Daddy B. Nice’s Top 10 “BREAKING” Southern Soul Singles Preview
1. “Cowboy Ride”—–Stan Butler aka Deacon Low Down
This is an incredible song, with a new persona and new vocal style for Stan Butler, a joy to hear and watch. “Cowboy Ride” is this year’s “Black Horse” (Best Mid-Tempo Song 2018 by Jeter Jones).Halfway through, a vaguely eastern musical motif is tossed into the mix like an exotic fish into a gumbo.
2. “Boss Queen”—–Stephanie McDee
Give Stephanie McDee a tough singing assignment and an acoustic guitar (brilliantly wielded by Tyree Neal, who also graced last month’s #1 by Champagne and Highway Heavy), and Steph’ is unbeatable. Reminds me of her bluesy riffing–again with Tyree–on “When I Step In The Club”.
Listen to Stephanie McDee singing “Boss Queen” on YouTube. (Scroll through the first 2 minutes and fifty seconds of talk to get to the song proper.)
3. “Girls Night Out”—–Karen Wolfe
This new single from Karen Wolfe is published by Sweet Success Records, not Anna Coday’s label.
4. “So Damn Good”—–Sheba Potts-Wright
5. “I Like Da Way, Pt. 1”—-Itz Karma
6. “Ready”—-Lady Soul
7. “He’s Giving Me The Eye”—–Zelda Thomas
A southern soul debut–simple and direct.
8. “Rockin’ Chair”—–Charlesia Jones feat. Charles Jones III.
The mix and production are sketchy, but the reason to watch this video of Gwen McCrae’s oft-recorded and sampled “Rocking Chair” is to watch Sir Charles’ fascinating progeny, especially his look-alike son. Daughter Charlesia’s lead vocal is sweet. From Sir Charles new compilation, Sir Charles Jones & Family, Vol. 1.
9. “For My Ladies”—–Miss Portia feat. Cupid
10. “I Could’ve Stayed At Home”—-J-Fitz
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