Daddy B. Nice’s replies to Southern Soul fans’ letters

December 27, 2023:

RE: “News & Notes: Fame-Seeking Songwriters


I really enjoyed this article. While our name is “Blues Critic” we are no longer critics but I just got to add that Omar Cunningham is the Bruce Springsteen of Southern Soul. “Check To Check”, “I Get By”, “My Life” and other songs are some of the most outstanding songs this genre has to offer. They are the truth. Southern Soul isn’t just gimmick songs about sexual prowess, side pieces and slide/shuffle jams. There’s some real songwriting gems too. To hear Mr. Cunningham-a former black child sing “There’s a lot of things I had to do without/I still find it hard to talk about” is just as devastating as it can get. Devastatingly gorgeous..

Blues Critic LLC



December 14, 2023:

Thank You Letters

Dear Mr. Nice,

thanks for your answer to my email and your tips as to where to find more Southern Soul stuff on the www., and who to look for.

As far as my comment on the synthetic claps on the second and fourth beats are concerned, I figure they’re also a style element of a lot of Southern Soul music and have to do with the economics behind the “down home” recordings. Sometimes they even almost sound like human claps anyway. Like in Adrian Bagher’s “If Heaven Had A Phone”. What a beautiful song about family. And the line ”I got a pocket full of quarters, but it don’t work that way” … well, it gets me all kinds of sappy.

One part of the Southern Soul style that I appreciate is the (almost) complete absence of profanities. That’s the poetry of the old style blues stuff; innuendo that says all you need to know without going into detail or having to use expletives. Bobby Rush is a master of that kind of stuff. I’m not at all adverse to trash language myself, but using four letter words four times in every sentence?

BTW, my compliments on your redesigned site. Your writing and the portrait gallery are as good as ever. And the reviews are as interesting and informative as in the past (man, you sure don’t pull any punches). Maybe I’ll finally get around to visiting my people in Louisiana and East Texas to check out some of the joints you mention and to cruise the back routes in the company of soulful tunes coming from an AM radio station.

Thanks for all the work you’re putting into informing the world of the music in Southern Soul.


Meeka Meeka

Hello Daddy B Nice,

My name is Meeka Meeka and I’m just reaching out to thank you!!! I am EXTREMELY honored and humbled for you recognizing my song “DO IT RIGHT” And Making it #9 in your Top 40 of December, and also making it #9 in your Top 10 “BREAKING” Southern Soul Singles. I APPRECIATE YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!! Thank you ! Thank You!!! Thank You!!!

I can’t wait to have the pleasure of meeting you! Lol!!! And also can’t wait to see a portrait drawing of me one day!! That is so dope how you do that! I love it

Thank you again! You are much appreciated.

Meeka Meeka



November 1, 2023:


King George on the Football Field, Sunny Ridell in Film, DJ Sir Rockinghood’s Thank-You-DBN Mix, Updating Booker Brown, Vel Omarr & Equanya, Elderly Gent Looking For Old School

Just Wanted To Share This Witcha!!!

Hello Daddy B. Nice…..

This is DJ Marvelous Marc (Southern Soul DJ on YouTube), I came across this and wanted to share this with you….it’s Southern University’s Human Juke Box Marching Band homecoming halftime performance starting at the 3:22 mark in which they’re playing King George’s Keep On Rolling. Have a nice day and thanks for all that you do to keep bringing Southern Soul to the forefront!!!!!

Watch/listen to Southern University’s Human Jukebox Homecoming 2023 Halftime Show, featuring King George’s “Keep On Rollin'” at the 3:22 Mark.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hey thanks so much for sending this, Marvelous Marc. The HBCU band choreography on the football field preceding George was dazzling. I thought they were going to end up in a pile of bodies in the middle of the field. And what a real-world statement that King George has broken through another culture barrier for southern soul music, namely academe.


Sunny Ridell Song

Dear Daddy B. Nice,

I’m writing to seek permission to include a portion of Sunny Ridell’s song, “Snap, Crackle and Pop” in a short documentary I am making with the living family of Robert Johnson. It’s a 28 min. film we hope to share with festivals, blues organizations, and public television. I am a filmmaker who use to live in Crystal Springs, and I am making the film as a volunteer contribution to the foundation’s mission to promote blues history in the Copiah County region.

Thank you for your response to my request, and thank you for upholding Ridell’s legacy on your website.

Kind regards,

Samantha Davidson Green

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks for your kind and generous query, Samantha. I’m always glad to give some much needed exposure to little known yet beloved Delta musicians like Sunny Ridell. However, I’m not qualified to extend the kind of permission you’re seeking. That can only be done by the copyright owner. You say you’re only using a portion of the song and very few southern soul artists, writers, producers or heirs resort to litigation over such minor usage. However, you never know. Such usage could result in legal redress, and the fact that it is a film does raise the profile somewhat. I would encourage you to search for the copyright owner and get the permission in writing, and if that fails, to seek advice from an attorney specializing in musical entertainment. (There are such in the Jackson MS, Memphis and Nashville areas, among others.) I hope this helps, and apologies for the slow response.


DJ Sir Rockinghood Dedicates A “Thank You” YouTube Mix To Daddy B. Nice

Pictured: J-Wonn

I feel you need a Big Thank You, from your peers. You have pushed this thing called Southern Soul for over 18 years and people are just hearing about you now. I want to thank you and dedicate my next mix to you my friend.

Thank You for Keeping it Southern Soul,

DJ Sir Rockinghood

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thank you so much, Sir Rockinghood, I really appreciate it.

DJ Sir Rockinghood replies:

My pleasure! …

DJ Sir Rockinghood Presents: Thank You For Everything Southern Soul Mix.


What happened to them?

Hi Daddy B Nice!

I just read your latest column. (“News & Notes” on Daddy B. Nice’s Corner October 20th: Whatever Happened To???…)
I can tell right away that at least
– Booker Brown – Booker Brown Interview | Soul Express

and Vel Omar – Deep Soul February 2015 feat. Vel Omarr | Soul Express
are still active and performing.

Also a couple of others, but I can do the research only a bit later.

Best regards

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Good to know, Heikki. I’ll post that. As chance would have it, right after writing I also heard Equanya featured on the bill last week for a Crystal Springs show in a radio spot aired in Jackson, MS. (DJ Ragman, WMPR).


Elderly Gent Looking For Old School

Pictured: Syl Johnson

Good evening. My friend is an elderly gent and he’s looking some music old school. Isley Bros, Smokey and guys like that. Can you please assist with a number or website? We searched but couldn’t find it?. He would greatly appreciate it. Thank you and have a great weekend.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

You realize that a lot of people would think you’re putting me on? Right? You must be on the Internet because you’re visiting my website. There are some 900 pages, each with a navigation bar with indexes to musical artists, many of them old-school. Of if you prefer, there’s the greatest musical innovation of this era: YouTube. It beckons like a musical paradise, and once you enter the gates (clicking your favorite artists) the algorithms take care of everything, delivering a steady diet of your favorite old-school. And if you want to buy, well, you type your desire in the …oh, you are kidding. Right?



October 23, 2023:

Dukes & Boots

Hi Daddy B Nice,

What does “dukes and boots” mean? It’s everywhere and I don’t want to appear stupid asking my friends. It’s like when I was a little kid and people gave me the middle finger. I didn’t know what it meant and I was afraid to ask.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hah hah! “Dukes & Boots” is short for “daisy dukes and cowboy boots”. The phrase has grown popular with the emergence of the trailride-blues movement in southern soul championed by Jeter Jones, embracing cowboy/horse culture. Jones’ “Black Horse” laid the template. “Daisy Dukes” is the current term for women’s frayed, cut-off denim shorts. Put the “dukes and boots” together and you have naked legs from boots to very near the chosen land.

Actually, “daisy dukes” has its source in an old and once very popular comic strip by Al Capp titled “Lil’ Abner”. Lil’ Abner was a big, strapping, hillbilly boy and his girlfriend was a stunning, Marilyn Monroe-type blonde named “Daisy Mae” who could barely keep her bounteous stuff in a skimpy top and a torn, crotch-tight pair of bikini-sized denim shorts. Seventy years later, it’s a southern soul craze. Watch out for those middle fingers, Artie!

Watch a song video of women in “dukes and boots’ dancing to Avail Hollywood’s “Dukes & Boots”. 



October 13, 2023:

Quick Hits

PicturedRonnie Bell

I’ll Pay the Shipping Cost


I am a DJ in Austin, TX and my crowd really loves this song. Any chance there’s an instrumental version on CD or vinyl? If so, let me know the cost and where to purchase it.

Thank you.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Interesting. So they slow dance to it? Line dance?

Nahhh on the instrumental, as far as I know, although you never know what pops up.

RE: Billy “Soul” Bonds

If you were to report about someone’s passing at least do a little research and spell his hometown correctly…it’s BISCOE, ARKANSAS.. not “Brisco”–Thank you

Corey Bonds

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thank you. Sorry. My condolences. DBN

Listen to Billy “Soul” Bonds singing “Every Time My Neighbor Walks His Dog” on YouTube.

Looking For A Song

It goes…. If she could beat me rocking / She could have this rocking chair….


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hah! Finally an easy one. At least for me. That’s Lady Redtopp singing “Part Time Lover,” which happens to be the #1 Single this month (October ’23). Actually, that particular phrase is an homage to Vick Allen’s song “If They Can Beat Me Rockin’,” written by Omar Cunningham.


Looking for Top 40 Lists & Subscriptions

where can I find more of the Top 40 Lists on your website?


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Just scroll down the Daddy B. Nice’s Corner page for more “Top 40 Singles” lists.

H.O.M.G. replies:

i was only able to see may-aug 23 list
i would like to have the last 4 yrs where to get list
also it’s been very hard to get southern soul music, is there anyway to buy variety like top 40 list or more on a monthly subscription or anything you know of, usb only or download

Daddy B. Nice replies:

I’ve only been doing the Top 40 charts for a couple of years, and like many of my archives there is just so much stuff I can cram into the 700-some pages already posted on the website. You should delve into the Top 10 charts (not to mention all the other pages), which I’ve been doing since 2005. They are listed in the Navigation Bar under “Best of (Year)…. Subscriptions… No, I don’t do that. You’re asking for what I don’t have and, unfortunately, ignoring all that I do have.





September 15, 2023:


(Daddy B. Nice Defends Southern Soul’s Lack of Literacy)

Hiya. Love your site.

I’m looking for lyrics to “Pregnant again” by Adrian Bagher from “Willing and Able” but can’t find them anywhere.

As a side note…I’ve had a hard time finding lyrics for a lot of southern R&B soul in the past. Why is that? You’d think to put up a site with your latest album with the lyrics would be a stone simple and cheap thing to do but yet…few in this genre do it. You can search for lyrics for popular songs (even more mainstream blues songs as well) and find lyrics all day long. But not much in this genre. Wouldn’t cost anything really. Shame.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks for the question, Greg. Yes, it’s true that southern soul musicians don’t put as much time into the packaging and memorialization of their creative work as do recording artists in other genres, yet it wasn’t always so. I have an entire spare bedroom with chests of drawers bulging with CD mailers and promotional packets I used to accumulate—the point being that no one in southern soul does that kind of thing any more. Lyrics, biographies and even CD’s/albums with informative liner notes are a rarity for southern soul’s younger generation.

I couldn’t make out all the words to this month’s #1 single “Auntie Outside Tonight” until I happily algorithmed upon “Auntie Outside With Lyrics,” and I assume you already know YouTube is the place to find southern soul lyrics (if available).

However, when you say it wouldn’t be difficult for artists to create a website to feature lyrics—well, that depends. Tech savvy varies, as does the financial wherewithal and the time required. And when you wag your finger figuratively in judgment and say, “Shame,” it implies that writing about the song after the fact is just as important as writing, producing and performing the song in the first place. No way!

Imagine if King George had recorded “Keep On Rollin'” and became so self-absorbed in transcribing the lyrics for fans and packaging it on a website that he never got around to recording “Too Long”. (See the demented writer Jack Nicholson plays in “The Shining”.) Inspiration is fickle. It trumps all other concerns.

Today’s southern soul is a cauldron of creativity similar to classic mid-20th century Top 40 radio. Everybody’s in the chase for “Who’s got the next big hit”? It’s all about the music, the sounds coming over the speakers. It’s all about what’s new. Or from the artist’s perspective, “What can I do next?” Nobody wants to take the time with the kind of chores you take for granted. That’s left for scribes and drudges like yours truly.





September 1, 2023:

Thank You Letter

Daddy B Nice

I recently discovered King George on Deezer and I was searching out some reviews and found your site. I tend to lean towards straight ahead blues but I love classic/soul, R&B, Jazz/Blues, gospel, etc (ie: Little Milton, Bobby Blue Bland, a fair amount of Joe Williams these days, etc) so I searched YT for some videos and was floored when I saw what a big following King George garnered in such a short time. Great stuff.

Yours is one of the only websites I’ve found that discusses the crossover of the form—and how there’s really no one classification for it these days. Unfortunately the blues circles I travel in (I play blues harp/sing at jams) here in the Boston area would never consider listening to King George or Sir Charles Jones. Hard enough to even get them to listen to some Jimmy Rushing or Joe Williams.

Again, thanks for the website. I bookmarked it—I find it a good resource to discover some of the newer artists I’m not familiar with.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Much appreciated, Eric. The gulf between what the South considers contemporary blues (southern soul music) and what the North considers contemporary blues (legacy, tradition) has never been greater. Heads would spin in the Northeast if they knew half a million people from Texas to the Carolinas will be attending southern soul concerts this Labor Day Weekend. See Concert Calendar. I’m an old Manhattan clubber and I consider the black audience in the South the hipper audience.





August 8, 2023:

Where Can We Buy Music?

Pictured: Bigg Robb

Hi there,

Where can we buy music on your site?

Tony & Antonia

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Here’s a recap of pages to buy music:

CD Store

This is the best source to find vintage music over the past two decades, although many CD’s are out of print and many sellers no longer exist.

Top 100 Countdowns


Artist Guides

Pictured: J-Wonn

These are the best sources to buy music by a specific artist. In the Top 100 Countdowns the buy-music links are located in the left column. In the Artist Guides they are located in the right-hand column under the title “Recommended Singles”. There are 3 Top 100 Countdown charts and there are hundreds of Artist Guides.

CD Reviews

This is another source to buy currently-reviewed music by selected artists.

There are many other opportunities to buy music throughout the website’s hundreds of pages, but these are the best sources.

Tony & Antonia reply:

Thank you so much. They say people aren’t buying music but we do and we want it for our own! Love your website.




July 13, 2023:

Looking For Soul Radio Stations on the WWW

Pictured: John Cummings

Hello Daddy B

Max Ruse here. I’ve been doing a radio show on a local station in Bonn Germany since 1994. The show is produced on a voluntary, non-profit basis but broadcast by a private radio station (under the regulations of the state in which the station is located)

Anyway…the show focuses on “Blues, Rhythm and Blues and Related Tunes”. and I refer to your website a lot as a source for information on southern soul music. I noticed that you refer to some good southern soul radfio stations in the US.
Do you know if any of those can be heard on the www? If so, I would be very grateful if you would be kind enough to pass along a few of their call signs.

Thanks in advance.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Pictured: Big Cynthia

The first and most obvious source to check on this website is the Links page. Not many websites feature “link” pages any more. I still think recommending other websites is a valuable resource, but I will admit I’ve stopped updating the page as the years continue rolling by. These days I spend more and more time on YouTube where their algorithms for my southern soul tastes dispense a plentiful source of new music that just keeps giving and giving. The internet is also replete with deejay mixtapes devoted to southern soul music.

Having said all that, at this very moment I’m listening to my favorite land-line radio station (WMPR, Jackson, Mississippi) on the Web and enjoying the same deejay (DJ Ragman) who began schooling me a quarter-century ago. The best times to listen to WMPR are 12-6 pm week-days (Central USA time), when you’ll catch “Rag” and fellow deejay Handyman. Memphis (WDIA) and Mobile (WDLT) are historically strong stations for southern rhythm and blues, but these days most of it is pushed into the weekends.

Don’t hesitate to beat the bushes for the come-and-go small stations playing southern soul on the Net. That’s half the fun. The South is teeming with them. For example, I was blown away by a Macon, Georgia deejay a couple of weeks ago. In addition, there are people like Cassie Fox and Rojene Bailey who do syndicated shows and deejays like DJ Haynes who do special web shows.

Daddy B. Nice




Feedback, comments, information or questions for Daddy B. Nice?

Write to:

July 3, 2023:

Looking For a Concert

Hi Daddy B Nice,

We love your southern soul coverage. Please settle an argument my friend and I had over the past weekend (June 10th). She insists she saw Millie Jackson, Chick Willis and Denise LaSalle all together at a Medgar Evers Homecoming Concert in Jackson Mississippi on this very weekend (before it was called Juneteenth) in 2011. As a concert-going resident in those days I insist that particular trio never appeared together. Do you have any concert records going back that far?

Thanks again for all you do,

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Brianna,

Yes, I do. Your friend is right. Here’s the entry.

Saturday, June 11, 2011. The Room, 421 Woodrow Wilson Ave, Jackson, Mississippi. 48th Annual Medgar Evers Homecoming Celebration. Lebrado, Lina, Chick Willis, Millie Jackson, Denise LaSalle, Walt Love, Pat Brown, Dennis Fountain, Doctor Dee.




July 3, 2023:

Southern Soul YouTube Videos

Pictured: Floyd Taylor

Daddy B Nice,

My name is Larry and I have a youtube channel called “Spiritual Soulful Syndication”. This channel features a number of blues and southern soul video moments that I videoed over the years working with a concert promoter. Below are some youtube links to some of the videos. I would love for you to share these on your blog. I know that your audience would love to see these. Subscribe to my page because there are more videos soon to come so feel free to post my videos on your blog anytime. Keep my email in your file as well.


Who is the King of Southern Soul?
Sir Charles Jones and Mel Waiters

Johnnie Taylor sings with son Floyd Taylor.
Johnnie Taylor and Floyd Taylor

Never-Before-Seen Footage: BB King and Bobby Blue Bland’s Final Concert
B.B. King and Bobby “Blue” Bland

Blues Legends: Theodis Ealey & Latimore Perform Together LIVE
Theodis Ealey and Latimore

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thank you, Larry, and congratulations to you for filming the videos. I’ve never forgotten the Mel Waiters/Sir Charles Jones “Who Is The King Of Southern Soul?” video, and I’ve actually seen them all. Your message brings back fond memories and I’ll post the links for the readers.




June 1, 2023:

THANK YOU LETTER: Stephanie McDee Facebook Post Dedicated To Daddy B. Nice



Daddy B. Nice replies:

Brought tears to my eyes as well!

See Stephanie McDee #28 The New Generation Southern Soul.

Listen to Stephanie McDee singing “Let Me Take You There” on YouTube.




May 25, 2023:

Frank Lucas

Hi Daddybnice,

Just ran across your site. We may have communicated a few years ago. I was looking at the time to get back in touch with Frank Lucas. I just saw on your site a posting that Frank may have passed away a year or two ago. Darn, that’s a shame. I really wanted to get back in touch with him. I and my partner produced and arranged a couple sides with him that we released back in 1978 or 79. I still have the 2″ master tapes that I would have loved to have gotten to him. If you know someone from his family, pass along my email address, and I ‘ll talk to them about getting the masters to them.


Michael Francis

Daddy B. Nice replies:

By happy coincidence, Michael, I just heard Frank Lucas singing “Good Thing Man” on the radio courtesy of my favorite deejay, DJ Ragman. Frank Lucas (the famous gangster) died a few years ago, making people think Frank “My Singing Ding-A-Ling” Lucas had passed. Subsequently, one of my readers reported Lucas the southern soul singer had indeed also gone on. This is what you probably read in the Frank Lucas artist guide, although that report has never been confirmed. I don’t know of any regularly-touring southern soul singers who knew him. Lucas was a fringe artist who made it in the southern soul market with his novelty hit, but little else is known. For that reason alone, I’ll post your letter and see if it stirs the pot for posterity. The previous letter-writer, for example, was familiar with friends or relatives of Lucas who would be interested in your largesse.

Listen to Frank Lucas singing “The Man With The Singing Ding-A-Ling” on YouTube.



May 25, 2023:



I am looking for a very old album (artist Steve Perry), he use to have a album maybe early in the 2000’s the name of the song I am looking for is (Party All Night Long) can you help

Daphne Steadman

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Daphne, I checked all of the usual places for Steve Perry, beginning with my own two artist guides Steve Perry #74 on the Original Top 100 Southern Soul (1990-2010) and Steve Perry #37 on the 21st Century Southern Soul (2000-2020). I checked the music sellers (including Apple), Perry’s “topic” page on YouTube and my own southern soul music archives with no results for “Party All Night Long”. I’m sure you know that Perry’s brand was severely eclipsed by the rock star of the same name, Steve Perry of the band Journey. And his albums, which are meticulously documented in the “About The Artist” section of 21st Century guide, will give you some clues (for example, “Party All Night Long” was released on the 2002 album SHE CAUGHT ME (Bluesland)). However, the albums had scant production and exposure. You need to talk to old-school types or watch the Concert Calendar for one of Perry’s occasional if rare live appearances, where you might be able to question the man himself. I’ll also put your query in Daddy B. Nice’s Mailbag in case any of my readers can help.



April 1, 2023:

Thank You’s, Looking For A Song, Looking To Book

Stephanie McDee wrote:

Here is my new song called “We Love Our Southern Soul”. Can you let me know when you receive it?

Stephanie McDee followed up:

Hi, how are you doing? Can you let me know your feedback?

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Awww it’s not fair. You never give me any feedback to MY feedback….!

Stephanie replies:

Heyyy you’re daddy b nice you don’t need feedback you’re the expert my feedback is nothing compared to yours. When daddy b nice speaks it’s the law in Southern Soul, it’s nothing else to be said after that plus everything you wrote about me I love it and I thank you so much for making me female vocalist of the year. That’s one of my biggest highlights since I returned back to Southern Soul coming from you, because you know past history of my music career going on 30 years when I was coming up with Jackie Neal and her father Raful Neal. Thanks again for all that you do for me, I truly appreciate it!!!


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Awww, you got me smiling. There for a minute I didn’t know if you were reading my stuff! I haven’t gotten to that song but you know I will!

See Stephanie McDee: Best Female Vocalist 2022.

Listen to Stephanie McDee singing “Let Me Take You There” on YouTube.


Money Waters writes:

Daddy B Nice!

Thank you so much for the nominations & supporting Jus Epik and Money Waters new Southern Soul hit “Country Girl”. If you need anything (drops, promo, etc) just let us know,

again thanks

Daddy B Nice replies:

Just send music to

Listen to Jus Epik and Money Waters singing “Country Girl” on YouTube.

See Best of 2022: #6-ranked Song of the Year “Country Girl” by Jus Epik & Money Waters


Looking For A Song:

Daddy B Nice,

First let me thank you for all the southern soul databases over the years. I DJ and you always help me stack my playlist and appreciate all you do.

Now I hope you can help me out with something. DJ Melvin is playing 2 songs that I can’t find anywhere.

T Marvin – Watch Ya Self
Mr David – Sugar Daddy

If you have any information, record label, correct song title, etc or where to buy would be greatly appreciated.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

I’m going to be honest. I haven’t had time to search for this song, but I’ll put it out there (in the Mailbag) to see what the readers have to say.


Re: Booking For Event


Are you available April 22, 2023 to play a private party at our venue?

What is your rate?

Thank you,

Daddy B. Nice replies:

You have me confused with the splendid and gutsy performers I write about. We writers are miserable wretches with soft-spoken voices that can’t carry across a jail cell much less a club venue!


March 13, 2023:

Thank You Letter (which leads to Avail Hollywood “Conversating” With Daddy B. Nice)

Re: Avail Hollywood #10 The New Generation

Number 10 is the bottom of the Beginning the top of the last’s … one would normally frown upon my Endeavor’s & Culturely Influencing This New Game of Southern Soul but not me I’m proud of what you consider to be your chart…. first off to you: the Wonderful Daddy B Nice.. Thanks through out the years of keeping up with the name AVAIL HOLLYWOOD I know it ain’t been easy because I probably have the biggest catalog in southern soul not only just for me— I have wrote and recorded legends-to your best acknowledges it means the world to me!?? if I could rate you I would rate you next to superb … not superb but next to it, but you are Definitely A Great Force of the Southern Soul Community!

I remember it like it was yesterday, some of my peers told me: NO JEANS, NO BASEBALL CAPS AVAIL!! Why does he wear shades, and cut the sleeves off his shirts, and what’s with the big CIGAR, During that time of 2008 every one singing Southern Soul wore Suits and the ladies wore dresses,…

You can’t use those RNB / HIP HOP bass lines in southern soul — he’s deluding Southern Soul… lol remember this Daddy B “IT JUST AINT NO SOUTHERN SOUL IN AVAIL HOLLYWOOD ” I loved that first article you wrote on me..

Then it was his show is to Nasty, Don’t curse, and his shows have too many show lights on stage and you don’t need stage smoke ?? for your performances LOL! NoW LOOK AT THE NEW GENERATION OF SOUTHERN SOUL. I FREAKING LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! They do all this and more!!!

This new wave of TikTok is a blessing, it has definitely gave artist a chance that before now wouldn’t have had this opportunity to be in front of the masses… in the same sense is the way I used facebook when I started, WHEN I SAY I HAD TO GET IT OUT THE MUDD I DON’T SAY THAT LOOSELY ..

…LET ME SAY THIS MY FANS HAS KEPT ME ALIVE I LOVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART you just don’t understand how good they have been to me!!!…my god!!

IVE NEVER STEPPED FOOT ON THE BLUES IS ALRIGHT TOUR, NORE THE SPRING FLING AND THESE ARE THE SHOWS THAT HELP KEEP SOME OF MY CONSTITUENCES RELEVANT -in 15yrs of being in this Game.. I’ve always said those crowds are set crowds and a TICKET OF THE TOP TEIR ARTIST IN THE GAME — when you are one of the highest paid, and can last 15years and still pack houses like I, with out the help of big Annual shows really speak volumes — & and out of your top TEN IM THE ONLY 1 that hasn’t been on any of southern soul’s biggest platforms! It’s not to bost or to pump my chest like Tarzan!!
Lol which you know I love to do!…. KING!!!!!!

It’s just to show other artist you don’t have to be listed among the top TO REALLY BE THE TOP … GOD IS EVERYTHING

I LOVE YOU MR B NICE, keep doing your thang????

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Another blast! Thanks for checking in. You’re not alone among Top 10 New Generation artists not being invited to the Blues Is Alright Tour. Neither have Wendell, Jeter, T.K. and before this year when he finally broke in, J-Wonn. Can I post this?

Avail Hollywood replies:

I make no mistake when I tell you—- They have all in your TOP 9 New Generation— been apart of the BLUES IS ALRIGHT TOUR. OR Either THE SPRING FLING!! And that’s not a bad thing at all—THATS A GREAT THING IN MY EYES and they all ROCK!!

But I have not NOT either 1 and up until now I’m very much proud of that fact!!! But! One would think based off my remarks that I’ve never been invited—. Lol let me tell on myself -unfortunately I have, I was asked two years ago about the Spring Fling – but after being in the game 10 years and just now being asked… I thought to myself what’s the point …. Lol Maybe I was just in my feelings- what u think DADDY B?? LOL Feelings?? and I forgot to mention, maybe I asked for a lil to much Cash too!

Again this is not to tare down anyone of my soul brothers or sisters because I’m proud of everyone’s contribution to this thang we call southern soul — I just thought it might be a penny for your thought… and maybe it might inspire an up and coming artist- THAT THE GREATs Have OBSTACLES TOO! And yes u can post this!! Don’t have me writing all this for NOTHING MAN!!!

Daddy B. Nice replies:

My thought on that (the Blues Is Alright Tour) is you should call Julius and tell him, “I’m ready, man.” And work with him on the fee. The national exposure to be gained is tremendous! You’ve got the “jewels”. Don’t get bashful at this late date. Show those “jewels”!

Avail Hollywood replies:

You are 100% right Daddy B I just might do that!, Lol u know I hate admitting when you are RIGHT, just Kidding MAN… I have nothing but respect for the BLUES ALRIGHT as well as the SPRING FLING they both are absolutely beautiful as well as the TRI STATE that showed me mad love over the years! But you know I’m a SOUTHERN SOUL Renegade have and always will be. I LIKE THAT – IM START USING THAT southern soul renegade a*k*a* The King of Grownfolks Music Lol! Don’t get me started man! As always Good talking to you brother!



March 1, 2023:


Artist Ben Ether

Hello and top of the day to everyone at Daddy B. Nice. This is kelvin Austin AkA/Ben Ether. I’m trying to contact the person that lists artist music on the site. Here are my latest singles

How Do I Get on daddybnice charts

Hello daddybnice.

My name is Ben Ether. Im Host of The BluzBox with Ben Ether on KQPN 730am here in memphis on mon-wens-and Fri from 11am-2pm. And on WMQM 1600am our sister station every Saturday morning 11am-2pm. I’m an Artist also. Southern Soul/Blues & R&B. Hey can you guys please add me to the daddybnice charts. Or what do I need to do do to get on the charts. Im being played in a lot of places and I have solid online presence. Anyways here’s 2 of my songs in this email,, and 2 more in a separate one.. that have been played a lot all over the place. Ok thanks and I look forward to hearing back from you.
Thanks in advance.

How do I get my music on your charts

Hello this is Ben Ether, I’m an artist from memphis. I’m trying to get some of my hits on daddybnice southernsoul/blues charts. What criteria is needed for me to do that
Here are some of my songs. I’m already being played on quite a few radio stations.

Song from Ben Ether

Please add me to the charts
Artist name-(Ben Ether)

Daddy B. Nice replies:

I’m going to post your series of letters in the Mailbag, Ben, not to chastise you for blowing up my email (although that notion did cross my mind) but to make it worth my time in answering by including others who’ve sent me similar letters. So if at any time you feel like it’s a “scold,” please bear with me. By the end you’ll realize I’m telling you exactly what you want to know: what happens behind the scenes en route to the charts.

Are you asking me for a favor? The only reason I ask is because you already know how to submit your songs. You’re emailing ’em in.

Nope, can’t do that. Everybody’s treated the same. Because once it gets here it’s not about the people who made the music. It’s about the music. It’s about what we hear.

The thing to remember is there are approximately one hundred(!) new southern soul tunes submitted each month, and some we run down ourselves. That’s stiff competition. And to keep sending in a couple of your tunes for the better part of a year is to bang your head against the wall. Many of your fellow artists are sending in a dozen or more newly-minted songs in the same amount of time. If you don’t see your singles in the Top 10 or Top 40 in two months—three months at most—they didn’t make the cut.

(By the way, one of those two Ben Ether songs did make the charts. June 2022.
….37. “(Gotta Get To) My Baby’s House”—Ben Ether

I even wrote you a note, so I’m puzzled by that.)

But here’s how the process of selection works. We use our ears. And we don’t just concentrate on a song once and then move on. We use what I call “random repetition”. Each song that makes the initial “cut” (approximately fifty total) goes into the current playlist for the upcoming month, and that playlist runs on “shuffle” for at least two weeks, running while we’re doing all sorts of other work. It’s similar to listening to the radio or some app, the key ingredient being never knowing what you’re going to hear next.

The key is the repetitions and the randomness. It’s amazing how the ear tells you, “That is a keeper. I want to hear that again.” Or, conversely, “I’m getting tired of hearing that already. Not as good as I thought.” Gradually, as the first of the month nears, a smaller playlist, one with the best songs, emerges (“Daddy B. Nice’s Top 10), with the runners-up spilling over into the “Top 40”.

—Daddy B. Nice

See Daddy B. Nice’s Corner for the “Top 10 Singles & the “Top 40 Singles”.



February 5, 2023:


What’s up Daddy Nice?

Don’t know if you remember me from Peoria, Illinois, but I’m the one who introduced you to the song Mr. Willy about a year ago. Anyway, I have tried to no avail to get a copy of the song Mr. Big Stuff by Evette Busby. Can you by any chance send a MP3 copy of it to my email? If not, do you know where I can get a copy? I’d like to get it as soon as possible.

Thank you so much sir. I check out your top songs on a regular basis.

Happy New Year!

Dewayne Harris

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Yes, “Mr. Willy” became one of the top songs of the year. See Best Of 22. Thank you.

On the Busby single….did you try contacting Malaco Records?

Dewayne replies:

Actually I did contact Malaco Records last week, but they had no release date information.

I heard the song before Christmas and thought it would be out by now.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Here’s a Malaco Records promo for Busby’s “Mr. Big Stuff”.

Dewayne replies:

HERE IT IS. Finally found it. Check it out!

Listen to Evette Busby singing “Mr. Big Stuff” on YouTube.


Daddy B. Nice notes:

Stephanie McDee currently resides on Daddy B. Nice’s Top 10 Singles for “the first notable cover song of the year”. (“Girl You Got It,” a King George cover). It looks as if Evette Busby has the second.

Listen to Evette Busby singing “Mr. Big Stuff” on YouTube. (New video posted February 3rd).

Listen to Jean Knight singing the original “Mr. Big Stuff” on YouTube.



January 9, 2023:

Thank You’s, Looking For Songs, etc…


Daddy B Nice,

All I can say is “Thank You”
Your piece on Omar Cunningham leaves me at a loss for words!!
I’m more excited to see you’re still writing, your eye-sight must be better? I pray that it is. I’m not ready for Daddy B Nice to go away.
Thanks again and please keep in touch

Kim Cole

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Kim Cole compiled the impressively-long list of southern soul singles written by Omar Cunningham featured this month in Daddy B. Nice’s Songwriter Supreme.

Year In Review…


Your “year in review” is eagle-eyed on target. Cheers.

Blues Critic

Daddy B. Nice notes:

King George. It was his year…


Jaye Hammer

Good morning,

I’m looking to purchase a copy of Jaye Hammer’s album, work it on me. Any help would be very appreciated. Thank you.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sure. I’m going to walk you through the steps I’m taking. First I go to Jaye Hammer in the index, then to his artist guide, where I look in the right-hand column with the CD record visuals. As I continue to scroll down the page I find “Work It On Me” and click the hyper-link to “Buy”. Oh no! The page (Amazon) has been replaced by another artist’s album. It was too long ago, I’m afraid, Hammer’s first and long out of print. I’m assuming you’ve already checked Apple and the usual suspects. Ecko Records would have it but Hammer wasn’t with Ecko yet. And often the artists themselves can’t place their early work. About all you can do is monitor E-Bay and the rare record sites.

Daddy B. Nice

Music or Lyrics?

Hey Daddy B Nice!

As someone who’s constantly “judging music,” I want you to settle an argument between me and my friend. What is more important to the success of a record, the music or the lyrics?

Daddy B. Nice replies:

It’s all in how you define your terms, but if by music you mean the instrumental tracks and vocals, and if by lyrics you mean the words and themes…the music. Of course! I never knew what Mick Jagger was talking about in “(Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” and after enjoying “Jukebox Lover” for the better part of a year I still don’t what Tucka’s talking about. Granted, I don’t listen that closely. That’s because I’m having such a great time with the music. The exception, of course, is certain super hit singles like King George’s “Keep On Rolling,” Pokey’s “My Sidepiece,” Nellie Travis’ “Mr. Sexy Man” and Theodis Ealey’s “Stand Up In It,” where the lyrics take the songs to entirely different and stratospheric levels. But even those lyrics wouldn’t have seen the light of day without the music to make people stop and listen.



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