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I am interested in purchasing tickets for the Memorial Day Blues Show. Flyer says first 100 people enter for $15.00. Does that mean they are simply purchased at the gate and the first 100 there get that price or are they sold in advance? Also, if you are not one of the lucky first 100, what is the price?

Thank you so much as I look forward to being at the show. Although I am a true Lacee fan, this entire lineup is excellent! Thanks again for your help.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

I went back and checked the # and it is correct, Mary. You may want to try calling at odd times. For instance, the promoter may work days and only answer the phone at night, etc. I imagine the regular ticket prices will range from the usual $20 to $30. I would just suggest going, and it sounds like that's what you're doing. Have fun!

Daddy B. Nice - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


Daddy B. Nice

Yes will you please tell me who sings the song with the "I am gonna make it right if it takes the rest of my life"?


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Zy'keyia,

That's Jeff Floyd. It's a new single, I think, and I can't find an mp3 or YouTube version of the tune yet.

Daddy B. Nice

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Jeff Floyd. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

RE: Buying Jackie Neal's MONEY CAN'T BUY ME LOVE CD

Daddy B Nice:

Do you have the complete Money Can’t Buy Me Love CD? If so, how much is it and how soon can I receive it? I was on your website and when I clicked the icon… didn’t work.

Thank you.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Kathy,

The Barnes & Noble link is out-of-date because the album has gone out of print. However, the CD Universe link works....see below:

Jackie Neal - Money Can't Buy Me Love CD

This item is not available directly from CD Universe, but it is available through our partnership with Amazon.

Available from Amazon Marketplace.

3 Used from $149.95

I know...the price.....Ouch!!

--Daddy B. Nice

Listen to Jackie Neal singing "Money Can't Buy Me Love" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Jackie Neal.

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Hi Daddy B Nice,

Wow, I was asked to visit your website today and as I was scrolling down your calendar of events I saw one that might have failed to get to you for June 17th. I have attached it to this email for your consideration of posting.

It's been a long time since you and I have chatted either by email or phone. Just a little update, I'm still hanging in here with the southern soul. I currently service 43 terrestrial radio stations with my syndicated four hour Southern Soul & Blues show. To include Lords Bank, Belize FM station carrying my show. I don't know if you heard, but I was inducted into the R&B Music Hall of Fame last year 2016 and received the 1st ever given by the R&B Music Hall of Fame the "Nat D. Williams Radio Personality of the Year Award". I will be inducted into the West Tennessee Music Museum soon. They have no date set at this time they have to order my display case. I am so delighted because this is the same museum that has the Tina Turner School there as well.

Thank you for staying true to southern soul for it will take more like yourself and I to keep it moving on the media side. I will be celebrating five years of streaming and being syndicated on June 23rd. This is my website: and I am also on TuneIn Radio under WNDK Radio. 24/7 of nothing but Southern Soul and Blues.

Jazzii A.

Daddy B. Nice notes to readers:

Longtime southern soul enthusiast and media member Jazzi A. has been a no-show on many of my southern soul radio reports in recent years, an omission for which this letter and reply will hopefully make amends. In recommending streaming to southern soul fans over the years, I've always excluded radio that 1/ required sign-ins or 2/ complicated players. In following this guideline I've merely extended my own inclinations and limits on my patience. I don't know that Jazzi A. ever had a sign-in (not in recent years, anyway), but the "players" options on her website did deter me, since changing my own streaming to or from "default players" always required extra effort.

The link in Jazzi A.'s letter above takes you to such a page with player options that I did not want to utilize. However, in follow-up conversation, Jazzi A. gave me this link--TuneIn Radio under WNDK Radio--which connects automatically to a streaming platform.

As Jazzi A. herself summarizes in her follow-up: "Direct site on some computers. You have to select the player you want to use from the top right."
"This is the link for TuneIn radio app." (This is the preferred option for lazy people like your Daddy B. Nice.)

Also, Jazzi A. says to watch for an even more improved streaming platform in the near future. I have spent a happy couple of hours listening to Jazzi A.'s station. The selection is satisfyingly different from the other southern soul streams: knowledgeable, deft and discerning. The station is more traditional than Chico's 24/7 radio, but by no means boring. Chico's is all about the "new," and I love that--it's invaluable--but what Jazzi A. loses in "newness" she more than makes up for in a "depth" that is missing from today's southern soul scene, good as it is. I found Jazzi A. a refreshing alternative to Chico's Radio and perhaps even of more interest to southern soul fans who favor the traditional over the new "urban" sound that Chico favors. By that I mean you'll hear more Willie Clayton, Johnnie Taylor, Frank Mendenhall and John Cummings on Jazzi A. Together, in tandem, Chico's and Jazzi A's radios amount to a tremendous 24/7 choice for southern soul lovers. No one can write me complaining there's only southern soul on Saturdays!

--Daddy B. Nice

P.S. I did notice that my link to Chico's Radio above lost its streaming function after playing the "Tune In" radio platform for Jazzi A. I had to google Chico's Radio and go in through Tune In radio to get it to stream. DBN.


On a sadder note (there will always be "ups" and "downs" in the music business), the streaming southern soul radio station your Daddy B. Nice raved about the last couple of years--terrestrial WAGR in the Delta towns of Lexington, Tchula & Yazoo City, Mississippi--is currently terrestrial only. The home page does mention a "site-building" in process, so let's hope the shut-down is only temporary. The station has an infectious, authentic enthusiasm, never more so than when the locals are engaging larger-than-life, megaphone-voiced DJ Big Money on-air. The flavor of the Deep South flows. WAGR is primarily a gospel station with strong community roots. Stay tuned. DBN.

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Your Daddy B. Nice has received an unusual number of requests to "link in" with LINKED IN social media members lately. Please know that I do not ignore these requests out of arrogance or mischievousness or lack of concern. Just the opposite. I often want to write back but--not being a member--cannot. Being reclusive by nature and having achieved notoriety as a young man, I have always avoided social media, be it MySpace or Facebook or Linked In or the many other social media platforms, not to mention the almighty phone. I also "juggle" so many "balls" that my time is limited. But that does not mean I do not want to engage. I am available by e-mail and I encourage anyone who has something to say or discuss to e-mail me at

With gratitude and humility,
Daddy B. Nice - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


Daddy B. Nice,

Just noticed that in your bio of Denise you list her birth name as Denise Craig. In fact, she was born Ora Denise Allen. "Craig" was the surname of an early husband.

Her date of birth is usually given as 1939, as you state, although according to researcher Bob Eagle, the U.S. Census gives a date several years before that. She told me that it was actually 1941, and that's what I used in my book.

That being said, I agree that 1939 is the usually-cited date. She was born by midwife, so there was no official documentation of her birth. She told me that she raised her age when she left home to get married as a teenager (I'm not 100% sure whether this was her marriage to Mr. Craig, but I think it was -- in any case, it didn't last very long). This, she she says, explains the discrepancies that have arisen over the years. (She also told me that for years, her driver's license and Social Security card gave her birth date as 1934, which I think might have been the same date Bob Eagle tracked down in the U.S. Census records. That seems kind of early to me, though, simply because she would have been over 30 when she made her recording debut --"A Love Reputation" -- in 1966/'67; pretty old, at that time, for a singer to be breaking into the pop market, and her voice on the song sounds very young.)

But the name I'm sure of!

David W.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thank you, David. Always grateful for corrections. I have changed that error in both of Denise's artist guides.

Daddy B. Nice

Daddy B. Nice notes to readers:

See David Whiteis' Southern Soul Blues.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Denise LaSalle. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide



Daddy B. Nice, I wanted to write you just to tell you that I am grateful and thankful for having you as a supporter of my music. It's no doubt that your reviews and countdowns are really bringing my blues and soul music to the forefront. I will definitely be having more great music to come but I just wanted to stop through and just say.... THANK YOU!


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thank you, Jureesa!

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Duchess Jureesa McBride. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Texas "Hole In The Wall" To Be Memorialized

Dear Daddy B. Nice,

I found your website while doing research of the Chitlin' Circuit. Thank you for the great articles! I'm researching a venue in Smithville, Texas called "West End Park." It is one of two remaining in Texas (the other being the Victory Grill in Austin). West End Park has finally been given a historical designation, and the dedication is June 11, accompanied by a free musical event featuring some of the artists who played the Circuit. I thought you might be interested in reading about; here is the website: Chitlin' Circuit Historic Marker Unveiling.

Again, thank you for the wonderful source of information.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

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Hello daddybnice,

My name is Ricky Fuller and I am representing "BLACK DIAMOND" a new Southern soul and old school R&B band from Wilson, NC. Would like to know how to get information about us on your site? We have new music and a CD coming out real soon. You may have heard a collaboration between JRed & Black Diamond called "I Will". We also have another song called "They want me too" that's been getting some air play. We are on BLACK DIAMOND and facebook under Black Diamond. Just look for the large Diamond with Southern Soul & Old School R&B writing under it. I attached a photo of the Black Diamond logo on facebook and photo of the Band.

Ricky Fuller, Black Diamond

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear Ricky,

Amazing how many artists write me, not knowing that I've written about them.

I featured you in my top 10 singles this month:

See Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles: March 2016.

Also entered your names in the comprehensive index for the 1st time.

Daddy B. Nice

Ricky Fuller replies:

Man I do apologize!! I was just going down the list before reading this reply and saw we were at NO #5 and first thing came in my mind was, they already know about us!!! How did I miss this? I know something had to be going on, because a lot of people were hitting our site from your site, so if you didn't know, what you do is working for the artist. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! I will try and keep up better in the future.

Much Love, Black Diamond

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Good afternoon:

First of all I want you to know that I enjoy your blog and look forward to seeing the top 10 songs for a particular month.

I did not see an answer to this question you posted on the same page as the Concert Calendar about WMPR.

You may already know this but you can get that station on the TuneIn webpage or the app that is available on ITunes or Google Play. Also TuneIn is on Roku and on some smart TV's.

I did not know much about Southern Soul Blues because I moved to the Pensacola, FL area a couple or so years ago. I found "All Blues Saturday" on WDLT out of Mobile, Alabama and listen to Niki DeMarks and the other DJ's most Saturdays. I no longer live in that area so I have to listen via IHeart Radio. I am glad there is all of this great technology available to listen to all of the great music out there.

I hope this information works. I have had Malware issues in the past and it is no fun.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks for the compliment and your interesting and informative letter. I have a feeling I will be putting some of this to use.

Daddy B. Nice

P.S. I bought some speakers to go with my new laptop and have had no issues on the laptop.

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Is there a Friday concert in the vicinity VA, so maybe I don't have to drive to Raleigh.

The blues doesn't stop in Hampton Roads any more which is bad cause we have lot's of fans here in Hampton Roads.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

I'll let the artists know, James.

Keep watching that CONCERT CALENDAR.

Daddy B. Nice

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Daddy B. Nice,

I'm in NYC and i use to listen to a streaming radio station called SOUTHERN SOUL RADIO but it seems like they went out of business and most of the artist played on that station are in your website...

Can you provide me with any other streaming radio stations that play the artists listed on your website..?

I'm not interested in the Hip-Hop & rap stuff because it's not in my era ..

Any help from you guy's will be greatly appreciated ...


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Yes, I remember that website, which often competed with me at the top of the search engines. I didn’t realize it had ceased to operate. I didn’t listen to it much—it was almost entirely old-school southern soul--a little conservative for my tastes—but it’s still listed on my LINKS page.

I’m going to send you a reprint of my last southern soul radio update from Daddy B. Nice’s Corner and encourage you to explore what you like.




Ragman (Week-day afternoons)
Handyman (Week-day drive-time)
Cadillac Zack (Early Saturday afternoons)
Doctor Dee (New, Subbing Weekend evenings)


Nikki DeMarks (Saturday mornings)
Stormy (Saturday afternoons)
Kathe B (Saturday nights)


Big Money (Saturday mornings and early afternoons, Tuesday-Friday nights)
Dirty DJ (Weekend nights)
DJ Unknown (new)

Chico's Radio

Chico Jackson (24-7, taped)

Southern Soul Top Twenty Countdown

J. Boogie (Franchised to stations, taped w/ another announcer)

Daddy B. Nice Comments: WMPR's DJ Outlaw appears to have vacated his Saturday-night show (replacing C.E. Robinson) and Doctor Dee (a performer/deejay) has taken over. WDIA Memphis has a Saturday "blues" show, but it's taped and extremely conservative. Hard to believe there's not a deejay in Memphis who wouldn't jump at broadcasting live in Memphis, giving local southern soul radio a shot in the arm. WDLT has the most distracting commercials (mainstream/national ads). Chico's Radio ventures into urban r&b more than the other stations, but it also features the newest southern soul records. If WDLT's Nikki De Marks' comfy-as-an-old-shoe verbal patter were any more easy-going, she'd be selling sugar cakes in old town Havana. WMPR's Ragman is back in all his glory: humble, gracious, and unfailingly enthusiastic. God bless you, Rag'! WMPR's Cadillac Zack is the most "far-out" and iconoclastic. He'll play just about anything to illustrate a point. He even played Tom Tom Club's (an offshoot of The Talking Heads, sans David Byrne) "Genius Of Love." Totally commercial-free, no one packs in more music minute by minute than Chico.

--Daddy B. Nice

Tyrone replies:

Thank you brother for responding to me ..

He's back in business broadcasting from Thursday to Sunday only for some reason...?

I just want you brothers to keep up the good work...


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Listen to Republican presidential nominee contenders Donald Trump and Marco Rubio trading barbs about their "hand" size on YouTube.

Listen to Sheba Potts-Wright singing "Big Hand Man" on YouTube.

Daddy B. Nice notes: Southern Soul Blues author and regular Southern Soul RnB correspondent David Whiteis sends in this hilarious video. In fairness, your Daddy B. Nice confesses to reversing the order of the phrases in David's original title, which was: FROM THE HEADLINES TO THE SOUTHERN SOUL CHARTS. What? Southern Soul music isn't the center of the universe?

This latest low in political discourse may have been triggered by a revelation by editor Graydon Carter (who knows Trump personally) in the February issue of "Vanity Fair" that Trump has "short and stubby fingers" and that his thumbs are shorter than those of his wife, Melania.

Now for your Daddy B. Nice's own revelation: Donald Trump has Yoda-size ears hiding beneath that helmet of hair.

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

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Good Morning,

I'm a big fan of Barbara's singing and her music.

Do you have her contact info?

I looked around but there doesn't seem to be any official fan club, which is probably a good thing.

All I'd like to do is write her to tell her how much I've enjoyed her singing over the years and yes, to ask for her autograph. One for me and one for a good pal who is of the same mind about BC.

Any thoughts?

If she's officially aligned with a label these days perhaps they would have a way of forwarding something to her? But I'd worry about it not getting there or obtaining a fake autograph.

Thanks for any help here. I like your website and commentary and the comparisons with women such as Shirley Brown, who we also dig.


Hayward, Wisconsin

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks for your query, Rolfe. I don't have any contact information for Barbara Carr, other than that she is based in the St. Louis area. What I tell fans seeking artist contact data is to buy the most recent CD or CD's by the artist. The contact information is almost always (like 99% of the time) posted in the liner notes on the album jacket.

Daddy B. Nice

Sample/Buy Barbara Carr CD's at Soul Blues Music.

See Daddy B. Nice's Original Artist Guide to Barbara Carr.

See Daddy B. Nice's 21st Century Artist Guide to Barbara Carr.

Rolfe replies:

Thank you for the thoughts! I'll look into this. I appreciate the idea.


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Hey Daddy B,

Thanks for updating the folks on current status...

But please let them know Allen Curry is a cousin not brother and that I am currently performing as Nelson Curry aka Sugaa Shack Man.

And my live act is Nelson Curry and the Klass Band, and the performance is as hot as ever...

Thanks again for everything,
Nelson Curry

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks for the corrections, Nelson. Done. Interestingly, two of the three new selections Jenni Weber forwarded from your old band-members were NOT funk.

Daddy B. Nice

Read the Nelson Curry/Klass Band story on Daddy B. Nice's Corner.

Read Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Nelson Curry & The Klass Band Brotherhood.

Listen to the Klass Band Brotherhood singing "Sugar Shack" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


Good day sir!

My name is Ronald "Ron G." Suggs Jr, from Mobile, AL. A few friends/partners of mine refereed to reach out to you as a NEW producer to the Southern Soul industry in hope to establish some type of business/networking friendship! I began as a "keys man" playing for a few names like "Sergio Davis, David Brinston, Mel Waiters, and Jeff Floyd." During my off time from the band I would free lance and produce hip/hop out of of "Blue Magic Studios" here in Mobile. Over the years I began putting together Southern Soul influenced instrumentals, practicing what i learned on the road and cross-mixing it with the hip hop I produced at home.... Finally last year I came and began "Introducing" my self as a producer/engineer as well as a musician. I have a pretty nice following starting to build and people like "Beverly McDowell, Nikki DeMarks, and Dj Melody Hudson" are helping me reach out to artists and other industry personnel like yourself! Thanks for the time reading this and I hope we can network in the FUTURE!


MeMe Goode -"Gold Digger and Remix"
James Payne- "Good Loving"
Stony Murphy- "Power of Love, On Fleek, Be Alright, Best of It, Sugar Foot Remix,
David J- "Let's Dance" "Naked" "Thunder Kat" Complete Freshman Albulm
Solomon Thompson- "Hard Tonight", "Time 2 Party &Remix", "One Big Party", "Lets Do It" Complete "History Album"
Adrena Palmer -"Broke Man's Prayer"
Miss Lady Blues- "Good Thang" "Do It" "Certified Woman" "Up and Down" "Like You Used To Remix"
Columbus Toy- "Little Sugar Mama" "Kind of Woman Remix"


Thanks for the time and consideration!

Ronald "Ron G." Suggs

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear Ronald,

Normally, I don't publish promotional or publicist-generated mail, but in your case I'm going to make an exception. Why? Because production is so crucial to the future of southern soul music and producers are the "invisible" craftsmen of the genre, routinely ignored even on the genre's top releases--the case of the anonymous Daniel Ross (aka Beat Flippa) being only the latest example. Your credits feature a number of solid singles from a cross-section of up-and-coming younger artists, and I'm glad to give you some recognition. Hopefully, you'll get some calls.

Daddy B. Nice

Listen to Solomon Thompson singing "One Big Party"--produced by Ronald "Ron G" Suggs--on YouTube.

Listen to David J. singing "Let's Dance"--produced by Ronald "Ron G" Suggs--on YouTube.

Ronald Suggs replies:

Wow!!! Thank you so MUCH for the response and consideration. I appreciate the exception and look forward to making a mark in the Southen Soul Industry! Please feel free to contact me for anything you may need. God Bless!

Ronald "Ron G." Suggs

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Daddy B. Nice,

You said: "The singer who willingly confused himself with Bigg Robb (under the name Big Rob) has wisely changed his performance name to Rob Hewz and fashioned a pretty good mid-tempo jam."

I don't know where you got this idea that I willingly confused my name with anyone. You can see obviously that he spells his name differently because he wanted to be different. When I saw Bigg Robb in the early 2000s HE WAS RAPPING I had no idea that he was doing Southern Soul. I was already going by Big Rob.

I Thank you for the mention but please get the facts strait my brutha.

Much Love
Rob Hewz

PS I actually changed my name because other Artists started coming up under my internet searches before me. Just Google the name Big Rob.

PPS BTW my name was Rob Hewz when you reviewed "Why Can't We Just Get Along" and "Rock It Baby" last year. How is the previous statement relevant?

Lets be fair my friend. I'm trying to make it just like the next man. I don't need to take anything from anyone.

Kind Regards

Rob Hewz

Daddy B. Nice replies:

You're right, Rob. I certainly had no evidence you "willingly confused" your performance name with Bigg Robb's. My familiarity and longer relationship with Bigg Robb must have clouded my judgment. I'm going to go back and change that blurb for posterity. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

Best wishes,
Daddy B. Nice

9. “Little Bit” --------Rob Hewz

Listen to Rob Hewz singing “Little Bit” on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles for February 2016.

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My name is Steve Kiviat. I had suggested to the Voice to contact you back in 2014. Was disappointed not to see a 2015 ballot (or did I miss yours under a different name?). Chuck Eddy voted for a Lady Ebony single and I voted for a Ms. Jody album (I know it was not one of your faves). On the chatboard/forum, I saw some folks say, for some reason, they were not emailed ballots this year.

Below is an article I just had posted online. I also write for the Washington DC City Paper weekly paper/website.

How Hardway Connection Found Fame In A Scene It Had Never Heard Of

--Steve Kiviat

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Steve,

No, it was my fault. The "Village Voice" did send me a ballot and I was so busy that by the time I got to it the deadline had passed. It was unfortunate--there was a very short "window" to send it in. I'd like to participate next year, and don't hesitate to remind me, if you're so inclined.

Daddy B. Nice

See Daddy B. Nice's "Village Voice" ballot from last year.

See Daddy B. Nice's BEST OF 2015.

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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.

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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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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

9 pm, Friday, May 27, 2016. The Village Club, 1120 Village Road, Hwy. 17 North, Lexington, Mississippi. All-Star Send-Off Party for WAGR's Tracy "The Dirty DJ" Harris. Also appearing: Grady Champion, J'Wonn, Nathaniel Kimble, The Love Doctor, Wood, J.J. Thames, Lady Trucker and more. Hosted by WAGR's DJ Big Money. 662-834-1025.

9 pm, Friday, May 27, 2016. Mavericks Nite Club, 2 Independent Drive, Jacksonville, Florida.Cupid. 904-356-1110.

Friday, May 27 & Saturday, May 28, 2016. Alexandria Amphitheater, Alexandria, Louisiana. Little Walter Music Festival. Kenny Neal, Shemekia Copeland, Mr. Sipp and more. See festival website.

Saturday, May 28, 2016. Elm Mott Roping Arena, 2188 Lincoln City Road, Elm Mott, Texas. Cupid & Dance Party Express.

5 pm, Saturday, May 28, 2016. McIntosh Farms, Dekalb, Mississippi. 17th Annual Branch Hill Blues Festival. Vick Allen, Duchess Jureesa McBride, Avail Hollywood, J'Wonn, Big Yayo and more. Gates open at 2 pm.

1 pm, Saturday, May 28, 2016. John Hunt Park (Jaycees Fairgrounds), 2151 Airport Road SW, Huntsville, Alabama. Memorial Day Blues Fest. T.K. Soul, Con Funk Shun, Ginuwine, Bishop Bullwinkle, Adrena and more. Gates open at 11 am.

Saturday, May 28, 2016. Huntsville Dragway, 502 Quarter Mountain Road, Harvest, Alabama. 20th Annual Old School & Blues Festival. Sir Charles Jones, Wendell B, Pokey Bear, Mystikal, Cameo, Johnny Gill, Klymaxx featuring Bernadette Cooper and more. Gates open at 11 am. See festival website.

Saturday, May 28, 2016. Waco, Texas. Zydeco & Blues Crawfish Festival. Jeter Jones, Cupid, Jack Daniels, Cedryal Ballou.

Saturday, May 28, 2016. Lloyd Pavillion, 2616 Gamble Road (I-10 East, Exit 217), Monticello, Florida. Billy "Soul" Bonds, Carl Sims, Theodis Ealey, Ms. Yanni. Gates open at 3 pm.

Saturday, May 28, 2016. Treasure Island Event Center, 5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd., Welch, Minnesota.Aretha Franklin. 800-222-7077.

Saturday, May 28, 2016. Riverdome, Horseshoe Casino, Bossier City, Louisiana. Gladys Knight.

JUST ADDED! 8:30 pm, Saturday, May 28, 2016. Evers Blues Lounge, 1028 Pecan Park Circle, Jackson, Mississippi. Birthday party for J.T. Watkins. Also appearing: various guest artists. Doors open at 7 pm.

Saturday, May 28 & Sunday, May 29, 2016. Opelousas, Louisiana. 30th Anniversary Zydeco Extravaganza. Tucka, Keith Frank, Chris Ardoin, Geno Delafose and more.

1 pm, Saturday, May 28, & Sunday, May 29, 2016. John Hunt Park (Jaycees Fairgrounds), 2151 Airport Road SW, Huntsville, Alabama. Memorial Day Blues Fest. T.K. Soul, Con Funk Shun, Ginuwine, Bishop Bullwinkle, Adrena and more (Sat.), O.B. Buchana, Solomon Thompson, JR Blu, Dru Hill and more (Sun). Gates open at 11 am.

4 pm, Sunday, May 29, 2016. 1930 Wall Hill Road, Byhalia, Mississippi. 5th Annual Blues Fest. Bishop Bullwinkle, Bigg Robb, J'Wonn, Latimore, Tre' Williams, Sweet Angel. Gates open at ll am. 901-268-7007.

6 pm, Sunday, May 29, 2016. H&H Farm, Highway 11 South, Fosters, Alabama. Blues-N-Groove Festival. Sir Charles Jones, Bobby Rush, Denise LaSalle, Terry Wright, L.J. Echols, Diedra. Gates open at 2 pm.

Sunday, May 29, 2016. The Stadium, Highway 4 East, Holly Springs, Mississippi. Vick Allen, Bobby Rush, T.K. Soul, O.B. Buchana, Terry Wright. 901-355-7318.

Sunday, May 29, 2016. Winnfield Civic Center, 2000 South Jones St., Winnfield, Louisiana. Southern Soul Classic. Tucka, Big Pokey, Ghetto Cowboy and more.

Sunday, May 29, 2016. Madison County Amusement Park aka Johnny Baldwin Horse Track, 850 Sulphur Springs Road, Canton, Mississippi. LaMorris Williams & Band.

Monday, May 30, 2016. Lucas Ball Park, Highway 84, Prentiss, Mississippi. Tucka, Big Pokey, Lacee, Jeff Floyd, Bishop Bullwinkle, Nathaniel Kimble, Ms. Tabatha. Gates open 10 am. 601-206-0163.

Friday, June 3, 2016. Riverside Theatre, 116 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Aretha Franklin. 414-286-3663.

Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, 2016. A.V Bull Sallas Park, 21675 B. McClesky Road, New Caney, Texas. Texas Bikers Southern Extravaganza.
Gate Opens at Noon. Step Rideau Zycedo Band (Friday), Bigg Robb, Sweet Angel (Saturday). See festival website.

2 pm, Saturday, June 4, 2016. Lamont's Entertainment Complex, 4400 Livingston Road, Pomonkey, Maryland. Dr. Nick's 1st Annual Southern Soul Festival. J. Red, Hardway Connection, T.J. Hooker Taylor, Jesi Terrell, Jim Bennett, Stone Pleasure Band. 301-283-0225. Rain or Shine. Gates open 12 Noon.

Saturday, June 4, 2016. Resorts Casino Tunica, 1100 Casino Strip Resort Blvd., Robinsonville, Mississippi. T.K. Soul. 662-363-7777.

8 pm, Saturday, June 4, 2016. SPACE, 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois. William Bell, John Levanthal. 847-492-8860.

Saturday, June 4, 2016. Cook Family Park, Pine Bluff-Altheimer, Arkansas. Sir Charles Jones, J'Wonn, Terry Wright, Jaye Hammer, Lenny Williams and more. Gates open at 12 Noon.

Saturday, June 4, 2016. American Legion Post 248, 5070 FM 1398, Hooks, Texas. Vick Allen. 903-547-7248.

Sunday, June 5, 2016. 3rd & Lindsley, Nashville, Tennessee. William Bell.

2 pm, Sunday, June 5, 2016. American Blues Hall Of Fame, 421 S. Main St., Memphis, Tennessee. Book-Signing w/ live entertainment: David Whiteis, SOUTHERN SOUL BLUES.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016. The Cutting Room, 44 East 32nd St., New York, New York. William Bell. 212-691-1900.

Thursday, June 9, 2016. Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.
R&B Festival Series. William Bell. 718-636-4100.

Thursday, June 9, 2016. Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, 1721 West Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Bar-Kays, Dazz Band, Confunkshun. 800-729-7244.

Friday, June 10, 2016. Elks Club, 3041 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan, Alabama. L.J. Echols. 334-792-9167.

Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 12, 2016. Grant Park, Jackson & Columbus, Chicago, Illinois. Chicago Blues Festival. Pat Brown, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Irma Thomas, Theo Huff, (Tribute to) Otis Clay, Eddie Cotton, Tommy Castro, Shemekia Copeland and many more. See festival website. Free.

Saturday, June 11, 2016. Athens, Texas. Real Cowboy Association Black Rodeo. Jeter Jones.

Saturday, June 11, 2016. The Regency Hotel, 400 Greymont Street, Jackson, Mississippi. 53rd Annual Medgar Evers Homecoming Celebration. Millie Jackson, Peggy Scott-Adams, Robert "The Duke" Tillman, The Manhattans w/ Gerald Alston. 601-948-5835, 601-969-2141.

7 pm, Saturday, June 11, 2016. Union County Fairgrounds, El Dorado, Arkansas. Bigg Robb, L.J. Echols, Ghetto Cowboy, Urban Mystic, Stephanie Pickett, CTC Band. Gates open at 6 pm. 870-866-7441.

4 pm, Saturday, June 11, 2016. Old Spanish Trail Ampitheatre, Stillwell Boulevard, Crestview, Florida. Pre-Father's Day Show. Theodis Ealey, Omar Cunningham, Chris Ivy, Miss Lady Blues, Ms. Yanni and more. Gates open at 2 pm.

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 2016. Bottleneck Blues Bar, 4116 Washington St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Vasti Jackson. 601-638-1000. Free.

Saturday, June 11, 2016. Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, 705 Grand Avenue, Shreveport, Louisiana. Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia.

Saturday, June 11, 2016. Club 601, 412 North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Natchez, Mississippi. Vick Allen.

7 pm, Friday, June 17, 2016. Jackson, Tennessee Fairgrounds Hall, 800 S. Highland Drive, Jackson, Tennessee. Bobby Rush, Mr. Sam, Toni Green, Ms. Genii. Doors open at 6 pm. 901-679-4601.

Friday, June 17, 2016. Rockin Willy's, Airport Fernwood Rd. Fernwood, Mississippi. Mr. Sipp. 601-684-0607.

4 pm, Saturday, June 18, 2016. North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina. Southern Soul Festival. Sir Charles Jones, Tucka, Doug. E. Fresh.

7 pm, Saturday, June 18, 2016. 101 W. Milam (Downtown), Wharton, Texas. Nellie "Tiger" Travis.

Saturday, June 18, 2016. Attala County Coliseum, Kocsciusko, Mississippi. Vick Allen, Avail Hollywood, Lavish TrueSoul, Jennifer Watts, Mz Candy Cane, KoKo Soul. 601-258-1926. (5-14-16 Just Added for June 18th gig: Tre' Williams. Source: WAGR Lexington, Ms.)

3 pm, Saturday, June 18, 2016. Hooper's Park, Hwy 460E, Crewe, Virginia. Father's Day Weekend Blues Show. Kenne' Wayne, Big G, Sir Jonathan Burton, Joe Tex Jr. and more. Gates open at 1 pm. 804-615-2196.

Saturday, June 18, 2016. Wolf Creek Amphitheater, 3025 Merk Rd. SW, College Park, Georgia. Bobby Rush, Betty Wright. 404-613-9653.

Saturday, June 18, 2016. Brazos Park, Waco, Texas.T.K. Soul.

7 pm, Saturday, June 18, 2016. Empire Event Center, 4905 Clio Road, Flint, Michigan. Pre-Fathers Day Southern Soul Show. Ms. Jody, Napoleon Demps, Deborene Bland. BYOB. 810-423-6010.

Saturday, June 18, 2016, 2016. Bottleneck Blues Bar, 4116 Washington St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Jarekus Singleton. 601-638-1000. Free.

Saturday, June 18, 2016. CenturyLink Center, 2000 CenturyLink Center Drive, Bossier City, Louisiana.
R.Kelly. 318-747-2501.

Sunday, June 19, 2016. Mr. J's, 4610 W. Fond Du Lac Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. T.K. Soul.

6 pm, Saturday, June 25, 2016. Bonnie & Clyde Trade Days, 20550 Hwy. LA 9, Arcadia, Louisiana. 2 Legit's 7th Annual All-White B-Day Bash. Big Pokey, LaMorris Williams, Terry Wright, Luster Baker, Magic One. Gates open at 5 pm. 318-280-6271, 870-866-7441.

Saturday, June 25, 2016. DeSoto Parish Courthouse Square, Mansfield, Louisiana. Juneteenth Blues Night. T.K. Soul, Jeter Jones, M.P. Soul, Crystal, Tha Don, Windstrom Band.

7 pm, Friday, July 1, 2016. Lake Charles Civic Center, Rosa Hart Theatre, 900 Lake Shore Drive, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Marine Corps Blues Night. Ms. Jody, Mr. Sipp, Jeff Floyd, Lacee. 337-491-1432.

Friday, July 1, 2016. The Charity Hall, Eutaw, Alabama. T.K. Soul.

6 pm, Saturday, July 2, 2016. Nolan Memorial Park (aka Ponderosa Park), Wisner, Louisiana. 8th Annual Nolan Norman Day Celebration. T.K. Soul, Big Pokey, Nathaniel Kimble.

Saturday, July 2, 2016. Bama Theatre, 600 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Tuscaloosa Southern Blues And Soul Showcase. Bishop Bullwinkle, Omar Cunningham, L.J. Echols, Urban Mystic, Diedra. 205-394-9242.

Saturday, July 2, 2016. Natchez City Auditorium, 207 Jefferson Street, Natchez, Mississippi.Lacee's Birthday Party. Special Guest: Tucka.

Saturday, July 2, 2016. Cedar's Field, Canton, Mississippi. Grady Champion.

Saturday, July 2, 2016. Festival Grounds, Hwy. 10, Greensburg, Louisiana. Vick Allen.

Sunday, July 3, 2016. The Macon Centroplex Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia. T.K. Soul, Sir Charles Jones, Lenny Williams, Ms. Jody. 478-751-9152.

Sunday, July 3, 2016. Madison County Amusement Park aka Johnny Baldwin Horse Track, 859 Sulphur Springs Road, Canton, Mississippi. Bigg Robb & Band.

2 pm, Sunday, July 3, 2016. Carnes Park, Highway 80, Whitehall, Alabama. Lebrado, Katrenia Jefferson, LaMorris Williams, O.B. Buchana, King Russell, Lady T, H-Town. Gates open at 12 Noon. 251-643-2608.

7 pm, Sunday, July 3, 2016. Warfield Point Park Road, Greenville, Mississippi. Grady Champion, Big Yayo, Sir Charles Jones, Pat Brown, Mr. Jones, LaMorris Williams, J'Wonn, Adrena.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Chene Park Amphitheater, 2600 Atwater Street, Detroit, Michigan. Patrice Rushen. 313-393-7128.

8 pm, Saturday, July 16, 2016. The Elks on D.I.P., 33671 Dauphin Island Parkway, Mobile, Alabama. Nikki DeMarks 60th Birthday. Big Pokey, Tucka, Lacee, Lil' Jimmie, Simone De, Miss Lady Blues, Till 1, Alonzo Reid, Tony Tatum, Franky, Will Easley. 251-379-8283.

Saturday, July 16, 2016. The Ball Park, Winnfield, Louisiana. T.K. Soul & Band.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Madison County Amusement Park aka Johnny Baldwin Horse Track, 850 Sulphur Springs Road, Canton, Mississippi. Denise LaSalle, Lady Trucker and more.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd Street, New York, New York. Ruben Studdard. 212-997-4144.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Horseshoe Casino Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi. Jus' Blues Music Awards Show. Syl Johnson, Queen Ann Hines, Ruby Andres, Zac Harmon, Chick Rodgers, Eddie Cotton, King Edward, L.C. Cooke, Big Bill Morganfield, Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch. Hosts: Beverly Johnson, Calvin Richardson. See Jus' Blues website.

Saturday, August 6, 2016. Artesia Park, Artesia, Mississippi. Vick Allen.

8 pm, Saturday, August 13, 2016. The Centre, Halifax Community College, 200 College Drive, Weldon, North Carolina. The Heavy Hitters Of Soul. Wilson Meadows, O.B. Buchana, Karen Wolfe, David Brinston, Hardway Connection. 919-827-2033.

Saturday, August 20, 2016. Jackson Convention Complex, 105 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, Mississippi. Latimore, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Jagged Edge, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Kindred The Family Soul. 601-960-2321.

8 pm, Saturday, September 24, 2016. Durham Armory, 220 Foster Street, Durham, North Carolina. The Heavy Hitters of Soul. Ms. Jody, Sir Charles Jones, Lacee, Lenny Williams, J. Red. Doors open at 7 pm.

8 pm, Saturday, October 1, 2016. The Centre, Halifax Community College, 200 College Drive, Weldon, North Carolina. The Down East Southern Soul Concert featuring The Heavy Hitters Of Soul. Vick Allen, T.K. Soul, Sir Charles Jones, Kenne' Wayne, Lacee. Doors open at 7 pm. 919-827-2033.


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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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