Daddy B. Nice’s Top 10 “BREAKING” Southern Soul Singles
TOP 10 November 2021
1. “Grown Man Shhh”—–Bigg Robb
The first verse sums it up: “I got a good woman/But I don’t think she understands/All that I go through/Being a dark-skinned man.” You can tell it’s from the heart, and nobody has a bigger heart than Robb. The production, complete with soulful female background, is exquisite, as is Robb’s vocal and voice-over.
2. “You Didn’t Want What You Had”—–Gerod Rayborn
The opening bars’ deep, trilling, organ chords announce you’re in store for a rant, and that’s what you get—a stirring, vintage-style weeper/scolder reminiscent of Percy Sledge, Otis Redding and James (“The Dark End Of The Street”) Carr. Read Daddy B. Nice’s 4-star CD review.
3. “Bone Of My Bone”—-James Bryant
A love song as heartfelt and masterfully-sung as the work of recently-discovered R.T. Taylor.The song also features what I used to call “cheesy programmed horns,” a fixture of southern soul records in the late nineties and early aughts. Even the great T.K. Soul’s “Try Me” had them.
4. “Keep Moving On”—–Dexter Allen
This is a great single by the blues man. Leather-belt vocal, live instruments (especially those drums!) and valuable worldly wisdom dispensed.
5. “Somebody’s Been Talking Too Much”—-Gerod Rayborn
Another, more Tyrone Davis, side of Gerod Rayborn from his new I Love My Blues CD. This one’s a kinky, domestic slice-of-life with an exotic, far-Eastern, musical fillip tiptoeing through the instrumental track.
6. “I’m Not Going Nowhere”—-M.P. Soul
If you’re into southern soul, you’re used to double negatives. You wouldn’t want it any other way—it wouldn’t sound right. Rousing tune and vocal wrapped up in an unmistakably L.J. Echols production.
7. “Crazy Fool”—–Big Yayo
8. “Freight Train”—–B. Dupree
This is a reissue (re-mastered) from an artist who last charted on Daddy B. Nice’s Top 10 Singles in 2007.
9. “Take You Home”—–The Night Affair Band
Another spectacular cut from the unheralded band Daddy B. Nice spotlighted at number-one last month (October).
10. “Pacifier”—-Sweet P.
Denzel Dante, who recently debuted on these charts, apparently manages Sweet P.
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