Daddy B. Nice’s Corner 2021 – news and opinion on Southern Soul RnB music and artists

December 26, 2021

DADDY B. NICE’S TOP 25 SONGS OF 2021

 

1. “Take Your Time”—–Joe Nice feat. Sean Dolby


Sean Dolby soulfully singing “Take your time…sweet baby… and love me right” was my go-to “upper” all year, the perfect concoction of casual and carefree to balance my stress and exhaustion. Nice captured magic on this collaboration with Dolby, and along with Narvel Echols’ rap-infused blues last year it moves Southern Soul-hiphop from the fringes to the mainstream. It just sounds like it belongs in today’s southern soul, and beckons a whole new direction for those inclined.

Listen to Joe Nice feat. Sean Dolby singing “Take Your Time” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

2. “Dukes And Boots”—–Avail Hollywood


The finest vocal of Avail Hollywood’s career, and the finest lead-guitar accompaniment in a southern soul song this year.

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing “Dukes And Boots” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

3. “Chicken Wang”—–Klay Redd


An irresistable dance jam by a “complete unknown,” sung with the authority and guile of a veteran.

Listen to Klay Redd singing “Chicken Wang” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

4. “Love You Down”—–Jeter Jones feat. JD


Jeter follows up last year’s smashing cover of “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” with a remake of Ready For The World’s “Love You Down,” featuring a new young singer with a voice like chapel chimes for whom the lyrics were apparently written. His name: JD.

Listen to JD and Jeter Jones singing “Love You Down” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

5. “Drink Of You”—–The Night Affair Band

Here’s one that will thrill the old school…From the pride of Greenville, South Carolina: a live band and lead vocalist so talented they’re bound for greater glory.

Listen to the Night Affair Band singing “Drink Of You” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

6. “Down In The Kuntry”—–Stan Butler feat. West Love


With his longtime guitarist/producer Ron G by his side and budding-star, gospel-drenched West Love now in the fold, watch out—Stan Butler is ready to make his mark and fulfill his promise.

Listen to Stan Butler and West Love singing “Down In The Kuntry” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

7. “I Don’t Play Them Games”—–Mister Cotton feat. Nore Cross

What makes this duet so extraordinary (beyond the gorgeous chords courtesy of ConFunkShun) is the exaggerated and stylized approach to the couple’s differences, which makes it funny and devastatingly likable.

Listen to Mister Cotton and Nore Cross singing “I Don’t Play Them Games” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

8. “Bone Of My Bone”—–James Bryant

Now this is old school. Don’t let a programmed instrumental track deter you from the soulfulness this song will shower down upon you after a few familiarizing listens.

Listen to James Bryant singing “Bone Of My Bone” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

9. “Grown Man Shhh”—–Bigg Robb


Not many recording artists have the stones to sing “what I go through being a dark-skinned man”—Syl Johnson maybe.

Listen to Bigg Robb singing “Grown Man Shhh” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

10. “SupaWoman”—–Volton Wright feat. JD & Jeter Jones

It’s JD from “Love U Down” again (#4 above) transfixing with the purest young voice since J-Wonn sang “I Got This Record”. From a great new album by Volton Wright.

Listen to Volton Wright, JD & Jeter Jones singing “SupaWoman” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

11. “Come Go With Me”—–T-Lyons feat. Tanji Emmeni


From young visionaries R&B Pooh through JD to T-Lyons, it’s a full-fledged, southern-soul youth movement at Slacktraxx Records.

Listen to T-Lyons & Tanji Emmeni singing “Come And Go With Me” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

12. “Plain Ole Country Boy”—–Jeter Jones


Sure, Jeter’s a “plain ole country boy,” but then again, he’s not just a “plain ole country boy”—he’s much more—and it’s that ambivalent message that gives “Plain Ole Country Boy” its special power and reverberating meanings.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing “Plain Ole Country Boy” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

13. “I’m Gonna Win”—–T.K. Soul


The Jay Morris Group wasn’t the first southern soul act to delve deeply into personal relationships.

Listen to T.K. Soul singing “I’m Gonna Win” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

14. “For Your Love”—–Hisyde


This is what they mean when they say a song “swings”.

Listen to Hisyde singing “For Your Love” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

15. “The Chosen One”—–Sir Charles Jones


This short self-testimonial chronicles Charles’ rise from humble beginnings to rapper-like peaks of self-importance and arrogance and from phrase to phrase you wince or cheer depending on which corner of Charles’ complex personality is being exposed as well as what you think of “fronting” itself and whether Charles is using it in a satirical way. It marks a fascinating waypost in Charles’ career.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing “The Chosen One” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

16. “Rush”—–Hummin’ Boy feat. Neicy Redd


The Mississippi Hummin’ Boy follows up his debut single “What I Like” with another sensual, swirling, cotton-candy-like ballad.

Listen to Mississippi Hummin’ Boy singing “Rush” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

17. “Ride It”—–Ra’Shad The Blues Kid


The young Delta bluesman put out not one but two albums this year, one of blues and one of southern soul.

Listen to Ra’Shad The Blues Kid singing “Ride It” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

18. “I’ll Leave The Light On”—–Karen Wolfe


Karen’s “Motel 6” vehicle allows her to stretch out vocally with all of her trademark “Wolfe-isms,” reminding us what a real southern soul anthem sounds like.

Listen to Karen Wolfe singing “I’ll Leave The Light On” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

19. “Just Love Me”—–DeMond Crump

One of southern soul’s unsung and under-appreciated veterans drops the finest ballad of his career.

Listen to DeMond Crump singing “Just Love Me” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

20. “Drinking My Problems Away”—–O.B. Buchana

O.B. Buchana did the previously unthinkable in leaving his longtime label Ecko Records for Music Access. However, his first release, written by J-Wonn, is one of his finest songs in years and true to his legacy in every way.

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

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

21. “Somebody’s Been Talking Too Much”—–Gerod Rayborn


The longtime Ecko Records singer/songwriter released one of the finest albums of 2021, his first in a decade.

Listen to Gerod Rayborn singing “Somebody’s Been Talking Too Much” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

22. “My Baby”—–Nellie “Tiger” Travis feat. O.B. Buchana


As smooth as an unfurling roll of Japanese silk, this tuneful ballad unites two of southern soul’s most prestigious vocalists for a first-time duet, assisted by the equally legendary Omar Cunningham.

Listen to Nellie Travis and O.B. Buchana singing “My Baby” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

23. “I Ain’t Giving Up My Love”—–Mizz Lowe feat. Bobby Rush


Bobby Rush’s most infamous, booty-rolling dancer shines on this funny and tuneful collaboration.

Listen to Mizz Lowe and Bobby Rush singing “I Ain’t Giving Up My Love” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

24. “Good Booty Judy”—–Arthur Young


Has TV-binging ever netted such a bounty of witty lyrics?

Listen to Arthur Young singing “Good Booty Judy” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 

25. “Kick Out”—–Mr. Fredlo feat. Omar Cunningham


A stepping song by Mr. Fredlo, one of the best new artists of the year, with an assist from the “godfather,” Omar Cunningham, who seems to be involved in every southern soul song recorded.

Listen to Mr. Fredlo and Omar Cunningham singing “Kick Out” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

 



December 12, 2021

The “To-Do” in Henderson TX, Around Southern Soul Nation…

NEWS & NOTES:

The commotion in Henderson, Texas at the “All Hail Queen Dee” concert November 13th raced across the chitlin’ circuit’s social media in the days following the gig, with the promoter (Annissa Ward) and the headline performer (L.J. Echols) accusing each other of misbehavior—an all-too-familiar, artist/promoter conflict as ageless as the first Neanderthal drummers fighting over renting a cave. It marked your Daddy B. Nice’s first concert since the onset of Covid, and I happened to be in the hotel lobby that afternon as Tyson from Tony Toni Tone (“Feel Good”)—a late add, as it worked out, for LJ—was checking in while the promoter and hotel staff were casting aspersions on Echols and the “wheres” and “whys” of his being dropped from the night’s line-up.

I didn’t get the Echols perspective until days later, by accident, on his Facebook page, and I’ve never seen the normally placid and easy-going LJ so worked up, pacing the hall and grounds of the venue and back into the building again with video-phone in hand, castigating the promoter’s misconduct while she yelled counter-attacks in the background. I showed up at the venue in the afternoon to hang out with artists while they were doing sound checks, (as it happened) not long after the big blow-up between Ward and Echols took place and Echols had decamped. (And not knowing it had even happened.) However, Dee Dee Simon, whose b-day and new Christmas sampler were the impetetus for the gig, was particularly engaged and passionate, going over blistering segments of what was to come later in the evening with none other than Ronald “Slack” Jefferson of Slacktraxx responding on the mixing board. Possibly shaken by the day’s events—not to mention losing LJ, with whom she’d been scheduled to unveil a new duet—Dee Dee wouldn’t be seen again until the evening’s final act, in spite of (or maybe because of) being the focal guest of honor.

But the show went on, as shows always do, and for the most part was highly successful, beginning with a sit-down dinner in a room so filled with tables the audience had to dance in what little room there was between them. Kenne’ Wayne kicked off the show, 2 Buck Chuck and Hummin’ Boy did sets, but it was Donnie Ray who connected best and got all the folks dancing. It was an evening, above all, by and for women: specifically, Dee Dee Simon and the group of singers featured on “Winter Is Coming: Queen’s Christmas”, all of whom took the stage for brief sets: Carletta Bush, Donna Renae, Tara Keith, Sassy D, Jessi Terrell, Jinda (Lady Songbird) Harris (who was a revelation) and Sojo The Ladies Champ.

Indeed, if anything the show tried to do too much. Fatigue set in, and in the wee hours Tyson (who did not really belong in front of this thoroughly southern soul audience) was lucky not to get booed when the host announced he (and still not Dee Dee Simon) was up and coming. When he asked if the audience wanted to hear an extra tune, a hurtful “No!” filled the otherwise quiet room. And perhaps disappointed in seeing half the audience gone by the time she took the stage, Dee Dee, who closed out the night, gave a more muted and abbreviated set than anyone who had watched her afternoon sound check would have expected. The next morning over breakfast, Dee Dee and I had a chat. Not about the concert—about her career, her future. The Henderson event, however rockily executed, was already in the rear view mirror. If we thought about it at all, it was probably that what had made it all happen was Annissa Ward’s enthusiastic belief in Dee Dee Simon.

Around Southern Soul Nation…

You may notice the name Melvia “Chick” Rodgers popping up again and again on major tour venues with headliners like Tucka and Big Pokey Bear and wonder “Who’s she? Never heard anything recorded by her.” You’d be right. Nevertheless, the Memphis native with a “powerfully churchy voice” has gained a national reputation for spectacular stage performances. Read more in a David Whiteis review of one of her appearances at the Chicago Blues Festival.

In the early hours of Saturday, December 4th Lomax Spaulding lost his home and possessions in a fire. His family escaped unscathed but he incurred third degree burns and a head injury. Peers and fans who want to help Lomax rebuild and regroup can donate to a gofundme fund-raising account set up by music publicist Jenni Weber. Music columnist Heikki Suosalo presents a typically exhaustive account of Willie Clayton’s early years (1956-1992) in the latest issue of Soul Express. Pokey Bear is ripping up the chitlin’ circuit as few performers have ever done. The demand to see Pokey is insatiable—he could perform every night if he wanted to. Only one other southern soul artist draws equal if not more tour prestige, and that would be Tucka. Love Machine, the album that made Sir Charles Jones a star, is now available in vinyl. Young Delta singer Isaac Lindsey, whose set of southern soul cover songs (“The Chokin’ Kind,” “Sho’ Wasn’t Me,” etc.) brightened up the charts this last year, will release his first original single, “Workout At Home,” this coming spring. Frank O. Johnson wrote the tune and Castro Coleman (Mr. Sipp) produced. Jeter Jones has announced his 2nd Annual Country Boy Lovin’ Cruise, departing Galveston, Texas for Cosa Maya and Cozumel October 10-15, 2022. The package includes DJ Trucker, Arthur Young, Tasha Mac, R&B Pooh, Volton Wright, DeShay, Audi Yo and more. Angel Faye Russell has signed a new contract with Lenny Williams’ management company and has a new project in the works with Binky Womack, Bobby Womack’s nephew. Finally, three new songs from the upcoming album by The Jay Morris Group are circulating through deejay studios, serving notice (if any were needed) that the phenomenal success of the group (Jay Morris, Zee Brownlow and KMonique) was no fluke. The singles are “Knee Deep Part II,” “How Can You Love Me?” and “My Baby Don’t Love Me No More”. Soulful, original, seemingly without antecedent, this music sounds like nothing less than a new blues for the younger generation.

–Daddy B. Nice

 



December 1, 2021

DECEMBER TOP TEN “SPILLOVER”: Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for “Top Ten Singles” in December 2021.

1. “Come Go With Me”—T-Lyons feat. Tanji Emmeni
2. “I Don’t Play Them Games”—Mr. Cotton feat. Nore Cross
3. “Can I Ride?”—Nadia Thee Primadonna feat. Jeter Jones
4. “Drinking My Problems Away”—O.B. Buchana
5. “Can’t Keep No Secret”—Fat Daddy feat. Tucka
6. “Push It Up”—Radio Rasheed feat. Poo Coo
7. “Zydeco With Me”—T-Lyons
8. “Love You Better”—Ronnie Bell
9. “When The Tables Turn”—Terrence Davis
10. “So Good”—Sojo The Ladies Champ

11. “Pay To Ride”—Lady Q
12. “Good Time”—Shelton D. Richardson & Demetrius Green
13. “Use To Be Mine”—Johnny Kroon feat. JR Blu
14. “Turn That Dick Loose”—Mr. Lyve
15. “Take You Home”—El’ Willie
16. “Oil Change”—Rico Baby
17. “My Kind Of Girl”—T-Lyons
18. “Them Jeans”—Al Davis
19. “Green Light”—LaMorris Williams
20. “Cheating Woman”—Night Affair Band

21. “My Lady”—C-Wright
22. “Get On Down”—Rico Baby
23. “Hands Up High”—Freaky B
24. “Sticky Situation”—Ms. Kida
25. “He Can’t Do It”—Bigg Robb
26. “Rock Me Baby”—Mr. Rodger feat. Big Yayo
27. “Long Live The Queen”—Bro Bro
28. “Ain’t Right”—Gold Gillis
29. “Enough”—Roosevelt Wade
30. “It’s My Time To Party On The Weekend”—Al Davis

31. “Dirty South Blues”—Stephanie McDee feat Raful Neal
32. “Head To My Toes”—Roi Anthony
33. “I Know You Miss Me”—Binky Womack feat. Angel Faye Russell
34. “How Can You Love Me”—Jay Morris Group
35. “You Don’t Want A Good Woman”—J-Cenae
36. “Good One”—Bigg Robb
37. “Kick Out”—Mr Fredlo feat. Omar Cunningham
38. “You Still Got It”—Magic One
39. “Reason Why”—Volton Wright
40. “Merry Christmas Baby”—Stevie J. Blues

 



November 11, 2021

Daddy B. Nice’s NEWS & NOTES:

In the latest of many recent career milestones, Jeter Jones comes to Jackson, Mississippi’s largest venue, the Mississippi Coliseum, to ring in the New Year as a major headliner along with T.K. Soul, Calvin Richardson and L.J. Echols. And what looks like the concert of the year (2022, that is) takes place a few days later, January 7th, when four out of Daddy B. Nice’s top five artists of the Top 100 Countdown: The New GenerationBig Pokey Bear, Sir Charles Jones, Tucka and Nellie “Tiger” Travis, in addition to fan favorite Calvin Richardson—gather at Raising Cane’s in Baton Rouge for the Southern Soul New Year’s Extravaganza. (See Concert Calendar.) Radio-personalities-husband/wife duo Mr & Mrs R (Rickenbacker), who specialize in classic r&b hits from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, have signed a syndication deal that has been picked up by Randy Soul Radio and Awesome Al Radio in Montgomery Alabama. They air on Fridays on Randy Soul Radio from 4pm-7pm and Saturdays on Awesome Al from 7pm-10pm (CST).

Due to Covid-19, Detroit’s renowned Fox Theatre on Woodward Avenue—southern soul’s northernmost venue—has repeatedly cancelled its tour dates for stars Bobby Rush, Lenny Williams, Theodis Ealey, Pokey Bear, Calvin Richardson and Melvia “Chick” Rodgers. (March 14, 2020, July 25, 2020, October 16, 2020 and March 21, 2021.) Now the make-up show has once again been announced: Friday, March 18, 2022. All tickets for the previous dates will be honored. Keep your fingers crossed but don’t hold your breath.

Remember when “nose wide open” (inflamed, so to speak, with attraction to someone) became a thing in southern soul music? It wasn’t that long ago, just last year, with both Benito and Lady Q on Beat Flippa’s“Nose Wide Open” and Magic One on his “Nose Wide Open”. I just stumbled upon an earlier reference from a decade-old Karen Wolfe song, “You Ain’t No Player,” whose lyrics go like this:

She’ll stroke your ego
And say you’re good in bed
She’s got your nose open so wide
You could park a couple of
Eighteen-wheelers inside

Did you know?…Sir Jonothan Burton’s new single “Tennesse Whiskey” is a cover of an iconic country music hit (would you believe 500 million views?), Chris Stapleton’s Tennessee Whiskey, which in turn is a remake of Etta James’s “I’d Rather Go Blind”.

If you’re into christmas music southern soul style, be listening to R-R-R-Rogene Bailey’s Blues Time In The City in December. Wilbe Videolab Series presents “Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday” “Live” November 22nd at 7 pm with William Bell & The Total Package Band.In the works…a new album from Nelson Curry. Kudos to Mr. Lyve for releasing the dirtiest song (“Turn That Dick Loose”) I’ve heard since Champagne’s risque “Mouth On You” in 2019. The day southern soul muzzles its salacious fringe is the day it’s doomed to die. Young Roi Chip Anthony, who made his first appearances in the zydeco belt of Louisiana, has a new southern soul album out, the “Leo King”. Dee Dee Simon’s third annual “Queens” project, “Winter Is Coming,” is about to hit the shelves. The roster of participating divas includes Sojo The Ladies Champ, Sassy D, Jesi Terrell, Jinda Harris, Donna Renae and Carletta Bush.

Blast from the past department: Can you imagine seeing Mel Waiters, Ronnie Lovejoy, Lee “Shot” Williams, Lynn White and O.B. Buchana in concert? That was the line-up for the 1st Annual Bassfield (Mississippi) Blues Festival in 1999. 2:30 pm, June 25th. Gates opened at 12 and tents and coolers were welcome. Jackson’s WMPR DJ Ragmanwas the MC. And get a load of the ticket outlets. (There were a lot of record stores in those days!) J.J.’s Record Mart in Hattiesburg, Club Unknown in Bassfield, J&S Records in Collins, Sam’s Record Mart in Waynesboro, Soul Sound Records in Laurel and BeeBop Records in Jackson.

—Daddy B. Nice



November 1, 2021

NOVEMBER TOP TEN “SPILLOVER”: Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for “Top Ten Singles” in November 2021 

1. “Grown Man Shhhh”—Bigg Robb 
2. “You Didn’t Want What You Had”—Gerod Rayborn 
3. “Bone Of My Bone”—James Bryant 
4. “Keep Moving On”—Dexter Allen 
5. “Somebody’s Been Talking Too Much”—Gerod Rayborn 
6. “I’m Not Going Nowhere”—M.P. Soul
7. “Crazy Fool”—Big Yayo 
8. “Freight Train”—B. Dupree 
9. “Take You Home”—The Night Affair Band 
10. “Pacifier”—Sweet P 

11. “I’m Looking For A Woman”—Willie Clayton feat. Tucka 
12. “You Ain’t Ready For Love”—SonofSoul feat. Urban Mystic 
13. “Come On”—Christopher La’Mont feat. Coupe DeVille 
14. “Parlay”—Dee Dee Simon 
15. “Put That Thang On You”—Big Pokey Bear 
16. “Big Boy Drawls”—Stevie J. Blues 
17. “Hittin’ It”—Eric Hunter feat. Volton Wright 
18. “Toot It Up”—Bigg Robb 
19. “Hurt Me So Bad”—Stephanie Pickett 
20. “Dance With Me”—The Night Affair Band 

21. “I Work Hard For What I Got”—Gerod Rayborn 
22. “He Can’t Do It”—Bigg Robb 
23. “Make It Right”—Christopher La’Mont 
24. “Sue’s Daughter”—Gerod Rayborn 
25. “At A Party”—Solomon Thompson feat. Toia Jones 
26. “Ride This Saddle”—Christie & The Superior Band feat. Curly Taylor 
27. “I Know You Miss Me”—Angel Faye Russell 
28. “Pleasure”—Mr. Frayser 
29. “Bridge Over Flooding Water”—Captain Jack Watson 
30. “Get It Right”—Mr. Amazing 

31. “Put A Claim On That Thang”—Jesse James 
32. “Still My #1”—Banky Live 
33. “Bang Bang Bang”—Bigg Robb 
34. “Can’t Teach An Old Dog”—Angel Faye Russell 
35. “Can I Ride”—Nadia Thee PrimaDonna 
36. “Just We”—Larry D (Dodson) feat. Jessica Ray 
38. “Hands Up High”—Freaky B 
39. “Tonight Is The Night”—Norma Sole 
40. “On Top Of The World”—World Famous Brown feat. Sir Jonathan Burton 



 

October 27, 2021:

Renowned WAGR Disc Jockey Big Money Dies In Car Crash

Holmes County, Mississippi Supervisor aka WAGR Lexington DJ Big Money died in a car crash on Highway 12 between Tchula and Lexington Sunday night. He was only 49. The body will lie in state at the City of Tchula Fire Station, where Greer was Fire Chief, from 10 am to 6 pm Friday, November 5th. An outdoor memorial celebration will be held at 5 pm that day. A “Homegoing Celebration” will be held at 11 am Saturday, November 6th at the DMP Multi-Purpose Building, Highway 17, Lexington, Mississippi. Flowers and memorials may be sent to Lakefront Memorial Funeral Home, 976 Main St., Tchula Mississippi (662-766-4059). 

Greer was an out-sized figure among Delta deejays, his booming, high-energy voice miked at maximum volume, even louder than the southern soul music he loved so well, as he broadcast on Saturdays on gospel station WAGR, serving the small communities north of Jackson, Mississipi and also online throughout the nation and world. In 2015 he was prominently featured in Daddy B. Nice’s Corner and Top 10 for in effect resuscitating and playing the Mystery Lady’s licentious and previously-forgotten single “(He Caught Me With The) Wrong Drawers (On),” a song Daddy B. Nice called the “greatest underground record of the year after Bishop Bullwinkle’s “Hell Naw To The Naw Naw”. The song was subsequently posted on YouTube under the title “Wrong Draws”. 



October 17, 2021

Miss Portia, One Of Southern Soul’s Youngest And Brightest Stars, Passes!

See the obituary. 


October 15, 2021

NEWS & NOTES:

Around Southern Soul Nation….

Your Daddy B. Nice talked with Bigg Robb about the Bishop Bullwinkle situation. In this month’s Top 100 Countdown New Generation chart featuring Bishop Bullwinkle at #13, I appeal to Bigg Robb to let stand a YouTube page I found featuring the original “Hell Naw To The Naw Naw” with the Bigg Robb instrumental track still intact. After the copyright infringement crisis, most of the original pages were taken down, subsequently replaced by Bishop Bullwinkle With Da Bicycle, which currently has 65 million page views in spite of a much inferior instrumental track. I was expecting Robb to toe a hard line on the issue, but he graciously accepted my reasoning that with Bullwinkle gone it could only benefit southern soul and posterity to leave the original page online. You can read about it and listen to the overlooked video at Bishop Bullwinkle, New Generation. New southern soul artist J’Cenae’s two singles “I’ll Be Down In A Minute” and “I Ain’t No Side Piece Lover” have been putting up YouTube numbers most divas only dream of. They’ll be included in J’Cenae’s debut CD “Decency” scheduled for release in November on Smoothway (Wendell B’s label)Mr. Sipp’s first southern soul album, “Sippnotized,” is just out on the gold standard of southern soul labels, the legendary Malaco Records of Jackson, Mississippi. Mr. Sipp’s coup puts him in rare company. Malaco rejected Sir Charles Jones, Vick Allen and many other highly-regarded southern soul recording artists. Singer/songwriter Gerod Rayburn, well-known in Memphis for his work with John Ward’s Ecko Records, has released a CD called “I Love My Blues”. B. Dupree, who charted on Daddy B. Nice’s Top 10 Singles way back in 2006 and subsequently left the scene, has re-released another single from that era: “Freight Train”.

New artist Demetrius Richardson, who will be appearing on the bill with Dallas area-bred L.J. Echols,Lil’ Jimmie and a host of beautiful divas celebrating Dee Dee Simon’s birthday in Henderson, Texas in November, is the younger brother of Calvin Richardson. Joining a rare venue December 11th in Los Angeles with Big Pokey Bear will be Bobby Warren. What makes him notable? Bobby was the lone male artist (along with a trio of female singers) to record “I Hear You Knockin’,” featured this month in the Mystery Lady Artist Guide (Mystery Lady Blast From Past “I Hear You Knockin”). The song has quietly accrued 3 million page views in the years since it was first published. L.J. Echols produced the new M.P. Soul single “I’m Not Going Nowhere,” and his familiar musical techniques are all over the record. Along with Omar Cunningham, L.J. appears to have opted toward writing and production of other artists in pursuit of a steadier income than the feast-or-famine cycles of a solo career. Copyright income also make it a viable, long-term, revenue source. The online deejay who has become popular with his “Facebook Live” shows—one of which was the source for this month’s number one single,”Drink Of You” by The Night Affair Band,—is DJ Haynes, based in the Montgomery, Alabama area. Contemporary musicians like to assume they’re the cutting-edge of outrageous sexuality. Here’s proof nothing’s new under the sun. “60-Minute Man” by The Dominoes. Although it was banned by some radio stations, “60 Minute Man” was on Top 40 radio (that’s mainstream radio for contemporary listeners) across the USA in 1951 and helped jumpstart rock and roll. The chorus held the audience’s anticipation up to the very last line with:

“There’ll be fifteen minutes of kissin’
Then you’ll holler “Please don’t stop” (Don’t stop!)
There’ll be fifteen minutes of teasin’
Fifteen minutes of squeezin’
And fifteen minutes of blowin’ my top.”

In another sign of southern soul’s increasing popularity, Facebook groups devoted to the genre are proliferating. Everybody wants to talk aout the music: Syrup City Soul (The Southern Soul Movement), Southern Soul Gospel Blues and R&B Events, Southern Soul Central, Southern Soul Divas, Blues/Southern Soul, Lovers of Southern Soul, Soul Blues & Old School, Blues and Southern Soul In The Basement, Friends & Fans Of DJ Haynes (along with many other individual artist groups), Chicago Southern Soul, The Southern Soul Scene and Southern Soul TV are a few of just the newest groups available to fans.

—Daddy B. Nice



October 1, 2021

OCTOBER TOP TEN “SPILLOVER”: Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for “Top Ten Singles” in October 2021. 

1. “Drink Of You”—Night Affair Band 
2. “I Ain’t No Sidepiece Lover”—J’Cenae 
3. “We Rollin'”—Unkle Phunk feat. Big Poppa 
4. “Mr. Hide And Go Get It”—Arthur Young 
5. “Tank On E”—DeShay 
6. “Let Me Love You”—Ra’Shad The Blues Kid 
7. “Wash My Hands”—Denzel Dante 
8. “The Best Of Me”—Mrs. Sham 
9. “Giddy Up And Let’s Ride”—Tasha Mac feat. Jeter Jones 
10. “Real Man”—Mr. Sipp 

11. “Fantastic”—Bigg Robb 
12. “Push To The Side”—Stan Butler 
13. “Rent Man”—Adrian Bagher 
14. “I’m In Love With A Married Man”—Sheila B. Jackson feat. Jeter Jones 
15. “Close To Me”—Ra’Shad The Blues Kid 
16. “I’m In Love With A Married Man”—Sheila B Sexi feat. Jeter Jones 
17. “Can’t Believe It”—Klay Bankz Da Hood Anchorman 
18. “It’s A Party At The Juke Joint”—Al Davis feat. Mark Lockett 
19. “Sexy Soul Swinging”—Mr. Lyve 
20. “To The Country”—Patrick Harris feat. Jeter Jones 

21. “Blackberry Taste So Sweet”—Stan Butler 
22. “My Mind”—Chris Ivy 
23. “Big Boy Drawls”—Stevie J. Bluez 
24. “Loving You”—Miss Lady Blues 
25. “Southern Soul Party”—Mr. Fredlo 
26. “Hit It And Hold It (Remix)”—Narvel Echols 
27. “Freight Train”—B. Dupree 
28. “Hurt Me So Bad”—Stephanie Pickett 
29. “I Love Chocolate”—Cupid feat. Jarvis Jacob 
30. “It Is What It Is”—Highway Heavy feat. Dave Mack 

31. “Look Good Look Fine”—J-Wonn & T.K. Soul 
32. “Sugar Bear”—X-Man Parker 
33. “Intervention”—B Streezy 
34. “Grown Man Shhh”—Bigg Robb 
35. “Hittin’ It”—Eric Hunter feat. Volton Wright & Dubble G 
36. “Can’t Be Love”—Miss Lady Blues 
37. “My Other Woman”—D.D. Taylor 
38. “Slow Jam”—Andre’ Lee 
39. “Catfish And Bbq”—Bigg Robb feat. Theodis Ealey 
40. “If It Ain’t You”—Russ G feat. Lil’ Runt 

 



September 13, 2021

Around Southern Soul Nation….

NEWS & NOTES:

Steve Perry of “Booty “Roll” fame has been conspicuously absent from the southern soul scene of late, so it’s heartening to see him on the bill for a rare upcoming appearance at Bessie Munden Park in Camden, Alabama Saturday, October 9th. Ms. Jody is the headliner……..Bluesman Dexter Allen, who honed his chops as Bobby Rush’s lead guitarist, has released a new album—“Keep Moving On”—on the Endless Blues label….Wave Radio Boston, a new online station, is featuring southern soul music as part of its “Soul” program hosted by Big Ben Hillman….Just posted in June, the official video for J’Cenae’s “I’ll Be Down In A Minute,” featuring Wendell B on background vocals, has passed the 2-million mark in YouTube views….Speaking of astounding numbers, The Jay Morris Group’sofficial video of “Knee Deep,” featuring Zee Brownlow on lead vocal, has now amassed 11,941,883 views, launching the the self-described “only group in southern soul” into the Top 100 Countdown: The New Generationat #12 ….Totally Wired Radio’s “Soul Discovery” is a new online radio program aware of the genre and seeking new material from southern soul artists….Look for Maurice Southernsoul Andrews’ show at Oak93.5 in Raleigh-Durham NC, yet another online station promoting southern soul music. ….Gwen Yyvette celebrated a 50th Birday party in August and is putting out a limited edition (50) CD compiling her songs….Stan Butler released a single recently that was almost all talk. His new single “Push To The Side” clocks almost two minutes before getting to the music. Now comes Avail Hollywood with “Mississippi River, in which the rapping prologue takes close to two and a half minutes….The Latimore effect?….

Jeter Jones goes hiphop in a big way in “Ratchet Trailride” featuring Boosie Badazz, Poppa Hussein, Deshay & DJScootermanpro….For fans who don’t know Toni Green (with a new single, “Drive Thru Love Affair”), she was one of the first artists on Daddy B Nice’s Original Top 100 Southern Soul Artists and recorded one of the first songs about “southern soul music”. She toured Europe and beyond and came home to open Toni Green’s Palace, a club in Memphis, where she recently ran for City Council…Dee Dee Simonand 2 Buck Chuck are the writer/producer team behind Karen Wolfe’s new single (#3 September) “I’ll Leave The Light On”….Miss Lady Blues has just released an eight-song LP titled Moe Better Blues….BStreezy, who had one of the freshest sounds of 2020 with Roi Chip Anthony on “Move Around,” is releasing a new single, “Intervention”….Texas bluesman Roy Gaines passed away in August. The guitarist was a highly-regarded studio musician wo worked with Chuck Willis, Ray Charles, Albert King and many more….Unkle Phunk returns to “club” form with Big Poppa on a new fast jam entitled “We Rollin'”….X-Man Parker appeared on one of the most renowned southern soul albums of the early contemporary era, Ultimate Southern Soul. He was a contemporary of Mel Waiters, the early Sir Charles Jones and The Love Doctor

He returned to recording a few years ago with “Boo Thang,” a deserving tune that nevertheless didn’t catch on. Now he’s back with a new single, “Suga Bear”….Dee Dee Simon has once again collected a bevy of talented divas—including Sassy D, Jinda Harris, Sojo The Ladies Champ, Jesi Terrell, Donna Renee, Carletta Bush and Tara Keith—for a third Queens of Southern Soul compilation scheduled for a pre-holiday release. Simon did all the writing and 2 Buck Chuckproduced. A pre-celebration celebration of sorts (including L.J. Echols, Hummin Boy, Kenne Wayne and Donnie Ray) will be held in Henderson, Texas November 13th and an album release party is scheduled for December 4th in Oakland….

When Stan Butlerrecorded “Cowboy Ride” in 2019 your Daddy B Nice honestly believed Stan had donned a wig and removed a lot of clothes to become the mesmerizing focal point of the YouTube video. After all, why would a recording artist make someone other than himself the subject of one of his songs? I even suggested that Stan make the “costume” his performing persona in line with the old axiom the more colorful and outrageous the stage presence, the better. But now, with the release of the new Stan Butler/WestLove official video of their popular new single “Down In The Kuntry,” we discover that Stan Butler and the colorful character he made the central point of “Cowboy Ride” are two different people. The video begins with another shocking (or at least novel) close-up of the imposing, improbably-dressed, bearded fellow tooling down the middle of the street in baby-blue, fringed shorts and jacket like a homeless person or crack addict or shall we say the town’s most reliable “character” who feels like he “owns” the street? And in the next shot we see Stan Butler, close-cropped and guy-next-door-casual as usual, with West Love and a crowd of locals singing and dancing to the song. Yes sir, they are two different people!

— Daddy B Nice



September 1, 2021

SEPTEMBER TOP TEN “SPILLOVER”: Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for “Top Ten Singles” in September 2021

1. “I’m Gonna Win”—T.K. Soul
2. “Knee Deep (Soul Lion Bass Mashup”—Jay Morris Group
3. “I’ll Leave The Light On”—Karen Wolfe
4. “OMG”—Cadillac Man
5. “Tennessee Whiskey”—Sir Jonathan Burton
6. “For You”—Sean Ardoin
7. “Kush Kush”—Lacee
8. “Do You Wanna Ride”—Silky G McCoy
9. “Imma Let Him Get It”—Summer Wolfe
10. “Rough Ride”—Stephanie McDee

11. “Drive Thru Love Affair”—Toni Green
12. “Real Man”—Mr. Sipp
13. “Do It Right”—Marcellus The Singer
14. “Cabbage Greens & Cornbread”—Jay Morris Group
15. “Daddy Stroke”—DJ Wildman Tim
16. “I’m In Love With A Married Man”—Sheila B Sexi feat. Jeter Jones
17. “Head To My Toes”—Roi Anthony
18. “Old Shit”—Highway Heavy feat. Coldrank, Dave Mack, Robert Butler
19. “Body Bumping”—Awesome Bo & Miss Lady Blues
20. “You Need A Good Man”—T.K. Soul

21. “Back It Up And Drop It (Remix)”—Ra’Shad The Blues Kid feat. Stevie J Blues
22. “If I Get It Up”—Miss Lady Blues
23. “Hoochie Mama”—Big Arthur
24. “Ratchet Trailride”—Jeter Jones feat. Boosie BadAzz, Poppa Hussein, DeShay, Scootermanpro
25. “Fantastic”—Bigg Robb
26. “We Ready To Party”—T.K. Soul feat. Sir Charles Jones
27. “Pet That Dog”—Tina P.
28. “Just Want A Little Bit”—Ghetto Cowboy
29. “Boy Bye”—Meme Yahsal
30. “Just Relax”—Mose Stovall

31. “Liquor”—Rosalyn Candy
32. “The Mess We Made”—Omar Cunningham
33. “Party On The Weekend”—Stephanie Luckett
34. “Trailride”—Choppa Law
35. “Let’s Have A Good Time”—Ms. Jody
36. “All In The Bed”—Gentry-Jones
38. “Get On Up”—Mr. Stuff feat. Biggs/DJM5
39. “I’ll Be Dam”—Roi Chip Anthony feat. Lysa
40. “Let’s Ride”—Cheff Da Entertainer & Teslaney

August 14, 2021

A Daddy B Nice essay on what NOT to say to a woman (occasioned by the latest single from Soul Southern featuring Marcel Cassanova)

The Difference Between A Boy And A Man

That’s a line from Duchess Jureesa McBride’s captivating new song, “All Men Ain’t Bad,” hinting that boys…well…may be a different story. Mr. Sipp has a new song out called “Real Man” (no YouTube yet) in which he dismisses “living at home with your mama” as a sure sign you’re not a man. I wonder if Duchess Jureesa or Mr. Sipp has heard “Quit My Job,” the new song by Soul Southern, a young group headed by lead singer Marcell Cassanova. When it comes to lyrics, this otherwise musically-catchy tune does everything in its power to alienate the fair sex.

“I’ll quit my job
So I can take care of you, baby.”

What a hoot! He’s going to take care of her by quitting his job?!

“You need a man who’s
Going to be there for you, lady.
Ain’t got no money,
And ain’t got no car.
But girl I got the biggest heart.

Oh yeah, “lady” must be thinking. You ain’t got nothing, but you expect me to love and even support you for your so-called “heart”? Have the bandmembers pf Soul Southern not listened to all the songs by ladies lambasting men with these delusions? But wait, it gets even worse…

“When I first met you
I was doing bad.
Living with my mama
And I was catching —?–

But you changed my life.
Made me a new man.
Got me a job,
A woman and a plan.

But something changed
And it’s not your fault.
I got lazy
—?—-
I started lying and creeping
With your friends
Every other weekend.”

At the least, you have to give Cassanova (who’s singing it with a straight face) credit for honesty, but who values candor coming from an adolescent? And why, after all his betrayals and shortcomings, would it even occur to him that she might think it was HER fault? And it gets even worse…

“Can you give me your keys?
Let me drive your car.
I’ll pick you up from work.
Treat you like a star.” 

Oh yeah? Me working? (the woman must be thinking)…That makes me a star? And what are you going to be doing with my car while I’m working?

This is the quintessential hymn of the “kept man”. Call him the “Bubblebath Kid”. It’s the one thing he can do. He can pour bubblebath, but he can’t hold a job.

No…In the annals of young, entitled male delirium, “Quit My Job,”is decidedly off-the-charts, a primer in what NOT to say to a woman. Nor is it distanced like a lot of blues, nor tongue-in-cheek or double-entendred like Marvin Sease or Bobby Rush. On the contrary, it’s romantic and misty-eyed, and with women making up probably 80% of the market for southern soul music, it makes you wonder…What audience are the boys shooting for? The small fraction of us men who’ve been there and done that and gone on to grow up?

The one positive we can take from this song is that southern soul is no longer just the preserve of grown folks. J-Wonn is undoubtedly the biggest star to bring that reality home to the chitlin’ circuit, but he is by no means the exception. There’s JD, who has a one-of-a-kind voice like J-Wonn, with “Love You Down,” a dazzling melody from Jeter Jones’ recent sampler, Fish Grease Friday.

“All your friends think
That I’m too young for you.
You tell them that I can do
What guys their age can do.”

That’s a refreshing perspective…that a “boy toy” can also feel vulnerable. But JD also ventures into Soul Southern-like quicksand on a Volton Wright tune, “Super Woman,” in which he sings:

“She don’t need nothing from me,
But she wants me.”

JD’s implying that the reason he thinks she’s so “super” is that she doesn’t demand any responsibilities or support from him. Ahhh…the luck, albeit short-lived, of youth. (In fairness, a middle-aged Volton Wright wrote the lyrics.)

And just arrived on the scene this last month is T-Lyons, The Southern Soul Kid, with “Young Thang,” in which he announces:

“I might be a young man,
I don’t bark or bite.
I might be a young man,
But I know how to treat you right.”

The Southern Soul Kid is straddling the fence pretty well there. So far he’s avoiding the Humpty-Dumpty-ish fall of Marcell Cassanova.

Maybe the reason we grown men howl with pain when confronted with the narcissism of the young is that we recognize ourselves at a certain point in our lives, when we were young and entitled and loved by women for our talent, looks and promising futures. Maybe these women even told us they’d work the nine-to-five while we pursued our respective muses. It’s too tempting not to refuse, but it never really works out. Sooner or later, the hold we have on these selfless women turns. Rock bottom beckons. And once there, growing up isn’t an option any more. It’s a necessity.

–Daddy B. Nice

See more “news and notes” in Daddy B. Nice’s Mailbag: “Do You Have a List of Stations That Play Southern Soul?”, “Replacing Arthur Foy” and “What happen to lady j why we cannot find and buy her music?” and “How can i order lady j same old bullshit going down song?” (click here)

Or, if reading on a mobile phone, go to Daddy B. Nice’s Mailbag on the new mobile phone Mailbag page. (click here)

 



August 1, 2021

AUGUST TOP TEN “SPILLOVER”: The Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

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

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

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

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

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

 



July 14, 2021

Daddy B. Nice’s News & Notes

Shout-Out To The Carolinas (Multiple Artists)

Roy Roberts interview (link)
Roy “Chocolate Cowboy” Roberts, Cassie J. Fox & Country Soul
Calvin Richardson interview (link)
Blacks originated much of American music, and the nation needs to right the record. (Link)
Illustrious 1-Hit Wonder Anita Love
More “Crawfish”: Don’t Forget New Orleans’ The Radiators
First Time Out: Klay Redd’s #1 Single
“Summer Of Soul” documentary (Various Artists): Streaming on Hulu

Shout-Out To The Carolinas!

Pictured: The late Marvin Sease: Born in Blackville SC, buried in Barnwell SC.

The Mississippi Delta gets most of the attention, but there is no more fertile scene for southern soul music than the Carolinas, home to Marvin Sease, Roy C, Maurice “What She Don’t Know Won’t Hurt Her” Wynn, Lebrado, J. Red The Nephew, Big G, Nelson “Sugar Shack” Curry, L–“Reality Slowly Walks Us Down”–GB, Jonathan Burton, Black Diamond’s Fuller Brothers, Walt “When The Rabbit Got The Gun” Love, and many more.

Today, however, your Daddy B. Nice celebrates North and South Carolina for the astonishing number of southern soul concerts the relatively small sister states manage to host in aggregate. Carolinans just can’t slake their thirst for “grown folks” music. Touring revenue is robust given bigger counterparts in Mississippi, Texas, Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Here’s a snippet of what’s happening in the Carolinas in the coming months:

T.K. Soul and P2K visit Weldon NC Saturday, July 24th;

Theodis Ealey and Sir Charles Jones headline the Southern Soul Cooler fest in Norlina NC Saturday, July 31st;

Big Yayo and Jeff Floyd and Carolinan Lebrado headline the multi-act Southern Soul Music Fest in Concord NC Saturday, August 21st;

Nelson Curry, Tasha Mac, Fat Daddy and Tyree Neal (an interesting mix!) take the stage at the Silver Dragstrip in Manning, SC on the same Saturday, August 21st;

Jeter Jones brings his trailride music and friends to the Grown Folks Lounge in Cross SC Saturday, August 28th;

Tucka and Pokey Bear play the Southern Soul Lake Fest in Henrico NC, also on Saturday, August 28th;

Calvin Richardson, Lebrado and friends rock the Roanoke Rapids NC American Legion Saturday October 9th;

Pokey Bear, Tucka, Calvin Richardson, Sir Charles Jones, Lebrado & Ronnie Bell perform in Columbia SC Saturday, November 13th;

—and Big Pokey Bear and Tucka return to the Carolinas, along with Nellie “Tiger” Travis, Calvin Richardson and Lebrado, dispensing southern soul in Florence SC on December 4th.

More information on these concerts can be found at Daddy B. Nice’s Concert Calendar.

To keep things in perspective, the Delta is still the epicenter of southern soul touring. Mississippi is #1. Louisiana is huge for such a small state. Alabama is consistent. Georgia has made the greatest strides (from almost nothing) in the last five years, to become almost the equal of Alabama. Florida (beyond the Panhandle) doesn’t even register. Texas, Tennessee and Arkansas on the northern and western borders of the chitlin’ circuit are frontiers beyond Houston-Dallas, El Dorado-Texarkana and Memphis. In sum, for would-be promoters, that is about as far as southern soul headliners are going to find it worthwhile to drive to perform, barring exceptional cases. And that, to come full circle, is why the Carolina phenomenon is quite an accomplishment, because it is a sizable drive northeast for most of the appearing musicians.

Roy “Chocolate Cowboy” Roberts, Cassie J. Fox & Country Soul

Like onetime Atlanta deejay/current southern soul syndicator Rojene Bailey, Cassie J. Foxis one of the indefatigable disseminators of southern soul music, hosting a weekly syndicated show—“Soul Of The Blues with Cassie CJ Fox”—that airs on outlets throughout America and the world. Her program playlists are known for their variety and inclusivity, fearlessly blending genres and mixing old with new.

I first encountered Roy Roberts as a Robert Cray-like singer/guitarist/songwriter in the soul-blues vein. Roberts hooked up with raunchy southern soul diva Barbara Carraround 2008 on an album—highlighted by the song “It’s Only You”—that rejuvenated the onetime Paula and Ecko Records artist’s career with a less in-your-face sound.

Listen to Barbara Carr and Roy Roberts singing “It’s Only You” on YouTube.

Fast forward a decade and a half and Cassie J. Fox is promoting Roy Roberts, who in turn is getting ready to drop a Country and Country Soul album. Cassie forwarded an absorbing interview with the prolific 79-year-old songwriter and guitarist who started out in the sixties and shared the stage with legends like Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder and Solomon Burke. With O. B. Miclinton as his bandleader, Roberts played in white country bars/venues throughout the eighties as “The Chocolate Cowboy,” and in the interview Roy expounds on many engrossing tales from those contrasting times.

Read The Amazing Tale of Roy Roberts, Bluesman Cowboy With Soul.

Roberts, by the way, is yet another Carolinan, born in Greensboro NC, where he recently headlined and shared the stage with frequent collaborator Johnny Rawls (who also recorded with Carr and Roberts in the late aughts) at the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society’s 35th annual Carolina Blues Festival.

For more on Roberts and other black artists prominent in the contemporary country genre, see Cassie J. Fox’s informative letter in Daddy B. Nice’s Mailbag. 

Calvin Richardson interview

Speaking of interviews, Calvin Richardson delivers the best snapshot of his career I’ve ever read in “Southern Soul Legend Enjoying The Fruits Of His Labor”. (Percy Crawford interviewed Calvin for Zenger News.) He even subtly acknowledges yours truly’s recent commentary in “The Strange And Unique Case Of Calvin Richardson” in this exchange:

Zenger: How important was it for you to have a voice that can tap into multiple genres?

 

Richardson: It’s important. I never sought out to be that, because I never wanted to be in a box. I remember when I first came on the scene and they grouped me in the Neo soul category. They got a category for everything. Then, when I started working in other areas it was like, ‘He ain’t blues, he’s R&B.’ Then I started doing Southern soul and they were saying I wasn’t Southern soul. I’ve heard it all.

Read the entire interview.

“Blacks originated much of American music. And the nation needs to right the record.”

In another great read, Jerry King of Entertainment Atlanta forwarded an article originally published in “USA Today” sure to be of interest to southern soul fans who are enthused by “grown folks music” but perplexed as to why it continues to be marginalized by both the white and black establishment media.

Read Marcus Anthony Hunter’s “Blacks originated much of American music. And the nation needs to right the record.”

More “Crawfish”: Don’t Forget New Orleans’ The Radiators

Last month I mentioned “Headz or Tailz (The Crawfish Song)” by Hump Dogg and Nebu and also its cover version by Cupid and Nebu, in which Cupid admonishes the audience to “Get your head out of the gutter!” because it’s really about the innocent but messy process of eating crawfish. I had a deja vu-like sensation every time I heard the two records, and now I know why. I happened upon my old copy of The Radiators’ “Suck The Head,” an obvious precursor. Back in the day when it was popular, I thought the fabled New Orleans rockers were saying, “Suck the head, squeeze the tit.” Yes, I had my head in the gutter, and I used to wince a little every time I heard (or thought I heard) “tit”.

Listen to The Radiators singing “Suck The Head” on YouTube.

Another Illustrious 1-Hit Wonder: Anita Love

Here’s another fascinating southern soul artist to add to Daddy B. Nice’s growing list of recent “1-Hit Wonders” of the southern soul genre: Anita Love. I’m so happy to see her still getting performance venues and not disappearing as so many do. Anita recently headlined with Miss Portia in a July 3rd gig at the Escape Lounge in Boligee/Dollarhide, Alabama. Ms. Love’s claim to fame is winning Daddy B. Nice’s Best Debut of 2014and scoring a #1 hit single her first time out. Here’s what I wrote about the record:

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Daddy B. Nice’s Top 10 “BREAKING” Southern Soul Singles Review For. . .

———-JUNE 2014————

1. “Keep Knockin’”—-Anita Love

Music’s still rockin’ your Daddy B. Nice’s world, and truthfully, there’s no qualitative difference between Anita Love’s stupendous 2014 hit-single-to-be and The Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” (written by Goffin/King) fifty-plus years ago.

Flash forward to 21st Century Southern Soul: “Keep Knockin’” continues the rich tradition of Queen Isabella’s and Rasheeda’s and Mystery Lady’s “I Hear You Knocking (But You Can’t Come In)”–but with an even more seductive melody. Hailing from Memphis (a former back-up singer for Sweet Angel), Anita Love Humphrey is being promoted and booked by Terry (100%) Cotton.

Listen to Anita Love singing “Keep Knockin’” on YouTube.

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For context, in 2014 Jeter Jones was just beginning his southern soul career with “Boot Scoot”. (You know what he’s been doing lately.) And Terry Cotton, who was going by the name 100% Cotton in those days, just scored a top-ten single with Pokey Bearthis month.

First Time Out: Klay Redd’s #1 Single

Kudos to this month’s (July 2021) debut artist, Klay Redd.Redd’s first-ever southern soul single—a novelty dance-floor jam called “Chicken Wang”—made it all the way to #1, the first time a debut artist has nabbed a chart-topper since Bishop Bullwinkle with “Hell Naw To The Naw Naw” in 2015 and Fat Daddy with “The Blame” in 2018. (Not to mention Anita Love before that.)

Listen to Klay Redd singing “Chicken Wang” on YouTube.

“Summer Of Soul” Documentary Streaming On Hulu

Finally, don’t miss the new documentary edited by QuestLove and filmed in Harlem in 1969, the same summer as Woodstock, and even called “the Black Woodstock,” then buried for half of century due to lack of commercial interest. Talk about marginalization. I was the executive editor of an Iowa-based, civil rights/anti-war, underground newspaper, “The New Prairie Primer” that we distributed free to a dozen colleges campuses throughout the state, and that summer my managing editor and I had driven out to Washington D.C. to participate and report on “The Moratorium,” a huge anti-Vietnam demonstration, during which we heard about a big music festival in Bethel and White Lake, New York. (“Woodstock,” another nearby town, came later.) We were lucky enough to get through the crowds before traffic was blocked on the interstate from New York City. So yes, I was at Woodstock. But I never heard of the Harlem festival. Only one act performed at both Woodstock and Harlem—Sly & The Family Stone—and Sly was a revelation. The predominately white hippie crowd (rain-soaked in muddy bell-bottoms) loved The Family Stone and went wild to “Higher”.

And it was the same with the black crowd in Harlem. Among the stand-outs that played at Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park) were Nina Simone, Gladys Knight & The Pips, B.B. King, Mahalia Jackson, Stevie Wonder, The 5th Dimension, and The Staple Singers. (In addition to many other national and international acts of the era that have since been forgotten.) Southern Soul fans will be blown away by the young and charismatic B.B. King and the then awesomely powerful and gritty Staples. The segments on gospel music and the “channelling” of black culture through the church are electrifying.

Read about “Summer Of Soul” on Hulu.

Watch “Summer Of Soul” on Hulu.

—Daddy B. Nice



July 1, 2021

JULY TOP TEN “SPILLOVER”: Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

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

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

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

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

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

June 12, 2021

NEWS & NOTES:

Around Southern Soul Nation (Miscellaneous); The Jones Boyz & Ric Flair Mania.

1. Around Southern Soul Nation

Being an old beach bum, your Daddy B. Nice has always preferred wriggling his toes in the sand 24/7 to being stuck on a metal tub in the midst of the ocean, but having said that, CRUISES ARE BACK! 

DJ Big O’s Southern Soul Family Cruise kicks off from February 27th to March 5th, 2022, leaving the Port of New Orleans for Belize, Cozumel and Costa Maya, with entertainment by L.J. Echols, Jeter Jones and Magic One (601-668-5344). And if you can’t wait that long, Walter D’s Zydesoul Cruise leaves Galveston, Texas for a four-day stint October 21st-25th with entertainment provided by Jeter Jones, Till 1, Jeff Floyd and Coldrank (832-491-5382). 

When new southern soul artist Hump Dog released “Heads Or Tails (The Crawfish Song)”earlier this year, it was the first time many listeners had heard the phrase, “Suck the head, eat the tail.” So much so that when Cupid covered the song (with MC Worldand again feat. Nebu, the same, husky-voiced lady who sang Hump Dog’s chorus), he felt it necessary to advise fans that “I’m talking about crawfish/ So get your head out of the gutter!” But I just heard the phrase, “Suck the head, eat the tail” one night recently on one of my favorite late-night cartoons, Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force Season 10 episode 3, which came out in 2013. 

“Grown Folks” (as in “grown folks music”) has long been an alternative description for southern soul music catering to the over-25, non-hiphop audience, and the terminology is slowly filtering into venues across the country. There are now Grown Folks Lounges in Detroit, Cleveland, Atlanta, Cross, South Carolina, Columbus, Ohio and Lawton, Oklahoma. 

Memphis has never gotten over the glory days (and subsequent demise) of Stax Records. If you’re a fan of Stax you’ll be interested in Heikki Suosalo’s review of EVERYBODY MAKES A MISTAKE (not to be confused with the popular Bigg Robb single) Stax Southern Soul Vol. 2 from Kent Records in the latest issue of Soul Express. The compilation includes rare work by Shirley Brown, Isaac Hayes, Frederick Knight, William Bell, Ollie Nightingale, Eddie Floyd, Mavis Staples, The Soul Children and more. 

WMPR Jackson, Mississippi’s DJ Ragman schooled your Daddy B. Nice on the following, little-known, mid-Atlantic group many years ago. The smooth-sounding The Winstons are back, courtesy of Joe Phillips, who has worked with The Delfonics, The Manhatttans, The Stylistics and Barry White. Their new EP (with all-new members) is IT’S BEEN A LONG DAY via Sensational Records/Sensational Music BMI. 

New artist WestDawn, who debuted in 2020 with the rugged single, “Strong Country Man,” is releasing her southern soul debut CD this month. The bulk of PULL BACK THE COVERS (from Jones Boy Entertainment) is produced by J Swagg. WestDawnis not to be confused with West Love, a Stan Butler protege who has simultaneously appeared on the southern soul circuit. 

Southern soul-loving rapper Joe Nice is releasing a new CD, COOKOUT MUSIC. Included will be his smash #1 single, “Take Your Time” (with Sean Dolby) and the South Carolinan’s new single, a remix of Mr. David’s Bruce Springsteen knock-off, “Knock The Fire”. Nice followed rapper Black Zack onto the southern soul scene with his Nelson Curry collaboration “Party Starter” in 2014. 

Rita Brent, the young Jackson, Mississippi creative artist who recorded the un-promoted “Quarantine Shuffle” and “Can You Rock Me Like A Pothole” during the Covid year of 2020, is now running for political office, following other central Mississippi southern soul/politician “cross-overs” such as WAGR’S (Lexington, Ms.) DJ Big Money and singer/fellow radio personality Isaac Lindsay. 

Lamar Brace’s new single “I Like It Like That” shows the influence of Tucka, and Just-K, who collaborates with Jeter Jones on “Trailride Party” from Jone’s new Trailride Certified 2 CD, is a dead ringer for Cupid. Meanwhile, singer/writer/producer Mr. Cotton, whose ravaged vocal cords sound like he’s a three-packs-a-day, unfiltered-cigarette smoker, refuses to give up the mike, hooking up with Pokey Bear on an impressive new single, “Love Don’t Love Nobody”. My only question is, “What did you do to your throat, man? What did you do?” 

And Bobby Rush is back on a southern soul record for a change, doing voice-overs on Mizz Lowe’s “I Ain’t Giving Up My Love” in the same amusing way he did a generation ago on Vickie Baker’s “I Don’t Want You To Leave Your Wife.” What I’m trying to remember but can’t is if Mizz Lowe is Rush’s longtime, devastating, onstage, booty-rolling dancer. 

Fresh off his new, four-star-rated CD, WHO IS HISYDE?, Hisyde is on the road, with dates in Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and even Detroit. Magic One is also touring in a big way, with many dates, including some with Lacee. Wendell B is also on the road, responding to a clamor for his appearances. Actually, almost everyone in the business is touring with a post-Covid vengeance. See Concert Calendar.There’s never been so many southern soul concerts to choose from. 

 

2. The Jones Boyz & Ric Flair Mania

As most everyone conversant with southern soul music knows by now, Sir Charles Jones and Jeter Jones joined together in 2020 to produce The Jones Boyz: 2 Kings. The two performers brought out the best in one another, but who knew at the time their partnership would also stimulate their future, individual work? Both singers have new albums out this month. 

“The Chosen One” is an uncommonly powerful set from Sir Charles. It’s as if Jones has been “reborn,” achieving the most difficult and elusive state of mind for a 25-year, show-business veteran, making music as if for the first time. 

And Trailride Certified Part 2, the new album from Jeter Jones, more than fulfills the high expectations surrounding southern soul’s newest headliner. Too immense and richly textured to grasp in a few short outings, this prolific collection bears comparison to last year’s PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (Various Artists) by Beat Flippa. 

But what is this mania Charles and Jeter have for Ric Flair? For those unschooled in popular culture, Ric Flair is a World Wrestling Entertainment superstar like Hulk Hogan, and one of the greatest. 

Full disclosure. I have a business friend who introduced me many years ago to professional wrestling and its elaborate, testosterone-laced and often hilarious ring and off-ring conflicts. (I haven’t seen him since before Covid and suspect he’s became one of those 24/7 Fox News watchers.) But, like my friend, I’ve chuckled more than a few times at his majesty Ric Flair. And, well, apparently Jeter and Charles love them some Ric Flair, too, or why would they be honoring him with intros in their new southern soul albums? 

Charles begins THE CHOSEN ONE with: 

“Rick Flair said to BE the man, you got to BEAT the man.” 

And Jeter begins TRAILRIDE CERTIFIED 2 with a 30-second, lip-frothing, Ric Flair throwdown entitled “Holding These Gators Down”: 

“It’s so hard for me to sit back here in this studio looking at a guy out here hollering my name when last year I spent more money on spilt liquor from one side of this world to the other than you made. You’re talking to the Rolex-wearing, diamond ring-wearing, wheeling-dealing, limousine-riding, jet-flying son of a gun, and I’m having a hard time holding these alligators down. Whoo!” 

Q&A: What’s Ric Flair got in common with Sir Charles and Jeter Jones? 

All three bill themselves “kings” (Charles the “King of Southern Soul,” Jeter the “King of Trailride Blues”) and on occasion all three wear WWE-style championship belts. 

—Daddy B. Nice

 



June 1, 2021

JUNE TOP TEN “SPILLOVER”: Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for “Top Ten Singles” in June 2021


1. “Just Love Me”—DeMond Crump
2. “Boots Knockin'”—Jeter Jones feat. Urban Mystic
3. “Eternity”—Sir Charles Jones
4. “Hobo Moan”—Columbus Toy
5. “Back That Thang Up”—Jeter Jones
6. “Forever”—Sir Charles Jones
7. “Come On In”—Shell-B
8. “Good Lovin’ In The Morning”—JR Blu
9. “Midwest Party”—Sir Charles Jones
10. “Just Right Girl”—Montrell

11. “I’m Sorry”—Hollywood Hayes
12. “Stuck Between The Two”—Ms. Tip
13. “My House”—Jeter Jones feat. Volton Wright
14. “I’m All I Got, I’m All I Need”—Sir Charles Jones
15. “I Know You Miss It”—Chris Ivy
16. “I’ve Been Drinking”—Hollywood Hayes
17. “Just Love Me”—Passion
18. “The Soul Chain”—Koffee
19. “Licka Man”—Adrena
20. “Party Ride”—Lamar Brace

21. “What Grown Folks Do”—Andre’ Lee
22. “Ain’t Nobody (Soul Out Mix)”—Soul Southern feat. Marcel Cassanova, Kizzo, Billy Cook, Ezeekiel Ain
23. “Big Booty Baby”—Al Davis feat. Willie Morris
24. “Meet Me”—J-Wonn
25. “Beg For It”—King South
26. “Dancing Shoes”—Ghetto Cowboy
27. “Truck Driver Lovin'”—Tamara McClain feat. Mz. Hollywood
28. “The Way You Move”—Sassy D feat. Tucka
29. “Southern Soul Dance”—DJ Teddie Bear
30. “Yo Love”—Big Yayo feat. Solomon Thompson, Action

31. “Dancin’ On The Wild Side”—Simone De
32. “Tonight”—Lenny Williams
33. “Country Boy Slide”—E.J. Soul, Narvel Echols
34. “Share It”—Joe Nice feat. Sean Dolby, Heather Rodgers
35. “It’s Been A Long Day”—The Winstons
36. “Want It Too”—Mr. Amazing
38. “If I Was Your Man”—D. Saunders
39. “Blackbird (Remix)”—Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr.
40. “Swing It Like A Lady”—Banky Live

 



May 12, 2021

News & Notes

Southern Soul Gets Sophisticated; Another 1-Hit Wonder; Around Southern Soul Nation…Jeter Jones, Stevie J Blues, Marcel Cassanova, Hisyde, Avail Hollywood, The Jay Morris Group and more…

1. Southern Soul Gets Sophisticated

I started out the preceding month (April) thinking the un-thinkable. Would there be enough good singles released to make a worthy Top 10 and Top 40 Singles for May 2021? Then song submissions began pouring in, and my projections flipped. How would I do justice to all?

The most interesting trend was the appearance of sophisticated, cabaret-quality singles by Karen Wolfe and Calvin Richardson(“Stay Together Remix”) and Nellie “Tiger” Travis and O.B. Buchana (“My Baby”). The “My Baby” single was written and produced by southern soul’s genius-behind-the-scenes, Omar Cunningham, who charted in February with his own romantic smoothie, “On My Way To Memphis”. Even Sir Charles Jones got into the act with “Caught Cheating,” in which he brought a Sinatra-like distance and showmanship to a song with otherwise over-the-top lyrics (a gun-toting, cheated-upon woman).

 

2. Another 1-Hit Wonder?

Last month I spotlighted some of southern soul’s 1-hit wonders, and the other day I thought of another, although it’s awful to put such a recent artist in that category. But here it is: Champagne, of the scandalous Highway Heavy single “Mouth On You,” the Best Female Vocalist of 2019. The no-holds-barred description of fellatio (“That’s what’s going through my mind/To make my mouth like a pussy”) isn’t that far musically from yet another candidate for one-hit status: Nicole Jackson, also still active, and her anthem to passion, albeit tamer lyrically, “Can We Go There Baby?”. Both songs are indelible, worthy of the lofty fame accorded “Sam” and “Larry Licker” and “Mississippi Boy”. And to console the artists who may be offended by being labeled a “one-hit wonder”….Is it preferable to be famous for one song, or to be an unknown with a catalog nobody remembers or cares about?

 

3. Around Southern Soul Nation…

Did anyone notice? No Spring Fling in Mobile, Alabama this year. The annual outdoor concert hosting thousands was usually scheduled for the first weekend in May, and in recent years had become so popular it had spawned a second area rival.

Baton Rouge has a Soul Food Festival scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 26 & 27. So just about the time the sun is coming up and they’re finished shooting their graveyard-shift music videos, Highway Heavy and his Pinky Ring Music cohorts (Tyree Neal, Dave Mack, etc.) can stroll their way through a brunch on the streets.


Jeter Jones’ next album, Trail Ride Certified 2, is on the way. It’s a 21-track, Slacktraxx-produced compilation. “TC1 was my baby,” Jeter told me, “but this right here shall be remembered as not only Country boy/ trailride blues but Southern Soul Gold.” Recently-charted “Plain Ole Country Boy” appears, but most of the set looks enticingly new and unknown.

Incidentally, Jeter Jones & King South’s “Southern Soul Cowboy” was the #1 “New Most Added” single on Billboard’s Blues Charts in April. West Love’s “Put It On Me” came in #3 in the same category.

Fresh from the debut of Urban Ladder Society’s The Summit (see review), of which he is one of the four members, and on the heels of his latest, currently-charting single “She’s A Winner,” Stevie J Blueswill release a compilation called PKMG Soul Sampler Vol. 1. featuring Urban Ladder Society, Stevie J, Larry Milton, and Stephanie Luckett, in addition to Sir Charles Jones and gospel singer Veronica Lawson.

And from the younger generation, Marcel Cassanova is releasing a compilation album called “Soul Out” by a newly-formed group called, simply enough, Soul Southern. Members include Billy Cook(formerly of H-Town), Kizzo, Ezeekiel Ain and Congo, with special appearances by Itz Karma, Johnny James, R&B Pooh and Shannon Jackson among others.

And Hisyde, fresh from two highly-charting singles—“Is It Ova?” (#1 in December) and “For Your Love” (#2 in March)—will soon release his debut album, Who Is Hisyde. Hisyde produced the set and Dirty South Journals is publishing it.

Touring is getting torrid. In addition to the usual suspects—Pokey Bear, Sir Charles Jones, Tucka and T.K. Soul—watch for extensive opportunities to see Avail Hollywood, Jeter Jones and The Jay Morris Group, all in high demand. The Jay Morris Group is hitting multiple spots in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, and Avail Hollywood, who is appearing with DJ Trac, his talented musical collaborator, will fill an even more dizzying slate of dates in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas and beyond.

–Daddy B. Nice



May 1, 2021

MAY TOP TEN “SPILLOVER”: Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for “Top Ten Singles” in May 2021

 

1. “My Baby”—Nellie “Tiger” Travis feat. O.B. Buchana
2. “Da Loving Hit Different”—Avail Hollywood
3. “I Didn’t Know Your Grandma Could Drop It Like That”—Stan Butler
4. “Bring The Freak Out”—T.K. Soul
5. “Stay Together (Remix)”—Karen Wolfe feat. Calvin Richardson
6. “This Is How We Do It In The Club”—Wendell B
7. “Super Love”—H-Town
8. “Eat That Cake”—Tasha Mac
9. “Loving Me”—Joe D
10. “Mr. Good Time”—Portia P

11. “Caught Cheating”—Sir Charles Jones
12. “You Might Have To Hurt”—O.B. Buchana
13. “Ticket To Ride”—Marilyn McCoo feat. Billy Davis
14. “Cowgirl”—Soul Collective
15. “Chill Winds”—Urban Ladder Society
16. “Good Inside”—Terry Rogers feat. Jeter Jones
17. “Southern Soul Good Music”—Mr. Stuff
18. “Spend My Money”—Donyale Renee
19. “Work It Cowboy”—Meme Yahsal
20. “What You Need”—King South

21. “She’s A Winner”—Stevie J Blues
22. “”Lil Girl Games”—Highway Heavy feat. Dave Mack
23. “Family Reunion”—Curley Taylor
24. “Throw That Thang”—Arthur Young
25. “Medicine Man”—Gary Shelton
26. “Hot Dog Slide”—DJ Dee
27. “Complicated”—Leela James
28. “Working On Me”—Luziana Wil
29. “All Night”—Latrell Knight
30. “Southern Soul Brothers”—O.B. Buchana

31. “Haters Gonna Be Hatin'”—Ms. Jody
32. “All Day”—Jarvis Jacobs
33. “It’s About Sex”—Chuck Strong
34. “The Mississippi Step”—Mr. Sipp
35. “What Happened To Jody”—Jim Bennett
36. “Tuesday Loving”—Mz. Brown Suga
38. “We Don’t Have To Force It”—Stephanie Luckett
39. “Don’t Ask”—Mr. Amazing
40. “Loving You”—Mr. Hot Topic

 



April 12, 2021
The Strange & Unique Case of Calvin Richardson, New Book (by Rob Bowman) On Malaco Records Featured on NPR, The Long Lives of Southern Soul’s 1-Hit Wonders (Willie B, Lady J, Judi Brown Eyes, Will T)

News & Notes

1. The Strange & Unique Case Of Calvin Richardson

Calvin Richardson has been on my mind lately, as I’ve continued to post contemporary southern soul’s biggest stars on my new countdown chart, The New Generation. One of the biggest factors in determining the relative status of current candidates for the countdown is their commercial appeal.

How many records do they sell?

(Calvin’s albums usually make the Billboard R&B charts, signifying success in that field.)

What is their touring presence?

(Calvin has been a headliner on the southern soul circuit for the last two or three years, most notably the old Blues Is Alright Tour venues around the country, where he has mingled with southern soul’s major stars.)

How many views do their songs attract on YouTube?

(Calvin has one song, “Can’t Let Go,” that has reaped 38 million views. That’s “star” territory with the likes of Pokey Bear and Sir Charles Jones.)

Why, then, has your Daddy B. Nice not honored Calvin Richardson with a top placement on the The New Generation chart?

(If I were going to do so, he would probably have made it before now, given his well-known brand and commercial clout.)

The answers are already evident in the postings I’ve made over the years in the Calvin Richardson artist guide, and they can be summed up in one general statement: Calvin Richardson is not a southern soul artist.

Like Jaheim, like Angie Stone, like Syleena Johnson, like Erykah Badu, like Shemekia Copeland, like Ann Nesby—all of whom, like Calvin, have appeared in previous Daddy B. Nice artist guides—Calvin resides in that nether region of soul music that, on the one hand, elicits national recognition, but on the other, calls up none of the down-south, partisan fervor that the southern soul audience reserves for its true practitioners.

Is Calvin a soul-blues artist? The very term is so ambiguous that it can mean practically anything. Everyone in the South knows what southern soul music is. No one outside of a few radio industry types knows what soul blues is. Blues Critic offers a soul-blues category in its year-end “best-of” poll, and it seems to incorporate artists who in some way ply soul and in some other ways ply blues: once again, a kind of nether region between what is nationally understood as soul or blues and what is southern soul, with its readily-identifiable style.


Calvin Richardson has never recorded a southern soul hit single. Calvin Richardson isn’t played—or is very rarely played—on bonafide southern soul outlets. His strongest bonds to southern soul emanate from his southern soul-worthy Bobby Womack album.

That doesn’t take away from Calvin Richardson’s contributions to the southern soul tour circuit. Like any number of urban r&b artists—R. Kelly, Anthony Hamilton, Dave Hollister, etc.—his presence enhances the tour, giving people unsure of southern soul a “bridge” to the genre in the guise of readily-recognizable, northern or urban soul, just as the artists listed above gave initiates to southern soul music (including yours truly) a handle to interpret the southern soul genre in the first Top 100 countdowntwenty years ago.

So while I welcome Calvin Richardson’s collaborations with southern soul artists (Karen Wolfe is just the latest), and cheer his presence as a headliner on the bigger, multi-act stages along with Pokey, Sir Charles and other southern soul stars, I cannot promote him as a southern soul artist because he isn’t and appears to have no intention of ever becoming one. That is why I call his status in southern soul a “strange and unique” case. I don’t presume to have the last word on any of this, and I’m interested in other fans’ feedback, but for now it just seems the right thing to do. Welcome Calvin as an artist from another, related genre—urban soul—while not confusing fans by calling him a southern soul artist.

See the chart.

2. NPR features Malaco


Nowadays, with Malaco and even subsidiary Waldoxy out of the southern soul recording business, the most common perspective among the southern soul faithful when Malaco is brought up is one of loss, like the aftermath of a long and fruitful marriage that ultimately went sour. To this day Malaco is revered by the southern soul community for publishing its stars, the icons who inspired the contemporary southern soul scene: Johnnie Taylor, Little Milton, Z.Z. Hill, Shirley Brown, Marvin Sease, Denise LaSalle and so many more. But we tend to forget that Malaco forges on—and not only that—gains accolades along the way.

In March National Public Radio’s Morning Edition recognized a new book detailing the legendary Jackson, Mississippi record label, The Last Soul Company: The Malaco Records Story by Rob Bowman.

Did you know that Malaco is one of the longest running independent record labels in American music history, longer than Motown, Stax, Atlantic, Chess—all of them? It’s also the largest Black gospel company in the world—bar none. This and a treasure trove of information is chronicled in both printed and streaming versions at the ‘Last Soul Company’ Details The Story Of Malaco Records.

Today, Malaco Records makes most of its money with new gospel releases and music licensing fees from a warehouse full of blues, R&B and soul recordings (the music that inspired today’s contemporary southern soul artists). News of the feature and book were forwarded by Tiffany Couch and former WMPR morning host DJ Outlaw, now of Outlaw Entertainment.

Buy Rob Bowman’s “The Last Soul Company: The Malaco Records Story” at Amazon.

3. Willie B Touring As “Larry Licker”: Southern Soul’s 1-Hit Wonders Never Die

Listen to Willie B singing “Larry Licker” on YouTube.

It was a stroke of genius on the part of Willie B or some trusted, personal publicist. As I posted southern soul concerts on the Concert Calendar one day recently, I noticed little-known and seldom-toured Willie B had made the bill of a multi-act venue, advertised as Willie B aka Larry Licker. “Larry Licker,” of course, being the single that gave Willie B his clain to southern soul fame. Subsequently, I posted two more multi-act, summer events with Willie B in the line-up, one that said “aka Larry Licker” and one that did not. (I felt sorry for the one that did not.)

Willie B aka Larry Licker will be appearing May 8th in Longs, South Carolina, May 9th in Grifton, North Carolina and June 19th in Lownesboro, Alabama, sharing the bill in all cases with Angel Faye Russell and also others (David Brinston, Latimore, etc.). Check it out in Daddy B. Nice’s Concert Calendar.

Southern soul artists should be incredibly heartened to hear of this. It shows how much and how deeply people care about the music, and how long-lasting the music is. Another example—and equally obscure—is Lady J. I just got another letter requesting a Lady J album, this years after the fact. Now Lady J wasn’t just a one-hit wonder, but she was obscure even in the days she was recording. You had to be an aficionado, or be listening to a deejay who was an aficionado, to even have heard of her. (I tried to track her down for years with no success.) And yet, here, after years of neglect, your Daddy B Nice continues to get queries about Lady J, so many that I don’t even post them any more.

Listen to Lady J singing “Part Time Lover” on YouTube.

Another famous one-hit wonder of the southern soul world is Judi Brown Eyes. Her hit single “Sam” has amassed a near half-million views on YouTube since it was first posted in 2008. The now forgotten singers Angel Sent and Leaundra Lively did “takes” on the single.

Listen to Judi Brown Eyes singing “Sam” on YouTube.


Of course, we couldn’t leave the subject of one-hit wonders without mentioning the ultimate southern soul one-hit wonder, the result of an impromptu Chicago music session arranged by composer/producer Floyd Hamberlin with a last-minute, pick-up, lead singer simply called Will T.because at the time of the recording he was a preacher and did not want to be associated with a secular release. To this day, the humbly-recorded “Mississippi Boy” ranks as one of the most beloved singles of the last twenty years.

Listen to Will T. singing “Mississippi Boy” on YouTube.

What other contemporary genre holds such high regard and fascination with its historical anomalies? Southern soul’s one-hit wonders are a testament to the music’s staying power and its fans’ fervent love. What more can a recording artist ask for?

—Daddy B. Nice



April 1, 2021

APRIL TOP TEN “SPILLOVER”: The Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for “Top Ten Singles” in April 2021. 

1. “Southern Soul Girl”—Volton Wright feat. T.K. Soul
2. “Super Woman”—Volton Wright, JD & Jeter Jones
3. “Keep It Country”—B Cam & The Zydeco Young Bucks
4. “Plain Ole Country Boy”—Jeter Jones
5. “Unkle Phunk’s Juke Joint”—Unkle Phunk feat. Luster Baker
6. “Toes Curl”—Sojo feat. Methrone
7. “Put It On Me”—West Love
8. “Stay The Night”—Jesi Terrell feat. Theo Huff
9. “Kick Out”—Mr. Fredlo feat. Omar Cunningham
10. “Cowboy Ride”—DeShay

11. “Lick This Candy”—Tasha Mac
12. “Sneaky Link”—Mz. Brown Sugar
13. “Corn Whiskey”—Dr. Dee
14. “Cougar”—Gary Shelton feat. Jeter Jones
15. “Trail Ride Certified”—Jennifer Watts
16. “Soul Stroke”—Uncle Wayne
17. “Circles”—Volton Wright feat. Jeter Jones
18. “Night Shift Cheatin'”—Uncle Gymini
19. “Duck Off Inn”—Mr. Fredlo
20. “Ain’t Too Old To Squeeze”—Melvia “Chick” Rodgers

21. “Stay Together”—Karen Wolfefeat. Calvin Richardson
22. “Ain’t Nobody”—Marcel Cassanova feat. Kizzo
23. “Put A Twist In Yo Dip”—Al Jeter feat. Jeter Jones
24. “Give It Back”—Elle Jai
25. “Burning Rubber”—Lover Boy Lew
26. “Speed Dial”—Chrissy Luvz
27. “We Just Met”—LaMorris Williams
28. “Be Your Friend”—Calvin Richardson
29. “Leave Me Alone”—Sugar Daddy
30. “Swinging To The Music”—Rich Wright

31. “Let’s Barbeque”—Avail Hollywood feat. DJ Trac
32. “Showed Me Different”—Mr. Amazing
33. “Can’t Be Playing”—Duchess Jureesa McBride
34. “Big Gurls”—Carolyn Staten
35. “Every Day In Every Way”—Sarah Lesol
36. “Take The Party Outside”—Cupid
37. “I Can’t Take This Pain”—Ken Polk Gore
38. “Can’t Teach An Old Dog”—Angel Faye Russell
39. “Ooh Wee Baby”—Ms. Kida
40. “Lovely Day (Remix)”—Jimmy Lee 



March 1, 2021

MARCH TOP TEN “SPILLOVER”: The Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for “Top Ten Singles” in March 2021.

1. “Take Your Time”—Joe Nice feat. Sean Dolby
2. “For Your Love”—Hisyde
3. “Good Booty Judy”—Arthur Young
4. “Singing The Blues”—Ra’Shad The Blues Kid
5. “Save Me, Baby”—Tameka Jackson
6. “Tip-Toe In The Bedroom”—Certified Slim
7. “Just One Lifetime”—Stevie J Bluez feat. Shante’
8. “Kickin’ Dirt Up”—Mz. Connie feat. Jeter Jones
9. “South’N Lady”—Darnell Da Bachelor
10. “Paper Or Plastic”—Margo Thunder feat. Bigg Robb

11. “Members Only”—Pat Cooley
12. “Stir It Like Coffee”—Mz. Connie
13. “Side Stepped Me”—Grady Champion
14. “If They Only Knew”—Rosalyn Candy
15. “Come Back To Me”—DJ Wildman Tim
16. “Take Yo Praise”—Crystal Thomas
17. “Drunk Man”—Arthur Young
18. “The Closer I Get To You”—Leroy Allen & Evette Busby
19. “Magic Cat”—Sojo
20. “My Gift To You”—Alvin Garrett

21. “Jody Jr.”—Rosalyn Candy
22. “I Found A Man”—Dee Dee Simon
23. “Fussified Woman”—Marvelous Moe Morris
24. “Mighty Good Woman”—Stan Butler
25. “I Bet You Got A Good ‘Un”—O.B. Buchana
26. “No Late Night Booty Call”—Jesi Terrell
27. “Ladies Night”—Gary Shelton
28. “One Room”—Ra’Shad The Blues Kid
29. “Who Kat He Kissing”—Towanna Murphy
30. “Take Me Back”—Mose Stovall

31. “Good Time For Love”—Lenny Williams
32. “Milkman Part 2”—Latrell Knight
33. “You Can Get It (Bigg Robb Remix)”—Toia Jones
34. “Hit It Better”—Denzel Dente
35. “Get Down With You”—Dexter Allen
36. “Turning Point”—Isaac Lindsay
37. “I Love You Bae”—Lady Soul
38. “No Mess”—Pat Cooley
39. “Juke Joint Lover”—Urban Ladder Society
40. “Hey Baby”—Larry Milton

 



February 14, 2021

Daddy B. Nice’s…

“Stir It Like Coffee” X 2, DBN on the New Generation (Chart In Progress),

“So You Think You Know Your Southern Soul 2020?” Quiz (Great lyrics from 2020)

News & Notes

While two “Nose Wide Open” songs—one by Benito/Lady Q and the other by Magic Juan (just joking, Magic One)—continue to circulate through the southern soul clubs and deejay world, another pair of songs with titles in common have appeared. Mz. Conniehas released “Stir It Like Coffee” on a new debut album of the same name, while even more recently-arrived artist Sojo (who had a top-25 song of 2020 with Kinnie Ken) has a totally different new tune also called “Stir It Like A Coffee”. Nelson Curry guests on Mz. Connie’s single, as he did on Peaches Jones’ original of the tune back in 2014. “Only the names have changed,” as they used to say on one of those old detective series.

Listen to Mz. Connie singing “Stir It Like Coffee” on YouTube.

Listen to Sojo singing “Stir It Like Coffee” on YouTube.

The Top 100 Countdown: The New Generation, your Daddy B. Nice’s latest ranking of the top Southern Soul artists, continues apace. I started the first-ever charting of southern soul performers in the early 00’s and the second charting in the early teens. A quick look at the second chart, 21st Century Southern Soul, will make apparent how outdated it has become in just a decade.

When I started the new chart, The Top 100 Countdown: The New Generation (Chart in Progress),some viewers suggested I was going about it the wrong way, starting at the top (#1 artist Pokey Bear) rather than at the bottom (#100). But it was the very outdatedness of the prior chart that necessitated starting at the top.

Since each recording artist on the “Countdown” also requires a completely new, Daddy B. Nice-written artist guide, with a new profile, biography, discography, top songs, caricature, etc., it would have been two or three years before I even got to the top five artists (now already done). And writing artist guides does give me a chance to go into a performer’s catalog with a book-writer’s depth and overview as opposed to the journalistic buzz of the monthly top-ten singles and commentary.

The suspense is still there. I certainly experience it along with heightened emotion and the burden of responsibility each month as I ponder over the ninety-some artists whom I’m NOT putting into the next top slot, and who are no doubt asking, “When is he going to get to me?”

One thing I will make clear. This is a chart of the “new generation,” the recording artists who deserve recognition for being relevant today, not in the past. Super-stars like Bobby Rush and Lenny Williams, whose major work is behind them and who already have extensive artist guides on Daddy B. Nice’s two previous charts, will not appear on the new chart. And that is not meant to minimize or make light of their powerful contributions to the southern soul canon.

What is more important at this point in time is to recognize all the deserving musicians making it happen right now, yet lacking any chart presence and publicity for their endeavors. To them I say: watch closely. Around fifty artists from the old chart are scheduled to depart, opening up around fifty spots on the new chart. There will also be serious movement upward for the deserving artists from the last chart (see Pokey new #1, see Tucka new #3), and…some remaining artists will drift down. Isn’t that enough suspense for everyone?

Quiz: So You Think You Know Your Southern Soul 2020? (Great Lyrics from 2020)

2020 was a banner year for lyrics. I thought it would be fun to illustrate that by featuring some of the best couplets by southern soul composers from the year just passed in the form of a quiz.

The answers are posted at the end of this article, but don’t look until you absolutely have to!

1. “My grandma used to say/Love is a misunderstanding/Between two fools.”

2. “That girl like to disappear on the weekend/But Monday she’ll be calling again.”

3. “‘Cause I need me a day/To drown in my sorrow/Get up in the morning/And start fresh tomorrow.”

4. “Now all he can do for you/Is lay on his back/But most of the time/He ain’t even good at that.”

5. “When I first met you/You wouldn’t give me the time of day/You said I was a player/And you didn’t have time to play.”

6. “She looked up at him/And turned around at me/Held up two fingers/And she said, ‘Peace’.”

7. “I was gonna be one of the world’s greatest entertainers/And you were going to be my queen.”

8. “People’s talking about my age/They say I need to be somewhere/Locking myself away/I come to show them/What it’s all about.”

9. “She wanted you to settle down/And be a one-woman man/But I wasn’t playing/She better understand.”

10. “You know back in the day/I had to live in Boston Massachusetts/And them northern girls used to play me for a sucker/They used to call me a country bumpkin.”

—Daddy B. Nice

“So You Think You Know Your Southern Soul” Quiz Answers: 1-“Staying In Love Ain’t Easy” by Wendell B, 2-“Funky Forty” by Arthur Young, 3-“Pour Me A Drank” by Narvel Echols, 4-“Let That Hurt Go” by Avail Hollywood, 5-“Nose Wide Open” by Benito & Lady Q, 6-“Cheating With The DJ” by Mr. David, 7-“That’s Life” by T.K. Soul, 8-“Rock With You” by R.T. Taylor, 9-“I Put It On Him” by Dee Dee Simon , 10-“Southern Soul Woman” by Cadillac Man.



February 1, 2021

Daddy B. Nice’s…

FEBRUARY TOP TEN “SPILLOVER”: The Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for “Top Ten Singles” in February 2021.

1. “Love You Down”—JD feat.Jeter Jones
2. “It’s About To Go Down”—Jeter Jones feat. Billy Cook
3. “All Because Of Me”—Stevie J. Blues
4. “Headz Or Tailz: The Crawfish Song”—Hump Dog feat. Nebu
5. “Come See About Me”—Jaye Hammer
6. “On My Way To Memphis”—Omar Cunningham
7. “My Weakness”—Baby Drew feat. Sir Charles Jones & Nina Stacks
8. “Lay With Me Tonight”—DeShay feat. Volton Wright
9. “What I Like”—Mississippi Hummin’ Boy feat. Omar Cunningham, Sir Charles Jones & K. Monique
10. “Time To Let Go”—Vick Allen

11. “Move On”—J-Wonn
12. “Facebook Friend”—Big Fred
13. “Closer To You (Lord)”—Fredrick Brinson
14. “If They Only Knew”—Rosalyn Candy
15. “Crawfish”—Cupid feat. MC World & Nebu
16. “Facebook Beef”—Lady Trucker
17. “Two Can Play That Game”—Stephanie McDee
18. “I’m In A Hole In The Wall Mood Tonight”—Jaye Hammer
19. “Girls Night Out”—Ms. Kida
20. “Big Girls”—Stevie J. Blues

21. “Good Ol Country Girl”—Omar Cunningham
22. Slow”—J-Wonn
23. “Back In The Day Cafe”—Andre’ Lee
24. “I Think I’m In Love”—Highway Heavy feat. Coldrank
25. “All Night Long”—King South
26. “Slide-Inn”—C-Wright
27. “Magic Cat”—Sojo
28. “Flex”—Cupid
29. “2 Legs, 2 Thighs”—Mississippi Hummin’ Boy
30. “She Took Her Teeth Out”—AC

31. “We’re Ready To Party”—T.K. Soul & Sir Charles Jones
32. “Dance”—Lady Soul
33. “Ain’t Yo Fool”—Candice Goodie
34. “Walk The Talk”—Kae Divine
35. “Curtain Drop 3”—Chris Ardoin
36. “15 Minutes”—Highway Heavy feat. Dave Mack
37. “Come And Get It”—C-Wright
38. “Sprinkle My Love”—Sir Jonothan Burton
39. “Before We Make Love”—Carl Sims
40. “That Thang”—Princess Baker

January 3, 2021

Top 25 Southern Soul Songs of 2020

 

1. “Cheatin’ With The DeeJay”——Mr. David

 

2. “Staying In Love Ain’t Easy”——Wendell B

 

3. “Funky Forty”——Arthur Young

 

4. “Won’t Disapprove”—–Tucka, Marcus Fisher

 

5. “Pour Me A Drank”—–Narvel Echols

 

6. “Mind Playing Tricks On Me”——Jeter Jones

 

7. “I Don’t Understand”——Sir Charles Jones

 

8. “Get’cha Head Right”——Wendell B

 

9. “Nukie Pie”—–Carolyn Staten, Jennifer Watts, Unkle Phunk

 

10. “Love Train (Black Locomotive)”—–Avail Hollywood

 

11. “Is It Ova?”—–Hisyde, Avail Hollywood, Beat Flippa

 

12. “Nose Wide Open”——Benito (Teddy Bear), Lady Q, Beat Flippa

 

13. “I Put It On Him”——Dee Dee Simon

 

14. “Nose Wide Open”——-Magic One

 

15. “Rock With You”——R.T. Taylor

 

16. “That’s Life”——T.K. Soul

 

17. “Last Few Dollars”——David J, Tony Tatum

 

18. “Goin’ Out”——Lokey Kountry

 

19. “Can Somebody Take Me?”—–Tyree Neal, Omar Cunningham

 

20. “I’ll Be Down In A Minute”——J’Cenae, Wendell B

 

21. “One Freak To Another”——Sheba Potts-Wright

 

22. “I Got That Good Good”——Kinnie Ken, Sojo

 

23. “Memphis Blues Brothers”—–John Cummings

 

24. “Da Fire”—–Dee Dee Simon

 

25. “Touch Me”——J-Wonn

 

—Daddy B Nice



 

January 1, 2021

JANUARY TOP TEN “SPILLOVER”: Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for “Top Ten Singles” in January 2021. 

1. “Excuse Me”—Pokey Bear 
2. “Southern Soul Woman”—Cadillac Man 
3. “When You Work It”—P2K feat. T.K. Soul 
4. “A Little Freaky”—Big Yayo 
5. “Southern Soul Man”—Mr. Nelson feat. Sonya B 
6. “Bout To Go Stepping”—T.K. Soul 
7. “Work That”—Tha Party King 
8. “That Bomb Love”—J. Red The Nephew 
9. “Torn Between The Two”—Lady Q 
10. “Different From The Rest”—King Fred 

11. “Cake”—Big Yayo 
12. “Outside Woman”—Shell-B 
13. “Back That Country Thang On Me”—Ice Buck feat. Nellie “Tiger” Travis 
14. “Stir It Like Coffee”—Mz. Connie feat. Nelson Curry 
15. “It’s Gone Cost You (DJ Idol NOLA Remix)”—Miss Portia 
16. “You Can’t Have My Man”—The Lady Songbird Jinda 
17. “Southern Soul New Year”—Nelson Curry 
18. “90 Weight”—Mr. Fredlo 
19. “My Rocking Chair”—Tip The Singer 
20. “My Weakness”—Baby Drew, Sir Charles Jones, Nina Stacks 

21. “Two Can Play That Game”—Stephanie McDee 
22. “Turn Back The Hands Of Time/Turning Point Medley”—Isaac Lindsay 
23. “Step On”—Big Fred 
24. “I Don’t Care”—Ka’Vettie Smoke 
25. “Real Deal (DJ Jazzy Pete Remix)”—Captain Jack Watson 
26. “If They Only Knew”—Rosalyn Candy 
27. “Shouldn’t Have To Tell You”—Miss Portia 
28. “Rockin’ With You”—J-Fitz 
29. “Full Time Love”—Zelda 
30. “Facebook Beef”—Lady Trucker 

31. “Tha Mz Connie Cha”—Mz. Connie 
32. “If You Wanna Party”—Stan Butler 
33. “Send Me That Cash App”—The Jay Morris Group 
34. “It Don’t Take All Night”—O.C. Soul 
35. “Joystick”—Ann Devae 
36. “Love On Loan”—Stephanie Pickett 
38. “Love For Sale”—Lou Battle 
39. “Mood Swings”—Gwen Yvette 
40. “Dance”—Lady Soul 

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