Daddy B. Nice's #61 ranked Southern Soul Artist
"Booty Talking (w/ Big Yayo)"
Listen to Dave Mack & Big Yayo singing "Booty Talking" on YouTube while you read.
February 1, 2014: CHART CLIMBERS 2014!
Dave Mack and his hit Southern Soul song with Big Yayo--"Booty Talking"--debuts at #61 on Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 21st Century Southern Soul Singles, and Mack climbs from the 96th-ranked artist to the #61 ranked artist on Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 21st Century Southern Soul Artist Countdown.
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"Booty Talking" ranked number three (for the year) on Daddy B. Nice’s Best Southern Soul Songs of 2012 and went on to enjoy prolonged success in 2013. The song won two Southern Soul RnB awards:
Best Club (Uptempo Dance) Song: "Booty Talking" by Big Yayo featuring Dave Mack
Best Collaboration: "Booty Talking" by Big Yayo and Dave Mack
Facts about "Booty Talking"'s release:
"Booty Talking" has been an underground record, but now there is an official video and the song can be purchased. "Booty Talking" is part of a collection of songs released by Big Yayo and Dave Mack on the Mabrey label in August of 2013:
Southern Soul Supestarz Big Yayo & Dave Mack Presents The Party Starters
"Booty Talking" can be downloaded as an mp3 single.
Listen to Dave Mack & Big Yayo singing "Booty Talking" on YouTube.
Daddy B. Nice's
TOP 25 SOUTHERN SOUL SONGS OF 2012
3. "Booty Talking"----------------------Big Yayo featuring Dave Mack
Jackson, Mississippi performer Dave Mack finds the hard-charging song he was meant to sing in this "Planet Rock"-derived jam. Big Yayo is the new Bigg Robb, a synthesizer-savvy producer who brings out the best in Southern Soul's emerging stars, as he proved with LaMorris Williams on "Impala" and Stevie J on "Because Of Me."
Daddy B. Nice's Original Critique:
I don't think I've ever been as nonplused by a song as I was by Dave Mack's "13 Days," which first appeared on Jackson, Mississippi's radio station WMPR in the autumn of 2004.
Did I like it? No way. Few revampings of classic songs have offended me more. Mack slowed down the tempo of Smokey Robinson's "The Tracks Of My Tears."
If anyone else remembers real turntable records any more, it was the equivalent of taking the speed down from an old 40's era 78 rpm to the 45 rpm of a 50's-60's single.
And that wasn't all. Mack drained all the soft, stylish, top-forty-geared beauty and romance from Robinson's ballad, replacing it with a harsh, bluesy sound. He changed the key, rendering his message in a minor-sounding chord structure that took all the blues in "Tracks Of My Tears" and presented them in an unremittingly bleak arrangement comparable to Ann Peeble's "I Can't Stand The Rain."
Listen to Dave Mack's "13 Days" on YouTube while you read on.
Well, your Daddy B. Nice is here to tell you that was a long time ago. I've heard "13 Days" so many times since then that I no longer hear Smokey Robinson. And as I've become accustomed to the song, so have I made peace with Mack's taciturn tenor, which I've belatedly grown to appreciate for its strength, simplicity and honesty.
"People say I'm the life of the party,
Because I tell a joke or two.
They don't know that my heart's really breaking
And it's all because of you."
I'm not sure that Smokey Robinson has ever come to terms with this slow-motion-horror-house version of his classic, but as Dave Mack branches out into his personalized version--
"I'm sitting at home
By my telephone,
Waiting for a call from you.
I can't be strong.
I can't move on.
What the hell am I gonna do?"
--an amazing residue of genuine despair disseminates like a fine but potent mist. The more you hear it, the more "13 Days" cuts a legitimate notch in the bluesy side of contemporary Southern Soul.
The other factor driving Dave Mack's regional popularity is the competence of the supporting tracks on his "13 Days" CD. Although the album is comparatively slim, totaling eight tracks, one or two of which are reprises, the CD's six or seven base songs are virtually hype/filler-free: solid, substantial songs of a texture with the title track.
"Something Just Ain't Right" is a raw but catchy slice of authentic rock and roll, and "Part Time Lover" is an impressively evocative ballad.
Listen to Dave Mack's "Part Time Lover" on YouTube.
"Swing Out" is another rocking jam, lifted by Mack's always believable, rough-cut tenor.
"Save Some Of Mine" is a blues rant, intense and punkish in attitude, and another tune in which the vocal is at first off-putting but on repeated listenings credible and even to some extent appealing.
Dave Mack has never recorded another album, nor to my knowledge another single. And yet, by the strength of his music on 13 Days and the air play it continues to rack up years after its release, not to mention Mack's steady regional gigs and his propensity for mixing (he's often photographed with Southern Soul luminaries), Dave Mack remains a viable chitlin' circuit act.
--Daddy B. Nice
About Dave Mack
Davie R. McCullum (aka Dave Mack), the son of Willie & Ruby McCullum was born in 1978 in Jackson, Mississippi. His first and only CD, 13 Days, was published in 2005 on the Mabrey label through CD Baby.
Song's Transcendent Moment
(From 13 Days)
If You Liked. . . You'll Love
If you liked Johnnie Taylor's "Good Love," you'll love Dave Mack's "13 Days."
Honorary "B" Side
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