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Greetings Daddy B. Nice,

My apologies for this late response. J.S.S Records home of the Sexy, Sassy, Classy artist " The Duchess" Jureesa McBride truly appreciate your cd review on I'm A Woman First, Tales of The Duchess. Your review is quite humbly, as well exciting. Your thoughts are very important and encouraging. Your critiques in this industry pushes an artist to play hard, work hard, self critique and keep it moving. We do thank you so much.

I notice the review from your Daddy B. Nice's Corner, has been removed. I am requesting a copy of "The Duchess" Jureesa McBride cd review it would be highly appreciate. Daddy B. Nice this is information that should never be left out of an artist website.

I use everything I can get to push my artist to another level in this industry. We hear to many promoters says, Don't nobody know her so it makes it very hard to obtain booking , but it is amazing how quickly some ask you to do an event free or 300.00 to travel 6 to 7 hours. We dont mind,but dang when do you get out of free promotion?

Every artist out there had a beginning, so I want to know what is it about using the "nobody knows an artist" as an excuse to not book. I know it cannot be money because for every so call well known artist why not add a so call new artist to that ticket? People might not have come to see that artist but they sure are not going to leave.

Nonetheless, my mind is overloaded today and I know many read your corner so someone may have an answer to some of these thoughts. I would definitely love to hear your feedback. Thank you for your time.

Please email the cd review to ------ . Again, thank you for all that you do to bring great artists to the forefront.

Silver Shirley

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Shirley,

Thanks for the letter. I don't have time to reply to all, but I did want you to know I haven't removed the review. If you're talking about the CD review, it's listed.

Daddy B. Nice's New CD Reviews

Just scroll down the page a ways.

I've also written some commentary on Jureesa's singles this year on Daddy B. Nice's Corner. Again, scroll down through the various months.

Daddy B. Nice's Corner (2014)

Daddy B. Nice

Shirley McBride replies:

Thank you so much!!!!!!!



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Hello Daddy B. Nice,

I love your website and your drawings! I am wondering if I can purchase a mug with a drawing of O.V. Wright or Bobby Womack on it?

Warm Regards and Keep on Pushing,


Daddy B. replies:

Hi Allen,

You're talking about Daddy B. Nice's southernsoulrnb online store, one of the far-flung departments of this website, and one which I haven't had time to work on in recent years. Believe it or not, the process of sizing and cataloging each new artist drawing is a long and laborious one.

As your letter sent me back looking over all my original drawings on mugs, prints, caps and t-shirts, I was dismayed by how many of the original Top 100 Southern Soul artists featured had passed on--somewhere between a third and a half of them!

Both recording artists you mentioned--O.V. Wright & Bobby Womack--are from the Forerunners Of Southern Soul chart, yet another work-in-progress that I've neglected while detouring through the 21st Century Countdown chart the last couple of years.

I'm also long overdue on resuming entries on that FORERUNNERS chart--William Bell, Tommy Tate, McKinley Mitchell, Otis Clay, etc. Obviously, I could use some help, but where would that be coming from? The only thing I can say is that I love being busy, I love always having something more to do, and I have every intention of eventually getting the newer drawings onto products.

In the meantime, I can tell you that there are many living artists from the old drawings from the original chart who have expressed their willingness to sign the Daddy B. Nice framed prints, if you should feel motivated to buy any of them.

Thanks for your interest,
Daddy B. Nice


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Hello Daddy B. Nice!!!

My name is Eric "Smidi" Smith. First, I want to Thank You for taking the time to review the Southern Soul album projects that I produced over the years. I especially want to thank you for mentioning my name while reviewing JETER JONES: Sweet Jones Live @ Leroy's Chicken Shack CD Project.

I also want to take this time to clarify any doubt that you may have about my instrumental music tracks used by Desert Sounds Records artists and Jeter Jones. Pete Peterson or Desert Sounds Records owes me the sum of $26,700 for my track licensing fees, studio engineering and production fees.

On 22 July 2013 Pete Peterson filed a Federal Copyright Infringement lawsuit against me. I have filed a counter lawsuit against Pete Peterson and Desert Sounds Records because the tracks were my sole property before I recorded them with his artist. Pete Peterson does not own the exclusive rights to use any of my music especially since he has not paid for it.

I solely create and sell my instrumental music tracks on my personal website for anyone to download and license. I produce music in multiple genres. My background music can be heard on several popular network TV shows i.e. The Millionaire Matchmaker on BRAVO, Forensic Files on HLN, Pit Boss on Animal Planet, and Kendra on WE just to name a few. I have just completed production for the UK International Pop singer MAXINE.

I have been a fan of your website for many years and I want to make a formal introduction and friendship to you, Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or comments for me. I look forward to hearing back from you…


Eric "Smidi" Smith AKA Smidi Beats

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi "Smidi,"

Very interesting letter. I've admired your work ever since you came on the scene. I would like to post this letter to "clear the air". Is that okay with you?

Daddy B Nice

Eric "Smidi" Smith replies:

Hello again Daddy B Nice…

Yes!!! Please post this letter… Our court case has been going on for 8 months now and the Judge is about to make his ruling. Pete has hired me as the studio engineer and producer for Desert Sounds Records. He has agreed to pay me my track license fees and producer fees for the artist released projects.

I have only received $229.70 total in sales royalties for ALL released CD's from Desert Sounds Records since the first album Bobby Jones "You Ain't got No Proof" back in 2011. Pete claims that my accounting is accurate and fair. Please "clear the air" and I will keep you posted on the outcome when the ruling is made.

FYI: Pete's lawsuit against Peggy Scott-Adams was dismissed by the Judge in Augusta GA. He has filed the same lawsuit against Peggy in the Albany GA courts.

Thank you for your kind words and response….


Eric "Smidi" Smith

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Daddy B. Nice,

Hi. Could you please tell me who sings the song "Moving On" (I think that's the title). The hook is something like I've closed the door on yesterday I'm moving on, moving moving on to tomorrow.

Thank you!


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi, Anna,

That's one of those great underground records--underground even for Southern Soul, which in itself is underground. The song is called "Moving On," as you surmised, and it's by a singer called Lil' Jimmie (Jimmie Forbish, Jr. of Beaumont, Texas).

The "one-hit-wonder" record is long out of print, but it's by far his best.

You can find his 2007 CD, I'm Not Going Nowhere, on Amazon, but unfortunately it doesn't reprise "Moving On."

I get asked about this record annually, which is one of the reasons I consider it a "classic."

Daddy B. Nice

Check out Lil' Jimmie in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.



I hope im not bothering you, but i have a question...

I have searched far and wide for that Wilson Meadows--Can you hang. I heard it on the radio and i thought maybe it would be somewhere i could purchase it, but i cant find it.

Do you know where i can locate the song? 107.3 Jamz in S.C. has it on their playlist but when you click to buy it, it goes to another song by Wilson.

Thanks if you can help and have a Blessed day!!

Brotha English

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sorry for the delay, Brotha English, but you may have to wait a little while longer. Although he releases radio copies of singles, I don’t think Meadows sells singles. You’ll have to get it on his next CD release, I fear.

Daddy B. Nice



Sometimes I've been reading 'Southern Soul' and I'm searching The Love Doctor's song from the time I heard it through Spice Internet Radio about one week ago.

Please tell me, which CD include 'Long Distant Lovers'?

I've checked up The Love Doctor's 7 solo and 9 compilation CD through Barnes & Noble, CD baby, Amazon, and CDS records.

Help me Please.

Hiromi Yamagui in japan

Daddy B Nice replies:

Dear Hiromi,

The good news is I can answer the first part of your question: “Long Distance Lovers” was on The Love Doctor’s New Beginning CD (Labro, 2010). The bad news is: That album was never distributed for sale.

Daddy B Nice


daddy nice

are these ( artists ) still performing - i love the sound , the music , the musicians , of course the ( blues ) it self ... please let me know , where and when ? they are performing at a ( hole-in-the-wall ) or a boat party . my phone # - ///-///-/// , my e-mail - ///@///.com , thank you very much . please reply ,


Daddy B Nice replies:

Dear Leroy,

Daddy B. Nice’s Concert Calendar. That’s the ticket.

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Dadddy B. Nice,

re: Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Will T.

WOW! Shows how much I don't know . . .

I've been an admirer of Jo Jo Murray and the Top Flight Band for years -- for all this time, I never realized that it was the "real" Will T. singing on that show! (That Thursday night gig Will mentioned, by the way, is at the Hot City Lounge, 7432 S. Racine, Chicago -- well worth checking out for any blues/soul-blues fans looking for the "real thing") --

Not sure how nit-picky you want to be, but I'm guessing that the address of Hamberlin's studio where the original "Mississippi Boy" was recorded was 70th and South Shore, not "7th" -- I went to his studio one time for an article I was doing on Stan Mosley and the late Lee Morris; I'm pretty sure that's where it was. And yes, Michael Mayberry would most likely be the "partner" he was talking about.

David W.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sounds like one of those "it's-a-small-world" moments, David. Will T's "Mississippi Boy" is really one of the very best and most iconic contemporary southern soul songs, and I'll never forget how neglected it was, and how much I fought to give it visibility, and how easily it might have slipped through the cracks, disappeared, and never seen the "light of day." And in case you catch Will T. live in Chicago, definitely go up and request "Mississippi Boy." He told me how excited he was when that happened during a gig. And the crowd went wild hearing him do it.

Daddy B. Nice


Hello Daddy B. Nice!

My wife and I want to see some Southern Soul music the last week of March 23-29. Nothing is on the calender yet. The Blues is Alright Tour would be ideal, but I can't find a website that lists the shows. I'll keep my fingers crossed something comes up. Thanks!

Jim in Oregon

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Jim,

I've been watching that week (the last week of March) in the Concert Calendar since I received your letter, and it's still empty. Your letter brings up a couple of issues. With job schedules, plane flights, etc. having to be lined up so far in advance, it's not easy finding Southern Soul gigs, which have much shorter promotional windows.

RE: the Blues Is Alright Tour: I don't know this for a fact, but I suspect the cost of generating a new website page annually got to be too much. I don't believe they posted a page last year, either.

Finally, it is a kick getting southern soul letters from lily-white states like Colorado, Utah and Oregon (no offense intended, of course). It shows how much this music is seeping into all corners of the country.

Daddy B. Nice

Jim from Oregon replies

Daddy, I am trying to get my wife to relocate out of this "lilly white" hippie town called Eugene. The "brown water" as you have detailed in some of your travel posts in places like Jackson is a little off-putting. We like clean air, water and access to healthy food. It is really the only reason to live in Oregon. Other cities like Austin have gotten so expensive and are so hot that we can't seem to find the right place that suits us. Virginia looks interesting, and I would love to catch a Big G show and then on down to some Roy C and then all of the more popular usual stuff nearby.

Culturally the whole NW is a wasteland. Seattle, Portland, SF are DEAD for even blues, let alone Southern Soul. Los Angeles has quite a bit going on that is totally underground. My wife's family is there so I get my heaping helping when I go there. If you ever go there (and you should just to see the regular blues/soul gigs), I have a buddy Allen Larman that is the hippest music lover there. He knows about you and would love to show you around if you haven't already had contact with him. There are a lot of regular gigs that are great in LA! Not exactly the contemporary Southern Soul artists obviously, but great blues and soul that you would appreciate. A few Evejim artists like Sir Stan and Jackie Jackson, a guy named Joe Kincaid, Darryl "Duffy" Glen, Sonny Green and others.

Thank for keeping an eye out for me. I have been checking the website regularly. I don't think it is going to happen this year. I know about that "Blues is Alright" Tour. They have no website for it. Promotion is a big problem for the Southern Soul shows. It is such a local scene, one has to really do a lot of digging, so I appreciate your efforts!

Check out this garage band the Oblivians doing Stephanie McDee's Call the Police. Funny, a garage band covering a Southern Soul/Gospel artist.

Listen to The Oblivions singing Stephanie McDee's "Call The Police" on YouTube.



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Greeting Daddy B. Nice,

J.S.S. Records home of the sexy, sassy, classy, soulful "Recording Artist "The Duchess" Jureesa McBride are so honored, excited, and truly humbled to have your most valuable review for the single, "Did I Lay It On Your Right" as #3 on Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Review for January 2014. WoW!!!!!!!!!!!! get the fruit cake out of town WHeW!!!!!!! The Duchess Jureesa is speechless.

Thank you so much for all that you do for us as artists and keeping the world of music so honorably informed. Your efforts are by all means are highlighting where others truly overlook great talent and hardworking artists.

NOW, The Duchess Jureesa SO KINDLY request that the information mention below be corrected in your review.:


Ms McBride is a new independent artist that released her first single in 2012 entitled, "Cookies N Milk" noted now as " Put Your Cookie in My Milk" on her first album entitled, I'm A Woman First, Tales of The Duchess released in 2013.

Again, this Daughter & Mother duo are so appreciative, excited. Thank you!!!!!!



"The Duchess" Jureesa McBride & Silver Shirley Manager

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thank you so much for the compliments and for the correction. I've made the necessary changes on Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles for January 2014. Great work, and best wishes.

Daddy B. Nice

Shirley McBride replies:

We are truly humbled, so Thank You for all that you gentlemen take the time to do and thank you for the correction.

We will keep working hard. I do hope you are will truly enjoy her entire album. You all keep it MOVING . We love You all to the highest.

Silver Shirley

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Hello Daddy B Nice

I like your response to Willie Clayton's comment,

i'm on the same page with you,

I couldn't have said it any better

we need the young to step up like back in the days of Motown Stax and many other labels

music has to grow,

look how Michael Jackson reinvented himself
and shot to the top.

music is an emotional roller coaster

enjoy the ride.

and by the way I love that song

I got this record.

Floyd Hamberlin

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks for the feedback, Floyd, I really appreciate it.

To read Willie Clayton's comments and Daddy B. Nice's response, go to Daddy B. Nice's Corner and scroll down to the last article at the bottom of the page.

Listen to the new video of J-Wonn singing "I Got This Record" on YouTube.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Floyd Hamberlin wrote and produced the most popular Southern Soul song of the year just passed, Nellie "Tiger" Travis's "Mr. Sexy Man." - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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RE: Sir Charles Jones' Step Dance Song

Dear Daddy B. Nice,

What is the name of: Sir Charles Jones Step Dance song?

totally blessed,
Joe Black

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Joe,

You must be talking about Charles' "Two Step." Is that your song?

Listen to Sir Charles singing "Two Steps" on Blues Mix 20.

Read Daddy B. Nice's new 21st Century Artist Guide to Sir Charles Jones.

Joe replies:

Yes, that's it. Thank you so much. Happy Holidays to the whole crew !!

P.S. What cd is it on ????

Daddy B. Nice replies:

No CD or single.

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Hello Daddy nice,

First let me say your event list on your website is very helpful.

My Sister and I plan to see Ms Jody on 12/20/2013 during our week vacation in the area.

Can you tell me if there are any special events on Christmas day or Christmas eve in Memphis TN or the Tunica MS area?

We are open to events during the day such as blues show and dinner, Jazz show and dinner, gospel concerts or church events.

Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.

With warm regards,


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear Zelda,

Ms. Jody's Dec 20th date has been cancelled in Tunica, Ms. Other Ms. Jody dates have been added.

Daddy B. Nice

Zelda replies:


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sorry for not having time to send a longer reply earlier. You probably consulted Daddy B. Nice's "Concert Calendar" in the meantime.

Ms. Jody's in Camden, Alabama on New Year's Eve. Otherwise, not too much around Memphis with the exception of the big concert with Sweet Angel and Mr. Sam and Big John Cummings.

Daddy B. Nice

Zelda replies:

Thanks for the update, we found lots of great things to do while we were there.

We plan on returning during the summer.



RE: Memphis Concert Update

Greetings --

I think I've confirmed where that Sunday night set is. It's not at Mr. A's, which used to be in the Airport Inn on Brooks; it's at 1405 Airways, it used to be called The Blue Worm, and apparently now it's simply called "The Blues Night Club." There's another place on Winchester that's been featuring Nate Dogg on Friday nights, but I don't know the exact details about that one.

David Whiteis


RE: Soul Music Town For A Vacation: Austin?

Hi, Daddy B. Nice,

I discovered Austin, TX has a soul music scene. I'm thinking about Austin for my next soul music vacation. What have you heard about the scene there?

Happy holidays,


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Happy holidays to you, too, Annie. I've actually written about the favorable soul music scene in Austin in the last year or two. I can't remember which Southern Soul artists have appeared there, but they are starting to trickle in and make the genre visible. As college towns go, Austin is definitely one of the best for soul music.

Daddy B. Nice.


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Hello Mr. DaddyBNice,

This is Ms. Stephanie McDee and I am so sorry for getting back with you so late but I have been on the run doing concerts and filming a new movie called "Mississippi Blues". I'm just getting time to sit down and go through my email. When I began to read all the beautiful things you said about me it brought joy and tears to my eyes. That you would pick my favorite song on the whole album and make it number one on your Top Ten for October. I am so excited thank you for welcoming this lost black sheep back to the fold it means the world to me!!!!!!!!!!
Ms. Stephanie McDee
The Southern Soul Queen

Daddy B. Nice had written:

I searched a year for the title and artist to this song--the old story of the shepherd obsessed with the one "lost" black sheep out beyond the known flock. Then, the other day, the artist herself--"Monkey Talking" Stephanie McDee--dropped it in your Daddy B. Nice's lap.

(From Daddy B. Nice's "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles Review for OCTOBER 2013: #1 "When I Step In The Club"--Stephanie McDee)

And, a month later, Stephanie McDee wrote:

Dear Mr. Daddy B. Nice

Hello how have you been doing? I seen the November charts and I was so excited and amazed to see "The Lion Of Judah" charted number one along side with "When I Step In The Club" it left me speechless. I never had no one to say that many amazing things about my music. It showed me that you really took the time to really listen to it because exactly what you said is the feel I wanted to have which is the flavors of the sixties. That real pop-soul flavor because that was real music back then and because I really wanted to capture that sound and bring it back to this era. I thank you so much for noticing the style of music in each song and most of all I thank you for the beautiful sketch of me thats funny it looks like me (laugh out loud). Thank you once again for your love and support of my music

Stephanie McDee
The Southern Soul Blues Queen

Listen to Stephanie McDee singing "When I Step In The Club" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Stephanie McDee.

Read Daddy B. Nice's New CD Review of Stephanie McDee's RETURN OF THE SOUTHERN SOUL QUEEN.



Daddy B. Nice,

Thank you...I will have the CD Wed. Dec. 4th. I will publish it then. I have already done the leg work, I was waiting on the actual arrival. Thank you again!!!!!

By the way....I would like to say this as humble as I can. I paid cash money for the Rights of "Feel So Good." Karen Wolfe later called me and apologized for accusing me of (using the background of "Man Enough") without permission. I have the documentation and her producer made her aware of it. So I was never a burglar. I'm 48 years old kicking high!!! LOL!!!! Thank you again!!!!!

Simone De

Listen to Simone De singing "Feel So Good" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Simone De

Read Daddy B. Nice's New CD Review of Simone De's BAD BOY CD.


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Hey Daddy,

Thought you were a little hard on LaMorris in your Oct. song analysis. There actually is a bridge in "It's Whatever."

Keep up great work.

Chuck D.

Daddy B. Nice had written in October's #7 "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles Review:

Musically, LaMorris still needs more melody, more sophisticated song structure--like verses, choruses, bridges?--in which to exhibit his prodigious vocal talent.

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing "It's Whatever" on YouTube.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

You're right. I'm glad you brought that up, Chuck D., so I can make amends. Since I've been listening to the song more I hear the bridge, too--one of the high points of the song, actually--beginning with the words--

"Whatever you want,
Just ask LaMorris..."

I guess what I was getting at was LaMorris's tendency of recording simple, basically one-or-two-chord songs, R.L. Burnside-like, the two great exceptions being of course his two biggest and more melodious hits, "Impala" and "Pretty Lady." (And in concert, "Pretty Lady" seems to have even more of a melody than on the recording.)

However, LaMorris's very first song--the one your Daddy B. Nice first got into--was a one-chord song, "Ring On Your Finger." It was great, but you just hope that a young artist doesn't take it as an excuse to box himself in.

Daddy B. Nice


Speaking of songwriting, here's a note from Luther Lackey of interest to artists looking for material....

Hey Yall,

It's me, Luther Lackey/ Mama Southern Soul.

I'm not recording anymore but I'm writing songs, so IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE (Male or Female) WHO NEEDS A HIT, have them call me...(601) 951-3617- If they broke, don't waste my time nor theirs.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Luther sent this out with a good uptempo song called "The Mississippi Twerk" performed by Narvel Echols (in a very Lackey-ish style).

And please, no freeloaders.

Luther Lackey adds:

Call Mr. Narvel Echols at 662-299-3932
for radio service for "Mississippi Twerk" and bookings...



Hi Daddy,

I understand you like what Stevie J do a lot. Will you review his latest album? I like it a lot.



Daddy B. Nice replies:

I'm looking forward to it--as long as he sends it to me.



Dear Daddy B Nice

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for trying to straighten out this misinformed information concerning the song "I Hear you Knocking". From the heart of...


Go To Gina Brown & Divas page, scroll down to Mystery Lady.


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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

Thursday, April 24, 2014. Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 773-477-4646.

Friday & Saturday, April 25 & 26, 2014. 1415 S. Washington St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. 2014 River Fest Music and Arts Festival. T. K. Soul (10 pm, Friday) and more. 601-218-1363. See festival website.

Friday, April 25 to Sunday, May 4, 2014. 336 Camp St. #250, New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2014. Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilara, Santana, Robin Thicke, Aaron Neville, Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan, John Fogerty, Bobby Womack, Boz Scaggs, Lyle Lovett, The Radiators, Irma Thomas, Robert Plant, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Keb' Mo', Delbert McClinton, John Hiatt, Al Jarreau, Johnny Winter, Branford Marsalis and many more. See New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Website. 504-410-4100.

Saturday, April 26, 2014. South Shore Room, Harrah's Lake Tahoe, 15 U.S. #50, Stateline, Nevada. The Temptations featuring Dennis Edwards. 775-588-6611.

Saturday, April 26, 2014. St. Francis County Fairgrounds, Forrest City, Arkansas. T. K. Soul.

Sunday, April 27, 2014. Troy Lee Buckley Field, 359 Haw Pond Road, Bassfield, Mississippi. Horse & Blues Show. Jeff Floyd, Stevie J, Ms. Genii. Gates open at 1 pm. 601-502-5304. Horse show begins at 4 pm, concert immediately after.

Sunday, April 27, 2014. Mobile Fairgrounds (Ladd Peebles Stadium), Mobile Alabama. The Rescheduled Original Mobile Spring Fling. Mel Waiters, Lebrado, J-Wonn, Lacee, David Brinston, Willie Clayton, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, V.I.C, Tucka and more.

Friday, May 2, 2014. Cotillion Ballroom, 11120 W. Kellogg, Wichita, Kansas. Mel Waiters.

8 pm, Friday, May 2, 2014. Crossett Community Center, 300 N. Florida St., Crossett, Arkansas. Avail Hollywood. 870-364-5216.

Friday, May 2, 2014. Redd's Entertainment Complex, 581 W. Main St., Humboldt, Tennessee. T. K. Soul. 731-784-6611.

May 2, 2014. Pittsburg Civic Center, 453 Rusk Street, Pittsburg, Texas. L.J. Echols.

Friday & Saturday, May 2 & 3, 2014. Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 773-477-4646.

Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Elks Lodge, 3100 John R. Lynch St., Jackson, Mississippi. Omar Cunningham, Tre Williams, JWonn. 601-354-9396.

8 pm, Saturday, May 3, 2014. Fair Park Coliseum, 3921 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Dallas, Texas. Zydeco Meets The Blues. Mel Waiters.

12 pm (Noon), Saturday, May 3, 2014. Lufkin Park (Outside), Lufkin, Texas. A.L. Flemming's B-Day Bash. Avail Hollywood.

Saturday, May 3, 2014. H&H Farms, Highway 14, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. T. K. Soul. 205-372-2289.

Saturday, May 3, 2014. First Security Amphitheatre, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, Arkansas. Blues On The River, 2014. Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, Billy "Soul" Bonds, O.B. Buchana, Jaye Hammer, Willie P., Tawanna Campbell. Gates open at 12 Noon.

Sunday, May 4, 2014. Copiah County Fairgrounds, Gallman, Mississippi (I-55 south of Jackson, Mississippi, 1/4 mile west of I-55 at Exit 65).
T.K. Soul.

Friday, May 9, 2014. Silsby Baseball Field, Talladega College, Talladega, Alabama. Talladega College Fundraiser. Willie Clayton, Bobby Rush.

8 pm, Friday, May 9, 2014. Vicksburg City Auditorium, Vicksburg, Mississippi. 8th Annual Mothers' Day Friday. Ms. Jody, Jeff Floyd, Tre' Williams, Wendell B., Nellie "Tiger" Travis. Doors open at 7 pm. 601-955-4894.

Saturday, May 10, 2014. Home Supper Club, 430 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, California. Pre-Mother's Day Show. Lenny Williams. 310-271-4663.

8 pm, Saturday, May 10, 2014. Coahoma County Expo Center, 1150 Wildcat Drive, Clarksdale, Mississippi. Mother's Day Fest. Vick Allen, Avail Hollywood, Sweet Angel, Steve Perry.662-404-6381.

Saturday, May 10, 2014. The Vineyards Entertainment Complex (formerly Whitehaven), 3270 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, Tennessee. Karen Wolfe, Terry Wright, Tre Williams. 901-647-7908.

Sunday, May 11, 2014. Albany Civic Center, 100 West Oglethorpe Blvd., Albany, Georgia. 1st Annual Southern Soul Mother's Day Concert. Theodis Ealey, Ms. Jody, Lacey, Lebrado, Klass Band Brotherhood. 850-238-5329. 229-430-5200. Doors open at 3 pm. Meet And Greet The Artists for VIP ticket holders only at 2 pm: Live music, drinks and photos.

Sunday, May 11, 2014. Blues At The Zoo, Monroe, Louisiana. Mother's Day Blues At The Zoo. T. K. Soul.

3 pm, Sunday, May 11, 2014. Laurel Fairground, 1457 Ellisville Blvd., Laurel, Mississippi. Mother's Day Blues Festival. Sweet Angel, Sir Charles Jones, O.B. Buchana, Andre Lee, Chris Ivy, Lacee, Kenne Wayne, Bobby Rush, Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 734-994-0138. Gates open at 12 Noon.

Sunday, May 18, 2014. Goodlyfe Live, 1014 E. Broadway, West Memphis, Arkansas. T. K. Soul. 901-736-8516.

Friday, May 23, 2014. Louisville Palace, 625 S. 4th Ave.,Louisville, Kentucky. Down Home Blues Festival. Blues Is Alright Tour. Mel Waiters, Denise LaSalle, Sir Charles Jones, Clarence Carter, Theodis Ealey, Latimore.

Saturday, May 24, 2014. Fair Park Arena, 2231 Bessemer Rd., Birmingham, Alabama. The First Annual Blues Explosion. Mel Waiters, Sir Charles Jones, Latimore, Shirley Brown, DieDra.

5 pm, Saturday, May 24, 2014. McIntosh Farms, Philadelphia, Mississippi. Omar Cunningham, Ms. Jody.

Saturday, May 24, 2014. City Auditorium, 1008 Benton St., Waynesboro, Mississippi. T. K. Soul. 601-735-4874.

Saturday, May 24, 2014. Huntsville Dragway, 502 Quarter Mountain Road, Harvest, Alabama (Huntsville). 18th Annual Old School & Blues Festival. Willie Clayton, Sir Charles Jones, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Mystikal and more.

3 pm, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Bentonia, Mississippi. 7th Annual Rose Hill Cookout. Vick Allen, Roosevelt Robinson Jr., Ms. Genii. 662-590-2073.

5 pm, Sunday, May 25, 2014. American Legion Post 150, 43345 Livingston Rd., Indian Head, Maryland.Ms. Jody, Mel Waiters.

Sunday, May 25, 2014. Henderson Memorial Stadium, 2172 Anthony Rd., Macon, Georgia. T. K. Soul. 478-765-8550.

Sunday, May 25, 2014. Winston Shrine Club, 3305 Hwy. 15 South, Louisville, Mississippi. Tre Williams.

7 pm, Saturday, May 31, 2014. Union County Fairgrounds, El Dorado, Arkansas. 13th Annual South Ark "SoulFest". Mel Waiters, Ms. Jody, Cupid, Ghetto Cowboy, Chris Ivy. Gates open at 6 pm. 870-866-7441. BYOB.

Saturday, June 7, 2014. The Farm, 419 East Union St., Minden, Louisiana. T. K. Soul.

Saturday, June 7, 2014. The Regency Ballroom, 400 Greymont St., Jackson, Mississippi. Vick Allen. 800-230-4134.

Thursday, June 12, 2014. Manchester Farm, Manchester, Tennessee. Bonnaroo Music Festival 2014. Bobby Womack, Elton John, Kanye West and more. See Bonnaroo Music Festival website.

7:30 pm & 9 pm, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Navy Pier, Beer Garden, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, Illinois. Chicago Blues Festival Preview Events. Nellie "Tiger" Travis.

11 am-9:30 pm. Daily, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 13-15, 2014. Millennium Park, Grant Park, Jackson & Columbus, Chicago, Illinois. Chicago Blues Festival. Vick Allen (4 pm, Friday); Nellie "Tiger" Travis (4:14 pm, Saturday); Willie Clayton (6:55 pm, Saturday); Pat Brown (2:30 pm, Sunday); Dorothy Moore (4 pm, Sunday). See complete schedule at Chicago Blues Festival website. Free.

8 pm, Saturday, June 14, 2014. Hope Community Center, 800 S. Mockingbird Lane, Hope, Arkansas. Avail Hollywood.

8 pm, Saturday, June 14, 2014. Wolf Creek Ampitheater, 3025 Merk Road, Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Jody.

Saturday, June 14, 2014. Lyric Opera House, Baltimore, 140 West Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore, Maryland. Russell Thompkins Jr. & The New Stylistics, The Chi-lites. 410-685-5086.

8 pm, Saturday & Sunday, June 14 & 15, 2014. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York. Aretha Franklin. 212-247-4777.

8 pm, Saturday, June 21, 2014. Ruston Civic Center, 401 N. Trenton St., Ruston, Louisiana.Avail Hollywood. 318-251-8613.

9 pm, Saturday, June 21, 2014. Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriot Point Rd., Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Mel Waiters, Lacee.

Saturday, June 21, 2014. Downtown, Meridian, Mississippi. Napoleon, Ms. Genii.

Saturday, June 21, 2014. The Woodson Community Park, Odessa, Texas. T. K. Soul.

Saturday, June 28, 2014. Gum Springs Riding Club, Doughlasville, Texas. T. K. Soul.

Saturday, June 28, 2014. New World Landing,
6005 Palafax St., Pensacola, Florida. Peggy Scott-Adams, Dee Bradley.

8 pm, Saturday, July 5, 2014. Municipal Auditorium, El Dorado, Arkansas. Independence Bash. Betty Wright, Omar Cunningham, Benito. Doors open at 7 pm. 870-866-7441.

Saturday, July 5, 2014, The Fairgrounds, El Dorado, Arkansas. T. K. Soul.

9 pm, Saturday, July 5, 2014. Biloxi Community Center, Howard Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi. Diva Ball/Blues Concert. Jimmy Ja, Lacee, Lebrado. Doors open at 8 pm. 228-547-1151.

Saturday, July 12, 2014. L.T. Miller Community Center, 930 Lamar Ave., Yazoo City, Mississippi. 1st Annual Divas In The Making Southern Soul/Blues Show. Vick Allen, Lacee, Tre Williams. 662-746-9985.

Friday, July 25, 2014. The Lighthouse Jazz Cafe, 701 S. Gloster, Tupelo, Mississippi. T. K. Soul.· 662-840-0118.

Saturday, July 26, 2014. 15117 S. Ironwood, South Bend, Indiana. St. Joseph County Fair. Vick Allen, Omar Cunningham, T.K. Soul. 219-291-4870.

7 pm, Saturday, July 26, 2014. McNabb City Park, McNabb, Arkansas. Avail Hollywood.

Saturday, July 26, 2014. The 4H Fairgrounds, 15117 S. Ironwood, South Bend, Indiana St. Joseph County Fair. T. K. Soul, Omar Cunningham, Vick Allen. 219-291-4870.

Friday, August 1, 2014. Tulsa Raceway Park, 3101 N. Garnett, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mel Waiters.

Saturday, August 9, 2014. Wyndham Hotel, 111 E. Pecan St., San Antonio, Texas. Mel Waiters. 210-354-2800.

Friday & Saturday, August 15 & 16, 2014. Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum, 1150 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival. Denise LaSalle, Bobby Rush, Dorothy Moore, Fantasía, Ziggy Marley, Bell Biv DeVoe, Chrisette Michele, Marc Broussard, Janiva Magness, Boney James, B. Smyth, Curtis Salgado, Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Rebirth Brass Band and more. 601-432-4500. See Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival website.

Saturday, August 30, 2014. Union County Fairgrounds, El Dorado, Arkansas. Vick Allen, Omar Cunningham.

Sunday, August 31, 2014. Louisiana Purchase Garden & Zoo, 1405 Bernstein Park Rd., Monroe, Louisiana. Omar Cunningham. 318-329-2400.

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Ongoing Gigs:

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We have such short memories. There's so much to fill our minds. The sheer amount of fine Southern Soul music is hidden to us during 99.9% of our waking moments. Then, out of the blue, you hear your favorite deejay play a song you'd forgotten about. For the tiniest second, the mental floodgates open. And all the performers who have taken a stab at the pinata of Southern Soul legendhood--with all the financial and emotional commitment CD-making entails--rushes in.

The artists seem beyond number. The great songs are for the taking. And Daddy B. Nice lists just a few--the top 100, the cream but by no means the entirety of the crop--below.

Each of the artists has an entry (or more) in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index, where links will automatically zip you around to relevant sound samples, chart entries, awards and CD sales.

Daddy B. Nice Notes:

Many of the following artists can now be seen in depth at Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 21st Century Southern Soul Countdown.


Daddy B. Nice Ranks The Most Under-Rated 2nd Generation Top 100 Southern Soul Artists: With 21st Century Southern Soul Signature Classics




1. Lenny Williams
Signature song: "Can't Nobody Do Me Like You"

2. Wendell B.
Signature song: "Just Don't Understand You"

3. Karen Wolfe
Signature song: "Man Enough"

4. Walter Waiters
Signature song: "Careful Woman/Don't Scratch My Back"

5. Bob Steele
Signature Song: "Yo Dress Is Too Short"

6. Betty Padgett
Signature Song: "Never Coming Home"

7. El' Willie
Signature Song: "You Got Me Where You Want Me"

8. Miz B.
Signature Song: "My Name Is $$$$"

9. Larry Milton
Signature Song: "Back In Love Again"

10. Lebrado
Signature Song: "I'm Missin' You Babe"

11. Renea Mitchell
Signature Song: "Seventeen Days Of Loving"

12. Stevie Jay
Signature Song: "Because Of Me"

13. Roni
Signature Song: "Fool On My Hands"

14. Joy
Signature Song: "Cuttin' Up Sideways"

15. L. J. Echols
Signature Song: "From The Back"

16. Willie B.
Signature Song: "Larry Licker"

17. Robert Hill
Signature Song: "Somebody Lied On Me"

18. Mr. David
Signature Song: "Where Do You Want Me To Put It"

19. Monique Ford
Signature Song: "Work That Body"

20. Frank-O Johnson
Signature Song: "I Was Checking Out (She Was Checking In)"

21. Pat Cooley
Signature Song: "Older Woman"

22. Ric E. Bluez
Signature Song: "Angel"

23. Lijuana
Signature Song: "Wasn't None Of You"

24. Jesse Clay
Signature Song: "Bump, Jump & Slide"

25. Napoleon
Signature Song: "Who You Been Lovin'" - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

26. Earl Duke
Signature Song: "(Salt In My) Sugar Bowl"

27. Lil' Jimmie
Signature Song: "Close The Door On Yesterday (Moving On)"

28. Sergio Davis
Signature Song: "Good Loving Woman"

29. Nicole Jackson
Signature Song: "Can We Go There"

30. Willie Hill
Signature Song: "Friendly Reunion"

31. Mr. Sam
Signature Song: "Voice Mail"

32. Bobbye Johnson
Signature Song: "Saving My Love For You"

33. Da Twinky Man
Signature Song: "I'm Living On A Fixed Income"

34. Ricky White
Signature Song: "I'll Always Love You"

35. Earl Gaines
Signature Song: "It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)"

36. Jewel J.
Signature Song: "That's My Shugga Daddy"

37. John Haley
Signature Song: "I Wanna Bump"

38. Jacquel
Signature Song: "The Twist"

39. A.P. Heavy But Sweet (Andy Pittman)
Signature Song: "Move Your Body"

40. Sweet Angel
Signature Song: "Good Girls Do Bad Things"

41. J. T. Watkins
Signature Song: "Where Did Our Love Go"

42. Dave Mack
Signature Song: "Thirteen Days"

43. Patrick Harris
Signature Song: "I Fooled You This Time"

44. La'Morris Williams
Signature Song: "Impala"

45. Simeo
Signature Song: "Windows (We Roll, Southern Soul)"

46. Lois
Signature Song: "Slippin' And Slidin'"

47. Jo-Us Band
Signature Song: "I'll Be Doggone"

48. Dickie Williams
Signature Song: "Dog Kinda Love"

49. Sterling Williams
Signature Song: "Heartache Medicine"

50. Jerry L.
Signature Song: "Girls In Tha Hood" - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

51. The Rhythm All Stars
Signature Song: "Stuck"

52. Mr. X
Signature Song: "Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle"

53. Lacee Reed
Signature Song: "Lacee's Groove"

54. Al Lindsey
Signature Song: "Missing You"

55. The Chairman Of The Board
Signature Song: "All In The Family"

56. Lil' Fallay
Signature Song: "Love Under Arrest"

57. Wilton Lombard
Signature Song: "It's A Cruel World"

58. Mose Stovall
Signature Song: "Don't Stop The Music"

59. Ernie Lindsey
Signature Song: "My Name Is The Blues"

60. Lola
Signature Song: "The Sweetest Thing"

61. Maurice Davis
Signature Song: "It Ain't My Hat, It Ain't My Shoes"

62. David G.
Signature Song: "Southern Blues With A Twist"

63. The Mystery Man
Signature Song: "Better Stop Dogging Me Around"

64. Michelle Miller
Signature Song: "Good Loving Made Me Cry"

65. Mack Davis & B. J. Miller
Signature Song: "Bill"

66. Cupid
Signature Song: "Cupid Shuffle"

67. The Duchess
Signature Song: "Doin' My Job"

68. Demond Crump
Signature Song: "White Man's War"

69. Chandra Calloway
Signature Song: "Gotta Find Me Somebody"

70. Little Phil
Signature Song: "Blues Party"

71. Walt Love
Signature Song: "Mr. Love"

72. Pookie Lane
Signature Song: "Southern Woman"

73. Aaron Young
Signature Song: "Money Or Fame"

74. Ms. Monique
Signature Song: "Mr. Do Right"

75. Coco
Signature Song: "Crazy 'Bout You Baby" - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

76. Stephanie McDee
Signature Song: "Monkey Talk"

77. Larome Powers
Signature Song: "Shake And Shimmy"

78. Lou Pride
Signature Song: "Midnight Call"

79. Willis Pugh
Signature Song: "Sit Down On It"

80. Raine
Signature Song: "Find Out What She Likes"

81. John Ainsley
Signature Song: "My Lover (She Treats Me Like A Stranger)"

82. Arthur Foy
Signature Song: "Don't Stop My Party"

83. Andre' Lee
Signature Song: "One Night Stand"

84. Leon McMullen
Signature Song: "After This Night Is Gone"

85. O. T. Sykes
Signature Song: "Loneliness Inside Me"

86. Nolan Struck
Signature Song: "My Nerves Are Going Bad"

87. Big Joe
Signature Song: "I Like Big Girls"

88. The Winstons
Signature Song: "Everything Is Gonna Be All Right"

89. April
Signature Song: "Down Home Blues"

90. Stacy Mitchhart
Signature Song: "Things Have Changed"

91. Bertha Payne
Signature Song: "Save Your Breath"

92. Tyree Neal
Signature Song: "I Heard It In The Neighborhood"

93. James Smith
Signature Song: "Plumber Man"

94. Fred Bolton
Signature Song: "Must Be Jelly"

95. Big G
Signature Song: "Thank You Girl"

96. Clarence Dobbins
Signature Song: "Don't Give Up On Me"

97. Sherman Hunter
Signature Song: "Old Neighborhood"

98. Judi Brown Eyes
Signature Song: "Sam"

99. Lorraine Turner
Signature Song: "You Lost A Fortune"

100. Patrick Henry
Signature Song: "Love Me Easy"

--Daddy B. Nice

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