturday October 9th;

---Pokey Bear, Tucka, Calvin Richardson, Sir Charles Jones, Lebrado & Ronnie Bell perform in Columbia SC Saturday, November 13th;

---and Big Pokey Bear and Tucka return to the Carolinas, along with Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Calvin Richardson and Lebrado, dispensing southern soul in Florence SC on December 4th.

More information on these concerts can be found at Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar.

To keep things in perspective, the Delta is still the epicenter of southern soul touring. Mississippi is #1. Louisiana is huge for such a small state. Alabama is consistent. Georgia has made the greatest strides (from almost nothing) in the last five years, to become almost the equal of Alabama. Florida (beyond the Panhandle) doesn't even register. Texas, Tennessee and Arkansas on the northern and western borders of the chitlin' circuit are frontiers beyond Houston-Dallas, El Dorado-Texarkana and Memphis. In sum, for would-be promoters, that is about as far as southern soul headliners are going to find it worthwhile to drive to perform, barring exceptional cases. And that, to come full circle, is why the Carolina phenomenon is quite an accomplishment, because it is a sizable drive northeast for most of the appearing musicians.

Roy "Chocolate Cowboy" Roberts, Cassie J. Fox & Country Soul

Like onetime Atlanta deejay/current southern soul syndicator Rojene Bailey, Cassie J. Fox is one of the indefatigable disseminators of southern soul music, hosting a weekly syndicated show---“Soul Of The Blues with Cassie CJ Fox”---that airs on outlets throughout America and the world. Her program playlists are known for their variety and inclusivity, fearlessly blending genres and mixing old with new.

I first encountered Roy Roberts as a Robert Cray-like singer/guitarist/songwriter in the soul-blues vein. Roberts hooked up with raunchy southern soul diva Barbara Carr around 2008 on an album---highlighted by the song "It's Only You"---that rejuvenated the onetime Paula and Ecko Records artist's career with a less in-your-face sound.

Listen to Barbara Carr and Roy Roberts singing "It's Only You" on YouTube.

Fast forward a decade and a half and Cassie J. Fox is promoting Roy Roberts, who in turn is getting ready to drop a Country and Country Soul album. Cassie forwarded an absorbing interview with the prolific 79-year-old songwriter and guitarist who started out in the sixties and shared the stage with legends like Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder and Solomon Burke. With O. B. Miclinton as his bandleader, Roberts played in white country bars/venues throughout the eighties as "The Chocolate Cowboy," and in the interview Roy expounds on many engrossing tales from those contrasting times.

Read The Amazing Tale of Roy Roberts, Bluesman Cowboy With Soul.

Roberts, by the way, is yet another Carolinan, born in Greensboro NC, where he recently headlined and shared the stage with frequent collaborator Johnny Rawls (who also recorded with Carr and Roberts in the late aughts) at the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society’s 35th annual Carolina Blues Festival.

For more on Roberts and other black artists prominent in the contemporary country genre, see Cassie J. Fox's informative letter in Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag.

Calvin Richardson interview

Speaking of interviews, Calvin Richardson delivers the best snapshot of his career I've ever read in "Southern Soul Legend Enjoying The Fruits Of His Labor". (Percy Crawford interviewed Calvin for Zenger News.) He even subtly acknowledges yours truly's recent commentary in "The Strange And Unique Case Of Calvin Richardson" in this exchange:

Zenger: How important was it for you to have a voice that can tap into multiple genres?

Richardson: It’s important. I never sought out to be that, because I never wanted to be in a box. I remember when I first came on the scene and they grouped me in the Neo soul category. They got a category for everything. Then, when I started working in other areas it was like, ‘He ain’t blues, he’s R&B.’ Then I started doing Southern soul and they were saying I wasn’t Southern soul. I’ve heard it all.


Read the entire interview.

"Blacks originated much of American music. And the nation needs to right the record."

In another great read, Jerry King of Entertainment Atlanta forwarded an article originally published in "USA Today" sure to be of interest to southern soul fans who are enthused by "grown folks music" but perplexed as to why it continues to be marginalized by both the white and black establishment media.

Read Marcus Anthony Hunter's "Blacks originated much of American music. And the nation needs to right the record."

More "Crawfish": Don't Forget New Orleans' The Radiators

Last month I mentioned "Headz or Tailz (The Crawfish Song)" by Hump Dogg and Nebu and also its cover version by Cupid and Nebu, in which Cupid admonishes the audience to "Get your head out of the gutter!" because it's really about the innocent but messy process of eating crawfish. I had a deja vu-like sensation every time I heard the two records, and now I know why. I happened upon my old copy of The Radiators' "Suck The Head," an obvious precursor. Back in the day when it was popular, I thought the fabled New Orleans rockers were saying, "Suck the head, squeeze the tit." Yes, I had my head in the gutter, and I used to wince a little every time I heard (or thought I heard) "tit".

Listen to The Radiators singing "Suck The Head" on YouTube.

Another Illustrious 1-Hit Wonder: Anita Love

Here's another fascinating southern soul artist to add to Daddy B. Nice's growing list of recent "1-Hit Wonders" of the southern soul genre: Anita Love. I'm so happy to see her still getting performance venues and not disappearing as so many do. Anita recently headlined with Miss Portia in a July 3rd gig at the Escape Lounge in Boligee/Dollarhide, Alabama. Ms. Love's claim to fame is winning Daddy B. Nice's Best Debut of 2014 and scoring a #1 hit single her first time out. Here's what I wrote about the record:

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

----------JUNE 2014------------

1. “Keep Knockin’”----Anita Love

Music’s still rockin' your Daddy B. Nice’s world, and truthfully, there's no qualitative difference between Anita Love’s stupendous 2014 hit-single-to-be and The Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” (written by Goffin/King) fifty-plus years ago.

Flash forward to 21st Century Southern Soul: “Keep Knockin’” continues the rich tradition of Queen Isabella’s and Rasheeda's and Mystery Lady’s “I Hear You Knocking (But You Can’t Come In)”--but with an even more seductive melody. Hailing from Memphis (a former back-up singer for Sweet Angel), Anita Love Humphrey is being promoted and booked by Terry (100%) Cotton.

Listen to Anita Love singing “Keep Knockin’” on YouTube.

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For context, in 2014 Jeter Jones was just beginning his southern soul career with "Boot Scoot". (You know what he's been doing lately.) And Terry Cotton, who was going by the name 100% Cotton in those days, just scored a top-ten single with Pokey Bear this month.

First Time Out: Klay Redd's #1 Single

Kudos to this month's (July 2021) debut artist, Klay Redd. Redd’s first-ever southern soul single---a novelty dance-floor jam called "Chicken Wang"---made it all the way to #1, the first time a debut artist has nabbed a chart-topper since Bishop Bullwinkle with “Hell Naw To The Naw Naw” in 2015 and Fat Daddy with “The Blame” in 2018. (Not to mention Anita Love before that.)

Listen to Klay Redd singing "Chicken Wang" on YouTube.

"Summer Of Soul" Documentary Streaming On Hulu

Finally, don't miss the new documentary edited by QuestLove and filmed in Harlem in 1969, the same summer as Woodstock, and even called "the Black Woodstock," then buried for half of century due to lack of commercial interest. Talk about marginalization. I was the executive editor of an Iowa-based, civil rights/anti-war, underground newspaper, "The New Prairie Primer" that we distributed free to a dozen colleges campuses throughout the state, and that summer my managing editor and I had driven out to Washington D.C. to participate and report on "The Moratorium," a huge anti-Vietnam demonstration, during which we heard about a big music festival in Bethel and White Lake, New York. ("Woodstock," another nearby town, came later.) We were lucky enough to get through the crowds before traffic was blocked on the interstate from New York City. So yes, I was at Woodstock. But I never heard of the Harlem festival. Only one act performed at both Woodstock and Harlem---Sly & The Family Stone---and Sly was a revelation. The predominately white hippie crowd (rain-soaked in muddy bell-bottoms) loved The Family Stone and went wild to "Higher". And it was the same with the black crowd in Harlem. Among the stand-outs that played at Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park) were Nina Simone, Gladys Knight & The Pips, B.B. King, Mahalia Jackson, Stevie Wonder, The 5th Dimension, and The Staple Singers. (In addition to many other national and international acts of the era that have since been forgotten.) Southern Soul fans will be blown away by the young and charismatic B.B. King and the then awesomely powerful and gritty Staples. The segments on gospel music and the "channelling" of black culture through the church are electrifying.

Read about "Summer Of Soul" on Hulu.

Watch "Summer Of Soul" on Hulu.

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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 "Crawfish". The husky-voiced Nebu guests on both versions and delivers the chorus with amiable verve.

Listen to Hump Dogg and Nebu singing "Headz Or Tailz: The Crawfish Song" on You Tube.

5. "Come See About Me"-----"It's Jaye Hammer Time" CD.

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

6. "On My Way To Memphis"----Certified.

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

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

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

9. "(You Know) What I Like"----Omar Cunningham, Listen to the Mississippi Hummin' Boy and friends singing "You Know What I Like" on YouTube.

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

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-------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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-------OCTOBER 2021-------

1. "Drink Of You"-----The Night Affair Band

Whenever people tell me they can't find any good new southern soul songs, I always say, "You know I get that way sometimes, but there is always more. You just have to beat the bushes, and the bushes are endless." In this case a southern soul enthusiast named Jerry King happened to mention a deejay named DJ Haynes, and when I went to DJ Haynes he was playing a song from 2020 by a band I had never heard of---The Night Affair Band---reminiscent of (and just as good as) another band few people ever appreciated, Soul Unlimited feat. Ellis Blake. I know nothing about the Night Affair Band. I've tried to contact them without success. For all I know, they may have disbanded. But their song "Drink Of You" is an overlooked triumph.

Listen to The Night Affair Band singing "Drink Of You" on YouTube.

2. "I Ain't No Sidepiece Lover"-----J'Cenae

Smoothway (Wendell B's label) releases the second big single of 2021 from J'Cenae. The first was "I'll Be Down In A Minute," which has racked up almost 3 million YouTube views. "I Ain't No Sidepiece Lover" has scored a quarter of a million views in less than a month. For fans who love Shirley Brown. A CD titled "Decency" is in the works.

Listen to J'Cenae singing "I Ain't No Sidepiece Lover" on YouTube.

3. "We Rollin'"-----Unkle Phunk feat. Big Poppa

Unkle Phunk returns to form with this warm and fuzzy dance groove, all about him taking his 18-wheeler to the trail ride.

Listen to Unkle Phunk singing "We Rollin'" on YouTube.

4. "Mr. Hide & Go Get It"-----Arthur Young

Arthur Young recycles an old Marvin Sease riff with cool aplomb.

Listen to Arthur Young singing "Mr. Hide & Go Get It" on YouTube.

5. "Tank On E"-----DeShay

A hauntingly atmospheric piece of advice from Jones Boys Entertainment diva DeShay, following up on her 2021 singles "Cowboy Ride" and "Lay With Me".

Listen to DeShay singing "Tank On E" on YouTube.

6. "Let Me Love You"----Ra'Shad The Blues Kid

Beautiful melody with tasty guitar, vocal and gospel-style background vocals. From Ra'Shad's new SOUTHERN SIDE OF SOUL CD. See Daddy B. Nice's 4-star review.

Listen to Ra'Shad singing "Let Me Love You" on YouTube.

7. "Wash My Hands"----Denzel Dante

New guy, new sound, delivered with competence.

Listen to Denzel Dante singing "Wash My Hands" on YouTube.

8. "The Best Of Me"----Mrs. Sham

"I'm open like a book. I'm giving him everything. He gets the best of me." Stirring words from a lady promoted by J. Red The Nephew.

Listen to Mrs. Sham singing "The Best Of Me" on YouTube.

9. "Giddy Up And Let's Ride"----Tasha Mac feat. Jeter Jones

Interest is stirring for Tasha Mac. From her new album You're Not My Competition.

Listen to Tasha Mac singing "Giddy Up And Let's Ride" on YouTube.

10. "Real Man"-----Mr. Sipp

Mr. Sipp started out as a blues guitarist catering to the crossover (white blues) market but has since migrated into the southern soul scene. "Real Man," his best southern soul effort yet, is winning over deejays across the South but still looking for those elusive fans.

Listen to Mr. Sipp singing "Real Man" on YouTube.

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-------SEPTEMBER 2021-------

1. "I'm Gonna Win"-----T.K. Soul

The title of this melodic and soulfully-sung tune is misleading. ”I’m gonna win” sounds egotistical, but the lyrics are just the opposite---humble, honest and straightforward, the thoughts of a wounded soul who at one point asks God for guidance and receives this reply:

“Get up off your knees, son.
How you gonna win if you don’t play?"

From his new album, Strawberry Jamz, “I’m Gonna Win” is a worthy successor to T.K.’s “Try Me”.

Listen to T.K. Soul singing "I'm Gonna Win" on YouTube.

2. “Knee Deep (Soul Lion Bass Mashup)”------Jay Morris Group

I’m not sure this remix is the version of “Knee Deep” that new fans should listen to first, but I do know that the twelve million YouTubers who have already fallen in love with the original will want to hear this version grafted onto vintage rhythm track samples like Soul Sonic Force. I always wondered how a slow song could inspire so much line-dancing. Now we’ve got a club version!

Listen to the Jay Morris Group featuring Zee Brownlow singing “Knee Deep (Soul Lion Bass Mashup)”.

3. "I'll Leave The Light On"-----Karen Wolfe

It’s clear that Karen Wolfe is pursuing a more commercial and accessible sound. At the same time she’s trying to maintain the rootsy vocal chops that are her unique brand and claim to fame. Her “Motel Six” song (too bad she couldn’t have called it that) is the best evidence yet she’s bound to succeed.

Listen to Karen Wolfe singing "I'll Leave The Light On" on YouTube.

4. "OMG”-----Cadillac Man

Cadillac Man has traveled a long and winding road to get to this high point. Assured, aggressive, funny, he’s everything we could desire in a southern-soul bluesman, including the seasoning to take us all the way back to Clarence Carter’s “Strokin’”.

Listen to Cadillac Man singing "OMG” on YouTube.

5. “Tennessee Whiskey”-----Sir Jonathan Burton

Here's another longtime veteran who has traveled the long and winding path to his southern soul nirvana. Sir Jonathan Burton puts the chords to “I’d Rather Go Blind” in the blender and comes up with a fantastic offering brimming with energy, sweetness, wildness, incredible vocals and even saxophones!

Listen to Sir Jonathan Burton singing “Tennessee Whiskey” on YouTube.

6. “For You”-----Sean Ardoin

The brother of zydeco star Chris Ardoin and a zydeco performer of note himself, Sean Ardoin dives head-first into southern soul with impressive results.

Listen to Sean Ardoin singing “For You” on YouTube.

7. “Kush Kush”-----Lacee

This is a groove that could dislodge “Lacee’s Groove”. Its simplicity is powerful. People will be dancing to it.

Listen to Lacee singing “Kush Kush” on YouTube.

8. “Do You Wanna Ride”-----Silky G McCoy

This debut features a fine new vocalist over a simple, sparkling acoustic guitar riff.

Listen to Silky G. McCoy singing “Do You Wanna Ride” on YouTube.

9. “Imma Let Him Get It”-----Summer Wolfe

“He been doing everything he need to do,
I’ve been trying to test him."

Ears perked up, dogs?

"But the way this Hennessy got me feeling right now,
See I just might let him.”

Listen to Summer Wolfe singing “Imma Let Him Get It” on YouTube.

10. “Rough Ride”-----Stephanie McDee

Stephanie’s back, and she’s got the zydeco accordion and the dance rhythm track. If you don’t know her, all you need to know is she was the headliner on a duet with someone named Pokey Bear (“Do The Hokey Pokey”) when the big bear was just a big cub.

Listen to Stephanie McDee singing “Rough Ride” on YouTube.

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

-------AUGUST 2021-------

1."Dukes And Boots" ------ Avail Holly-
wood

Who would have thought the maestro of quick-
sand-dense, glacially-slow, substance-abuser ballads like "Wasted," "Drinking Again" and "Rehab Ain't Working" would become a mid-tempo groove virtuoso? "Black Locomotive (Love Train)" was the impending thunder but "Dukes And Boots" is the lightning that strikes the blaze. Stupendous vocal. Raves for the dazzling lead guitar.

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "Dukes And Boots" on YouTube.

2. "Cowboy Style" ------ Ms. Jody

This Ecko-recorded track begins like a Ronald Jefferson, Slacktraxx production, with that ubiquitous little, muffled guitar (or keyboard?) pecking sound that Slack has used on countless hit singles. What? Capitulation from Memphis? You can imagine John Ward and company tearing their hair out over the Louisianan's success with this elementary-school sound, but it segues into one of Ms. Jody's finest efforts. After all, Ms. Jody is the mistress of the understated vocal, and as the instrumental track blossoms into a gentle boogie-woogie the song becomes irresistible.

Listen to Ms. Jody singing "Cowboy Style" on YouTube.

3. "Evidence" ----- Bigg Robb

The B-I-G-G man takes on the legendary "mistaken identity" problems of Ronnie Lovejoy's "Sho' Wasn't Me" in a fiery blues. In the YouTube video his wife serves him a plate of food laced with razor blades, and as he rushes mouth bleeding to the bathroom Robb protests, "If you didn't catch me/ Tell me where's the evidence?"

Also, this month Bigg Robb breaks into southern soul's The New Generation chart at #11!

Listen to Bigg Robb singing "Evidence" on YouTube.

4. "Ride It" ----- Ra'Shad The Blues Kid

I see where Malaco has now signed Mr. Sipp in its Ahab-like quest to appeal to the white blues market. Nothing against Mr. Sipp, but Malaco tried the same thing with Grady Champion and Queen Emily, and where are they now? Meanwhile, just up the road, the best young blues singer in the area is rocking in anonymity with great songs, evocative vocals and scorching lead guitar.

Listen to Ra'Shad singing "Ride It" on YouTube.

5. "Rush" ----- Mississippi Hummin' Boy feat. Neicy Redd

Another young artist steeped in old-school style is rising in the southern soul firmament. Hummin' Boy found magic with "What I Like" featuring Sir Charles Jones, Omar Cunningham and K Monique. "Rush," assisted by the seductive Neicy Redd, emits the same, floating-on-a-cloud rapture.

See Daddy B. Nice’s New Album Alert!

Listen to Mississippi Hummin' Boy and Neicy Redd singing "Rush" on YouTube.

6. "All Men Ain't Bad" ------ The Duchess Jureesa McBride

Jureesa McBride finally has the song of her life, and she's ready for this moment. She sounds as real as if she were sitting six feet away from you, telling you the "difference between a boy and a man". The Duchess will be singing "All Men Ain't Bad" in every performance for the rest of her life.

Listen to The Duchess Jureesa McBride singing "All Men Ain't Bad" on YouTube.

7. "Pay To Play" ----- P2K Dadiddy

"Pay 2 Play" explores some of the same territory as Arthur Young's "Funky Forty" but from a vastly different perspective and type of man. From P2K's new Pour It Up collection, which delivers the same, disarming, guy-next-door approach to life fans remember from 2018's Best Southern Soul CD Welcome To Da Boom Boom Room.

Listen to P2K singing "Pay To Play" on YouTube.

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8. "Now You Wanna Come Back" ----- Miss Portia

"Consistent." "Determined." Words I would choose to describe Miss Portia, in addition to "talented". But the first two are the rarity in the female singer ranks, and each monthly or bi-monthly single Portia releases leaves notches on our collective brains, not to mention makes her better. It took me a couple of listens with "You Wanna Come Back" but I shouldn't have nibbled because now I'm hooked.

Listen to Miss Portia singing "Now You Wanna Come Back" on YouTube.

9. "I Think I'm In Love" ----- Coldrank feat. Omar Cunningham

I had a lot of fun teasing Coldrank about changing his name from Cold Drank to "Coldrank" (or was it "Reek" from Game of Thrones?), but I have to make amends. "I Think I'm In Love" is a lovely, positive ballad with a truly memorable melody. One of the best cuts to come out of Baton Rouge in 2021---courtesy of producer Highway Heavy, of course.

10. "I Got Fired" ----- Sheila B. Sexi Jackson

The chords from B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone" never grow old. Haven't heard them in a southern soul tune for a couple of years, but Sheila Jackson does them well in this smoky and evocative tale of crisis.

Listen to Sheila B Sexi singing "I Got Fired From My Job" on YouTube.

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-------JULY 2021-------

1."Chicken Wang" ------ Klay Redd

Just what we need for the summer of 2021: a funny-as-hell, chicken-clucking, slam-dunk, club jam. Nothing fancy. Just an elemental groove and country-inflected vocal crying out for future remixes. This song invites everyone to flap their wings, and let me tell you... If you see a beautiful woman in the middle of the dance floor flapping her elbows up and down, real careless-like, it'll break your heart.

First new artist since Fat Daddy to score a #1 single first time out. Can't wait to see the dance video!

Listen to Klay Redd singing "Chicken Wang" on YouTube.

2. "On My Way Home" ------ Jeter Jones

There's enough feeling in this song to fill a basket-full of ordinary CD's. Structurally the simplest---and emotionally the deepest---of the many superb tunes on Jeter Jones new, five-star-rated Trailride Certified Part 2.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "On My Way Home" on YouTube.

3. "Down In The Kuntry" ----- Stan Butler feat. West Love

I've been suggesting Stan adopt his
"Cowboy Ride" persona (both performance-wise and vocally) and in "Kuntry," assisted by the powerful and gritty West Love, he kills it. This is his path to stardom, and this is a candidate for Best Duet of the Year.

Listen to Stan Butler and West Love singing"Down In The Kuntry" on YouTube.

4. "I Ain't Giving Up My Love" ----- Mizz Lowe

Bobby Rush's most infamous stage dancer comes out with an inspired bid for a top-of-the-charts single debut, aided by the master himself, who plays Mizz Lowe's foil in the same, hilarious way he did on Vicki Baker's "Don't Leave Your Wife".

Listen to Mizz Lowe and Bobby Rush singing "I Ain't Giving Up My Love" on YouTube.

5. "The Chosen One" ------ Sir Charles Jones

The bracing, northern musical ambience (vintage Detroit, Philly) gives it away. Sir Charles is aiming for the audience beyond southern soul with this chest-pounding, selfie testimonial. And who wouldn't want him leading the charge of southern soul into the mainstream, cape furling in the wind, shield glinting in the sun?

Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "The Chosen One" on YouTube.

6. "On Call Plumber" ----- WestDawn feat. Jeter Jones

There's good funk and there's bad funk. This is the good stuff.

Listen to WestDawn and Jeter Jones singing "On Call Plumber" on YouTube.

7. "Welcome To The Country" ----- Arthur Young

Arthur Young gets back to the blues basics---blazing guitar and vocal---and somehow he seems more comfortable and natural.

Listen to Arthur Young singing "Welcome To The Country" on YouTube.

8. "Damn Thang Wrong" ------ Highway Heavy

Highway Heavy scores his first solo southern soul single as the lead vocalist. He's rapping over a soulful chorus.

Listen to Highway Heavy singing "Damn Thang Wrong" on YouTube.

9. "Love Don't Love Nobody" ----- Big Pokey Bear feat. Mister Cotton

Gravelly-voiced, soul-loving Terry Cotton finally hits the jugular with none other than the sidepiece man himself, Big Pokey Bear.

Listen to Pokey Bear and Mister Cotton singing "Love Don't Love Nobody" on YouTube.

10. "Halfway" ------ Ice Doll feat. Roi "Chip" Anthony

Ice Doll raps it well, but its Roi "Chip" Anthony who brings this soulful melody and chorus home to the southern soul audience.

Listen to Ice Doll and Roi "Chip" Anthony singing "Halfway" on SoundCloud.

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

-------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

Listen to DeShay singing "Cowboy Ride" on YouTube.

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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 "Crawfish". The husky-voiced Nebu guests on both versions and delivers the chorus with amiable verve.

Listen to Hump Dogg and Nebu singing "Headz Or Tailz: The Crawfish Song" on You Tube.

5. "Come See About Me"-----"It's Jaye Hammer Time" CD.

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

6. "On My Way To Memphis"----Certified.

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

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

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

9. "(You Know) What I Like"----Omar Cunningham, Listen to the Mississippi Hummin' Boy and friends singing "You Know What I Like" on YouTube.

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

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