Ricky White

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"I'll Still Love You"

Ricky White

Composed by Ricky White


December 7, 2013: NEW ALBUM ALERT

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Daddy B. Nice's Original Profile

Ricky White's "I'll Still Love You," an old-fashioned love song, is as memorable as any number of great love anthems.

Listen to Ricky White singing "I Still Love You" on YouTube while you read.

In some of his media material Ricky White refers to "I'll Still Love You" as the "wedding song." The description isn't far-fetched. One can readily imagine the ballad accompanying the walk down the aisle.

"I'm so blessed
To have someone like you.
So sweet,
So warm,
Your love so true.

I never thought
I'd have a woman
Like you in my life.

I thank God every day
For a woman like you."

The lyrics have the ardor of nuptial vows. White has a distinctive tenor, and he presents the verses with a simple, unschooled sincerity reminiscent of Stan Mosley's superb slow jam, "Rock Me."

The arrangement features programmed horn charts over a tinkling, xylophone-like keyboard line. Synthetic strings wash over each verse like mild waves lapping a moonlit beach.

White slips between one and two-part harmonies through the body of the lines, giving the words a lush, comforting sound, switching back to a single voice or a fillip of singing voice-over for emphasis here and there.

Ricky White has a unique vocal timbre, an unvarnished, guy-next-door quality similar to Theodis Ealey and--at this point in time--maybe even a little stronger. As direct as the best country-western music, many of his phrases finish with a swirling, whiplash-sharp upturn that locks them into the memory banks of his listeners.

At this point in his career (the initial stage), White's unvarnished talent dominates his still-developing technique, lending not only "I'll Still Love You" but "Independent Woman" and "Come Back Home"--his three best slow jams--an across-the-board energy and power that over-the-hill artists relying on technique can't come close to matching.

On fast jams like his "Pop It, Then Drop It," "So Good To Me" and Pop That Thing," the listener hears the same bountiful excess of enthusiastic talent straining at the margins of each phrase. "Pop It, Then Drop It," is White's finest fast tune, utilizing a percussion track straight out of 80's disco house music and a creative brass accompaniment.

White's stage performances have already gained a reputation on the chitlin' circuit for razzle and dazzle, including unerring recreations of Michael Jackson's dance moves.

Listen to Ricky White, and watch his vaunted onstage dancing, while performing "So Good To Me" in a Lousiana roadhouse Live on YouTube.

Ricky's approach to material is still uneven and often derivative, by no means an uncommon trait of developing stars. For example, "Come Back Home," his duet with red-hot and iron-tough soul singer Betty Padgett, borrows its musical hook from Johnnie Taylor's "Running Out Of Lies," and the mid-tempo "Candy Man" steals its melody from Frank Lucas's "Good Thing Man."

On these lesser songs White's style comes off as a little too facile and formulaic. But on Sir Charles Jones-like ballads such as "I'll Still Love You" (from the Fully Loaded CD) and "Independent Woman" (from the out-of-print Mr. Juke Joint CD), White succeeds in burying his off-the-charts vocal dexterity into songs of admirable depth and authority, creating Southern Soul music that will endure.

--Daddy B. Nice


About Ricky White

Ricky White was born September 4, 1963 and raised in Greenville, Mississippi. As a teen in the 70's he performed onstage with the White Family Band, a family aggregration that played local venues in the Delta towns in and around Greenville.

Mr. Juke Joint, White's debut album, appeared on Brimstone Records in 2006, with the singles "Candy Man," "Independent Woman" and "Make A Choice" registering chitlin' circuit airplay.

Fully Loaded (Brimstone, 2009) arguably White's most representative album, spawned the Southern Soul hit single, "I'll Still Love You" in addition to the singles "Come Back Home," "Ride My Pony" and "So Good To Me."

Reloaded , White's third CD, was released on Brimstone in 2011, featuring the fast jam, "Pop It, Then Drop It."


Song's Transcendent Moment

"If we live for
For a hundred years,
I'll give you
The kind of love
You can feel.

I'll make all of
Your dreams come true.

You're my friend.
You're my lover.
Girl, you're everything I need.
I thank God every day.

I love you.
Honey, I love you."


Tidbits

1.

February 18, 2012: Ricky White on YouTube:

Listen to Ricky White, and watch his vaunted onstage dancing, while performing "So Good To Me" Live on YouTube.

Listen to Ricky White singing his ballad "I Still Love You" on YouTube.

2.

February 18, 2012:

(From Daddy B. Nice's Best Southern Soul Songs of 2008)

Daddy B. Nice's Top 25 Southern Soul Singles of 2008....

22. "I'll Always Love You"-----------------------Ricky White

What a ballad--easily a contender for "best of" any year. Ricky White has matured since his debut album of a few years ago. Southern Soul deejays gathered up this slow-weeper and held it close with an enthusiasm reserved for--say--J. Blackfoot or Sir Charles Jones at their finest. "I'll Always Love You" becomes Ricky White's "signature" song.


3.

February 18, 2012:

Link to Ricky White Records Official Website.


If You Liked. . . You'll Love

If you liked J. Blackfoot's "I'm Just A Fool," you'll love Ricky White's "I'll Still Love You."




EDITOR'S NOTE

Over the last year I've been dropping hints to the younger musicians.

"Be watching because there's going to be something coming on the site that'll be a real blessing for the younger people."

And I've also been telling a lot of deserving new artists to bide their time, that their day to be featured in a Daddy B. Nice Artist Guide was coming, and long overdue.

Now, at last, the day has come.

The great Southern Soul stars are mostly gone. There's a new generation clamoring to be heard.

Rather than waiting years to go online as I did with the original Top 100, this chart will be a work-in-progress.

Each month five new and never-before-featured artists will be showcased, starting at #100 and counting down to #1.

I estimate 50-75 new Artist Guides will be created by the time I finish. The other 25-50 Guides will feature artists from the old chart who are holding their own or scaling the peaks in the 21st Century.

Absent will be the masters who have wandered off to Soul Heaven. And missing will be the older artists who for one reason or another have slowed down, become inactive or left the scene.

The older generation's contributions to Southern Soul music, however, will not be forgotten.

That is why it was so important to your Daddy B. Nice to maintain the integrity of the original Top 100 and not continue updating it indefinitely.

(Daddy B. Nice's original Top 100 Southern Soul covered the period from 1990-2010. Daddy B. Nice's new 21st Century Southern Soul will cover the period from 2000-2020.)

When I constructed the first chart, I wanted to preserve a piece of musical history. I heard a cultural phenomenon I was afraid might be lost forever unless I wrote about it.

There will be no more changes to the original chart. Those performers' place in Southern Soul music will stand.

But I see a new scene today, a scene just as starved for publicity and definition, a scene missing only a mirror to reflect back its reality.

The prospect of a grueling schedule of five new artist pages a month will be daunting, and I hope readers will bear with me as I gradually fill out what may seem at first inadequate Artist Guides.

Information from readers will always be welcome. That's how I learn. That's how I add to the data.

I'm excited to get started. I have been thinking about this for a long time. I've already done the bulk of the drawings.

In a funny way, the most rewarding thing has been getting back to doing the drawings, and imagining what recording artists are going to feel like when they see their mugs in a black and white cartoon. Hopefully----high! An artist hasn't really "made it" until he or she's been caricatured by Daddy B. Nice.

In the beginning months, the suspense will be in what new stars make the chart. In the final months, the suspense will be in who amongst the big dogs and the new stars is in the top twenty, the top ten, and finally. . . the top spot.

I'm not tellin'.

Not yet.

--Daddy B. Nice

Go to Top 100 Countdown: 21st Century Southern Soul


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I'll Still Love You


CD: Fully Loaded
Label: Brimstone

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Fully Loaded


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Sexy


CD: Majic

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Sexy


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Sample or Buy Independent Woman by Ricky White
Independent Woman


CD: Mr. Juke Joint
Label: Brimstone

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Mr. Juke Joint


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Sample or Buy Come Back Home (w/ Betty Padgett) by Ricky White
Come Back Home (w/ Betty Padgett)


CD: Fully Loaded
Label: Brimstone

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Fully Loaded


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Sample or Buy Pop It, Then Drop It by Ricky White
Pop It, Then Drop It


CD: Reloaded
Label: Brimstone

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Reloaded


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Sample or Buy Candy Man by Ricky White
Candy Man


CD: Mr. Juke Joint
Label: Brimstone

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Mr. Juke Joint


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Sample or Buy Make A Choice by Ricky White
Make A Choice


CD: Mr. Juke Joint
Label: Brimstone

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Mr. Juke Joint


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Pop That Thing


CD: Reloaded
Label: Brimstone

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Reloaded


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Sample or Buy Ride My Pony by Ricky White
Ride My Pony


CD: Fully Loaded
Label: Brimstone

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Fully Loaded


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Sample or Buy So Good To Me by Ricky White
So Good To Me


CD: Fully Loaded
Label: Brimstone

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Fully Loaded


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Sample or Buy Stacked In Back by Ricky White
Stacked In Back


CD: Reloaded
Label: Brimstone

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Reloaded


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Sample or Buy Thin Line Between Love And Hate by Ricky White
Thin Line Between Love And Hate


CD: Fully Loaded
Label: Brimstone

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Fully Loaded


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