Daddy B. Nice’s Top 10 “BREAKING” Southern Soul Singles Preview
TOP 10 August 2022
1. “I’m Just A Country Boy”—–Country Boy
Raw, country-hewn, with an original and enthusiastic vocal, the debut of Country Boy would be auspicious even without his mates. But when those “mates” are T.K. Soul (whom I’m guessing is general producer) and Ronald “Slack” Jefferson (whom I’m guessing is studio producer), you’ve got a record for the ages.
2. “Somebody Gotta Leave”—–Carolyn Staten
Staten-ize me, Carolyn! Sock it to me! There have been other female “answer” songs to King George’s “Keep On Rolling,” but this is the one that delivers the toughest punch.
3. “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now”—–Jeter Jones, R&B Pooh & Volton Wright
Begins with hand-claps and minimal background, like an overly modest stepping song, but by the end the trio of Jones-Wright-and-Pooh have you clapping and singing along to a memorable anthem. From Jeter’s new collection, Da Legend Of Sweet Jeter Jones.
4. “Saddle Up (Remix)”——Jeter Jones, R&B Pooh, Volton Wright
Back to back Jeter Jones, who deserves the lion’s share of the credit for making trail rides and country life dominant themes in southern soul music in our time. And props to R&B Pooh for the zest and flavor of his falsetto, which makes both these tunes so special. Also our man Slack, a genius on those percolating keys.
5. “Water”——-Tye Prince Of Southern Soul feat. Sir Charles Jones
This song—performed and produced so well—could be a #1 in certain circles and formats (general or urban R&B, for instance). But here in the chitlin’ circuit it’s going to evoke some winces because it mercilessly ransacks the Staple Singer’s “Do It Again”. It’s so faithful it might almost have been better doing a cover. Let’s not forget Jones’ very first hit single, “Slow Roll It” (originally recorded by The Love Doctor), also raided “Do It Again” for its iconic bass line. Just saying…It’s hard not to think of these things.
6. “Nobody”—–Michael Carey
Speaking of general R&B, here’s a switch: an R&B singer—not a hiphop artist—trying out his southern soul chops like some latter-day Lenny Williams or Ricky White. Carey’s good too, although the YouTube views (so far) are perplexingly meager.
7. “I’m A Do It All Woman”—–Val McKnight
Val McKnight has a new album out on Ecko, Ain’t Nothing Like A Country Boy, and “Do It All Woman” is one of the finest and most convincing tracks.
8. “Louisiana Soulfood”——Cuznjed feat. Prince Hodge
This is a good example of how thorough and comfortable the use of rap has become in the culture of southern soul. The rap sounds more “southern soul” than a lot of conventionally-sung southern soul verses.
9. “Down In The Woods”—–Unckle Eddie
When you think of all the singer/songwriters dealing with (at worst) writer’s block and (at the least) with overly-generic, same-old-same-old, musical structures that scream “been there/done that,” you kinda wish they’d get naked, buckle up some triple-X overalls and go “Down In The Woods” with Unckle Eddie and his forest creatures for some bonafide inspiration.
10. “Good”—–Tina P. feat. Cupid
Cupid sends up a rousing vocal on this track by sweet-voiced new artist Tina P.
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