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December 2, 2022:

TOP 40 SOUTHERN SOUL SINGLES

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in December 2022.

1. "Can I Get It"---Ciddy Boi P feat. Till 1 & Mississippi Hummin' Boy
2. "Let Me Take You There"---Stephanie McDee
3. "Whoop Dat Preacher"---Stan Butler
4. "I Love It Here"---Jay Morris Group
5. "Let's Play"---Karen Wolfe
6. "If My Girl Can't Come"---LaMorris Williams
7. "Ooh Aah"---Rosalyn Candy
8. "Hot Grits"---Mz. Pat feat. Ciddy Boi P
9. "Don't Play Wit It"---Breeze MrDo2Much feat. Jeter Jones
10. "Good Woman"---Miss Lady Blues

11. "U-Turn"---P2K DaDiddy feat. King George
12. "Double Crosser"---Vick Allen
13. "Put It On Me"---Jeter Jones
14. "2 Step"---Mark Holloway
15. "Knee Deep Part 3"---J. Morris Group
16. "I Luv You Better"---Mr. Don't Leave
17. "Landlord"---Mr. Fredlo
18. "Sip And Roll"---Ciddy Boi P
19. "Still Looking For A Lady"---T.K. Soul
20. "Ain't Got Time"---Big Mel

21. "Bad Bitch"---LaMorris Williams
22. "Mr. Johnny"---Keneisha
23. "Do My Thang"---Big Sett
24. "I Got To Get Your Number"---Jaye Hammer
25. "Mr. Big Stuff"---Evette Busby
26. "Country Girl"---Triple Boss Boys feat. Jeter Jones
27. "It's The Weekend"---Kayla The Love Note
28. "Stay"---Melani feat. Cupid
29. "I Wanna Party"---Kuntry Boy D
30. "Bayou Classy Lady"---Ciddy Boi P feat. Keyun & The Zydeco Masters

31. "That Good Good"---Stephanie McDee
32. "If The Shoe Fits"---Leroy Germaine
33. "Aunt Betty"---Joe Nice feat. Mr. Sam
34. "Come On Over"---Mr. Sipp
35. "Slow Dance"---Cupid feat. Mr. Talk Box
36. "Won't You Rock Me Baby"---Ms. Mickenzie
37. "Simple Girl"---R.B. Johnson
38. "She Got That Good"---T.K. Soul
39. "Highway 55"---Sir Charles Jones
40. "One Monkey Can Stop The Show"---Bobby Rush


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November 12, 2022: Daddy B. Nice's...

Southern Soul News & Notes

Whatever happened to Carl Marshall? Z.Z. Hill Jr.? Robert "The Juice" Lenoir? Willie P. Richardson? Prince Kenyatta? Judi Blue Eyes? Sterling Harrison? Lou Wilson & Today's People? Lijuana? Mystery Man? Leeroy? Bobby Conerly? Heavy But Sweet (Andy Pittman)? Larry Shannon Hargrove? Nolan Struck? Grady Champion? Arthur Foy? Joe "Blues" Butler? Renea Mitchell? Clarence Dobbins? Sang'n Clarence? Nicole Jackson? Alonzo Reid? Queen Emily? Jody Sticker? Hog Pin? Send info to daddybnice@southernsoulrnb.com ........Answers will be posted in Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag.........

Attention concert-goers! Soulabration at The Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi on December 31st looks like one of the most intriguing live line-ups to close out 2022. Nothing against the top tier of southern soul entertainers, but Soulabration's not the same old roster of major stars we'll see in venue after venue in the coming months. Instead, it's the up-and-coming and talented tier of southern soul performers little seen on the biggest stages: Wendell B, Arthur Young, Big Yayo, L.J. Echols & Adrian Bagher. Calvin Richardson (a major star) is the only exception. See Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar on the original site or on the cell phone site.......

Years ago, when entertainers like Sir Charles Jones (who marketed himself as the "King Of Southern Soul") and media writers like Daddy B. Nice were fighting for the legitimacy of the term "southern soul," the naysayers protested that the term was too geographically limited, that the qualifier "southern" excluded too much "soul". Radio programmers, pontificating from on high, were the most excoriating. Never mind that being "geographically-limited" didn't hurt Motown (Detroit) or reggae (Jamaica) or The Beatles (those lovable moptops from Liverpool).....The war has been won, of course. "Southern soul" was always the term that people fell back on to describe the music and its culture with any accuracy (not "soul-blues" or its many variations). And what better proof than the latest Facebook group, Detroit Southern Soul? What better evidence than to see the birthplace of (geographically-limited) Motown, still America's most iconic R&B, embracing southern soul with a Facebook group devoted to spreading the southern soul sound?.......

Remember earlier this year, when your Daddy B. Nice was breaking an unknown King George to the southern soul audience and marvelling that "Keep On Rolling" and "(Can't Stay) Too Long" had accumulated a million more YouTube views in less than a month, for a total of 3 million each?....Both "Keep On Rolling" and "Too Long" now have 24 million YouTube views each! And that number has increased to 25K and 26K respectively in just the two weeks before this note's publication......And let's give a tip of the hat to King George's much-overlooked vocal skills. Lost in the all the hoopla over his music and lyrics has been the depth, empathy and expressive abilities of his voice, which has become more and more evident as he branches out into collaborations with his southern soul mates such as Tucka on "Jukebox Lover (Remix)" and P2K DaDiddy on "U-Turn". King George's contributions make the songs........

Speaking of P2K's "U-Turn"......How come when brothers are rhapsodizing about doing special, loving things with their mates (like getting the candles and bathtub ready) they always riff on "breakfast in bed"? Who wants breakfast in bed? I don't want no breakfast in bed, even if it's served up on a silver tray. I'm still going to drop food all over the bedding. I want breakfast at the table. I want my bacon fried crispy, my eggs sunny-side-up. I want to be wide awake and engaged in the most important meal of the day!.......

Soul Express's Heikki Suosalo delves deeply into Luther Ingram's heritage in his latest column, Luther Ingram's Legacy: Birth Of A Song. The occasion is a short film by Luther's son, Eric Luther Ingram, recently awarded "The Audience Choice" Award at the Ocktober Film Festival in Brooklyn, New York City. The film recounts the making of ("If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right," which turned into a #1 soul and a #3 pop hit for Luther Ingram in 1972---and of course a perennial reference in southern soul songs to this day........

The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards honor music industry pundits for their publishing achievements. On October 27th in New York City The Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Book Awards in pop music for titles published in 2020 were awarded to three honorees, including David Whiteis for his biography of the late Denise LaSalle: Denise LaSalle with David Whiteis, Always the Queen: The Denise LaSalle Story (University of Illinois Press)........

Finally, DeMond Crump passed away in October. A longtime southern soul singer/songwriter in the Jackson, Mississippi area, he labored in obscurity for much of his career but had recently scored two high-charting songs in Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Singles: "Party 2 Hard" (#2 May 2022) and "Just Love Me" (#1 June 2021).

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November 5, 2022:

TOP 40 SOUTHERN SOUL SINGLES: NOVEMBER

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in November 2022.

1. "Don't Go"---Volton Wright
2. "Older Woman"---Sassy D
3. "Just Another Friday"---Arthur Young
4. "That's On Me"---Slack feat. Jeter Jones
5. "I'm Gonna Ride That Black Horse"---Ms. Jody
6. "Love Dem Blues"---Narvel Echols
7. "Toxic Love" (Re-Entry)---Marcellus The Singer
8. "Why I'm Crying"---Adrian Bagher
9. "Catfishing" (Original Mix)---Arthur Young
10. "Fine Ass Girl"---Memphis Jackson

11. "Never"---L.J. Echols
12. "Red Light Zone"---Action feat. Big Yayo & Solomon Thompson
13. "U-Turn"---P2K DaDiddy feat. King George
14. "Waiting It Out"---Donyale Renee feat. Itz Karma
15. "Chocolate Swirl"---Arthur Young
16. "Stay Out Of My Business"---Terrence Davis
17. "Whole Thang"---Mr. Nelson
18. "Ms. Baddie"---Ms. Key
19. "She Was Right There"---Volton Wright feat. Jeter Jones
20. "Get It Poppin'"---Chrissy Luvz

21. "Double Crosser"---Vick Allen
22. "I Forgot To Be Your Lover"---Klassic Man
23. "Come Party With Me"---Royal D
24. "Liquor Store"---Mz. Sassy
25. "Don't Leave"---Mr. Don't Leave
26. "Slyde"---Kami Cole
27. "Never Found Me A Girl"---Leroy Allen
28. "Don't Blame It On My Heart"---Ciddy Boi P. feat. Mz. Pat
29. "Moonshine And Carolina"---Joe Nice feat. Nelson Curry
30. "Ms. Parker"---M. Cally feat. Jeter Jones

31. "Back It Up"---Big Yayo feat. Solomon Thompson & Big Mucci
32. "Back Into It"---DJ Wildman Tim feat. Mule Man
33. "You Don't Have To Be A Star"---Carl Sims feat. Debra Benson
34. "Lil' Ole Shack"---Memphis Jackson
35. "Met My Baby"---Shirika "ReRe" Flowers
36. "Can You Get Away"---Wolfman Delliyo feat. Calvin Taylor
37. "Speed Dial"---Chrissy Luvz
38. "Put It On Me"---Shell-B (Shelby Hossey)
39. "Late Checkout"---Mz. Connie
40. "Another You"---Drea' C


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October 25, 2022:

DeMond Crump Passes


See Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to DeMond Crump.

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October 15, 2022:

Daddy B. Nice's News & Notes

The Blues Is Alright Tour has been posted for 2023. Line-ups will change from venue to venue, but you can pretty much count on the usual headliners---Tucka, Sir Charles Jones, Pokey Bear, Nellie "Tiger" Travis and new souhern soul star King George---with two or three spots for additional artists depending on the geography and demographic. The tour begins Feb. 24th in Washington D.C. (a new venue, along with Atlantic City, New Jersey, Rochester, New York, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Los Angeles and Oakland) and will end in late April, having visited 21 cities, three times the number of shows on the tour's schedule when it began, and a great barometer of southern soul music's slow but sure penetration into the national market. Watch Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar as line-ups become finalized and begin to emerge. Scroll down for complete itinerary......

Jackson, Tennessee's James "Super" Wolfe passed away October 2nd. The football star turned radio personality, entrepreneur and beloved community leader was 72. Read the obituary.......

Atlanta plays host to The Southern Soul Radio And Music Conference August 17-20, 2023. How about that? (From a little-old-me-southern-soul perspective.) It doesn't say "first annual," but that's obviously the hope and intention. I think I know some high-powered types who'll be showing up, and if you're a country-boy type, you may want to attend just to get an urban jolt. Featuring workshops, networking, awards dinner and gospel breakfast, the three-day conference will be held at the Doubletree Inn. Click here for particulars......

The Central Mississippi Blues Society is celebrating capital city Jackson's bicentennial with a two-day blues extravaganza November 13th to 14th headlined by Castro Coleman (southern soul's Mr. Sipp) and featuring panels, workshops and live show. For more information see “Reflecting Jackson Mississippi in the Blues” courtesy of The Boogie Report.......

Speaking of the blues, central-Mississippi bluesman Eddie Cotton is set to kick off a regular feature, Blues Saturdays, at Jackson local eatery The Weekend on Capital Street October 15th......Mr. Hollywood, who broke into Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Singles this month at #5 with "Ms. Fine Thang," is the entertainer name of Calvin Jenkins of Charleston, South Carolina......Velvet-voiced DeShay has recorded another female response song to King George's "Keep On Rollin'," following Redd Velvet, Carolyn Staten and more.....Avail Hollywood has a new album (Love, Lies, Loyalty) in the works, as does Volton Wright, whose debut album Love On You, released during the pandemic, was exceptional......I had to laugh, listening to T.K. Soul and J-Wonn both singing the main melody line on "Look Good, Look Fine" (#10, DBN's Top 10 Oct.). Why? The competitiveness of southern soul singers, which is so ingrained I doubt either artist even considered harmonizing, which would mean one would have to take the lesser (harmonizing) line. So not only do southern soul stars refuse to share the spotlight by forming bands. They won't even form ad hoc harmonizing duos!

Here's the complete list (as of this date) for the Blues Is Alright tour stops in 2023:
Feb 24---Washington D.C.
Feb 25---Charlotte N.C.
March 3---New Orleans
March 4---Dallas
March 10---Indianapolis
March 11---Augusta GA.
March 17---Cleveland
March 18---Atlantic City N.J.
March 24---Cincinnati
March 25---Rochester N.Y.
March 31---Milwauke WI.
April 1---Detroit
April 7---St. Louis
April 8---Chicago
April 9---Kansas City
April 14---Macon GA.
April 15---Atlanta
April 21---Houston
April 22---Shreveport
TBA---Los Angeles
TBA---Oakland

---Daddy B. Nice



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May 3, 2022: Daddy B. Nice News Alert!

WDIA MEMPHIS DJ BOBBY O'JAY HAS DIED.



Read the well-informed and wide-ranging obituary by Bob Mehr of the "Memphis Commercial Appeal".



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...Continued....Monthly Singles Charts from right-hand column....



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

-------MAY 2022-------

1. "Mr. Willy"-----C. Jones

Fans are so hungry for product---new southern soul music and sounds---deejays are scouring ever more obscure efforts before the unknown performers themselves are even ready to lace up their marching boots. That's what happened to C. (Chad) Jones, who's been knocking around the fringes of R&B for the better part of a decade. His "Mr. Willy" caught the attention of an alert Brit a few months ago (see Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag) and set off a frenzied search by deejays to be the first to announce the record. Now it's finally on sale and on YouTube. Nor has "Mr. Willy" lost any of its luster during the delay. It starts off very "middlin" (and could have been a flop) but soon soars on the wings of a fetching vocal and unique background track that weds a rhythm guitar to a tingling, bagpipe/clavichord-like sound that hovers around it like a sun-touched cloud.

Listen to C. Jones singing "Mr. Willy" on YouTube.

2. "Party 2 Hard"-----DeMond Crump

He used to be so raw (early Jackson, MS days), but this single along with last year's #1 single "Just Love Me" mark a huge transformation. The production's first-rate, the tempo's irresistable and the uncredited female singer (it's more accurately a duet) is off the charts. Actually, there may be more women singing on the choruses (or one double-tracking). Whatever, it makes the record blossom and brings out the best---the loosey-goosey---in DeMond.

Listen to DeMond Crump singing "Party 2 Hard" on YouTube.

3. "She Could Never Be Me (The Remix)"-----K. Renaa

The remix is so much better than the slower-tempoed 2017 original (which, paradoxically, has the sumptuous video) and it makes you wonder how many killer out-takes and mixes are languishing on hard drives around the circuit, discarded for inferior takes that never made it. Now, thanks to Renaa's rousing vocal, you can dance, sing or march around the house to "She Could Never Be Me" as your own, fired-up, personal anthem.

Listen to K. Renaa singing"She Could Never Be Me" on YouTube.

4. "Grooving In Love"-----Simply Wayne

Now here's a guy who sounds like he just walked out the back door of church on an August Sunday (in other words a gospel singer) and tossed off a quart with the guys. Pure southern soul singer with a little Reggie P. pedigree.

Listen to Simply Wayne singing "Grooving In Love" on YouTube.

5. "Ain't Nobody"-----J'Cenae

At first I had trouble with the title. Some of us have deep, deep ties to Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody," and nothing will ever take its place. But I got over it and this is a good song. Although it may leave you wondering what Wendell B song the instrumental track came from.

Listen to J'Cenae singing "Ain't Nobody" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's new Artist Guide: J'Cenae #19 The New Generation of Southern Soul.

6. "Sexy Lady"-----C. (Chad) Jones

In case you think C. Jones (#1 above with "Mr. Willy") will be a one-and-done, check this out.

Listen to C. (Chad) Jones singing "Sexy Lady" on YouTube.

7. "Bae Changed Me"-----Sky Whatley

After a long absence (a decade maybe?) Redd Velvet has returned to the studio with an "answer song" to King George's "Keep On Rolling," but I'll opt for Sky Whatley's send-up of the King's "Too Long". It's not an "answer" but a sampling worked into a lush and enjoyable ballad. Hope he approached George for the rights.

Listen to Sky Whatley singing "Bae Changed Me" on YouTube.

8. "Brown Liquor"-----Theodis Ealey

Not that "Brown Liquor" isn't an impressive single from the Ealey-Man (the King George of his day), but I fondly remember when "Stand Up In It" first came out---before it became famous---we media types thought of it as light and catchy, something like K. Renaa's "She Could Never Be Me" (#3 above), never dreaming it would become a stone-cold classic.

Listen to Theodis Ealey singing "Brown Liquor" on YouTube.

9. "I Wanna Feed Ya"-----Rosalyn Candy

Listen to Rosalyn Candy singing "I Wanna Feed Ya" on YouTube.

10. "Travelin' Man"-----K. Renaa

Listen to K. Renaa singing "Travelin' Man" on YouTube.

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

-------APRIL 2022-------

1. "Too Long" ------- King George

We fans can be forgiven for asso-
ciating the artist's personal life with the lyrics, as in King George's #1-ranked, bad-boy-boasting "Keep On Rollin'" (March '22). But George's "Too Long," which languished (if you can call three million views "languishing") on YouTube for two years before "Keep On Rollin'" broke at #1, is just the opposite. The lyrics portray a conscientious and responsible man in love with his mate withstanding the temptations of touring. "Can't stay too long / I gotta keep moving" is King George's refrain as he navigates the women trying "to get his attention." "Too Long" gained three million page views in just one month since "Keep On Rollin'" debuted at Daddy B. Nice's #1.

See Daddy B. Nice's new artist guide: King George The New Generation of Southern Soul.

Listen to King George singing "Too Long" on YouTube.

2. "Leave & Party"----- King George

Recorded two years ago, "Leave & Party" is the precursor to King George's southern soul mega-hit, "Keep On Rollin'". Similar in tone, tempo and chording, complete with exhilarating, gospel-style background vocals, "Leave & Party" introduces Keisha and the obliging gals from "Keep On Rollin'" who are happy to pamper George after a hard week of work when all he wants to do is "get drunk, smoke weed" and "get his party on".

Listen to King George singing "Leave & Party" on YouTube.

3. "Country Man"----- Arthur Young

Musically, "Country Man" is more evidence (if any were needed) of how much Arthur Young loves southern soul music. The vocal's outstanding, the instrumental track rich and full. Lyrically, it's narrated in a third person account, as if Arthur had picked it up in a bar or truck stop booth from a guy experiencing a husband/wife mid-life crisis. Arthur calls him an "old man" because he's been married 20 years and raised his kids, but to some of us grown folks this guy's just getting started. Welcome to life, baby, and another funky forty years!

Listen to Arthur Young singing "Country Man" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Arthur Young: The New Generation of Southern Soul.

4. "Party With Friends"----- Nelson Curry

Nelson Curry pokes his creative needle into the southern soul main-line with this exuberantly-produced, mid-tempo anthem celebrating the pleasures of conviviality. From the "Shackman's" new album Evolution Of Soul.

Listen to Nelson Curry singing "Party With Friends" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s new 4-star review of Nelson Curry's Evolution Of Soul.

5. "Let Me Ride That Pony"----- Donnie Ray

From Donnie Ray's new album, I'm Just The Man For You, "Let Me Ride That Pony" features a bracing Donnie Ray vocal and an instrumental track that cooks like a pot of bubbling gumbo.

Listen to Donnie Ray singing "Let Me Ride That Pony" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's New Album Alert.

6. "Crown Royal (Quiet Storm Mix)"------ X-Man Parker

This is a stunning record and very atypical. X-Man has toyed with the title and melody in different versions over the years, but this is by far the best. "Quiet Storm" implies a sound most southern soul fans aren't interested in, but this isn't "smooth". It's vanguard---edgy---thanks to the superb, higher-register vocal and unique production. No YouTube yet!

7. "No Worries"----- Jeter Jones

Jeter Jones shows no signs of flagging. "No Worries"---with a lilting, mid-tempo melody and a feel-good message---is yet another brick in the wall for the Kang of Trailride Blues.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "No Worries" on YouTube.

8. "Jody"------ Sheila B. Sexi feat. Jeter Jones

This song comes at you sideways, low-key, dominated by an elbow-churning rhythm track. Sheila B. Sexi is a Jeter Jones/Slacktraxx artist with a couple of charted singles and album under her belt in just her first year in southern soul. Jeter guests.

Listen to Sheila B. Sexi singing "Jody" on YouTube.

9. "Trail Ride Shawty"----- Marcellus The Singer

Listen to Marcellus The Singer singing "Trail Ride Shawty" on YouTube.

10. "Flex (Your Body)"----- Cupid

Is it just my imagination, or is this the closest Bryson Bernard has ever come to capturing the dance magic of the "Cupid Shuffle"?

Listen to Cupid singing "Flex" on YouTube.

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

-------MARCH 2022-------

1. "Keep On Rollin'" ------- King George

Three million YouTube views in less than a month! I'm in awe of the power of southern soul music to connect with the fans. It doesn't matter if it's an "unknown". "Keep On Rollin" speaks to that unconscious id we all carry around, unaware we're blinkered by social norms until we encounter someone who upsets that apple cart of civility. That's why we're so tickled and pleased when Pokey Bear has the boldness to sing, "But I ain't coming home until three," or King George sings, "One monkey don't stop no show."

Listen to King George singing "Keep On Rollin'" on YouTube.

See more Daddy B. Nice commentary on King George.

2. "I Can't Keep Loving You" ----- Willie Clayton

Late last year Willie teamed up with Tucka on "I'm Looking For A Woman," which was as much a validation of the contemporary relevance of southern soul's master stylist as it was a feather in the young man's cap. Willie actually inches out the popular Tucka in this month's top ten singles with a vocal that would do Al Green proud and an instrumental track as taut and textured as vintage Stax.

Listen to Willie Clayton singing "I Can't Keep Loving You" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's "New Album Alert" on Willie Clayton's new "Soul Caesar" CD.

3. "Jukebox Lover" ----- Tucka

Tucka revisits the smooth and breezy musical setting of "Tipsy" for this evocative ode to dancing and loving.

Listen to Tucka singing "Jukebox Lover" on YouTube.

4. "Give Me Some Credit" ----- Jay Morris Group

They've got the formula (scintillating harmonies, organ-style keyboard fills, male and female give and take) and they've got the melodies, and they're in a creative zone the likes of which we seldom have the good fortune to witness.

Listen to the Jay Morris Group singing "Give Me Some Credit" on YouTube.

5. "(Get It) Mr. Willy" ----- C. Jones

Another southern-soul, mind-blowing "unknown". If you've been following Daddy B. Nice’s Mailbag, you know that reader DeWayne has been on a mission to find this song he heard in a deejay mixtape. Ordinarily I wouldn't feature a song not on YouTube nor for sale, especially when that same artist himself is on Facebook, but I'm now in possession of a copy, I'm playing the hell out of it, and I just emailed it to DeWayne. Readers, know that "Mr. Willy," like this month's #1 "Keep On Rollin'," is mainlining southern soul, and I'm betting that within a month a link to the real thing will grace this space.

DBN notes 4-3-22: Here's the link as promised. But not from the artist. DJ Sir Rockinghood---bless him---starts off his latest YouTube mix with two---or is it three---versions of "Mr. Willy".

6. "Poundtown" ----- David Brinston

David Brinston snags a good, ornery song and delivers it in his inimitable, ornery style.

Listen to David Brinston singing "Poundtown" on YouTube.

7. "Friday Night" ----- King George

Here's another impressive tune---an update of Sir Charles Jones' "Friday---by the young artist taking southern soul by storm. (See #1 above.)

Listen to King George singing "Friday Night" on YouTube.

8. "Father, Father" ----- Nelson Curry

One of southern soul's premier vocalists hits an emotional peak with this searing ballad dedicated to his father. From his new album Evolution Of Soul.

Listen to Nelson Curry singing "Father, Father" on YouTube.

9. "Can't Stop Thinking Bout You" ----- Andre' Lee

Longtime veteran Andre' Lee crafts a lot of sensitive ballads but outdoes himself with this bonafide classic.

Listen to Andre' Lee singing "Can't Stop Thinking Bout You" on YouTube.

10. "Been A Boss" ----- Sweet Nay

Sweet Nay follows up her pair of February top ten singles (scroll down) with this frenetic, zydeco-fired, Beat Flippa-produced club banger. From her new 4-star-rated debut album, "Good Vibes".

Listen to Sweet Nay singing "Been A Boss" on YouTube.

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

-------FEBRUARY 2022-------

1. "Get My Groove On"-------Jeter Jones

Good club (dance) songs are so hard to come by. How'd we miss this one? Leave it to Jeter to remind us that "Groove On" (from Dhis Him) is as fresh as anything out there. If watching him dance free-style solo outside on the driveway and street doesn't get you off the sofa (as it does his family and friends at the end of this mesmerizing new video), you'll know you're ready for the retirement community.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "Get My Groove On" on YouTube.

2. "Magic Woman"-----Binky Womack

Binky Womack brings more to the table than just that famous "Womack" name. The melody and vocal on "Magic Woman" will warm your heart. The lyrics will make you smile when you realize hungry-for-love trumps hungry-for-food.

Listen to Binky Womack singing "Magic Woman" on YouTube.

3. "Whooped (I Put That Nookie On Him)"-----Sweet Nay

This mid-tempo jewel, written by Sweet Nay & P2K and produced by Avail Hollywood, will get your attention from Sweet Nay's rousing "Someone call 911" intro. From Good Vibes, her splendid new debut album.

Listen to Sweet Nay singing "Whooped" on YouTube.

4. "Two Step"-----King Fred feat. Shae Shae

Speaking of club songs, it's a joy to see Fred Hicks polishing his little genie's bottle of idiosyncratic techniques, coaxing out ever more professional and lovely-sounding productions.

Listen to King Fred and Shae Shae singing "Two Step"

5. "Mississippi Girl"-----Vick Allen

Have you noticed? 2022 is starting out with a new sound: low-key (Binky Womack), folksy (King Fred), Americana-like----in fact, more "If They Can Beat Me Rocking"-like. Even Vick is getting into it!

Listen to Vick Allen singing "Mississippi Girl" on YouTube.

6. "Thunder And Showers"-----Poka Jones feat. Sweet Nay

Another sure-fire chart-climber from Sweet Nay's Good Vibes album. Poka Jones is the singer who debuted a year ago with the groovy and empathic single "Love Thyself". Produced by Nil Jones.

Listen to Poka Jones and Sweet Nay singing "Thunder And Showers" on YouTube.

7. "Juke Joint 2K"-----Nelson Curry.

Cue this up after Jeter Jones' "Get My Groove On". From the same bag of vintage dance classics, courtesy of Curry's new album, The Evolution Of Soul.

Listen to Nelson Curry singing "Juke Joint 2K" on YouTube.

8. "Talk To Yo Ole Lady"-----Augusta (Augusta Walker)

Strong debut single by a vocalist exploring the late Marvin Sease's legendary territory.

Listen to Augusta Walker singing "Talk To Yo Ole Lady" on YouTube.

9. "Count On Me"-----T.J. Hooker Taylor

More Americana-like southern soul from a Taylor boy who just keeps gaining in confidence and accessibility with each new outing.

Listen to T.J. Hooker Taylor singing "(You Can) Count On Me" on YouTube.

10. "Over Night Stay"-----Dre Walker feat. J-Wonn

Pure J-Wonn, twenty-something romance and innocence. He teams up with a young singer, Dre Walker, who shares J-Wonn's style and bedding-them-down preoccupations. Most fascinating lyric so far this year: "Whatcha mean I'm not going back home tonight? You wouldn't be trying to kidnap me?"

Listen to Dre Walker and J-Wonn singing "Over Night Stay" on YouTube.

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

-------January 2022-------

1."Keep It 100"-----Carlin Taylor feat. The Soul Cartel Band

YouTube history tells us this band started out doing amateurish funk covers. Now look. They've matured, gotten "religion" (southern soul, that is) with their mellowed-and-polished, dance-friendly lead singer dispatching one of the catchiest tunes to ever jump-start a new year. The two best "Keep It 100" videos are here---one above in the title link and one below, right about here...

Listen to Carlin Taylor singing "Keep It 100" on YouTube.

2. "How Can You Love Me"-----Jay Morris Group

A fresh, staccato guitar and chording piano carry this latest harmony-rich tale from the Jay Morris Group with Jay and Long Story Short.

Listen to the Jay Morris Group singing "How Can You Love Me" on YouTube.

3. "Ride This Saddle"-----Christie & The Superior Band

Produced by Ves (Kenne' Wayne's "We Do We") and featuring Curley Taylor on button accordion, good times abound in this zydeco-flavored party jam sung with joyous verve by Houston's Christa Norris.

Listen to Christie and The Superior Band singing "Ride This Saddle" on YouTube.

4. "My Baby Don't Love Me No More"-----Jay Morris Group

The Jay Morris group revitalizes another worn-out, chitlin-circuit theme (a cheating man losing his woman) with typically rich details and original results, and I'm proud to be documenting their meteoric rise. The trio is now the twelfth-ranked southern soul artist on Daddy B. Nice’s newest Top 100 Countdown: The New Generation.

Listen to the Jay Morris Group singing "My Baby Don't Love Me No More" on YouTube.

5. "Good Wood"-----Big Yayo feat. Kenne' Wayne.

Wayne and Yayo sound as good as The Isley Brothers on this one. Mabry's (Big Yayo's) synthesized instrumental flourishes update the sound but even better is the harmony line Yayo finds on their choruses. All Yayo does is make hits, and with remarkable consistency. That is why he's now the newest entry (at #16) in Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 Countdown: The New Generation.

Listen to Big Yayo and Kenne' Wayne singing "Good Wood" on YouTube.

6. "Knee Deep Part II"-----Jay Morris Group

This is the new southern soul single currently getting the most YouTube views (one million in its first month). And if you're really mired in the deep artistic mud of both "Knee Deeps," check out DJ Sir Rockinghood's special mix, Jay Morris Group: Knee Deep Pt 1 & 2 Special Mix), with an entire, verse-long cameo by Lenny Williams, whose iconic "Ooh-ooh-ooooh" was referenced in the first "Knee Deep".

Listen to the Jay Morris Group singing "Knee Deep Part II" on YouTube.

7. "You Ain't Gotta Cry No More"-----J'Cenae feat. Wendell B

In effect, Wendell has found a female counterpart to himself, nearly his equal in talent. And when you put them together, it's something like Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell back in the day.

Listen to J'Cenae and Wendell B singing "You Ain't Gotta Cry No More" on YouTube.

8. "It Sounds Like I'm Lying"-----Jay Morris Group

It's never happened before, and these charts go back to 2005. "It Sounds Like I'm Lying" is the fourth of four JMG singles posted in a single month, and it may be the best.

Listen to the Jay Morris Group singing"It Sounds Like I'm Lying" on YouTube.

9. "Saddle Up"-----Jeter Jones feat. Volton Wright & R&B Pooh

Listen to Jeter Jones, Volton Wright & R&B Pooh singing"Saddle Up" onYouTube.

10. "You Deserve Better"-----Avail Hollywood feat. P2K

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "You Deserve Better" on YouTube.

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

-------DECEMBER 2022-------

1. "Can I Get It?-----Ciddy Boi P feat. Till 1 & Missis-
sippi Hummin' Boy

What a party-starter! It's raw, "grown," melodic and machined to groove. Ciddy Boi has a make-it-happen, follow-the-Pied-Piper voice, and the three-part verse trade-off among Ciddy Boy, Hummin' Boy and Till 1 blesses the song with endomorphin-releasing contrasts. For more on the prolific singer/songwriter/producer, read Daddy B. Nice's Ciddy Boi P: New Arrival/Make Way!

Listen to Ciddy Boi P, Till 1 & Mississippi Hummin' Boy singing "Can I Get It? on YouTube.

2. "Let Me Take You There"-----Stephanie McDee

One of Stephanie McDee's most uncompromising vocals ever. Set against a brilliant, undulating, acoustic instrumental track by (who woulda thought?) Unkle Phunk! To hear "Stef" barking out party-starter euphemisms like a dominatrix cracking a leather whip while the gorgeous guitar-picking weaves in and out like bands of silk rippling in the wind is at the least original and at best (my opinion) a little miracle sent down from southern soul heaven.

Listen to Stephanie McDee singing "Let Me Take You There" on YouTube.

3. "Whoop Dat Preacher"------Stan Butler

Stan Butler's preacher is worse than Mr. Jody! His rustic sound recalls Nathaniel Kimble ("Can You Back It Up") and Steve Perry ("Booty Roll"). And although the preacher gets the best of him, Butler's blithe delivery lifts spirits and breaks out smiles. Stan Butler is celebrated this month with a new, long-overdue artist guide in Daddy B. Nice's chart-in-progress, The New Generation Southern Soul.

P.S. Strange but true. Although they arrive at vastly different musical destinations, the rhythm track to Stan Butler's "Whoop Dat Preacher" is identical to the rhythm track of T.J. Hooker Taylor's "Count On Me"(#9 February 22)

Listen to Stan Butler singing "Whoop Dat Preacher" on YouTube.

4. "I Love It Here"-------Jay Morris Group

As markedly different as the preceding three songs are, this new Jay Morris Group ballad makes yet another stylistic statement. The production is more impressive on this record than most of their new album---a fuller sound (with all the trimmings) rendered all the more dramatic because of the close-to-acapella simplicity of the individual verses, taken in turn by Jay, Zee and K-Monique, Daddy B. Nice's Best Female Vocalist of 2021. You'll be hummin' it.

Read Daddy B. Nice's New Album Alert!

Listen to the Jay Morris Group singing "I Love It Here" on YouTube.

5. "Let's Play"------Karen Wolfe

This smokes, Karen. There are two versions, one explicit ("You walk around like your shit don't stink"...). Like Karen, who titles it the "Karen Wolfe version," I love it "bad". Call me grown, but "That Bitch Ain't Me" is just more real than "That Chick Ain't Me". Too many people censor themselves into irrelevance. Not the storied, past generation of divas (Brown, Carr, Scott-Adams, LaSalle). And not Karen.

Listen to Karen Wolfe singing "Let's Play" on YouTube.

6. "If My Girl Can't Come"------LaMorris Williams

The response to this unobtrusive little tune may surprise LaMorris. Women can relate, and it's a common---some would say universal---situation.

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing "If My Girl Can't Come" on YouTube.

7. "Ooh Aah"------Rosalyn Candy

Now this is the kind of song a man wants to listen to. Yes, sir.

Listen to Rosalyn Candy singing "Ooh Aah" on YouTube.

8. "Hot Grits"------Mz. Pat feat. Ciddy Boi P

Great tune. Scolding but lovable narrator (Mz Pat). There's an interval in the chorus when the background voices slip into what could almost be called a prolonged moan, like wind through the trees, or a long sigh. Nice effect.

Listen to Mz. Pat feat. Ciddy Boi P singing "Hot Grits" on YouTube.

9. "Don't Play With It"--------Breeze MrDo2Much feat. Jeter Jones

Breeze is the guy who did that stunning cover of Sir Charles Jones awhile back. He can really sing, even coaxing one of Jeter Jones' finest guest vocals on this southern soul stepper.

Listen to Breeze MrDo2Much & Jeter Jones singing "Don't Play With It" on YouTube.

10. "Good Woman"-----Miss Lady Blues

Miss Lady Blues has a little trouble reaching a high note midway through, then---like a lady in heels tripping on a grate---goes off-tune on a couple of notes, but the track is solid and getting good response.

Listen to Miss Lady Blues singing "Good Woman" on YouTube.

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

-------NOVEMBER 2022-------

1. "Don't Go"-----Volton Wright

Who knew three simple, ascend-
ing chords could mesmerize like this? Volton builds a beautiful melody line for the verses that bonds to the simple chord progression like muscle to bone, then breathes inspirational lyrics---humble, chastened and heartfelt---into the whole to give it life. From his exemplary sophomore southern soul album, Love Me Right.

Listen to Volton Wright singing "Don't Go" on You Tube.

2. "Older Woman"------Sassy D.

A couple of new Sassy's are trying to break into the genre but (for now, at least) they're just imposters. The real Sassy is Sassy D, the Sassy D of "Change My Mind" and "Netflix & Chill". Sassy has an indescribable knack for hitting the universal inflections---part streets, part youthful innocence---like the ladies from Motown and Philly back in the day. And yet on "Older Woman" she expounds (albeit just as charmingly) from the older perspective.

Listen to Sassy D singing "Older Woman" on YouTube.

3. "Just Another Friday"-------Arthur Young

I don't understand the line that sounds like "The girl got that stallion booty" but I sure do like it. Just as much as I like the buzz I get from hearing Arthur Young singing a dance jam. Another superb tune from his latest album, Back To The Blues.

Listen to Arthur Young singing "Just Another Friday" on YouTube.

4. "That's On Me"------Slack feat. Jeter Jones

Slack comes out from behind the producer's scrim. It's not the first time, but probably the best, accompanied by his mate Jeter, and they're promising their gals everything. And I do mean everything.

Listen to Slack and Jeter Jones singing "That's On Me" on YouTube.

5. "I'm Gonna Ride That Black Horse"-----Ms. Jody

Ms. Jody swings for the fence with this one and it's going, going, going...gone. Home run. Best tune and best vocal since "Just Let Me Ride".

Listen to Ms.Jody singing "I'm Gonna Ride That Black Horse" on YouTube.

6. "Luv Dem Blues"------Narvel Echols

Narvel Echols, if you'll remember, did the mind-blowing "Pour Me A Drank" a couple of years ago. I like the way he goes out on a limb and still finds a southern soul groove.

Listen to Narvel Echols singing "Luv Dem Blues" on YouTube.

7. "Toxic Love"------Marcellus The Singer

This is a chart reappearance. "Toxic Love" made the Top 40 Singles a few months ago but has remained popular and is deserving of Top 10 recognition.

Listen to Marcellus The Singer singing "Toxic Love" on YouTube.

8. "Why I'm Crying"-----Adrian Bagher

At first this didn't sound at all like Adrian Bagher. Now, after repeated listenings, it does.

Listen to Adrian Bagher singing "Why I'm Crying" on YouTube.

9. "Catfishing"------Arthur Young

This is the original version of "Catfishing" never officially released. Much better than the previous, speeded-up version. Now if Arthur only took that old, charismatic Facebook video where he's smiling and playing the acoustic guitar to "Catfishing" and put it on the YouTube platform, we'd be as pleased as pigs in a poke.

Listen to Arthur Young singing "Catfishing" on YouTube.

10. "Fine Ass Girl"-----Memphis Jackson

Debut of the month. Interesting name. What next? someone called Monroe Shreveport?

Listen to Memphis Jackson singing "Fine Ass Girl" on YouTube.

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

-------OCTOBER 2022-------

1. "This Time It Was Me"-----Arthur Young

This insider's delight muscled its way up the playlist by hook and by crook. Instrumentally, of course, it's a downgrade from Ronnie Lovejoy's magnificent "Sho' Wasn't Me," and at first you'll be fascinated by the relative drop-offs in production as Young faithfully renders the song right down to the legendary female back-up singers. But then, as you continue to hear it with other new music, it grows on you. Not only does Young throw his complete body and spirit into his most tremendous vocal ever. He gets so far into the lyrics he genuinely updates the classic "case of mistaken identity" for the new generation.

Listen to Arthur Young singing "This Time It Was Me" on YouTube.

2. "All For You"-----Crystal Thomas feat. Crystyle

Crystal's finest southern soul since her stunning duet with Pokey Bear, "All I Want Is You". Read Daddy B. Nice's account of how southern soul fans are in a tug of war with classic blues fans for the uber-talented singer's loyalties.

See Crystal Thomas #23 The New Generation.

Listen to Crystal Thomas singing "All For You" on YouTube.

3. "Mr. Right Now"-----J-Wonn

J-Wonn drops one for the ages, fulfilling the promise of his vaunted signature single, "I Got This Record". Everything shimmers with excellence---melody, instrumental track and vocal---and this young performer's production skills are second to none.

Read Daddy B. Nice's five-star review of J-Wonn's new MR. RIGHT NOW CD.

4. "Don't Make Me Beg"-----Willie Clayton

There's no moss growing under Willie Clayton. Love, integrity, wisdom and heartache mingle with astonishing force in this bluesy southern soul accounting of what happens when a man loves a woman. The searing vocal and pristine production are backed by an all-live band including live strings.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s New Album Alert of Willie Clayton's brand new Caesar Soul & Blues CD.

5. "Ms. Fine Thang"------Mr. Hollywood

"Five foot five/ Nice long hair/ Thick in the thighs/ There she goes right there..." You'll soon be singing it too. A new and budding star picks up the southern soul mantle and breaks the tape running across the finish line.

Listen to Mr. Hollywood singing "Ms. Fine Thang" on YouTube.

6. "I Swear"------Mr. Don't Leave (Eric Hunter) feat. Johnny James

This guy's too new to know what he's doing yet. There's no YouTube, and he's involved in some streaming service that only parses a snippet of a sample. But what a song. And what a vocal, with the one and only Johnny James in support.

7. "One Step Closer To Home"-------William Bell

Pure, stinging, red-clay blues from a legend who really wasn't known for blues as much as soul as a young man at Stax. Nevertheless, he kills it. Kudos to the stark, black and white video.

Listen to William Bell singing "One Step Closer To Home" on YouTube.

8. "Keep On Rolling Reply"-----DeShay

Following Redd Velvet, Carolyn Staten and other ladies, DeShay checks in with her take on King George's "Keep On Rollin'".

Listen to DeShay singing "Keep On Rolling Reply" on YouTube.

9. "My Lucky Day"------Big G

Big G never grows old. He still sings like a whip cracking in a Clint Eastwood western.

Listen to Big G singing "My Lucky Day" on YouTube.

10. "Look Good Look Fine"-----J-Wonn & T.K. Soul

This simple, catchy chant gives J and TK an ideal platform to experiment with their vocal chops.

Listen to J-Wonn & T.K. Soul singing "Look Good Look Fine" on YouTube.

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

-------SEPTEMBER 2022-------

1. "Jukebox Lover (Remix)"-------Tucka feat. King George

Tucka's "Jukebox Lover" didn't make #1 in March when it was first released. It came in at #3, losing out to King George's megahit "Keep On Rollin'" and Tucka's own duet with Willie Clayton. This #1 makes amends. With the benefit of time it's obvious "Jukebox Lover" will go down as one of Tucka's most iconic songs, and when King George enters the first verse it takes off warp-speed for the stars. Truthfully, we've been so hypnotized by George's songwriting we're just beginning to appreciate the tones and textures of his everyman vocals.

Listen to Tucka and King George singing "Jukebox Lover Remix" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice's five-star ("southern soul heaven") review of King George's JUKE JOINT MUSIC.

Read TUCKA IS #1: The New Generation Southern Soul.

2. "Make Me Say It Again"-------Beyonce, Ronald Isley & The Isley Brothers

Beyonce sings southern soul! I never thought I'd say these words. She covers one of the Isleys' vintage hits with bewitching style and discipline, never lapsing into commercial R&B histrionics (except a little at the end), dueting with the incomparable Ronald Isley. The mixing and mastering is amazing in a southern soul context.

Listen to Beyonce and Ronald Isley singing "Make Me Say It Again" on YouTube.

3. "She's Running From Dick 2 Dick"------Billy "Soul" Bonds

Meanwhile, back on the red-clay earth of record production, Billy "Soul" Bonds returns with another song meant to make you laugh a little (but also cry a little). "Dick 2 Dick" isn't anywhere near as X-rated as it sounds. Some will call it corny, but that's just Bonds doing his thing (the thing we southern soul diehards love!) ironically with the same melodic structure of his long-running, cultish Delta favorite "Every Time My Neighbor Walks His Dog (My Wife Has To Walk Her Cat)," and featuring an equally nonplussed husband.

Read more at "Billy Soul Bonds: New Music Alert!"

Listen to Billy "Soul" Bonds singing "She's Running From Dick 2 Dick" on YouTube.

4. "A Closed Mouth Don't Get Fed"-----Bridget Shield

Bridget Shield is the young lady who released the perky and provocative "Let Me See It" last year. Here she gets into the chords and keys of Latimore's "Let's Work It Out" with satisfying results.

Listen to Bridget Shield singing "A Closed Mouth Don't Get Fed" on YouTube.

5. "Just Can't Let Go"------Breeze MrDo2Much

We remember "Friday" and "Is Anybody Lonely?", but as the years fly by we tend to forget the other great songs on Sir Charles Jones' Love Machine. This cover by Breeze is so faithful I at first thought Sir Charles had grown a beard and donned a cowboy hat. The most we can ask from a cover song is that it brings the original back to genuine, quivering life, and by that measure Breeze triumphs.

Listen to Breeze singing "Just Can't Let Go" on YouTube.

6. "I Had To Lie"------Avail Hollywood

Ms. Jody did a song called "I Had To Lie" and this song by Avail Hollywood is almost as charming, with additional elements to recommend it: Avail's vocal, a superb arrangement, scintillating production, and that super-tasty lead guitar used on 2021's Best Mid-Tempo Song "Dukes & Boots".

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "I Had To Lie" on YouTube

7. "Mr. Uber Man"-----EPX (Eric Perkins)

The J. Blackfoot-like melody and instrumental track and the poignancy of the lead vocal beckon from the opening bar of "Mr. Uber Man," standing out on any playlist and lingering long after hearing.

Listen to EPX singing "Mr. Uber Man" on YouTube.

Read "Eric Perkins Returns As EPX".

8. "Good Ole Soul Music"-----Sweet P

Listen to Sweet P singing "Good Ole Soul Music" on YouTube.

9. "Gonna Do Right"-----T.K. Soul

Listen to T.K. Soul singing "Gonna Do Right" on YouTube.

10. "Southern Love"------Chi Jones

Listen to Chi Jones singing "Southern Love" on YouTube.

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

-------AUGUST 2022-------

1."I'm Just A Country Boy"-----Country Boy

Raw, country-hewn, with an original and enthusiastic vocal, the debut of Country Boy would be auspicious even without his mates. But when those "mates" are T.K. Soul (whom I'm guessing is general producer) and Ronald "Slack" Jefferson (whom I'm guessing is studio producer), you've got a record for the ages.

Listen to Country Boy singing "I'm Just A Country Boy" on YouTube.

2. "Somebody Gotta Leave"-----Carolyn Staten

Staten-ize me, Carolyn! Sock it to me! There have been other female "answer" songs to King George's "Keep On Rolling," but this is the one that delivers the toughest punch.

Listen to Carolyn Staten singing "Somebody Gotta Leave" on YouTube.

3. "Ain't No Stopping Us Now"-----Jeter Jones, R&B Pooh & Volton Wright

Begins with hand-claps and minimal background, like an overly modest stepping song, but by the end the trio of Jones-Wright-and-Pooh have you clapping and singing along to a memorable anthem. From Jeter's new collection, Da Legend Of Sweet Jeter Jones.

Listen to Jeter Jones, R&B Pooh and Volton Wright singing "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" on YouTube.

4. "Saddle Up (Remix)"------Jeter Jones, R&B Pooh, Volton Wright

Back to back Jeter Jones, who deserves the lion's share of the credit for making trail rides and country life dominant themes in southern soul music in our time. And props to R&B Pooh for the zest and flavor of his falsetto, which makes both these tunes so special. Also our man Slack, a genius on those percolating keys.

Listen to Jeter Jones, R&B Pooh & Volton Wright singing "Saddle Up (Remix)" on YouTube.

5. "Water"-------Tye Prince Of Southern Soul feat. Sir Charles Jones

This song---performed and produced so well---could be a #1 in certain circles and formats (general or urban R&B, for instance). But here in the chitlin' circuit it's going to evoke some winces because it mercilessly ransacks the Staple Singer's "Do It Again". It's so faithful it might almost have been better doing a cover. Let's not forget Jones' very first hit single, "Slow Roll It" (originally recorded by The Love Doctor), also raided "Do It Again" for its iconic bass line. Just saying...It's hard not to think of these things.

Listen/Download Tye Prince of Southern Soul's "Water" on his website.

6. "Nobody"-----Michael Carey

Speaking of general R&B, here's a switch: an R&B singer---not a hiphop artist---trying out his southern soul chops like some latter-day Lenny Williams or Ricky White. Carey's good too, although the YouTube views (so far) are perplexingly meager.

Listen to Michael Carey singing "Nobody" on YouTube.

7. "I'm A Do It All Woman"-----Val McKnight

Val McKnight has a new album out on Ecko, Ain't Nothing Like A Country Boy, and "Do It All Woman" is one of the finest and most convincing tracks.

Listen to Val McKnight singing "I'm A Do It All Woman" on YouTube.

8. "Louisiana Soulfood"------Cuznjed feat. Prince Hodge

This is a good example of how thorough and comfortable the use of rap has become in the culture of southern soul. The rap sounds more "southern soul" than a lot of conventionally-sung southern soul verses.

Listen to Cuznjed feat. Prince Hodge singing "Louisiana Soulfood" on YouTube.

9. "Down In The Woods"-----Unckle Eddie

When you think of all the singer/songwriters dealing with (at worst) writer's block and (at the least) with overly-generic, same-old-same-old, musical structures that scream "been there/done that," you kinda wish they'd get naked, buckle up some triple-X overalls and go "Down In The Woods" with Unckle Eddie and his forest creatures for some bonafide inspiration.

Listen to Unckle Eddie singing "Down In The Woods" on YouTube.

10. "Good"-----Tina P. feat. Cupid

Cupid sends up a rousing vocal on this track by sweet-voiced new artist Tina P.

Listen to Tina P. and Cupid singing "Good" on YouTube.

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

-------JULY 2022-------

1."Step Into My Room-----Lil' CJ

A case of "young folks" living "grown folks" music. Lil' CJ, who looks all of twenty, sings like a southern soul veteran. The hook is so basic and the tune so short, it's easy to be dismissive, but soon---like a red-and-white bobber tugging at the end of a summertime fishing pole---you realize you're humming "Step Into My Room unconsciously as you're going about your business.

Listen to Lil' CJ singing "Step Into My Room" on YouTube.

2. "Country Girl"-----Jus Epik feat. Money Waters

This is a joyous romp throbbing with authentic southern soul vibes. The instrumental track and brisk tempo furnish the momentum, while the lead vocal by newcomer Jus Epik is downright head-turning. And these guys are youngsters too. I can tell because they say "Wait a minute" a lot.

Listen to Jus Epik and Money Waters singing "Country Girl" on YouTube.

3. "Girl You Got It"-----King George

Here it is, the first single since King George gained his southern soul bonafides. Uplifting, inspirational, produced with class. I'm pinching myself, because it's hard to believe we're talking about someone who was unknown a year ago, a debut artist who made the unheard-of leap from newcomer to instant headliner. The latest-breaking news is that King George's much-anticipated album (actually two albums) is out and for sale. See Daddy B. Nice's Featured Artist for July '22: King George #18 The New Generation Southern Soul (New Album Alert!).

Listen to King George singing "Girl You Got It" on YouTube.

4. "You Don't Need It"-----Lacee

Lacee's not going away. She's more sophisticated and in-control than ever. Superb, no-frills vocal. Captivating "Lacee's Groove"-kinda groove.

Listen to Lacee singing "You Don't Need It" on YouTube.

5. "Tell Me How You Want It"----Ms. Ty feat. Arthur Young

Ms. Ty's vocal is a delight. Brings back girl-group-era memories. And Arthur Young is at his very best, personality oozing out of every bar.

Listen to Ms. Ty & Arthur Young singing "Tell Me How You Want it" on YouTube.

6. "Making Plans (Jody)"-----Harrison Hollingquest

This well-done debut mixes the music from Z.Z. Hill's "Cheating In The Next Room" with the lyrics from Peggy Scott-Adams' "Bill" to make a very pleasant concoction. "Y'all better do a background check" sums up the message.

Listen to Harrison Hollingquest singing "Making Plans (Jody)" on YouTube.

7. "Hard Working Brutha"-----Meme Yahsal

2020 Best Debut Finalist Meme Yahsal is also a hard-working sister, and with this single she's knocking on the door louder than ever before.

Listen to Meme Yahsal singing "Hard Working Brutha" on YouTube.

8. "Country Girl Lovin'"-----Robb Blacc

Easy to confuse with #2 above. Another solid debut in its own right.

Listen to Robb Blacc singing "Country Girl Lovin'" on YouTube.

9. "The Remedy"------Napoleon Demps

Remember Napoleon Demps? After some interesting singles in the twenty-teens he put together a hiphop-oriented sampler he had the hubris to term "southern soul". Naturally, I gave the CD one of my worst ratings ever (1 star) and Demps limped back to Flint, Michigan. Four years later, Napoleon's back with a tremendous record, "The Remedy," written by Demps and produced by Joey Quionnes. It's soulful to the max and deserving of success, but Demps---snake-bitten once---still hasn't summoned the courage to advertise it widely, post it on YouTube or release it for sale. Here's hoping he does.

10. "Roll And Rock"-----Melani

A new artist who's been popping up in the Top 40 the past two to three months scores her first Top 10 hit with a mid-tempo smoothie as sleek and svelte as a stepping song.

Listen to Melani singing "Roll And Rock" on YouTube.

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

-------JUNE 2022-------

1. "Here Come Pokey"-----Pokey Bear

This is the hit single we've been waiting for. If you don't get it at first, play it louder. If still hesitant, get a little buzz on. You'll be busting moves you didn't know you had. Celebratory "hands in the sky" send-ups like this don't come around every day. What a rhythm section! What a chorus! Pokey brought in all the firepower for this one---Omar, Big Yayo---and the lyrics are straight from the big guy's psyche. I can already see him queuing it up onstage with "They Call Me Pokey".

Listen to Pokey Bear singing "Here Come Pokey" on YouTube.

2. "I Don't Ever Want To Break Up"-----Wendell B & J'Cenae

This one's from J'Cenae's excellent debut CD Decency, but Wendell holds forth until the two-minute mark, giving it the stamp of a Wendell B record, and a glorious one at that, and God knows we need a Wendell B "fix". J'Cenae more than holds her own technically, quite a feat in itself.

Listen to Wendell B and J'Cenae singing "I Don't Ever Want To Break Up" on YouTube.

From #322 to #19! Read about J'Cenae's rise to the top ranks of the "New Generation Of Southern Soul".

3. "Come To The Trailride"-----Jeter Jones

This one will sneak up on you. About much more than what the title hints, it's really a flat-out love song with "country" as its nexus. Once again Jeter finds the elusive vein of genuine emotion.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "Come To The Trailride" on YouTube.

4. "Country Boy (Remix)"-----Country Boy, Jeter Jones, Chu'zu, Vince Tucker

Great song, incredibly produced, exotic and refreshing in sound. I don't know anything about the participants excepting Jeter, but the new voices are robust and haunting.

Listen to Country Boy, Jeter Jones, Chu'zu and Vince Tucker singing "Country Boy (Remix)" on YouTube.

5. "Corner Sto"-----Ciddy Boi P. & Mz. Connie

The promotional copy I received has a better mix, without the Miami horns, etc. on the available YouTube version, which distracts from what are two of the grittiest vocals (male or female) of the year.

Listen to Ciddy Boi & Mz. Connie singing "Corner Sto" on YouTube.

6. "Ms. Parker"-----Kinnie Ken

Kinnie Ken debuted in July of 2020 with Sojo The Ladies Champ on the stupendously robust duet "I Got That Good Good". "Ms. Parker" finds him in a more wistful state of mind, but the voice still sends shivers down your spine.

Listen to Kinnie Ken singing "Ms. Parker" on YouTube.

7. "Das My Kitty"-----Kandy Janai

The debut of Kandace Janai Horne is already receiving raves. The song delivers a brisk slap of reality to an entitled and clueless man.

Listen to Kandy Janai singing "Das My Kitty" on YouTube.

8. "Lucky"-----David Brinston feat. Mr. Frayser

From David Brinston's new CD Poundtown. New artist Mr. Frayser notches a remarkable vocal that not only meshes well with David's but lifts the tune to another level.

Listen to David Brinston and Mr. Frayser singing "Lucky" on YouTube.

9. "Truck Driving Baddie"-----Lokey Kountry

Lokey Kountry is the name of a singer, not a band, who debuted with the amazing single "Goin' Out" in September of 2020. This time out it's a song of praise for female truck drivers.

Listen to Lokey Kountry singing "Truck Driving Baddie" on YouTube.

10. "Get On Out Of Here"----Tasha Mac

Tasha Mac continues to impress, decisively serving notice on her ne'er-do-well mate while burying her bitterness in an ironically romantic arrangement.

Listen to Tasha Mac singing "Get On Out Of Here" on YouTube.

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