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


Mr. Sam

Daddy B. Nice,

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

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

Terry Wright

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

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

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

David Whiteis

Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

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

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

Daddy B. Nice

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


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

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

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

T.K. Tull

Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

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

Hope this helps. Happy travels, T.K.

Daddy B. Nice

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

See Karen Wolfe Artist Guide

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

Hello,

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

Tommy Löfgren

PS More CD reviews, Daddy, please!

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks, Tommy. Will do.

Daddy B. Nice adds:

Tommy Lofgren is a founding member of Jefferson Blues Magazine.

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

DBN

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RE: CORRECTION

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

(No text.)

Rob

Daddy B. Nice notes:

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

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

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

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

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

Daddy B. Nice

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

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RE: MORE SOUTHERN SOUL RADIO WARS

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


Sheba Potts-Wright

Daddy B. Nice,

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

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

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

Program directors -- are you listening?


David Whiteis

Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

Daddy B. Nice notes:

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

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

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

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MISCELLANEOUS LETTERS


LaMorris Williams

Daddy B Nice

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

Roy

Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

Daddy B. Nice

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

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RE: CHARLIE JONES (NOT SIR CHARLES)

Daddy,

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

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

Jim

Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

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

Good letter!

Daddy B. Nice

Jim replies:

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

Your fan!

Jim

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RE: WHAT COUNTRIES ARE "INTO" SOUTHERN SOUL

Dear Daddy B. Nice:

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

Thanks for the site!
Octavio

Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

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

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



Daddy B. Nice notes:

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

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

Here's what John had to say:

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

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

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

(John)

Daddy B. Nice notes:

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

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

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

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RE: JOSEPHINE SON POKEY

Hello,

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

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

Sincerely,

Charleen

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

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear Charleen,

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

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

Good luck!
Daddy B. Nice

P.S.

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

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

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

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HOW STIFF IS THE COMPETITION?

RE: TOP 10 "BREAKING" SINGLES



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

Hey Daddy B Nice...

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

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

(Anonymous)

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Okay, Anonymous, that's a fair question.

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

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

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

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

Daddy B. Nice

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

Andre Lee

LOL,

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

Keep it up, Daddy Be Nice!

DJ Styles

Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

Daddy B. Nice

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


Daddy B. Nice:

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

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

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

"LGB"

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

Tucka

Hey Daddy,

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

Thanks, and keep up the valuable work

Nate

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


Theodis Ealey

Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

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

Daddy B. Nice:

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

Thanks,
Sheila

Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

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

Enjoy,
Daddy B. Nice

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RE: TRIP TO NEW ORLEANS

Hi there DB

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

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

Any tips would be greatly received
Thanks for your time

Regards
Rich

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi, Rich,

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

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

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

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

Best,
Daddy B. Nice

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MEMORABILIA LETTERS

RE: RONNIE LOVEJOY


Hi Daddy

As a fan of the late great Ronnie Lovejoy I thought you’d like to see the attached.

With best wishes

Mike Haralambos
Good Time Records

DBN notes: This letter is accompanied with many unseen photos and graphics of Ronnie Lovejoy and also magazine stories.

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RE: New Releases The Late Jackie Neal "Rock Me Baby" & Barbara White "Shake It Up Get On Down"


Dear Daddy B. Nice,

If you can do something with these records please give me a call. (225) --- ---- or 225 --- ----.

Robert Martin

DBN notes: The letter is accompanied by an unreleased Jackie Neal song and graphics.

Readers interested in the contents of either letter can contact Daddy B. Nice at daddybnice@southernsoulrnb.com


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THANK YOU LETTERS....

RE: DADDY B NICE FEATURES WILLIAM BELL #1 (NOV.
14) ---- William Bell f/ Snoop Dogg "I Forgot To Be Your Lover", PLUS NEW ARTIST GUIDE



Thanks for the accolades & the feature BNice,...we sincerely appreciate it!

Keep up the great / necessary work & only the best to you,

Larry
Wilbe Records

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RE: SHOUT OUT TO DADDY B NICE

Just wanted to thank you and Friends for the comments I've been reading. This is straight from me Maurice Wynn that I am still playing all over and will release something new the on coming year. It won't be a repeat of what I've done, grown in so many ways over the years and ready to share these stories with everybody. Again thanks for the love ….=

Maurice

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RE: LIL' JIMMIE

Hello,

this is Tobias from Munich, Germany. I am running a small record label on which I re-release soul music from the 1960s. I came across your website when I was searching the internet for Jimmie Forbish Jr.

I am wondering if you were able to help me getting in contact with him. I would be interested in licensing a song which he released back in the late 1960s.

It would be wonderful if you were able to help me in this regard.

Best regards,
Tobias

www.tramprecords.com

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dear sir/madam.

is there anyway i can purchase a song by lil jimmie-entitle ( she was twerking)? released june 2014.

thanks for your cooperation.

bobby

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Lil' Jimmie's "She Was Twerkin'" was by far the most requested song here in 2014. I'm sorry, but I still have no contact for Lil' Jimmie, and the song has still not been released for sale. Lil' Jimmie occasionally appears in the tour dates in Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar. You may want to watch for contact #'s of concert promoters who may have further information.

Read Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Lil' Jimmie.

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SOUTHERN SOUL RADIO WARS LETTERS:

RE: SOUTHERN SOUL RADIO ROUND-UP



The Love Doctor

Daddy,

I really enjoyed your recent essay on WAGR. I'm so sorry I never tuned into WMPR during its golden era when the likes of Senator Jones ruled the airwaves. (I've checked but there don't seem to be any tapes of him floating around the 'net.) The current bland funk oldies on WMPR are such a let down.

Per your advice I've been tuning into WAGRand loving it. But I remember a few months ago you had a post detailing other shows called "Saturday is the day for the southern soul radio," but it seems to have fallen off when other posts moved up. Could you repost it as a resource for us fans who rely on the Internet for our southern soul radio fix?

Many thanks,
Noah

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks, Noah. If you ever come through my area, I'll play you an early-morning, Uncle Bobo (Senator Jones) back-to-back replay of Love Doctor's "Lies" with Uncle Bobo talking between every phrase, in a swoon of adulation for this creation he's helped bring to life.

I tuned into WAGR (Lexington) last night and DJ Big Money was on. I caught the last half of the Klass Band's "Sugar Shack" (I wonder if that whistling phrase in the middle is what made it a hit?) followed by Sir Charles' "Do You Feel It" (from the Tribute CD), Little Milton's "Room 244," Keisa Brown's "I'm Leaving Married Men Alone," RB & Company's "You Can't Watch Your Wife And Your Woman, Too," Jackie Neal's "If You Think I'm In Love, I'm Just In Love with Yo Stuff" and James Smith's "Get Off My Track."

Jackie Neal

Is that inspired or not? Then, and only then, came the commercials, but half of them were local concert ads, and there's nothing that makes me happier than posting a concert I hear on a local radio station.

Noah, with all the year-end content I'm obligated to post in December and January, I don't have room to post my piece on "Saturday Is The Day For Southern Soul Radio." However, I'm talking to my "web" people about building an "Archives" page or section to the website.

I will tell you that this morning (Saturday) I started my Southern Soul streaming at WDLT Mobile with DJ Nikki DeMarks and a couple of hours later moved to WAGR Lexington with DJ Big Money.

Best wishes,
Daddy B. Nice

See article on Daddy B. Nice's Corner.

Noah replies:

Hi Daddy,

Thanks for the great reply to my letter. I love the idea of an "archives" section for posts like the radio one I mentioned.

Here are some upcoming concerts....

Thanks as always!
Noah

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Perfect for your at-home after-hours blues parties, your late-night drives home from your local hole in the wall, or your weekend "strokin'" sessions (on the couch or anywhere else!) --

Good news for all of us who care about the music . . .

David Whiteis

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BIO AND UPDATE ON MR. TERRY WRIGHT "THE ANYTIME MAN"

Good afternoon Sir,

I have looked through your page (on Terry Wright) again and again and there is something missing, and that is Terry's hot new Single called "I Done Lost My Good Thang" oh my I need to send you this right away, it is the hottest song right up there with J-Won a very good friend of mind from Jackson MS. Terry has come along way since the Back Road CD and the Anytime Man CD as well, this song has over 200,000 hits on you tube of the behind the scenes video of I Done Lost My Good Thang, its powerful video as well. I see we need to get you caught up, my name is Larry J. Valliere Im Terry's Road Manager and Publicist. Mr. Terry Wright has had a wonderful and productive Summer as well, has been on shows with the legendary duo group of the 90's K-Ci and Jo Jo, and Morris Day & The Time. Mr. Wright has also been booked to join The Blue's Is Alright Tour in 2015 beginning in Feb. Mr. Terry Wright had the opportunity of a life time and that is to pay tribute to the Legendary Soul Group The Manhattens, in which Terry created the look and the style, and not to mention the moves, it was a night to remember at the Just Music Awards in Tunica Resort a standing ovation, and Gerald Austin and Blue Luvett enjoyed an emotional tribute. I believe its on you tube as well. Sir my email is larryvalliere166@gmail.com and you can reach me at -------- or you can reach Terry at -------- thank you Sir for your time and patience and the Title of the CD is called Standing In A Good Man Way featuring the hit song I Done Lost My Good Thang, and Terry is with Coday Records as well we are just waiting for the finished product, for it to be released.

Larry Valliere

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear Larry,

At first, after reading your letter, your Daddy B. Nice felt self-righteous and marked you for one of those publicists who don’t do their research and assume their artists' histories begin and end with their tenure, because Terry Wright's “I Done Lost My Good Thang” was a major story here in 2013, "broken" to the southern soul community a full year ago--last November, in fact.

All you had to do was go to Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index under “Wright, Terry” to find all the references on the website to “I Done Lost My Good Thang”—-for example, its original appearance at #6 on Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Review For NOVEMBER 2013.

But when I went to the Terry Wright Artist Guides (there are two, you know), I was taken aback by how much time had passed since either was updated, and I began to feel sympathy for your concerns.

A YouTube video of "I Done Lost My Good Thang," as you point out, had been released since my postings, and there wasn’t a link to that, so I put one in. Even more importantly, I noticed that there was no link from the “old” Terry Wright Guide (#89 on the Top 100 “90’s—00”) to Terry Wright’s new Artist Guide (all the way up to #48) on the 21st Century Top 100 Countdown—-a major boo-boo on my part--so you might have been stuck on the old artist guide page. But the new page—the 21st Century Artist Guide--needed some work too.

So with apologies for my first reaction, check out the new Terry Wright page—the 21st Century Artist Guide. I’ve even posted the single for “I Done Lost My Good Thang” in Daddy B. Nice’s CD Store.

And don’t forget Daddy B. Nice’s Comprehensive Index, where you’ll find the locations of the song’s other 2013 citations....as one the “best ballads” of the year, and as one of the “best songs by a longtime veteran”.

My best wishes to you and Terry,

Daddy B. Nice

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Dear Daddy B. Nice,

I had the opportunity to hear Maurice Wynn in September at a function in the Roanoke Rapids (North Carolina) area. I had heard his wonderful songs before but never had the privilege of seeing him in person.

Maurice Wynn

I visited your website a couple of times and I just wanted to say that Maurice is one of the best soulful singers on earth. His smooth, sexy and piercing voice resonate your soul and heart.

I have heard Roy C, Johnny Taylor and all the soul singers, but Maurice holds his own up there with Luther, Barry, Keith Sweat, R Kelly and everyone. We have visited Gwendolyn's other club called Blue Oasis several times lately to hear Maurice. He is now singing there on Thursday nights instead of the club called Gwendolyn's.

Our group will pay any price to hear this man sing. He has captured our hearts forever. Thanks for posting the information about Maurice. He is so talented and needs to be somewhere winning all kinds of awards for such a clean, extraordinary and distinctive voice.

Eunice Ward

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear Eunice,

Excellent letter. It's great to hear from someone touting her favorite artist with such heartfelt enthusiasm.

Daddy B. Nice

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

Friday, April 24, 2015. Harker Heights E-Center, 710 Edwards Dr., #A, Harker Heights, Texas. Peggy Scott-Adams, Mr. Sam, Ms. Genii, The Real Brown Sugar. 254-554-3600.

Friday, April 24, 2015. Table 100, 100 Ridge Way, Flowood, Mississippi. Grady Champion. 601- 420-4202.

Friday, April 24, 2015. Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., Dallas, Texas. Lee Fields & The Expressions.

6:30 pm, Saturday, April 25, 2015. Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, 705 Grand Avenue, Shreveport, Louisiana. Pre-Mother's Day Blues Show / Sir Charles Jones Birthday Party. Peggy Scott-Adams, Sir Charles Jones, Carl Sims, Wendell B, L.J. Echols, Monro Brown, Andre Pitre. Doors open 5:30 pm. 318-268-6560.

3 pm, Saturday, April 25, 2015. North Shore Riverwalk, North Little Rock, Arkansas. Blues on the River. Grady Champion, Lacee, Sir Charles Jones, Denise LaSalle, Lenny Williams, Ms. Jody, Mel Waiters, J'Wonn, Calvin Richardson, Shirley Jones and more. 501-779-4676.

3 pm, Saturday, April 25, 2015. Hub City Race Way, 331 Eatonville Rd., Hattiesburg, Mississippi. 2nd Annual Hub City Spring Fling. Mel Waiters, Latimore, J-Red, Chris Ivy, Krishunda Echols, Terry Wright, Nathaniel Kimble. Coolers, grills welcome. Gates open 12 Noon. 601-545-3724.

Saturday, April 25, 2015. Alabama Theatre, 4750 Hwy 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Coasters, The Platters & more. 843- 272-1111.

Sunday, April 26, 2015. The Parish, 214 E. 6th St., Austin, Texas. Lee Fields & The Expressions. 512-494-6078.

Sunday, April 26, 2015. The Strand Theatre, 619 Louisiana Ave #200, Shreveport, Louisiana. Grady Champion.

RE-SCHEDULED: 4 pm, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Jackson Zoo, Jackson, Mississippi. Zoo Blues 2015.
Clarence Carter, Lacee, Mr. Sipp, Katrenia Jefferson, Eddie Cotton, Dexter Allen and more. Gates open at 2 pm. 601-352-9075.

Thursday, April 30, 2015. Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis & Band. 773-477-4646.

5 pm, Saturday, May 2, 2015. Wells Fargo Stage, Peanut Festival Fairgrounds, 5622 S. US #231, Dothan, Alabama. Betty Wright, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, J-Wonn, Tucka, Bigg Robb. BYOB. No glass. Gates open at 3 pm.

Saturday, May 2, 2015. Fair Park Esplanade (Festival Site), Gates 2-5-6, 3809 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas. Classic Hip-Hop Meets Zydeco & The Blues. Sir Charles Jones, Mel Waiters, Step Rideau & The Zydeco Outlaws, Brian Jack & The Zydeco Gamblers, Juvenile, Mystical, Scarface and more.

Saturday, May 2, 2015. Monroeville Community House, 271 Park Drive, Monroeville, Alabama. Terry Wright, Andre' Lee. 251-593-2592.

Saturday, May 2, 2015. Ms. Kitty Park, Huttig, Arkansas. Grown Folks Getaway. Wilson Meadows & CTC Band. Gates open at 4 pm. 318-348-9992.

9 pm, Sunday, May 3, 2015. The Lamp Post, 994 South Central, Hapreville, Georgia. (Also: 5512 Uptown St., Atlanta, Georgia.) Avail Hollywood, Black Zack. 404-492-2740. Host DJ Heavy Chevy. doors open at 7 pm.

7 pm, Friday, May 8, 2015. Vicksburg Auditorium, 901 Monroe St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Mother's Day Celebration. Mel Waiters, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Tucka and more.

Friday, May 8, 2015. The Platinum Club, 2369 N. Palafox Road, Pensacola, Florida. Vick Allen.

Friday, May 8, 2015. Bill Harris Arena at the Crossplex, 2337 Bessemer Rd., Birmingham, Alabama.Millie Jackson. 205-279-8900.

8 pm, Saturday, May 9, 2015. Ruston Civic Center, 401 N. Trenton St., Ruston, Louisiana. Mother's Day Blues Bash. Jeff Floyd, Nathaniel Kimble, Ghetto Cowboy, Pat Cooley. Doors open at 7 pm. 318-280-6270.

Saturday, May 9, 2015. Civic Center Arena, 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway, Monroe, Louisiana. Blues Is Alright Tour. T.K. Soul, Mel Waiters and more. 318-329-2225.

3 pm, Saturday, May 9, 2015. Pecan Grove Ball Park, 24548 Delisle Cubes Road, Delisle, Mississippi. Kenne' Wayne, Jeff Floyd, Klass Band Brotherhood, Pokey and more. Gates open at 12 Noon.

9 pm, Saturday, May 9, 2015. CAC Hall, 2824 Perkins St., Saginaw, Michigan. Lomax, Karen Wolfe, Andre' Lee, Terry Wright, James Smith (all with live bands). BYOB. Doors open at 7 pm.

Saturday, May 9, 2015. Clarksdale Civic Auditorium, 506 East 2nd Street, Clarksdale, Mississippi. DJ D-Master's 4th Annual Mother's Day Blues Show. L.J. Echols, Mr. Sam, Jaye Hammer and more. Doors open at 7 pm. 662-404-6381. BYO-Coolers.

9 pm, Saturday, May 9, 2015. Ramada Williamsburg Hotel & Comfort Center, Williamsburg, Virginia. Pre-Mother's Day Show. Roy C. & Band. 757-603-0650.

6 pm, Saturday, May 9, 2015. 5400 MLK Boulevard, Springhill, Louisiana. Avail Hollywood.

Saturday, May 9, 2015. Dothan Civic Center, 126 N. Saint Andrews Street, Dothan, Alabama. Millie Jackson.

7:30 pm, Saturday, May 9, 2015. Luf-Tex Barn, 425 Ruth Lane, Lufkin, Texas. Mother's Day Spring Fling. A.L. BigBaby Flemon Birthday Bash. Veronica Ra'elle, Bigg Robb, Lady Soul, Jerome Batiste, Tha Don. Gates open at 6 pm. 936-244-9058.

Saturday, May 9, 2015. Spanish Trail Ampitheatre, Crestview, Florida. Mother's Day Blues Extravaganza. David Brinston, Carl Sims, Lacee, Lady Ebony, Lady T. Gates open at 3 pm. 251-508-2895.

3 pm, Sunday, May 10, 2015. The Fairgrounds, 1457 Ellisville Boulevard, Laurel, Mississippi. Mother's Day Blues Festival. T.K. Soul, Kenne Wayne, Ms. Jody, Vick Allen, Pokey, Mr. Sam, Sir Charles Jones, Storm, Robert Evans. 601-649-9010. Gates open at 12 Noon.

Sunday, May 10, 2015. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave., Nashville, Tennessee. Blues Is Alright Tour. Mel Waiters and more.

7 pm, Sunday, May 10, 2015. Firewater Bar & Lounge, 122 Avalon Drive, Salisbury, North Carolina. Mother's Day Show. Roy C. & Band. Doors open at 5 pm. 980-253-4402.

4 pm, Sunday, May 10, 2014. Tri-County Park, Holmes County, 5073 Hwy. 17 North, Pickens, Mississippi. Tri-County 1st Annual Mother's Day Explosion. J'Wonn, Big Yayo, T-Baby, Napoleon, Omar Cunningham. Gates open at 12 Noon.

Thursday, May 14, 2015. Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 312-427-1190.

Friday, May 15, 2015. A.V. Bull Sallas Park, 21675-B McClesky Road, New Caney, Texas. Texas Bikers Zydeco Show. Keith Frank. 512-694-0817.

Saturday, May 16, 2015. Downtown, Dermott, Arkansas. The Crawfish Festival. T.K. Soul & Band.

Saturday, May 16, 2015. Greensboro, North Carolina. 29th Annual Carolina Blues Festival. Barber Park Ampitheatre. Roy Roberts, Shemekia Copeland and more.

8 pm, Saturday, May 16, 2015. A.V. Bull Sallas Park, 21675-B McClesky Road, New Caney, Texas. Texas Bikers Blues Festival. Sir Charles Jones, Sweet Angel, Tucka. 512-694-0817.

Sunday, May 17 and Monday, May 18, 2015. B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, 237 West 42nd St., New York, New York. Bobby Rush. 212-997-4144.

10 pm, Saturday, May 23, 2015. 1001 Applet Road, Pachuta, Mississippi. Avail Hollywood.

5 pm, Saturday, May 23, 2015. McIntosh Farm, 1606 Neely Town Road, Dekalb, Mississippi. Branch Hill Blues Festival. L.J. Echols, Donnie Ray, Wilson Meadows and more. Gates open at 2 pm. 601-934-3051.

6:30 pm, Saturday, May 23 & Sunday, May 24, 2015. Lloyd Pavilion, I-10 at Exit 217, Lloyd, Florida. Lloyd, Florida Music Festival. Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Wilson Meadows, Theodis Ealey, Willie Hill, Black Zack. Gates open at 3 pm. 850-264-7951.

Sunday, May 24, 2015. H&H Farms, Highway 14, Akron-Tuscaloosa, Alabama. T.K. Soul & Band. 205-372-2289.

Sunday, May 24, 2015. Legacy Field, 858 Rosemary Road, Greensboro, Alabama. Memorial Blues Fest. Latimore, Tucka, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Calvin Richardson, Donnie Ray. 601-934-0377.

Thursday, May 28, 2015. Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis & Band. 773-477-4646.

10 pm, Friday, May 29, 2015. 674 Bay Springs Circle, Bay Springs, Mississippi. Avail Hollywood & Band.

Friday, May 29 & Saturday, May 30, 2015. AmeriStar Casino (Bottleneck Blues Bar), 4146 Washington Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi. Grady Champion.

Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30, 2015. 42 Acres & A Mule Dude Ranch, 795 Sharon Road, Clinton, Mississippi. Mississippi Zydeco Jamboree. Jaye Hammer, Pokey, Napoleon, G-Sky (Friday), Keith Frank, Chris Ardoin (Saturday). Horse, campers, 4-wheelers, and tents welcome. 769-798-9412.

Friday, May 29, 2015. Conference Center, 2501 E. End Blvd. S., Marshall, Texas. T.K. Soul.
903-935-4472.

10 pm, Saturday, May 30, 2015. The Meeting Place, 1309 West Irwin St., Tyler, Texas. L.J. Echols & Band. 214-406-6894. Doors open at 9 pm.

Saturday, May 30, 2015. R.J. Reynolds Auditorium, Reynolds High School, 301 Hawthorne Rd. NW, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Delfonics and more. 336-703-4145.

2 pm, Saturday, May 30, 2015. Lamont's Entertainment Complex, 4400 Livingston Road, Pomonkey, Maryland. Lamont's 25th Anniversary. Roy C, Hardway Connection, Jim Bennett, Lady Mary, Stone Pleasure Band. Host: WPFW's Dr. Nick. Gates open at 12 Noon, rain or shine. 301-283-0225.

9 pm, Saturday, May 30, 2015. 3000 South Main, Forest, Mississippi. Avail Hollywood.

Sunday, May 31, 2015. The Crown Plaza Hotel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. T.K. Soul & Band.

8 pm, Friday, June 5, 2015. Event Center Downtown, 614 North Railroad Avenue, Opelika, Alabama. Old School Friday. Sir Charles Jones, 1st Generation Band feat. (Johnnie Taylor nephew) Dennis Taylor. Doors open 6:30 pm. 334-444-1785.

Friday, June 5, 2015. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, New York. The Spinners, Gladys Knight. 516-247-5200.

8 pm, Saturday, June 6, 2015. Duke Energy Center For The Performing Arts, 2 East South Street, Raleigh, North Carolina. The Legends & Heavy Hitters Of Soul. Roy C., Clarence Carter, Wilson Meadows, Lebrado, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Jaye Hammer. Doors open at 7 pm. 919-996-8500. Host: J. Red.

Saturday, June 6th, 2015. Cook Family Park, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Cook Family Park Altheimer Blues Festival. Vick Allen and more.

9 pm, Saturday, June 6, 2015. 4545 Stetson St., Wichita, Kansas. B-Day Bash. Avail Hollywood & Band. Dress to impress.

Sunday, June 7, 2015. Bateau L'ilienne, Marseilles, France. Syl Johnson.

Sunday, June 7, 2015. Huey's Cordova, 4872 Poplar Ave., Memphis, Tennessee. Grady Champion.

Thursday, June 11 & Friday, June 12, 2015. Biscuit and Blues, 401 Mason St., San Francisco, California. Grady Champion. 415-292-2583.

Friday, June 12 & Saturday, June 13, 2015. Pop Ferguson Festival. Lenoir, North Carolina. Barbara Carr, Trudy Lynn and many more.See Pop Ferguson Festival website.

3 pm, Saturday, June 13, 2015. Special Events Center, 5843 Redan Road, Lithonia, Georgia. Big Ro Williams, T.J. (Hooker) Taylor, Joe Tex II, Chereese Hooker, Sho Nuff Band, Antuawn Lefthand Lewis. Gate opens at 2 p.m. BYOB. 770-265-3023.

8 pm, Saturday, June 13, 2015. 777 Johnston Avenue, Minden, Louisiana. Avail Hollywood.

Saturday, June 20, 2015. Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, 2710 Jack Warner Pkwy NE, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Heritage Music Festival. Willie Clayton, Con Funk Shun and more. 205-248-5280.

Saturday, June 20, 2015. Rowan Park, Muskeegan, Michigan. Festival In The Park. Vick Allen and more.

7:30 pm, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville, Tennessee. Aretha Franklin. 615-687-6400.

9 pm, Friday, July 3, 2015. Legends Bar & Grill, 2523 W. Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky. Mel Waiters.

Saturday, July 4, 2015. Nolan Norman Memorial Park, Wisner, Louisiana. 7th Annual Nolan Norman Day Celebration. T.K. Soul & Band and more.

10 pm, Saturday, July 4, 2015. 902 Whitehead Rd., Jasper, Texas. Avail Hollywood.


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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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