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June 4, 2024:

TOP 40 SOUTHERN SOUL SINGLES: JUNE

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in June 2024.

1. "I'll Beg"---Stacii Adams
2. "One More Day"---Ciddy Boi P
3. "I'm Soul Country"---Black Koffee
4. "Tell Me Baby"---B.J. Moodswing
5. "The New Jody"---Ced Wade feat. Ciddy Boi P
6. "(Two) Faces"---Catt Daddy
7. "Under There"---Hisyde
8. "Sorry"---Ty Daniels feat. Boss Lady
9. "Just Won't Break"---Sky Whatley feat. Tonio Armani
10. "My Kind Of Man"---Crystal Thomas

11. "Cheating On Me"---Magic One
12. "Where The Party At?"---Lacee
13. "I Can't Choose"---Sir Charles Jones
14. "Slow Hand"---Big Yayo
15. "Soul Party In VA"---Souja Kwan
16. "What You Won't Do"---Mr. Boo Leggs
17. "Do U Wanna"---Mr. Magic
18. "Stepping And Swinging"---Magic One
19. "Cornbread Fed"---Mr. Beatz
20. "What's It Going To Be?"---Boss Lady feat. Ty Daniels

21. "Juke Joint Lover"---Joe Nice & Nelson Curry
22. "The BK Shuffle"---Black Koffee

(DBN notes: Also see #3 single "I'm Soul Country" by Black Koffee, the same song.)


23. "Back To The Streets"---Sunshine The Singer
24. "Cut Up"---Dolla Bill Dodson
25. "Too Young For Me"---J. Red The Nephew
26. "Hey Pretty Lady"---Cuz Band
27. "Are You Serious?"---Arthur Young
28. "I Ain't Gone Spill No Drank"---Cupid
29. "Hey Mr. DJ"---Teeza
30. "Come And Play"---Miss Storm

31. "I Will"---J-Wonn
32. "He Lied"---J'Cenae
33. "Country Boys"---Big Yayo feat. LaMorris Williams
34. "Cafe Messie"---Shonta Greer feat. Messie C
35. "I Can't Walk Away"---Mz. Suga
36. "Lying On Me"---Jo-Us Band
37. "Keeper Not A Sweeper"---Lonne G
38. "Dump Truck"---Terry B
39. "Man Of Mine"---Mz. Dria
40. "I Wanna Love"---Mose Stovall

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May 19, 2024:

Daddy B. Nice's News & Notes:

Record-Setting Mother's Day Weekend Crowds Presage Big Revenue Summer For Southern Soul

To name just a few of the top revenue-generating festivals from this past Mother's Day Weekend, Tucka's second annual, 48-hour Tucka James Music Fest took place at the Evangeline Downs Casino Event Center in Opelousas, Louisiana, featuring Lenny Williams, Fat Daddy, Mz. Suga, Big Pokey Bear, Mr. Hot Topic, Dee Dee Simon, Mr. Smoke & J. Paul Jr, while down the road at Parc International in Lafayette, Louisiana, Cupid entertained the crowds at the Spring Swing Music Festival with Roi "Chip" Anthony, Chris Ardoin & J.J. Caillier.

The redoubtable Sir Charles Jones held court at Rock Hill, South Carolina's Southern Soul Mother's Day Extravaganza while Big Yayo performed at the newly booming and revamped V.I.P. Center on Elvis Presley Boulevard in Memphis, assisted by Big John Cummings, David Sylvester, O. Emmons, Zach McGhee & Cassandra The Soul Child. The event was hosted by deejay personality Jazzii A.

The Jay Morris Group headlined a stellar bill including three of the most accomplished songstresses in southern soul---J'Cenae, Karen Wolfe & Carolyn Staten---along with newcomer Big Mel in Monroe, Louisiana's Richwood Park. Meanwhile, L.J. Echols and Narvel Echols (no relation) were entertaining fans on a multi-act bill held at the Civic Auditorium in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

The grounds at Forrest City, Arkansas's Larry Bryant Multi-Purpose Center hosted a capacity crowd for performances by Cecily Wilborn, Jeter Jones. L.J. Echols, Marcellus The Singer, & FPJ while over at Hattiesburg, Mississippi's Multi-Purpose Center Fairground, fans were feted by Pokey Bear, West Love, Jay Morris Group, Young Guy, FPJ, J-Wonn, PC Band & Lady Trucker, with WMPR Jackson's DJ Ragman among the celebrity hosts.

The Mother's Day festivities were preceded by an unprecedented number of Easter holiday bashes, from the King George-headlined Gateway Blues Festival in St. Louis to the The Good Friday "Blues You Can Use" shindig in Fairhope, Alabama to the Blues Is Alright Tour in Indianapolis to the Aries Celebration at the Vicksburg City Auditorium to the Latimore & Lenny Williams-headlined Grown Folks Blues Party in Greenville, South Carolina to the Pre-Easter Bash in Monroe LA. to the Easter Sunday Blues Extravaganza starring Jeter Jones, Tucka, Ms. Jody, Lenny Williams, Tre Williams & Arthur Young at the Liddell Ranch in Utica, Mississippi. From MLK to Valentine's Day to Spring Fling and on through Memorial Day, Father's Day and the heart of the summer, concerts are the lifeblood and payday for southern soul artists, and for every major venue starring southern soul's top-grossing performers there are dozens of smaller venues catering to aspiring musicians eager to make it to the top of the genre.

Jackson Music Awards

Award shows are proliferating like kudzu on utility lines, but none have been around longer than the Jackson (MS.) Music Awards, hosted by the city where I learned to recognize and cherish southern soul music. The 50th (that's right, the "Golden") Jackson Music Awards takes place July 29th. The theme is “A Night Like No Other, Celebrating the Best of The Best”. The honorees are Bobby Rush, The BarKays, Dorothy Moore, Benny Latimore & Lenny Williams. The performers are Lenny Williams, Latimore, Cecily Wilborn, S. Dott & Bre Wooten. The event will take place at the Jackson Convention Center’s Trustmark Ballroom. For information call 601-862-6629.

The Heights & The Depths According to Sir Charles

Having a hard day? So it goes, even for the best of us.

The Heights:

"Don't be hating on me
Because I'm blessed.
I'm the K-I-N-G of southern soul.
Birmingham, Alabama
Is where I come from.
Just a little country boy
That went #1.
Like Biggie said, baby,
It was all a dream.
Little did I know
That I'd be a king.
And the ladies,
They won't leave me alone.
They say, "Oooh we love that pretty boy
Named Sir Charles Jones."
I'm the chosen one.
You can't beat me, boy,
Even in your dreams."

The Depths:

"Driving down Highway 55
With tears in my eyes,
Pulled over to gain my composure.
I grabbed the gun
And put it to my head,
Thinking about my life.
What have I to live for?
Because everything's going wrong.
And all the fortune and fame.
So many depend on me.
Using and taking and using,
And don't know what's wrong with me.
Oh Lord, forgive me.
And I began to cry.
Lord, I'm feeling all alone,
So alone."

Miscellany

David Brinston has been inducted into the Alabama Blues Hall of Fame. Crystal Thomas has returned to her southern soul roots with a new single inspired by West Love's "Southern Man". It's called "My Kind Of Man". Robert "The Duke" Tillman will make a rare appearance June 1st in Selma, Alabama. Uncle Fallay, formerly known as Lil' Fallay, has returned to recording, as has the Jo-Us Band, with a new song titled "Lying On Me". Long-absent Rick Lawson has also returned to the recording studio with a new single titled "Trying To Love Two Ain't Easy".

Arthur Young has published a new version of Tyrone Davis' "Are You Serious?" Meanwhile, Willie Clayton has recorded a new cover of Al Green's "Tired Of Being Alone". And perhaps influenced by the success of the 2023 Sean Dolby/Nelson Curry remix of Mel Waiter's "Got My Whiskey," Joe Nice & Nelson Curry have paired up on a lyrical redo of Marvin Sease's "Candy Licker" called "Juke Joint Lover".

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May 5, 2024:

TOP 40 SOUTHERN SOUL SINGLES: MAY

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in May 2024.

1. "Back Road"---Curt The Country Man feat. Marcellus The Singer
2. "Can't Make 'Em"---Koffee Bean feat. Jeter Jones
3. "Fishing Hole"---Ciddy Boi P
4. "Take You Out Tonight"---T-Man
5. "Jeans And Boots"---Country Boy
6. "On Ya Feet"---Big Mel
7. "Body Roll, Fast Or Slow"---Narvel Echols
8. "In Love With You"---B.J. Moodswing
9. "No Way"---Sheba Potts-Wright feat. L.J. Echols
10. "On The Way"---Big Nick J

11. "Do Me"---Marcellus The Singer
12. "Mama Don't Worry"---ERealist feat. Big Mel
13. "Found My Peace"---Breeze MrDo2Much
14. "One More Day"---Ciddy Boi P
15. "She Wants That Money"---Mr. House feat. Ciddy Boi P
16. "Karma"---Cecily Wilborn
17. "Party At Home"---Sean Dolby feat. Ms. Nikita & Joe Nice
18. "Tell Me Baby"---B.J. Moodswing
19. "Hole In The Wall"---Lamar Brace
20. "Better Man"---Curt The Country Man

21. "Follow Me"---Lacee feat. J-Wonn
22. "I'm With You"---Dee Dee Simon
23. "Let Me See It"---Gold Gillis feat. Narvel Echols
24. "Good Time"---Tamara "Mz Hollywood" McClain feat. Audi Yo
25. "Put That Thang On Me"---Nelson Curry
26. "Fed Up"---Ronnie "Rude" Perkins feat. Lacee
27. "You Can't Use Me"---Freaky B 2.0
28. "If I Step Out"---Lisa Denevo feat. Ciddy Boi P
29. "Big Boi Stroke"---Big "Ro" Williams
30. "Country Girl"---The Signature Band

31. "Red Rooster"---Coldrank
32. "Club House"---Rico C
33. "You Don't Have To Down Me"---Son Of Soul
34. "Feel Sumthin'"---Zach Stewart McGee & Dolla Bill Dodson
35. "Party Ride"---Lamar Brace
36. "Loving Girl"---Rylo
37. "Summertime Fine"---Cadillac Man
38. "Love Me No More"---Tee Dee Young
39. "Big Girl World"---Gwen Yvette
40. "I Put A Claim On That Thing"---Jesse James feat. Millie Jackson

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April 15, 2024:

Daddy B. Nice's News & Notes

Will Southern Soul Deejays Play Country Western/Southern Soul?

(We Discuss Two Months Later.)

February's "News & Notes" asking if southern soul deejays are playing or will play countrified southern soul drew an overwhelmingly positive response. As one deejay wrote, "The fans are comfortable with country music because it is a parallel genre to Southern Soul. Because of the explosion of Trailride music it does fit well." I might add that in addition to trail-ride, southern soul has welcomed funk (Nellie Travis's "Mr. Sexy Man"), zydeco (T.K. Soul's "Zydeco Bounce") and hip-hop (Joe Nice & Sean Dolby's "Take Your Time") into its inclusionary tent with results that have energized the genre.

Why does "country" sound so good right now? There's a lot of emotive power coming through. Sometimes branching into fresh styles frees recording artists from the constraints that---unconsciously or consciously---make the music too familiar and formulaic. Certainly that was the case with Nellie Travis's "Mr. Sexy Man". That brash, biting, funk/disco guitar riff was as shocking in a southern soul playlist in 2013 as Curt The Country Man's "Back Road" is today, and yet it elevated Travis's career to a stature unthinkable before.

Am I advocating for every southern soul artist to record "country"-style? Please no! By no means. What I'm advocating is something every fan wishes for. What do we want? To be surprised. This "country" thing has been building momentum for some time. Only think of songs like "Country Boy Remix" (Chu'Zu, Vince Tucker & Jeter Jones), "Down In The Country" (Stan Butler, West Love) and "Country Girl" (Jus Epik, Money Waters.) Nor is there anything truly new under the sun, even in our beloved southern soul. Check out Carl Marshall's "I've Lived It All" (1999).

Speaking of country, not to mention zydeco, 39 years ago the Lake Charles native and accordionist Sidney Simien, better known as Rockin' Sidney, had a Top 20 hit on the country charts with a song called My Toot Toot"" (aka "Don't Mess With My Toot Toot"). The tune had already been a smash in New Orleans and the Delta. Covers by Jean Knight and Denise LaSalle soon charted on the pop and R&B charts. To say it was a boost to LaSalle's career in particular would be an understatement, and she often acknowledged it.

As was evident in her no-show at this year's Best of 2023 awards, where she's perennially a "Best Vocalist" nominee, Tasha Mac---who has been on "sabbatical" of late---is rumored to be back on the southern soul scene soon.

A year after the Dialtone release of his No Soul, No Blues album, Stan Mosley's "Blues Man" remains the sole track available on YouTube. No comment here, as my views are known, but what struck me is the difference in marketing between the "major" independents and southern soul labels. NO SOUL NO BLUES, for those who missed it, features one of the all-time, southern soul wailers backed by one of the greatest live soul bands ever assembled. Imagine southern soul in an alternate universe. (Read the review before it's deleted: under "Recently Reviewed," right-hand column of CD Reviews.)

William Bell is no longer with Wilbe (his own longtime label). The Grammy Hall of Famer has signed with Concord.

Jesse James, another seasoned veteran, charted with legendary partner Millie Jackson on Daddy B. Nice's Top 25 Songs of 2011 with the single "Let's Get A Room Somewhere". Then, in 2014, James had the #1 Song of the Year with "I Lost My Baby On Facebook". After a near-decade-long absence he has a new album in the works. The first single will be "I Put A Claim On That Thang," once again teaming with Millie Jackson. The track was first released in 2022.

Cecily Wilborn's "country" style in "Red Cup Blues" reminds me of Ms. Jody when she first appeared. Ms. Jody's first successful radio single was "I Never Take A Day Off," a whiff of pure country if ever there was one, and that sugary country tone has remained in Ms. Jody's vocal arsenal ever since.

Finally, country-style once again topped Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Singles in April, with Ciddy Boi P's flagrantly country "This Is Texas" in the #1 spot and King George's quasi-country "It's Over" at #2.

---Daddy B. Nice

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April 6, 2024:

TOP 40 SOUTHERN SOUL SINGLES: APRIL

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in April 2024.

1. "This Is Texas"---Ciddy Boi P
2. "It's Over"---King George
3. "Keep Pushing"---West Love
4. "Puttin' In Work"---Mr. Jimmy
5. "I Gotta Leave Home"---Mr. Laidback
6. "Swing My Way"---LaMorris Williams
7. "Do You!"---Big Nick J
8. "(He Ain't Gon') Do Right"---Shae Nicole
9. "Goin' Jackie Neal (At The Zydeco)"---Tyree Neal feat. Pokey Bear, C-Loc, Adrian Bagher, Johnny James & Bro Bro)
10. "Ride It"---Mikal feat. Angel Faye Russell

11. "Rub My Head"---Unkle Phunk
12. "Put It In The Bag"---Solomon Thompson
13. "Southern Soul Type Of Lady"---Ciddy Boi P
14. "Can I Vibe"---The Jay Morris Group
15. "Big Ol' Wagon"---Avail Hollywood
16. "No Getting Over Me (Re-Entry)"---Tucka
17. "Blues Paradise"---F.P.J.
18. "Back Road" (Re-Entry)---Curt The Country Man feat. Marcellus The Singer
19. "In Love With You"---B.J. Moodswing
20. "Zydeco Swing"---Eric Hunter aka Mr. Don't Leave

21. "No Poking"---Jeter Jones
22. "Back To The Blues"---Mr. House
23. "We Riding"---Mama Do
24. "Good Time"---Willie Rich
25. "I Hear You Knocking"---Mr. House feat. Ciddy Boi P
26. "Big Bone Girl II"---Ced Wade feat. Willie Clayton
27. "Gumbo Love"---Le'Jit Brothers
28. "Not How It Goes"---Mz. Poochie
29. "Dreamin'"---Rico C. feat. Cupid
30. "Big Boss Moves"---Lady Redtopp

31. "Coming In Hot"---Arthur Young feat. J-Wonn
32. "That's My Man"---Mz. Dria
33. "I'm An Undercover Lover" (Re-Release)---Bobby Rush
34. "Doggone Shucky Ducky""---Anissa Hampton
35. "Every Night"---T.J. Hooker Taylor
36. "Thursday"---Carlin Taylor
37. "Monkey See Monkey Do"---Angel Faye Russell
38. "Good Loving"---Alex Williams
39. "Put That Thang On Me"---Nelson Curry
40. "Hard On Me"---Highway Heavy feat. Dave Mack


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March 17, 2024:

Daddy B. Nice's News & Notes

New Faces: Comprehensive Index
Southern Soul Clubbing: A Fresh Look

New Faces: Comprehensive Index

Here is a list of newly installed southern soul artists in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index, with hyperlinks to their first-time appearances on the southern soul charts. Click on the highlighted name to be transported to their page locations in the Index, then click the hyperlink(s).

Lady Redtopp

Big Mel

Al Davis

Bre Wooten

DJ Chill Will Baby

Miron Simpson


Mr. House

Cadillac Cho

Charmeka Joquelle

DJ Trac

T. Howell

Rodnae

Cheff Da Entertainer

ERealist aka Uncle Daddy

Mike Clark Jr.

Tonio Armani

DJ Trucker

Meme Green

Malcom Simmonns

Jake Carter

Shay Nycole

Teslanay

Mr. Nelson

Young Guy

F.P.J.

Mz. Brown Suga

Uncle Gymini

Lady Jacquelyn

LaRon Reaves

Robert Butler

Ms. Ty

Koray Broussard

Cecily Wilborn

Koray Broussard

Sticky P

O.C. Soul

Troy Murriel

Royal D

Hasan Green

Tyronica Rawls aka Badgir

S. Dott

B. Pureese

Melvin Riley

Bri Rocket

Myia B.

Meeka Meeka

Southern Soul Clubbing: A Fresh Look

Entertainment clubs come and go. The hardest business in the world. Southern soul music survives and thrives on audience revenue and nothing compares to seeing southern soul stars in intimate, small to mid-size clubs. Here's an update on performance venues old and new, indoor and outdoor, based on Daddy B. Nice's stewardship of the genre's Concert Calendar.

Union City Fairgrounds, El Dorado, Arkansas.

This long-standing outlet for southern soul singers stands out amidst all the other city, county and state civic and convention centers, colliseums, parks and fairgrounds (most of which are located in the Mississippi Delta to the east and far too numerous to mention) by virtue of its resourceful promoter Michael Jackson's frequent shows.

Vicksburg City Auditorium

This venerable facility is renowned for its successful, once-a-month "Southern Soul First Fridays," although L.J. Echols and Young Guy will be onstage Saturday March 30.

Liddell Ranch, Utica, Mississippi

Situated in the boonies south of Jackson and Vicksburg, this venue has played host to an amazing run of multi-act concerts over the last few years, most recently this coming Easter weekend's show with Tucka, Jeter Jones, Ms. Jody, Lenny Williams, Tre Williams and Arthur Young.

Palace Theater, McComb, Mississippi

New place! Said to be beautiful and tasteful. Avail Hollywood, Arthur Young, Adrian Bagher, Johnny James and Ms. Ty will be appearing May 18th.

R.L.'s Blues Palace, Dallas, Texas

The place for southern soul and blues in Dallas, run by storied host R.L. Griffin.

Club Oasis, Hazlehurst, Mississippi

Temporarily closed, and so it goes....

Magnolia Lounge, Forest Park, Georgia

Atlanta just isn't "country" enough for southern soul to saturate its collective consciousness, but suburbs like Forest Park and Lithonia are doing their best to change that.

The Original Red Rooster, Houston, Texas

Located on Almeda Road, this relative newcomer to the southern soul scene hosts Jeter Jones April 14th.

The Queen's Lounge, Houston, Texas

Hosts Southern Soul Sundays, just like the M. Cally song.

Kandy Factory, Crystal Springs, Mississippi

Relatively new---opened during Covid era. The Jay Morris Group, Tonio Armani and Derek "The Change Man" Smith performed in February.

Club Oasis, Hazlehurst, Mississippi

"Temporarily closed". We deliver the bad news with the good.

The Grounds

Just outside Pensacola, this Mobile-area outdoor facility is famous for Spring Fling, the biggest outdoor audience venue on the southern soul circuit.

Huntsville Dragway, Huntsville, Alabama

Hosts King George and Sir Charles Jones on the same bill May 25th, one in a series of high-profile events here in the last few years.

440 JXN

Located at 440 Mill Street in Jackson, this new club enters the small-club niche formerly dominated by Underground 119 and F. Jones Corner. The club will host T.K. Soul and Young Guy April 5th.

Classic Soulz, Memphis, Tennessee

A new venue on East Brooks Road in a city that has a brutal record when it comes to sustaining southern soul clubs. FPJ will appear in April.

C C Blues Club, Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis's longest-running southern soul club. Gritty. Hole-in-the-wall, but huge.

Thalia Mara Hall, Jackson, Mississippi

Hosts more upscale southern soul concerts a few times per year.

Evangeline Downs Casino Event Center, Opelousas, Louisiana

Occasionally hosts multi-acts southern soul such as Tucka's big to-do Mother's Day Weekend. Lafayette and Monroe, Louisiana also boast frequent southern soul events.

Fiesta Center, Lubbock, Texas

Coming on strong for southern soul but pricey.

Pantheon, Austin, Texas

New southern soul venue, mostly local talent. Hosting Southern Soul Saturdays and Sundays.

Southern Soul Lounge, Shreveport, Louisiana.

Small club with great atmosphere in the land of Jeter Jones.

Ranking the top ten states for southern soul events in order:

Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Arkansas, North Carolina, Georgia.

See Concert Calendar.

See Concert Calendar (new website).

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March 7, 2024:

TOP 40 SOUTHERN SOUL SINGLES: MARCH

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in March 2024.

1. "Red Cup Blues"---Cecily Wilborn
2. "Back Roads"---GMB Li Curt feat. ShawtyMac
3. "Texas Hold 'Em"---Beyonce
4. "Come Over Baby"---Lady Redtopp feat. Bri Rocket
5. "Let's Get Drunk"---L.J. Echols
6. "Church Girl"---Tex James feat. Stan Butler
7. "You My Man"---Jay Morris Group
8. "Party Tonight"---P2K DaDiddy feat. Urban Mystic
9. "Lost And Found"---Volton Wright feat. Sir Charles Jones
10. "Going Out"---Curt The Country Man feat. Countryboii Tye

11. "Biggest Mama"---Rosalyn Candy
12. "Keep Your Dog On A Short Leash"---Sheila B. Sexi
13. "Big Boss"---Jeter Jones feat. T. Howell
14. "This Is Texas (Beyonce Reply)"---Ciddy Boi P
15. "Chocolate"---Mz Tori feat. Pardeeboy
16. "I Gotta Leave Home"---Mr. Laidback
17. "Rumors"---LaMorris Williams
18. "Got It Going On"---Mike Clark Jr. feat. DJ Trucker & Mr. Hanky
19. "Where They Do That At"---Al Davis feat. Princess LaShelle
20. "Show Me"---Brutha

21. "Rock That Man In The Boat (Remix)"---Chuck Strong
22. "Langadang"---Hambone Bandicoot
23. "Me And My Hennessy"---Sema'J
24. "5-Star Kitty"---Darnell Da Bachelor
25. "Swing My Way"---LaMorris Williams
26. "The Electric Slide"---Klay Redd
27. "Boots On"---Lokey Kountry
28. "Let's Stay Together"---Willie Clayton
29. "Get Loose"---Cecily Wilborn feat. Bre Wooten
30. "I'm So Ready"---Uncle Luck

31. "Tell Me Where You From"---Solomon Thompson
32. "Big Girl World"---Gwen Yvette
33. "Puttin' In Work"---Mr. Jimmy
34. "Ride It"---Mikal feat. Angel Faye Russell
35. "Don't Forget About Me"---Adrian Bagher feat. Big Yayo
36. "Really Love You"---Keneisha feat. Omar Cunningham
37. "Give Me Love"---Melodic Princess
38. "Heaven"---Carlin Taylor
39. "Trailriders Party"---Electrohorse feat. Nigel Perkins
40. "Should've Been Home"---J. Red The Nephew


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February 18, 2024:

Daddy B. Nice's News & Notes

Will Southern Soul Deejays Play Country Western/Southern Soul?

"Texas Hold 'Em," Beyonce's unabashedly country-western-styled dance jam, is generating controversy amongst country music deejays across America. The same thing---in reverse---is happening on a lesser scale in the world of southern soul. I'm not just talking about the preponderance of cowboy hats, "daisy dukes" and boots, horses, trail rides, pickups and musical blending of country themes into southern soul that has been going on now for roughly a decade since Big Yayo's pre-cowboy-hat-wearing "Cowgirl" appeared and a half-decade since Jeter Jones' "Black Horse" officially kicked off the "country-fication" of southern soul. Nor am I even talking about the avalanche of country-styled tunes and titles that have followed, songs like Jus Epik's & Money Waters' "Country Girl," in which country influences both musical and lyrical customize a still sturdy southern soul chassis.

Which brings me to the present moment: the pure country-western vocals of Jeter Jones new "Country Girl" and Cecily Wilborn's "Red Cup Blues". Yepp. Two major artists have crossed the boundary between southern soul and country. All the way. Are they experiments? It's hard to say. Jeter Jones recorded a song that's become a southern soul classic: "My Country Girl". But his new "Country Girl," from the just-released Big Boss EP, is pure country---not least the exaggerated vocal. But even that shocker is surpassed by Cecily Wilborn's new song, "Red Cup Blues," in which she outdoes Beyonce in her genuine transformation into a bonafide country singer. So much so that your Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Singles for March might sound more like a country-western chart than southern soul. As if that weren't enough, the producer for "Red Cup Blues" is Kang 803, King George's producer and the hottest southern soul producer of the moment. If you remember, Kang 803 inserted delicate steel guitar fillips into King George's #1 song of 2023, "Grown Man (Say She Need Somebody"). And they---he and George---used to be rappers!

I recently stumbled upon a song that came out in the latter part of 2023 called
"Back Roads" by GMB Li Curt and ShawtyMac, just a couple of the black artists including K.D. Conner, Curt The Countryman and Countryboi Tye currently recording country. Marcellus The Singer actually guests on another version of the song by Curt The Countryman. "Back Roads" is too good to ignore, but I confess to almost feeling guilty enjoying it because it is country, man, so much so that when the rap verse came in I felt a twinge of relief because, ironically, the rap validated it as a contemporary southern soul song!

As long as there has been country music there have been black country artists. The great Ray Charles straddled both genres like a colossus back in my young day. But here's the kicker. These new songs ARE pure country. They're not southern soul. If a new generation of musicians follows suit, you can't really call it southern soul anymore. Or can you?

Miscellany


Bobby Rush has done it again---won his third Grammy. Best Traditional Blues album of 2023 for All My Love For You. The singer is a living legend. He out-lived his fabled contemporaries---Johnnie Taylor, Marvin Sease, Mel Waiters, Little Milton---and having reached the pinnacle of visibility for a traditional black artist, made the necessary adjustments to his recording style and performance routine to make fame stick. Congratulations, Bobby! We love you back!

Jerry "Boogie" Mason, the indefatigable and longest-running media facilitator in southern soul music, will be honored at the 2nd Annual Radio Music & Film Conference in Atlanta Saturday, August 17, 2024.

Need more evidence of southern soul infiltrating the white audience? Larry Chambers of Ecko Records in Memphis recently sent out an email for a new Ms. Jody single, "Burger King" from her 5-star-rated album A Night To Remember. The email blast included a YouTube video of white folks line-dancing to "The Southern Soul Bounce". They're not the kind of people you'd think of as southern soul fans if you saw them on the street, to say the least, and there's not a black body in the room, but click the link above---it's great, they get it.

Gina Brown Passes

Southern soul singer Gina Brown died Wednesday, January 31, 2024. A Celebration of Life Concert was held at the Fillmore At Harrah's in New Orleans on Thursday, February 15th. Gina Brown's song "We're Having A Party" was Daddy B. Nice's #1 Southern Soul Single in December of 2011 (click link). Find hyper-links to more appearances by Gina Brown on the website in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

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February 3, 2024:

TOP 40 SOUTHERN SOUL SINGLES: FEBRUARY

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in February 2024.

1. "Swing Out"---West Love
2. "In Front Of Me"---The Jay Morris Group
3. "You Baby"---Marcellus The Singer feat. Cecily Wilborn
4. "Crazy About You"---Derek The Change Man Smith
5. "Put It In Ya Life"---Lil' Runt feat. Jeter Jones
6. "Too Soon"---Kandy Janai
7. "Love Bone"---Donnie Ray
8. "Yo Truck (Ain't Better Than Mine)"---Jeter Jones
9. "Let It Be Said"---J. Lake
10. "Can I Get A Witness?"---LaMorris Williams

11. "Back To Myself"---Karen Wolfe
12. "Mz. Judy"---CuznJed feat. Prince Hodge
13. "Wet Anthem"---Big 251
14. "Southern Soul"---El Willie
15. "Let Me Know"---Big Mel
16. "Why Not?"---J-Wonn
17. "Henn Peck Man"---Lady J
18. "Swing My Way"---Ice Doll feat. Cupid
19. "Loving You Wright"---Champagne Wright feat. Dope Boy Bluez
20. "He Ain't Gone Do Right"---Shae Nycole

21. "God Still Working On Me"---Avail Hollywood
22. "Alone"---King South
23. "Elevator"---Royal D feat. Cupid
24. "Give Him His Papers"---Big G
25. "Yapping"---Summer Wolfe feat. Narvel Echols
26. "Don't Fuck With Me"---Lady Shebazz
27. "Sexy"---Black Diamond
28. "Just Us 2"---Memphis Jackson
29. "Outside"---Mz. Pat feat. Ciddy Boi P
30. "Transition"---Columbus Toy

31. "Make It Rain"---Vick Allen
32. "Baby Come Home"---Mz. Poochie
33. "Living My Life"---Jeff Floyd feat. Roi "Chip" Anthony
34. "You Can Make It"---Maia B
35. "Put It On Me"---Shell-B
36. "Good Good Man"---T.J. Hooker Taylor
37. "Thick Country Girl"---Mr. Laidback
38. "Tootsie"---O.B. Buchana
39. "Ain't Nobody Crazy"---Princess Towanna Murphy
40. "Party People"---Ms. Priscilla feat. Narvel Echols

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January 8, 2024:

TOP 40 SOUTHERN SOUL SINGLES: JANUARY

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in January 2024.

1. "Until We Meet Again"---Marcellus The Singer
2. "Down In The Sippi"---FaLisa JaNaye
3. "Busted Cheating At The Holiday Inn"---Mr. Midnight
4. "I Can't Live Without You"---Memphis Jackson
5. "Party"---Cecily Wilborn
6. "Let's Get Married Today"---Stan Butler
7. "Cut Friend"---Sky Whatley
8. "Good Tyme"---P2K DaDiddy feat. Frank Johnson
9. "Older Woman"---S. Dott
10. "Sooner Or Later"---Tonio Armani

11. "Trail Ride"---Jonathan Burton
12. "Mr. Right"---Ced Wade feat. Willie Clayton
13. "Let's Ride"---David J
14. "Feenin'"---Urban Mystic
15. "Here For You"---Big Mel
16. "Why Not?"---J-Wonn
17. "Mr. Fix It"---Ty Juan
18. "Rooty Tooty"---Cadillac Cho
19. "Ayyyeeee"---Sean Dolby feat. Dani Dolce
20. "Pull Up On Me"---Keneisha

21. ""Steppin' And Swingin'"---Magic One
22. "Get My Party On"---Meeka Meeka
23. "Big Bone Girl"---Ced Wade feat. Big Mel
24. "How Does It Feel"---Dee Dee Simon
25. "Used To Love Her"---Willie Rich
26. "Show Me That You Love Me"---Delo Brown
27. "Stress Me Out"---Marcellus The Singer
28. "Cafe Shuffle"---MTM Rara
29. "It's U"---Volton Wright feat. Songbird
30. "Glide"---Rosalyn Candy

31. "It Ain't Good For You"---Tyree Neal
32. "Make That Body Roll"---Ciddy Boi P
33. "Wind It Up"---Choppa Law
34. "If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)"---Joe Nice feat. Jonathan Butler
35. "Flow With It"---Meme Yahsal
36. "Club People"---UNYQC
37. "Take You Out Tonight"---T-Man
38. "Don't Get Mad At Jody"---Uncle T
39. "Hot And Spicy"---Gentry-Jones
40. "Grownman"---Rico C

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June 16, 2024:

Daddy B. Nice's News & Notes

Move over, "Electric Avenue". Jackson, Mississippi's "Ellis Avenue" Renamed...

BOBBY RUSH BOULEVARD!

Among the most prestigious honors in the hierarchy of fame, few rank higher than having a municipal street named after you. It's a tribute usually reserved for presidents and politicians. And yet, at 1 pm on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at the Cadence Bank at 1005 Ellis Avenue, the blues and southern soul music's last remaining superstar from the Johnnie Taylor/B.B. King/Tyrone Davis generation was feted with a street-sign-unveiling transforming Jackson's north/south artery through the heart of this largely black city from Ellis Avenue into Bobby Rush Boulevard.

When I heard the news everything stopped for me. I'd encountered one of those "it's a small world" moments that, like the Dude's carpet in "The Big Lebowski," tie one's life together. For it was in the hotel at the northwest corner of I-20 and Ellis Avenue in south Jackson in the late nineties and early aughts that I got my street-wise doctorate in southern soul.

It was situated on the hill just north of the I-20 interchange, and to this day I cannot remember its name, although I can remember Ellis Avenue as if it were yesterday. The hotel was a national chain, at least in those years. It had a large, two story building in front with a big convention room, surrounded by a parking lot with a L-shaped perimeter of one story rooms, two connected rooms of which I would rent as a suite for less than a hundred dollars a day. B.B. King had a permanently-reserved two-story room in that complex. His band would stay on the ground floor and King on the top floor. Of course I didn't find that out until years later, when I had become something of a regular.

What was I doing on Ellis Avenue? I was recording southern soul music on cassette tapes on a couple of boomboxes (like the one Radio Raheem carries in Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing"). I'd shut myself in, hardly going out to eat, stuffing cassette after cassette into the boomboxes 24/7. Waking up in the middle of the night for a bathroom visit and popping in fresh cassettes. And it was in those wee hours of the night where I encountered Uncle Bobo, the deejay version of producer Senator Jones, the pivotal figure in contemporary southern soul who opened the door that Jackson's Malaco Records had shut on Sir Charles Jones. And some of my most cherished memories are of Uncle Bobo playing early Sir Charles cuts (probably just mastered) at 3 and 4 am in the morning, gushing in ecstasy over the results.

Charles Evers' radio station WMPR, located not far away, was the only station in the South that played southern soul on a consistently daily basis (along with gospel in the mornings). Its signal came through with a cathedral-like sound on Ellis Avenue. And not much farther away was the Suit Store, home for celebrity black clothing, but that too came later for me. I recorded it all: music, public service announcements and commercials, including the unsinkable Reverend Mother Walker, the Deep South's answer to psychiatry.

I was so green in those days it never even occurred to me to go to a club or concert. I was totally preoccupied and infatuated with the sound of the music. Anything else---people, small talk---was pretty much out of the question. This was before I knew who anyone was. Music on the internet was in its infancy. There was no YouTube, there were no websites, and even when I succeeded in finding the name of artist who went with a particular song---for instance "Let's Straighten It Out" by Latimore---I had to continue my investigation into whether it was old or new. I knew nothing.

And yet it was in those days of musical innocence on Ellis Avenue, before the thought of having a platform like SouthernSoulRnB had even appeared as a little cartoon balloon in my brain, that my passion for southern soul ran at its purest---the fever pitch of a convert. Now Ellis Avenue is Bobby Rush Boulevard. How fitting! Congratulations, Bobby!

Listen to Bobby Rush singing "Up In Here" on YouTube.

Listen to Bobby Rush singing "Bare Mouth Woman" on YouTube.

Buy Bobby Rush's "Night Fishin'" album at Apple.

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

-------JUNE 2024-------


1. "I'll Beg"-------Stacii Adams

Finally. An original urban-style song to knock country out of the southern soul conversation for a minute. You know within the first eight bars, as you listen to the overlapping time signatures and the stirring vintage organ, this is a song that'll lift your spirits. And who broke it? None other than Stacii Adams. We had a bit of a falling-out years ago, can't remember what about, maybe my shrugging off his more histrionic R&B (like the Lenny Williams-style "OH-OH-OH" marathon in "I'll Beg"), but man...Stacii balls. He remains true to the profound promise of that organ-luscious intro. You can't ask for more. Kudos also to the wonderful, contrast-painting, female background.

Listen to Stacii Adams singing "I'll Beg" on YouTube.

2. "One More Day"----Ciddy Boi P

Patrick Rodriguez (aka Ciddy Boi P) has been making music in multiple genres for years. Maybe that's why he's been in such demand as a producer-collaborator since his first acclaimed southern soul single, "Can I Get It?" two years ago. This year he's on a creative tear ("This Is Texas," "Fishing Hole" on the last two Top 10's). An old New Edition classic, "One More Day" sets Ciddy Boi's gritty vocalizing against an acoustic guitar as gentle and delicate as The Beatle's "Michelle" while a country steel guitar glides like a magnificent raptor in the background. As southern soul singer Sharnette Hyter has remarked, "You've found your sound."

Listen to Ciddy Boi P singing "One More Day" on YouTube.

3. "I'm Soul Country"-----Black Koffee

Like Stacii Adams' "Don't Beg," this is a refreshing salvo from the urban-sounding corner of the southern soul universe. Don't believe the country title. The instrumental track's biting guitar is as funkadelic as Nellie "Tiger" Travis's "Mr. Sexy Man," and the vocal has the swagger to match. A line-dancer's (and free-dancer's) dream, it feels like you're dancing to a machine-gun.

Listen to Black Koffee singing "I'm Soul Country" on YouTube.

4. "Tell Me Baby"----B.J. Moodswing feat. Dirty D

Second consecutive week on the Top 10 for the accomplished B.J. Moodswing. How swiftly strange names become familiar and ordinary (if the music's good).

Listen to B.J. Moodswing and Dirty D singing "Tell Me Baby" on YouTube.

5. "I'm The New Jody"-----Ced Wade feat. Ciddy Boi P

Before trail rides, back roads and country boys became the rage, there was Jody, the sneaky bastard trying to get into your wife's pants. It's a testament to how much time has passed that Ced Wade's "New Jody" sounds almost unique, although at times you wonder if his vocal is going to collapse. It's all good though and all the more authentic.

Listen to Ced Wade and Ciddy Boi P singing "New Jody" on YouTube.

6. "(Two) Faces"-----Catt Daddy

A little southern soul, a little rock and roll, a pinch of blues guitar and a charismatic southern soul singer to stir the pot.

Listen to Catt Daddy singing "(Two) Faces" on YouTube.

7. "Under There"-----Hisyde

As with Hisyde's "Hap Here" you may struggle at first with the opaqueness of the production, like a movie scene that went through too many takes to get it right. Stick with it though. The catchy melody does surface and ultimately rewards.

Listen to Hisyde singing "Under There" on YouTube.

8. "Sorry"-----Ty Daniels feat. Boss Lady

Time-honored, chitlin'-circuit, male-female back and forth. What gets your attention at first is the faraway voice of Ty Daniels on the phone. His contrite male comes to the fore by song's end.

Listen to Ty Daniels and Boss Lady singing "Sorry" on YouTube.

9. "Just Won't Break"-----Sky Whatley feat. Tonio Armani

A rousing song of female empowerment by the young artist who did "Bae Changed Me".

Listen to Sky Whatley & Tonio Armani singing "Just Won't Break" on YouTube.

10. "My Kind Of Man"-----Crystal Thomas

One of southern soul's most storied divas returns with a song modelled on Cecily Wilborn's acclaimed "Southern Man".

Listen to Crystal Thomas singing "My Kind Of Man" on YouTube.

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-------MAY 2024-------


1. “Back Road”-------Curt The Country Man feat. Marcellus The Singer

Curt The Country Man’s “Back Road” is the glorious apex of the country style sweeping through southern soul with songs like Cecily Wilborn’s “Red Cup Blues,” Country Boy’s “Jeans & Boots” and Ciddy Boi P’s “This Is Texas”. This full-scale country trend began in earnest, fittingly enough, a few months ago with Curt’s rousing music video of ”Back Roads” (plural) under his previous (or alternate) name GMB Li Curt (#2 March Top 10 Singles). This remix replaces guest rapper ShawtyMac from the original with southern soul balladeer Marcellus The Singer, otherwise retaining key elements of the original like the double-tracking of Curt’s vocals, the horses’ neighing, the wild cry. “Back Road” is a personal artistic statement comparable to J-Wonn’s monumental “I Got This Record,” and if it gets distributed to southern soul deejays it’s a shoo-in for southern soul song of the year.

Listen to Curt The Country Man & Marcellus The Singer singing “Back Road” on YouTube.

2. “Can’t Make ‘Em”------Koffee Bean feat. Jeter Jones

“You can lead a horse to the water / But you can’t make ‘em drink.” This old truism is transformed by Koffee Bean, whose exceptionally charismatic vocal recalls Theresa Brewer from the fifties---only Brewer never swung like this. Ms. Jody did, though, two decades ago in the country-comfortable ”I Never Take A Day Off”.

Listen to Koffee Bean and Jeter Jones singing “Can’t Make ‘Em” on YouTube.

3. “Fishing Hole”-----Ciddy Boi P feat. Novak

This is Ciddy Boi’s fiddle & steel guitar follow-up to “This Is Texas” (#1 Top 10 Singles April), accompanied by the humble yet intriguing, country background fills of the lady Novak. Do you ever wonder if "City Boy" misnamed himself?

Listen to Ciddy Boi P and Novak singing “Fishing Hole” on YouTube.

4. “Take You Out Tonight”------T-Man

There’s no other way to say it. The chorus sucks. Which is too bad because the vocal swagger T-Man displays in the verses will raise the hair on your neck. If T-Man turns up that exciting vocal “swag” even more, he’ll be on the yellow brick road to a hit record.

5. ”Jeans And Boots”------Country Boy

Like Curt The Country Man, Country Boy has been dawdling in the wings for awhile now. I’m just catching up, although he had a #1 single here a couple of years ago---promoted, if memory serves, by T.K. Soul. "Jeans & Boots" resonates long after listening.

Listen to Country Boy singing “Jeans And Boots” on YouTube.

6. “On Ya Feet”----Big Mel

Big Mel is looking like the real thing. He understands melody and tempo, has a voice that inspires empathy, and just about everything he puts out is notable. But someone please help me with the lyrics. I keep hearing, over and over, “I’ll pour acid on your feet,” which sounds pretty weird in front of “and have a country time with me”.

Listen to Big Mel singing “On Ya Feet” on YouTube.

7. “Body Roll, Fast Or Slow”----Narvel Echols

A lot of people counted Narvel out in the early days. He just kept coming on, getting better and better, until he became what he is today, an aficionado of original southern soul material and presentation.

Listen to Narvel Echols singing “Body Roll, Fast Or Slow” on YouTube.

8. “In Love With You”-----B.J. Moodswing

If this song by newcomer B.J. Moodswing sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because it’s structured on the chord progressions and tempo of King George’s “Keep On Rollin’,” which becomes obvious (almost an homage) towards the end with the “keep-on-rollin'” guitar licks.

Listen to B.J. Moodswing singing “In Love With You” on YouTube.

9. “No Way”-----Sheba Potts-Wright

It’s great to have Sheba back and vying for a hit. And bringing in L.J. Echols was an inspired choice.

Listen to Sheba and L.J. singing “No Way” on YouTube.

10. “On The Way”---Big Nick J

Big Nick’s second consecutive Top 10 Singles appearance (after “Do You!” in April).

Listen to Big Nick J singing "On The Way" on YouTube.

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-------APRIL 2024-------


1. "This Is Texas" --- Ciddy Boi P

Country music influ-
ences continue to waft like fresh breeze through southern soul. Ciddy Boi P, who had a down year in '23 after a resounding debut in '22, recorded "This Is Texas" as a reply to Beyonce's "Texas Hold 'Em," but it's much more than that. The "ying-ying-ying-ying" man's very heart and soul course through this testament with an emotive power that dwarfs his more formulaic southern soul tunes, and at under three minutes you'll want to play it over and over, soaking up the man's inspiring and unbounding love for his life and land.

Listen to Ciddy Boi P. singing "This Is Texas" on YouTube.

2. "It's Over"----King George

Well, it's time to cede the throne to King George. He is the #1 artist in southern soul. Yes, he has only two solo albums to his credit, but if you look at his oeuvre from the standpoint of hit singles, no one else comes close. Whereas most artists have maybe one hit single per album, every track King George records is a hit single---even "It's Over," his own toned-down version of "country"-style southern soul. See Daddy B. Nice's #1: King George: The Greatest Hits.

Listen to King George singing "It's Over" on YouTube.

3. "Keep Pushing"----West Love

I first experienced this tune on YouTube as part of a newly-posted, ten-minute-long, inspirational two-song video entitled "Reach and Keep Pushing" ("Keep Pushing only starting around the seven-minute mark) and was so impressed I resolved to recommend it not only to fans but to West Love for commercial release. Then, while looking for an alternative YouTube link just now for publication, I discovered a "Keep Pushing" video released by one Kelsie West five years before she became famous as West Love---a self-fulfilling classic!

Listen to West Love singing "Keep Pushing" on YouTube.

4. "Puttin' In Work"----Mr. Jimmy

New blood rejuvenating the sound of old-school southern soul. Authoritatively sung, authoritatively produced (Shuga Rai).

Listen to Mr. Jimmy singing "Puttin' In Work" on YouTube.

5. "I Gotta Leave Home"-----Mr. Laidback

More new blood for southern soul. "I Gotta Leave Home" (produced by Tony Tatum) sounds like it was recorded yesterday but actually has been wandering in the musical wilderness since 2022. Mr. Laidback recorded a tune ("She Got Me Trippin'") with Tyree Neal (this month's featured artist) in 2020 and I found a citation for Mr. Laidback in my own Comprehensive Index dating back to 2014.

Listen to Mr. Laidback singing "I Gotta Leave Home" on YouTube.

6. "Swing My Way"----LaMorris Williams

Trivia question. Who is the only current southern soul artist to have recorded a southern soul song with Al Green? That's right, LaMorris Williams. "Swing My Way's" light---but it grows on you. From the Rumors album.

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing "Swing My Way" on YouTube.

7. "Do You!"----Big Nick J

Afficionados will decry the embarrassing appropriation of the opening bars of Marcellus The Singer's "Until We Meet," which just charted #1 three months ago, but after that misstep it's all smooth sailing for this competent young vocalist through some of the sweetest, mid-tempo, southern soul since Terry Wright, Stan Mosley of "Rock Me" and the slow-rolling Love Doctor.

Listen to Big Nick J singing "Do You!" on YouTube.

8. "(He Ain't Gon') Do Right"----Shae Nicole

Rousing debut by a singer who for a finale launches into a verse of electrifying falsetto like an instrumental track.

9. "Goin' Jackie Neal (At The Zydeco)"----Tyree Neal feat. Pokey Bear, C-Loc, Adrian Bagher, Johnny James & Bro Bro)

"Everyone takes an entertaining verse, Pokey giving obeisance to Jackie more vehemently than anyone. Adrian Bagher sings that when he first heard Raful Neal, Tyree's uncle, at ten years old, he knew he wanted to be a blues man." From Daddy B. Nice's new review of Neal's Liquor Talk.

Listen to Tyree Neal et.al. singing "Goin' Jackie Neal" on YouTube.

10. "Ride It"----Mikal feat. Angel Faye Russell

Mikal has an abrasive vocal tone that lends a gritty distinctiveness to the raucous back-and-forth between the couple, but the high point comes when Angel Faye sings "Auntie outside tonight! / I've got all of my bills paid."

Listen to Mikal and Angel Faye Russell singing "Ride It" on YouTube.

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-------MARCH 2024-------


1. "Red Cup Blues"-----Cecily Wilborn

Mark March 2024 as the month and year when country music invaded and dominated the southern soul top ten singles, and none leaped the genre boundaries with the breathtaking ease of Cecily Wilborn's "Red Cup Blues". The recent winner of the 17th Annual (2023) Southern Soul Award for Best Collaboration ("Southern Man" with West Love), Wilborn is also featured in last month's "News & Notes" "Will Southern Soul Deejays Play Country-Western/Southern Soul?" on Daddy B. Nice's Corner.

Listen to Cecily Wilborn singing "Red Cup Blues" on YouTube.

2. "Back Roads"-----GMB Li Curt feat. ShawtyMac

How close are southern soul and country? Deejays can segue seamlessly from gritty, ultra-bluesy "Mark You Off" by Miron Simpson (2023 Best Southern Soul Debut Nominee and Best Male Vocalist) into GMB Li Curt's pure country music anthem, "Back Roads," and vice versa. Like a tree toppling in the forest, "Back Roads" came and went without notice last year, although 58,000 hardy souls viewed it on YouTube with overwhelmingly enthusiastic comments. And as a southern soul fan, if you're feeling a little ambivalent about enjoying a country song as much as I recounted myself doing in "Will Southern Soul Deejays Play Country-Western/Southern Soul?," remember that southern soul made its post-disco revival in the mid-eighties with Z.Z. Hill's "Down Home Blues," considered "country-bluesy" at the time.

Listen to GMB Li Curt & ShawtyMac singing "Back Roads" on YouTube.

3. "Texas Hold 'Em"-----Beyonce

Well, here's the singer who made all this buzz about country music timely and relevant. Yes, Beyonce might be #1 nationally, but she's #3 on the southern soul charts. And yes, Beyonce has charted here before, with Ronald Isley on "Make Me Say It Again"---September '22 at #2 behind the Tucka/King George remix of "Jukebox Lover". Ever notice how, like in "Make Me Say It Again" and "Texas Hold 'Em," Beyonce likes to play around with her endings---"prettify" them, so to speak---thus the ambient-music coda on "Texas Hold 'Em"?

Listen to Beyonce singing "Texas Hold 'Em" on YouTube.

4. "Come Over Baby"------Lady Redtopp feat. Bri Rocket

At first, not having taken to her slow songs, you might be taken aback. Stick with the unfamiliar, coy and clever vocal delivery and the fresh, pillow-soft instrumental track, however, and you'll be rewarded with a whole new romantic side to this disarmingly original artist. See Lady Redtopp, 17th Annual Southern Soul Awards Triple Winner.

Listen to Lady Redtopp & Bri Rocket singing "Come Over Baby" on YouTube.

5. "Let's Get Drunk"-----L.J. Echols

L.J. rents out O.B. Buchana's most storied title, but once you settle down and get used to that you begin to glean that L.J.'s rediscovering his rhythmic acoustic mojo. I only wish he'd stuck more percussive, "Mad Dog 20-20"-like guitar-picking into the instrumental track.

Listen to L.J. Echols singing "Let's Get Drunk" on YouTube.

6. "Church Girl"-----Tex James feat. Stan Butler

"I can't make this shit up" is the line that'll crack most people up (it did me) while enjoying this off-the-wall, guitar-dominated, hybrid blues.

Listen to Tex James and Stan Butler singing "Church Girl" on YouTube.

7. "You My Man"-----Jay Morris Group

This rare solo effort by K-Monique is a keeper and a harbinger of the exciting possibilities beckoning this extremely talented trio. See Daddy B. Nice's 4-Star CD Review. Also see K-Monique Best Female Vocalist 2021.

Listen to the Jay Morris Group singing "You My Man" on YouTube.

8. "Party Tonight"-----P2K DaDiddy feat. Urban Mystic

Bassists, attention: this is a great bass line! And one of the best collaborations on P2K's new guest-rich album, U-TURN. See Daddy B. Nice's 4-Star CD Review.

9. "Lost And Found (Remix)"-----Volton Wright feat. Sir Charles Jones

(No YouTube at time of publication.)

10. "Going Out"----Curt The Country Man feat. Countryboii Tye

Listen to "Going Out" on YouTube.

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

-------FEBRUARY 2024-------


1. "Swing Out"-----West Love

It's not even the best of the "Swing Outs," a storied title going back to Mel Waiters' "Swing Out Song," but it's an immediate winner, the perfect, mid-tempo showcase for the talent, skills and energy that have taken West Love to the top of southern soul diva-dom. See her many upcoming dates as a rare female headliner on the Blues Is Alright Tour. (See Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar.)

Listen to West Love singing "Swing Out" on YouTube.

2. "In Front Of Me"-----The Jay Morris Group

Getting back into Jay Morris after King George is a mind-bender. The trio is so verbal---like going down a rabbit warren of conversations. One of my favorite couplets from this fascinating female take-off on "Sho' Wasn't Me" is: "Jay, that's his co-worker. / They have lunch from time to time". Sounds preposterous, doesn't it? And yet it not only works but comes off as daring because it is something a woman in denial would really say.

Listen to the Jay Morris Group singing "In Front Of Me" on YouTube.

3. "You Baby"-----Marcellus The Singer feat. Cecily Wilborn

Another choice track from Marcellus The Singer's upcoming album Calling All Crackbabies. His debut Music Therapy only arrived a few months ago, and his ballad "Until We Meet Again" was last month's #1 single. And when, mid-song, Marcellus passes the mike to 2023 Award winner Cecily Wilborn, "You Baby" soars.

Listen to Marcellus and Cecily singing "You Baby" on YouTube.

4. "Crazy About You"-----Derek The Change Man Smith

You may have seen him appearing on upcoming concert venues. Here's why. The man is a flat-out singer.

Listen to Derek The Change Man Smith singing "Crazy About You" on YouTube.

5. "Put It In Ya Life"-----Lil' Runt feat. Jeter Jones

A little rap. A little zydeco. A heaping tablespoon of Jeter Jones. Blend to a fine puree for the ultimate dancefloor gumbo.

Listen to Lil' Runt and Jeter Jones singing "Put It In Ya Life" on YouTube.

6. "Too Soon"-----Kandy Janai

This is the young artist whose debut Das My Kitty" reaped a half-million YouTube views last year. "Too Soon" is totally different---slow, sad, thoughtful, ironic. The key lyric is "I let him meet my kids." That's a touchstone for just about all of us, whether you're on the female side of it or the male.

Listen to Kandy Janai singing "Too Soon" on YouTube.

7. "Love Bone"-----Donnie Ray

A resource that just keeps giving, Donnie Ray Aldredge has a keen nose for good material.

Listen to Donnie Ray singing "Love Bone" on YouTube.

8. "Yo Truck (Ain't Better Than Mine)"-----Jeter Jones

Full disclosure. I've been driving full-sized trucks my entire adult life. Ergo, I think "Yo Truck" is a real hoot and a great song. A note of caution. Jeter is stretching some boundaries (and good for him) in the upcoming "Big Boss" EP from which "Yo Truck" comes, blending southern soul with hard-hitting rap and hardcore country-western.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "Yo Truck (Ain't Better Than Mine)" on YouTube.

9. "Let It Be Said"-----J. Lake

"A closed mouth don't get fed." J. Lake crafts a fine tune around a southern soul truism recently revisited by Bridget Shield.

Listen to J. Lake singing "Let It Be Said" on YouTube.

10. "Can I Get A Witness?"-----LaMorris Williams

The "Impala" man returns.

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing "Can I Get A Witness?" on YouTube.

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1. "Until We Meet Again"-----Mar-
cellus The Singer

This ballad deserves a place on southern soul's top shelf alongside such slow jams as Sir Charles Jones' "Just Another Love Song" (w/ La Keisha) and Big Robb's "Good Loving Will Make You Cry" (w/ Carl Marshall). Nearly eight minutes long, it sails by, never grows repetitive and has every chance of becoming Marcellus's breakthrough and signature song.

Listen to Marcellus The Singer singing "Until We Meet Again" on You Tube.

2. "Down In The Sippi"-----FaLisa JaNaye

FaLisa JaNaye has been inactive since the mid-teens---a cautionary note for performers who succumb to the cushy comforts of the European circuit. She returns to southern soul with this rousing jam, transformed both physically and vocally with a more robust and down-home style.

Listen to FaLisa JaNaye singing "Down In Sippi" on YouTube.

3. "Busted Cheating At The Holiday Inn"-----Mr. Midnight

This old and well-worn southern soul trope ("cheating at the motel or the inn") actually sounds fresh after the avalanche of "trail ride" and "cowboy/cowgirl" singles of the last couple of years.

Listen to Mr. Midnight singing "Busted Cheating At The Holiday Inn" on YouTube.

4. "I Can't Live Without You"-----Memphis Jackson

Memphis Jackson takes a big step forward with this well-wrought new single.

Listen to Memphis Jackson singing "I Can't Live Without You" on YouTube.

5. "Party"-----Cecily Wilborn

The easy-to-listen-to newcomer who notched the #6 single---"Southern Man"---on Daddy B. Nice's Top 25 Singles of 2023 drops another comely track with an intriguing, country-western flavor.

Listen to Cecily Wilborn singing "Party" on YouTube.

6. "Let's Get Married Today"-----Stan Butler

Despite strides in popularity Stan Butler is still one of the most under-appreciated singer/songwriters in southern soul. His writing alone puts him in the top tier, and his singing exudes confidence and authority. Read more in The New Generation: Southern Soul.

Listen to Stan Butler singing "Let's Get Married Today" on YouTube.

7. "Cut Friend"----Sky Whatley

Another worthy single from the newcomer who recorded his debut single "Bae Changed Me" a little over a year ago.

Listen to Sky Whatley singing "Cut Friend" on YouTube.

8. "Good Tyme"----P2K DaDiddy feat. Frank Johnson

From P2K's just-released album, U-Turn, spawned by his hit single of the same name. Frank Johnson is the King George imitator whose debut "Hate On Me" is trending toward a million YouTube views.

Listen to P2K and Frank Johnson singing "Good Tyme" on YouTube.

9. "Older Woman"----S. Dott

S. Dott continues to come into his own, but he's removed his songs from YouTube in a short-sighted career decision he's bound to regret.

Listen to S. Dott singing "Older Woman" on SoundCloud.

10. "Sooner Or Later"----Tonio Armani

Tonio Armani came to the attention of southern soul fans on S. Dott's stirring "Cowgirl Trailride" (Daddy B. Nice's #1 Single August 2023). Sadly, Armani & Dott will miss out on estimated 50,000 sets of new ears listening to "Cowgirl Trailride's" #13 ranking on DBN's Top 25 over the next month due to Dott's decision to remove it from YouTube.

Listen to Tonio Armani singing "Sooner Or Later" on YouTube.

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1. "Grown Man"-----King George feat. CharMeka Joquelle

King George closes out the year the way he started it with Tyronica Rawls: in triumph in his second year as the king ascendent of southern soul. "She gives me a lot of pleasure/And a little bit of pain." No words more truly spoken---and in an undeniably positive context. Great production with a guitar accompaniment tweaked to a steel guitar sound---a little country with a quasi-Hawaiian flourish. Over a million YouTube views already.

Listen to King George & CharMeka Joquelle singing "Grown Man" on YouTube.

2. "Real Real Woman"----J'Cenae

"Real Real Woman" is J'Cenae's most significant single since "I'll Be Down In A Minute". She just shines throughout, mind-melding with the lyrics so well you can almost feel her physical presence standing next to you. The songwriting by Omar Cunningham is incredible, but the self-aggrandizing (not one but two "Omar wrote this!"'s) distracts and thus detracts from the song's inherent majesty.

Listen to J'Cenae singing "Real Real Woman" on Youtube.

3. "Trail Ride"-----Lady Redtopp feat. Bri Rocket

Three consecutive Top 10 singles! "Part Time Lover," "Mississippi Soul Girl," and now "Trail Ride". Lady Redtopp's not afraid to put her uncanny mannerisms into her unique vocals, and so far she hasn't made a mis-step. Her vocal on “Trail Ride” is brash and tough yet devastatingly charming. When Bri Rocket comes in for her verse you instantly sense the drop-off in vocal expertise (just down to the ordinary), and yet it’s Rocket's beautiful bridge that propels the song to an even higher level.

Listen to Lady Redtopp & Bri Rocket singing "Trail Ride" on YouTube.

4. "Do You Wanna Go?"-----Tucka

One of the very best---if not the best---cut from Tucka's new The Guy Your Man Can't Stand album, and without doubt the most evocative vocal.

Listen to Tucka singing "Do You Wanna Go?" on YouTube.

5. "Fallin' For You"-----Adrian Bagher

A love song jumping up and down mattress-style on a bounce track. Bagher's signature, syruppey tone on the vocal is just right, and the simplicity and universality of the lyrics may actually work in his favor, giving him a chance at a wider audience than his hyper-realistic domestic vignettes.

Listen to Adrian Bagher singing "Fallin' For You" on YouTube.

6. "Walk Out On My Love"-----Dee Dee Simon

A different kind of love song, not only for Dee Dee (for whom the key was probably difficult to sing in) but for the genre. Tucka has a compositional brain unlike most southern soul songwriters and it takes a little time getting used to the novelty of hearing Tuckerish chord progressions sung by a woman. But the song ultimately pays rewards and Dee Dee's vocal never wavers.

Listen to Dee Dee Simon singing "Walk Out On My Love" on YouTube.

7. "Party"-----Mike Clark Jr. feat. E. Realist & Charity Harris

The perfect follow-up to Mike Clark's popular debut, "Auntie Outside Tonight" (Daddy B. Nice's #1 Single, September '23). Clark has a voice tailor-made for rousing anthems.

Listen to Mike Clark Jr. & friends singing "Party" on YouTube.

8. "I Need Me A Drink"-----Ju Evans

Ju Evans is one of the very few new artists Ecko Records has signed in the last decade. Cheeky guitar riff gives the tune a real boost.

Listen to Ju Evans singing "I Need Me A Drink" on YouTube.

9. "Do It Right"-----Meeka Meeka (Meeka Noble)

Starts out with Betty Wright's "Tonight Is The Night" but takes a less traveled and danceable turn.

Listen to Meeka Meeka singing "Do It Right" on YouTube.

10. "Country Party"-----Myia Bry (Myia B)

Listen to Myia Bry singing "Country Party" on YouTube.

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7. "Under There"-----Hisyde

As with Hisyde's "Hap Here" you may struggle at first with the opaqueness of the production, like a movie scene that went through too many takes to get it right. Stick with it though. The catchy melody does surface and ultimately reward.

Listen to Hisyde singing "Under There" on YouTube.

8. "Sorry"-----Ty Daniels feat. Boss Lady

Time-honored, chitlin'-circuit, male-female back-and-forth. What gets your attention at first is the faraway voice of the male (Ty Daniels) on the phone while Boss Lady is singing. His contrite male soon comes to the fore and by the song's end has taken over.

Listen to Ty Daniels and Boss Lady singing "Sorry" on YouTube.

9. "Just Won't Break"-----Sky Whatley feat. Tonio Armani

A rousing song of female empowerment by the young artist who did "Bae Changed Me".

Listen to Sky Whatley & Tonio Armani singing "Just Won't Break" on YouTube.

10. "My Kind Of Man"-----Crystal Thomas

One of southern soul's most storied divas returns with a song modelled closely on Cecily Wilborn's acclaimed "Southern Man".



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