Daddy B. Nice's - Guide to Today's Top Chitlin' Circuit Rhythm and Blues Artists


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RE: Ricky White, etc.

Daddy B. Nice,

Interesting points -- although, to my ears, Ricky did do a fine job on Donny Ray's latest -- good, strong, robust sound, at least in my opinion. I also liked Floyd Taylor's CDS release ("I'm 'Bout it 'Bout it" is just about the most infectious southern-soul dance track I've ever heard, and I admit I liked Simeo's hip-hop flavored fillips that gave it a more contemporary "mainstream" sound) -- CDS got some good work out of Stan Mosley, too. On the other hand, I remember being somewhat critical of Barbara Carr's CDS release, saying that she sounded a little stiff and uncomfortable, as if she hadn't been familiar with the material before she recorded it. Later on, she told me that that was exactly what had happened!

The Nellie Travis/Carl Marshall project -- yeah, for the most part, I agree as well. I don't have my CDs in front of me right now, but wasn't that the one on which they had Nellie singing an entire song that was obviously too high for her range? I was surprised that track actually got released.

Technically, I agree with you about programmed horns (for that matter, I'm not a big fan of programmed beats or programmed anything else) -- however, they're so ubiquitous that I've come to realize that I have to accept them if I'm going to listen to this music on its own terms. The rare sax solo or guitar break only serves to remind us what "might have been" . . . but then, after all: in a age of driverless cars, pilotless drones, workerless factories, etc., is it surprising that the same corporate forces that are de-skilling people and making them obsolete in other fields of endeavor have decided to make musicianless recording studios the mainstream state of the (ahem) "art" in recorded music?

I'm sure you've heard the story of the musician (I forget who it was, now) who was quoted as seeing an orchestra playing in the pit of a Broadway theater, turning to his friend, and saying in mock-shock, "Look at this! This will put two synthesizer players out of work!"

David W.

Read the story--Daddy B. Nice On Dylann DeAnna And The "Sound" of CDS Records--on Daddy B. Nice's Corner.

Go to Daddy B. Nice's reviews of the new DONNY RAY and RICKY WHITE CD's.

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RE: Thanks From El' Willie

Daddy B Nice,

I was made aware last night that you actually placed me in your top ten breaking singles..and I must say that I was totally surprised. So I would like to thank you for that.. and another thing I would like to point out that, there was a lot of truth in the past critiques that you gave me , and i knew it to be true , and because of that , it made me better represent myself as an artist , a songwriter, a producer , and a vocalist..and it made me do something about it.. and the results were very pleasing to me, so to be honest I appreciate you for checking me at a time that I needed checking ,, so for that I say thank you.. Because, a wise man will listen his or her critics, because your so called friends , and your friends , won't always tell you the truth.. because in the business that i chose to be in you, I know that you can't please everyone, but everyone does have a voice, and an opinion , So I do think it is important to at least listen to it..and if one is true to oneself , one may find some truth in what someone else is saying , and if there is no truth in it you move on , but if there is just a little bit of truth in it ,, it can cause one to take that truth and expand on it ,,So i think it's important to listen and if , there is truth , it's always a plus ...

I'm not trying to jump on a bandwagon nor am I trying to make a songs that may sound like your favorite song, or artists, but I am trying to create a body of work that have real substance, and meaningful lyrics, that may touch someone in a more meaningful way, not just a song that's funny because I'm not a comedian, but if that work for some, God bless them, but my style is an extension of who I am and who I am is good enough for me, I'm a songwriter and I take it very serious,

So Daddy B Nice, thank you for your honesty, it helped me get myself back on the right track, but what It really did more than anything, it helped me make a conscience decision to stay true to myself, don't try to fit in, just be the best me that I can be.. and if I do that at the end of it all, if I do that, I will be pleased with the outcome whatever it may be, because all I had to give, was the best of me that I gave .. to some it may be enough, to others it may never be enough, but to me giving my best is enough for me as long as I can truly say, I truly gave my best..So thank you again Sir.. and may peace be with you and your family always .....

El' Willie

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to El' Willie.

To instantly link to all of the awards, citations and other references to El' Willie on the website, go to Willie, El' in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

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RE: The Demise of the Blues Harp (ala Bobby Rush) in Southern Soul: Dorothy Moore playing blues harp!

Have you seen this? (She breaks out the harp at about 2:25)

Listen to the Dorothy Moore interview and playing of the blues harp on YouTube.


See original article--The Demise of the Blues Harp (ala Bobby Rush) in Southern Soul--on Daddy B. Nice's Corner.

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Looking For A Song Letters: Echoes of Frank Mendenhall

Hi Daddy B

Your recent discussion in the Mailbag about the Jeff Floyd song prompted me to write in about a song I'm hearing DJ Ragman play in the afternoons on WMPR in Jackson. I think I heard him say it's by TJ Hooker Taylor. The song reminds me of another song, but I just can't put my finger on it. Do you know what I'm talking about?

Thanks for your help, hopefully,


Daddy B. Nice replies:

I do know the song you're talking about, George. It's T.J. Hooker's new single, "In The Rinse." The song you're hearing between the lines is Frank Mendenhall's "Party With Me Tonight," and I think TJ crossed the line--the professional line--in recycling the iconic rhythm track. He doesn't lift it per se, but his guitarist does such a faithful copy it demands a "shout-out" to the late great southern soul troubadour.

Daddy B. Nice

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Frank Mendenhall.

Listen to the late Frank Mendenhall singing "Party With Me Tonight" on YouTube.

Listen to T.J. Hooker Taylor singing "In The Rinse" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to T.J. Hooker Taylor. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

LOOKING FOR A SONG LETTERS: Where can I find Robert "The Duke" Tillman's "Actions Speak Louder Than Words"?

Daddy B. Nice -

Good afternoon - Do you all know where I can purchase Robert Tillman's song, "Actions Speak Louder Than Words"? Im a mobile DJ in Clinton Mississippi.

DJ Double Dee

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sorry for the delay, DJ Double Dee. I confused you with Doctor Dee, southern soul songwriter/performer and deejay at WMPR in Jackson, and I thought if anyone would know the answer to that question, you would. But you're not him, although I see you're from Clinton, so you may even know Doctor Dee. At any rate, I'd recommend calling WMPR (601-948-5950 request line / 601-948-5835 office) and asking Doctor Dee, Ragman, Handyman, Randy "Wildman Brown," Wanda Evers or Cadillac Zack where you can buy some kind of local copy of "Actions Speak Louder Than Words". That's all you're going to find, I'm afraid. Robert "The Duke" Tillman isn't known for taking care of business.

Daddy B. Nice

DJ Double Dee replies:

Good afternoon,

Thank you for the response. I did call WMPR last week. WMPR only had a promo copy and was not sure if song was released for purchase. I was unable to find the song on ITunes, BluesCritic, or CDbaby. Its a nice song so hopefully it will be made for purchase soon and I can add to my playlist. Thanks.

DJ Double Dee

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Incidentally, Tillman is performing at the Elks Club in Jackson this weekend (Saturday night) and at the Elks Club in Brookhaven (Sunday night).

See Concert Calendar.

DJ Double Dee replies:

Unfortunately, I will be out of town for family reunion and will miss the show. Hopefully I can find someone thats going and have them secure a cd from him. Thanks

DJ Double Dee

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Robert "The Duke" Tillman.

Listen to Robert "The Duke" Tillman singing "I Found Love" on YouTube.

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RE: “These are the good old days, the glory days…”

Hey Daddy,

You have become indispensable. I especially like the way you tell it like is and hold southern soul to a high standard and don’t rubber-stamp everything for the sake of keeping everyone happy. If everybody did that, southern soul would be in a sadder state. Thanks in large parts to you, it’s thriving.

I wanted to give you a little shit about a column you must have taken down from Daddy B. Nice’s Corner—about the Memorial Day Concerts? You said “These are the good days, the glory days,” or something like that. What’s that? Just hyperbole? I mean, our acts aren’t even “national,” right? How can these be the “glory” days?

Thanks again for everything, and no offense intended,


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hey, Demond’, no offense taken. When I look at the southern soul scene today, I feel like I’ve seen this before. I go back to when I was a little kid—long, long ago—pulling in the deep-south radio stations playing this wild, exotic pre-Rock&Roll R&B in the middle of the night, and much of it made it onto Top 40 and American Bandstand in those days (unlike today). (Actually, today YouTube is Top 40 radio, and sites like Daddy B. Nice are Dick Clark's Bandstand.) Elvis, the first white guy to play R&B, came in the late fifties. The Beatles came in the early 60’s, when all the young Brits were discovering blues records. Those early (black) R&B artists were eclipsed by (white) Rock and Roll. But for that magic time in the 50’s and early 60’s when it all sounded so new, those were the “glory days” for guys like Clyde McPhatter (”A Lover’s Question”), Little Richard ("Long Tall Sally”), Barrett Strong (”Money”), Ernie K-Doe (“Mother In Law”) and Little Eva (“The Loco-Motion”).

Those are the artists and the “raw & elemental” records that I equate to today’s Sir Charles Jones, T.K. Soul, Nellie “Tiger” Travis and Ms. Jody. None of them achieved the widespread fame they should have (well, maybe Little Richard), but they are remembered. And if and when a white southern soul artist comes along, followed by a rock and roll-like wave of Caucasian southern soul artists (it sounds strange even saying it, because the face of the music is black)….If and when that occurs, today’s artists will be lost in the din. You can see this effect already in the recent inroads made by African-American artists, totally unknown even five years ago--acts such as Tucka, Bishop Bullwinkle, J’Wonn and Big Pokey Bear--who have surpassed or at least equaled longtime performers like Sir Charles Jones and T.K. Soul in terms of drawing power on the chitlin’ circuit. So that is why I say these are the “glory days.” I think they’re going to get even better for southern soul, but I don’t think that’s necessarily true for all the artists popular today.

Daddy B. Nice

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THANK YOU LETTERS....Do you review Zydeco?

Daddy B. Nice,

I love your website. Your reviews on southern soul and blues music are excellent. I was wonder do you review Zydeco and if not can you tell me of a website that does.

Thank You.
D.J. Bigg-Mac

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks, DJ Bigg-Mac. I don't know if there are any good zydeco information sites, but I can tell you that the best zydeco will increasingly be covered here. There's another great button-accordion tune coming in next month's Top Ten Singles: it's by Chris Ardoin. By the way, this southern soul connection to zydeco is not just a recent phenomenon. Denise LaSalle was singing "Don't Mess With My Tutu" way back when.

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

THANK YOU LETTERS.... Introducing Southern Soul's YouTube Mix Tape Deejays

Whats up Daddy B,

I enjoy reading your site and looking at your charts. Thanks for recognizing me, I appreciate it.

Melvin (Mr. Melvin)

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Appreciate it, Melvin. You’re the only one who got back to me. Keep up the good work.

But subsequently...

Hello Daddy B.

How you feelin.? Hey I just wanted to thank you for giving me, Dj Whaltbabieluv, a shout out in your April 21, 2016 article. It's a pleasure knowing that someone is taking notice and was thoughtful enough to write a article on us. Thank you for taking the time to do that.

If you don't have my youtube channel, you can checkout my mixes youtube @: Dj Whaltbabieluv

Daddy B. Nice replies:

I'm feelin' good, Dj Whaltbabieluv, I'm playin' new southern soul just like the Top 10 when I was a little kid, and I'm feelin' good. Thanks for all you're doing, and keep up the good work.

Daddy B. Nice

And subsequently, Daddy B. Nice wrote Mr. Melvin:

Saw the visual shout-out (to Daddy B. Nice) on your new mixtape. Thanks, Melvin. It’s cool.

And Mr. Melvin replied:

No problem man lol. You the man!


Daddy B. Nice notes:

To listen to Mr. Melvin's latest mixtape, go to Southern Soul Showtime: Zydeco Beat by Mr Melvin.

To listen to Dj Whaltbabieluv's latest mixtape, go to Southern Soul Mix 2016 - "Southern Fried" (Dj Whaltbabieluv)

Read the original article on Daddy B. Nice's Corner 2016 (Scroll down the page.)

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Hi Daddy B Nice!

I am Nikita Randle from Vicksburg, MS. I wanted you to be one of the first to know that I was formally known as Mys Niki. #10 single in October 2015 -- Candy Lover and #2 single in February -- Don't Make Me Do It. I have recently changed my stage name to "Nikita" and joined forces with T.K. Soul to produce my latest "Rules to the Game." There was a little confusion about another Soul/Blues singer who uses Ms. Niki as her stage name. I am a newcomer so I decided to use "Nikita" from this point on. I appreciate and respect everyone's gift. I don't want to step on any toes in this business as long as I can! Thanks for sharing the best music and knowledge!

Be blessed,

Listen to Nikita singing "Rules To The Game" on YouTube.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thank you so much, Nikita. That certainly clears up the mystery of such a "seasoned" debut. You are a very good vocalist, and you select good material. Sorry about drawing attention to your name. Maybe it's because people have always drawn attention to mine.

Daddy B. Nice

Daddy B. Nice notes:

"Don't Make Me Do It" was actually the #2 single in March 16, not February as Nikita states, beaten out for the top (#1) spot only by Jaye Hammer's "Trail Ride."

See Daddy B. Nice's original commentary on the song in Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Singles. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


Daddy B. Nice,

I just wanted to say what a great website you have. I just heard of Southern Soul for the first time from a book called "Dispatches From Pluto" about a guy who moves from New York to the Mississippi Delta. I did a Google search to find out more about it and came across your website. I'm amazed how many great groups there are that I've never heard of out here in California. I'm looking forward to exploring their music, which reminds me of the soul and R&B music me and my friends used to love back in the 70s, which I thought was gone forever.

Thanks again and God bless!


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks so much. Like you, most of us fans came from other genres--rock, rap & hiphop, alternative & dance & electronica, country & folk & bluegrass, etc--looking for something more raw and elemental, not knowing it still exists in all its vitality. I think you'll find southern soul music will never let you down.

Daddy B. Nice

Mark replies:

Yes, raw is a good word for it. It doesn't have the perfect, flawless production values of some of the more popular music, but that's part of its appeal. By the way, I want to buy Bishop Bullwinkle's song but I can't find it for sale anywhere. I can only find it on Youtube. Is it available for sale anywhere?

Daddy B. Nice replies:

You must be an anomaly, Mark, just like Bishop Bullwinkle, because you want to buy the one southern soul song that's not for sale, in spite of accumulating some 20 million hits on its various YouTube postings. There is hope, however. The newest version of "Hell Naw" is registered with BMI, which means it may eventually be for sale. For the background on this and the latest on Bishop Bullwinkle, go to Daddy B. Nice's Guide to Bishop Bullwinkle.

Mark replies:

Gotcha, that is funny. This isn't the only southern soul song I wanted, I did buy a few others. When it came to BBW's song, I was able to download it from Youtube so I could listen to it on my Walkman, but, ironically, I wanted to pay for it so that he could reap the fruits of his labor. It turns out the labor wasn't entirely his! I think I will buy Bigg Robb's song so that HE can enjoy the fruits of his labor. : )

I appreciate the info.

Mark - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


Hi Daddy B Nice,

I love reading the info on your website!!

There was a young lady, Zy'Keyia, who recently wrote to you and asked about a song with the lyrics, "I am gonna make it right if it takes the rest of my life." I could hear the melody but couldn't get the song out of my head and had to find it. You're right, it is Jeff Floyd and it's from his single "Let's Get It On." I had written about it some years ago and I just realized that the video was taken down so I replaced it with an updated video. See my post:

Listen to Jeff Floyd singing "Let's Get It On" at Southern Soul Paradise.

As always, thank you for ALL the hard work you do!

Southern Soul Paradise

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Well thank you so much. I had this sneaking feeling that wasn’t new, but I couldn’t associate it with a song from his past. Good sleuthing!

Sample/Buy Jeff Floyd's "Let's Get It On" from the POWERHOUSE CD at Amazon. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide



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

Mary replies:

Thanks so much for your reply. Have a great day!

Mary - 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.

Shop Jackie Neal CD's in Daddy B. Nice's CD Store. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


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:

Thank you, Karen. I'll pass this along to the readers. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


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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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

8 pm, Monday, July 26, 2016. City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago, Illinois. Booker T.

Thursday, July 28, 2016. North Sea Jazz Club. Pazzanistraat 1, 1014, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Bobby Rush. 020-7220980.

9 pm, Friday, July 29, 2016. Manhattan Club, 2715 Meadow Street, Dallas, Texas. Avail Hollywood. Doors open at 7 pm. DJ/Host: Kurtis Blow/Louisiana Red.

Friday, July 29, 2016. Island View Casino, 3300 West Beach Boulevard, Gulfport, Mississippi. The Bar-Kays.

Friday, July 29, 2016. Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel, New York. Aretha Franklin. 800-745-3000. Daddy B. Nice notes: Bethel (a farm nearby) is actually where the original Woodstock (Jimi Hendrix, etc.) took place. The first night of the concert in 1969, your Daddy B. Nice and buddy slept on the outdoor porch of an unoccupied Bethel house after trekking miles from the abandoned car through a calvacade of bell-bottomed, rain-drenched hippies. Also see Smokey Robinson's appearance in Bethel on August 20th. The Drifters will perform at this same venue in November.

Friday, July 29 & Saturday, July 30, 2016. 2nd Ward Community Center, Highway 5, Gloster, Louisiana. Jeter Jones, BCam & The Zydeco Young Bucks, Leon Chavis & The Zydeco Flames, Dan'el, Crystal Thomas.

10:30 pm, Friday, July 29, & Saturday, July 30, 2016. Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 773-477-4646.

Saturday, July 30, 2016. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. Maspalomas Costa Canaria Soul Festival. Bobby Rush.

Saturday, July 30, 2016. The Miller House, 301 East 5th St., Owensboro, Kentucky. Mr. Sipp. 270-685-5878.

8 pm, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Landers Center, 4660 Venture, Southaven, Mississippi (Memphis). Jill Scott. 662-280-9120.

8 pm, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Municipal Auditorium, 100 West 8th St., El Dorado, Arkansas. Brothers Making Changes. Zapp. Hosted by Omar Cunningham. Program includes special guest speakers. Doors open at 7 pm. 870-866-7441.

7 pm, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Big Brother's Lounge, Highway 70 East I-40 Exit 66, Bells, Tennessee (Brownsville). Karen Wolfe, Carl Sims, Terry Wright. Doors open at 6 pm. MC: Jazzii A. 901-679-4601.

10:30 pm, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Faye's Place, 305 NW Martin Luther King, Idabel, Oklahoma. Avail Hollywood.

August 1, 2016. Marriott Hotel, 200 East Amite St., Jackson, Mississippi. Eddie Levert, Alvin Jarrett, Tucka, Nathaniel Kimble, J.J. Thames, Ms. Jody. 601-969-5100.

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, Latimore, Bobby Rush, Denise LaSalle, Grady Champion, 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.

8 pm, Thursday, August 4, 2016. Tunica Roadhouse Casino, 1107 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, Mississippi. Jus' Blues Juke Joint Party & Fish Fry. Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Uncle Fallay (formerly Lil' Fallay), JoJo Murray. 678-403-1993.

9 pm, Friday, August 5, 2016. Oasis Event Center, 1003 West Main Street, Haw River, North Carolina. Roy C, Willie Hill. Doors open at 8 pm. 919-827-2003, 919-308-6990.

Friday, August 5, 2016. Ferdinand's Place, 1803 Bear Fork Rd., Mobile, Alabama. T.K. Soul, Magic One. 251-457-0453.

8 pm, Saturday, August 6, 2016. Triple K Ranch, 505 Big Branch Road, Delco, North Carolina. Roy C's Birthday Bash. Roy C, Willie Hill, The Love Doctor and more. 919-827-2003. Gates open 6 pm, rain or shine.

2 pm, Saturday, August 6, 2016. St. Joseph Fairgrounds, 5117 Ironwood Rd., South Bend, Indiana. Soul Fest. Willie Clayton, O.B. Buchana, Karen Wolfe, J.D. Davis, Theo Huff, Chick Rodgers. Gates open at 12 Noon. 574-291-4870. MC: DJ Slamming Slick Smitty.

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

8 pm, Saturday, August 6, 2016. Doris Miller Auditorium, 2300 Rosewood Ave., Austin, Texas. Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Urban Mystic, Lady Audrey & The Superior Band, Ms. Rebekah, Ms. Dre & Daddy I & The Blue Blood Band. 512-568-2480.

Saturday, August 6, 2016. Pier 97, Hudson River Park, New York, New York. William Bell.

Saturday, August 6, 2016. Tunica Resorts Casino, 1100 Casino Strip Blvd., Tunica, Mississippi (Memphis). Sweet Angel, Carl Sims, Steve Perry. Doors open at 7 pm. 662-671-1230.

4 pm, August 6, 2016. Newton County Stockyards, 601 Coliseum Drive, Newton, Mississippi. Big Pokey Bear, Avail Hollywood, Krishaunda Echols. 601-606-4044.

Saturday, August 6, 2016. Doris Miller Recreation Center, 2300 Rosewood Ave., Austin, Texas. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 512-476-4118.

Sunday, August 7, 2016. Little Round Park, Hwy. 49 South, Greenwood, Mississippi. Vick Allen, Big Pokey Bear, J'Wonn, Sheba Potts-Wright. 662-299-0010.

Sunday, August 7, 2016. The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia. William Bell. 703-549-7500.

Friday, August 12, 2016. Dorchester Center, 1515 East 154th St., Dolton, Illinois. Bobby Rush, Denise LaSalle, Cicero Blake. 708-841-5560.

Friday, August 12, 2016. Duling Hall, 622 Duling Ave., Jackson, Mississippi. Concert and Video Taping. Grady Champion, Eddie Cotton.

Saturday, August 13, 2016. GC Park, Highway US 1, Louisville, Georgia. Theodis Ealey.

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.

9 pm, Saturday, August 13, 2016. National Guard Armory, 1255 Bluff Road (across from Williams-Brice Stadium), Columbia, South Carolina. Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Terry Wright. Doors open at 8 pm. 803-386-6151. (DBN notes: This venue supersedes previous Kingstree Rec Center venue of same date.)

7 pm, Saturday, August 13, 2016. Hall Grove Ball Field, 1200 Campbell Road, Munford, Alabama. Blues In The Field. Vick Allen, Sir Charles Jones, L.J. Echols and more. Gates open at 2 pm.

Saturday, August 13, 2016. Ben Johnson Auditorium, 400 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Natchitoches, Natchitoches, Louisiana. T.K. Soul, Rhomey, Tha Don, Magic One. 318-238-2310.

Saturday, August 13, 2016. #10 Jack Brooks Park, Highway 6, Hitchcock, Texas. Lacee, Tucka, Step Rideau & The Zydeco Outlaws, Sergio Davis.

Sunday, August 14, 2016. Chapiteau
La Sape, 32230, Marciac, France. Toni Green, Malted Milk.

Friday, August 19, 2016. Jackson Convention Complex, 105 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival. Bobby Rush, Jeff Floyd, Lalah Hathaway, Morris Day & The Time, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Jagged Edge and more. 601-960-2321.

Friday, August 19, 2016. Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana St., Houston, Texas. Majic Live After Five Concert Series (KMJQ-FM). Cupid & Dance Party Express.

Friday, August 19, 2016. Many Lumini Sabine Parrish Fairgrounds, Many, Louisiana. Jeter Jones, Summer Wolfe, Crystal Thomas.

Friday, August 19 & Saturday, August 20, 2016. Wind Creek Casino, 303 Poarch Rd., Atmore, Alabama. Lacee, Gina Brown. 866-946-3360.

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

August 20, 2016. Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs, Mississippi.Mr. Sipp. 228-818-2878.

Saturday, August 20, 2016. Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel, New York. Smokey Robinson. 800-745-3000.

Saturday, August 20, 2016. Shanklin Rodeo Field, 26 Shanklin Road, Isola, Mississippi. Blues Meets Southern Soul. Jesi Terrell, Nathaniel Kimble, Jim Bennett, Narvell Echols and many more. 903-331-6940.

Saturday, August 20, 2016. Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 300 East Ocean Blvdd., Long Beach, California. Barbara Mason. 562-436-3636.

6:30 pm, Saturday, August 20, 2016. Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive, Southaven, Mississippi (Memphis). 14th Annual Memphis Tri-State Blues Festival. Shirley Brown, T.K. Soul, Bobby Rush, Bishop Bullwinkle, Sir Charles Jones, Lenny Williams, Calvin Richardson, Falisa (JaNaye), Terry Wright. 662-280-9120.

Friday, August 26, 2016. Lumiere Place, 999 N. 2nd St, St. Louis, Missouri. Betty Wright. 314-881-7777.

9 pm, Saturday, August 27, 2016. Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash, Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 312-427-1190.

Saturday, August 27, 2016. Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th St., New York, New York. Syleena Johnson. 212-414-5994.

Saturday, August 27, 2016. New Breeds Trail Ride, 425 Ruth Lane, Lufkin, Texas. Leon Chavis & The Zydeco Flames, Jeter Jones.

7:30 pm, Saturday, August 27, 2016. National Guard Armory, 924 Ritchie Avenue, Clarksdale, Mississippi. Lomax, JoJo Murray, Willie White.

10 am-10 pm, Saturday, August 27 & Sunday, August 28, 2016. Cook's Lake, 4249 North Watkins, Memphis, Tennessee. Blues Divas Festival. Millie Jackson, Ms. Jody, Sheba Potts-Wright, Anita Love, Toni Green, Karen Wolfe, Ann Hines, Ruby Wilson, Red Velvet and more.

9 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, August 30, 31, & September 1, 2016. The D Hotel and Casino, 301 Fremont St., Las Vegas, Nevada. Women in Music Expo. Nellie "Tiger" Travis, BB Queen, Lady A., MC: Kattman.

Friday, September 2, 2016. James M. Trotter Convention Center, 402 2nd Ave. North, Columbus, Mississippi. Lenny Williams, Avant.

Friday, September 2, 2016. Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 North Greenwood Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma. T.K. Soul.

2 pm, Saturday, September 3, 2016. On The Green, Mound Bayou, Mississippi. 8th Annual Homecoming Festival. Nellie "Tiger" Travis, BB Queen and more.

8 pm, Saturday, September 3, 2016. Jackson Steele Community Center, 607 Freedom Road, Whitehall, Alabama. L.J. Echols, Tucka, Toia Jones and more. 3334-662-8208.

Saturday, September 3, 2016. Waterview Casino, 3990 Washington St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Willie Clayton. 601-636-5700.

Saturday, September 3, 2016. Downtown Bar & Grill, 520B Walnut St., West Helena, Arkansas. Vick Allen and Velvet Soul. 870-714-2940.

Saturday, September 3, 2016. Harlow's Casino, 4280 Harlows Blvd., Greenville, Mississippi. T.K. Soul. 662-335-9797

4 pm, Saturday, September 3, 2016. 1930 Wall Hill Road, Byhalia, Mississippi. Big Pokey Bear, J'Wonn, Karen Wolfe, Veronica Ra'elle. Gates open 12 Noon. 662-501-6163.

6 pm, Sunday, September 4, 2016. Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, Mississippi. Southern Soul Explosion. Willie Clayton, Tucka, Jeff Floyd, Lebrado. Gates open at 4 pm, rain or shine. 228-594-3700. MC: Iceman.

Sunday, September 4, 2016. Q.V. Sykes Park, Meridian, Mississippi. T.K. Soul, Omar Cunningham, Bigg Robb, Ms. Jody.

Sunday, September 4, 2016. Copiah County Fairgrounds, Gallman (Hazlehurst), Mississippi. Copiah County Family Reunion. Vick Allen, Terry Wright, T.K. Soul, Equanya. 601-668-0160.

Sunday, September 4, 2016. Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 900 East Market St., San Antonio, Texas. Betty Wright. 210-207-8500.

Sunday, September 4, 2016. Metropolitan, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana. All White Affair. 504-473-2537. Tucka and more.

Thursday, September 8, 2016. Isle of Wight, United Kingdom. Isle Of Wight Festival 2016. Candi Staton, The Who, Adam Ant, Queen, Iggy Pop and many more. See festival website.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 8-11, 2016. Plaza Hotel & Casino, 1 South Main St., Las Vegas, Nevada. Big Blues Bender. Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal, Jarekus Singleton, Mr. Sipp, Keb' Mo', Delbert McClinton, Roy Rogers, Cyril Neville and many more. 800-634-6575. See festival website.

Friday, September 9, 2016. Yoshi's, Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, California.Bobby Rush. 510-238-9200.

Friday, September 9, 2016. Six Shooters Ranch, 809 J.J. Lemmons, Hutchins, Texas. Jeter Jones & The Perfect Blend Band.

Saturday, September 10, 2016. Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Boulevard, Downtown Waterfront, San Diego, California. San Diego Blues Festival. Bobby Rush and more. See festival website.

Saturday, September 10, 2016. Union County Fairgrounds, 334 West Hillsboro St., El Dorado, Arkansas. T.K. Soul. 870-866-7441.

Thursday, September 15-Monday, September 19, 2016. Carnival Liberty, Galveston, Texas. Southern Soul 4-Day Cruise, Galveston-Cozumel-Galveston. Big Pokey Bear, Tucka, Cupid. 888-653-7461.

Friday, September 16, 2016. Southern Soul Lounge, 1605 Marshall Street, Shreveport, Louisiana. Jeter Jones.

Saturday, September 17, 2016. Hwy 70, Emerson, Arkansas. Sharon Hester's B-Day Bash. Jeter Jones, Crystal Thomas.

Friday, September 23, 2016. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York. Aretha Franklin.

Friday, September 23, 2016. Belle of Baton Rouge, 103 France St., Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Theodis Ealey.

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.

Saturday, September 24, 2016. Columbus Civic Center, 400 4th St. Columbus, Georgia. Betty Wright, Shirley Murdock, Shirley Brown, T.K. Soul.

Saturday, September 24, 2016.Carver Park, 2nd Avenue North, Bessemer, Alabama. Marvel City Soul Music Festival. Willie Clayton.

Saturday, September 24, 2016. Hangaround Trail Ride, Highway 171, South Mansfield, Louisiana. Jeter Jones.

7 pm, Sunday, September 25, 2016. Sanchez Multi-Purpose Center, 1616 Caffin Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana. Black Sunday Line Dance Explosion. Cupid, Nicole Jackson, Lebrado, VIC, Lacee, Till 1, Yadonna West, O.G. Los, DJ Jubilee. 504-994-5189.

Friday, September 30, 2016. Federal City Auditorium, 2485 Guadalcanal St., New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans Views Awards Show. Jeter Jones, Big Pokey Bear, Tyree Neal, Veronica (Ra'elle). 504-217-5003.

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.

12 pm, Noon, October 1, 2016. Cook Family Park, Highway 79 Between Pine Bluff & Altheimer, Altheimer, Arkansas. Ms. Jody, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Bobby Rush, Jaye Hammer, Bishop Bullwinkle, Willie P., Diedra. 501-413-7683.

Saturday, October 1, 2016. Leflore County Civic Center, 200 Highway 7 North, Greenwood, Mississippi. Theodis Ealey.

Saturday, October 22, 2016. Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market St., St. Louis, Missouri. Aretha Franklin. 314-499-7600.


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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

************* - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide




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