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Top 25 Southern Soul Singles Of 2022

DBN notes: Merry Christmas everybody!

I’m going to count down the Top 25 Songs of 2022 over the next 10 days until New Years, posting two or three songs per day (with YouTube links) at the top of the page HERE.

 



December 16, 2022

Daddy B. Nice’s News & Notes

White Tennessee farm boy and fiddle player Jim Stewart, who founded Stax Records with his sister (who mortgaged her house to obtain the new label’s financing), died December 5th at the age of 92. In an ironic twist of fate Stewart, a black music-loving white man befriended by Rufus Thomas, the patriarch of Memphis soul, and his daughter Carla, was ultimately responsible for birthing what is generally regarded the “blackest”-sounding soul music in America, the legendary Stax Records. To wit, the “st” and “tx” in Stax were a combination of the two initials taken from Stewart and his sister’s names. Stewart’s death came after most of the performers he collaborated with had passed. Rufus Thomas himself died at 84, a relatively lofty age for a performer. Read the engrossing obituary by Bob Mehr at “The Memphis Commercial Appeal”……

Pictured (William Bell, an early Stax artist)

Wendell B has been “on the mend”. Here’s hoping he’ll make it to the New Year’s Eve gig at the Coliseum in Jackson Mississippi with Adrian Bagher, L.J. Echols, Arthur Young, Big Yayo and Calvin Richardson. See the Concert Calendar.……

Jus Epic’s effervescent “Country Girl,” featuring Money Waters (I love that twist on Muddy Waters) has a great new official video on YouTube. “Texas, Looo-siana, Mississippi, ‘Bama,” goes the rousing second verse. “Let me see you get down. Represent right now…” See the video.

Watch for Bobby Rush’s new twist on his 1995 single “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show.” Sound familiar? Well, of course. It’s a big line in King George’s blockbuster single “Keep On Rollin'”. And guess who Bobby Rush is tweaking it for? King George, of course. DJ Handyman played an exclusive preview on WMPR (Jackson, Mississippi) on December 1st….

Lee Field’s new album “Sentimental Fool” (his twenty-third!) is profiled by Heikki Suosalo in November’s Soul Express, including insights from Fields himself. Read the review. Moreover, a “trailer” at the end of the piece announces a new documentary—Lee Fields–Faithful Man—playing at select theaters in the U.K. and U.S. “I’ve been married to the same woman for 53 years, but we had our trials and tribulations,” Fields says, “so it’s just letting the world know what we’ve been through…There’s a lot of sadness in it, and a lot of happiness in it.” Also read about Field’s out-of-print masterpiece, “I’ll Put My Life On The Line (Tell Me Where To Be)” in Daddy B. Nice’s Artist Guide……

Sir Charles Jones and Jeter Jones (the Jones Boys, though not related) aren’t about to let 2022 end without publishing an album each (for Jeter, his second of the year). Jeter’s new one is called Sugar Hill Highway 84.

Sir Charles’ latest, My Life’s Testimony, is being marketed as “Christian” music (as in gospel). The most dramatic line from the set (“I put the gun to my head/On Highway 55”) is also from a highway—I-55 (north/south)—known to southern soul musicians as their most travelled thoroughfare…..

Ever wonder how many southern soul songs Omar Cunningham has written? Your Daddy B. Nice is on it. Cunningham’s career is a classic case of choosing the path less taken. Typically, a legitimate southern soul songwriter yearns to take it to the stage. (Think of Chris Mabrey becoming Big Yayo.) Omar took the opposite path. Originally a performer, he’s gradually become more celebrated for writing hit songs for other artists than for his solo career, and if there’s a more prolific and influential composer in his generation (excluding difficult comparisons to the top solo singer/songwriters), I don’t know who it’d be. Read Omar Cunningham (Songwriter Supreme).

Merry Christmas to all!

—Daddy B. Nice

 



December 3, 2022

TOP 40 SOUTHERN SOUL SINGLES

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

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

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

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

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

 



November 12, 2022

Southern Soul News & Notes

Whatever happened to Carl Marshall? Z.Z. Hill Jr.? Robert “The Juice” Lenoir? Willie P. Richardson? Prince Kenyatta? Judi Blue Eyes? Sterling Harrison? Lou Wilson & Today’s People? Lijuana? Mystery Man? Leeroy? Bobby Conerly? Heavy But Sweet (Andy Pittman)?

 

Larry Shannon Hargrove? Nolan Struck? Grady Champion? Arthur Foy? Joe “Blues” Butler? Renea Mitchell? Clarence Dobbins? Sang’n Clarence? Nicole Jackson? Alonzo Reid? Queen Emily? Jody Sticker? Hog Pin? Send info to daddybnice@southernsoulrnb.com ……..Answers will be posted in Daddy B. Nice’s Mailbag………

Attention concert-goers! Soulabration at The Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi on December 31st looks like one of the most intriguing live line-ups to close out 2022. Nothing against the top tier of southern soul entertainers, but Soulabration’s not the same old roster of major stars we’ll see in venue after venue in the coming months.

Instead, it’s the up-and-coming and talented tier of southern soul performers little seen on the biggest stages: Wendell B, Arthur Young, Big Yayo, L.J. Echols & Adrian Bagher. Calvin Richardson (a major star) is the only exception. See Daddy B. Nice’s Concert Calendar on the original site or on the cell phone site…….

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



October 15, 2022

Daddy B. Nice’s News & Notes

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

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

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

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

Speaking of the blues, central-Mississippi bluesman Eddie Cotton is set to kick off a regular feature, Blues Saturdays, at Jackson local eatery The Weekend on Capital Street October 15th……Mr. Hollywood, who broke into Daddy B. Nice’s Top 10 Singles this month at #5 with “Ms. Fine Thang,” is the entertainer name of Calvin Jenkins of Charleston, South Carolina……Velvet-voiced DeShay has recorded another female response song to King George’s “Keep On Rollin’,” following Redd Velvet, Carolyn Staten and more…..

Avail Hollywood has a new album (Love, Lies, Loyalty) in the works, as does Volton Wright, whose debut album Love On You, released during the pandemic, was exceptional……I had to laugh, listening to T.K. Soul and J-Wonn both singing the main melody line on “Look Good, Look Fine” (#10, DBN’s Top 10 Oct.). Why? The competitiveness of southern soul singers, which is so ingrained I doubt either artist even considered harmonizing, which would mean one would have to take the lesser (harmonizing) line. So not only do southern soul stars refuse to share the spotlight by forming bands. They won’t even form ad hoc harmonizing duos!

Here’s the complete list (as of this date) for the Blues Is Alright tour stops in 2023:

Feb 24—Washington D.C.
Feb 25—Charlotte N.C.
March 3—New Orleans
March 4—Dallas
March 10—Indianapolis
March 11—Augusta GA.
March 17—Cleveland
March 18—Atlantic City N.J.
March 24—Cincinnati
March 25—Rochester N.Y.
March 31—Milwauke WI.
April 1—Detroit
April 7—St. Louis
April 8—Chicago
April 9—Kansas City
April 14—Macon GA.
April 15—Atlanta
April 21—Houston
April 22—Shreveport
TBA—Los Angeles
TBA—Oakland

—Daddy B. Nice

 



October 5, 2022

TOP 40 SOUTHERN SOUL SINGLES: October

An expanded list of the songs vying for “Top Ten Singles” in October 2022.

1. “This Time It Was Me”—Arthur Young
2. “All For You”—Crystal Thomas
3. “Mr. Right Now”—J-Wonn
4. “Don’t Make Me Beg”—Willie Clayton
5. “Ms. Fine Thang”—Mr. Hollywood
6. “I Swear”—Mr. Don’t Leave (Eric Hunter) feat. Johnny James
7. “One Step Closer To Home”—William Bell
8. “Keep On Rolling Reply”—DeShay
9. “My Lucky Day”—Big G
10. “Look Good Look Fine”—J-Wonn, T.K. Soul

11. “Waitin’ On You”—Tucka
12. “Week Day Blues”—Lenny Williams
13. “I’m Gonna Ride That Black Horse”—Ms. Jody
14. “You Changed My Life”—Avail Hollywood
15. “Wantin’ More”—J-Wonn
16. “I Got That Good Stuff”—Crystal Thomas
17. “Slow Wind”—S. Dott feat. Koray Brousard
18. “My Two Step”—Omar Cunningham feat. Krishunda Echols
19. “Drink My Pain”—Wolf Man Delliyo
20. “You Can’t Beat A Woman”—Willie Clayton

21. “If You Gone Pop It”—F.P.J., J-Wonn
22. “Brand New House”—Keith Frank & LA 26 feat. The Teddy Bear
23. “Hot Line”—Gentry-Jones
24. “Jody Got Ya Girl”—Unkle Phunk
25. “You’re My Everything”—K.D. Dawson
26. “Man Handle It”—J. Red The Nephew
27. “What You See Is What You Get”—DJ Wildman Tim feat. Jeter Jones
28. “She Walk That Walk”—Unkle Phunk, Jeter Jones
29. “Chunkin’ Dat Donk”—Big Al
30. “Nose Wide Open”—Calvin Taylor

31. “Good Good Lovin'”—Crystal Thomas
32. “What You Do To Me”—S. Dott, Jayme Romain
33. “Leaving Me”—Roi Chip Anthony feat. Le’Jit
34. “Pressure On Me”—Mz. Tor
35. “Ain’t Never Going Home”—Mr. Bow Bow Bow
36. “Let Me Be Your Man”—Keithan Noel feat. E.J. Soul
37. “Two Step And Slide”—Coupe DeVille
38. “Friday Night”—Chip Almighty
39. “It’s All Over Now”—Lady T
40. “This Woman”—A. Jamal

 



September 3, 2022

TOP 40 SOUTHERN SOUL SINGLES

An expanded list of the songs vying for “Top Ten Singles” in September 2022.

1. “Jukebox Lover (Remix)”—Tucka feat. King George
2. “Make Me Say It Again”—Beyonce, Ronald Isley & The Isley Brothers
3. “She’s Running From Dick 2 Dick”—Billy “Soul” Bonds
4. “A Closed Mouth Don’t Get Fed”—Bridget Shield
5. “Just Can’t Let Go”—Breeze MrDo2Much
6. “I Had To Lie”—Avail Hollywood
7. “Mr. Uber Man”—EPX (Eric Perkins)
8. “Good Ole Soul Music”—Sweet P
9. “Gonna Do Right”—T.K. Soul
10. “Southern Love”—Chi Jones

11. “Bouncing Back”—Solomon Thompson feat. David J
12. “Mr. Black”—Ms. Key
13. “Cheat Right”—Mz. Brown Suga
14. “Better With You”—Black Diamond
15. “Sunshine Lady”—L.J. Echols
16. “This Tongue Ain’t Got No Backbone”—Bill Avery
17. “$2 Live (Last Two Dollars)”—Banky Live
18. “Give Me That Love”—Royal D feat. Only One DShaw
19. “Meet Me In The Middle Of The Bed”—Billy “Soul” Bonds
20. “Dip Baby”—Poka Jones feat. Jeter Jones

21. “Work It”—West Love
22. “You Got That Love”—Stevie J. Blues
23. “Where’s The Beef?”—Kami Cole feat. King Fred
24. “So Hard To Move On”—Country Boy feat. T.K. Soul
25. “Juke Joint Woman”—Tha Big Dude
26. “Sleeping With The Enemy”—Sharnette Hyter
27. “Country Love”—Sweet T (Tondra Camp)
28. “Cornbread”—Lady J & Uncle Gymini
29. “In Da Mood”—Sheila B. Sexi & Zhocolate feat. Dre Holloman
30. “Call Me”—Neal “Skieebo” Wyms

31. “Just A Little Bit”—L.J. Echols
32. “Looking For My Baby”—David Walker
33. “Turn My Life Around”—J. Dallas
34. “Come Party With Me”—Royal D
35. “Jackson, Mississippi”—El’ Willie
36. “Roll That Monkey”—Volton Wright feat. Dubble G
37. “Mr. Woo At The Spot”—Mr. Woo
38. “Covid 19”—Billy “Soul” Bonds
39. “You Better Be Jody”—T.K. Soul & Rodney X
40. “The Last Time”— Portia P

 



September 12, 2022

Southern Soul News & Notes

 

Jeter Jones is putting the finishing touches on a new collection with the working title: “Shuga Hill Hwy. 84 Vol. 1”. Billy “Soul” Bonds has posted new songs on YouTube (see Daddy B. Nice’s Featured Artists for Sepember ’22) under the working titles “Memories” and “Bonding The Blues”. J-Wonn is publishing his newest album to be called “Mr. Right Now” (The Black Heart Series). The set brings together recent singles “Move On,” “Girl In The Mirror” and “The Thrill Is Gone”. Also be on the lookout for Willie Clayton’s new single, “Don’t Make Me Beg”…….

Grammy winner William Bell has just released a rare new single, a traditional blues called “One Day Closer To Home”. Lenny Williams has released a new single as well, and if you happen to hear Lenny’s “Weekday Blues” unattributed, you may take it for a new/unknown artist, as I mistakenly did listening to a newly-constructed playlist of just-arrived music on “shuffle” the other day. Theodis Ealey also released a straight blues project recently…….

This rush to old blues has engulfed Grammy winner Bobby Rush too. But what’s fascinating is this mysterious interaction with the white (or mass, or world) audience which happens when a black artist crosses over. The temptation is to give the mass audience what they think is the blues, in other words mid-20th-century American blues, which has achieved a revered status similar to jazz among white blues lovers, and pull back on the “grown folks” stuff (new music that would excite a black audience). It’s sad to think that the so-called white audience couldn’t have known and appreciated these stars in their primes, when they were lighting up the chitlin’ circuit with “Hoochie Mama” (Rush) and “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” (Bell)…..

Atlanta-based Jerry King’s latest blog, from Black Life Story (blacklifestory.com), delves into this dynamic in “The Emergence Of Southern Soul: The Next Music Wave?” And it’s written with the logic, sweetness and brevity to charm even the most biased, radio-programming bigwig…..

And speaking of “old school” in general, be sure to ask your favorite deejay to play Arthur Young’s newest single, a redo of Ronnie Lovejoy’s classic, “Sho’ Wasn’t Me”. Arthur’s version is called “This Time It Was Me”. Despite it being something of a downgrade (and who can blame him for that? it’s the #1 song in contemporary southern soul music) Arthur hews to the original, right down to the vocal arrangements. This is undoubtedly an “insider” record—you can’t really appreciate it unless you know “Sho’ Wasn’t Me”—but I found it to be one of Arthur Young’s most interesting and compelling efforts in recent memory……

J-Wonn appears on yet another record: a single by new artist F.P.J. called “If You Gone Pop It”. The video takes place in a bar where they obviously had a ladies’ night with cash incentives. The young women are getting drunk and twerking like there’s no tomorrow. Hold onto your hats, fellas. It’s a scene the “world” audience may have to put on the shelf for half a century before getting a taste……

Speaking of videos, why hasn’t Pokey Bear filmed a knockout of a video (like “My Sidepiece”) for his #1 summer single, “Here Come Pokey,” which continues to languish in the doldrums for YouTube views and presumably sales? I expected a video, possibly a remix, to put “Here Come Pokey” over in typically flashy, funny, Big Pokey style. Has our favorite Bear lost faith in the tune, or is something bigger lurking in the woods?…..

I’m listening to a new artist named S. Dott, who was recommended to me by concert promoter Mr. Mike of El Dorado, Arkansas, who is holding his last southern soul event of the year (The Last Dance) October 9th at Union County Fairgrounds (see Concert Calendar) starring T.K. Soul, J-Wonn, Lacee and The Jay Morris Group……

The S. Dott song is “Slow Wind,” and it features zydeco accordionist Koray Broussard. Listening to Broussard made me realize once again how much I’ve missed zydeco since the pandemic. Zydeco.com, the website that covered the cajun scene—primarily the concerts, flyers and ads—is gone, leaving a crater of nothingness…..

What’s going on in zydeco? Is it still happening? Websites are so important! Zydeco currently has no voice—no platform. But hold on! Schlepping around, googling this and that, I’ve found the new version of ZydecoEvents.com. There are tons of concerts, far more than pre-pandemic. It’s just like southern soul. Zydeco is thriving! Click and enjoy.

— Daddy B. Nice

 



August 5, 2022

TOP 40 SOUTHERN SOUL SINGLES: AUGUST

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

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

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

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

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



July 3, 2022

TOP 40 SOUTHERN SOUL SINGLES: JULY

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

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

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

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

31. “Slow Motion”—T-Lyons feat. Jeter Jones
32. “Granny Kat”—Mose Stovall
33. “You Got What I Want”—Willie Clayton
34. “Get Away”—Bird Williams
35. “I Need A Juke Joint Woman”—Big Dude
36. “Shake It Shake It”—Charles Wilson
37. “Night Time Love”—Uncle Wayne feat. Sweet Nay
38. “Used To Be Mines”—K.D. Dawson
39. “Friends With Benefits”—Remo ‘n Rush
40. “Miss Cougar”—Sheila B. Sexi

July 2, 2022:

Daddy B. Nice King George Update:

The latest-breaking news is that King George’s much-anticipated album (actually two albums) is out and for sale. See Daddy B. Nice’s Featured Artist for July ’22: King George #18 The New Generation Southern Soul (New Album Alert!).



July 19, 2022

Daddy B. Nice’s News & Notes

 

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

Listen to Robert Tillman singing “I Found A Love” on YouTube.……

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

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

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

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

Listen to Lenny Williams & Shirley Jones singing “Can’t Nobody” on YouTube.

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

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

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

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

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

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……Carolyn Staten has a hot new single based on King George’s “Keep On Rolling,” just the latest to do so.

Listen to Carolyn Staten singing “Somebody Gotta Leave” on YouTube.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

— Daddy B Nice



June 13, 2022

Daddy B. Nice’s News & Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

—Daddy B. Nice

 



June 2, 2022

TOP 40 SOUTHERN SOUL SINGLES

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

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

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

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

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

(Plus 10 more due to intense volume and competition)

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

 



May 16, 2022

Southern Soul News & Notes

I had been wondering what happened to Chris Ardoin, one of zydeco’s biggest stars, and one who had crossed over into southern soul during the last few years with his blend of zydeco and “swing” in such songs as “Boo Thang” and “Candy Man”. It turns out Ardoin was shot last July while onstage closing down a show in Colfax, Louisiana. In a follow-up article in the “Louisiana Advocate” this past February, Ardoin said he’s been quietly building back—“as a musician and a man”—in the six months since, trying to get his career back to “a place of forward motion and regain his passion for music”. The Zydeco musician said the danger wasn’t obvious until the second barrage of shots were fired near the side and back of the stage. Ardoin said he was attempting to pull his bass player down behind the drum riser when he was struck. His bass player said he felt the whizz of the bullet and heard the thump as it struck Ardoin in his right side, near his armpit. Ardoin said doctors later told him he got lucky: because of his muscular build and the way he was moving when struck, the bullet moved toward his back instead of inward and avoided his lungs and other major organs. A perennial zydeco headliner, Ardoin still hasn’t returned to touring…..WDIA’s Bobby O’Jay died of a heart attack at 68 on May 3, 2022 in Memphis. WDIA was the country’s first black-owned radio station and Bobby O’Jay was its longtime program director, figurehead and lightning rod, speaking “to, for and with the people,” fulfilling a vital community function similar to what the late Mr. Charles Evers (with more lineage and gravitas) performed via WMPR in Jackson, Mississippi. O’Jay, on the other hand, brought a younger-generation perspective and breadth of engagement to his greater-Memphis radio audience. Read about Bobby O’Jay’s life and times in the Memphis Commercial Appeal’s fascinating and inspiring obituary…..She made quite a “splash” when she first emerged, but Redd Velvet hasn’t been heard from in years. So it was a surprise to hear two different internet/mix deejays recommending Redd Velvet’s new “answer” song to King George’s “Keep On Rolling”: “You Got To Leave (The Clapback Track)”. Subsequently, Redd Velvet told your Daddy B. Nice her absence was due to “obligations and duty to my family” (read extensive caregiving)…..Another King George-oriented song comes from new artist Sky Whatley, more of a cover, or sampling/extension: “Bae Changed Me”. Both tracks charted in May……

Incidentally, King George’s “Keep On Rolling” is #1 on the iTunes Top 100 Blues chart, which I didn’t even know existed until I saw it in the fine print of one of Jerry Mason ‘s “Boogie Hot Pick” promotional e-mails. I thought, “Great, this is just what we’ve been needing—a true sales chart from a big entity.” But my enthusiasm quickly dampened as the rest of the list is made up of a bewildering variety of oldies and classics (by white as well as black). And does iTunes include Apple, which is the bigger seller at this point? Personally, I didn’t want to leave iTunes, but Apple actively encouraged it by the way they set up the two websites (favoring Apple)……It was still great seeing King George on top of a major-market sales chart, not to mention Mel Waiters, Theodis Ealey and a couple of others…… By the way, King George is doing the right thing right now, touring as a headliner (see Daddy B. Nice’s Calendar), rubbing shoulders with the other southern soul headliners, fronting a band, soaking up exposure, getting his feet planted solidly on the “higher ground” of being famous, paying a few dues along the way and not least tasting the fruits of his success…..Surprise. Southern Soul has a “couple” again. They’re old-school—you know, like J. Blackfoot and Ann Hines.

The duo goes by the name of Wilke & Pam and the song is called “Get On Out The Door,” #13 this month. Musicians may initially let out a faint smile—the chords are among the first beginners learn when picking up the guitar or bass—but the song soon proves to be the real deal and the singers seasoned and genuine…..C. Jones aka “Mr. Willy,” (#1 this month with “Mr. Willy”) has passed another milestone: his first southern soul concert, on a bill headlined by Jeter Jones July 9th in Houston. 

By the way, C. Jones wasn’t the first to record a “Mr. Willy” song. Lomax recorded “Call Mr. Willie” prior to that. Although I haven’t been able to find it published for sale, the Lomax song was distributed by publicist Jen Weber and logged considerable air time from Texas to the Carolinas…..Finally…Think white southern soul singers are an impossibility? An oxymoron? (And we’re not talking Elvis here.) There was a time, around the turn of the century, when a white guy out of Nashville was played regularly on the black-owned stations of the Deep South. His name….Stacy Mitchhart. And I’m not talking about an exclusively white bluesman—because they’re a dime a dozen. I was listening to a digitalized version of an old cassette tape of mine recorded on a boombox around 2000 and there it was, “Turn Me On” by Stacy Mitchhart, played by DJ Outlaw at WMPR (Jackson, MS), sandwiched between Eddie Leon (remember him?) and Tyrone Davis (still gloriously alive at the time). “Things Have Changed was another popular tune by the International Blues/Albert King-Award Winner Mitchhart.…..Speaking of awards…Don’t forget. The Jus’ Blues Music Awards Conference takes place August 3rd-6th at Horseshoe Tunica in south Memphis.

— Daddy B Nice



May 8, 2022

TOP 40 SOUTHERN SOUL SINGLES

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

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

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

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

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



May 3, 2022

Daddy B. Nice News Alert!

WDIA MEMPHIS DJ BOBBY O’JAY HAS DIED.

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

April 20, 2022: News & Notes Update!

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



April 20, 2022: News & Notes News Flash!

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

April 18, 2022

Southern Soul News & Notes

The University of Illinois Press, the same publisher who brought you “Southern Soul Blues” by David Whiteis, has announced the upcoming publication of Music And Mystique In Muscle Shoals by Christoher M. Reali. Using oral biogaphies from original participants, the tome details the journey taken by record producers like Jerry Wexler and Rick Hall in shaping the sound that brought R&B legends like Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett and rock and roll icons like Paul Simon and The Rolling Stones to this little town in northwestern Alabama, equidistant from Memphis and Nashville…….In other print news, Heiki Suosalo reviews a new book on Atlanta Entertainment History by Libby Anthony in the latest issue of Soul Express…….DJ Sir Rockinghood—bless him—starts off his latest YouTube mix with two—or is it three?—versions of “Get It Mr. Willie,” also known as “Mr. Willie,” or “Screaming Willie,” or “Mr. No-No Willie”, the second most interesting song recently after King George’s “Keep On Rollin'”. The title confusion results from the fact that the song has still not officially been released by its super-shy artist, C. Jones...

Speaking of King George, there’s a rumor going round that Snoop Dogg recently signed a southern soul artist in correlation with his purchase of Death Row Records. Now that we know (or are pretty sure we know) that King George is (or was) a hiphop artist named Yung Holliday, (see Daddy B. Nice’s Mailbag) recording for the Too Short-affiliated record label Ace Visonz (the same label that publishes King George), doesn’t it make you wonder if he might be the artist who caught Snoop’s attention?…..Here’s another scrap of King George trivia. In the prologue to Jeter Jones’ new single and video “No Worries,” King George’s “Friday Night” is playing in the van…..R.I.P.….On a more somber note, Atlanta-based vocalist/drummer/keyboardist Lola Gulley passed away March 30th. Gulley was a former Wilbe recording artist, the organization headed by Grammy award-winning artist William Bell……Carl Haynes was surprised to see my office was in Boulder, Colorado. Haynes, who’s from Denver, owns the only Black-owned commercial station in Jackson, Mississippi, WRTM FM–Smooth Soul 100.5 FM.…….New albums out from Tyree Neal, Tamara McClain, Ricky White, Arthur Young, Unkle Phunk, Mose Stovall, King Fred…..Absent from the scene for a millenial’s “minute,” Sweet Angel returns with a new jazz-tinged single…..Sir Jonathan Burton is becoming the de facto best “cover band” in southern soul. Reference his latest single, a creditable send-up of “My Sidepiece,” and the one before that, “Tennessee Whiskey,” an ironic choice for a cover because it’s a country hit recycling an R&B classic (Etta James “I’d Rather Go Blind”)…..Finally, you know I’m going to keep beating the drum for King George until fans stop asking me about him or someone convinces me he’s not changing the face of southern soul. Remember, fellow artists! A rising tide lifts all boats! Here’s a snippet from Daddy B. Nice’s new King George Artist Guide:

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

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

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

— Daddy B Nice



April 3, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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



March 14, 2022

Daddy B. Nice’s News & Notes

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

…Zee’s BBQ in Clarksdale, Mississippi invites recording artists to submit their music videos to The Big Blues and Southern Soul Show on YouTube. E-mail mp3’s to zeesbbq601@gmail.com ….Calvin Richardson has withdrawn from a number of upcoming southern soul concerts. Check the Concert Calendar to be sure…. The Jus’ Blues Music Awards 2022 have been announced for August 3rd through 6th at Horseshoe Tunica (Memphis). Register at the Jus’ Blues Music Foundation. ….The Paul Nelson Band is playing a Johnny Winter tribute tour throughout Florida in the month of March. Go to Paul Nelson Band tour dates.….

Watch for new music from Nelson Curry, Rhomey, Till 1, Stephanie McDee, Mr. Frayser, J.T. Watkins, Hummin’ Boy, Uncle Gymini, Leroy Allen, Urban Mystic, Evette Busby, Tamara (aka Mz Hollywood) McClain, Jeter Jones, Cupid, T.K. Soul, Mr. Nelson, Ms. Robbie, Pat Cooley and Sheila B. Sexi….. After a long absence the Jous Band is back with a pair of new singles….Early-aughts recording artist X-Man Parker (“Two Birds,” “Suga Bear”) is back with a new batch of songs under the title/name Royal Crown.….Finally, William Bell and his label Wilbe Records are seeking testimonials (i.e. recollections of the first time you heard the song, the way it made you feel, or perhaps who or what the song reminds you of) for their Video Lab Series on YouTube. The next premiere is Monday, April 11th at 7pm (EST) featuring William Bell & The Total Package Band performing “Easy Comin’ Out (Hard Goin’ In)” Live! If interested, please send Video/Audio submissions (whichever you prefer) in MP4 format to: wilbepromotions@gmail.com by March 30th.

— Daddy B Nice



March 5, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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



February 14, 2022

Daddy B. Nice’s News & Notes

Happy Valentine’s Day, and may the object of your affections reciprocate!….For those who may have missed it, mixtape maestro DJ Sir Rockinghood has assembled a special YouTube mix of the Jay Morris Group’s “Knee Deep” and “Knee Deep Part II”. Smack in the middle (immediately after Zee Brownlow’s imitation of Lenny Williams’ iconic “Oh-oh-oh-oh-ohhh,”) is an entire voice-over (talking) verse by Lenny which Williams fans will go into raptures over. The entire nine-and-a-half-minute opus is quite possibly the penultimate expression of the Jay Morris Group’s phenomenal musicality and harmonizing….

Ever since 2020’s “Nose Wide Open” songs—the first by Magic One (pronounced “Magic Juan”) and the second by Benito & Lady Q—I’ve been on the lookout for prior references in southern soul music to the slang phrase “nose wide open”. Here’s one I just found: none other than Willie Clayton from 20-25 years ago, singing “You got my nose wide open”….The song? “I Love Me Some You.” (On the YouTube link, it comes in at the 4:55 mark.)….Speaking of Willie Clayton, European music critic Heikki Suosalo continues his in-depth retrospective of the legendary balladeer in Part 2 of the “Willie Clayton Story (1993-2002)” in “Soul Express” magazine. The piece includes commentary by the late Pat Brown, the head of Ichiban Records John Abbey and the singer-songwriter Frank-O Johnson.….“Living Blues” magazine showcases “Old School Southern Soul” in its #274 issue (Sep/Oct 2021), including features on Billy Ray Charles, Sam Mosley and R.L. Griffin.….Sweet Nay’s debut album “Good Vibes,” including no less than three singles from Daddy B. Nices current Top 40, is has just been released, as has Nelson Curry’s (the Sugar Shack Man) new collection, “Evolution Of Soul”….A new online radio station specializes in southern soul: WBSSRadio — The Best N Southern Soul / Soul Blues & Zydeco on the RadioMGA.com platform….

Klay Redd is featured on Fox Friday, a “divorce court” show, and the YouTube video has already amassed as many views (100K-plus) as his novelty single “Chicken Wang,” which won Daddy B. Nice’s Best Club Song of 2021. Here’s the description of the televised conflict: “Sarah says her boyfriend’s entertainment lifestyle is driving a wedge between them. Klay says as a singer songwriter, he works with female clients but he’s not cheating. Sarah believes Klay is entertaining other women at his “home” studio. She says she found another woman’s clothes at his home. Klay says he’s not cheating, etc.” The Klay Redd story begins about 45 seconds into the video….

Last but not least, some reportage and commentary from the X-rated fringes of southern soul music, the land of four-letter words (“blow, shit, fuck,”), the songs you don’t get to hear on your favorite southern soul radio stations….Remember Champagne’s controversial Best Female Vocalist of 2019 for “(Let Me Put My) Mouth On You”? Songwriter/producer Highway Heavy has taken the original, explicit video offline. That would be the one with Champagne reclining in front of the camera whilst describing a blow job—the same video accompanied by hundreds of funny, exuberant and mostly male comments. In fact, I’ve never seen so many men coming out of the woodwork congratulating a woman for “getting it right” while surreptitiously hoping their girlfriends or wives would pick up some of the tips in their own bedrooms. (Understand that when I say “explicit” I’m using the term from a music business perspective; from the porn industry perspective the video—with no flesh, no partner—wasn’t even soft-core.) Here’s the new, static, cleaned-up version, sans Champagne although the explicit lyrics remain intact…. One upside of the new video is that the listener can focus on the musicality and soulfulness of the tune, which is how I became so enamored with it in the first place (yes, really, haha!)—the smoky organ, the precise and intense guitar, the quality of the vocal). Highway Heavy isn’t the only one to pull back from the extreme fringe lately….

Bigg Robb tiptoed away from using the word “shit” in the title of his 2021 award-winning Best Song By A Longtime Veteran, “Grown Man Shhh”….On the other hand, Unkle Phunk recently put out a new remix of Carolyn Staten’s “Nukie Pie”. The new lyrics in the chorus are “This young buck / Say he want to fuck.”….Which brings me to a new song in the vein of Arthur Young’s “Funky Forty”. It uses the word “fuck” in such an apt and conversational and seemingly ordinary fashion that it may sneak or even charm its way onto radio platforms. It’s by a new artist named King George and it’s entitled “Keep On Rollin”. The lyrics in question concern a man who needs not one or two but three (!) women at the same time, and it goes like this: (I need) “One woman just to hold me down / One woman just to lift me up / And I gotta at least have one woman on the side / That really don’t give a fuck.”

—Daddy B. Nice



February 3, 2022

1/29/22: Winners Posted: Daddy B. Nice’s 15th Annual Southern Soul Music Awards! Click here!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 8, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



January 1, 2022

2021:The Year In Southern Soul

Pictured: Jay Morris

January came in like a lamb. Southern Soul concerts were few and far between. Musically, the dust was settling on Beat Flippa’s double album “Producer Of The Year,” and Big Yayo’s “Electric Cowboy,” two strong efforts. Kicking off the new year were Jaye Hammer’s “It’s Jaye Hammer Time” and Jeter Jones’ sampler “Fish Grease Friday,” produced by Ronald “Slack” Jefferson and featuring (among other artists) a host of new and younger-than-usual talents in R&B Pooh, King South and JD. Pokey Bear ruled the singles charts with a new single, “Excuse Me,” along with Cadillac Man, who released his best single to date, “Southern Soul Woman”.

February, with Valentine’s Day, saw an uptick in mid-level touring. Willie Clayton and others, however, were still doing “virtual” concerts. Crystal Thomas released a rare vinyl recording, “Now Dig This”. Arthur Young released another new album, “A Trucker’s Blues,” and Jeter Jones dominated the singles charts with “Love You Down” with JD and “It’s About To Go Down” with Billy Cook. Stevie J. Blues reprised “All Because Of Me” and Hump Dog reprised “The Crawfish Song”.

March welcomed in strong debut albums from Slacktraxx artists Volton Wright and Tasha Mac, and Wright’s disc in particular spawned a trifecta of harmony-rich singles: “Southern Soul Girl” with T.K. Soul, “Supa Woman” featuring J.D. and Jeter Jones and “Circles”. Rapper Joe Nice, assisted by Sean Dolby, scored the #1 Single with a remake of the Lynn White standard “Take Your Time,” and the tune would go on to seize #1 in Daddy B. Nice’s Top 25 Singles of 2021. The first of many mega-sized, Blues Is Alright Tour-type concerts starring Sir Charles Jones, Pokey Bear, Lenny Williams, Calvin Richardson, Theodis Ealey and Bobby Rush—the 14th Annual Motor City (Detroit) Blues Festival and the 15th Annual Chi-town (Chicago) Blues Festival—were cancelled. National Public Radio’s Morning Edition recognized a new book detailing southern soul’s legendary Jackson, Mississippi record label, “The Last Soul Company: The Malaco Records Story” by Rob Bowman.

April commenced with more big concert cancellations, including the popular Spring Fling in Mobile, Alabama and the 14th Annual Shreveport, Atlanta and Indy Blues Festivals, but mid-level gigs continued to slowly rise, powered by Jeter Jones, Pokey Bear, Vick Allen, Terry Wright, Tucka, J’Wonn, Calvin Richardson, Big Yayo, Arthur Young, L.J. Echols and others. O.B. Buchana released his sixteenth album on Ecko Records, “Southern Soul Brother,” but it would turn out to be his last with the venerable Memphis indie label.

May found O.B. Buchana atop the singles charts with Nellie “Tiger” Travis on the ballad, “My Baby,” written and produced by Omar Cunningham, who also ushered in new artist Mr. Fredlo’s debut single. Cunningham, fresh off his first solo album in years, “Certified,” seemed to be involved in writing, singing or producing a major portion of the songs recorded in 2021. Meanwhile, the youngsters in the Jay Morris Group—Jay Morris, Zee Brownlow and KMonique—continued to gain acclaim with their hit song “Knee Deep” and their 2021 debut album, “Like Food For The Soul”. The best news, however, was the concert scene. Mother’s Day marked a turning point, with tour dates for that holiday proliferating across the South. By Memorial Day, southern soul artists had returned to stages in full force.

In June Avail Hollywood hit the road with musical sidekick DJ Trac, as did Wendell B, fresh off his album “Real Talk,” with his new label-mate J’Cenae, whose single “I’ll Be Down In A Minute” eclipsed anything done by southern soul women in the last two years. Bobby Rush returned to southern soul recording with a novelty hit by his booty-rolling, stage dancer Mizz Lowe. Also returning to the scene: Steve Perry, The Winstons, Mister Cotton, Willie B, Anita Love, and DeMond Crump, whose new ballad “Just Love Me” captured the #1 single spot. New artist Hisyde, fresh from his rousing duet with Avail Hollywood on the Beat Flippa-produced “Is It Ova,” dropped his debut album. His new single, “For Your Love,” was produced by Eric “Smidi” Smith, who was instrumental a few years earlier in transitioning Jeter Jones into southern soul. And Jeter Jones released his second album of the year, the 21-track “Trailride Certified Part 2”.

By the 4th of July, the southern soul concert scene was as busy as ever. The “living legends” gig in Monroe, Lousiana brought together veterans Lenny Williams, Latimore, Bobby Rush, Carl Sims, Ricky White and Stephanie McDee. Ms. Jody put out her fifteenth album on Ecko Records entitled “Cowboy Style”. A new artist stormed into the singles charts with a novelty dance jam called “Chicken Wang”. His name: Klay Redd. Sir Charles Jones put out a potent new album and single titled, “The Chosen One”. Stan Butler was active in the recording studio all year, but his best product might have been the mid-summer anthem “Down In The Kuntry” with talented, high-energy newcomer West Love.

August ushered in another new talent in the youth movement at SlackTraxx, T-Lyons (The Southern Soul Kid) with the aptly named single, “Young Thang”. Dexter Allen, Bobby Rush’s onetime guitarist, published a new album. The Jay Morris Group’s YouTube video for “Knee Deep” hit the stratospheric number of twelve million views. Dee Dee Simon wrote and 2 Buck Chuck produced Karen Wolfe’s most popular single of the year, “I’ll Leave The Light On”. Avail Hollywood dominated the month’s singles chart with his mid-tempo jam, “Dukes And Boots”. The Duchess Jureesa McBride returned with a new single, “All Men Ain’t Bad,” and P2K (formerly P2K Da Diddy) came back with a new album, “Pour It Up”. Touring was torrid, with Tucka and Pokey Bear in greatest demand. Sadly, in a year with otherwise very little loss of life in the artist ranks, the genre lost Maurice Wynn, whose song “What She Don’t Know (Won’t Hurt Her)” became a southern soul classic.

September typified one of the hallmarks of the year: the emergence of the younger generation and its audience. “Young” not as in T.K. Soul or Sir Charles Jones (now the “mid-generation”) but “young” as in twenty-or-early-thirty somethings (and T-Lyons may not even be that), a development that had been unthinkable a decade ago. So young, middle-aged and senior mingled as never before, and you had T.K. Soul sharing the bill with the Jay Morris Group, Karen Wolfe onstage with Dee Dee Simon, Bobby Rush live with Mississippi Hummin’ Boy. One of the youngest performers, Ra’Shad The Blues Kid, delivered two new albums—one southern soul, one blues. And among the elders, Bigg Robb, Sir Charles Jones and T.K. Soul all put out fresh (read “young”) new sets.

October marked the passing of Lexington/Tchula, Mississippi’s WAGR disc jockey Big Money—a larger-than-life radio personality—who died in an unfortunate car accident on one of his familiar country roads. And Miss Portia, one of southern soul’s youngest and brightest stars, passed away in the middle of the month from causes never made public. Ecko Records-affiliated singer/songwriter Gerod Rayborn released his first solo album in a decade and Miss Lady Blues went bluesy in her LP “Moe Better Blues”.

November saw Dee Dee Simon’s “Winter Is Coming:A Southern Soul And Blues Queens’ Christmas” sampler portend the holiday season. The album featured Simon and a host of young southern soul divas who took their music on the road. Roi “Chip” Anthony made the transition from the zydeco circuit to the chitlin’ circuit with a new southern soul album, “Leo King”.

December brought Daddy B. Nice’s Top 100 Countdown: New Generation Artist Chart to a total of fifteen artist guides (so far), updating rankings for the new decade:

15 Ronnie Bell
14 Karen Wolfe
13 Bishop Bullwinkle
12 Jay Morris Group
11 Bigg Robb
10 Ms. Jody
9 Avail Hollywood
8 Jeter Jones
7 Wendell B
6 J-Wonn
5 Nellie “Tiger” Travis
4 T.K. Soul
3 Tucka
2 Sir Charles Jones
1 Big Pokey Bear
See the Chart.

…And, as if to add an exclamation point to the “year of the youngsters,” the Jay Morris Group released their sophomore album, “Long Story Short,” fulfilling the promise of their first.

–Daddy B. Nice



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