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A READER RESPONDS RE: HARDWAY CONNECTION


Dear Daddy

I'm happy to report that Hardway Connection are still very much an entity. They play every other Sunday at Lamont's in Pomonkey, MD and have some other tour dates:

6/27/15 -Manassas Va. Tommy's Place, 8910 Mathis Avenue, Manassas, VA
7/4/15 -North Carolina TBA
8/8/15- Carter's Lounge, Warrenton, NC (Gold Rock/Rocky Mount Exit off 95)
8/29/15 -Stafford Va. TBA

Noah Schaffer

RE: HARDWAY CONNECTION

Dear Daddy B. Nice,

I wondered if you could provide me with information on how to purchase CDs from Hardway Connection? I saw a video on you tube one in the morning DCBS New Years Eve party 2013 that I would love to buy. I love everything they do, if you could kindly send where I could purchase their music CDs.

Thank You,

Michelle

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sorry for dropping the ball on this, Michelle. I hope you have already found what you're looking for. However, in case you haven't, first go to Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Hardway Connection. Then scroll down the "Recommended Singles" in the right-hand column, where you'll find links to buy Hardway's two albums. HOT TICKET and SOUTHERN SOUL RUMPIN. If you find yourself in a similar quandary in the future, always go first to Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index and search for the links under the artist's name, including the Artist Guides, the CD Store and many other pages. You may also be interested in the artists Roy C and Jim Bennett. Roy C inspired Hardway, and Jim Bennett is an old band-member. As far as I know, Hardway Connection has disbanded.

Daddy B. Nice

RE: DVD'S

hi daddy

i was wanting to know if you knew of a site where I can buy live dvds of some of the southern soul concerts with various artist even the ones at festivals I can be reached at 336-....

Thanks

Ms. Nikki

Daddy B. Nice replies:

There aren't many for sale, Ms. Nikki, but the best place to search for southern soul DVD's is Amazon. The DVD that immediately comes to mind is Sir Charles Jones: His Life And Times, although it is generally regarded as a disappointment. A much more popular DVD is Live with the Candy Licker by (the late) Marvin Sease, Sir Charles's onetime mentor. Another well-received DVD is Shirley Brown/Denise LaSalle: Divas in the Delta Live in Greenwood, MS. You can find Johnnie Taylor, but not much that is more contemporary. Don't discount YouTube. Surfing some of your favorite artists and songs will bring up some remarkable performances.

Daddy B. Nice

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RE: SIR CHARLES JONES "COUNTRY BOY"

Daddy B

I'm trying to get a copy of Sir Charles - Country Boy

Aretha

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sir Charles said that "Country Boy" and some other singles of recent years would be on an "upcoming" album called GLOW, but he never released the album. When PORTRAIT OF A BALLADEER came out in 2014, many people expected "Country Boy" to be on it, but no--it contained all new songs.

See the official video of "Country Boy" by Sir Charles Jones on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Sir Charles Jones

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IN MEMORY OF MEL WAITERS


GRIEF

Dear Daddy B. Nice

I know you don't know me personally my nickname is Sunshine I Mel For years he became like a brother to me I'm so close I was stayed in Fort Sam like a little groupie every time I will get on the dance floor he would say Sunshine don't hurt them the more I would dance I knew all the songs that was going to be played I never miss the show and every time I would dance the guys would even drink more because no one can keep up with me on the dance floor I had a certain move that I would do And Mel just holla Sunshine don't hurt them. Before every show you would come to the table give me a hug kiss on the cheek and I say let's do this Mel..I've spent the last couple of weeks going over music watching his concerts on YouTube grieving I've lost so many To many I love him so much because of his Respect he always treated me my mom and my sister with nothing But kindness, The Last Time was at Sugar A and I Hugg him Told him I was getting Married He congratulations save me a big hug made a joke he said then what am I supposed to do you're my Dancer relax and I see whenever I see you again I'll come to another one of your concerts I said I love you Mel I love you. The Man said I was to marry was murdered leaving from midtown in 1997 I never went back to the club to this day and now I know that they are giving him a Tribute there I want to go so bad but I'm wondering if I can handle it I'm going to try my best to get there I really am even though I'm so far out here off of Marbach Road but I will try to get there because I feel in my heart Should. I Couldn't Make it to the Wake Hurts So Much. I know I Will not Be Able to Attend His Homecoming. Mel Waiters Thank You For Loving Me And my family With Respect And The Band Also And most Of All His Music. A Legend A Legend..Go Rest Now No More Pain.. One Love From Sunshine...

Sunshine (Tiny Yvonne)

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Dear Daddy B. Nice,

I was surprised and sad to learn about the death of Mel Waiters. Although he never came to Sweden (or Europe?), I had the great luck to see this outstanding performer four times on my trips to the States, the last time at the Dallas Blues Festival in February 2015. I interviewed him 2011 for Jefferson, and he made it to the front cover of this Swedish blues magazine, which I´m proud of.

Tommy Löfgren
Vallentuna, Sweden

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Mel Waiters.

See story on Daddy B. Nice's Corner.

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HARASSED CITIZEN SAYS GET THE PHONE NUMBER RIGHT, DADDY B NICE!



Karen Wolfe performed at the 5th Annual Byhalia Blues Show & Picnic over Memorial Day Weekend.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

I had a letter recently which I took to be a promoter complaining about a wrong phone # I posted in the Concert Calendar (right-hand column). Like the producer who wrote in a couple of months ago saying he’d produced Karen Wolfe’s “Man Enough” but wouldn’t offer his name, I assumed this promoter was being contrary in chastising your Daddy B. Nice and not giving out the correct phone number--instead insisting I go to the festival website and do it myself--and I struggled to reply diplomatically:

The reader writes:

Please note you have the incorrect number for the blues festival in Byhalia, MS this weekend. My cell number is listed on the website and I have received numerous calls wanting information.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

So why write me if you're not going to give me the correct #?

The reader replies:

I do not have the correct number. I am in no way affiliated with the festival nor did I know anything about it until I started receiving calls. I have received at least over 30 calls from people trying to obtain information. I would like you to remove my number from your website.

Ooops! It wasn’t a promoter….It was some hapless citizen whose number I unfortunately landed upon. Daddy B. Nice replies:

Oh, now I understand. I do apologize for the mistake, and I'll do that right away.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

I came away from the exchange with two thoughts. One, I shouldn’t work so hard, to the point where I lose my civility and normally positive attitude. (And maybe I'd get the phone # right.)

Two, wow! The Concert Calendar is getting some serious attention if one show is getting over thirty calls.

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LOOKING FOR A SONG LETTERS....."HELL TO THE NAW NAW NAW".....LATOYA REPLIES

Bishop Bullwinkle

I found out

thanx

Daddy B. Nice replies:

And thank you! I listened to this guy's song on YouTube and it blew me away. Watch for me to break Bishop Bullwinkle next week in Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Southern Soul Singles.

LaToya replies:

You are welcome and I sure will

Daddy B. Nice notes:

And to the readers, in the meantime, enjoy "Hell 2 Da Naw Naw" by Bishop Bullwinkle.

Listen to Bishop Bull Winka singing "Hell To The Naw Naw" on YouTube.

And....

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" Live Featuring J. Anthony Brown From the Tom Joyner Morning Show on YouTube.

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LOOKING FOR A SONG LETTERS...

..."hell to the nal the nal nal nal"...

Daddy

I'm trying to get a CD but don't know who sings the song but he says hell to the nal the nal nal nal

LaToya

Daddy B. Nice replies:

I don't...I'll see if anyone else knows.

Which reminds your Daddy B. Nice...

..."he caught me with the wrong drawers on"...

Help, readers. I am looking for the name of the artist who does the song "(He Caught Me With The) Wrong Drawers On". WAGR Lexington, Mississippi DJ Big Money has been playing this song, but he doesn't know either.

Daddy B. Nice

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RE: WHITES AT SOUTHERN SOUL CONCERTS....FROM "SOUTHERN SOUL MUSIC FLEXING ITS MUSCLE MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND"


Shirley Brown

Dear Daddy,

Allow me to make a comment on “Southern soul music flexing its muscles” – but not in whitey´s direction. I had this experience, when I spent two weeks in Texas in February. From Daddy´s concert calendar I read before hand at home in Sweden about the Dallas Blues Festival, so that was a natural for me to attend.

When I arrived in Dallas two days before the festival, nobody I met knew about it but (naturally) Bobby Patterson. No one of the white blues musicians and blues engaged people I had time to meet during these two days knew about it! Of course I´m accustomed to that advertising is only done at certain radio stations and such, so that was nothing new to me.

The concert was great, and of course I was not the only white person in the arena, but I don´t think we were very many either. The MC made good-natured fun of the Anglo-Americans who sat more up front than me. His closing comment was: “Hey, the white folks still here! We must have put on a pretty good show!”

Conclusion: If I had not known about the event before leaving Sweden, I could well have been in Dallas missing out on my favorite artists Shirley Brown, Latimore et al.

Tommy Löfgren
from back home in Sweden

Daddy B. Nice notes:

See Tommy Lofgren's SMOKESTACK BLUES website.

See the original article on Daddy B. Nice's Corner.

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A Reader Offers $1,000 for Arthur Foy's LOVE DREAMS/GET UP AND DANCE in mint condition!


Hi,

I was just reading your page on Arthur Foy. on Southern Soul RnB. I'm after a copy of the original vinyl pressing of the Love Dreams/Get Up and Dance record (MCS Records). Would you have a copy you'd sell? If not would you know anyone who does have it? Or would you even have contact info for Arthur himself? I know you mentioned that he's still active on the music scene but I can't find any contact details for him.

I'd pay $1000 for a copy with clean labels that's in mint condition.

Thanks for your time

John Roche

Daddy B. Nice replies:

I'll post this on the Mailbag page, John, and send you notice if anyone responds. Good luck. I love Arthur Foy's music.

Daddy B. Nice

John replies:

Thanks Daddy B Nice. Just to clarify though, it's the vinyl I'm after, not a CD.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Arthur Foy.

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NOTE: Ironically, while we were discussing southern soul's acceptance (or lack thereof) in Memphis below, the "Stax Music Academy Spring Concert: A Celebration of Southern Soul Music" was taking place Sunday, April 26th in Memphis's Overton Square. Before you clap, though, consider it was only from 4-6 pm and no live artists were announced. This note was posted just prior to the event's start at four. DBN.

DAVID WHITEIS ("SOUTHERN SOUL BLUES") DEFENDS MEMPHIS RE: DADDY B. NICE'S "FANS NEED TO WALK ON THE WILD SIDE, GET OUT OF THE AIRPORT HUBS."


Mr. Sam

Daddy B. Nice,

Well . . . I think you're being a bit rough on the Bluff City. Yes, the Beale Street-oriented tourist scene is both retro-minded and insulting to the heritage it pretends to honor. Nonetheless, there's still some "real deal" blues and southern soul going on around town.

On Friday nights, C.C.'s Blues Club on North Thomas features the Fade Band, a tight and eclectic show band that plays everything from "mainstream" pop to blues and southern soul classics. C.C.'s also sometimes books artists from the contemporary Southern Soul circuit; they've had Mr. Sam, Sheba Potts-Wright, and others -- not too long ago, I saw Terry Wright there, and he absolutely turned that place out. It was packed "wall-to-wall, back-to-back" and before the night half over, folks were dancing in the aisles and even on tabletops. Seldom have I seen a crowd so electrified.

Terry Wright

Wild Bill's on Vollentine has become kind of a generic tourist destination, but the entertainment there is often still very good. Ms. Nickki holds down the show, and she's a fine vocalist with a wide-ranging repertoire who should be better known than she is. She's there on Friday and Saturday nights. Vocalist Nate Dogg performs at various neighborhood venues on weekends, as well, although his shows can be difficult to track down if you're not based locally and in the loop.

On Sunday night, the generically named "Blues Night Club" at the corner of Lamar and Airways has an excellent session, part showcase for vocalists like Booker Brown, part jam session. I've seen folks like Karen Wolfe in the audience, as well. There are a few places in West Memphis that also feature blues and/or Southern Soul on weekends; I haven't had the opportunity to explore them yet.

So . . . don't give up on Memphis entirely!

David Whiteis

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks for the contrasting opinion, David. I'll post this weekend. I can't remember the last time a headliner artist played C.C.'s, though. I check the Memphis paper when I do research for the "Concert Calendar." You'd think the promoters in Memphis would want to get into that standing-on-the-tables enthusiasm for southern soul talent like Terry Wright. I wonder if Memphis has zoning or other municipal regulations that discourage events. Remember that Sweet Angel was often singing outside the city limits, at that place in Southhaven.

By the way, Clarksdale will be hosting a fabulous Mother's Day concert:

Saturday, May 9, 2015. Clarksdale Civic Auditorium, 506 East 2nd Street, Clarksdale, Mississippi. DJ D-Master's 4th Annual Mother's Day Blues Show. L.J. Echols, Mr. Sam, Jaye Hammer and more.

Daddy B. Nice

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RE: FANS NEED TO WALK ON THE WILD SIDE, GET OUT OF THE AIRPORT HUBS


Listen to Mel Waiters singing "Hole In The Wall" while you read.

Thanks, Daddy B Nice, for the informative article exhorting fans to get out into the countryside to see the real thing in southern soul music. I'm thinking of doing that with a friend this summer, but I have a couple of questions. I like to get airport tickets a couple of months in advance (for the best prices), but your Concert Calendar doesn't always have a lot listed two or three months out. Another issue is security. Do these "holes in the wall" have security? Last, how do you line up hotels or motels if you don't know where the concerts are going to be?

Thanks for your time in advance. You have a great website!

T.K. Tull

Daddy B. Nice replies:

I'll tackle your 1st and 3rd questions first, T.K. Concerts have become so prevalent in the last five years that there is hardly a weekend when you won't have options. I'd suggest a weekend when there is a fairly big or "hot" concert listed a couple of months in advance on the CONCERT CALENDAR. Make your hotel and car reservations for your hub city, usually New Orleans or Memphis. Book a hotel in the city for the first night, at the least, and maybe the last night before departure. Then, the last week or two before the big trip, really dig into the CONCERT CALENDAR. Lots of small gigs will be added. That's the time to book the small motels in the small towns, not before. There will almost always be rooms available on short notice.

Your question about security is one many people ask. First, in the Deep South, there is an "over-25" policy for virtually all of the southern soul clubs, meaning the younger (more volatile) element is not welcome. Second, even in the smallest clubs, there is strict security. Personnel pat everyone down carefully before entrance. If you go outside to smoke a cigarette, you have to get patted down to re-enter. Delta "holes in the wall" are much safer than big-city, hiphop-oriented clubs.

Hope this helps. Happy travels, T.K.

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RE: Omar Cunningham did NOT produce Man Enough. I DID!!! Ask Anna Coday....A READER RESPONDS

See Karen Wolfe Artist Guide

Listen to (and watch) the incomparable Karen Wolfe singing "Man Enough" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Hello,

In English magazine Blues & Rhythm #298 a producer and musician Robert Harris of Birmingham, AL, says he produced “You´re Man Enough To Leave I´ll Be Woman Enough To Let You Go”. Maybe that clarify things a bit.

Tommy Löfgren

PS More CD reviews, Daddy, please!

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks, Tommy. Will do.

Daddy B. Nice adds:

Tommy Lofgren is a founding member of Jefferson Blues Magazine.

Nobody brought it up, but I'll say it for them. Sure, I could have called (if I still had her #) or otherwise gotten through to Anna Coday, and I could have done it in the same time it took for me to write the "reply" letter. Come to think of it, I could have asked Karen Wolfe herself. But imagine getting two or three dozen e-mails like this a month, as I do, all assuming I should know all about the situation or take the time to research it. It's like throwing a thirteenth ball at a guy already juggling a dozen balls in the air, when just a little effort on their parts would make things so much easier.

DBN

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RE: CORRECTION

RE: Omar Cunningham did NOT produce Man Enough. I DID!!! Ask Anna Coday

(No text.)

Rob

Daddy B. Nice notes:

I always welcome corrections. Since I write on the cutting-edge of events, without the luxury of months or years to research everything, I occasionally do get things wrong. But I publish this letter to illustrate how bashful (?) and self-abnegating an alarming number of professionals in this business are.

Self-abnegation is defined as "the setting aside of self-interest for the sake of others or for a belief or principle." But there is no greater "principle" in this case.

Here the letter-writer obviously wants credit bestowed upon himself (as it should be), but he doesn't reveal the one thing that would make that credit happen, i.e. his name! He doesn't even send it through an e-mail address that can be responded to. Nor does he offer a single word of explanation in the form of a letter.

The source of the alleged mistake isn't clear, either. At first I believed the letter-writer was referring to a glowing singles review I did of Karen Wolfe's "Battery Operated Boyfriend," (#2-ranked January '15 Single), in which I mentioned that the composer, Omar Cunningham, also wrote "Man Enough." On checking, however, I did not use the word "producer." So I am still baffled.

Please, folks. If something is important enough to write in for clarification, take the time to make your case apparent and clear. Don't be afraid of tooting your own horn!

Daddy B. Nice

Listen to Karen Wolfe singing "(If You're) Man Enough (To Leave, I'm Woman Enough To Let You Go)" on YouTube.

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RE: MORE SOUTHERN SOUL RADIO WARS

"What yo name is (and why aren't they telling us)???"


Sheba Potts-Wright

Daddy B. Nice,

Why do so many radio stations and online outlets format their southern soul and/or blues shows to include multiple tracks in succession with no announcement of who the artists are? I'm sure that a lot of the queries you get asking you to identify a singer or a song are the result of someone hearing something on the radio that they liked, but had no idea who was singing it.

That happened to me in Memphis a few months ago. I heard a great-sounding ballad on WDIA sung by a woman whose voice sounded maddeningly familiar, but I couldn't place it. Imagine my delighted surprise when I acquired Sheba Potts-Wright's latest (long-awaited) Ecko CD and found that very song ("Stay With Your Wife") on it!

No telling how many sales Sheba has missed out on due to folks hearing the song on 'DIA and not being told who the singer was or what album it was from.

Program directors -- are you listening?


David Whiteis

Daddy B. Nice replies:

David, you may want to switch from WDIA Memphis to
WDLT Mobile, Alabama on All Blues Saturdays. They have a special app that lists all songs as they play, even if the live deejay doesn't mention them.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Whiteis is the author of Southern Soul Blues (Music In American Life).

See Daddy B. Nice's 4-star "Distinguished Effort" Review of Sheba Potts-Wright's new I CAME TO GET DOWN CD.

See Daddy B. Nice's 21st Century Artist Guide to Sheba Potts-Wright.

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MISCELLANEOUS LETTERS


LaMorris Williams

Daddy B Nice

Where is omar cunningham, Lamorris williams, Barkays new music or will there be any in the near future?

Roy

Daddy B. Nice replies:

I can't say, Roy. I should be talking to LaMorris soon and I will ask him. Omar just wrote a song for Karen Wolfe ("Battery Operated Boyfriend") that's doing real well. The Barkays....That's a "group" thing and would entail a lot of positive things happening before it even became a possibility, although they did do a concert in Memphis not too long ago.

Daddy B. Nice

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing "Impala" on YouTube while you read.

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RE: CHARLIE JONES (NOT SIR CHARLES)

Daddy,

I just got hip to this great singer that sounds like Joe Simon, Roy C and Eddie Holloway. You must know him, but I didn't see him on your index. Charlie Jones (not Sir Charles).

Listen to Charlie Jones singing "Let's Have A Good Time" on YouTube.

Jim

Daddy B. Nice replies:

I wasn't aware of Charlie Jones, Jim, and after listening to his music I'd be glad to give him some publicity. I really do miss that country-flavored southern soul. At first I thought you were talking about Charlie Brown, an obscure songwriter who made a stab at recording ("Second Shift," etc.) a few years ago, but that was because I was having a brain fart and confusing "Brown" with "Jones." And the fact that Charlie Jones isn't in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index means that he never charted here, i.e. entered my radar.

The YouTube link you provided is hosted by the "beach music" folks, and Charlie Jones, according to his biography, is from the Carolinas, so he must have made some kind of name for himself in that circuit. "Charlie Jones" is too common a name to find anything on the search engines by name, but I went directly to CD Baby and scored. He has two CD's out (2006 and 2009), and the biography and CD's can be found at Choking Kind Of Love.

Good letter!

Daddy B. Nice

Jim replies:

I'm stoked I hipped Daddy B Nice to a "new" artist. You have turned me on to sooooo many...I done good!

Your fan!

Jim

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RE: WHAT COUNTRIES ARE "INTO" SOUTHERN SOUL

Dear Daddy B. Nice:

I am thinking of putting together a European tour for a couple of artists. Do you have any statistics on which countries in Europe show the most interest in Southern Soul Music?

Thanks for the site!
Octavio

Daddy B. Nice replies:

In website traffic so far this year, Germany is #1 (they love their "soul music" in Germany), followed by Ukraine, England and France. Those are the big four. (No Mediterranean countries, unless you count the South of France.) I guess you can forget the beach wear.

Last year, 2014 as a whole, Ukraine topped the list, followed by Germany, United Kingdom, Belarus, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria, Sweden and Finland in that order.

Best,
Daddy B. Nice

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RE: WHAT "YOU'VE GOT A BOOGER BEAR UNDER THERE" MEANS



Daddy B. Nice notes:

In my review of Ecko's latest chart-topping sampler, Blues Mix Vol. 15: Down Home Soul, and specifically the Ollie Nightingale oldie, "You've Got A Booger Bear Under There," your Daddy B. Nice confessed to never understanding what "you've got a booger bear under there" means. Growing up in our household of eight, it usually signified Dad was about to slap you upside the head for picking your nose.

So the other day as I was e-mailing back and forth on some other subjects with Ecko Records' John Ward (who produced Ollie Nightingale's "You've Got A Booger Bear Under There" long ago), I asked him if he'd take a shot at defining what "you've got a booger bear under there" means.

Here's what John had to say:

Hi Daddy, that booger bear, snapper, kitty cat, monkey, thang thang: all the same thing and all located “under there”. You may be taking the whole phrase to have a unique double meaning but the only thing with a double meaning is just the “booger bear” under there is a good rhyme.

Wait a minute, just occurred to me that maybe you never hear of the booger bear. That’s some imaginary creature they used to use to scare us when we were little kids. For instance, they told us he would get us if went outside by ourselves at night or something like that. “Be careful or the booger bear will get you”. We used to be afraid of the Booger Bear when we were little kids.

Look at definition # 3 here: http://www.urbandictionary.com

(John)

Daddy B. Nice notes:

I'm glad John added that second paragraph, because I don't remember hearing the phrase "booger bear" up North. I wonder if that's more of a southern thing. I think (up North) some of our parents or relatives might have used "bogey man" or "boogie man."

Sterling Williams and Bobby Rush, among others, by the way, have done versions of "You've Got A Booger Bear Under There," and the phrase has been referenced in many other southern soul songs, most recently in Miz. B's "You Got To Be A Freaker."

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Ollie Nightingale.

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RE: JOSEPHINE SON POKEY

Hello,

I am trying to find out when and where does the artist Josephine Son Pokey perform. I am originally from Louisiana but live in GA. I visit home at least 4 times a year and want to see their performance.

I am also thinking of have a concert with just artist from Louisiana something like the music the new zydeco music.

Sincerely,

Charleen

Kindly provide me with information to contact this artist for an engagement, “Josephine Son Pokey” from Louisiana.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear Charleen,

I have never received a press kit from Pokey, but if you consult the Concert Calendar on this page, you'll find that Pokey is appearing May 9th and May 10th in Delisle, Mississippi and Laurel, Mississippi respectively. Laurel is a ways from Louisiana, but Delisle is a Gulf Coast town not far from New Orleans and shouldn't be too much effort in traveling. (And there may be other concerts for Pokey listed--read through thoroughly and keep watching for new posts.)

If you want to book Pokey and have no other resources, I'd recommend attending one of his concerts (as above) and finding that gig's promoter (just start asking people around the stage), who should be able to give you a contact # for Pokey or one of his representatives.

Good luck!
Daddy B. Nice

P.S.

Oh man! I just noticed: Pokey's in Shreveport this coming weekend with the Blues Is Alright Tour. DBN.

Listen to Pokey singing "They Call Me Pokey (Remix)" Video featuring Tyree Neal and Tucka on YouTube.

Listen to Pokey & Stephanie McDee singing "Doing The Hokey Pokey" on YouTube.

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HOW STIFF IS THE COMPETITION?

RE: TOP 10 "BREAKING" SINGLES



"Cowgirl" by Big Yayo feat. J'Wonn: #1 January 15

Hey Daddy B Nice...

Just curious....I been submitting songs without much success. No problem, this isnt a "bitch" letter. Just wondering.... How do you choose? Is there a process. How many songs were submitted in February? How stiff is the competition anyway?

P.S. You can post the letter, but please don't use my name.

(Anonymous)

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Okay, Anonymous, that's a fair question.

Here's the final working list of singles for February's TOP TEN SOUTHERN SOUL SINGLES REVIEW. There are 33 songs on the final list. What I do is keep playing them over and over, shuffling them around until I have the songs that I enjoy the most at the top of the list. They become the "top ten 'breaking' singles."

The final list was culled from about three times that number of songs "caught in my fisherman's nets" in January, the others being rejected after a few bars or a verse, usually because they don't fit the southern soul genre or are just plain bad. The sources for the songs break down into three major groups: 1/ mp3's e-mailed to me; 2/ albums snail-mailed to me; and 3/ songs I've heard on streaming radio or YouTube.

1. Miz. B. "You Got To Be A Freaker"
2. Bigg Robb "Sweet Sweet"
3. Stephanie McDee "Taking Care Of Business"
4. Billy "Soul" Bonds "You Went To Bed With A Woman But Woke Up With A Man"
5. Columbus Toy "I'm Gone"
6. Sheba Potts-Wright "We Got The Right Stuff"
7. Donnell Sullivan "Backdoored (By A Man Named Jody)"
8. Greg Watson "Move Your Body (Zydeco Mix)"
9. Mel Waiters "Stick To Your Drink"
10. Lomax "Please Let Me Hold You"
11. Nelson Curry "Sweet Valentine"
12. Uncle Wayne "The Way I Feel About You"
13. Donnie Ray "I'm Still Waiting On You"
14. Chopper Law "Marinate In Your Love"
15. Theo Huff "Soul Swing"
16. Bertha Payne "Southern Soul Party"
17. Andre Lee "Tell Me What You Need"
18. Big Cynthia & LaToia "I'm Here For You, Baby"
19. Mel Waiters ("I've Been Watching This Girl")
20. Big Poppa G & Floyd Taylor "Be There"
21. Columbus Toy feat. Lacee "Let's Go"
22. R.J. Scott feat. Donnell Sullivan "Swing Out Tonight"
23. Luster Baker feat. T.K. Soul "The Main Thing"
24. Stan Mosley "Why I Gotta Pay"
25. Donnell Sullivan "Cookies & Cream"
26. Derrick Washington "I Don't Have Time To Play"
27. Mel Waiters "Disrespect"
28. Mi'el "I Do"
29. Denise LaSalle "Grown Folks Business"
30. Stephanie Pickett "You Worry About The Wrong Thing"
31. Lee "Shot" Williams "Juke Joint Slide (Club Mix)"
32. The Don "Ready To Step Tonight"
33. Larome Powers "Casino Blues"

Sometimes--not often--songs that didn't make the cut in a given month carry over into the next month and make the subsequent "Review." For instance, Donnie Ray's "I'm Still Waiting On You" (#13 in February) is sounding awfully good to me right now, as are some others. Sometimes, I don't get to everyone in as timely a manner as I'd like. But I do want artists such as yourself to know that your Daddy B. Nice is listening carefully to everything you send, beginning with the tracks listed above.

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RE: SOUTHERN SOUL CONCERTS ON VALENTINE'S WEEKEND (RIGHT-HAND COLUMN)

Andre Lee

LOL,

What a lineup for Valentine's Weekend! And Blues is alright...are you kidding? The number of shows has to be a record.

Keep it up, Daddy Be Nice!

DJ Styles

Daddy B. Nice replies:

The calendar of gigs for the weekend goes down for many, many column inches. I'm just amazed.

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MARVIN SEASE GRAVE MARKER DEDICATION SLATED FOR FEBRUARY 28th IN BARNWELL, SOUTH CAROLINA


Daddy B. Nice:

SUBJECT: A "Memorial Ceremony/Dedication" service for the (unveiling) of the "Beloved Marvin Sease" (Bronze Metal Grave Marker); Marvin Sease...(aka)..."The Candy Licker" was born and raised in Blackville, SC...

Greetings to All...please mark your calendars.....to attend the "Memorial Service" of the unveiling of Marvin Sease's "Memorial Grave Maker." For all who knew, worked with, and enjoyed the music of the "Marvin Sease" who died, 8 Feb 2011. As a remembrance to Marvin Sease,
a "Bronze Metal Grave Marker" will be installed on "Marvin Sease's" grave (130-D-1), Saturday afternoon, 28 Feb 2015 at 1:00 PM. This awesome event will take place in "Hope Memorial Perpetual Care Cemetery", 1730 Yale Rd (Highway 3), Barnwell, SC, where Marvin Sease is buried.

As Always...Much Thanks for All You Do...

"LGB"

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RE: DADDY B NICE'S TOP TEN ALBUMS IN THE "VILLAGE VOICE"

Tucka

Hey Daddy,

I’m from NYC & saw your ballot—Top Ten Singles & Albums—in the annual Village Voice “Pazz & Jop” poll just out. It was cool and a surprise seeing Daddy B Nice on the ballots link! At last someone is taking southern soul to the masses! One question: I noticed your top ten album list. Is that a new award? And I see you included a number of albums from previous years?

Thanks, and keep up the valuable work

Nate

Click here for Daddy B. Nice's "Village Voice" PAZZ & JOPP ballot.


Theodis Ealey

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks, Nate. Last year someone recommended I contribute to the “Village Voice” poll and sent me the ballot info. I think it’s good, and others should do it, but I must say it does make southern soul feel like a grain of sand on a beach. To your question about the albums…No, it’s not a feature on the website. The poll asked for the top ten albums, and since southern soul is so unfamiliar I decided to go with the very best CD’s of the last two or three years, including Stephanie McDee’s, Theodis Ealey’s, Vick Allen’s and Tucka’s.

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LOOKING FOR A SONG: "WHAT YO' NAME IS"

Daddy B. Nice:

Hi. The last few times I visited family in SC, I heard a song that I can't seem to find anywhere and was hoping you could help. I don't know if the title is "what yo name is, " but it's definitely part of the lyrics. That's all I can remember and all I can find is rappers that have songs with that title. The song I'm looking for is not a rap song, but more on the line of Mel Waiters. Can you help me with the artist?

Thanks,
Sheila

Daddy B. Nice replies:

That is "Mister Sexy Man" by Nellie "Tiger" Travis, one of the most popular southern soul songs of the last couple of years.

You can read more about it in Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Nellie "Tiger" Travis, and you can watch the official video at "Nellie Tiger Travis: Mr. Sexy Man" on YouTube.

Enjoy,
Daddy B. Nice

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RE: TRIP TO NEW ORLEANS

Hi there DB

don't know if you can help in anyway. I'm writing from England UK
Love the website by the way!!!

I am visiting New Orleans Feb 10th for 5 days for a live recording. It's my first time in Nola and wondered if you have any recommendations re live music clubs n record stores for new n old toones to look out for???

Any tips would be greatly received
Thanks for your time

Regards
Rich

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi, Rich,

I think it's great you're visiting the American South. So few people--from Europe OR America--do so, relatively speaking, to their continued impoverishment.

However, I can't assist you with specific information, for two reasons. The first is that I simply do not have enough familiarity with New Orleans myself, using it mostly as a "gateway" to the more rural destinations in the South that sustain southern soul music--places like Gulfport and Vicksburg, Mississippi or Lake Providence and Monroe, Louisiana.

The second reason is that New Orleans has its own world-renowned musical culture (jazz, swing, etc.). It's what the tourists want to hear and therefore what the majority of the clubs promote.

My advice is to enjoy what New Orleans has to offer. Immerse yourself in the French Quarter--the oyster bars, the greasy spoons, the historic streets with their European-style balconies, the traditional music. And if you have the time or wherewithal, consult Daddy B. Nice's Calendar and take a day (or overnight) trip to a southern soul concert outside town.

Best,
Daddy B. Nice

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8:30 pm, Friday, July 10, 2015. White Castle Community Center, 37725 Bowie St., White Castle, Louisiana. Stephanie McDee, Tyree Neal, Neal Brothers Blues Band. 313-8997. Doors open at 7:30.

Friday, July 10, 2015. Sahlen's Stadium, 460 Oak Street, Rochester, New York. Clarence Carter, Lenny Williams, Pokey and more.

Friday, July 10, 2015. Underground 119, 119 S. President St., Jackson, Mississippi. Grady Champion. 601-352-2322.

Saturday, July 11, 2015. Ladd Peebles Stadium, 1621 Virginia St., Mobile, Alabama. Klass Band Brotherhood, Tucka, J'Wonn, Wilson Meadows, Simone De, V.I.C., Betty Wright. BYOB. Host: WDLT's Nikki DeMarks. 251-259-6345.

Saturday, July 11. Amal, Sweden. Amal Blues Festival. Bobby Rush.

Saturday, July 11, 2015. VFW, Jennings, Louisiana. Pokey.

Saturday, July 11, 2015. On the Lake Michigan beach, Jean Klock Park, Benton Harbor, Michigan. Mr. Lee's Old School Blues Fest. Larome Powers, Stan Mosley, K'jon, Jo Jo Murray, Chick Rodgers and more. 708-369-0998.

8:15 pm, Saturday, July 11, 2015. Capitol City Event Center, 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd., Austin, Texas. Walter Waiters, Big Ro Williams, Michelle Miller. NO BYOB. 512-589-5073.

Saturday, July 11, 2015. Cypress Bayou Casino, 832 Martin Luther King Road, Charenton, Louisiana. Keith Frank.

Saturday, July 11, 2015. Old National Event Plaza, 715 Locust St, Evansville, Indiana. Willie Clayton. 812-435-5770 Ext. 211.

Saturday, July 11, 2015. Save My Community Center, Dermott, Arkansas. T.K. Soul.

Saturday, July 11, 2015. VFW Post 103, 206 Winston Churchill Drive, Hopewell, Virginia. Barbara Carr, Roy Roberts, Priscilla Price. 804-458-2803.

2 pm, Sunday, July 12, 2015. Rocking Chair Ranch, 2315 S. St. Augustine, Dallas, Texas. Big Pokey, Rue Davis, Chris Ivy, Lacee, Tre' Williams, Veronica Ra'elle.

8 pm, Sunday, July 12, 2015. Club Onyx, 2416 E. South Blvd., Montgomery, Alabama. David Brinston, Lady Tee, Jennifer Watts. Doors open at 6 pm. 334-322-1616.

Monday, July 13, 2015. Marriott Hotel Ballroom, 200 East Amite Street, Jackson, Mississippi. Urban Mystic, Mr. Sipp, Andre' Lee.

Tuesday and Wednesday, July 14 & 15, 2015. New Morning, Rue des Petites Ecuries 75010, Paris, France. Syl Johnson. Doors open 9 pm. +33 1 45 23 51 41.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle, Washington. Bobby Rush. 206-838-4333.

Thursday, July 16, 2015. The Birk, 11139 OR HWY #202, Birkenfeld, Oregon. Bobby Rush. 503- 755-2722.

Friday, July 17, 2015. Ace's Lounge, 120 E. Jackson St., Dublin, Georgia. T.K. Soul. 478-296-0910.

Friday, July 17 & Saturday, July 18, 2015. Bottleneck Blues Bar, AmeriStar Casino, 4116 Washington St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Grady Champion. 601-638-1000.

9 pm, Saturday, July 18, 2015. Resort Casino Tunica, 1100 Casino Strip Blvd., Robinsonville, Mississippi. All White Party & Concert. T.K. Soul.

Saturday, July 18, 2015. Blues Ranch, Winthrop, Washington. 28th Annual Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival. Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal, Elvin Bishop and more. See festival website.

Saturday, July 18, 2015. Club Skyy, 900 W. Bow St., Tyler, Texas. Willie Clayton & Band. Doors open at 8 pm. 214-244-8871.

6 pm, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Playhouse Nightclub, 3213 10th St., Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Bishop Bullwinkle, Vickie Baker, T.J. Hooker Taylor. Doors open at 2 pm. 205-792-6421.

Monday, July 20, 2015. Les Jardins du Palais Longchamp, Place Henri Dunant 13004, Marseilles, France. Syl Johnson.

Thursday, July 23, 2015. The Daily Advertiser, 1100 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, Louisiana. Cupid.

Friday, July 24, 2015. Harlow's Casino, 4280 Harlows Boulevard, Greenville, Mississippi. T.K. Soul. 866-534-5825.

Saturday, July 25, 2015. Erkine Hawkins Park, Ensley (Birmingham), Alabama. Willie Clayton.

Saturday, July 25, 2015. Baytown Event & Party Center, 706 N. Alexander St., Baytown, Texas. 3-yr Anniversary Celebration. T.K. Soul. 713-539-6050.

Saturday, July 25, 2015. Bessie Munden Park, 194 Bessie Munden Rd., Camden, Alabama. Vick Allen. 334-636-2429.

Saturday, July 25, 2015. Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh Blues Festival. Buddy Guy, Jarekus Singleton. See festival website. Gates open at 1:30 pm.

8 pm, Saturday, July 25, 2015. Seminole Hard Rock Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Florida. Smokey Robinson. 866-502-7529.

Saturday, July 25, 2015. Downtown, Edwards, Mississippi. L.J. Echols, Mr. David, Calvin Richardson, Henry Rhodes and more.

Sunday, July 26, 2015. Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh Blues Festival. Bobby Rush, Marcia Ball. See festival website. Gates open at 1:30 pm.

Sunday, July 26, 2015. Baytown Event & Party Center, 706 N. Alexander St., Baytown, Texas. 3-yr Anniversary Celebration. Kenne' Wayne. 713-539-6050.

Friday, July 31, 2015. The Summit Center, Clarion Hotel, 852 N. Gloster St., Tupelo, Mississippi. T.K. Soul. 662-844-4343.

Friday, July 31, 2015. Roadhouse Casino, 1107 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville (Tunica), Mississippi. Jus' Blues Juke Joint White Affair. Andre' Lee, Lomax, Joy (Glaspie). Doors open at 10 pm. Hosts: Jazzi Anderson, Mr. Lee. 678-403-1993.

6 pm, Saturday, August 1, 2015. Showplace Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Legends & Heavy Hitters Of Southern Soul. Roy C, Latimore, Clarence Carter, Millie Jackson, Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 919-827-2033, 301-952-7900. Doors open at 5 pm.

7 pm, Saturday, August 1, 2015. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston, South Carolina. Tucka, Doug E. Fresh.

Saturday, August 1, 2015. Calgary International Blues Festival, 808 Royal Ave. SW., Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Bobby Rush, Jarekus Singleton, Geoff Muldaur and more. See festival website.

Saturday, August 1, 2015. Cannery Casino Hotel, 2121 East Craig Road North, North Las Vegas, Nevada. The Delfonics, The Stylistics. 702- 507-5700.

4 pm, Saturday, August 1, 2015. Roadhouse Casino, 1107 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville (Tunica), Mississippi. Preston Shannon, Gerod Rayborn, Jureesa McBride (The Duchess). 678-403-1993.

9 pm, Friday, August 7, 2015. Thibodaux Civic Center, 310 N. Canal Blvd., Thibodaux, Louisiana. Doors open at 7 pm. Jeff Floyd, Kenne Wayne, Ronnie Bell. 504-559-2250. 985-446-7260.

Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8, 2015. AmeriStar Casino (Bottleneck Blues Bar), 4146 Washington St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Grady Champion.

Thursday, August 6, 2015. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara, California. Aretha Franklin. 805-962-7411.

9 pm, Friday, August 7, 2015. Thibodaux Civic Center, 310 N. Canal Blvd., Thibodaux, Louisiana.Jeff Floyd, Kenne' Wayne, Ronnie Bell, Jeff Chaz. 985-446-7260. Doors open at 7 pm.

Saturday, August 8, 2015. Luf-Tex Barn, 425 Ruth Lane, Lufkin, Texas. T.K. Soul.

Saturday, August 8, 2015. Carter's Lounge, (Gold Rock/Rocky Mount Exit off 95), Warrenton, North Carolina. Hardway Connection.

Saturday, August 8, 2015. American Legion Post 11, 11108 N. 9th Ave., Laurel, Mississippi. B-Day Bash For Ginger Love. L.J. Echols. 601-434-3408.

Thursday, August 13, 2015. Slippery Noodle, 372 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, Indiana. Grady Champion. 317-631-6974.

Friday, August 14, 2015. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, 3570 South Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada. Aretha Franklin. 866-227-5938.

Friday, August 14 & Saturday, August 15, 2015. Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum, 1150 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, Mississippi. Bobby Rush, Vick Allen, Chaka Khan, Macy Gray, Leela James, J.J. Thames and more (Friday), Cupid, The Isley Brothers feat. Ronald Isley, Dorothy Moore, Tre' Williams, T-Baby, Eddie Cotton and more (Saturday). 601-432-4500. See full line-up at festival website.

Saturday, August 15, 2015. Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive, Southaven, Mississippi (Memphis). Memphis Tri-State Blues Festival. Sir Charles Jones, Bobby Rush, Ms. Jody, Willie Clayton, Sheba Potts-Wright, Terry Wright, J'Wonn. 662-280-9120. A Tribute to Mel Waiters.

Saturday, August 15, 2015. St. Joseph Fairgrounds, Corner of Jackson & Ironwood, South Bend, Indiana. SoulFest. O.B. Buchana, Omar Cunningham, Karen Wolfe, J.D. Davis, Ray Davis. 547-307-0868.

7 pm, Saturday, August 15, 2015. Hall Grove Ball Field, 1200 Campbell Rd., Munford, Alabama. Wilson Meadows, L.J. Echols, Will Easley, Diedra and more.

Monday, August 24 (Nightly through) Sunday, August 30, 2015. 10329 Whyte Ave. NW, Edmonton, Canada. Grady Champion. +1 780-439-3981.

Saturday, August 29, 2015. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., Charleston, South Carolina. Betty Wright, The Whispers.

Saturday, September 5, 2015. The Foundation House, 2309 E. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles, Louisiana. T.K. Soul. 337-478-6253.

5 pm, Saturday, September 5, 2015. Cherry Street (Downtown), Helena, Arkansas. Sheba Potts-Wright, Carl Sims, Wilson Meadows and more. Gates open 3 pm. 870-572-9506.

Thursday September 10, 2015. Orpheum Theatre, 203 South Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee. Gladys Knight.

Friday, September 11, 2015. Bexar County Center, 1123 N Main Ave #100, San Antonio, Texas. T.K. Soul. 210-208-6800.

Saturday, September 19, 2015. Washington County Convention Center, 1040 S. Raceway Rd., Greenville, Mississippi. 38th Annual Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival. Bobby Rush, Theodis Ealey, Dorothy Moore, Grady Champion, Eddie Cotton, O.B. Buchana, Lacee and more. See festival website.

Saturday, September 19, 2015. EACC Fine Arts Center, 1700 New Castle Rd., Forrest City, Arkansas. T.K. Soul. 870-633-4480.

Saturday, October 3, 2015. Ritz Theatre, 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, Florida. Booker T. Jones.

Saturday, November 14, 2015.Travis County Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Lane, Austin, Texas. Clarence Carter, Cupid, Millie Jackson. 512-854-4900.

Saturday, November 21, 2015. Ballroom, Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St., Fort Worth, Texas. Lenny Williams, Cupid, Millie Jackson. 817-392-6338.





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From Daddy B. Nice's BEST OF 2014

January 2, 2015: DADDY B. NICE'S...

2014: THE YEAR IN SOUTHERN SOUL


The year did not begin auspiciously. Floyd Taylor, son of the late great Johnnie Taylor and a contemporary southern soul headliner in his own right, passed away on February 21st, causing his stepbrother TJ to remark, "He died pretty much the way my dad died: a heart attack (at too young an age)." A masterful and discerning vocal interpreter, Taylor's career was notable for spanning southern soul's two generations of songwriters, from the best of Charles Richard Cason and Lawrence Harper (of his father's generation) to Simeo Overall of the new.

A few days later Eddie Holloway, a lesser-known but seminal figure renowned for contemporary southern soul classics like "I Had A Good Time," "Poor Boy" and "My Mind's Too Strong," passed away in obscurity, without fanfare.

A young recording artist (Jeter Jones) trying to break into the southern soul market released an album whose instrumental tracks Daddy B. Nice--in a CD review--recognized as identical to certain Bobby Jones and Chuck Roberson songs of the recent past, setting off a firestorm of litigation between Desert Sounds CEO Charles Peterson and his former producer, Eric "Smidi" Smith.

Daddy B. Nice himself underwent a lung cancer scare and finally had surgery in May, returning successfully after two bouts in the hospital to discover that "Funky" Larry Jones, owner of the Soul & Blues Report, a monthly compendium and summary of southern soul deejay playlists and a vital niche in the southern soul internet community, had died. Other websites (Boogie, Blues Critic) made attempts to provide the same function, but at year's end the loss was still felt and seemed irrevocable.

That, along with the June death of Don Davis (the producing genius behind Johnnie Taylor) and the early-September passing of Joe Poonanny, the Weird Al Yankovich of the chitlin' circuit and the last of a dying breed of blues parodists, was the bad news.

The good news was that, stimulated by an invitation to Kim Cole's Celebrity Birthday Bash in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in July, your Daddy B. Nice rebounded to attend (and chronicle) three multi-act southern soul concerts in thirty hours, including getting out on the dance floor.

There was cause. Southern Soul stars were appearing everywhere across the Deep South, from Texas to the Carolinas. A month later, Southern Soul Labor Day concerts and associated sales would surpass a million, and the concerts continued to proliferate, populating weekends throughout the calendar that would have been few and far between ten years ago.

But what really uncorked the euphoria in 2014 was the return to recording of southern soul's younger-generation leading lights, Sir Charles Jones and T.K. Soul. After long absences (especially in Sir Charles' case), both performers produced sets of significant material with fresh yet authentic sounds, in T.K.'s case stripped-down, acoustic-dominated arrangements.

The two CD's, combined with the much-anticipated debut by J'Wonn (I GOT THIS RECORD) and the latest drop from O.B. Buchana, made it a banner year for male vocalists.

Women, not so much. For the second year in a row Denise LaSalle and Shirley Brown were sorely missed. Both appeared only rarely, and neither released new product. Ms. Jody and Nellie "Tiger" Travis were relatively quiet after big years in 2013. Sweet Angel reposed and, as expected, Peggy Scott-Adams (whose early partner, JoJo Benson, died just before Christmas) failed to follow up on her 2012 return to southern soul. Candi Staton and Uvee Hayes returned with new CD's, however.

Some of the major male stars--known for productivity--were also MIA in 2014. Mel Waiters, Theodis Ealey, Latimore and Bobby Rush produced little new studio work, and in pursuit of an elusive Grammy that even the late Johnnie Taylor and Tyrone Davis never won, Willie Clayton's new album disconcerted some longtime fans with its slide into atmospheric, Isley-style soul.

Young Grady Champion was the year's sensation (following fellow Jacksonian J'Wonn in 2013). Champion drew a cover story in "Living Blues" magazine after signing with Malaco Records for his new album BOOTLEG WHISKEY. Rare for a Delta artist, Champion drew national interest and crossover appeal.

Waiting in the wings, and getting no respect, was Chicago phenomenon Theo Huff, whose "It's A Good Thing I Met You" drew high praise (#5 for the year) from Daddy B. Nice for its approximation of--you guessed it--vintage Willie Clayton.

Lil' Jimmie's dance jam "She Was Twerkin'" was the underground sensation of the year, the subject of constant fan queries on where to buy--the answer was always, "Nowhere." Which reminded your Daddy B. Nice of an old Lil' Jimmie song called "I'm Not Going Nowhere," a song so full of double-negatives you're not sure what he means.

A young artist named Wood redid Nellie "Tiger" Travis's "Mr. Sexy Man" with a lounge-band sound ("Foxy Lady"), drawing copyright ire.

Tyree Neal, Pokey and Adrian Bagher formed a group called The Louisiana Blues Brothers.

Memphis-based Anita Love (Humphrey), former back-up singer for Sweet Angel, had an out-of-left-field smash with "Keep Knockin'", while Memphis-based songwriter John Cummings continued his transformation into a first-rate recording artist.

Vick Allen was in a stage play in Jackson, Mississippi, while singles ("Crazy Over You," "True To Me") continued to spit out of his going-on-three-year-old SOUL MUSIC album like candy from a child's Christmas wind-up toy.

Steve Perry of "Booty Roll" fame thought better of his name change to Prince Mekl and became good old Steve Perry again.

WAGR in Lexington, Mississippi and its colorful deejay, Big Money, became the exciting new southern soul station to stream on the Internet.

And last but not least, storied DJ Ragman returned in December to WMPR in Jackson, Mississippi--also on the Web--doling out southern soul music in the afternoons with his trademark, champagne-fizz optimism.

By the end of the year, life in Southern Soul was good.

--Daddy B. Nice

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From Daddy B. Nice's BEST OF 2013 :

SOUTHERN SOUL MUSIC: THE YEAR IN REVIEW Despite the usual attrition 2013 was a fantastic year for the last "segregated music" in America (as singer/songwriter Luther Lackey called Southern Soul music in an insightful "farewell" interview with Daddy B. Nice in January), with steady output from veterans and buzz-filled epiphanies seemingly on a monthly basis by a parade of bright new and/or little-known performers.

Not to be mistaken for your mama's southern soul, 2013 was the year of Nellie "Tiger" Travis's "Mr. Sexy Man," called in many quarters the "number-one song" in America. Even Medea (aka comedian Tyler Perry), boasted that the song--the result of Travis' reunion with writer/producer Floyd Hamberlin--was her favorite during a guest stint on The Steve Harvey show.

One of the keys to the song's popularity was the line in the chorus, "what-yo-name-is?" (which Medea mimicked perfectly), proving once again that good English grammar ("What is your name?") just doesn't (don't?) make sense in the world of blues.

Like a 100-year flood, "Mr. Sexy Man" crept into media outlets long known for eschewing southern soul music, but close in its wake, especially throughout the established chitlin' circuit, was Ms. Jody's "Just Let Me Ride," in which the fiercely competitive diva "saved the horse and rode the cowboy," in the process notching her finest club song to date.


And Ms. Jody also took the music beyond its roots, winning (and triumphantly performing) at the Carolina Beach Music Awards for her single "Still Strokin'," the title tune from the same CD featuring "Just Let Me Ride."

The successes of Nellie "Tiger" Travis and Ms. Jody marked the ascension of a new generation of divas: both had started out as the best of a class of newcomers around 2005.

But the ultimate southern soul high of the year, at least for the insiders fortunate enough to hear his debut in the Delta (Jackson, Mississippi, the heart of the music), was the Big Yayo-tutored singer J-Wonn's "I Got This Record."

With only word-of-mouth, local air-play and one meagerly-recorded live-with-boombox YouTube video on the sidewalk of Farish Street (remember the Rue Davis song?), J-Wonn became an overnight sensation, the charisma and sensitivity of his vocal compelling your Daddy B. Nice to call his coming-out party "dramatic enough to recall Sir Charles Jones' 'Friday' or LaMorris Williams' 'We Can Do It (Impala)'."

Deejays called this song "the #1 song in the WORLD," (How's that, Nellie Travis?), but it was really the #1 Song in the Delta, where its popularity thrust J-Wonn on stage with Willie Clayton and subsequently led to headlining gigs with the likes of respected Southern Soul veterans Wilson Meadows and Dave Mack.

J-Wonn's lightning-speed acceptance--without a published CD--wasn't unique. Only a few months earlier, during the heat of the summer, a young performer whose only claim to fame was being the little sister of singer/songwriter L. J. Echols, put out a single called "Mad Dog 20-20."

An anthem to low-budget, country-style inebriation, with brother L.J.'s admirably rustic guitar picking for background, Krishaunda Echols' "Mad Dog" (which your Daddy B. Nice called "the best thing since the late Jackie Neal") broke with only a YouTube video, without the benefit of distributed single or CD.

In the span of two months, Ms. Echols became a feted headliner at Mississippi southern soul concerts, most exceptionally headlining a show at the Laurel, Mississippi fairgrounds with the greatest divas in Southern Soul (Peggy Scott-Adams, Denise LaSalle and Shirley Brown), with the radio spot featuring Krishunda's "Mad Dog 20-20" exclusively in the commercial.

So fast did events unfold, there was often a disconnect between the day-to-day Southern Soul media, which catered to and supported the small but vital network of established Southern Soul artists, and the emerging younger generation of new acts, largely introduced by Daddy B. Nice, often with little distributed product--J-Wonn, Krishunda Echols, T-Baby, Fredrick (King Fred) Hicks, Adrian Bagher among them--who more often than not had little access to the chitlin' circuit network of the older generation.

Unheralded, young, Delta-based producer Big Yayo (Stevie J's "Because Of Me," LaMorris Williams' "Impala"), was again at the heart of the action, producing not only T-Baby's "The Swag" but J-Wonn's resplendently-arranged ballad, "I Got This Record." And Big Yayo's 2012 success with the disco-edged, Dave Mack-sung, club anthem "Booty Talking" presaged the success of Nellie Travis' similarly-driven "Mr. Sexy Man" in 2013.

Another vital stream of new southern soul music came from a traditional bastion of the genre, southern Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, where--with the demise of the once-invaluable Chico's Radio--WDLT Mobile's deejay Nikki DeMarks fought the good fight, championing artists like Stephanie McDee, Cupid and Tucka, whose "Sweet Shop" seduced listeners.

"Twerking" finally hit the mainstream. Hey, America: Louisiana's Jackie Neal was doing it and singing about it a dozen years ago.

And Jackie Neal's little brother Tyree finally moved out of her shadow, producing Big Cynthia's best work in years, not to mention producing fellow Louisianan Pokey and providing the irrepressible guitar lick in the Louisiana-based, "return-of-the-southern-soul-queen" Stephanie McDee's instant classic, "When I Step In The Club."

2013 was noteworthy for the publication of David Whiteis's monumental primer to contemporary Southern Soul: Southern Soul Blues (University of Illinois Press).

The overwhelmingly-accurate, exhaustively-researched tome was the first up-to-date analysis of contemporary Southern Soul in cloth and paper, lending further credence (in the mainstream) to the genre's still obscure existence.

Whiteis wrote (and confirmed with your Daddy B. Nice) that the term "southern soul blues" was a compromise--that the phrases "southern soul," "soul-blues" and "southern soul blues" were all used interchangeably in the book. Yet, such was the heft of the book's influence that respected European online critic Heikki Suosalo wrote that:

“Soul-Blues” is now in the U.S.A. the common term for the music we used to call and still call in Europe “southern soul.” Even though some artists like Willie Clayton don’t like the phrase “southern soul” in terms of describing his music – and Chicago isn’t very south, I agree – I’ll still use it anyhow, because it’s an established, respectable term, going all the way to the 60s. Among European soul music lovers, it’s a positive term and it conjures up an image of certain kind of music, highly emotional and powerful. It’s not necessarily tied up with geography, but purely sound. We also have “northern soul”, and every black music fan and club-goer in Europe understands what we’re talking about."

In the critical sphere, 2013 was also the year Daddy B. Nice completed his Top 100 21st Century Countdown, two and a half years in the making, and the first ranking of southern soul artists since his Top 100 Southern Soul Artists a decade earlier, with Sir Charles Jones replacing the late Johnnie Taylor as the #1 Southern Soul Artist. Mel Waiters, Willie Clayton, T.K. Soul, Bobby Rush, Ms. Jody, Shirley Brown, Theodis Ealey, O.B. Buchana and Bigg Robb rounded out the top ten.

A vocalist some industry people doubted existed emerged from anonymity in an interview with Daddy B. Nice: Will T., the mysterious singer of the original "Mississippi Boy," (often attributed to Charles Wilson), one of the most iconic and oft-covered songs in contemporary Southern Soul. It was written by the same Floyd Hamberlin of this year's "Mr. Sexy Man" fame and most recently covered by Sir Charles Jones under the title "Country Boy."

2013 posted outstanding CD's by some of Southern Soul's banner artists: Theodis Ealey, Vick Allen, Mel Waiters, Ms. Jody, O.B. Buchana, Klass Band Brotherhood and Donnie Ray, to cite only a few.

2013 witnessed the passing of some of the music's most beloved practitioners: Artie "Blues Boy" White, Gus Geeter (of Alabama's King Tutt Band) and Tina Diamond. And in December, to the consternation of the blues community, Robert "Chick" Willis--in his heyday one of the most risque of performers--passed on to Soul Heaven.

Onetime enfants terribles Bobby Rush and Willie Clayton found themselves the elder statesmen of traditional rhythm and blues, with old classics like Rush's "Hard Feelin' With Me" (from Blind Snake)...

Different strokes
For different folks.
Special kind of stroke
For the soulful folks."


...and Clayton's "Can We Talk" (from Full Circle), dressed up with reggae dancehall trimmings, rematerializing in current air play and wowing a new generation.

Lyrical highlights that made 2013 a little more distinctive:

"Hey mista sexy man,
What yo name is?"
Nellie "Tiger" Travis, "Mr. Sexy Man"

"Everyone's watching you throughout this room,
Women watching men watching you.
Jealousy is kicking in."
Mel Waiters, "Hottest Thing"

"Tonight we're eating perch with tartar sauce."
Big "Ro" Williams, "Good Love Muscle"

"They conversated (sic) for awhile."
Vick Allen, "My Baby's Phone"

"Just like Al Green said,
'I'm tired of being alone,'
Thank God for the men
That made these smart phones."
Billy "Soul" Bonds, "Get Her With My Twitter"

"They call me Pokey,
Big pokey bear,
Anytime you need me, baby,
I'll be there."
Pokey, "They Call Me Pokey"
(from an album entitled JOSEPHINE SON POKEY)


"We didn't know a damn thing about bills.
Thought we were living it up like in Beverly Hills.
Plenty of Kool-Aid and government cheese,
Collard greens and black-eyed peas.
Man, those were the good old days."
Vick Allen, "I'm Tired Of Being Grown"

"I'll tell you what.
Stop giving up the cookie
And see how long he stays around."
Nellie "Tiger" Travis to Adrena in "Another Woman's Man"

And, from the debut of the year...

"I caught 'em at the grocery store.
I caught 'em in the Mall.
Saw 'em at the casino,
But my grandma even caught 'em at bingo."
J-Wonn, "I Got This Record"

--Daddy B. Nice

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