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Thank You Letter:

Re: 5-Star Review of Jeter Jones' TRAILRIDE CERTIFIED Album


Daddy B. Nice,

5 stars, Wow!!! First let me say thanks to God, I'm humbled by the work and I salute all the artist out here on the chitterling circuit with me getting it. My grandmother use to say "the work I do will speak for me". This is a true testament of that saying. As a young U.S. Marine I learned "Mind over matter" that if I didn't mind it wouldn't matter. I've read the critiques from u and everyone else and they made me better as an artist thanks. I don't expect to win all the awards (just to be nominated is a blessing to me) but I wanna be consistent and respected by my peers in the music world. I'm not the best but I want to build my legacy as a singer, & song writer. With all of that being said "Thank You" for holding my feet to the fire and making me better. This was a fun Cd to make, thanks to all of the artist, my mentor Eric "Smidi" Smith, my partner in music Crystal Thomas, my bro/cuz Jason Jones for his ear, my big bro & leader of my new team @ RMG Big Pokey Bear he has taken me under his wing and has already made a impact on my career, producers and Gifted Sounds, DJ Scruggs, Beat Flippa a true mentor, Tommy Granville jr. my band members Julius Walton, Brandon Campbell, Ricco Atkins, & Davante Youngblood for all there hard work playing real music for the project. I pray that i can make a song that everyone can relate to, dance to, and smile, cry, laugh. It is truly an honor to be an entertainer, so thanks to everyone listening and playing our music. Get ready for Ross Music Group, our trailride Cd drops soon, and if you love mines this one will blow your socks off, plus Bear Season, new Crystal Thomas, Dea. Dukes, Mz Portia, ColdDrank, & more coming soon.

1 love Thanks HIM..
Jeter Jones

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Looking For A Song Letter

Daddy Nice--

I'v searching for the name and artist of the song "I can do me and You can do you, but when we get together we do we do>" Please respond

Thank you
Ermie

Daddy B. Nice replies:

That is a popular southern soul song called "We Do We" by Ves featuring Kenne' Wayne.

Listen to Ves featuring Kenne' Wayne singing "WE Do We" on YouTube.

Ermie replies:

Thank you very much My friend will be very happy.

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RE: LaKeisha (On The #1 Single With Alonzo Reid)



Daddy B Nice--

Glad she's back in action! When I was first planning my Southern Soul-Blues book, I targeted LaKeisha for a chapter-length profile, even though at the time (if I recall correctly) she only had one CD to her credit. A young artist who sounded as if she was combining old-school/new-school/blues/soul/R&B influences into something new, sexy, and exciting -- I wanted to profile her. But then she more or less dropped out of the scene, and I ended up not including her in the book. I also wanted to do a chapter on Sheba (Potts-Wright), but she disappeared for a while as well, so I ended up only including a short write-up on her. Now that she's back, I still feel bad about that one...

At any rate, I hope La'Keisha is back to stay.

David W.

Daddy B. Nice notes: David Whiteis is the author of Southern Soul Blues.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to LaKeisha.

See the write-up on LaKeisha in Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Singles.

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RE: Copyrights, plagiarism, etc. -- just an interested query

Daddy B Nice,

Have you heard O.B. Buchana's "They Were Gone" from his latest Ecko CD? Nice song -- I like it! But its basic structure is really, really similar to "Abraham, Martin, and John." (I found a YouTube version, which I've pasted below, in case you haven't heard it yet.)

Listen to O.B. Buchana singing "They Were Gone" On YouTube.

Obviously (I'm guessing), John Ward and/or O.B. checked things out before recording it, but it does make me wonder: exactly how close to an "original" does something have to be, before the original writer can decide to take action? I mean -- if George Harrison could be sued over "My Sweet Lord"/"He's So Fine," it certainly seems as if this one walks an even finer line.

And again, I'm not criticizing or signifying at O.B. or John Ward; I'm just curious. Any insights?

David Whiteis

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear David,

I wrote a pretty good summary of music copyright law during the brouhaha over Bishop Bullwinkle's use of the Bigg Robb instrumental track in "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" in 2015. ("Tidbits #4" section of the Bishop Bullwinkle Artist Guide)

But to respond in a lighter, more transient vein, I'd say that it's up to 1/ the original songwriter--in this case, Dick Holler, who wrote "Abraham, Martin & John"--and then, more importantly, it's up to the judge.

I didn't make the connection between "Abraham, Martin & John" and "They Were Gone." The latter has a much slower tempo and the melody line does diverge from the original in places, although thematically there is a strong similarity in theme or lyrics (heroes "lost"). But note you cannot copyright a theme, concept or title.

For that matter, at the time I never made the connection between George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" and The Chiffons' "He's So Fine," in spite of the fact the latter was a huge favorite of mine growing up. I thought of it as the "Doodle-lang, doodle-lang, doodle-lang" song. I also much preferred "He's So Fine" for the same reason I love southern soul music today: it's unpretentiously about a young man and a young woman from the street or the hood, not some "pie-in-the-sky" religious experience.

However, I always agreed with Ringo that George was "unlucky." As George later said, he wasn't aware of the plagiarism. If he had been, he would have changed enough of the melody line to cast doubt on any allegations of plagiarism. Lomax, for example, uses the bass line from Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady," a common practice. (See letter below.) The irrepressible rhythm line to Big Yayo's "Cowgirl," to offer another example, is a direct extension of Soul Sonic Force's "Planet Rock," not a copyright-able offense

My own current candidate for southern soul's "best copycat song" is Mr. David's "Knock The Fire." This tune is an egregious remake of Bruce Springsteen's "Fire," copying not only the iconic bass line but pretty much all of the melody and lyrics. (Nellie "Tiger" Travis recorded a song called "Man On Drugs (M.O.D.)" in which the composer, Floyd Hamberlin, used the same bass line.) The song has been covered most famously by The Pointer Sisters, but also by rockabilly star Robert Gordon and R&B'er Babyface, among many others.

Mr. David's version has a line guaranteed to thrill all southern soul fans:

"I was driving in my Chevy 'Do',
Jackie Neal on the radio... "


Listen to Mr. David and Joe Nice singing "Knock The Fire" on YouTube.

...and although still to my knowledge David has not offered the song for sale--even digitally--he has done a remix with Joe Nice that underlines how well-received the knock-off has actually become among southern soul devotees.

Hey, the chitlin' circuit has always been at least as wild as the "wild, wild West."

Daddy B. Nice.

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RE: Mr. Sam

(Daddy B. Nice's 4-star “Distinguished Effort” Review of Mr. Sam’s new MAKE TIME FOR HER CD)

Daddy B Nice

Absolutely 100% in agreement. Why Sam has never "crossed over" into the R&B "mainstream" is beyond me ("Picking Up Pieces" should have been a hit, too. Maybe the labels he's been with simply don't/can't tie into the right distribution networks?)

Gotta give John Ward credit for that superb bluesy guitar line, as well. Sam seems to bring out the best in everyone around him.

David W.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

David Whiteis is the author of Southern Soul Blues.

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RE: Lomax Mystery?

Daddy B. Nice had written in DBN's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Preview For. . .

-------MARCH 2017-------

7. "Let's Get This Party Started"-----Lomax

Lomax Spaulding uses an old disco chord progression that I can't retrieve from my dusty memory bins. (Help, readers!)....

Listen to Lomax singing "Let's Get This Party Started" on SoundCloud.

A Reader responds:


Dear Mr Daddy B Nice

I’m may be late out, but the bass line at the Lomax song originates from Bootsy Collins playing on the Johnnie Taylor platinum hit Disco Lady from 1974, the first ever awarded platinum

Yours Truly

Anders Lillsunde
Stockholm, Sweden

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Of course! Way to go, Anders! And thank you so much!

Listen to Johnnie Taylor singing "Disco Lady" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Johnnie Taylor.

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RE: Southern Soul Producer Eric "Smidi" Smith Trying To Reclaim His Reputation After Copyright Litigation

Hello Daddy B Nice...

I am not trying to beat a dead horse about my legal issues with Charles "Pete" Peterson and Desert Sounds Records. I just want to clear my name and my credibility as a music producer. Charles Peterson falsely filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against me on 22 July 2013. On 18 September 2014 the judge dismissed both, his lawsuit and my counter lawsuit without prejudice. On 19 February 2017 I received my official copyright for "Southern Soul Classics Volume One" from the US Copyright Office. I am currently in the process of filing a lawsuit against Charles J. Peterson and any other Desert Sounds Records affiliate. I am seeking damages for defamation, unpaid production expenses and pain and suffering. Please post this letter so that all can see and help me regain my reputation as a Southern Soul Music Producer.

Thanking you in advance.

Eric D. Smith AKA Smidi Beats

SMIDI

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Smidi's letter was accompanied by copies of documents backing up his statements.

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Looking For A Song Letter: "Pork & Beans & Weiners" by Reverend John V. Kelly w/ Lee Bates....(See "Bug-Eyed Kids" responses to "Blues Boy Willie" letter immediately below.)

Daddy B. Nice,

Credits for John V. Kelly, Sr.: There is a selection on the album Southern Soul & Party Blues, Volume 3. It is track 12 that includes Lee Bates. I, too, cannot locate Pork and Beans but John must be available. The title Pork and Beans may not be correct.

Credits for John V. Kelly:

John V. Kelly, Southern Soul & Party Blues Vol. 3, etc.

Credits for Lee Bates:

Lee Bates, Southern Soul & Party Blues Vol. 3, etc.

Henry Tate

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Track 12 on the compilation is a different tune: Carl Marshall's excellent "I Got The Blues Trying To Find Love." Both Bates and Kelly do receive credits on that cut, however.

Also, you are correct in stating that "Pork & Beans & Weiners" may not be the correct title.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

I have found the "Pork & Beans & Weiners" duet in my library. Here are a couple of excerpts:

Kelly: "You're not up to my standards of ophthalmology....I can't have no woman laying around and looking at "Edge of The Night," "General Hospital" and "As The World Turns," and giving me some left-over pork and beans and weiners..."

Bates: "When I was at home with my mama, I didn't cook. So what makes you think I'm gonna cook now?...You better listen to me. I know you hear me. I ain't cookin' nothing. Not now. Not ever. I ain't cookin' no gumbo. I'm only cooking what you taught me to cook. Pork and beans and weiners..."

Kelly: "I just can't take no more, woman. No more pork and beans and weiners again today...What's wrong with you, woman? You must be smoking that cocaine pipe. I'm gonna call the police and put you outa here!... Woman, you got to go. I don't need no hip-shaking woman. Open the door, woman, and let them flies out with you, too..."


--Daddy B. Nice

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Looking For A Song Letter: From Way Out In Left-Field....

Daddy,

I want to know who sings the song about willie he told the woman the had some bug eyed kids she said those the only ones that's his I need to purchase this

Latoya

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Haven't got a clue, Latoya, but the lyrics are intriguing. I'll put it out for the readers. In the meantime stand by. Where did you hear this, by the way?

Daddy B. Nice

Latoya replies:

I heard it on the radio years ago and my grandmother had been trying to find it her husband name Willie lol

An astute reader responds:

It could be Blues Boy Willie's album "Be Who?"

Source: Indie Spirit Magazine

There are now "Be Who 2" and "Be Who 3"

More about Blues Boy Willie:

Blues Boy Willie at Wikipedia

Henry Tate
Baltimore

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Many thanks for your input.This appears to be a viable guess. Here's an excerpt from the Indie Spirit article:

I first heard Blues Boy Willie on the radio singing,”Be Who.” Everybody was talking about that song and Blues Boy Willie. I was saying,”Who is this guy, wonder where he came from and why we haven’t heard of him before now?” I remember my brother-in-law trying to find the CD at the same time I was looking for it too. I found it at a little record shop in Marshall on Houston Street and they only had one copy. It was around Christmas time and we played that song over and over because it was funny. He didn’t think the little bugged out kid was his and the mother says, but Willie that little bugged eyed one is the only one that’s yours.

I couldn't find "Be Who" on YouTube--not yet, at least--but there are a number of Blues Boy Willie tunes on YouTube. Here's one:

Listen to Blues Boy Willie singing "Be Who 3" on YouTube.

Listening to the bluesy husband/wife repartee on the above song reminded your Daddy B. Nice of an hilarious tune in the same vein/genre. I've somehow lost or misplaced it over the years:

"Pork And Beans And Weiners" by the Reverend John V. Kelly with Lee Bates

...in which the husband berates the wife on her culinary routine.

--Daddy B. Nice

LaToya replies:

thanks I will try finding it

Henry responds:

This is funny. This is Southern Soul.

Thanks,

Henry

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RE: Ms. Jody--How To Contact To Perform In Massachusetts

Dear Daddy B. Nice,

Hello my name is Deborah P--- and I am trying to find out how I can contact Ms. Jody to talk about her performing in Massachusetts or Connecticut. We would like her and maybe other artist to perform in the Spring, Summer or Fall in our one cities. Additionally, I have a radio show on a local station and would like to know how we can get compliment copies to play your Southern artists music on the radio stations (STCC) in Springfield, Boston and in Amherst (106.1) Massachusetts and Hartford, Connecticut areas. Also, we have a tremendous amount of people that want to purchase Southern Soul R and B music. I am also affiliated with a Soul Music Store in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Please send me an artist singles and albums list along with a price list and how to order online from a website or a mailing adress or over the phone.

My sincere appreciation and Thank you

Deborah

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear Deborah,

It's good to get your letter, because New England has been one of the regions of the country seemingly most impervious to the spread of southern soul music. To answer your questions...

First, you can buy southern soul music right here on this website. Go to Daddy B. Nice's CD Store, and press the links to gain access to artists and their CD's.

Second, I do not do booking, but because of your specific interest in Ms. Jody I'm going to direct you to her label, Ecko Records, via e-mail:

info@eckorecords.com

The Ecko staff will be able to hook you up with Ms. Jody for event-planning in your area. You can also buy records, including all of Ms. Jody's, at the Ecko website. When contacting Ecko, inform them that you are affiliated with area radio stations, that you want to play more southern soul music and that future complimentary copies would be appreciated.

Hope this helps,

Daddy B. Nice

Deborah replies:

Hello Daddy B. Nice,

Thank you for taking the time you respond to my inquiries. I appreciate the feedback and the additional information to purchase "real" R&B music. I look forward to purchasing and having others purchasing music from your website.

With sincere appreciation,

Deborah

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3 REMEMBRANCES....

Daddy B Nice,

Could you please add Eddie (Holloway) passed away on Jan. 13, 2014. He was my best friend for 17 years. I miss him very much. He was more than a singer. Eddie was an extraordinary man.

Sharon Rivers

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Eddie Holloway.

See Eddie Holloway in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

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

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R.I.P. Tommy Tate

Hi!

Tommy Tate passed away on January 20. My tribute to the great Tommy Tate is attached.

Best regards
Heikki

Read Heikki Suosalo's tribute to Tommy Tate at Soul Express.

Listen to Tommy Tate singing "School Of Life" on YouTube.

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Henry Stone: Soul and RnB Label Pioneer

Dear Daddy B. Nice,

From 1948 to 2014, Henry Stone ruled the Florida music industry with an iron fist, a brick of cash, and a warehouse full of vinyl.

I think your students will really enjoy learning from this text!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Inside The Music Biz (The Stone Cold Truth Book 2)

An inside look at how the music business works from a pioneering independent record man whose career spanned gospel, blues, R&B, doo wop, soul, funk, disco, hip hop, rock, techno, electro, and pop music even today. Henry Stone is considered the greatest independent record man of all time and has been lauded by BILLBOARD and The New York Times. His industry leading work in music distribution is recounted in great detail in this conceptual autobiographical work on every aspect of the music biz from artistry, to contracts, copyrights, publishing, marketing, promotion, distribution, and more. All told in the form of his real life stories and experiences inside the music biz.

henrystonemusic@gmail.com; on behalf of; Henry Stone Music [henry@henrystonemusic.com]

Buy Henry Stone: Inside The Music Biz (The Stone Cold Truth Book 2) at Amazon.

See Henry Stone in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

Listen to Steve Alaimo/Henry Stone artist Latimore singing "Let's Straighten It Out" on YouTube.

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RE: "Latimore appeared to stop touring..." from Daddy B. Nice's 2016: Southern Soul, The Year In Review

Daddy B. Nice,

He (Latimore) may have slowed his touring down, but I saw an ad for the Rum Boogie Cafe on Beale Street, saying that he was appearing there on New Year's Eve. Kind of a surprise -- he's going to come all the way from Florida to Memphis for a gig in a relatively small tourist trap, far from where most of his usual fans would be?

I guess "Beale Street" pretty much means a white crowd anyway. I saw him perform at least once last year (in Tunica, on June 4 -- I remember that distinctly, because that was the day after Muhammad Ali passed), and he looked/sounded as strong as ever. I also spoke with him at the Jus' Blues Foundation meeting in early August; he seemed robust and in good spirits.

David W.

Daddy B. Nice notes: David Whiteis is the author of "Southern Soul Blues."

See Daddy B. Nice's 2016: Southern Soul, The Year In Review

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Want Your Music Heard In Kansas City? KC Radio Mike Jay Looking For Service

Daddy B. Nice,

I'm a public radio host who plays a lot of southern soul... Is their a DJ list I can be added to for anyone looking to get air play? I can be reached at 816 335 8678...

Thank you
Mike Jay

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Good combination: public radio and southern soul. Good for you!

The best thing I personally can do for you is put your e-mail on my MAILBAG page, where everyone will see it. Just give me the okay.

Best to you,
Daddy B. Nice

P.S. Is that Kansas City radio?

Mike Jay replies:

You have my permission... I will be on next Saturday from 10pm to 4am out of Kansas City at KKFI 90.1 FM Community Radio.

Mike Jay [ mailto: kcmikejay@gmail.com ]

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Reporting From Chicago: You'll Be Pleased To Know...

Daddy B. Nice,

"Sidepiece" is definitely becoming a club hit in Chicago (mostly, I presume, due to DJ and jukebox play, since we have very little blues radio of any kind and NO southern soul radio) -- folks know it by heart; they sing along with it as they dance. Several people have asked me, "Where do I get this?" I tell 'em that as far I know, it's only available online. I let them know about your website. . . but in all honesty, a lot of the folks asking either don't have computers or wouldn't be likely to negotiate their way to somewhere they could download a copy.

I've also heard a few bands doing covers of "I Got This Record," although judging from the audience response, I don't think people are as familiar with it as they are with "Sidepiece."

David W.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Fascinating.

P.S. “Sidepiece” is on the Louisiana Blues Brothas' LOVE ON THE BAYOU CD.

Listen to Pokey Bear & The Louisiana Blues Brothas singing "My Sidepiece" on YouTube.

Listen to J-Wonn singing "I Got This Record" on YouTube.

See related story on Daddy B. Nice's Corner: December 17, 2016: Daddy B. Nice’s “Village Voice” Music Critics Poll 2016 Ballot

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STEPHANIE MCDEE CHECKS IN

Hello Daddy B Nice,

This is Stephanie McDee and I just wanted to write you an say that I appreciate all your support an all the beautiful comments that you say about me an my music an I love the way you break down an describe every intimate detail of our music. You are truly a treasure in keeping alive this music Southern Soul that the world have yet to experience to its fullest but I know long as you continue to do what you love to do it will experience it soon.

Stephanie

P.S. I'm sending you my new Christmas song "A Soulful Jingle Bell" an some of my news songs off my upcoming album "Total Impact"

Daddy B. Nice notes: Stephanie's new "Soulful Jingle Bell" is featured on Daddy B. Nice's Corner.

See Stephanie McDee Artist Guide.

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Looking For A Song Letter....And RE: Trip Down South

Hi Daddy B.,

Can you help me. I heard a song, It could have been on N-Da-Kno with Jazzii A., but I´m not sure. (I e-mail her too.)

This is what I jotted down: it goes:

This is a blues club
And you´ll be glad that you came along
This is a blues club
And you´ll be glad that you came along
We´re gonna party all night long

and later on:

They´re playing Latimore
They´re playing xx
They´re playing xx
They´re playing Ms. Jody
They´re playing Cupid
They´re playing Marvins Sease, Johnnie Taylor, Tyron Davis, Jackie Neal...

Thanks,
Tommy Löfgren

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Tommy,

Hope your recent trip down South went well. Yes, I know the title you're looking for. That makes two in a row for me (after a couple that still have me scratching my head). You're looking for none other than Jaye Hammer singing "This Is A Blues Club."

Best wishes,
Daddy B. Nice

Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "This Is A Blues Club" on YouTube.

Tommy replies:

Hi Daddy B,

Great thanks, I´ll be listening... I had to meet the deadline, so I used the Sweet Angel song Jukin´ At the Hole In the Wall. But hopefully they let me do more ss/blues columns, and I can use Jaye Hammer´s. I´ll send you Jefferson, when it´s out in a coupla weeks.

Yeah, it was a very nice trip. More traditional blues than southern soul as usual, but that´s the layout you have to deal with. Wonderful to be at Dorothy's birthday party. Stevie J was just great, and I saw him perform also at a club with his blues (yes) band. What a guitar player he is! I look forward to his coming album.

I happened to be in Como on Como Day celebrated in a big park with outdoor music. After a premier showing of a documentary film about Fred McDowell, only the black folks stayed for LaMorris Williams and J-Wonn. It was disappointing, sorry to say. LaMorris wasn´t anything special singing to band tracks. The band J-Wonn had, well, the sound system was awful, so the bass player drowned everything, and he was playing lousy to that. Of course both singers worked the ladies like hell.

Bobby Rush among the best I´ve seen him at Quitman County Mules & Blues Fest in Marks, MS.

Then up to Chicago with much fine soul-blues; the usual Tyrone Davis, Johnnie Taylor, Willie Clayton stuff; always nice. Unfortunately Theo Huff and Jo Jo Murray (spoke to Jo Jo on the phone while he was in Memphis recording for Coday Records) was not in town, but plenty of good local acts.

BUT, here in Stockholm, a week ago probably the best soul concert I have ever attended with one artist on the bill (excluding package shows etc): Bobby Brooks Wilson, Jackie Wilson´s son. Reet Petite, Lonely Teardrops et al and a couple of Sam Cooke songs. 12 on my 10 grade scale. 13 if he had done a split. A Swedish 10 piece (5 horns) band + 3 female backing vocalists was just splendid.

Tommy

Daddy B. Nice notes: Tommy Löfgren writes on blues and southern soul for the "Jefferson Blues Magazine," published by the Swedish Blues Association.

Listen to Bobby Brooks Wilson (son of Jackie Wilson) LIVE Highlights on YouTube.

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"Looking For A Song Letter"

Hi Daddy,

I heard the last half of a outasight blues song by a singer with a deep voice, about a black guy getting stopped by a white patrol man. The refrain was "Book him...Book him..." and "He had a dog named Hitler / he'd attack if you run..." Please do you know this song and where I can find it?

Gerry

Daddy B. Nice replies:

I do know the song you're talking about, Gerry. DJ Handyman used to play it on WMPR in Jackson, Mississippi. It's a guy named Anthony "Packrat" Thompson from an album called Packrat's Smokehouse: EDGE OF THE SWAMP singing about Big Jack Buford, "the high sheriff from hell," and in my opinion it's the best song on the subject (blacks getting harassed by law enforcement on the highways) ever recorded.

Listen to Smokehouse's "95 South: The High Sheriff From Hell" on YouTube.

Buy Anthony Packrat Thompson's "The High Sheriff From Hell" mp3 at Amazon.

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Looking For A Song Letter....Daddy B. Nice Is Stumped & Invites Reader Participation

question about a song from back around 2001 or earlier

Dear daddy b. nice,

There was this song I used to listen to with my friend,

all I can remember ‘bout it was one of the chorus lines

“hideaway hotel… the check out time is 12”

Would you happen to know the name of that song and who sings it?

thanks!

Windy

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Windy, I have been puzzling over your question for the better part of two weeks. "Hideaway" has figured in songs by the late Bobbye "Doll" Johnson ("Mississippi Hideaway"), Donnie Ray ("She Was At The Hideaway"), Chuck Roberson ("She Was At The Hideaway"), Uvee Hayes ("Steal Away To The Hideaway") and there have been songs about Motel 8, Motel 6, the Hampton Inn, the Dew Drop Inn and The Ramada and Holiday Inn.... I also ransacked the late Lee "Shot" Williams catalog (more in the time period you remember) without any luck.

What makes your question so difficult and intriguing is that the "hideaway motel...check-out time 12" isn't in a relatively easily-accessed title. It's buried within the lyrics. I'm going to put this out for the readers' participation because it's an excellent "contest" type of question. Hopefully, some sharp southern soul fan will know the answer.

Daddy B. Nice

Windy replies:

Thanks so much…. my friend Lennie and I would always get Catt to play this for us at the Oak Tree Lounge in Mt. Vernon, AL. They both have passed and it’s the upcoming anniversary of their death, I loved those two.

thanks again Daddy B. Nice!

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LOOKING FOR A SONG LETTERS: Miz B's "Don't Blame Me"

Daddy B Nice,

Could you please tell me what Compilation Miz B song don't blame me is on.

Thank You

Don Porter

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Forgive me, Don, if my reply is as long-winded and conjectural as your question is brief and to the point. However, when you say "compilation," you may know more than I do, and I'm racking my brain to remember if any correspondents have ever told me "Don't Blame Me" was on a compilation. (With no luck, alas!)

But your letter is like the “last straw” for me when it comes to this record, assuming it wasn't on a published compilation. I do have a rare and flawed radio copy of “Don’t Blame Me” from WDIA, unfortunately undated and unattributed. It’s a good song, but one that I would never have anticipated generating so much interest. I wish I could send an mp3 to you and the many readers who have requested the song over the years, but that is impossible.

This is the song that goes:

“If you can’t
Keep your dog
In your yard,
Don’t blame me.”


Right? I found requests like yours in my archives going back to 2008, when I hadn’t even heard “Don’t Blame Me,” and the letters have never stopped. Here's a couple of examples from 2013-2015:

Hey Daddy

I am looking for a song or cd by miz b the title is don't blame me , do you have it, or know where I can get it?

Thanks
Charlie


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Miz. B still hasn't distributed this single to sellers, Charlie. The best I can tell you is to keep watching CD Baby's website. In the meantime, if you can put up with the poor audio, you can find Miz. B singing "Don't Blame Me" live onstage in Memphis (the second song of the two-song set) on YouTube.

Daddy B. Nice

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Good Evening,

I would like to know where can I find Miz. B's "Don't Blame Me"?

Thanks

Gloria

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi, Gloria. As far as I know, Miz B.'s "Don't Blame Me" never got beyond the local radio market in Memphis and so far hasn't been released commercially. I would recommend calling the blues deejays at WDIA in Memphis, the only radio outlet where I've heard it in rotation.

Daddy B. Nice

Listen to Miz B. singing "Don't Blame Me" live onstage at the WDIA Juke Joint Tour on YouTube (the second song on the set). (Audio very poor.)


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Could it be a copyright issue? I've always suspected that Katrenia Jefferson’s first two really good songs, “Chance Of A Lifetime” and “Holding On,” had local pressings in Jackson, Mississippi that evidently precluded her from issuing them again. That’s a shame because now that Katrenia’s career has taken off, those songs would reach a much wider audience.

Similarly, there must be a deejay at WDIA in Memphis who plays Miz B’s “Don’t Blame Me,” and he or she must be playing a limited-issue printing of some kind from some past or disbanded local label. It might even be a “demo,” or basically the same thing.

And that’s giving Miz B. the “benefit of the doubt.” One thing is for sure….

When the demand for a song is this varied, serious and consistent over a number of years, the artist should respond. If the artist still doesn’t care enough to publish the song, even as an mp3 single, either the artist is incapacitated or the artist just doesn’t care.

--Daddy B. Nice

P.S. Here's my favorite Miz B tune:

Listen to Miz B. singing "My Name Is $$$$$" on YouTube.

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RE: How Can I Order Some Good Ole Blues?

Mr Daddy b Nice,

How can I order some good ole Blues from your place? I am originally from Mississippi but live in Colorado now. I love me some Blues. Can't get it out here. Help me what do I need to do. I want to hear some of that Stan Butler, the new one by Wendell B. and some more. Do you have a website for me to order from. If so send it to me. I didn't see it on the one I was on.

Thanks

Marvin

Daddy B. Nice replies:

The first place to go is Daddy B. Nice's CD Store, with thousands of southern soul CD's for sale, and browse until you find what you like. If you have a specific artist in mind, and you can't find him or her in the CD Store, go to Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index, and browse through thousands more links to various charting singles from Daddy B. Nice's Top Ten Singles right up to the present. If you're looking for Stan Butler, for instance, you will find instant links to his charted songs under Butler, Stan in the Comp. Index. Now in Butler's case, there is no CD or even single to buy. His career is just starting. I've encouraged him to publish, and soon. In the meantime, you'll have to go to the links in the Comp. Index and listen to his songs on YouTube (better than nothing). As far as Wendell B's new one, "I'Mon Put It Down Tonight," you'll find it at CD Baby. Just click the link and you're there. Every article I write has similar links (in bold), either to YouTube or retail outlets.

Hope this helps, Marvin.

Daddy B. Nice

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"SOUTHERN SOUL HATERS" LETTERS

RE: Comments to the Southern Soul Haters, September column

Dear Daddy B. Nice,

I have for many years tried to figure out why the white blues community in Europe and USA accepts quite big deviations from center point of "blues" towards singer/songwriter, rock, folk music, reggae, almost whatever, but not towards jazz nor soul (southern soul, soulblues etc). And I believe it has to do with the early collectors of records and folk music (the New York blues mafia and the Lomax family among others) who went in the 40's on a mission to find the purest original form of blues music, and where arranged and written music was regarded as commercially corrupt. They set a standard nobody could challenge as they didn't have access to the music. When blues broke world wide in the 60's you still had a very small group of people setting the standard the audience had to rely on as they didn't had access to the history nor the music. And the standard was not set of values of "today" or the future, it was set by values of the past. When the British bands started to copy black music, they used blues at least 10 years old. And as the bands weren't that skilled they preferred music simple to copy, ie of the small combos. You got the honest approach. Big band artists and artists then at the best selling lists were regarded as commercial (corrupt) in the first blues discographies and excluded, like Little Milton. You got a very narrow definition of blues music which in fact was more excluding than including. This was also harmonizing with the political values among the youth at the moment, where left wingers dominated the scene. Commercial was bad, non commercial good = big bands were commercial, trio or solo good. The fewer the instruments the closer to the true artistic expression. You got two generations using the same basis for definitions, = must be true. (Who dare today claim Beethoven is shit? The same goes for blues) Alligator Records represented the true blues and Malaco, or CBS the commercial side. Already in the 60's border lines was drawn between what was concidered blues and soul, good and bad. The first editor of Jefferson wrote a famous letter stating soul music represented the white mans attempt to commercialise black culture and rejected a travel report depicting the 60's soul scene. All blues magazines then had the same policies as the books written on blues. When Johnnie Taylor hit really big in early 70's as did Bobby Bland, Joe Simon, Don Covay etc representing in my opinion the first steps of the modern southern soul scene, they went unnoticed, as the white blues community knew by their education that the small combo Chicago blues or the new country blues of Mississippi was the real honest thing and the hit making artists commercially corrupt. Look at the review sections of the blues magazines and all books of introductions to blues music. Thats why blacks considered Malaco a blues label but the whites a soul label which put soul blues out of range. But the blues rock of Alligator was the real thing.There is an English expression, "badge engineering", and that found its way to blues music. You didn't have to listen to the music, just by looking at the record label or the artists name gave you complete guidelines. In my opinion historical biases has guided the white community into thinking right and wrong leaving southern soul blues on the wrong side. Look at the Blues Foundation!

The white blues community didn't either understand the lyrics of the big blues hits or they didn't connect the words to the real meaning. The lyrics seemed to be safe even though they were as rude as "Stand up in it" or "Impala". They didn't get that almost all big blues hits were about sex, booze and violence. Southern Soul Blues is no exception from the blues tradition, from Black Snake Moan, Little Red Rooster to Sit Down On It. My conclusion is we have to blame the accepted and deeply rooted historical biases and the lack of understanding of the lyrics and their importance.

I read Tommy (Lofgren's) "defense" in your corner. In 2012 (I think) the present president (!) of the Swedish Blues Association (owner of Jefferson), then a member only, wrote an official motion to the yearly meeting of the Association complaining about the Southern Soul content and claiming readers stopped subscribing because of that. That's pretty aggressive and may explain why Jefferson scrapped Southern Soul.

Yours truly

Anders Lillsunde

Daddy B. Nice notes

Anders Lillsunde is the former editor of The Jefferson Blues Magazine and now writes for the Finnish Blues News.

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RE: Southern soul "haters"

Daddy B. Nice,

Once again, I concur that the primary barrier to "white" acceptance, in many cases, is instrumentation. I have been to quite a few predominantly white-attended blues festivals (in Chicago and elsewhere), where an artist like Vick Allen, T.K. Soul, Pat Brown, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, the late Floyd Taylor, or Willie Clayton was on the show. And, of course, they had excellent live bands. The crowds LOVED 'em! But almost nobody came by the tent to buy their CDs afterward, and the folks I spoke to said specifically that they couldn't abide the synthesized production.

On the other hand -- I don't have any first-hand information on this, but at least one major southern soul record-label owner has told me specifically that his primary listenership -- the core African-American southern soul listenership -- does not want recorded music with live bands backing up the vocalists. He also said, very strongly, that radio DJs (both terrestrial and on-line) report that their listeners do not want to hear live instruments backing up vocalists (unless, presumably, they're performing in concert). He insists that his own artists use synthesized production for this reason, even though at least some of them would rather use live instruments. He said, in fact, that even Bobby Rush's latest CD, which has an all-live backing, has received very scant interest/airplay on radio stations that cater to a predominantly Black listenership. Again, I have no first-hand information on this from radio stations themselves, but I'd be tempted to take this label owner's word for it.

David Whiteis


Daddy B. Nice notes:

David Whiteis is the author of Southern Soul-Blues (Music in American Life).

Scroll down this page for more letters on the topic.


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RE: Stan Butler Letters

Good Afternoon Sir,

I recently attended a Show with Stan Butler and Lomax performing. Both Artists did great jobs. I just listened to Stan Butlers' CD back to basics and I like his originality of his sound. I told him his slow songs have a Georgia Otis Redding sound. Have you heard his cd, Back to Basics? He also told me that he is looking for a Good Promoter. If you know of any please let him know.

Thanks Man I enjoy your website.

Dj Mr Melvin

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Oh yeah, DJ Mr. Melvin, I've been "into" Stan Butler for awhile now, although I thought I was one of the few from the southern soul "faithful" until I received your letter. Here are the appearances Stan has made on the site just recently:

Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Preview For. . .

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2. "Take Me To The Bootlegger"------Stan Butler

A true outsider (Georgia) as yet unfamiliar with southern soul's deejay circuit, this young man is the real thing, a writer/performer of great promise, and he's getting better with each new record. This is his third appearance here in four months. "Bootlegger" has the scope and lyricism of a classic. Write stanb478@gmail.com for service.

Listen to Stan Butler singing "Take Me To The Bootlegger" on YouTube.

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Preview For. . .

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5. "Third Of The Month"------ Stan Butler

A rhythm guitarist's dream. Extraordinary confidence and expertise from such a neophyte singer/songwriter. Kinda weird, though, a young'un taking up the cause of the social-security crowd. Hope it's not patronization--and I don't think it is. Profiled this month on Southern Soul Corner With The "Soul Dog" Neal Furr.

Listen to Stan Butler singing "Third Of The Month" on YouTube.


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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Preview For. . .

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2. "Tootie Boot"------Stan Butler

Here's another choice cut from an unknown artist who's never contacted your Daddy B. Nice. Also check out his first official video: "I Took My Grandma To The Club."

Listen to Stan Butler singing "Tootie Boot" on YouTube.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

DJ Mr. Melvin is one of the popular YouTube MixTape Deejays Daddy B. Nice profiled last summer. (Scroll down this page to last letter...)

Listen to DJ Mr. Melvin's "Southern Soul 'Down South Soul'" on YouTube.

Mr. Melvin replies:

Oh I see lol. I should have known you was on top of it.

Melvin

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7:30 pm, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Fitzgerald's At The Hilton Jackson, 1001 East County Line Road, Jackson, Mississippi. Jesse Robinson, Chris Gill. Free. 601-957-2800.

10:30 pm, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis.

5 pm, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Underground 119, 119 South President St., Jackson, Mississippi. Legendary Blues Night. Jesse Robinson & Friends. 601-944-0907.

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Daily, April 28 to May 7, 2017. Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana. NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL. (The single biggest popular music festival in the country--DBN.) Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews, Tucka, Tom Petty, Usher, Snoop Dog, Earth, Wind & Fire, Patti LaBelle, Irma Thomas, Dr. John, George Benson, Herb Alpert, Southside Johnny, Aaron Neville, William Bell and many, many more. See festival website.

Friday, April 28, 2017. Masonic Temple, 1072 John R. Lynch St., Jackson, Mississippi. John R. Lynch Street Festival. T.K. Soul. 601-354-1403. (Also see outdoor appearance on Saturday, April 29, 2017.)

7 pm, Friday, April 28 & 3 pm, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Greater Gulf States Fairgrounds, 1035 Cody Road North, Mobile, Alabama. Southern Soul Music Fest. Jaye Hammer, Karen Wolfe, J. Red, Chris Ivy, J'Wonn, Vick Allen, Lomax, Big Yayo, Theodis Ealey, Alonzo Reid, Miss Lady Blues, Mr. David, Ms. Jody, Ves. BYOB. 251-366-6880, 850-485-5755.

Saturday, April 29, 2017. Outdoors, John R. Lynch St., Jackson, Mississippi. Lynch Street Festival. (Also see April 28th appearance at Jackson's Masonic Temple.) T.K. Soul.

Saturday, April 29, 2017. Cowboy's Corner Amusement Park, 1993 Highway 51 South, Pickens, Mississippi. Big Yayo, Omar Cunningham, Chris Ivy, David J, Coco and more. Gates open 12 Noon. 601-421-2022.

9 pm. Saturday, April 29, 2017. Next Level Experience, 3640 US 80 West (Metro Center Mall, 3645 Metro Drive), Jackson, Mississippi. Album Release Party. Tre' Williams.

8 pm, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Gold Strike Casino, 1010 Casino Center, Tunica, Mississippi.Chaka Khan. 888-245-7829.

Thursday, May 4, 2017. Hard Rock Cafe, 126 Beale St., Memphis, Tennessee. Big Lou's Hall of Fame Jam Charity Event. Mr. Sipp. 901-529-0007.

8 pm, Friday, May 5, 2017. The Bottling Plant Event Center, 614 N. Railroad Ave., Opelika, Alabama. 1st Friday Blues & BBQ. Big Pokey Bear, Cold Drank, Just Us Band. Doors open 7 pm. Info: 334-444-1785, 334-430-6353. Event Center: 334-705-5466.

Friday, May 5, 2017. Washington County Convention Center Fairgrounds, 1040 S. Raceway Rd., Greenville, Mississippi. Tucka, L.J. Echols. 662-332-0488.

9:30pm, Friday, May 5, 2017. The Right Spot, 708 Ouachita Road 67, Camden, Arkansas. Nellie "Tiger" Travis.

Friday, May 5, 2017. Coyotes Night Club, 2512 Peach Orchard Rd., Augusta, Georgia. Theodis Ealey.

Saturday, May 6, 2017. Little Rock Ampitheatre, 400 President Clinton Avenue,, Little Rock, Arkansas. Blues On The River. T.K. Soul, Theodis Ealey, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Vick Allen, Omar Cunningham, Mo B, Willie P, Urban Mystic and more. 501-779-4676.

9 pm, Saturday, May 6, 2017. Club Max, 905 Lester Road, Trinity, Texas. Avail Hollywood, Melody Gold.

Saturday, May 6, 2017. Bottleneck Blues Bar, 4116 Washington St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Grady Champion. 601-638-1000.

3 pm, Saturday, May 6, 2017. National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds, 5622 US-231, Dothan, Alabama. Big Pokey Bear, Tucka, Lomax, Lacee, Doug E. Fresh. Gates open 12 Noon.

7:30 pm, Saturday, May 6, 2017. West Memphis Civic Auditorium, West Memphis Civic Auditorium, 228 Polk Ave., West Memphis, Arkansas. Larome Powers, Bobby Rush, O.B. Buchana, Sheba Potts-Wright and more. 870-732-7595.

Saturday, May 6, 2017. Prince Hall, 9027 South Figueroa St., Los Angeles, California. Peggy Scott Adams, Bad Boy Blue, Sonny Green, Danny Wood ("Tyrone Davis Man") & Nubreed Band. 323-242-2393.

Sunday, May 7, 2017. Jackson Zoo, 2918 West Capitol St., Jackson, Mississippi. Bigg Robb, Calvin Richardson, Vick Allen, Lacee.

Sunday, May 7, 2017. Wiltern Theater, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California. Millie Jackson, Latimore, The Dramatics. 213-388-1400.

Sunday, May 7, 2017. The Moonlight Lounge, 4720 South St., Nacogdoches, Texas. T.K. Soul. 936-559-7120.

8 pm, Sunday, May 7, 2017. R.L.'s Blues Palace, 3100 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas. Johnnie Taylor Tribute. T.J. Hooker Taylor and more. Doors open 6 pm. 214-421-9867.

7 pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. B & G Civic Center, 4015 Allendale Fairfax Hwy., Allendale, South Carolina. Alonzo Reid & UCF Band.

8 pm, Friday, May 12, 2017. Vicksburg City Auditorium, 901 Monroe St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. 11th Annual Mothers' Day Friday. Sheba Potts-Wright, Tucka, Emerson Hill, L.J. Echols, Projekt feat. Debora. Doors open 7 pm. 601-955-4894, 601-634-4511.

Friday, May 12, 2017. Stagga Lee's Goodtime Emporium, 1945 Moreland Avenue (across street from Starlight Drive In), Atlanta, Georgia. Black & White. Big "Ro" Williams, Kings of Soul, Jarvis Greene, Arthur Roland. 770-265-3023. (T.J. Hooker Taylor has been replaced by Big "Ro" Williams.)

8 pm, Friday, May 12, 2017. Ruston Civic Center, 401 N. Trenton St., Ruston, Louisiana. Jeter Jones, Nathaniel Kimble, Lacee, Kiko, Bigg Robb. Doors open 7 pm. 870-866-7441.

Saturday, May 13, 2017. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, New York. Aretha Franklin. 516-334-0800.

Saturday, May 13, 2017. Thompson Place, 3453 West Hamilton Ave., Nashville, Tennessee. Wendell B, Big Pokey Bear, Karen Wolfe, Calvin Richardson, Sir Charles Jones. Host: Tyson Smith.

4 pm, Saturday, May 13, 2017. The Ark, Highway 61 South, Port Gibson, Mississippi. Lacee, Tre' Williams, J'Wonn, Katrenia Jefferson, Emerson Hill, J.J. Callier, O Flava Psi. 601-334-3247. Gates open 10 am.

Saturday, May 13, 2017. Club Paradise, 645 East Georgia Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. T.K. Soul. 901-947-7144.

Saturday, May 13, 2017. Beau Rivage Theatre, 875 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, Mississippi. Smokey Robinson.

10:15 pm, Saturday, May 13, 2017. Riverfront Park, 100 Front Street, Albany, Georgia. Karen Wolfe, Sir Charles Jones, Wendell B., Big Pokey Bear, Calvin Richardson.

Saturday, May 13, 2017. Hilton Hotel Ballroom, 135 NW 2nd St., Lawton, Oklahoma. Lenny Williams. 580-280-2100.

Saturday, May 13, 2017. Columbus Civic Center, 400 4th Street, Columbus, Georgia. The Dramatics, Deniece Williams, Freddy Jackson and more.

Sunday, May 14, 2017. Club Encore, 131 Neptune Court, Houma, Louisiana. Mother's Day. Till 1. 985-870-9810, 985-855-6097. Doors open 5 pm.

Sunday, May 14, 2017. Laurel Fairgrounds, 1956 Ellisville Blvd., Laurel, Mississippi. Big Pokey Bear, L.J. Echols, T.K. Soul, Tucka, Ms. Jody, J'Wonn. 734-994-0138.

7 pm, Sunday, May 14, 2017. Marriott Hotel Ballroom, 1721 East Central Texas Expressway, Killeen, Texas. Lenny Williams.

Saturday, May 20, 2017. The Helena II, 1568 Stephens Road, Mobile, Alabama. Lacee, Jeff Floyd, Sergio Davis. 251-229-2856.

Saturday, May 20, 2017. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont, North Carolina. Jarekus Singleton. 704-825-4490.

9 pm, Saturday, May 20, 2017. The Community House, 271 Park Drive, Monroeville, Alabama. Snatch Nelson, Ra'Shad The Blues Kid. 251-575-5533.

4 pm, Saturday, May 20, 2017. Charles E. Bailey Sportplex, Alexander City, Alabama. Wilson Meadows, Stan Butler, Toia Jones, Stan Chili Cooks. Gates open at 1 pm. Free. 256-329-6736.

Friday, May 26, 2017. On The Beach, Atlantic Beach, South Carolina. T.K. Soul & Band.

8 pm, Saturday, May 27, 2017. Attala County Coliseum, 550 MS-12, Kosciusko, Mississippi. Southern Soul Classic. Big Pokey Bear, Tyree Neal, Jeter Jones, Veronica, Cold Drank. BYOB. Doors open at 7 pm. 225-278-9401, 662-289-1618.

11 am, Saturday, May 27, 2017. The Huntsville Dragway, 502 Quarter Mountain Road, Harvest, Alabama. 21st Annual Old School & Blues Festival. Rick James Tribute. Tank, T.K. Soul, Betty Wright, Willie Clayton, Mary Jane Girls and more. 256-852-4505.

Saturday, May 27, 2017. Lloyd Pavilion, 2616 Gamble Road, I-10 East, Exit 217, Lloyd (Monticello), Florida. Jeff Floyd, Karen Wolfe, Bishop Bullwinkle, Cupid, Nellie "Tiger" Travis and more.

5 pm, Saturday, May 27, 2017. McIntosh Farm, 1606 Neely Town Road, De Kalb, Mississippi. O.B. Buchana, Tre' Williams, Lebrado, Klass Band Brotherhood, Krishunda Echols. Gates open at 2 pm. 601-934-3051.

Saturday, May 27, 2016. Campanella Park, Yazoo City, Mississippi. Grady Champion.

11 pm, Sunday, May 28, 2017. Winfield Civic Center, 2000 South Jones St., Winnfield, Louisiana. Cupid.

Sunday, May 28, 2017. Sam Coopwood Park, Potts Camp (Holly Springs), Mississippi. T.K. Soul, Sir Charles Jones, Adina Howard, H-Town, Calvin Richardson and more.

Sunday, May 28, 2017. Wall Hill Park, Byhalia, Mississippi. Willie Clayton.

Sunday, May 28, 2017. Paragon Casino Resort, 711 Paragon Place, Marksville, Louisiana (Baton Rouge). Smokey Robinson. 800-946-1946.

8 pm, Saturday, June 3, 2017. A.V. "Bull" Sallas Park, 21675 B-McClesky Road, New Caney, Texas. Texas Bikers' Southern Extravaganza. Sweet Angel, Bigg Robb. 512-694-0817.

4 pm, Saturday, June 3, 2017. Cook Family Park, 11712 N. Highway 79, Altheimer, Arkansas. L.J. Echols, T.K. Soul, Mo. B, Calvin Richardson, Karen Wolfe, Nathaniel Kimble, The Platinum Blues Band. Gates open at 4 pm.

Saturday, June 3, 2017, Microsoft Theater, 777 Chick Hearn Ct., Los Angeles, California. Shirley Brown, Barbara Mason, Betty Wright, The Emotions, Brenda Holloway. 213-763-6030.

10 pm, Saturday, June 3, 2017. Club Jade, 332 Freeman Drive, San Antonio, Texas. Avail Hollywood, Melody Gold.

Saturday, June 3, 2017. Greenwood Fairgrounds, Highway 221 South, Greenwood, South Carolina. Theodis Ealey.

Saturday, June 3, 2017.The Park, Highway 22, Beloit, Alabama. Vick Allen & Velvet Soul.

9 pm, Sunday, June 4, 2017. Club Oscars, 195 East Texas St., Austin, Texas. Avail Hollywood, Melody Gold.

3 pm, Sunday, June 4, 2017. Tunica County River Park, One River Park Drive, Tunica, Mississippi. Blues On The River. Sweet Angel, Big Pokey Bear, Terry Wright, J'Wonn. Gates open 12 Noon. 6622-357-0050.

8 pm, Friday, June 9, 2017. Sam's Town Casino, 5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, Nevada. Donnie Ray, T.K. Soul, Cold Drank, Pokey Bear, Benito. Doors open 7 pm. 702-456-7777.

Friday, June 9, 2017. Underground 119, 119 South President St., Jackson, Mississippi. Grady Champion.

Friday, June 9, 2017. Amvets Post 66, 1606 West Western Avenue, South Bend, Indiana. Vick Allen & Velvet Soul.

Saturday, June 10, 2017. Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave., Chicago, Illinois. Chicago Blues Festival. Vick Allen, William Bell, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Theo Huff and more. Free. (DBN notes: Festival takes place over 3 days. See festival website.)

Sunday, June 11, 2017. La Fontaine Reception Hall, Northwest Freeway., Houston, Texas. T.K. Soul. 713-466-2800.

8 pm, Friday, June 16, 2017. L.T. Ellis Center, 610 Munson St., Laurel, Mississippi. Fathers Day Kick Back. Duchess Jureesa McBride, Mr. David, Ra'Shad The Blues Kid, Summer Wolfe and more. Doors open 7 pm. BYOB. 601-935-0728.

Friday, June 16, 2017. Cannon Center For Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St., Memphis, Tennessee. The Bar-Kays.

8 pm, Friday, June 16, 2017. Bottleneck Blues Bar, 4116 Washington St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Mr. Sipp.

2 pm, Saturday, June 17, 2017. Hub City Drag Way, 331 Eatonville Road, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Southern Soul Music Fest. Karen Wolfe, Wendell B., Shay Denise, O.B. Buchana, Lomax, Tucka, J. Red, Mr. David. Gates open 12 Noon. 251-709-5583.

Saturday, June 17, 2017. The Ampitheater at the Riverdale Town Center, 7200 Church St., Riverdale, Georgia. Theodis Ealey. 770-909-5300.

Sunday, June 18, 2017. Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St., Columbia, South Carolina. Sir Charles Jones, Anthony Hamilton, MC Lightfoot and more.

Saturday, June 24, 2017. Outdoors, Downtown, Mansfield, Louisiana. Juneteenth Fest. T.K. Soul.

Friday, June 30, 2017. The Good Deeds Center, 15101 Madison St., Gulfport, Mississippi. T.K. Soul. 228-865-4204.

6 pm, Saturday, July 1, 2017. 9th annual Nolan Norman Day Celebration, Nolan Memorial Park (aka Ponderosa Park), Wisner, Louisiana. Nathaniel Kimble, T.K. Soul & Band, Rhomey, Lacee.

5 pm, Saturday, July 1, 2017. The Venue, 1119F Highway 49, Flora, Mississippi. Vick Allen, L.J. Echols, Big Yayo, J'Wonn, Tre' Williams and more. Gates open at 3 pm. 601-665-2731.

2:30 pm, Sunday, July 2, 2017. 3037 County Road 57, Verbena, Alabama. Pokey Bear, Cold Drank, J'Wonn, Adrian Bagher, Tyree Neal, Veronica Ra'elle. Doors open 12 Noon. BYOB. 205-217-6098.

7 pm, Friday, July 7, 2017. Collin Center, 1522 Caldwell St., Winnfield, Louisiana. Avail Hollywood & Band, Melody Gold.

3 pm, Saturday, July 8, 2017. Wilson County Fairgrounds, 2331 US-301, Wilson, North Carolina. Down East Music Festival. Sir Charles Jones, Vick Allen, Maurice Wynn, Roy C, Big Pokey Bear, Lacee, Black Diamond, Wilson Meadows, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, J. Red, 3 Staxx, Jus Once. Host: DJ Heavy, DJ Starchild. Gates open 1 pm. Rain or Shine. 919-827-2033.

Sunday, July 9, 2017. R.L.'s Blues Palace, 3100 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas. T.K. Soul. 214-421-9867.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., San Francisco, California. Grady Champion. 415-292-2583.

Friday, July 14, 2017. The Clock Tower, 1601 Arapahoe St., #17, Denver, Colorado. Grady Champion. 303-877-0742.

Saturday, July 15, 2017. Barleycorn's, 608 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, Kansas. Grady Champion. 316-866-6792.

7 pm, Saturday, July 15, 2017. Sumter Civic Center, 700 W. Liberty St., Sumter, South Carolina. J. Red, Theodis Ealey, Roy C, Lebrado, Karen Wolfe, Shay Denise. 404-308-3633. Doors open 5:30 pm.

Sunday, July 16, 2017. Wings Event Center – Grand Rapids, 3600 Vanrick Drive, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Bobby Rush & more.

Sunday, July 16, 2017. Huey's, 77 South 2nd St., Memphis, Tennessee. Grady Champion. 901-527-2700.

9 pm, Saturday, July 22, 2017. 765 Marilyn Avenue, Lambert, Mississippi. Avail Hollywood & Band, Melody Gold.

8 pm, Saturday, July 22, 2017. Bottleneck Blues Bar, 4116 Washington St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Mr. Sipp.

7 pm, Saturday, July 22, 2017. Crossroads Arena, 2800 S. Harper Road, Corinth, Mississippi. Latimore, Theodis Ealey, Sheba Potts-Wright, Eddie Cotton Jr. and more. 662-287-7779.

Thursday, August 3, 2017. Horseshoe Casino Tunica, 1021 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, Mississippi. Jus' Blues Music Foundation Awards Show: Night Of The Living Legends. Karen Wolfe, Grady Champion, Calvin Richardson, Benny Turner, Carl Sims, Archie Bell, Ms. Jody, Jim Alexander, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Deitra Farr, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Teeny Tucker, Tony Coleman. Event transpires August 2-August 5th. 678-403-1993, 800-303-7463. See Jus' Blues website.

7 pm, Saturday, August 5, 2017. Thunder Valley Casino Resort, 1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln, California. Lenny Williams.

Saturday, August 12, 2017. Rustic, 505 Campbell St., Sarnia, Ontario. Bobby Rush. +1 519-383-0006.

Saturday, August 12, 2017. Bert’s Warehouse Theater, 2739 Russell St., Detroit, Michigan. Theodis Ealey. 313-393-3233.

6 pm, Friday, August 18, and Saturday, August 19, 2017. Jackson Convention Complex, 105 East Pascagoula St., Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival. Bobby Rush, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Ludacris, Calvin Richardson, Eddie Cotton, Jarekus Singleton, Jazmine Sullivan, Doug E. Fresh, Eric Benet, Ro James, Doug E. Fresh, Eric Roberson, Eden Brent, Jason Turner, Selwyn Birchwood and more. See festival website. 601-960-2321.

Friday, August 18, 2017. Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana St. (Downtown), Houston, Texas. T.K. Soul. 713-237-1439.

Saturday, August 19, 2017. Club Xtraordinaire, 308 South 2nd St., Killeen, Texas. T.K. Soul. 254-702-4028.

Friday, September 1, 2017.Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, 201 Tallapoosa St., Montgomery, Alabama. Big Pokey Bear, Tucka, Calvin Richardson, MC Lightfoot. 334-481-5100.

8 pm, Saturday, September 23, and 8 pm, Sunday, September 24, 2017. Speak Easy Cigars & Spirits, 501 East Baars Street, Pensacola, Florida. Alonzo Reid & UCF Band.



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Overflow From Daddy B. Nice's BEST OF 2015 page...

2015: THE YEAR IN SOUTHERN SOUL


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."

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

2014: THE YEAR IN SOUTHERN SOUL

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.

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