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May 16, 2022: Daddy B. Nice's...

Southern Soul News & Notes

I had been wondering what happened to Chris Ardoin, one of zydeco's biggest stars, and one who had crossed over into southern soul during the last few years with his blend of zydeco and "swing" in such songs as "Boo Thang" and "Candy Man". It turns out Ardoin was shot last July while onstage closing down a show in Colfax, Louisiana. In a follow-up article in the "Louisiana Advocate" this past February, Ardoin said he’s been quietly building back---"as a musician and a man"---in the six months since, trying to get his career back to "a place of forward motion and regain his passion for music". The Zydeco musician said the danger wasn’t obvious until the second barrage of shots were fired near the side and back of the stage. Ardoin said he was attempting to pull his bass player down behind the drum riser when he was struck. His bass player said he felt the whizz of the bullet and heard the thump as it struck Ardoin in his right side, near his armpit. Ardoin said doctors later told him he got lucky: because of his muscular build and the way he was moving when struck, the bullet moved toward his back instead of inward and avoided his lungs and other major organs. A perennial zydeco headliner, Ardoin still hasn't returned to touring.....WDIA's Bobby O'Jay died of a heart attack at 68 on May 3, 2022 in Memphis. WDIA was the country's first black-owned radio station and Bobby O'Jay was its longtime program director, figurehead and lightning rod, speaking "to, for and with the people," fulfilling a vital community function similar to what the late Mr. Charles Evers (with more lineage and gravitas) performed via WMPR in Jackson, Mississippi. O'Jay, on the other hand, brought a younger-generation perspective and breadth of engagement to his greater-Memphis radio audience. Read about Bobby O'Jay's life and times in the Memphis Commercial Appeal's fascinating and inspiring obituary.....She made quite a "splash" when she first emerged, but Redd Velvet hasn't been heard from in years. So it was a surprise to hear two different internet/mix deejays recommending Redd Velvet's new "answer" song to King George's "Keep On Rolling": "You Got To Leave (The Clapback Track)". Subsequently, Redd Velvet told your Daddy B. Nice her absence was due to "obligations and duty to my family" (read extensive caregiving).....Another King George-oriented song comes from new artist Sky Whatley, more of a cover, or sampling/extension: "Bae Changed Me". Both tracks charted in May......Incidentally, King George's "Keep On Rolling" is #1 on the iTunes Top 100 Blues chart, which I didn't even know existed until I saw it in the fine print of one of Jerry Mason 's "Boogie Hot Pick" promotional e-mails. I thought, "Great, this is just what we've been needing---a true sales chart from a big entity." But my enthusiasm quickly dampened as the rest of the list is made up of a bewildering variety of oldies and classics (by white as well as black). And does iTunes include Apple, which is the bigger seller at this point? Personally, I didn't want to leave iTunes, but Apple actively encouraged it by the way they set up the two websites (favoring Apple)......It was still great seeing King George on top of a major-market sales chart, not to mention Mel Waiters, Theodis Ealey and a couple of others...... By the way, King George is doing the right thing right now, touring as a headliner (see Daddy B. Nice's Calendar), rubbing shoulders with the other southern soul headliners, fronting a band, soaking up exposure, getting his feet planted solidly on the "higher ground" of being famous, paying a few dues along the way and not least tasting the fruits of his success.....Surprise. Southern Soul has a "couple" again. They're old-school---you know, like J. Blackfoot and Ann Hines. The duo goes by the name of Wilke & Pam and the song is called "Get On Out The Door," #13 this month. Musicians may initially let out a faint smile---the chords are among the first beginners learn when picking up the guitar or bass---but the song soon proves to be the real deal and the singers seasoned and genuine.....C. Jones aka "Mr. Willy," (#1 this month with "Mr. Willy") has passed another milestone: his first southern soul concert, on a bill headlined by Jeter Jones July 9th in Houston. By the way, C. Jones wasn't the first to record a "Mr. Willy" song. Lomax recorded "Call Mr. Willie" prior to that. Although I haven't been able to find it published for sale, the Lomax song was distributed by publicist Jen Weber and logged considerable air time from Texas to the Carolinas.....Finally...Think white southern soul singers are an impossibility? An oxymoron? (And we're not talking Elvis here.) There was a time, around the turn of the century, when a white guy out of Nashville was played regularly on the black-owned stations of the Deep South. His name....Stacy Mitchhart. And I'm not talking about an exclusively white bluesman---because they're a dime a dozen. I was listening to a digitalized version of an old cassette tape of mine recorded on a boombox around 2000 and there it was, "Turn Me On" by Stacy Mitchhart, played by DJ Outlaw at WMPR (Jackson, MS), sandwiched between Eddie Leon (remember him?) and Tyrone Davis (still gloriously alive at the time). "Things Have Changed was another popular tune by the International Blues/Albert King-Award Winner Mitchhart......Speaking of awards...Don't forget. The Jus' Blues Music Awards Conference takes place August 3rd-6th at Horseshoe Tunica in south Memphis.

-- Daddy B Nice

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May 8, 2022:


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

1. "Mr. Willy"---C. Jones
2. "Party 2 Hard"---DeMond Crump
3. "She Could Never Be Me (Remix)"---K. Renaa
4. "Grooving In Love"---Simply Wayne
5. "Ain't Nobody"---J'Cenae
6. "Sexy Lady"---C. (Chad) Jones
7. "Bae Changed Me"---Sky Whatley
8. "Brown Liquor"---Theodis Ealey
9. "I Wanna Feed Ya"---Rosalyn Candy
10. "Travelin' Man"---K. Renaa

11. "50 Bottles Of Champagne"---Highway Heavy feat. Champagne
12. "Somebody Else Will"---Westdawn
13. "Get On Out The Door"---Wilke & Pam
14. "Second Of Your Time"---Highway Heavy feat. Johnny James & Robert Butler
15. "Corner Sto"---Mz. Connie & Ciddy Boi P
16. "One Foot In"---Chris Ivy
17. "2-Step"---MoonChild Sampson
18. "Shorty Wanna Hear A Blues Song"---Tyree Neal
19. "Recipe For The Blues"---Adrena
20. "Do The Crazy Leg"---Damian Hall

21. "I Can't Make Love When I Want To"---Little Kim Stewart
22. "Candy Land"---K. Renaa
23. "Bend Over"---Bruce Wayne Band
24. "Sometimes She Loves Me (Remix)"---King Russell
25. "Whole Lotta Woman"---Gwen Yvette
26. "You Got To Leave (The Clapback Track)"---Redd Velvet
27. "Looking For My Baby"---Morris Parsons
28. "Dry Hump"---Uncle Phunk feat. Jeter Jones
29. "Play My Record"---K. Spade
30. "Come Git It"---Ms. Yanni & Lebrado feat. Bruce Billups

31. "Shake That Booty"---Tyree Neal
32. "Angel"---Roosevelt Wade
33. "Roll And Rock"---Melani
34. "Side Chick Woman"---Chavonna Adams
35. "Don't Let Me Be Blind"---King George
36. "Grandma Drawers"---Arthur Young
37. "It's A Party"---FPJ
38. "Lighters In The Air"---King South
39. "I Don't Ever Wanna Break Up"---J'Cenae feat. Wendell B
40. "Country Boy (Remix)"--- Chu'Zu & Vince Tucker feat. Jeter Jones

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


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

April 20, 2022: News & Notes Update!

C. Jones aka "Mr. Willie", the recording artist referred to as "super-shy" in this month's "News & Notes" because his "Mr. Willie" song has been unavailable to YouTube listeners, has now posted videos on YouTube. Here are the links:"Mr. Willie"....."Sexy Lady"........DBN

April 18, 2022: Daddy B. Nice's...

Southern Soul News & Notes

The University of Illinois Press, the same publisher who brought you "Southern Soul Blues" by David Whiteis, has announced the upcoming publication of Music And Mystique In Muscle Shoals by Christoher M. Reali. Using oral biogaphies from original participants, the tome details the journey taken by record producers like Jerry Wexler and Rick Hall in shaping the sound that brought R&B legends like Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett and rock and roll icons like Paul Simon and The Rolling Stones to this little town in northwestern Alabama, equidistant from Memphis and Nashville.......In other print news, Heiki Suosalo reviews a new book on Atlanta Entertainment History by Libby Anthony in the latest issue of Soul Express.......DJ Sir Rockinghood---bless him---starts off his latest YouTube mix with two---or is it three?---versions of "Get It Mr. Willie," also known as "Mr. Willie," or "Screaming Willie," or "Mr. No-No Willie", the second most interesting song recently after King George's "Keep On Rollin'". The title confusion results from the fact that the song has still not officially been released by its super-shy artist, C. Jones......Speaking of King George, there's a rumor going round that Snoop Dogg recently signed a southern soul artist in correlation with his purchase of Death Row Records. Now that we know (or are pretty sure we know) that King George is (or was) a hiphop artist named Yung Holliday, (see Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag) recording for the Too Short-affiliated record label Ace Visonz (the same label that publishes King George), doesn't it make you wonder if he might be the artist who caught Snoop's attention?.....Here's another scrap of King George trivia. In the prologue to Jeter Jones' new single and video "No Worries," King George's "Friday Night" is playing in the van.....R.I.P.....On a more somber note, Atlanta-based vocalist/drummer/keyboardist Lola Gulley passed away March 30th. Gulley was a former Wilbe recording artist, the organization headed by Grammy award-winning artist William Bell......Carl Haynes was surprised to see my office was in Boulder, Colorado. Haynes, who's from Denver, owns the only Black-owned commercial station in Jackson, Mississippi, WRTM FM--Smooth Soul 100.5 FM........New albums out from Tyree Neal, Tamara McClain, Ricky White, Arthur Young, Unkle Phunk, Mose Stovall, King Fred.....Absent from the scene for a millenial's "minute," Sweet Angel returns with a new jazz-tinged single.....Sir Jonathan Burton is becoming the de facto best "cover band" in southern soul. Reference his latest single, a creditable send-up of "My Sidepiece," and the one before that, "Tennessee Whiskey," an ironic choice for a cover because it's a country hit recycling an R&B classic (Etta James "I'd Rather Go Blind").....Finally, you know I'm going to keep beating the drum for King George until fans stop asking me about him or someone convinces me he's not changing the face of southern soul. Remember, fellow artists! A rising tide lifts all boats! Here's a snippet from Daddy B. Nice's new King George Artist Guide:

...."Leave & Party" also breaks another barrier---indeed, smashes it to the smithereens. That would be the reluctance of southern soul artists to mention marijuana in their lyrics. I can remember rousing the ire of T.K. Soul two decades ago by mistakenly reporting that he'd used references to pot in his lyrics. (We've laughed about it since.) And I don't blame southern black men for distancing themselves from the subject.

Over the years I've often rhapsodized about the pleasures of listening to local radio stations while visiting hamlets throughout the Delta. What I haven't mentioned is the chagrin of entering a small town and seeing a chain-linked, razor-wire-topped, prison fence smack dab in the middle of the town square where you'd expect to see the courthouse, a scene testifying to the oppressiveness of the Deep South's incarcerations of young blacks for recreational drug use in particular. And yet, here is King George, as clear as a bell, singing, "Keisha don't care when I drink and smoke weed." Later in the tune it's "a big bag of reefer". No southern soul artist has been that explicit on record before.

Finally, King George appeals to the white market. How'd he do that? As shown by the countless Tik Tok videos of people of all ethnicities dancing to "Keep On Rollin'". Whites, Blacks, Asians, Latinos. For a longtime observer, it makes the back of your neck tingle. This could be the beginning of the future for southern soul: the tipping point where the white audience catches on. It's only a matter of time before the genre crosses over and mutates into a new and vibrant rock and roll, and when that happens, all of the neglected southern soul artists of the last thirty years chronicled in these pages will be talked about as if people had known of them all their lives.

-- Daddy B Nice

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April 3, 2022:

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

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

1. "Too Long"---King George
2. "Leave & Party"---King George
3. "Country Man"---Arthur Young
4. "Party With Friends"---Nelson Curry
5. "Let Me Ride That Pony"---Donnie Ray
6. "Crown Royal (Quiet Storm Version)"---X-Man Parker
7. "No Worries"---Jeter Jones
8. "Jody"---Sheila B. Sexi feat. Jeter Jones
9. "Trail Ride Shawty"---Marcellus The Singer
10. "Flex"---Cupid feat. The 69 Boys

11. "That Candy"---T.K. Soul
12. "Don't Try Me"---Karen Wolfe
13. "Booze In The Bottle"---J.T. Watkins
14. "Juicy Fruit"---Mr. Nelson
15. "We Going Out Tonight"---Unkle Phunk
16. "Welcome To The Rhomey Party"---Rhomey
17. "Love Like This Again"---Urban Mystic
18. "Backwood Love"---King Russell feat. Jeter Jones
19. "You Can't Have Your Cake"---Donnie Ray
20. "Pop That Thang"---Nelson Curry

21. "I'm Just The Man For You"---Donnie Ray
22. "Outside"---Roi Chip Anthony feat. Jeter Jones
23. "I Want Her (Southern Soul Woman)"---Uncle Gymini feat. Carl J
24. "You"---Evette Busby
25. "Nasty Man"/"Cootie Coo"---Mr. Frayser
26. "You're That Kind Of Woman"---Leroy Allen
27. "Kau-Ute"---Till 1
28. "I Like"---Jous Band
29. "Good Enough"/"Thinking 'Bout Cheating"---Ms. Robbie
30. "Let's Make Love"---J Craig

31. "Do Wrong"---Sweet Angel
32. "Pack It Up"---Shana D
33. "U'on Know Nann"---Chrissy Luvz feat. Ciddy Boi P
34. "Who Am I"---Samara Lewis
35. "I Need A Sidepiece Too"---Larry Milton
36. "No Money No Honey"---Chocolate Buttermilk Band
37. "Frienemy"---Stephanie McDee
38. "Cold Tea"---Lady Jacquelyn
39. "Pressure Baby"---Melani
40. "Don't Go Baby"---Darnell Cotton

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March 14, 2022:

Daddy B. Nice's News & Notes

All hail King George. No, that’s not the King of England. That’s the young Carolinian taking the southern soul world by storm, precipitating one of the sweetest moments in entertainment: That’s when fans raise a prior unknown to celebrated status. Performers are watching with envy and admiration as this young man notches one hit single after another and books one new concert after another---all at whirlwind speed---the latest only a couple of days ago replacing superstar Calvin Richardson as the headliner in the July 9th, multi-act, Evergreen Weekend Concert in Starkville, Mississippi. The audiences, dominated by exuberant ladies, sing along to every word of King George’s lyrics, including “not one, not two---but three---women” and “one who just don’t give a fuck” ("Keep On Rollin'")----in effect turning the misogynistic words into female broadsides hurled back at threat-prone males. And in amusing TikTok snippets parents are filmed ushering their ungrateful toddlers towards the front door while wagging their fingers and singing, “If you wanna go, just go / One monkey don’t stop no show!”....

...Zee's BBQ in Clarksdale, Mississippi invites recording artists to submit their music videos to The Big Blues and Southern Soul Show on YouTube. E-mail mp3's to ....Calvin Richardson has withdrawn from a number of upcoming southern soul concerts. Check the Concert Calendar to be sure.... The Jus' Blues Music Awards 2022 have been announced for August 3rd through 6th at Horseshoe Tunica (Memphis). Register at the Jus' Blues Music Foundation. ....The Paul Nelson Band is playing a Johnny Winter tribute tour throughout Florida in the month of March. Go to Paul Nelson Band tour dates.....Watch for new music from Nelson Curry, Rhomey, Till 1, Stephanie McDee, Mr. Frayser, J.T. Watkins, Hummin' Boy, Uncle Gymini, Leroy Allen, Urban Mystic, Evette Busby, Tamara (aka Mz Hollywood) McClain, Jeter Jones, Cupid, T.K. Soul, Mr. Nelson, Ms. Robbie, Pat Cooley and Sheila B. Sexi..... After a long absence the Jous Band is back with a pair of new singles....Early-aughts recording artist X-Man Parker ("Two Birds," "Suga Bear") is back with a new batch of songs under the title/name Royal Crown.....Finally, William Bell and his label Wilbe Records are seeking testimonials (i.e. recollections of the first time you heard the song, the way it made you feel, or perhaps who or what the song reminds you of) for their Video Lab Series on YouTube. The next premiere is Monday, April 11th at 7pm (EST) featuring William Bell & The Total Package Band performing "Easy Comin' Out (Hard Goin' In)" Live! If interested, please send Video/Audio submissions (whichever you prefer) in MP4 format to: by March 30th.

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March 5, 2022:

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

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

1. "Keep On Rollin'"---King George
2. "I Can't Keep Loving You"---Willie Clayton
3. "Jukebox Lover"---Tucka
4. "Give Me Some Credit"---Jay Morris Group
5. "Mr. Willie"---C. Jones
6. "Poundtown"---David Brinston
7. "Friday Night"---King George
8. "Father, Father"---Nelson Curry
9. "Can't Stop Thinking Bout You"---Andre' Lee
10. "Been A Boss"---Sweet Nay

11. "Mr. Bartender"---Arthur Young feat. Big Yayo
12. "Bit By A Cougar"---Jeter Jones
13. "My Deaf Brother"---Stan Butler
14. "The After Party"---Coco Wade
15. "Men Will Sleep With Anythang"---Angel Faye Russell
16. "Fire"---Miss Lady Blues feat. Darnell Da Bachelor
17. "I Gotta Stop Drinking"---Avail Hollywood
18. "Leave And Party"---King George
19. "Push And Pull"---Arthur Young
20. "Drippin'"---Sassy D

21. "Don't Try Me"---Karen Wolfe
22. "Party"---C-Wright
23. "No Worries"---Jeter Jones
24. "Lover's Groove"---Lady Songbird Jinda
25. "18 Wheeler Truck"---Narvel Echols
26. "Get In There"---Rodnae
27. "Ice Cream"---Napoleon Demps
28. "Thought It Was Good"---Lamar Brace
29. "Can't Say No"---Princess Towanna Murphy
30. "At The Club Tonight"---Jay Moris Group

31. "I Came To Party"---Nellie "Tiger" Travis
32. "Used To Be Mines"---KD Dawson
33. "Booger Bear"---Meat Man feat. Jeter Jones
34. "Backwood Love"---King Russell feat. Jeter Jones
35. "Candy Land"---K. Renaa
36. "That Candy"---T.K. Soul
37. "My Sidepiece"---Sir Jonathan Burton
38. "Let's Get It On"---Hummin' Boy
39. "Southern Soul Chronicles"---Sebastian Southern Soul
40. "Love Like This Again"---Urban Mystic

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February 14, 2022:

Daddy B. Nice's News & Notes

Happy Valentine's Day, and may the object of your affections reciprocate!....For those who may have missed it, mixtape maestro DJ Sir Rockinghood has assembled a special YouTube mix of the Jay Morris Group's "Knee Deep" and "Knee Deep Part II". Smack in the middle (immediately after Zee Brownlow's imitation of Lenny Williams' iconic "Oh-oh-oh-oh-ohhh,") is an entire voice-over (talking) verse by Lenny which Williams fans will go into raptures over. The entire nine-and-a-half-minute opus is quite possibly the penultimate expression of the Jay Morris Group's phenomenal musicality and harmonizing....Ever since 2020's "Nose Wide Open" songs---the first by Magic One (pronounced "Magic Juan") and the second by Benito & Lady Q---I've been on the lookout for prior references in southern soul music to the slang phrase "nose wide open". Here's one I just found: none other than Willie Clayton from 20-25 years ago, singing "You got my nose wide open"....The song? "I Love Me Some You." (On the YouTube link, it comes in at the 4:55 mark.)....Speaking of Willie Clayton, European music critic Heikki Suosalo continues his in-depth retrospective of the legendary balladeer in Part 2 of the "Willie Clayton Story (1993-2002)" in "Soul Express" magazine. The piece includes commentary by the late Pat Brown, the head of Ichiban Records John Abbey and the singer-songwriter Frank-O Johnson....."Living Blues" magazine showcases "Old School Southern Soul" in its #274 issue (Sep/Oct 2021), including features on Billy Ray Charles, Sam Mosley and R.L. Griffin.....Sweet Nay's debut album "Good Vibes," including no less than three singles from Daddy B. Nices current Top 40, is has just been released, as has Nelson Curry's (the Sugar Shack Man) new collection, "Evolution Of Soul"....A new online radio station specializes in southern soul: WBSSRadio -- The Best N Southern Soul / Soul Blues & Zydeco on the platform....Klay Redd is featured on Fox Friday, a "divorce court" show, and the YouTube video has already amassed as many views (100K-plus) as his novelty single "Chicken Wang," which won Daddy B. Nice's Best Club Song of 2021. Here's the description of the televised conflict: "Sarah says her boyfriend’s entertainment lifestyle is driving a wedge between them. Klay says as a singer songwriter, he works with female clients but he’s not cheating. Sarah believes Klay is entertaining other women at his “home” studio. She says she found another woman’s clothes at his home. Klay says he’s not cheating, etc." The Klay Redd story begins about 45 seconds into the video....Last but not least, some reportage and commentary from the X-rated fringes of southern soul music, the land of four-letter words ("blow, shit, fuck,"), the songs you don't get to hear on your favorite southern soul radio stations....Remember Champagne's controversial Best Female Vocalist of 2019 for "(Let Me Put My) Mouth On You"? Songwriter/producer Highway Heavy has taken the original, explicit video offline. That would be the one with Champagne reclining in front of the camera whilst describing a blow job---the same video accompanied by hundreds of funny, exuberant and mostly male comments. In fact, I've never seen so many men coming out of the woodwork congratulating a woman for "getting it right" while surreptitiously hoping their girlfriends or wives would pick up some of the tips in their own bedrooms. (Understand that when I say "explicit" I'm using the term from a music business perspective; from the porn industry perspective the video---with no flesh, no partner---wasn't even soft-core.) Here's the new, static, cleaned-up version, sans Champagne although the explicit lyrics remain intact.... One upside of the new video is that the listener can focus on the musicality and soulfulness of the tune, which is how I became so enamored with it in the first place (yes, really, haha!)---the smoky organ, the precise and intense guitar, the quality of the vocal). Highway Heavy isn't the only one to pull back from the extreme fringe lately....Bigg Robb tiptoed away from using the word "shit" in the title of his 2021 award-winning Best Song By A Longtime Veteran, "Grown Man Shhh"....On the other hand, Unkle Phunk recently put out a new remix of Carolyn Staten's "Nukie Pie". The new lyrics in the chorus are "This young buck / Say he want to fuck."....Which brings me to a new song in the vein of Arthur Young's "Funky Forty". It uses the word "fuck" in such an apt and conversational and seemingly ordinary fashion that it may sneak or even charm its way onto radio platforms. It's by a new artist named King George and it's entitled "Keep On Rollin". The lyrics in question concern a man who needs not one or two but three (!) women at the same time, and it goes like this: (I need) "One woman just to hold me down / One woman just to lift me up / And I gotta at least have one woman on the side / That really don't give a fuck."

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February 3, 2022:

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

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

1. "Get My Groove On"---Jeter Jones
2. "Magic Woman"---Binky Womack
3. "Whooped (I Put That Nookie On Him)"---Sweet Nay
4. "Two Steps"---King Fred feat. Shae Shae
5. "Mississippi Girl"---Vick Allen
6. "Thunder And Showers"---Poka Jones feat. Sweet Nay
7. "Juke Joint 2K"---Nelson Curry
8. "Talk To Yo Ole Lady"---Augusta
9. "Count On Me"---T.J. Hooker Taylor
10. "Overnight Stay"---Dre Walker feat. J-Wonn

11. "Thrill Is Gone"---J-Wonn
12. "Cowgirl Remix"---Jeter Jones feat. Baldenna Tha King & Soul Collective
13. "Special Lady"---Rico C
14. "I Met This Woman"---Young Vet feat. Rich Wright
15. "Door #1"---Sweet Nay
16. "Sleeping With Another Man's Wife"---Michael Carey
17. "I Just Came To Party"---Rodnae feat. P2K
18. "Get The Hell On"---Lamar Brace
19. "I Know You Miss Me"---Binky Womack feat. Angel Faye Russell
20. "Jook City Southern Soul"---Sojo The Ladies Champ

21. "(Still Called) The Blues"---Mr. David
22. "Eat The Whole Thang"---Unkle Phunk
23. "New Man"---Mz. Sassy
24. "You Got The Right Stuff"---Donnie Ray
25. "2 Step"---Cupid feat. Shirley Murdoch
26. "Can't Stop Thinking Bout You"---Andre' Lee
27. "My Kind Of Party"---Todd B.
28. "Walk Like A Boss"---Stephanie McDee
29. "Been A Boss"---Sweet Nay
30. "She Could Never Be Me"---K. Renaa

31. "A Mama's Love"---Chuck Strong
32. "Nasty Man"---Mr. Frayser
33. "Dancing With My Baby"---Al Davis feat. Black Koffee
34. "Misty Blue"---Calvin Taylor
35. "Please Don't Play No Games"---Sheila Jackson
36. "Ooh Wee"---Gregory P. Jones
37. "He's Coming In The Back Door"---Ms. Jody
38. "On the Avenue"---J'Cenae feat. Kami Hooligann
39. "A Party In Here Tonight"---J. Red The Nephew feat. Mrs. Sham
40. "Do Right Season"---P2K

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January 8, 2022:

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

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

1. "Keep It 100"---Carlin Taylor feat. Soul Cartel Band
2. "How Can You Love Me"---Jay Morris Group
3. "Ride This Saddle"---Christie & The Superior Band
4. "My Baby Don't Love Me No More"---Jay Morris Group
5. "Good Wood"---Big Yayo feat. Kenne' Wayne
6. "Knee Deep Part II"---Jay Morris Group
7. "You Ain't Gotta Cry No More"---J'Cenae feat. Wendell B
8. "It Sounds Like I'm Lying"---Jay Morris Group
9. "Saddle Up"---Jeter Jones feat. Volton Wright & R&B Pooh
10. "You Deserve Better"---Avail Hollywood feat. P2K

11. "Good Lovin'"---Charles Wilson
12. "Single Husband"---Duchess Jureesa McBride
13. "What Do You Do"---Margo Thunder
14. "Nukie Pie Remix"---Carolyn Staten
15. "I Wanna Be Your Freak"---Arthur Young
16. "(I Don't) Trust You"---Magic One
17. "Just Tell Me"---Shell-B
18. "I'm A Good Woman"---West Love
19. "Jill Of All Skills"---Portia P.
20. "I Gotta Get To My Baby's House"---Ben Ether

21. "Decency"---J'Cenae
22. "Liquor House Vibing"---J. Red The Nephew
23. "Love On My Mind"---Rich Wright feat. Lokey Kountry
24. "I Wanna Chill"---Brenda Yancy
25. "Mr. DJ"---Big G
26. "Please Let Me Come Back Home"---Lomax
27. "Background Check"---Jaye Hammer
28. "They Wonna Party"---The Houston County Cowboy
29. "Overnight Stay"---Dre Walker feat. J-Wonn
30. "Get On Down"---Rico Baby

31. "Man Handle It"---J. Red The Nephew
32. "Get The Hell On"---Lamar Brace
33. "Tip Toe"---Ghetto Cowboy
34. "Show Me Some Love"---Brenda Yancy
35. "Leave And Party"---King George
36. "To The Country"---Patrick Harris feat. Jeter Jones
37. "Show Me Love"---G-Sky feat. Big Choo
38. "Hey Boo"---B. Dupee feat. Johnny "Guitar" Watson Jr.
39. "Low Down Dirty Blues"---Melvino
40. "Talk To Yo Ole Lady"---Augusta

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

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. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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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. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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 K-Monique trading the lead vocals. From their new, 5-star-rated album 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. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------December 2021-------

1."Come Go With Me"-----T-Lyons feat. Tanji Emmeni

Talk about the "southern soul kid". From a "grown-folks" perspective, this guy is in swaddling clothes. A New Orleans hiphop phenom at twelve, T-Lyons was "discovered" by Ronald "Slack" Jefferson and pressed into serving up a delicacy rare in southern soul annals: "Come Go With Me"--- featuring an instrumental track unlike anything Slack has ever done, with a gently-played button-acordion framing childlike vocals---goes by in what seems like the most beautiful minute of your life. From his debut album, T-Lyons: Hear Me Roar.

Listen to T-Lyons and Tanji Emmeni singing "Come Go With Me" on YouTube

2. "I Don't Play Them Games"------Mister Cotton feat. Nore Cross

Mr. Cotton has been sending me unsuccessful submissions for years (long ago it was as 100% Cotton, which always put him at the top of my music index) and for just as many years I've been telling him he's a good producer with a terrible voice. But all that is forgotten with this frothy back-and-forth between a delightfully saucy woman (Nore Cross) and a gruff, deeply-voiced and deeply-suspicious man (Cotton). The couple's extremely polarized "conversating" is set against an exquisite and vaguely familiar melody (which funksters will abruptly connect with ConFunkShun's "Love's Train"), but what producer Cotton does with the song (adding the lyrics and Nore Cross) brings a whole 'nother level of southern soul ecstasy.

Listen to Mr. Cotton and Nore Cross singing "I Don't Play Them Games" on YouTube.

3. "Can I Ride?"------Nadia Thee Primadonna feat. Jeter Jones

Nadia's been knocking around on the fringes for a few years but I've never heard her like this: powerful, swinging, seemingly voice-trained, with a tone like a chapel bell. Call this her true southern soul debut. Jeter, of course, is always Jeter, making it work.

Listen to Nadia and Jeter Jones singing "Can I Ride" on YouTube.

4. "Drinking My Problems Away"-----O.B. Buchana

This is the song O.B. Buchana has been waiting for, authentic and true to his themes ("Let's Get Drunk," "I Can't Stop Drinking"), and guess who penned it? J-Wonn, the youngster who was in T-Lyon's place a half-decade ago. Hopefully, their audience will listen along with the rest of us.

Listen to O.B. Buchana singing "Drinking My Problems Away" on YouTube.

5. "Can't Keep No Secret"-----Fat Daddy feat. Tucka

Fat Daddy and Tucka have a special bond. They're actually related, they often tour together and it shows on this duet, both harmonies and solo verses. Fat Daddy's more of a squawker so that when Tucka takes over it sounds like warbling. It's a fascinating mix (if you're into birds and/or know what I mean).

Listen to Fat Daddy and Tucka singing "Can't Keep No Secret" on YouTube

6. "Push It Up!"-----Radio Rasheed feat. Poo Coo

Here's something different. A stripped-down, high-energy dance jam, simultaneously "house" and funky, that may remind hard-core old-timers of "Wobble Wobble". The artist's name, of course, is very close to the boombox-carrying Radio Raheem whose Floyd-like death occurs in Spike Lee's masterpiece "Do The Right Thing".

Listen to Radio Rasheed and Poo Coo singing "Push It Up!" on YouTube.

7. "Zydeco With Me"-----T-Lyons

More T-Lyons and more zydeco, covering the Jeter Jones original.

Listen to T-Lyons singing "Zydeco With Me" on YouTube.

8. "Love You Better"-----Ronnie Bell

Ronnie Bell just made the big leap (long overdue) all the way up to #15 on Daddy B. Nice's New Top 100 Countdown: The New Generation.

Listen to Ronnie Bell singing "Love You Better" on YouTube.

9. "When The Tables Turn"-----Terrence Davis

Great vocal, great guitar, great background vocals. And now I remember. This is the guy who did that crazy "Why You Mad At Me?"

Listen to Terrence Davis singing "When The Tables Turn" on YouTube.

10. "So Good"-----Sojo The Ladies Champ

The most memorable track from Winter Is Coming:A Southern Soul And Blues Queens’ Christmas. Written by Dee Dee Simon. Read the review.

Listen to Sojo singing "So Good" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------NOVEMBER 2021-------

1. "Grown Man Shhh"-----Bigg Robb

The first verse sums it up: "I got a good woman/But I don't think she understands/All that I go through/Being a dark-skinned man." You can tell it's from the heart, and nobody has a bigger heart than Robb. The production, complete with soulful female background, is exquisite, as is Robb's vocal and voice-over.

Listen to Bigg Robb singing "Grown Man Shhhh" on YouTube.

2. "You Didn't Want What You Had"-----Gerod Rayborn

The opening bars' deep, trilling, organ chords announce you're in store for a rant, and that's what you get---a stirring, vintage-style weeper/scolder reminiscent of Percy Sledge, Otis Redding and James ("The Dark End Of The Street") Carr. Read Daddy B. Nice's 4-star CD review.

Listen to Gerod Rayborn singing "You Didn't Want What You Had" on YouTube.

3. "Bone Of My Bone"----James Bryant

A love song as heartfelt and masterfully-sung as the work of recently-discovered R.T. Taylor. The song also features what I used to call "cheesy programmed horns," a fixture of southern soul records in the late nineties and early aughts. Even the great T.K. Soul's "Try Me" had them.

Listen to James Bryant singing "Bone Of My Bone" on YouTube.

4. "Keep Moving On"-----Dexter Allen

This is a great single by the blues man. Leather-belt vocal, live instruments (especially those drums!) and valuable worldly wisdom dispensed.

Listen to Dexter Allen singing Keep Moving On" on YouTube.

5. "Somebody's Been Talking Too Much"----Gerod Rayborn

Another, more Tyrone Davis, side of Gerod Rayborn from his new I Love My Blues CD. This one's a kinky, domestic slice-of-life with an exotic, far-Eastern, musical fillip tiptoeing through the instrumental track.

Listen to Gerod Rayborn singing "Somebody's Been Talking Too Much" on YouTube.

6. "I'm Not Going Nowhere"----M.P. Soul

If you're into southern soul, you're used to double negatives. You wouldn't want it any other way---it wouldn't sound right. Rousing tune and vocal wrapped up in an unmistakably L.J. Echols production.

Listen to "I'm Not Going Nowhere"

7. "Crazy Fool"-----Big Yayo

Did Chris get the inspiration for "Crazy Fool"---especially the opening bars and tempo---from Miz. B's great underground record "What's My Name?/My Name Is $$$$$". That's what great writer/producers do.

Listen to Big Yayo singing "Crazy Fool" on YouTube.

8. "Freight Train"-----B. Dupree

This is a reissue (re-mastered) from an artist who last charted on Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Singles in 2007.

Listen to B. Dupree singing "Freight Train" on YouTube.

9. "Take You Home"-----The Night Affair Band

Another spectacular cut from the unheralded band Daddy B. Nice spotlighted at number-one last month (October).

Listen to The Night Affair Band singing "Take You Home" on YouTube.

10. "Pacifier"----Sweet P.

Denzel Dante, who recently debuted on these charts, apparently manages Sweet P.

Listen to Sweet P singing "Pacifier" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New guy, new sound, delivered with competence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listen to Mr. Sipp singing "Real Man" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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...Monthly Singles Charts continued in Best of 2021....

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