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August 1, 2021:

Daddy B. Nice's...

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

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

1. "Dukes And Boots"---Avail Hollywood
2. "Cowboy Style"---Ms. Jody
3. "Evidence"---Bigg Robb
4. "Ride It"---Ra'Shad The Blues Kid
5. "Rush"---Mississippi Hummin' Boy
6. "All Men Ain't Bad"---The Duchess Jureesa McBride
7. "Pay 2 Play"---P2K Dadiddy
8. "Now You Wanna Come Back"---Miss Portia
9. "I Think I'm In Love"---Coldrank feat. Omar Cunningham
10. "I Got Fired"---Sheila B. Sexi Jackson

11. "Say Yea"---Ra'Shad The Blues Kid
12. "Just Can't Help Myself"---P2K Dadiddy
13. "Young Thang (I Might Be A Young Man)"---T-Lyons The Southern Soul Kid
14. "Tomorrow"---Lil' Runt feat. Roi "Chip" Anthony
15. "Get Out Of My House"---Princess Towanna Murphy
16. "Good Vibes Only"---Big Sacc feat. Jeter Jones
17. "Quit My Job"---Soul Southern feat. Marcell Cassanova
18. "Can We Just Talk"---Wendell B
19. "Imma Let Him Get It"---Summer Wolfe
20. "Fatal Attraction"---Luziana Wil feat. Ricky Wayne

21. "If She Ain't Country"---Mississippi Hummin' Boy
22. "Like Candy"---Solomon Thompson feat. J-Wonn
23. "Ladies Night"---Bill Avery
24. "Just Stay In My Saddle"---Annie Washington
25. "Dip It Low"---Al Davis feat. Jeter Jones
26. "Come And Get My Loving"---Georgi'o
27. "Pour It Up"---P2K Dadiddy feat. Rhomey
28. "Hummmin Boy Weekend"---Mississippi Hummin' Boy
29. "I Wanna Celebrate"---Ms. Jody
30. "Can't Keep My Hands Off You"---Solomon Thompson feat. Jeff Floyd

31. "Big Thick Mix"---Nelson Curry
32. "Enuff"---Mississippi Hummin' Boy
33. "Don't Want To Be Alone"---Willie Clayton
34. "Women's Feet Never Stank"---Derrick Davis
35. "Back Down That Road"---Mr. Amazing
37. "If I Get It Up"---Miss Lady Blues
38. "I Lied To Myself"---Charles Blakely
39. "Good Girl"---Uncle Wayne
40. "My Wife Too"---Rico Baby

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July 27, 2021:

New Klay Redd Official Video & Line Dance of "Chicken Wang"

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:


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.


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.

---Daddy B. Nice

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July 1, 2021:

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

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

1. "Chicken Wang" --- Klay Redd
2. "On My Way Home"-- Jeter Jones
3. "Down In The Kuntry" --- Stan Butler feat. West Love
4. "I Ain't Giving Up My Love --- Mizz Lowe feat. Bobby Rush
5. "The Chosen One" --- Sir Charles Jones
6. "On Call Plumber" --- WestDawn feat. Jeter Jones
7. "Welcome To The Country" --- Arthur Young
8. "Damn Thang Wrong" --- Highway Heavy
9. "Love Don't Love Nobody" --- Pokey Bear feat. Mister Cotton
10. "Halfway" --- Ice Doll feat. Roi Chip Anthony

11. "Get It Poppin'" --- Vick Allen
12. "Get Nasty" --- Mr. Campbell
13. "Shot House" --- Mose Stovall
14. "Dirt Road Loving" --- Jeter Jones
15. "Sometimes Man" --- Bird Williams feat. Bigg Robb
16. "I'm All I Got, I'm All I Need" --- Sir Charles Jones
17. "Let Me See It" --- Bridget Shield
18. "She Makes It Talk To Me" --- Sweet P
19. "Shake It Down" --- Mr. David feat. Joe Nice
20. "Rain (Remix)" --- Jeter Jones feat. Volton Wright, R&B Pooh, David Jones

21. "Pull Back The Covers" --- WestDawn
22. "My House" --- Jeter Jones feat. Volton Wright
23. "Stuck Between The 2" --- Ms. Tip
24. "I'm Sorry" (Reissue) --- Hollywood Hayes
25. "Knock The Fire (Joe Nice Remix)" (Reissue) --- Mr. David feat. Joe Nice
26. "Lady In These Streets" --- Jeter Jones feat. MizzBehave, Kyara Boo
27. "I Come To Party" --- Donyale Renee
28. "Country Boy Slide" --- E.J. Soul feat. Narvel Echols
29. "I'll Be Your Man Tonight" --- Dexter Allen
30. "That's What You Like" --- Ricky White feat. Avail Hollywood

31. "The Way That You Move" --- Sassy D feat. Tucka
32. "Trailride Party" --- Jeter Jones feat. Just-K
33. "I Like It Like That" --- Lamar Brace
34. "Good Girl" --- Uncle Wayne
35. "Fill Dem Cups Up" --- Cheff Da Entertainer feat. Sojo, Yolanda Marshall
36. "Your Wife Is My Wife Too" --- Rico
37. "Don't Know How To Act" --- Joe Nice feat. Heather Rogers
38. "Satisfy" --- Klay Banks Da Hood Anchorman
39. "Laissez Les Bonton Rouler" --- B. Cam & The Zydeco Young Bucks
40. "The Moment" --- Treika

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


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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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.

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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.

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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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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

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

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

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

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.

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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. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------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. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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.

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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. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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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. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------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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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.

"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. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


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