Daddy B. Nice’s Top 10 “BREAKING” Southern Soul Singles Preview
TOP 10 March 2020
The iconic bass line from the two-decade-old anthem begins like a gorgeously-prolonged instrumental with heavenly-sounding live horns and mouth harp (the vocal an unfortunately-truncated afterthought). This is the sound of the King of the Chitlin’ Circuit–the last of southern soul’s older generation–making it on the nation’s highest stage.
2. “Grown Folks Step”——Karen Wolfe
Karen Wolfe redoes Willie Clayton’s “Wiggle In The Middle”. And nope! We southern soul steppers never, ever tire of “two steps to the right, two steps to the left”–it’s all in the style. Produced by Gary and India Wolfe, Karen rocks like never before.
3. “Do You Wanna Party?”—–R.T. Taylor feat. Jeter Jones
4. “I’m An O.G.”——David Brinston
From David Brinston’s new albumof the same name, “I’m An O.G.” blends great guitar work by John Ward with one of David’s inimitable vocals.
5. “Bothered”—–Highway Heavy feat. Dave Mack & Miss Portia
Miss Portia delivers a primer on how to sing southern soul: no histrionics, technique invisible. Her exquisitely natural vocal merges with the passion of Dave Mack, who has left Jackson, Ms. for Baton Rouge and the creative vortex that is Highway Heavy’s Pinky Ring family.
6. “Love Thyself”——Poka Jones
Sunny and irresistible debut by a rapper who captures the perfect southern soul tone as he negotiates a little “to the left, to the right” stepping of his own.
7. “I Just Wanna Ride”—–Tasha Mac
Produced by Slack, “I Just Wanna Ride” has all the charisma and appealing modesty of early rock and roll. Tasha Mac looks and sounds like the new Big Cynthia.
8. “Southern Soul Nation”—–Ricky White
9. “I Ain’t With It”—–Itz Karma
Karma’s double-tracked choruses go down as sweetly as southern-style lemonade. From her Slack-produced album, Karma: Unleashed. Read Daddy B. Nice’s 4-star CD Review.
10. “(Whole Lot Of Bills) In My Name”——Highway Heavy feat. Johnny James and Pokey Bear
More southern soul from the dark and empty, early-morning streets of Baton Rouge.
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