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Daddy B nice,

Hey this Gary Richardson, owner/gm/pd/md WJLD Birmingham and WIXI Jasper. We play southern soul 24hrs/day Monday through Saturday.

After more than 10 years affiliation with the American Blues Network, we are doing it ourselves. We are the only blues station in Birmingham, Alabama.

We need to get on the mailing lists or email delivery. Your help in this matter will be greatly appreciated. My email is

Our website is


Gary Richardson, President/CEO

Richardson Broadcasting Corporation

205-243-9842 cell
205-942-1776 office
205-942-4814 fax


Daddy B. Nice notes:

I hope everyone showers Mr. Richardson with new singles in the hometown of Sir Charles. But I also want to take a moment to describe something that happened to me the other day. Granted, your Daddy B. Nice's technology is outmoded, so I don't want to alarm people unnecessarily, but my desktop crashed while streaming WMPR. The screen went blue with horrible yellow writing reporting all systems down. I had witnessed little pop-ups on the WMPR homepage warning that it wasn't "secure," but had always ignored them. Luckily, my hard drive wasn't "fried".

My question is: Have any other internet listeners to WMPR encountered any problems with malware? If so, contact or WMPR. Right now, I'm afraid to stream from my longtime favorite southern soul station.

Daddy B. Nice

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Greetings, Daddy B. Nice,

This is J. Red (the Nephew). I just want to say thank you for that epic review! I am truly honored to have received five stars as a solo artist! What a pleasant way to kick off the new year! Blessings to you and yours! I will be sending out the Infinity CD as soon as I get in off the road.

The Nephew

Daddy B.,

Happy 2016.

This is a lovely write up on J Red. Thank you again.


Daddy B. Nice notes: J. Red has scored a rare trifecta of sorts on this website. At least for a shor time, with his CD review, this mailbag letter and his just-posted #1 "Breaking" Southern Soul Single, "Forever And Ever," his visage graces the top of three separate Southern Soul RnB pages simultaneously.

Daddy B. Nice

See Daddy B. Nice's NEW CD REVIEWS.

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Daddy B Nice

Call me at 214--- ----, i'm Dallas, Texas, thank you for all you have done for me, give me a call so I can thank you in person, happy new years

Ernie Johnson

Daddy B. Nice notes to readers:

In light of the controversial and sometimes negative letters in Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag lately (see letters below), I wanted to share with readers some of the positive feedback I receive and routinely choose not to publish. Nothing warms my heart more than hearing from an artist whose work I have touted (usually for many years) without knowing anything about the artist himself. To have the music itself bring two strangers together is one of the incredible perks of doing what I do. In this case, I called Ernie and we had a wonderful conversation. Otis Clay had just died in Chicago the day before, so that was on both our minds. Ernie talked with Otis every two weeks in recent years, right up to his death. Ernie was typically honest and humble about his best work, such as "Love's On The Other Line," attributing much of his success to the falling-out between Bobby "Blue" Bland and Malaco Records, when Malaco turned to him with material formerly intended for Bland. Songs like "Love's On The Other Line" define the very southern soul genre. However, as a Texan and an older-generation veteran who saw so many "labels" attributed to the music over the years, Ernie is still suspicious and uncomfortable with the "southern soul" label and post-Sir Charles Jones southern soul itself. DBN.

Listen to Ernie Johnson singing "Love's On The Other Line," on YouTube.

Listen to Ernie Johnson singing "Share You With Someone Else" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Ernie Johnson.

Scroll down this page for more correspondence on Otis Clay.

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Dear Daddy B Nice,

You’re doing an excellent job keeping us informed about the southern soul world and I know that it takes an unbelievable amount of work to write and maintain one of the best sites devoted to our music. So, please, keep doing what you’re doing and don’t get discouraged with the negative emails or feedback that you receive. Think of it this way, the attacks you get are because you’re doing so well.

Thank you for all you do!

Southern Soul Paradise

Daddy B. Nice replies:

I appreciate that, Skyy. Many thanks. I reference your really appealing website all the time--just last weekend for my 5-star J. Red CD Review, in fact. Thanks for all you do!

Daddy B. Nice

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I just went on your web site and seen something that needs to be cleared up you have Charles Wilson as the one who put out the song and it was not him it was Will T. as the original performer who recorded Mississippi Boy as a matter of fact he is doing a concert in West Memphis,Arkansas along with JoJo Murray, Big John Commons and Andrea Lee. I'm assuming that was an over site since it was not on your website with the list of all the other concerts.

I hope you can make it to Arkansas and you will see for yourself who the original singer of Mississippi Boy and it was not Charles Wilson.

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me or Will T.

Thank you

Janice Love

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear Janice,

And I hope you can make it to my website again and actually read the history of Will T. and his essential southern soul classic, "Mississippi Boy." I applaud your championing of this essential of southern soul, but in your condemnation of your Daddy B. Nice you make yourself out to be ignorant and over-zealous, biting the very hand of the friend--not enemy--who has made it possible for you to be the passionate convert you evidently are.

Why, only a couple of months ago in a review of O.B. Buchana's latest album, I wrote:

And maybe your Daddy B. Nice is just in a bad mood from "Mississippi Boy" Charles Wilson taking down "Mississippi Boy" Will T.'s/Floyd Hamberlin's original classic (first published on Wilson's IF IT AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT CD as a "bonus track") from YouTube recently, but O.B.'s "Mississippi Folks"--based on the same "Mississippi Boy"--can also run but not hide from criticism.

O.B.'s is the hardest-edged version yet of the oft-recorded anthem, which let me remind everyone was the lightest, loveliest, loosest, humblest tune imaginable. O.B. ratchets up the percussive emphasis on the chords, out-banging even Denise LaSalle's version, consigning the scruffy charm and soulfulness of the original to a distant memory.

And if you scroll down the right-hand column of this very page to the article entitled "2013: The Year In Southern Soul," you'll find this nugget of information:

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."

You act as if you're close to Will T., Janice, but if so why wouldn't you know that I had been writing about the song and pushing the song ever since it first came out as a bonus track on Wilson's If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It album in 2005? That's ten long years I've championed the song, Janice, ten long years during which no one ever got me to shut up about it, ten long years I kept it "alive" and fresh in minds of the fans. And I haven't even mentioned Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Will T., in which you can read the full account of the song's creation and the full Will T./Daddy B. Nice interview.

My, my, my.... Girl. You did get under my skin worse than the mosquito bites I was inflicted with in Savannah, Georgia over the holidays. And by the way, it's John Cummings (not John Commons) and Andre' Lee (not Andrea Lee) who will be joining Will T. and Jo Jo Murray on the show, which was also listed (you were wrong about that, too) on the "Concert Calendar" (right-hand column of this page) prior to receiving your condescending letter.

I'd suggest directing some of that self-righteous anger towards Charles Wilson, who took down the last remaining YouTube video of the Will T. version of "Mississippi Boy" last year with nary a peep from anybody but (again) your Daddy B. Mean--in effect making it a "lost record" again.

You were wrong about everything, Janice, except that Will T.'s "Mississippi Boy" is the BEST!!!

Daddy B. Nice

Janice replies:

Thank you for responding to my letter. I would like to apologize if I was out of line. Will & I have been together for 4 years and I just want him to get the credit he deserves and yes I have read your articles and the interview you did with Will. I don't mean to appear over zealous and I'm certainly not ignorant I guess we both started off on the wrong foot so I am extending the olive branch and looking forward to meeting you maybe even at the concert in West Memphis.

Will says hi and thanks again for the interview.

Janice Love

Daddy B. Nice replies:

You're welcome, Janice, and give my best regards to Will. Four years with Will...I guess you are "close." Which makes me even more confused. However, I like olive branches, and I accept and extend my own. Best wishes to you both.

Daddy B. Nice

See the upcoming concert in West Memphis, a rare mix of Delta and Chicago artists, in Daddy B. Nice's Calendar (Saturday, February 6, 2016.




We just asking out of respect can Jeter Jones get some love? "Cold Pepsi" not in the Top 10, 20, 25? We gotta do more work frfr. Jeter is the 2015 ZBT AWARDS blues artist on the rise. Just asking out of respect. We feel "Roommate" and "Cold bed blues" which are killing the radio waves are in that caliber.

da Big Dawg.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Did I get your check in the mail? Seriously, guys, you need to lighten up. There were hundreds (somewhere between a thousand and two thousand, actually) southern soul singles to evaluate in 2015. That your favored songs didn't make this extremely short list isn't a sign of disrespect. Sir Charles Jones, Ms. Jody, O.B. Buchana, Donnie Ray, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Carl Marshall, Calvin Richardson, Rue Davis, Lil' Jimmie, Denise LaSalle, Andre' Lee, Ricky White, Jeff Floyd, David Brinston, Mr. David, Tyree Neal, Cupid, Stan Mosley, Sheba Potts-Wright, Theodis Ealey and Terry Wright all released new material in 2015 and none of them made the list--and no offense intended--but I admire these artists and the dues they've paid more than you guys.

And if you're thinking I shouldn't compare these deserving veterans to yourselves, or that they don't have a bigger claim to be on the list, what about all the praiseworthy young artists--your peers--who didn't make the list--like Lomax, Ronnie Bell, Donnell Sullivan, Solomon Thompson, Lady Soul, J.B. Hendricks, Certified Slim, Adrena, Chris Ivy, Columbus Toy, Katrenia Jefferson, Shohn Marshall, Adrian Bagher and Veronica Ra'elle, to name only a few?

Sorry to beat up on you. You're not the only artists to dole out the licks quicker than the thanks. I have been getting plenty of heat from J. Red and his people lately, who despite four write-ups on the site in the last two years feels ignored and unappreciated by your Daddy B. Nice. But listen. Contemporary Southern Soul isn't some little clique or club or coterie that you just join and magically get your name on a marquee (if it ever was); it's a vast, sprawling composite of hundreds of successful artists all vying for the prize of a hit record. It's a "jungle" out here, guys.

Lastly, your "cry for respect" arrived before the last six songs were posted. "Zydeco With Me" came in at #22. Congratulations, fellas. Try to remember how blessed you are, not how dissed you are.

--Daddy B. Nice

See Daddy B. Nice's TOP 25 SONGS of 2015.

Jeter Jones replies:

Hey Daddy Nice, This is Da GQ Country Boy Jeter Jones himself and I'm going to speak for myself cause I'm a Man, I take full responsiblity for my team. Sorry for my team going in on a email. They just believe in the music as do all artist's teams. I can't blame Big Dog he is passionate about the Blues. I got mad respect for all the artist doing Blues/Southern Soul music and I don't see myself as better than noone, and I know their grind cause I'm living it also. I wanna say thank You for reviewing my Cd's and even taking the time to listen to my music at all. I want people that love music, to love my music because a wrote it about everyday life, and I wanna prove that good blues still lives. No disrespect or crying for it, we will win the people by taking it to the people and giving them the best shows and tracks that we can give. On my Madear years from now, I want to be known as a legend like the ones I grew up listening to the Bobby Bland's, Johnny Taylor, Little Milton, Solomon Burke, etc. my list goes on and on. I love to hear the music as well as sing it. We only got a few legends like Bobby Rush, Carl Simms, Dennis LaSalle, Peggy Scott Adams, and etc left. And so many others cementing there legacy like TK Soul, Sir Charles Jones(no relation) Bigg Rob and etc to join that great list of ICON's. God has truly been good to me and he has blessed me with a great team, and a wonderful fan base that is growing daily. So with that I say, in due time I shall earn whateva I am due, cause what God has for me is for me. Anyone that truly knows me knows that I am so driven that I will not stop till my peoples are satisfied and they (the fans) say that I'm that man. Thanks for your time, and thanks for giving us artists new and old a place on your page to display our passions. Get Ready for my next Cd "TrailRide Certified" coming soon outta Gifted Sounds. SOMEBODY GET THIS FOOL!! HIM.

Jeter Jones

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Cool, Jeter. Thanks for writing!!!

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Hi Daddy B,

This ain´t really for publishing, just wanna ask if you ever reviewed the Louisiana Blues Brothers´ CD. I see you have them in the Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index, but that don´t lead me nowhere.

All best,


PS: Nice reading the (Daddy B Nice) interview with (Nicholas) Gorrell.

Daddy B. Nice responds:

Hey! Tommy,

Don't think you'll mind if I post this, since I suspect other readers are also looking for more information on the Louisiana Blues Brothers and their LOVE ON THE BAYOU CD.

No, I did not review the CD, but I have made amends since then by writing extensively about the band members, and you'll find multiple entries on


Tyree Neal,

and Adrian Bagher (click links), including many of the songs on LOVE ON THE BAYOU, Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index. Daddy B. Nice Artist Guides on both Pokey and Tyree Neal (caricatured above) containing much more material. Check it out!


--Daddy B. Nice

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Hey Daddy!

This is Joe Pinchotti. You may remember that I worked with singer/songwriter Aaron Young a little ways back @ 2006 or 2007. Money or Fame and By My Side were a couple songs you helped expose to your audience.

I've kept following your pages and they have become an encyclopedia of Southern Soul music. Other than some successful national acts, I don't (or didn't, I should say) have great knowledge of the genre. This music is like home don't know what you're missin'!

Anyway, I wanted to bring to your attention a new CD by Otis Clay and Pittsburgh artist Billy Price entitled THIS TIME FOR REAL. They have collaborated many times in the past and this is their latest. I think it contains some tracks that could be to your fans' liking. If you are aware of this new work, then you know what I'm talking, if not, I hope you'll approve.

I have included a couple links to some songs etc. that I hope you can check out. BTW, I don't work for them at all; just a fan.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Joe P.

Listen to Billy Price & Otis Clay Live at the Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

I do remember the talented Aaron Young, Joe, and consider it unfortunate that he was not able or willing to further his musical career. Thanks for bringing him up. I'll post this Otis Clay information. FYI, Otis was also featured on the Stax VARIOUS ARTISTS: TAKE ME TO THE RIVER soundtrack.

Listen to Otis Clay and Lil' P-Nut singing "Trying To Live My Life Without You" on YouTube.

To search for more Otis Clay appearances on the website, go to Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

Joe replies:

I will check it out! Thanks for the response. I know Ragman liked Aaron's stuff and gave me some good advice along the the way.

We just misjudged and paid the consultants to not do their jobs. Happens all the time. Shame on us!

Thanks again
Joe - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


Good day....I really appreciate the site due to its very informative majority of the times. I have attended my shows due to your website, which leads me to my concern ....

I live in Austin, Tx and was looking forward to attending the New Year's Eve concert in Fort Worth, Tx at the Ridglea Theater. The information on your website is not informative, it has no contact information and when you call the theater all you get a recording saying this mailbox is full.

It appears that whomever is promoting this event is not really concerned or the event has been canceled. Really disappointed in this one but will continue to utilize the site for blues shows and festivals throughout the country.

Isaiah Jones III

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sorry for the delay, Isaiah. I will post this in the hopes that some more information will be forthcoming.

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Daddy B Nice

The more you stir in shit the worst it smells. emphasize the positive in our community. stop pitting one black man against another the Bull Winkle Bigg Robb controversy will be settled in the courts your attempt to create discourse in the community has been duly noted we are aware of your attempt to increase your readership and you will not be thought of positively if this practice continues

Best regards

Daddy B. Nice replies:

In both the original article posted and in the response by Bishop Bullwinkle, I was specifically asked by one or more of the principles involved to publish their "side" and/or my commentary. This can be verified by going back to the artists.

Daddy B. Nice

Boogie replies

Just Letting you know what is being said and and how it appears to major community members. did not mean to offend

best Wishes and Happy Holidays!

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Daddy B. Nice notes: In a requested telephone interview with Daddy B. Nice that took place Saturday, December 12, 2015, Bishop Bullwinkle responded with anger and defiance to Bigg Robb's allegations of copyright infringement. The bulk of the interview was profanity-laced, and it was difficult to confirm details because of the one-sided, tirade-like nature of the exchange. Bullwinkle was sympathetic at times, but more often stressed, passionate, words tumbling out faster than he could think 'em or I could write 'em.

"Bigg Robb is a god-damned liar!" "Bigg Robb is a mother-f--g liar! Print it just like that on your website!"

This was Bullwinkle's pre-eminent theme, repeated a dozen times.

"John Ward ain't called me back. I'm waiting. He ain't done nothing. Bigg Robb told a big lie. I couldn't get a sample (from Robb). He didn't want to do it. Bigg Robb want to own the fucking song. We were going to partner. Then Robb want 70%. 'You take 30%.'

"Bigg Robb is a fucking liar. He been sampling records the whole time. Then he take "Naw Naw" off a YouTube. NBC contacted me. They wanna do a TV show on 'Naw Naw.' Bigg Robb contacted them and NBC dropped the show. NBC said it was because it sampled Marvin Gaye! And Bigg Robb was a friend of mine.

"They can all go to hell. I got a new track coming. I ain't taking that shit. Bigg Robb sent me some papers. I gave 'em to my lawyers. Let's go to court. What time we going? What's the fucking wait on? If I did something wrong, why ain't I in copyright court?

That's the real truth. If I disrespect you, take me to court. Bigg Robb needs to get his lawyer and his thick pieces of paper and talk to my lawyer. That's the truth."

--Daddy B. Nice

See Original Story on Daddy B. Nice's Corner. Scroll down this page for more commentary.

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Daddy B. Nice notes: An individual in the southern soul community, who chooses to remain anonymous (a request I'll honor because he's paid his dues a dozen times over), has asked me to comment on the issue of copyright infringement prompted by the news that Bishop Bullwinkle used an unauthorized instrumental track to record "Hell Naw 2 Da Naw Naw" and others. The individual even notes your Daddy B. Nice's own travails over the years with websites stealing his copyrighted "Concert Calendar."

Bishop Bullwinkle: See story on Daddy B. Nice's Corner.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

First of all, I was as surprised as just about everybody else that the Bullwinkle instrumental tracks were stolen. Since the Bigg Robb and Sheba Potts-Wright singles weren't favorites (often-played tracks) of mine, I had to go back and listen to the originals to even believe it. The evidence is conclusive. Bullwinkle lifted the instrumental tracks on both--lock, stock, and smoking barrel.

Secondly, I want the artists to know I'm in solidarity with them on this issue. When Daddy B. Nice's "Concert Calendar" (right-hand column of this page) gets ripped off by competing websites, it puts your Daddy B. Nice into a "slow burn" very like what a recording artist feels upon hearing his instrumental track in someone else's song.

A little personal background. About fifteen years ago, I found myself travelling in the Deep South, following my daughter, a Marine pilot, to her various military bases, and in the course of these trips I discovered a form of contemporary rhythm & blues that was no longer played nationwide yet held passion, musical integrity, and a devotion to musicality that hiphop had largely left behind.

For the first time in my life, I knew I was the right guy (everything in my life had prepared me for this) in the right place (the Dirty South being the last place in the world I would ever have imagined myself) at the right time. I truly felt there was something important going on here (southern soul music) and--if not me--who was going to memorialize it? I couldn't bear the thought of this music appearing briefly in this tiny bosom of the country and disappearing forever.

So I started the website. I took out a second mortgage on my house (leading to my second divorce), sunk 35K into SouthernSoulRnB and my own computer literacy, and put in 25-30 unpaid hours per week over the last ten years into this gigantic, ever-growing anthill of information and opinion.

So when I see a competing website who has stolen my hard-researched data from my "Concert Calendar" above me on a search engine page for Ms. Jody's upcoming concerts, I want to "kill."

This, readers, is what a recording artist feels like when he hears his song ripped off, inserted into a competitor's song, playing on the radio or on YouTube. It's the ultimate, stinging slap in the face--a statement that all the work and years of preparation the original artist did was for naught...

....Someone else is taking the credit and reaping the rewards that were rightfully yours. This is especially galling in the southern soul "industry," where the financial rewards are so modest, or even non-existent, and where the accolades of peers and fans are often the only recompense.

In the world of journalism from which I came, it's called plagiarism and, traditionally (I won't speak for the wild-and-woolly digital age) being accused of plagiarism was a stigma strong enough to destroy a writer's career. And yet, there are only so many words and phrases to be used.

What if I asked you, as a person with at least a passing acquaintance with movies, where the expression, "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse," came from. Most everyone would say, "Why, that's the Godfather (Marlon Brando) in the movie "The Godfather," from the book by Mario Puzo.

In fact, that expression is a cliche and has been used again and again. The other day, I heard the villain in a black-and-white John Wayne western from 1933 ("Riders Of Destiny," long before "The Godfather") say the very same words--"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse"--not once but twice.

So there are two issues here. In the entertainment business, nothing is new. There are only so many words and phrases to be used. It's the same with music, only most people don't "get it" the way they do with words. They don't understand that musical phrases are as specific and oft-used as are words.

Maybe, because I'm a onetime bassist (12 years acoustic bass, classically-trained), I believe the bass line is usually the key part (or phrase) of any instrumental track. (Drums, of course, too.) One of the slinkiest bass lines ever recorded motored Carl Sims "It Ain't A Juke Joint Without The Blues" (also a great YouTube video), but it wasn't the first time the bass line was used. Johnnie Taylor put down the same instrumental track a decade earlier in his "(Somebody's Been Sleeping In My Bed) You Know It Ain't Right." And it's anyone's guess how many iterations of the phrase preceded Taylor's.

Or, if you're really intent on a copyright puzzle and the frequency with which musical phrases are reinvented, compare the instrumental tracks of two of the most widely-known classics in popular music: Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean" and B.B. King's "Big Boss Man."

Southern soul music is rife with such examples. Lebrado's "Coffee" is playing in my ear just now; the bass line is from Marvin Sease's "Do You Qualify?" I seldom listen to a song that doesn't remind me of another song or reference another. It's a sign of the genre's vitality and communal power.

The problem with Bishop Bullwinkle's "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" isn't in the quality of the work. On the contrary, once in awhile something comes along that's totally fresh and different, something that makes everyone feel like they've been creating inside a "box". "Hell To The Naw Naw" is such a record.

....Bishop Bullwinkle's song is more memorable than Bigg Robb's "Looking For A Country Girl," just as Bigg Robb's cover of "Good Loving Will Make You Cry"--properly licensed by Bigg Robb, by the way--was more memorable than Carl Marshall's original. You could say Bishop Bullwinkle's "Hell Naw 2 Da Naw Naw" and Bigg Robb's "Good Lovin' (Remix)" were the highest artistic fruition of their respective musical phrases.

But listen carefully. Click the two links in the previous paragraph and compare them (they're identical), because it's important to understand the power and allure of SHEER ENTERTAINMENT, a temptation like gold fever of satisfying hordes of fans, that makes supposedly upstanding folks--people like Bishop Bullwinkle--abruptly lose their moral compass.

"Hell Naw 2 Da Naw Naw" lifts the entire instrumental track, intact, from Bigg Robb's "Looking For A Country Girl," and only two years after the former was released and copyrighted.

What makes people think they can steal creative property? Is it because they're cynical, used to taking short cuts, and think they can get away with it? Is it because they're entitled, and used to getting everything they want--instant gratification? Is it because they're so marginalized, so impoverished, so beaten-down that they no longer believe their actions have real-life consequences?

There are two ways performers, writers and producers can protect themselves from being intellectually mugged, and both are called "copyrighting". Compositions (the underlying structure of the song, including melodies, lyrics, chords, etc.) and Sound Recordings (the fixed master recording and/or audio file) are two separate copyrights.

Compositions are called “publishing rights,” while recordings are called “master rights.” Music publishers and songwriters control the publishing rights. Record labels and recording artists (if they own the label) own and control the master rights.

Under the present copyright law, a work is automatically protected by copyright when it is created. A work is created when it is “fixed” or embodied in a copy or record for the first time. Neither registration in the Copyright Office nor publication is required for copyright protection under the law. There are, however, certain advantages to registration, including the establishment of a public record of the copyright claim. This is obviously helpful if you do have to resort to litigation.

Composers and recording artists are compensated with royalties via "cue sheets" used by music organizations like BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), which track requests for use of the artists' material.

If you're an artist like Bishop Bullwinkle desiring to dip into another artist's work, you’ll first need to ask the question, "What am I looking to use? Am I creating a cover song? Am I sampling an existing recording?" Knowing the difference between compositions (the publishing rights) and sound recordings (the masters rights) is key to determining the necessary license.

Doing things The RIGHT WAY (i.e. being a professional) is simple. It only takes courage. Communication. At its most basic level, searching for a phone number, calling the artist, producer or composer and negotiating permission. People always ask me, "How do I get a hold of such-and-such artist?" And I always say, "Buy their CD and read the liner notes." Is ten bucks so much to get to where you're going?

No man is an island, standing in front of a deejay board under a tent in a shopping mall. Even that man--Bishop Bullwinkle--may find his short-cutted, stolen-slash-sampled creation an unexpected southern-soul hit single, along with all the scrutiny and notoriety that comes with fame.

--Daddy B. Nice

P.S. Here are some helpful links for artists seeking more information on copyrights and song registration.





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Im a dj in Simsboro, La. I'm trying to find the song, "Same Old Bullshit" by Lady J. You mentioned it several years ago, I believe it was 2007. Any help finding this song would be greatly appreciated!

Yours truly,

Andrew Jones(DJ A&Q)

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Yes, Lady J's "Same Old Bullshit" was a top ten singles pick in April 2007. "I Fell In Love With Somebody" was another song by Lady J receiving air play at the time. And I first remember hearing Lady J in 2000 singing a song called "Part-Time Lover." I never knew the album title, if there was an album.

I just spent a half-hour researching the question, using every conceivable search engine trick I know, trying such sources as All Music Guide, CD Baby, YouTube, Facebook and Amazon, with no luck. All the "recent" Lady J's are other singers.

DJ Outlaw was the jock on "I Fell In Love," DJ Ragman was the jock on "Same Old Bullshit," and DJ Smooth was the jock on "Part Time Lover. Smooth is gone, but Ragman and Outlaw are still at WMPR in Jackson, Mississippi (Ragman on weekday afternoons, Outlaw on Saturday night), and you might try calling the station and asking them. I don't know of any other source available. (601–948–5835 or 601–948–5837.)

If any of my readers have information, I'll let you know.


Daddy B. Nice

A reader replies:

hello b nice

i played baseline on the song same ole bullshit it was produced by the late great lee daniels my mentor. right now i dont have a copy of the song but im trying to locate it as i type this to you and if i do locate it i will put it up on youtube


100% Cotton aka Mister Cotton...

Daddy B. Nice notes: With at least two albums under his belt, young Tony Cotton (not to be confused with bluesman James Cotton, who recorded an album titled 100% Cotton) was mentored by the late Lee Daniels. He specializes in slow, dense, atmospheric ballads, and has recorded under the name 100% Cotton. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide




Hello sir,

I am a young southern soul dj who is in dire need of the southern soul classic can I spend some money on you by chuck strong… and cow girl by jwonn and others..i look high and low I cant get em here in knoxville tn…where I reside…I really need these songs …can you put them on a cd and mail it to me?...i really have no other outlet to get em…amazon does not have either nor does cd baby…please help me

…g money…
wazl radio
po box 51341
knoxville tn…

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sorry for the delay, g money. The "Cowgirl" single is finally out. Your Daddy B. Nice charted it as a "breaking" #1 single ("southern soul electronica, baby!") way back in January 2015, so I feel your frustration, but that's the economics of the chitlin' circuit.

Buy Big Yayo's mp3 single "Cowgirl" at CD Universe.

Buy Big Yayo's mp3 single "Cowgirl" at iTunes.

Chuck Strong

I'm not sure what's up with Chuck Strong, a renowned and greying veteran who hasn't recorded an album since 2009. The "Can I Spend Some Money On You" single came out in 2013 and even had a promotional tag of "The Famous Chuck Strong," but it has never been offered for sale nor appeared on YouTube.

Daddy B. Nice

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To whom it may concern,

I want to let you know that I really enjoy reading the content on your website. Being that I'm a big southern soul music fan, I refer to your site for the latest news and releases from artists within the genre. I do have one question for you though. On Beat Flippa's I Got The Blues, Vol. 1 (2015) CD, would you happen to know what old school 70's soul jam track 15 (Ms. Portia - You Chose The Wrong Chick) is sampling? If you happen to know this information, in your spare time could you please email it to me? I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance!

- Adrian

Daddy B. Nice replies:

You stumped me, Adrian, but it's an interesting question to pose to readers.

Daddy B. Nice

Listen to Ms. Portia singing "You Chose The Wrong Chick" on YouTube.

Buy Beat Flippa: I Got The Blues Vol. 1 at Soul Blues Music.

Adrian replies:

Thanks for responding to my inquiry Daddy B. Nice. I finally found what I was searching for! The song "You Chose The Wrong Chick" by Ms. Portia was sampled by Jerry Butler's hit, "Ain't Understanding Mellow." The song is on his 1971 album, "The Sagittarius Movement," and also features Brenda Lee Eager on lead vocals.

Thanks once again, and keep on spreading the news about the latest happenings in Southern Soul!!!

- Adrian

Listen to Jerry Butler & Brenda Lee Eager singing "Ain't Understanding Mellow" on YouTube.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

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Daddy B Nice,

It was a song I heard on radio in 07 or 08 from a new artist at the time I think his name was Earl or Something Do you think you would know who would it be?? Or anyone name started with an E at that time


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Was it Earl Duke?

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Earl Duke.

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Daddy B Nice

I love southern soul music, I am from the south, but I live north of the mason Dixon line. I would like to find dance clubs in my area, or near me that play southern soul music, maybe in Washington, dc, Maryland, or Virginia. I have tried to google dance clubs in dc but came up with none.

Can you recommend dance clubs in this area? I am actually in Wilmington, de. I am near Baltimore, DC, and Philadelphia. Are there any?

Looking for a good "hole in the wall"


Daddy B. Nice replies:

I can wholeheartedly recommend only one place above the Mason-Dixon line in your area. It's often featured in the Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar and is the frequent showcase for two respected, veteran southern soul bands also based in the area: Hardway Connection and Jim Bennett.

4400 Livingston Rd
Indian Head, Maryland 20640
Phone (301) 283-0225

Everyone from Clarence Carter to Roy C. to Ms. Jody has played there on the weekend.

Daddy B. Nice

RF replies:

Thank you thank you thank you!

We can get to the md/dc area in less than 2 hours, I cant wait, going next weekend! Thank you!!!


Daddy B. Nice replies:

9 pm, Friday, November 27, 2015. Lamonts' Entertainment Complex, 4400 Livingston Road, Pomonkey, Maryland. After-Thanksgiving Blast: The Heavy Hitters Of Soul. Jeff Floyd, J. Red, Hardway Connection. Doors open at 6 pm. 202-553-5723.


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Dear Daddy B. Nice

There is a new blues song that is playing heavily in the south. I'm trying to find the name of it and who made it. The words say...If you can't cook cornbread, if you can't cook greens. If you can't cook gumbo, if you can't cook red beans , then you're not the woman for me. I would be so...happy if I found out who made this.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

That's Cupid featuring Pokey singing "Cornbread And Greens."

Listen to Cupid featuring Pokey singing "Cornbread & Greens" on YouTube.

Buy Cupid's new "Cornbread & Greens" single at iTunes.

Read Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Cupid. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Hey DaddyBNice,

Do you know that artist who sings a song that says,

"If you're looking for me this weekend, I'll be with my man."?


Daddy B. Nice replies:

I'd swear I'd heard that line somewhere in the last month, Angela, but I can't recollect where. Do you have any more lyrics from the song? In the meantime, I'll see if any of the readers can help.

Daddy B. Nice

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

Friday, February 5, 2016. NRG Arena (Reliant Arena), Reliant Parkway, Houston, Texas. H-Town Blues Festival: Blues Is Alright Tour. Clarence Carter, T.K. Soul, Cupid, J'Wonn, Tucka, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Sir Charles Jones. See festival website. DBN notes: Willie Clayton has cancelled.

9:30 pm, Saturday, February 6, 2016. Community Center, 1400 Gordon Simon Leblanc Drive, St. Gabriel, Louisiana. Black Men of St. Gabriel. Cupid & The Dance Party Express.

7 pm, Saturday, February 6, 2016. Jet Adores Event Center, 2301 E. Broadway, West Memphis, Arkansas. A Night Of Soul. Jo Jo Murray, John Cummings, Andre' Lee, Will T., Van Kelly and The Backstreet Blues Band. 901-357-5989, 870-400-3417. Hosted by Coday Records and The Boogie Report.

Saturday, February 6, 2016. Attala County Coliseum, 550 MS-12, Kosciusko, Mississippi. Big Pokey Birthday Bash. Big Pokey Bear, Steve Perry, L.J. Echols, Chris Ivy, Terry Wright. 769-232-1600, 662-289-1618.

8 pm, Saturday, February 6, 2016. American Legion Post 248, 5070 FM 1398, Hooks, Texas. Avail Hollywood, Koko Soul. 903-547-7248.

9 pm, Sunday, February 7, 2016. Blue Chicago, 536 N. Clark St., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis.

8 pm, February 11, 2016. The Icon Lounge, 402 North Main Avenue, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Love Me In the Moment Concert/Party. Cupid. 605- 444-4260.

Friday, February 12, 2016. State Theatre, 404 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo, Michigan. Bobby Rush, Wayne Baker Brooks.

9 pm, Friday, February 12, 2016. Black Heritage Center, 1600 Phoenix Center, Hammond, Louisiana. Tucka, Pokey Bear, Ms. Lady Blues, Veronica Ra'elle. Doors open at 8 pm. 225-278-9401.

Friday, February 12, 2016. Harlow's Casino Resort, 4280 Harlows Blvd., Greenville, Mississippi. Willie Clayton. 866-534-5825.

Saturday, February 13, 2016. Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 College Pkwy., Palos Hills, Illinois (Chicago). Bobby Rush, Wayne Baker Brooks. 708-974-4300.

8 pm, Saturday, February 13, 2016. Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, Mississippi. Pre-Valentine's Day Southern Soul & Blues Concert. Walter Waiters, Terry Wright, T.K. Soul, Mr. Sam. 228-594-3700.

Saturday, February 13, 2016. Garrett Coliseum, 1555 Federal Drive, Montgomery, Alabama. Roscoe Miller's Valentines Show. Mr. David, Vick Allen, Willie Clayton, Betty Wright, J'Wonn, Wendell B. 334-356-6866. 404-781-8069. Doors open at 6 pm.

8:45 pm, Saturday, February 13, 2016. Granada City Auditorium, 17 N. Main St., Granada, Mississippi. LaMorris Williams, Avail Hollywood, Koko Soul and more. Doors open at 7 pm. 662-417-8778.

Saturday, February 13 & Sunday, February 14, 2016. Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, Arizona. Smokey Robinson. 800-946-4452.

Saturday, February 13, 2016. Vicksburg City Auditorium, 901 Monroe St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. 2nd Annual Valentine Extravaganza. O.B. Buchana, Karen Wolfe, Lenny Williams, JR Blu. 601-634-4511.

8 pm, Saturday, February 13, 2016. Belle Casino of Baton Rouge, 103 France St., Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Cupid. 225-218-0452.

Saturday, February 13, 2016. The Southern Soul Lounge, 1605 Marshall St., Shreveport, Louisiana. Jeter Jones, MP Soul. 318-673-8338.

7 pm, Saturday, February 13, 2016. Wharton Civic Center, 1924 N. Fulton St., Wharton, Texas. CD Release Party for Lady Audrey & The Superior Band. Pokey, Lady Audrey, The Superior Band featuring Rebekah & Walter Waiters. 979-532-2491.

8:30 pm, Saturday, February 13, 2016. El Dorado Conference Center, 311 S. West Ave., El Dorado, Arkansas. Calvin Richardson, Donnie Ray, CTC Band. 870-866-7441. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

Sunday, February 14, 2016. Central City Complex, 609 W Woodrow Wilson Ave, Jackson, Mississippi. Valentine's Night Extravaganza. Katrenia Jefferson, Bishop Bullwinkle, Dee Bradley. 601-352-9075.

7 pm, Sunday, February 14, 2016. Verizon Theater, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, Texas. 12th Annual Dallas Blues Festival. The Blues is Alright Tour. Cupid, Sir Charles Jones, Shirley Brown, Bobby Rush, Theodis Ealey, Latimore.

Sunday, February 14, 2016. Evers Blues Lounge, 1028 Pecan Park Circle, Jackson, Mississippi. Valentine's Blues Concert. Mr. David, Nathaniel Kimble, Doctor Dee. 601-720-4760.

9 pm, Sunday, February 14, 2016. Exclusive Bar and Grill, 24475 Highway 27, Crystal Springs, Mississippi. Sweet Angel. 601-668-4527.

8 pm, Sunday, February 14, 2016. Central City Complex, 609 W Woodrow Wilson Ave., Jackson, Mississippi. Bishop Bullwinkle, Katrenia Jefferson, Dee Bradley. 601-352-9075. Doors open at 7 pm.

9 pm, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 19, 20 & 21, 2016. Blue Chicago, 536 N. Clark St., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis.

8 pm, Friday, February 19, 2016. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia. 12th Annual Atlanta Blues Festival. Blues Is Alright Tour. Line-Up Not Announced. 404-881-2100.

10 am, Saturday February 20, 2016. LA Cortana Mall, 9401 Cortana Place, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Cupid.

7 pm, Saturday, February 20, 2016. Laurel City Auditorium, 1500 Auditorium Drive, Laurel, Mississippi. Avail Hollywood, Rue Davis, Summer Wolf, Koko Soul.

Saturday, February 20, 2016. Bottleneck Blues Bar, 4116 Washington St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Mr. Sipp. 601-638-1000.

Saturday, February 20, 2016. Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio, Texas. Barbara Lewis, Rose Royce, Peaches & Herb and more. 210-207-3663.

9 pm, Saturday, February 20, 2016. Joe's Place, 313 Carrollton Avenue, Greenwood, Mississippi. Sweet Angel. 662-299-9810.

Sunday, February 21, 2016. RL's Blues Palace, 3100 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas. Rue Davis, Big John Cummings, Jeter Jones, Jabo, Katrenia Jefferson, Gregg A. Smith, Johnny Dynamyt Kroon, Raa Raa Zydeco, Summer Wolfe. Doors open at 7 pm. 214-803-9415.

Sunday, February 21, 2016. Thalia Mara Hall, 255 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, Mississippi. Ruben Studdard, Mississippi Mass Choir, Le'andria Johnson.

2:30 pm, Sunday, February 21, 2016. Coachman Park, Clearwater, Florida. Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival. Grady Champion. See festival website.

Thursday, February 25, 2016. Workplay Theater, 500 23rd St. South, Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Sipp. 205-380-4082.

8 pm, Friday, February 26, 2016. Century Link Center, 2000 Century Link Center Drive, Bossier City, Louisiana. 10th Annual Shreveport Blues Festival. T.K. Soul, Nellie "Tiger" Travis and more.

8 pm, Saturday, February 27, 2016. Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana. 9th Annual Big Easy Blues Festival. Blues Is Alright Tour. Sir Charles Jones, Tucka, Theodis Ealey, Jeff Floyd, T.K. Soul, Tyree Neal.

9 pm, Saturday, February 27, 2016. Club Diamonds, 245 MLK Blvd., Summerville, Louisiana. Avail Hollywood, Koko Soul.

9 pm, Saturday, February 27, 2016. Billings Lounge, Old Highway 61, Shelby, Mississippi. Sweet Angel. 662-404-6381. Doors open at 8 pm.

8 pm, Friday, March 4, 2016. Chaifetz Arena, 1 S. Compton Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri. 11th Annual St. Louis Blues Festival: Blues Is Alright Tour. Sir Charles Jones, Bobby Rush, T.K. Soul, Shirley Brown, Latimore, Calvin Richardson, Nellie "Tiger" Travis 314-977-5000.

8 pm, Friday, March 4, 2016. Harlow's Casino Resort, 4280 Harlow's Blvd., Greenville, Mississippi. Bigg Robb. Doors open at 7 pm.

7 pm, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Leflore County Civic Center, 200 MS-7, Greenwood, Mississippi. T.K. Soul, Ms. Jody, Bigg Robb, Toia Jones, Lamont Headley. 662-453-4065.

Saturday, March 5, 2016. VIP Entertainment Center, 3270 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, Tennessee. Sweet Angel's Blues, Black and Bling Birthday Bash. Sweet Angel.

Saturday, March 5, 2016. Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble, Texas. Rodeo. Cupid & The Dance Party Express.

7 pm, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, Indiana. Chi-Town Blues Festival. Blues Is Alright Tour. Line-Up Not Announced. 219-769-6311.

Friday, March 11, 2016. Maude Cobb Convention Center, 100 Grand Blvd., Longview, Texas. T.K. Soul & Band. 903-237-1230.

Saturday, March 12, 2016. Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N. Greenwood Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma.T.K. Soul, Salty Dog. 918-596-1020.

9 pm, Saturday, March 12, 2016. Elk's Lodge, 13121 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie, Oregon (Portland). Winter Blues Music Festival. Grady Champion. See festival website.

7 pm, Saturday, March 12, 2016. MLK Center, 309 Cora St., Lafayette, Louisiana. C-Wright, Jeter Jones, Audio. 337-354-6062.

Saturday, March 12, 2016. Duke Energy Center For The Performing Arts: Memorial Auditorium, 2 East South Street, Raleigh, North Carolina. Blues Is Alright Tour. Line-Up Not Announced.

8 pm, Saturday, March 19, 2016. The Fox Theater, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Michigan. The 10th Annual Motor City Blues Festival. Blues Is Alright Tour. T.K. Soul, Sir Charles Jones, Bobby Rush, Bigg Robb, Shirley Brown, Theodis Ealey. 313-471-3200.

10:30 pm, Saturday, March 19, 2016. Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis.

Saturday, March 19, 2016. Opelousas Yambilee Building, 1939 West Landry, Opelousas, Louisiana. Southern Cross Trail Ride. Cupid.

March 20, 2016. Skybox Sports Grill, 110 Fratesi St., Shelby, Mississippi. Sweet Angel. 901-267-9204.

Friday, April 1, 2016. Bradfordville Blues Club, 7152 Moses Lane, Tallahassee, Florida. Mr. Sipp. 850-906-0766.

Friday, April 1, 2016. Billings Lounge, Shelby, Mississippi. Vick Allen. 662-398-0000.

9 pm, April 1, 2016. Club Memories, 105 Estevez Road, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Avail Hollywood, Koko Soul.

Saturday, April 2, 2016. Ladd Peebles Stadium, 1621 Virginia St., Mobile, Alabama. Spring Fling. Wendell B., T.K. Soul, Tucka, Sir Charles Jones, Lebrado, Lenny Williams, Bishop Bullwinkle, Lacee, L.J. Echols, Nathaniel Kimble, Ronnie Bell, Veronica Ra'elle. Special Tribute to Mel Waiters.

Saturday, April 2, 2016. City of Jacksonville Beach, Jacksonville, Florida. Springing the Blues. Mr. Sipp. See festival website.

Saturday, April 9, 2016. Gray's Amusement Park, Highway 86, Holly Grove, Arkansas. 5th Annual Spring Fling. Sweet Angel. 870-462-3122.

10:30 pm, Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, 2016. Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis.

9 pm, Saturday, April 23, 2016. The Rough Riders MC, 455 Oxford Rd., Mansfield, Louisiana. Jeter Jones, L.J. Echols, Luster Baker, Avail Hollywood, Blues Boy Bo, MP Soul, Summer Wolfe, Crystal Thomas. 318-470-5521.

Friday, April 29 & Saturday, April 30, 2016. Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds, 1035 Cody Road North, Mobile, Alabama. Mobile Spring Fling All Blues Weekend. Big Yayo, J'Wonn, Big Pokey, J. Red, Lomax, Wilson Meadows, Ms. Jody, Mr. David, O.B. Buchana, Karen Wolfe, Ves, Bigg Robb, Terry Wright 251-366-6880.

April 30, 2016. Wiregrass Museum of Art, 126 Museum Avenue, Dothan, Alabama. Grady Champion. 334-794-3871.

Saturday, May 7, 2016. Monroe Civic Center, 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expy., Monroe, Louisiana. T.K. Soul & Band. 318-329-2225.

7 pm, Saturday, May 7, 2016. Ruston Civic Center, 505 1st St. (Downtown), Ruston, Louisiana. Avail Hollywood, Koko Soul and more.


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From Daddy B. Nice's BEST OF 2014 page...


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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