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Pictured: B.B. King

Hey Daddy B. Nice,

I just read the question from the French guy on your mailbag page regarding R&B bands and the fraternity circuit in the South and I was lead to share with you the little bit I know on the subject.

I think it became fashionable and a common practice by the early 60’s for the white fraternities to hire black music bands to play for their functions. I’m not sure but I would guess that most of those functions were held on campus at the individual fraternity house of whichever fraternity was putting on the function. I don’t think the part in Animal House that portrayed them going to a black club to hear the group was a common thing back then. But it was common for the black groups to play the white fraternity functions, and members of the fraternity or maybe friends of theirs with more connections would hire them.

This is precisely how Tommy Couch and Wolf Stephenson began their careers in the music business. Before Malaco Records was even a notion they booked black bands for their fraternity at Ole Miss. They may have begun to book for other fraternities too as they progressed with it.

The article below will tell you a whole lot about their involvement with it.

(University of Mississippi) Alumni turn campus business into a music industry icon.

Fraternal life for colleges in the South was a much bigger deal than it was for colleges in the North or anywhere else. Fraternities and College social life were basically one and the same in the South, and especially at a school like Ole Miss. If you weren’t in a fraternity back then you were probably a nobody on campus.

Pictured: O.V. Wright

The subject is pretty interesting and I don’t think you have to go too deep into it to see that it may have appeared to critics that beneath the “white boys” interest in having black music bands play for them was a desire to perpetuate the racism and segregation of the South. But I think that they were motivated to book the black music bands because that’s the music they wanted to hear. I know if I was back then that’s exactly the kind of music I would have been wanting to hear! Plus, white America was already way into Chuck Berry, Little Richard, et al before the 1960s. Things were just different in the South and I know that first hand!


Daddy B. Nice notes:

John Ward is the owner of Ecko Records in Memphis, Tennessee.

Listen to O.V. Wright singing "A Nickel And A Nail" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


Pictured: Syl Johnson

Dear Daddy B. Nice,

My name is Tristan, I'm French student in history and I'm very interested in the history of southern soul music, and particularly by the fraternity circuit. I'm really curious about the organization of the fraternity circuit, how it worked, who would invite the bands, were there special fraternities interested in it, what was the relationship with the university administration, dean etc. I am particularly interested by African American bands that would be invited to perform in front of white audiences (fraternity parties, college bars, etc).

I would be very grateful if you had any kind of information or advice that could indicate where to research this incredible history.

Thank you very much,
Tristan Le Bras

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Tristan,

This is an interesting and "out-of-left-field" question I can truthfully say I have never been asked. Of course, I immediately thought of the film "Animal House" with John Belushi, in which members of the party-loving white fraternity travel to an African-American roadhouse where singer Otis Day and band are onstage. Otis and the band may also perform at one of the fraternity's parties (the toga party?). But in my travels through the Deep South I've never been witness to such an event. Granted, I don't travel the white circuit. But I can tell you that racism is so embedded in the South that the two cultures seldom if ever mix. I know the white college towns in the South don't cater to southern soul music. Austin has some southern soul bubbling up, but that's the Southwest, not the South. And while it may occur to some extent in the North (although even the "Animal House" episode is dominated by a "we-shouldn't-be-here" tension among the white boys and their dates), I would question your assumption that there is an "incredible history" of black bands playing for white fraternities and sororities. But as I said, it is a fascinating question and I will post your letter to see if any readers have information on this topic. Thanks for writing in.

Daddy B. Nice

Listen to Syl Johnson singing "Is It Because I'm Black?" on YouTube.

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Daddy B. Nice notes: Just posted March 7, 2019!

Listen to "DJ Sir Rockinghood Presents: The Mellow Eddie Holloway Mix Pt. 1" on YouTube.



Hi Daddy B.,

Regarding Eddie Holloway, for what it's worth. I recently played his CD “Soul N´ The Blues: The Greatest Hits” (Empire, 2005), and I had to take it out of the player and check if it wasn´t a Roy C album by mistake in my Holloway jewel case. It was not, it was Holloway. I´m not too familiar with him, but it´s a great album. Great songs too.

All best,
Tommy Löfgren

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Tommy,

I assume you didn't pay $874.21 for the one new copy available on Amazon. See Soul N´ The Blues: The Greatest Hits by Eddie Holloway. That sticker price should give heart to all southern soul artists, no matter how obscure.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Tommy Löfgren writes on southern soul music for the Swedish-based "Jefferson Blues Magazine".


Hello there,

I am writing an article about the music of Eddie Holloway for a UK music magazine. I’ve got all of his vinyl and CDs, but was wondering do you know anyone who knew him, who could give me a bit of background context - like what he did for a day job between recording, and what he was like, or any stories etc. If you know anyone who did know him, perhaps you’d be kind enough to put us in touch.

Many thanks and keep up the good work.

Steve Guarnori

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Steve,

I've been running a "seeking information" bulletin on my artist page for Eddie Holloway for many years now without much to show for it. The obscurity of many of those transitional 90's performers and labels (Ichiban, Konkord, Ace; Eddie's was "Hot" in various formulations) is the reason I got into writing about southern soul in the first place. It seemed this music might be lost forever.

In the tentative obituary at the top of the artist guide I list a "close friend" of Holloway's named Todd Little, but have no contact. I also mention WMPR, the radio station in Jackson, Mississippi, where Wanda Evers could possibly get you in touch with some of the older deejays (Ragman, Handyman) or alumni.

You might also check out the entities that posted these YouTube videos:

Listen to Eddie Holloway singing "I Had A Good Time" on YouTube.

Listen to Eddie Holloway singing "My Mind Too Strong" on YouTube.

Listen to Eddie Holloway singing "Poor Boy" on YouTube.

In the meantime I'll post your query (without any contact information, unless you specify otherwise) on the Calendar/Mailbag page, which naturally gets a lot of traffic compared to the Holloway page.

--Daddy B. Nice

Steve replies:

Hi Daddy B Nice,

Thank you. I’ll try Wanda Evers I think. He really was under rated, if you want I can send you a copy of the finished article when it is published which will be in the fall.



Daddy B. Nice replies:

I'd like that, Steve. Thank you very much. Eddie was one of my favorites. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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Rap Sho Wasn't Me


I heard a song at a friend's friend's house. A hiphop version of Ronnie Lovejoy's “Sho Wasn’t Me”. A southern soul singer on it too, doing melody parts. Can you help me?


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hey James,

I wish they were all this easy. That’s "Sho Wasn't Me" by Black Zack featuring the late Fred Bolton, and it still sounds good. Bolton, who died in 2009, not long after the rap version of "Sho Wasn't Me" was recorded, was best known for his southern soul song, “It Must Be Jelly”.

James replies:

Hey thanks! Thanks for getting back so fast.

Buy "Sho Wasn't Me" by Black Zack at Amazon.

Listen to Black Zack performing "Sho Wasn't Me" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Black Zack.



Name of southern soul artist

Song I was there for you


Daddy B. Nice replies:

And this is an example of one that is not "easy". Cryptic. Obscure. No clues. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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Pat Cooley Recommends Mitch Faulkner Blog from "Radio Facts" Detailing Astounding Numbers for Southern Soul And Successful Incursions Into Mainstream Radio

Daddy B Nice,

Hi there, first I want to thank you for your help over the years. I am forwarding this email from Mitch Faulkner of an article he wrote not long ago for Radio Facts. I was elated when I read it and thought it might be inspiring to you and your readers. Please feel free to forward or print in your magazine. By the way, if you hear of anyone needing a female for shows (lord am I available ??). Again, thanks so much!!!

Pat Cooley

Daddy B. Nice replies:

In fact, Pat, on your last point--begging for gigs--I hear this all the time. Just yesterday I heard from powerful young singer Annie Washington ("Show Pony)," the best zydeco-southern soul hybrid of the year. who lamented, "I just wish I could get more shows." Touring revenue has soared, and while I constantly extol the necessities of touring (See the "Hardest Touring Artists of 2018"), it does make a bitter pill to swallow for deserving artists like you and Annie and so many others standing on the sidelines.

But to your main point. Thanks so much for alerting me to this article by Mitch Faulkner, which I will pass along to readers who no doubt will be glued to their screens.

Daddy B. Nice notes: Here is the URL:

EDITORIAL: A new Frontier for Urban AC radio By Mitch Faulkner - December 17, 2018

Daddy B. Nice continues:

There are many things I enjoyed about this essay. One, it performs the valuable chore of comparing southern soul to the current mainstream radio fare. In the early days of my website, I used to do this, but as time has passed I've become so deeply embedded in the genre that I seldom bother to comment on the larger musical world, and in fact know less and less about it.

Two, I love the way Faulkner COMPARES the first mainstream radio incursions of southern soul today to the appearance (and resistance to) rap in the eighties. I usually compare the emergence of southern soul to the emergence of rock and roll (when I was a wee little 'un) in the late 50's and early 60's. But I was also totally into rap (and going through a second childhood to the chagrin of my fellow old 'uns) in the 80's. I was not a blues guy, as readers often surmise. (Reggae had become my blues.) And hiphop and rap have become so ubiquitous and overbearing that it's hard to remember the time when they were vulnerable.

Finally, Faulkner pulls together all (or many) of the YouTube statistics on southern soul music which, as all us close watchers of the genre know well, are frequently in the millions. And Faulkner doesn't even get into the millions of views put up by "unknowns" like Adrian Bagher or "new" artists like Ronnie Bell (Best Chitlin' Circuit Blues Artist of 2018), with his eight million views for "I'll Pay The Shipping Cost".

One last note to readers wondering why Faulkner never uses the term "southern soul," just "soul blues". That is radio-speak format. "Soul Blues" was handed down on stone tablets from Mount Sinai to the contemporary radio gods many years ago, and Faulkner sticks to "soul blues" because he might otherwise lose his audience, southern soul being too "regional," too "geographical". Funny, though...They do understand "Motown". How can you get more "regional," more "geographical," than a single city? As to the radio gods...They'll come around.

--Daddy B. Nice

Listen to Pat Cooley singing "Older Woman, Younger Man" on YouTube.

Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Pat Cooley - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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RE: Southern Soul In Jacksonville & North Florida

Pictured: Jeff Floyd

Hello Mr. Nice(?). Happy Holidays!

I recently resigned from the Presidency of the DC Blues Society (DCBS) after many years---and from working a "job." I plan to move to north Florida in the next few months & want to promote Blues & Southern Soul shows. I've researched the area for Southern Soul (SS) events & acts touring thru or near there. I haven't found anything. (Not much straight-up Blues by "culturally authentic" acts either.)

I'm reaching out to you for any information or guidance you're able to provide. I'm particularly interested in learning how to reach SS fans. I want to develop a (neo-chitlin) hub for artists touring South to North FL & the Southeast more broadly.

I'm not a newcomer to your efforts & website. Please see the attached column I wrote for the DCBS newsletter (p3) a decade ago relying heavily on your website content.

Thanks for your attention.


Felix McClairen
President Emeritus,
DC Blues Society

Pictured: El’ Willie

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Oh, I wish my memory wasn’t so cluttered with stuff. At one time I may have been able to whip them off. There are a few southern soul stars from Florida. Jeff Floyd from Jacksonville comes to mind. El’ Willie—-hold on, let me check a mailer—-yes, from Florida. Maybe Lenny Williams. David Brinston maybe. I’ll tell you. If you ever get out to Boulder, Colorado, look me up. I have a room with two or three chests of drawers full of CD mailers I’ve received, not to mention the ones coming out of the woodwork in my office. I always thought I’d use them to do an extensive visit to everyone in southern soul (yeah, in my dreams, never got around to that).

Otherwise, and more timely, if you’re willing to give me what contact information you’re willing to post online, I’ll run your letter in my “Mailbag” page. That’s probably the best “platform” you’ll find to receptive minds in the Florida southern soul community. That page also has the “concert calendar” and I often post headliner gigs in Florida (and not just the Panhandle). So those events would be a no-brainer.

Hope this helps,
Daddy B. Nice

Felix replies:

HaHa! Thanks for invitation to dig thru your thousands of mailers. There's no telling though. I recently went on what I called a Blues Pilgrimage taking me thru Memphis, Helena, Clarksdale, Jackson, BB King Museum... So I'm not adverse to digging in. ??

I appreciate the offer to post my query online. Please edit as you see fit. Use for contact. (I recently retired & probably should retire that address.)

I've contacted a couple of performers who've worked (& live in or near) Jacksonville area. Waiting to hear back.

Thanks for taking time to respond to my message.
Keep doing what you're doing---better in 2019.


Listen to Jeff Floyd singing "I Found Love On A Lonely Highway" on YouTube.

A reader replies:

Two obvious ones, of course, would be Latimore and Betty Wright. There are a few more, also, but I can't think of 'em right now . . .

David W.

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Thank You Letters: Jeter Jones, Stacii Adams

From Jeter Jones:

Daddy B.

First let me say thanks, I have grown and respect your opinion. Thanks for giving us a platform. We don’t get that in this line of music. We working and have had a great year over here. The sound behind my 4 star, and P2k’s 5 star, Lady Q’s, lumberjack and her CD, and Magic one’s High heals and jeans and more is our best kept secret here in the 318...

It's Ronald “Slack” Jefferson,

...he is the heart beat behind our distinctive Southern Soul Sound. It is an honor to have him and be blessed by his talents. The whole team here is so excited. For its about growth, I would not be the artist that I am if I have not read your articles and and evolved from your advice. My greatest moment was being Number 1 on ya Top 25 for 2017. Highlight of a great career. Salute to all the artists out here on the road doing their best for the good peoples. I “The King of Trailride Blues” can’t wait to see u good peoples.


See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Jeter Jones.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "Black Horse" on YouTube.


From Stacii Adams:

Hello Daddy B Nice,

First of all let me say I appreciate you showing me love on your site. I really respect your platform and what you are doing for the southern soul market. The level of professionalism is great and it gives the southern soul genre a chance to be seen in a great light.

Pictured: Marvin Sease

My goal is to take this genre back to its essence. When Johnny Taylor, Z.Z. Hill, Marvin Sease, and many other artist poured there souls out and told stories that showed blues and southern soul mixed. Southern Soul is a genre that still allow people from the culture to tell a story and be heard. I am gonna send you a lot of music and videos that I am doing. I want you to see the level of professionalism that I am trying to take it back to. I believe that this is a genre that can make major moves and transcend into major arenas.

Once, thank you for your platform and any feed back good or bad is needed because it is that feed back that will help push me to where I need to be.

#I am Stacii Adams, #The Boss of Blues and Southern Soul

Listen to Stacii Adams singing "Last Few Dollars" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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Looking For A Song Answer!

Pictured: DeMond Crump

Daddy B. Nice notes:

DJ Sweet Tea on 90.5 FM (Super Soul Saturday) had written:

"...last week on my show, someone requested a song I did not have...If I Weren't a Married Woman and You Weren't a Married Man. The caller did not know the artist. Can you help me?

It's a good day for the blues..."

DeMond Crump replies:

You want to know who sing that song, (your a married women i am a married man. ) Sebastian Gowdy. Sebastian Gowdy live in Jackson ms. We played football together in high school.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

DeMond Crump is the long-overlooked recording artist I featured for the first time in November 2018. By coincidence, Sebastian Gowdy is featured on Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Singles for December 2018 with the tune "Sneak, Creep & Freak". Sebastian (using his first name only) debuted in 2017 with the song "If You Come Back".

DJ Sweet Tea replies:

Thank you! You are the best! And please thank your source as well.

It's a good day for the blues
Joan (Sweet Tea) - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide




Daddy B Nice,

Hello. I googled top southern soul music and came across your site. This is great. Your site is one of a kind. I was trying to find the Ms. Charli CD. Can you please send me a link if you have it?


Daddy B. Nice replies:

So, C.D, if you haven't found this album yet....The way you could find this on your own would be to go to the Comprehensive Index and scroll down to Ms. Charli, where you could click links to all of her appearances on the website, including her album in the CD Store.

The only problem is that I didn't have much on Ms. Charli, not even her album. So your fan letter prompted me to get busy and construct a new Artist Guide to Ms. Charli and her album. And here is a direct link to her album:

Buy Ms. Charli's Creole Diva Of Southern Soul album at CD Baby. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

RE: Recording Artists Servicing Writers

NOTE TO ENTERTAINERS: Too few people still service writers, critics, etc. with product. Please do so! I want to cover and support this music as much as I can, but that can't happen unless I have something to review. I estimate that at least ninety percent of the artists on the Daddy B. Nice page do NOT send product to reviewers, which means that folks who don't know about you will probably not find out about you unless they luckily stumble across something online. In today's world with limited radio play, press coverage is more important than ever for reaching new ears.

David W.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

David Whiteis is the author of Southern Soul Blues and reviews southern soul music for "Living Blues" Magazine. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Looking For A Song Letters

daddy b nice,

last week on my show, someone requested a song I did not have...If I Weren't a Married Woman and You Weren't a Married Man. The caller did not know the artist. Can you help me?

It's a good day for the blues,


DJ Sweet Tea on 90.5 FM (Super Soul Saturday)

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sorry for the delay, Joan. I'm stumped, so I'll post this question on the Mailbag page and see if any readers can help.


Good morning Daddy Nice,

I am hoping that you could help me locate a song and/or the artist that sings it. Heard it in Southern Soul DJ mix, but the creator didn’t list the titles in his description. That being said, the song is called “I Want to Know, who is it, who’s Getting it, Hitting it” from what I listen to.

Any and all help would be very much appreciated!


Daddy B. Nice replies:

My first reaction was Donnie Ray singing "Who's Rocking You?", but when I played the song, I was surprised that it didn't include those exact words. I'll post this on the Mailbag page and see if any readers can answer your question.

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RE: Krishunda Echols

Daddy B

I’m just checking to see if u all have any of my sister Krishunda Echols music? The reason I’m asking because I didn’t see a drawing of her face...


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hey LJ! Good to hear from you. It’s funny you should write this at the very time I finally did do a new artist guide and page for Krishunda.

Her new artist guide is here:

Krishunda Echols Artist Guide

Also, you can find lots of references (with links) to her (and even more for yourself) in the Comprehensive Index under “Echols”.

Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index


L.J. Echols replies:

Lol...It’s all good my brother I just want to thank u soooooooooooooo much for the love and support...Daddy B have trully been a blessing to the Southern Soul music... - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

RE: Karen Wolfe

Hi Daddy B.

Is Karen Wolfe still around? The latest I find of her is your review of the No Regrets CD from 2015. No single out since then?

All best,

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Tommy,

Karen Wolfe got married this last year. She’s still with Anna Coday’s label. She had a couple of singles late last year, charting here this year. You can link to those two chart postings through her Feb’ 18 entries on this page of the Comprehensive Index.

Karen Wolfe/Comp Index

Most interesting, she’ll be appearing at Sam’s Town Casino in Las Vegas this fall (November 2nd), following the appearance just last week at Sam’s Town Casino by Bigg Robb, Ms. Jody and other southern soul stars. This is not your ordinary chitlin’ circuit venue, and it's a great sign southern soul is growing in national visibility.

However, I just hope Karen doesn’t change her performing name (to her married name). Something I heard lately touched on that possibility. That would be a mistake.

Daddy B. Nice

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Karen Wolfe.

Link to Karen Wolfe's many appearances on the website via Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

Listen to Karen Wolfe singing "That Chick Ain't Me" on YouTube.

Listen to Karen Wolfe singing "You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man" on YouTube.

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RE: Put Me On Your Mailing List...Eastside Kings Festival

Thanks Daddy B.

What brought me to your web sight was Crystal Thomas, I have been working with her on the blues for the last couple of years. We are about to release a compilation cd here in the USA with her and a couple of cds and a 45 on in Japan.

I do a blues festival every second weekend in September and I own a blues label "Dialtone Records" and run a foundation for African American roots music here in Austin. Attached are a couple of posters from previous years.

What attracted me to your sight is I don't know a lot of the guys you work with, but my gig is Blues. I do work with guys like Ernie Johnson, Bobby Patterson and Greg Smith, you might know them. This is the sort of stuff I am looking for.

I will keep looking at your web sight and be looking for the next artist I can help.

All the best Daddy B. and thanks for emailing me back.


Eastside Kings Foundation

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Crystal Thomas was my BEST FEMALE VOCALIST OF 2017. See

Daddy B. Nice's Corner: Best of 2017.

And Ernie Johnson is one of my favorite artists. We connected once, but I seldom hear anything about his activities.

Ernie Johnson Artist Guide

Gregg A. Smith is also on my Top 100. Tell him to put "Stacked In The Back" on YouTube.

Send me any concert dates on these artists and I'll post them.

Good luck in what you do.

Thanks! - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide



"Put Me On Your Mailing List" Letters

Pictured: Floyd Taylor

Daddy B Nice,

I want to be on your mailing list so I can keep up with your news.


Eastside Kings Festival


Daddy B. Nice,

Great Site and thanks for keeping that old Southern Blues and R&B music alive.

I didn't see anywhere to sign up to your email listing. But if you can add me and let me know about new music coming out I would appreciate it. Ill definitely be checking your site from time to time for updates.

Take care,


Daddy B. Nice replies:

I know I'm a little weird. Don't do social media. Don't send out mailing lists. I just try to do one thing really well: publish my website and constantly update it. Thanks for your support, and....Just come to my site!

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

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Ms. Jody Myrtle Beach Concert Cancelled

Daddy B. Nice:

Much to my dismay, Ms. Jody on Monday September 17th has been cancelled due to the hurricane coming. Just wanted to give you a update since your wonderful site is followed by so many. Thank you again for all you do!

Cody - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

RE: Napoleon Review Reply

Good Morning:

I was reading your excellent blog this morning and I wanted to bring up something that was mentioned by the singer, Napoleon, regarding his review.

I am the person who sent you the email regarding Nellie "Tiger" Travis on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon". He had the "Do Not Play" skit in which he made fun out of "Slap Yo' Weave Off". He then had her on a later date to sing a verse of that song.

You mentioned about the "yes men" sidekicks. The musicians (sidekicks) are none other than The Roots who Napoleon states he was sending you a video of. They are the house band on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" and do a great job on the show.

I will admit to being a fan of Jimmy Fallon from back in "SNL" days and he is very funny. I just wished that he would have Nelly "Tiger" Travis back on to sing a full version of one of her songs. I would vote for "Mr. Sexy Man" myself.

I hope you have a great day!


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks for the great letter, Christina, and the new information.

(DBN notes: Scroll down this column to read the "Napoleon Review Reply" and the "Nellie Tiger Travis on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" letter.) - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Thank You Notes:

King Fred

Dear, Daddy B Nice

thank you for critiquing my album thoroughly through, it's an honor and a real pleasure, n like u once said about Stan Butler how he drops a song every month, I'm taking on that challenge to keep this good music out here

King Fred

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to King Fred, including the review of King Fred's Soul 2 Soul album.

See King Fred's latest single, "Drinking," #6 on Daddy B. Nice's Top Ten Singles, August 2018.

See King Fred performing "Drinking" at the 20/20 Club in Pensacola, Florida.


Sweet Nay

Good morning!!

I just wanted to simply THANK YOU for listening to my music and sharing your thoughts with your audience. I absolutely LOVE what I do and really appreciate when someone takes the time to listen, share or support?? Have a SUPER SUNDAY!


See Sweet Nay's first charting single, "Do You (If I Ain't The One)," #6 on Daddy B. Nice's Top Ten Singles, July 2018.

Listen to Sweet Nay singing "Do You" on YouTube

Sweet Nay's contribution is also cited in Daddy B. Nice's critique of the #4-ranked Jeter Jones single, "I Ain't Gone Cheat No More," Daddy B. Nice's Top Ten Singles, August 2018. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Where To Buy Sir Charles Video?

Dear Daddy B Nice:

Where can I purchase a Sir Charles Jones "Country Boy Video"?

Thank you.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi, Ann. I guess I really don't know much about videos. I wasn't aware they were sold. Of course, you can watch the "Country Boy" video for free on YouTube any time you want. If a video was for sale, the information would be posted in the "Show More" section of the YouTube page, wouldn't it?

Daddy B. Nice

Watch Sir Charles Jones singing "Country Boy" on YouTube.

See Sir Charles Jones two #1 Singles of the Summer of 2018--"100 Years" (August) and "Squeeze Me" (May)--on Daddy B. Nice's Corner. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide



Thank You Letter

Hey Daddy B. Nice,

Thanks for printing those expanded song lists on the Corner page. Very helpful.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

You're welcome!

See Daddy B. Nice's Corner.

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Looking For A Song Letters...

daddy b nice,

driving thru LA east of shreveport late last night heard a new or at least new to me version of zz hills "cheating in the next room" very good! real talky! it was a male and none of the usual suspects, tyrone davis etc. do you know who this is? maybe bishop bullwinkle? cant find anywhere!


Pictured: Z.Z. Hill

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Well, just a wild guess. Was it Poonanny?

Listen to Poonanny singing "Cheating In The Next Room" on YouTube.

Curtis replies:

yes! thats it! is he still recording? can I buy it?

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sadly, Poonanny died in 2014, but you can still buy Poonanny's "Cheating In The Next Room" and the Poonanny albums. Poonanny was Bishop Bullwinkle before there was a Bishop Bullwinkle.

Curtis replies:

okay thanks daddy! your the best!

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



Looking For A Song Letters...

Daddy be Nice----

I am looking for a song that was a remake of Judi Blue Eyes "Sam". A female artist, a faithful cover. Maybe even a little better. Please help me find this! I want to buy it.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

You're probably thinking of a cover of "Sam" made by an artist named Angel Sent. It was sometimes labeled "Sugar Daddy," the album where it appeared. The title track ("Sugar Daddy") also had the same "Sam" instrumental track, adding to the confusion.

Listen to Angel Sent singing "Sam" on YouTube.

Buy Angel Sent's "Sam" at CD Baby.

Genevieve replies:

That's it!! Thank you so much!!

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I would like to know who sang the remake of Carl Sims m&m man daddy its a cat in the window

Then who sing the female version of sure it wasn't me


Daddy B. Nice replies:

That's some obscure stuff, Marc. I'll put it on the "Mailbag" page and see if any readers can help.

Listen to Carl Sims singing "M&M Man" on YouTube.

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I am Shanard Deas a DJ in South Carolina on WMGL/WWWZ. I am the new host of a Southern Soul and Blues show on Saturday mornings from 10am to 1pm. I get a lot of request from the artist on your page. I am reaching out to every Southern Soul promoter and website that I can find to let them know that since the passing of my mentor Frankie "The Big Bopper" Green I am continuing the Southern Soul and Blues tradition and would like all artist to send me anything they have directly. If you cN help in any way I appreciate it.


Kidd Shanard Deas
WMGL Magic 107.3 Charleston SC

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I am looking for an older song

there ain't nothing, nothing in the world I love more than a big legged woman.
some like um thin so they can reel um in,
but I like um fine like a friend of mine.


Daddy B. Nice replies:


I looked through my southern soul library for "big-legged woman" songs and lyrics. I found tunes by Luster Baker/L.J. Echols, Larry Griffith, Big Cynthia and Bernard McGhee, but none matched the lyrics you quote. Of course, just because "big legs" aren't in the title doesn't mean they're not in the lyrics of other songs without "big leg" in the title. I'll post your question and see if any readers can do better.

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

8 pm, Friday, March 22, 2019. Chaifetz Arena, 1 South Compton Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri. Gateway Blues Festival. Terry Wright, Pokey Bear, T.K. Soul, Sir Charles Jones, Theodis Ealey, Shirley Brown, Calvin Richardson.

Friday, March 22 & Saturday, March 23, 2019. The Get A Way Ranch, 1999 Golden Cove, Hutchins, Texas. Diamond Riders 1st Annual Trail Ride. Jeter Jones. 972-217-0014.

Saturday, March 23, 2019. Club Harrison's, 471 Pleasant Springs Drive, Tuskegee, Alabama. Big Yayo. Doors open 6 pm. 254-383-7718.

8 pm, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond, Indiana (Chicago). Pokey Bear, Theodis Ealey, Shirley Brown, Sir Charles Jones, Syleena Johnson.

9 pm, Saturday, March 23, 2010. 2548 Hornady Drive, Monroeville, Alabama. APP First Annual Spring Fling. James Redd, Tara Keith, Derrick Washington, G Sky, Dia Grover. Host: Viagra Man. BYOB. Doors open 7 pm. 334-306-0176, 251-362-4244.

7 pm, Saturday, March 23, 2019. Trotter Convention Center, 402 North 2nd Ave., Columbus, Mississippi. Tre Williams, J-Wonn, Ms Jody. 662-328-4164.

Saturday, March 23, 2019. Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Avenue, Dallas, Texas. The Bar-Kays. 214-565-1116.

Saturday, March 23, 2019. Midtown Jazz & Blues Lounge, 1818 Midtown Drive, Columbus, Georgia. L.J. Echols. 706-507-0296.

8 pm, Saturday, March 23, 2019. Jazz & Jokes, 695 Orleans St., Beaumont, Texas. "Against All Odds" Official After Party. Cupid.

Saturday, March 23, 2019. Club O'Hara, 242 Monticello St., Hazelhurst, Mississippi. T.K. Soul. 601-894-5674.

8 pm, Sunday, March 24, 2019. R.L.'s Blues Palace, 3100 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas. Sweet Angel. 214-421-9867

Thursday, March 28, 2019. Sellosali-Helsinki, Soittoniekanaukio 1 A 02600, Espoo, Finland. Bobby Rush.

10:30 pm, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Kingston Mines, 2548 North Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger Travis. 773-477-4646.

Friday, March 29, 2019. National Guard Armory, 329 Captain Gloster Drive, Gloster, Mississippi. L.J. Echols. 601-225-7912.

8 pm, Friday, March 29, 2019. NRG Stadium, 3 NRG Parkway, Houston, Texas. H-Town Blues Festival. Adrian Bagher, T.K. Soul, Sir Lenny Williams, Big Pokey Bear, Tucka, Calvin Richardson, H-Town, Ronnie Bell. 800-745-3000.

Friday, March 29, 2019. Cosmopolite, Soria Moria, Vogts gt 64, Torshov 0477, Oslo, Norway. Bobby Rush. See Cosmopolite website.

9 pm, Friday, March 29, 2019. Blue Chicago, 536 N. Clark St., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 312-661-0100.

Saturday, March 30, 2019. Baltoppen-Cophenhagen, Baltorpvej 20 2750, Ballerup, Denmark. Bobby Rush.

Saturday, March 30, 2019. American Legion Post, 248, 5070 FM 1398, Hooks, Texas. March Madness.Vick Allen, Geno Wesley, Aaron Cook, Dee Dee Simon. 903-276-4871. Doors open 6 pm.

12:45 pm, Saturday, March 30, 2019. 4th Street South, Columbus, Mississippi. Catfish In The Alley. Grady Champion. Free event begins 10 am. See website.

7 pm, Saturday, March 30, 2019. Attala County Coliseum, 550 Highway #12, Kosciusko, Mississippi. Spring Jam. Ms. Jody, Big Yayo, Rude, Bigg Robb, T.K. Soul. Doors open 6 pm. BYOB. 678-322-8098.

6:30 pm, Sunday, March 31, 2019. Ravens Tower, 310 North St., Houston, Texas. Zydeco on the Bayou. Chris Ardoin. 832-925-7585.

Friday, April 5, 2019. Laurent Bouvier Community Fireplace, Seine-Maritime, France. Salaise Blues Festival. Bobby Rush.

8 pm, Friday, April 5, 2019. Miller High Life Theatre, 500 West Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tucka, Sir Charles Jones, Pokey Bear, Theodis Ealey, Latimore, Terry Wright.

Friday, April 5, 2019. Foyer Laurent Bouvier, Impasse du Renivet, 38150, Lyon, France. Salaise Blues Festival. Bobby Rush, Alex Haynes & The Fever. +33 4 74 29 71 50.

Friday, April 5, 2019. Hollywood Casino, 1717 River Road N., Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Cupid. 225-709-7777.

Friday, April 5, 2019. JB's House Of Blues, 120 22nd St., Columbus, Mississippi. T.K. Soul. 662-425-6966.

10:30 pm, Saturday, April 6, 2019. Scott Boudin Festival Grounds, 125 Lions Club St., Scott, Louisiana. Chris Ardoin.

10 am, Saturday, April 6, 2019. The (Mobile Greater Gulf States) Fairgrounds, 1035 Cody Road North, Mobile, Alabama. Spring Fling Music Festival. Tucka, Sir Charles Jones, Big Pokey Bear, Jeter Jones, Cupid, Lacee, Lebrado, Jeff Floyd, T.K. Soul, O.B. Buchana, Summer Wolfe, Till 1, Ronnie Bell, Wendell B.

Sunday, April 7, 2019. Mühle Hunziken – Bern, Hunziken, CH-3113, Rubigen, Switzerland. Bobby Rush. See Mühle Hunziken website.

5 pm, Sunday, April 7, 2019. Magnolia Lounge, 4920 Jonesboro Road, Forest Park, Georgia. Johnny Taylor Tribute. Doors open 4 pm. T.J. Hooker Taylor. 404-549-8402.

8 pm, Thursday, April 11, 2019. The Blind Pig, 208 South 1st Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Lee Fields & The Expressions. 734-996-8555.

8 pm, Friday, April 12, 2019. UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans, Louisiana. Ronnie Bell, Lenny Williams, Pokey Bear, Tyree Neal, Lebrado, Tucka.

12 Noon, Friday thru Sunday, April 12, 13 & 14, 2019. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive Northeast, Saint Petersburg, Florida. 2019 Tampa Blues Festival. Rosie Ledet, Kenny Neal, Shemekia Copeland, Mr. Sipp, C.J. Chenier, Boz Scaggs, Jonny Lang and many more. See website.

8 pm, Saturday, April 13, 2019. Ruston Civic Center, 401 North Trenton St., Ruston, Louisiana. 9th Annual Celebrities B'Day Party & Show. Wendell B, Lebrado, Veronica (Ra'elle), Luster Baker (Mr. Juicy), Karen Brown. BYOB. Doors open 7 pm. 318-805-8609.

Monday, April 15, 2019. Antone's, 305 East 5th St., Austin, Texas. William Bell. 512- 814-0361.

8 pm, Friday, April 19, 2018. Duke Center For The Performing Arts, 2 East South Street, Raleigh, North Carolina. Triple C's Tour. Sir Charles Jones, Omar Cunningham, Calvin Richardson. (All Live Bands.) 800-745-3000. Special Guest: Dru Hill.

8 pm, Friday, April 19, 2019. Paragon Casino, 711 Paragon Place, Marksville, Louisiana. Big Pokey Bear, Leon Chavis, Lil Nathan, Roi Chip Anthony. 800-946-1946.

4 pm, Saturday, April 20, 2018. Route 29 Pavilion, 5650 Sandusky Blvd., Concord, North Carolina. 2nd Annual Carolina Blues, Bikers & Barbecue Festival. T.J. Hooker Taylor, Lebrado, Jeff Floyd, Tucka, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Cupid, Lacee and more. Gates open 2 pm. Rain or Shine. 704-709-5950.

Thursday, April 25, 2019. Soiree, 232 West Peace St., Canton, Mississippi. CD Release Party. Grady Champion. 601-559-9685.

Friday, April 26, 2019. Duling Hall, 622 Duling Avenue, Jackson, Mississippi. CD Release Party. Grady Champion. 601-292-7121.

Friday, April 26 & Saturday, April 27, 2019. 599 County Road 122, Nacogdoches, Texas. Bryant Trail Riders 33rd Annual Trail Ride & Camp-Out. Jeter Jones. Gates open 6 pm, Thursday. 936-615-3055.

Saturday, April 27, 2019. E-Center, 710 Edwards Drive #A, Harker Heights, Texas. Southern Soul Night in Harker Heights. Avail Hollywood, Ms. Portia, Lady Q. 254-768-1334.

8 pm, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Paradise Entertainment Center, 645 East Georgia Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. Sir Charles Jones Birthday Bash. Various Artists. 901-947-7144. Doors open 7 pm.

8 pm, Thursday, May 2, 2019. Celebrity Lounge, Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport, 451 Clyde Fant Pkwy., Shreveport, Louisiana. Jeter Jones. 318-658-5004.

7 pm, Saturday, May 4, 2019. Washington County Convention Center, 1040 South Raceway Road, Greenville, Mississippi. Pre-Mothers Day Extravaganza. Carl Sims, Omar Cunningham, Calvin Richardson, Bigg Robb, Wilson Meadows. 662-332-0488.

Saturday, May 4, 2019. White Oak Amphitheatre at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, 1501 Hanner St., Greensboro, North Carolina. 4th Annual Gate City Blues Festival. Big Pokey Bear, Sir Charles Jones, Theodis Ealey, Shirley Murdock. 336- 373-7400.

Saturday, May 4, 2019. Tom Lee Park, 357 Riverside Drive, Memphis, Tennessee. 2019 Beale Street Music Festival (Fri-Sun). William Bell and many more.

3 pm, Saturday, May 11, 2019. Peanut Festival Fairgrounds, 5622 US-231, Dothan, Alabama. Tri-State Family Reunion: Mother's Day Edition. Lomax, Tucka, Big Pokey Bear, Calvin Richardson, Avail Hollywood, Wendell B, JR Blu, Magic One, Mr. Smoke. Gates open 12 Noon. BYOB. 334-733-5392.

7:30 pm, Saturday, May 11, 2019. Clarksdale Civic Auditorium, 506 E. 2nd St., Clarksdale, Mississippi. 8th Annual Mother's Day Blues Concert. J-Wonn, Ronnie Bell, Ra'shad The Blues Kid, Morris Music Group. Doors open 7 pm. 662-404-6381, 662-627-8431.

3 pm, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Laurel Fairgrounds, 1457 Ellisville Blvd., Laurel, Mississippi. Mother's Day Blues Festival. Big Pokey Bear, Sir Charles Jones, Billy "Soul" Bonds, Rue Davis, O.B. Buchana, Keri Carter, Lamar Brace, Ronnie Bell, Christopher La'Mont. Gates open 11 am.

Friday, May 17, 2019. Oasis Shriners, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, North Carolina. Up Close And Personal With Big Pokey Bear: Concert & After Party. Pokey Bear, Bigg Robb & The Problem Solvas, Black Diamond. Doors open 7:30 pm. Buy tickets..

Saturday, May 18, 2019. The Griffin Centre, Halifax Community College, 200 College Drive, Weldon, North Carolina. Up Close And Personal With Big Pokey Bear: Concert & After Party. Bigg Robb & The Problem Solvas, Pokey Bear, Black Diamond. Doors open 8 pm. Buy tickets..

10 pm, Friday, May 24, 2019. Buddy Guy's Legends, 700 South Wabash, Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 312-427-1190.

11 am, Saturday, May 25, 2019. 94 Walker School Road, Coldwater, Mississippi. 2nd Annual Tailgating Day. Karen Wolfe.

Saturday, May 25, 2019. Huntsville Dragway, 502 Quarter Mountain Road, Harvest, Alabama. Old School and Blues Festival. Sir Charles Jones, Tucka, Pokey Bear, P-Funk Connection, The Gap Experience, Bishop Bullwinkle, Kool Moe Dee, Adina Howard, Rich Boy, Angela Winbush, The Bar-Kays and more. 256-852-4505.

Sunday, May 26, 2019. Gardendale Community Center, 110 Keifer Road, San Antonio, Texas. Southern Soul Blues & Zydeco Festival. Jeter Jones, Certified Slim, Jabo, Fat Daddy, Lady Zee. 210-288-5904. Outdoors.

4 pm, Noon, Sunday, May 26, 2019. Wall Hill Park, 1930 Wall Hill Road, Byhalia, Mississippi. Sir Charles Jones, Terry Wright, Jo Jo Murray, Ronnie Bell, Mr. Sipp, Anita Love. Gates open 12 Noon. 901-268-7007.

8:30 pm, Saturday, June 1, 2019. Natchez City Auditorium, 207 Jefferson St., Natchez, Mississippi. Jaye Hammer, T.K. Soul. Doors open 7 pm. 601-499-6000.

7 pm, Saturday, June 1, 2019. Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Bishop Bullwinkle, Tucka, Big Pokey Bear, Cupid, Bryan Jack and more.

Saturday, June 1, 2019. Club Ebony, 404 Hanna Avenue, Indianola, Mississippi. Grady Champion. 662-887-9339.

Friday, June 7, 2019. West Fair & Rodeo Campground, 1110 South Main, West, Texas. King Ranch Trail Riders Waco-Houston, 5th Annual Camp-Out & Trail Ride. Jeter Jones. 832-453-3588.

3 pm, Sunday, June 9, 2019. UAW Local 863, 10708 Reading Road, Evendale, Ohio (Cincinnati). The Socialites Blues Party. Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Keith Little and many more. BYOB. 513-312-6653.

7 pm, Friday, June 14, 2019. Boutwell Auditorium, 1930 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, Alabama. Father's Day Blues Bash. Karen Wolfe, Mose Stovall, Theodis Ealey, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Sir Charles Jones, Big Pokey Bear, T.K. Soul, Calvin Richardson. Doors open 6 pm. 205-254-2820.

Saturday, June 15, 2019. Wolf Creek Amphitheater, 3025 Merk Road, College Park, Georgia. An Evening Under the Stars Blues Festival. Lenny Williams, T.K. Soul, Tucka, Willie Clayton, J-Wonn, Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 404-836-3139.

7 pm, Sunday, June 16, 2019. Columbus Civic Center, 400 4th St., Columbus, Georgia. 2nd Annual Fountain City Father's Day Festival. Ms. Jody, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Sir Charles Jones, T.K. Soul, Theodis Ealey, J-Wonn, Calvin Richardson, Willie Clayton. Doors open 6 pm. 706-653-4460.

6 pm, Saturday, June 29, 2019. Mosley Farms, 685 Evans Road, Boyle, Mississippi. Trail Ride Blues Show. L.J. Echols, Big Yayo. Gates open 10 am. Trail Ride leaves 3 pm.

6 PM, Saturday, July 6, 2019. Nolan Memorial Park (aka Ponderosa Park), Wisner, Louisiana. 11th annual Nolan Norman Day Celebration. Sir Charles Jones, Big Pokey Bear, Cold Drank, Nathaniel Kimble, Summer Wolfe, Coco, Veronica Ra'elle.

4 pm, Saturday, July 20, 2019. Rocky Mount Municipal Complex, 600 Independence Drive, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Down East Music Festival Weekend. Glenn Jones, Theodis Ealey, Lacee, Big Pokey Bear, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Black Diamond, Big G, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Maurice Wynn, Calvin Richardson, Bigg Robb, Ms. Jody, Chris Thomas, Roy C and more. Gates open 3 pm. Rain or Shine. 800-419-1170. See festival website.

Saturday, July 27, 2019. Kannapolis Intimidator Stadium in Cabarrus County, 2888 Moose Road, Kannapolis, North Carolina. Heavy Hitters Of Soul. Lacee, Sir Charles Jones, Big Pokey Bear, Bigg Robb, Lenny Williams, Glenn Jones, Calvin Richardson, Theodis Ealey, Sunshine Anderson, Black Diamond, Evelyn "Champagne" King and more. Meet & Greet at 3 pm, Admission at 4 pm. 800-560-2108.

Saturday, August 31, 2019. Columbus Civic Center, 400 4th St., Columbus, Georgia. Tucka, Shirley Murdoch.


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January began without holiday hangover, as up-and-coming producer Big Yayo debuted as a performer with a piece of "southern soul electronica" called "Cowgirl" featuring his protege, "I Got This Record's" J'Wonn, the ultimate balladeer, singing an uptempo chorus on his first-ever club jam.

February ushered in a Valentine's Day weekend to be remembered with southern soul concerts across a broad spectrum of the South, from Hooks, Texas (Avail Hollywood) to Memphis (Bertha Payne) to south Atlanta (Lomax) to Greenville, Ms. (J'Wonn) to Canton, Ms. (L.J. Echols, Terry Wright, J-Wonn, Krishunda Echols, Bigg Robb, Napoleon) to Vicksburg (Shirley Brown, Carl Sims, Jaye Hammer, Wilson Meadows, Pat Brown, Adrena) to Corpus Christi (Mel Waiters) to Decatur, Ga. and Talladega, Alabama (T.J. Hooker Taylor) to Tuscaloosa (Tre' Williams, Jeff Floyd) to Panama City, Florida (Ms. Jody) to Germantown, Tenn. (Mavis Staples) to Montgomery (Bigg Robb, O.B. Buchana, Tucka, Lebrado, Lomax, Toia Jones) to Farmerville, La. (Avail Hollywood) to Mobile (L.J. Echols, Andre' Lee, James Payne, Geno Wesley) to Dallas and the annual Blues Is Alright Tour (T.K. Soul, Theodis Ealey, Mel Waiters, Clarence Carter, Latimore, Millie Jackson) to Shiner, Texas (Rue Davis) to Texarkana (Omar Cunningham, Wendell B) to Indianola, Ms., B.B. King's hometown (Chris Ivy, Lil' Jimmie) to Baytown, Texas (Kenne' Wayne, AP Heavy But Sweet) to East Tyler, Texas (R. Kelly, Avail Hollywood) and back to Memphis (Jarekus Singleton), setting the bar for a record-breaking year in Southern Soul clubs.

Mindful of the concert bonanza, Daddy B. Nice urged fans in March to get out of the airport hubs (Memphis, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans) and "walk on the wild side," visiting the "holes-in-the-walls" in the verdant countryside where the true contemporary blues reigns supreme. In Jackson, premier nineties' vocalist Robert "The Duke" Tillman (Ace, Ichiban) re-emerged, as did storied DJ Outlaw at WMPR, while young Jackson guitar-blues stars Jarekus Singleton, Grady Champion and Mr. Sipp parlayed their mass audience-friendly blues far beyond the Delta.

April saw the breakthrough collection THE LOUISIANA BLUES BROTHERS, explode in the southern soul demographic via its suddenly iconic single,
"My Sidepiece," featuring the powerful-piped, Reggie P.-like vocalist Pokey (or Big Pokey Bear), whose electric stage show featured the singer thrusting and gyrating with a passion not seen since Bobby Rush's twerking dancers.

The song's message that it was okay to have a "woman on the side" because it's in the "genes" alternately fascinated and disgusted listeners, and not always along gender lines, and the "sidepiece" theme became a motif in countless new southern soul songs. Meanwhile, Pokey et. al.'s new album, BEAT FLIPPA I GOT THE BLUES VOL. 1., released in February, shot up the charts, bringing a rock-and-roll-like energy, immediacy and accessibility to the southern soul scene that thrust its brilliant producer (Beat Flippa) and roster of talented artists (Pokey, Tyree Neal, Adrian Bagher, Vince Hutchinson, Mz. Pat, Veronica Ra'elle, Rosalyn Candy, etc.) into a level of popularity even southern soul's veteran artists had to envy.

Also in April, the great sixties' artist Percy Sledge, who recorded one of the most powerful southern soul songs of the last fifty years, "When A Man Loves A Woman," passed away with scant fanfare.

May was the worst month, the cruelest month...

....Mother's Day and Memorial Day weekends witnessed another slew of record-breaking fan-friendly southern soul concerts, but the nation and entire world mourned the passing of B.B. King, whose ties to Indianola and Jackson, Mississippi were real and renewed each summer, when B.B. always returned for the Medgar Evers Homecoming Celebration and played for his original chitlin' circuit fans in the Delta.

But for contemporary southern soul fans it was the passing of song-master Mel Waiters that really hurt. Unknown outside of blues circles (unlike the world-famous B.B. King), Waiters was an irreplaceable part of the southern soul pantheon of recording artists, having largely kicked off the contemporary scene with his "Hole In The Wall," fashioned in the late nineties in the tradition of Mel's inspirations, Z.Z. Hill and Buddy Ace. For many fans, Waiters was the number-one performer in the South, and Mel never shied away from the kudos. YouTube videos document his exciting "contests" with Sir Charles Jones, which did so much to enliven the concert scene.

June marked the appearance of a rapping preacher named Bishop Bullwinkle, whose "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" continued a trend of unknown artists (like J'Wonn, Tucka, Pokey) eclipsing southern soul's veteran artists in notoriety-slash-popularity in one fell swoop (be it a single or album). Whereas J'Wonn had stunned the southern soul community a couple of years earlier with his straight-forward youth and sensitivity, the nearly seventy-something Bishop Bullwinkle simultaneously astonished and dumbfounded fans with his fearless, back-woods vision of the world compressed into a six-minute, no-holds-barred sermon castigating hypocrisy in the church and gangsterism in the hood.

While J'Wonn had seemingly thrust the entire world off his back with the momentous words, "I Got This Record," the grizzled Bullwinkle did the same with his proclamation, "My name is Bishop Bullwinkle / From the church of nothing but the truth..."

....In less than a month his YouTube video (there was no published record) had a million views--unheard-of for a southern soul song--and by the end of the year it was approaching ten million. Clearly, Bullwinkle's "Hell To The Naw Naw" had cut through layers of padding and pretension to strike a deeply-felt, common nerve with fans.

In August Tucka and T.K. Soul sold out the 3,000-seat Houston Arena Theatre, notching a new high in audience numbers for a pair of southern soul acts.

Jackson's own James "Hot Dog" Lewis, keyboardist, performer and producer, passed away in October.

Late summer sizzled with gigs--July 4th, Labor Day--the fans' thirst for the music couldn't be slaked--culminating in the biggest concert-venue weekend ever Thanksgiving.

From Thibodeaux, Louisiana (Cupid, Lebrado, Pokey) to Montgomery, Alabama (T.K. Soul) to Canton-Jackson, Ms. (J'Wonn, Big Yayo) to Opelika, Alabama (T.K. Soul) to Hattiesburg, Ms. (J'Wonn, Big Yayo) to Tchula, Ms. (Tre' Williams) to Grenada, Ms. (J'Wonn) to DC area Pomonkey, Md. (Jeff Floyd, J. Red, Hardway Connection) to Birmingham, Alabama (Calvin Richardson, Nellie "Tiger" Travis) and back to Hattiesburg (T.K. Soul) and way out to San Diego (Cupid) and back to Vicksburg (Bishop Bullwinkle, Terry Wright, Bigg Robb, Lacee, Stevie J) to New Orleans (T.K. Soul) to El Dorado, Arkansas (T.K. Soul, Ghetto Cowboy, Summer Wolfe) to Charlotte, North Carolina (Lenny Williams, Ann Nesby) and Wilson, North Carolina (Jeff Floyd, Wilson Meadows, Hardway Connection) down to Tampa, Florida (Clarence Carter, Bishop Bullwinkle, Betty Wright, Shirley Murdoch) and Sebring, Florida (Bobby Rush, Theodis Ealey) and way up to Gary, Indiana (Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Willie Clayton, Latimore, Otis Clay) and back to the Delta in Tchula, Mississippi (Big Yayo, J'Wonn) and Pickens, Ms. (The Love Doctor, Terry Wright, Sorrento Ussery, Pat Brown, Nathaniel Kimble, Doctor Dee, Lady Di) to Meridian, Ms. (Big Robb, Vick Allen, Lacee, JR Blu) and thence back north to St. Louis (Bobby Rush, David Dee) and Chicago (Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Willie Clayton, Otis Clay, Latimore) and back home to Jackson (Andre' Lee, T-Baby) and the re-opened Evers Blues Lounge on Pecan Park Circle next to WMPR (Roy C., LGB, Doctor Dee, Dennis Fountain).... From all of these venues, enthusiastic fans supplemented their turkey with southern soul music.

2016 marked Southern Soul's most serious forays into the mainstream yet, and Bishop Bullwinkle was southern soul's "Donald Trump," refreshingly candid, wildly off-the-wall. At year's end, Bigg Robb took down Bullwinkle's video for copyright infringement. Turns out the Bishop had used the instrumental track from Robb's "Looking For A Country Girl" for the backing track to "Naw Naw," but Bishop Bullwinkle was uncontrite, telling Daddy B. Nice in a profanity-laced interview that he "dared" Robb to take him to court. As one industry insider noted, it didn't matter that the song hadn't been published (as a record); its online streaming revenues alone amounted to the same thing. And so it went in the raucous, wild-west-like cradle of the musical universe--the Deep South--where the music is as primeval and super-sized as the SEC. (And still unknown nationally...Go figure!) And as Jaye Hammer (one of 2015's finest vocalists) says in his juking new ode to the Delta, "I Ain't Leaving Mississippi." ....

"You know, someone came up to me the other day and said, 'Hammer! They told me you had moved to Chicago."

I said, "What? Man! People are always spreading rumors. But let me say this. I ain't leaving Mississippi. Mississippi is my home. If you think I'm gonna leave Mississippi, you might as well leave me alone."

--Daddy B. Nice

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


The year did not begin auspiciously. Floyd Taylor, son of the late great Johnnie Taylor and a contemporary southern soul headliner in his own right, passed away on February 21st, causing his stepbrother TJ to remark, "He died pretty much the way my dad died: a heart attack (at too young an age)." A masterful and discerning vocal interpreter, Taylor's career was notable for spanning southern soul's two generations of songwriters, from the best of Charles Richard Cason and Lawrence Harper (of his father's generation) to Simeo Overall of the new.

A few days later Eddie Holloway, a lesser-known but seminal figure renowned for contemporary southern soul classics like "I Had A Good Time," "Poor Boy" and "My Mind's Too Strong," passed away in obscurity, without fanfare.

A young recording artist (Jeter Jones) trying to break into the southern soul market released an album whose instrumental tracks Daddy B. Nice--in a CD review--recognized as identical to certain Bobby Jones and Chuck Roberson songs of the recent past, setting off a firestorm of litigation between Desert Sounds CEO Charles Peterson and his former producer, Eric "Smidi" Smith.

Daddy B. Nice himself underwent a lung cancer scare and finally had surgery in May, returning successfully after two bouts in the hospital to discover that "Funky" Larry Jones, owner of the Soul & Blues Report, a monthly compendium and summary of southern soul deejay playlists and a vital niche in the southern soul internet community, had died. Other websites (Boogie, Blues Critic) made attempts to provide the same function, but at year's end the loss was still felt and seemed irrevocable.

That, along with the June death of Don Davis (the producing genius behind Johnnie Taylor) and the early-September passing of Joe Poonanny, the Weird Al Yankovich of the chitlin' circuit and the last of a dying breed of blues parodists, was the bad news.

The good news was that, stimulated by an invitation to Kim Cole's Celebrity Birthday Bash in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in July, your Daddy B. Nice rebounded to attend (and chronicle) three multi-act southern soul concerts in thirty hours, including getting out on the dance floor.

There was cause. Southern Soul stars were appearing everywhere across the Deep South, from Texas to the Carolinas. A month later, Southern Soul Labor Day concerts and associated sales would surpass a million, and the concerts continued to proliferate, populating weekends throughout the calendar that would have been few and far between ten years ago.

But what really uncorked the euphoria in 2014 was the return to recording of southern soul's younger-generation leading lights, Sir Charles Jones and T.K. Soul. After long absences (especially in Sir Charles' case), both performers produced sets of significant material with fresh yet authentic sounds, in T.K.'s case stripped-down, acoustic-dominated arrangements.

The two CD's, combined with the much-anticipated debut by J'Wonn (I GOT THIS RECORD) and the latest drop from O.B. Buchana, made it a banner year for male vocalists.

Women, not so much. For the second year in a row Denise LaSalle and Shirley Brown were sorely missed. Both appeared only rarely, and neither released new product. Ms. Jody and Nellie "Tiger" Travis were relatively quiet after big years in 2013. Sweet Angel reposed and, as expected, Peggy Scott-Adams (whose early partner, JoJo Benson, died just before Christmas) failed to follow up on her 2012 return to southern soul. Candi Staton and Uvee Hayes returned with new CD's, however.

Some of the major male stars--known for productivity--were also MIA in 2014. Mel Waiters, Theodis Ealey, Latimore and Bobby Rush produced little new studio work, and in pursuit of an elusive Grammy that even the late Johnnie Taylor and Tyrone Davis never won, Willie Clayton's new album disconcerted some longtime fans with its slide into atmospheric, Isley-style soul.

Young Grady Champion was the year's sensation (following fellow Jacksonian J'Wonn in 2013). Champion drew a cover story in "Living Blues" magazine after signing with Malaco Records for his new album BOOTLEG WHISKEY. Rare for a Delta artist, Champion drew national interest and crossover appeal.

Waiting in the wings, and getting no respect, was Chicago phenomenon Theo Huff, whose "It's A Good Thing I Met You" drew high praise (#5 for the year) from Daddy B. Nice for its approximation of--you guessed it--vintage Willie Clayton.

Lil' Jimmie's dance jam "She Was Twerkin'" was the underground sensation of the year, the subject of constant fan queries on where to buy--the answer was always, "Nowhere." Which reminded your Daddy B. Nice of an old Lil' Jimmie song called "I'm Not Going Nowhere," a song so full of double-negatives you're not sure what he means.

A young artist named Wood redid Nellie "Tiger" Travis's "Mr. Sexy Man" with a lounge-band sound ("Foxy Lady"), drawing copyright ire.

Tyree Neal, Pokey and Adrian Bagher formed a group called The Louisiana Blues Brothers.

Memphis-based Anita Love (Humphrey), former back-up singer for Sweet Angel, had an out-of-left-field smash with "Keep Knockin'", while Memphis-based songwriter John Cummings continued his transformation into a first-rate recording artist.

Vick Allen was in a stage play in Jackson, Mississippi, while singles ("Crazy Over You," "True To Me") continued to spit out of his going-on-three-year-old SOUL MUSIC album like candy from a child's Christmas wind-up toy.

Steve Perry of "Booty Roll" fame thought better of his name change to Prince Mekl and became good old Steve Perry again.

WAGR in Lexington, Mississippi and its colorful deejay, Big Money, became the exciting new southern soul station to stream on the Internet.

And last but not least, storied DJ Ragman returned in December to WMPR in Jackson, Mississippi--also on the Web--doling out southern soul music in the afternoons with his trademark, champagne-fizz optimism.

By the end of the year, life in Southern Soul was good.

--Daddy B. Nice

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