Daddy B. Nice's #54 ranked Southern Soul Artist
"I'll Still Love You"
Composed by Ricky White
May 25, 2014:
Scroll down to Tidbits #3 to read Daddy B. Nice's new CD Review of Ricky White's SEXY.
See the Ricky White video of "Sexy" (with T.K. Soul) on YouTube.
May 19, 2014: NEW ALBUM ALERT!
Sample/Buy Ricky Whites new (2nd) compilation (with other artists) CD: RICKY WHITE PRESENTS: COMBINATION 2.
May 19, 2014:
See Daddy B. Nice's analysis of Ricky White's MAJIC CD: New CD Reviews.
December 7, 2013: NEW ALBUM ALERT
Sample/Buy Ricky White's new MAJIC CD.
See Daddy B. Nice's #3 "Breaking" Southern Soul Single for December 2013 on Daddy B. Nice's Corner.
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.
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.
Song's Transcendent Moment
"If we live for
RICKY WHITE: Majic (CDS) Four Stars **** Distinguished Effort. Should Please Old Fans And Gain New.Shot into orbit around Planet Southern Soul by his 2013 signature smash single "Sexy"...
See Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Review For DECEMBER 2013: #3-ranked;
...Ricky White's new Majic CD consolidates the distinctive tenor's claim to wider recognition on the ever-expanding chitlin' circuit. With lyrics like...
"Turn that thing around.
Drop it to the ground."
"Make it nasty.
Work that sexy."
...White leaves little doubt that he's delving into an unabashed celebration of sexual love. And in the unlikely event there remains a sliver of uncertainty on that point, White's video with T.K. Soul and two twerking dancers practically pasting the two stars to the studio walls with their posteriors effectively eliminates any confusion.
See the Ricky White video of "Sexy" with T.K. Soul on YouTube.
Mixing his natural (and--in the past--occasionally superficial) flamboyance with a hard-earned and well-calculated musicality, Majic finds Ricky White returning with his most finely-honed, mid-tempo Southern Soul sound to date.
While there is nothing on the collection to match the emotive romanticism of White's 2009 masterpiece, "I'll Still Love You," sometimes referred to as "The Wedding Song"...
Listen to Ricky White singing "I'll Still Love You" on YouTube.
...the set more than makes up for it in its seamless quality and sound.
In addition to the slinky, mid-tempo charisma of "Sexy," the Greenville, Mississippi-born native turned successful Arkansas restaurateur and southern soul singer/songwriter shines on the mid-tempo "Jook Joint" (complete with artist shout-outs) and the engrossing ballad "Let Me Ride," with the very able female background of Tanya Youngblood.
Listen to Ricky White singing "Shake" on YouTube.
The dance jams "Shake" and the "Ricky White Shuffle" segue from the slower tracks with a consistency of sound (chirpy synthetic horns, Otis-like vocal tics and well-fleshed-out rhythm sections) that encourages multiple plays.
Among the slow to mid-tempo stand-outs are the Tyrone Davis-influenced "If You Don't Want Me" (although White's vocal timbre couldn't be more different) and "Casino Blues,"....
"Sometimes you win,
Sometimes you lose."
...which has a romantic quotient far greater than its mundane, playing-the-slots theme.
"Freaky Lover" begins with an Isleys-style guitar solo but quickly resolves into the synthetic wash of keyboards and brass that permeates the album as a whole, while the percolating "Blues Is All Good" (once again with terrific back-up by Ms. Youngblood) gradually reveals itself as a reiteration of Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean."
In his 21st-century artist guide to White, your Daddy B. Nice wrote:
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 vocal power. 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.
MAJIC fulfills those specifications and more. With all the music on the collection self-written and self-produced, the collection is highly-recommended.
--Daddy B. Nice
Read Daddy B. Nice's 21st-Century Southern Soul Artist Guide to Ricky White.
Sample/Buy Ricky White's MAJIC CD.
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."
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