Daddy B. Nice's - Guide to Today's Top Chitlin' Circuit Rhythm and Blues Artists


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August 5, 2022:


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

1. "I'm Just A Country Boy"---Country Boy
2. "Somebody Gotta Leave"---Carolyn Staten
3. "Ain't No Stopping Us Now"---Jeter Jones, R&B Pooh, Volton Wright
4. "Saddle Up (Remix)"---Jeter Jones, R&B Pooh, Volton Wright
5. "Water"---Tye feat. Sir Charles Jones
6. "Nobody"---Michael Carey
7. "I'm A Do It All Woman"---Val McKnight
8. "Louisiana Soulfood"---Cuznjed feat. Prince Hodge
9. "Down In The Woods"---Unckle Eddie
10. "Good"---Tina P. feat. Cupid

11. "Let's Do Some Freaky Stuff"---Val McKnight
12. "Five Minutes"---Stan Butler
13. "Toxic Love"---Marcellus The Singer
14. "Ride"---Jeter Jones feat. Bizzy Bone
15. "Too Much For Me"---David J & Solomon Thompson
16. "Money Talks"---Ole Hollaway
17. "Cheating"---Mississippi Soul Boy
18. "Drip"---Tina P.
19. "Good For The Gander"---Jeter Jones
20. "We Gonna Party"---Dee Dee Simon

21. "Mr. Uber Man"---Eric Perkins (E.P. Soul)
22. "Turn Down The Lights"---Chad E. Jones
23. "Sexy Body"---Runt feat. Roi "Chip" Anthony
24. "Hang With You"---Joe D.
25. "Bout My Business"---Rich Wright
26. "I Wanna Get My Drink On"---Ben Ether
27. "Do Yo Thang"---Lamar Brace
28. "What Grown Folks Do"---Andre' Lee
29. "Baby Can You Ride"---Lebrado
30. "I Want You"---Russ R The Ryder

31. "Good Good Loving"---Crystal Thomas
32. "Simple Kinda Lady"---Jeter Jones
33. "Let's Have A Good Time (Remix)"---Ms. Jody
34. "Catfish"---Jesse Dodson
35. "You Don't Want A Good Woman"---J'Cenae
36. "Yours Truly"---Kae Divine
37. "It's A Ho Down"---Electrohorse feat. Big Mucci
38. "Not Strong Enough"---Stan Butler
39. "Jukebox Lover (Remix)"---Tucka feat. King George
40. "Ain't Nothing Like A Country Boy"---Val McKnight

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July 19, 2022:

Daddy B. Nice's News & Notes

Robert “The Duke” Tillman was one of the artists your Daddy B. Nice featured in the original (and first ever) Top 100 Chart of Southern Soul Artists (1990-2010)......

Listen to Robert Tillman singing "I Found A Love" on YouTube.......

......Heiki Suosalo's well-researched retrospective of the legendary Frank-O Johnson continues (and touches on Tilllman) in Part 2 in Soul Express, taking up Johnson's career from the early nineties on. "When I was still with Malaco, Johnny Vincent told me, 'You know, with your writing and singing ability and with my knowledge of the music business, we could make a lot of money.'" Together Frank-O and Vincent re-started Ace Records for another great run in 1992 with the publication of Robert “The Duke” Tillman’s album Thinking of You. For this and many other stories straight from the fascinating mind of one of southern soul's most storied insiders..........

Read the Frank-O Johnson Story: Part 2 in Soul Express.

........In appreciation of his three decades of disbursing the blues and southern soul, Rojene Bailey, host and producer of nationally-syndicated Blues Time In The City, will be honored in August with “The Ruben Hughes Lifetime Achievement Blues Radio Personality Award". The Jus Blues Music Foundation is also feting Bailey at its 22nd Annual Convention on August 4th......

Of course, we fans lucky enough to drink from the southern soul springs as the music gushes out fresh, clear and sparkling have known about Lenny Williams' smash single "Can't Nobody" for years. It's history. It's on the shelf with the rest of the trophies and mementos. But in the summer of 2022 it's also on Billboard's R&B chart, #27 with a bullet in early June. (Thanks to Mike in Austin for the heads-up.)

Listen to Lenny Williams & Shirley Jones singing "Can't Nobody" on YouTube.

......Ever wonder how southern soul music is doing around the world? I'm surprised by the changes in blues-friendly nations from year to year. I used to think it had a lot to do with black servicemen stationed overseas, but that doesn't account for the current positive response from countries as anti-U.S. as China and Russia. Here's a peep at the world rankings by nation based on their visits to so far this summer of '22......

1. Sweden
2. United Kingdom
3. Israel
4. Belgium
5. Russian Federation
6. China
7. Germany
8. Canada

1. Sweden
2. United Kingdom
3. Belgium
4. Germany
5. Ukraine
6. Poland
7. France
8. Romania
9. Netherlands
10. Switzerland

1. Israel
2. Russian Federation
3. China
4. Japan
5. Islamic Republic of Iran
6. Republic of Korea
7. Taiwan
8. India
9. Vietnam
10. Iraq

With the exception of Brazil, there's very little interest in South America, and with the exception of South Africa, very little interest in Africa. In North America our neighbor to the north likes southern soul but our neighbor to the south does not, and among island nations southern soul is most popular by far in Australia......

.............Carolyn Staten has a hot new single based on King George's "Keep On Rolling," just the latest to do so.

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

....Instrumental tracks.....Have you noticed? Chimes are in. I'm assuming they're programmed, although the sound could also be achieved on guitar. And it's always subtle, adding a delicate touch to the sound. I first noticed it a few months ago on "Mr. Willie," the debut single by C. Jones, where it evolves into a soft bagpipe sound. I noticed it again, along with a lot of other "bells and whistles," in K. Renaa's excellent "She Could Never Be Me (The Remix)" (Top 10 May). Then came this month's #1 single, the debut by Lil' CJ, "Step Into My Room". Here the chimes sound like a percussionist's triangle or a rhythm guitarist softly strumming the same chord. And I also hear it in Harrison Hollingquest's (whose name is more interesting than his song title) Top 10 single, "Making Plans (Jody)". I don't know if that's enough to indicate a trend, but it adds undeniable texture. Of course, if everybody starts doing it, it may soon lose its luster......

......Here's a "shout-out" to the internet's DJ Cutty Cut and DJ Bubba Yae. When it comes to mixtape deejays, I often mention DJ Sir Rockinghood, the maestro of new and cutting-edge music. And last year, after hearing him play the previously unknown Night Affair Band's "Drink Of You,"I finally caught up with the popular DJ Haynes.....

...... There are two distinct types of mixtape deejays. DJ Cutty Cut resembles DJ Rockinghood in not talking between songs. DJ Bubba Yae resembles DJ Haynes in live-streaming with the accompanying radio-personality excitement. Whether you want the music served up with or without talk, or like it both ways depending on your mood (as I do), what's good about these deejays---what's indispensable, actually, for us grown folks who grew up on radio---is that they fill the tremendous vacuum left by the dearth of land-line stations playing southern soul....

.....Check out DJ Cutty Cut's Southern Blend (Skegee City Boy) or We Got The Streets On Lock (Tucka James & King George). DJ Cutty Cut's concepts and themes are inspired, as you can see by the Tucka/King George-pairing.....

.......Bubba Yae has a live-streaming Sunday Matinee At The Grown Folks Spot (1-3 pm Central), and these and other of his mixes are available 24/7 on YouTube. He's also a frequent host at southern soul concerts throughout the South. Not a bashful guy, folks. Come out and see him when he's in your town......

....."Come, come!" Get ready to spread the love for Jeter Jones, whose new sixteen-track CD Da Legend Of Sweet Jeter Jones is out on Jones Boyz Entertainment. Watch for more on Da Legend coming up in August.....

-- Daddy B Nice

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July 3, 2022:


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

1. "Step Into My Room"---Lil' CJ
2. "Country Girl"---Jus Epik feat. Money Waters
3. "Girl You Got It"---King George
4. "You Don't Need It"---Lacee
5. "Tell Me How You Want It"---Ms. Ty feat. Arthur Young
6. "Making Plans (Jody)"---Harrison Hollingquest
7. "Hard Working Brutha"---Meme Yahsal
8. "Country Girl Lovin'"---Robb Blacc
9. "The Remedy"---Napoleon Demps
10. "Roll And Rock"---Melani

11. "Lost And Found"---Volton Wright
12. "Doing It Better Than Me"---Parooze
13. "Steppin'"---Choppa Law feat. Jeter Jones
14. "Work That Kitty"---Young Vet feat. Rich Wright & Hot Topic
15. "I'm Curious"---Wilson Meadows
16. "Strokin' Kind"---Cadillac Man
17. "Call It What You Want"---CoCo Wade
18. "Baby Can You Ride"---Lebrado
19. "Reverse Cowgirl"---Gold Gillis
20. "My Man"---Lady Q feat. Stefunie

21. "Girl You Got It Going On"---T.K. Soul and O.B. Buchana
22. "Working Dat Jelly"---Rodnae feat. Summer Wolfe
23. "Knock It Out The Box"---Jesi Terrell
24. "Don't Wanna Lose"---Mr. Fredlo
25. "Booger Bear"---Da Meatman feat. Jeter Jones
26. "Party Ride"---Lamar Brace
27. "Saturday Vibez"---Joe Nice feat. Marcus Allen
28. "Brown Sugar"---Ricky White
29. "Baby"---Omar Wilson
30. "No No No"---Mike 'n Mike

31. "Slow Motion"---T-Lyons feat. Jeter Jones
32. "Granny Kat"---Mose Stovall
33. "You Got What I Want"---Willie Clayton
34. "Get Away"---Bird Williams
35. "I Need A Juke Joint Woman"---Big Dude
36. "Shake It Shake It"---Charles Wilson
37. "Night Time Love"---Uncle Wayne feat. Sweet Nay
38. "Used To Be Mines"---K.D. Dawson
39. "Friends With Benefits"---Remo 'n Rush
40. "Miss Cougar"---Sheila B. Sexi

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July 2, 2022:

Daddy B. Nice King George Update:

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!).

June 13, 2022:

Daddy B. Nice's News & Notes

Yes, it's official. Not only has King George released his first single ("Girl You Got It") since making the jump to southern soul stardom. He's got a new CD! But before you do backflips temper your expectations. The CD is NOT the long-awaited solo debut gathering KG's hit singles ("Too Long," "Friday Night," "Keep On Rolling," "Leave And Party" etc.) together in one blockbuster and posterity-friendly package. It's a compilation.....

..........There are just two songs by King George on the set, the aforementioned "Girl You Got It" and another song titled "Good Day," unless you also count two selections by George's previous rapper incarnation, Yung Holliday. In a nod to Sir Charles Jones' seminal sampler ("Sir Charles & Friends") from two decades ago, the name of the CD is "King George & Friends".....

.....Other southern soul luminaries on the sampler include Coldrank with three selections (including the great "Three"), P2K DaDiddy with two spots (including the duet "When You Work It" with T.K. Soul) and tunes by King South, Toni Brown and Shay. Rounding out the roster are three tracks by an artist called Hoptown, another by Lee Ray, and a selection by vintage rapper Too Short, a principal in King George's label Ace Visionz..........

......Tucka in California? That's right! Culver City (Los Angeles) August 19th. See Concert Calendar. Big venue too. Lacee and Fat Daddy will also appear. And on a lesser but interesting note, Gulf-Coast southern soul/zydeco queen Stephanie McDee will make a rare appearance in Chicago at the DoubleTree in Alsip July 2nd, accompanied by Mose Stovall, Choppa Law and others.......

......Speaking of "aces" and "visionz" (King George above) there was another "ace" in southern soul's late 20th-century annals, the venerable Ace Records. Along with Malaco and obscure labels like Konkord, Ichiban, Paula and Suzie Q, Ace kept southern soul music alive in the tenuous nineties, making today's scene possible......

......Now Ace Records has released a William Bell compilation, "Never Like This Before --- The Complete 'Blue' Stax Singles 1961--- 1968". You may remember Bell (yes, the same who recorded way back in the sixties) won a Grammy in 2017 for his album of all new material: "This Is Where I Live".......

......Diunna Greenleaf......Never heard of her? Well, betcha heard of these people.....Sam Cooke, B.B. King, Johnnie Taylor, Joe Tex......What does Dunna Greenleaf have in common with them? Her father was their vocal coach. Read about the Houston-based "Queen of People's Blues" in Soul Express (click link above).....

.......Remember Glenn Jones? His "Baby Come Home" is the quintessential southern soul ballad. And Glenn's still making appearances---up close, small venues, ideal from a fan's perspective---like Sweetie Pie's in Jackson (Ms.) July 7th. Jesse Robinson, another accomplished balladeer, is also spotted at gigs in and around Jackson.......

.....Sean Dolby, fresh from his irresistable, out-of-left-field vocal on Joe Nice's #1-ranked single "Take Your Time" (a cover of the Lynn White classic), has found something equally provocative. Dolby's hooked up with Nelson Curry on a remake of blue-eyed soulster Grayson Hugh's "Love Walks On Out That Door"......

.......Sharnette Hyter is back. She dropped out of sight just when she was peaking......Remember "Stilettos & Jeans" with J.J. Callier? Hyter's return comes on the heels of Redd Velvet's return last month.....And Dee Dee Simon has a new album out. "Dee Dee Simon".....Don't forget the Jackson Music Awards August 1st.

---Daddy B. Nice

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June 1, 2022:


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

1. "Here Come Pokey"---Pokey Bear
2. "I Don't Ever Want To Break Up"---Wendell B, J'Cenae
3. "Come To The Trailride"---Jeter Jones
4. "Country Boy (Remix)"---Chu'zu, Vince Tucker, Jeter Jones
5. "Corner Sto"---Ciddy Boi P., Mz. Connie
6. "Ms. Parker"---Kinnie Ken
7. "Das My Kitty"---Kandy Janai
8. "Lucky"---David Brinston, Mr. Frayser
9. "Truck Driving Baddie"---Lokey Kountry
10. "Get On Out Of Here"---Tasha Mac

11. "Be Careful"---Avail Hollywood
12. "Nukie Pie (Remix)"---Carolyn Staten, Mr. Rodgers
13. "It's A Party"---FPJ
14. "Liquor House Vibing"---J. Red The Nephew
15. "Cheat"---Toia Jones
16. "Step Out"---Houston County Cowboy
17. "Rob Peter To Pay Paul"---Willie James Lindsey
18. "Daisy Dukes & Cowgirl Boots"---Delo Brown, RnB Pooh
19. "I'll Be Darn"---Roi Chip Anthony
20. "Mr. Right"---Markida

21. "If A Man Don't Work"---Sharnette Hyter
22. "Stepp N Out"---Chavonna Adams
23. "Handy Man"---D. Riggs, Jeter Jones
24. "Father We're Having Trouble Down Here"---Jesse James
25. "Chocolate Drop"---Carlton Barber
26. "Party At Home"---DJ Sean Dolby, Ms. Nakita, Joe Nice
27. "Louisiana Lover"---S'Bijou
28. "She Walk That Walk"---Unkle Phunk, Jeter Jones
29. "Move Forward"---Stevie J. Blues
30. "Liquor House"---Mr. Stuff

31. "From The Country"---LaMorris Williams
32. "Take My Love"---Mizz Lowe, Bobby Rush
33. "Pressure"---Melani
34. "Thinking Bout Cheating"---Ms. Robbie
35. "Trail Ride Crazy"---Rodnae
36. "Drinks On Me"---Nelson Curry
37. "(Gotta Get To) My Baby's House"---Ben Ether
38. "Juke Joint"---Darnell Da Bachelor
39. "Throw Back"---J.R. Blu
40. "Trail Ride"---Charles Wilson

(Plus 10 more due to intense volume and competition)

41. "Hap Here (Remix)"---Hisyde feat. Mystikal
42. "Rock Me Baby"---Mr. Rogers, Big Yayo
43. "Southern Soul Slide"---Jae & Breez, Jeter Jones
44. "Vibe"---Lady Songbird Jinda
45. "That Rock"---Geno Wesley
46. "Last Two Dollars"---Chris Crain
47. "I Thought You Did"---Bigg Eez
48. "Grown And Sexy"---Banky Live
49. "Your Precious Love"---Duane Parham, Tammy Trele Davis
50. "Leave You"---Aaron Jordan

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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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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 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

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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)"-----Chu'zu, Vince Tucker, Jeter Jones

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 Chu'zu, Vince Tucker and Jeter Jones 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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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.

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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.

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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

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