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Greetings Daddy B. Nice,

The Duchess Jureesa and J.S.S Records family heard that you have been a little under the weather, but I am telling you now," dont start nothing and it want be nothing" so you get well soon!!!!!! Take good care of you.

We appreciate you always!!!!!!!!!

The Duchess Jureesa McBride & Team Silver Shirley


Hi Daddy,

I just saw on your site that you will be having surgery. I want to let you know we will be thinking of you and wishing for you a safe operation and a speedy recovery. You know I read everything you do and I’m always checking for updates.

You will be missed while you are gone and we will look forward to when you are able to come back.

John, Ecko Records



Hi Daddy!

Speedy recovery, my friend!

Best regards

Heikki, Soul Express


Hello & A Special Greeting to the Wonderful Daddy B. Nice!!!!

Hello've been on my mind heavily, every since I read your article about your illness!!!...Please know that my thoughts are with you are a very special person and I know God knows how special you are to others and all the wonderful things you have done to help the one who couldn't help themselves!!! It's take a unique personality like yours to cover ground that the helpless can't cover on their own!!!....

With YOU and the exposure you give to so many of us, allow others to know about and hear our music. As always...I am so humbly appreciative for all the time and effort you put into all your Daddy B. Nice editorials....AWESOME you are... Sir!!!!! You provide some much great history about the music so many of the recording artists sing about...a walking historian you are!!!

From the very depth of my heart...I ask God to give you the strength you need to overcome and have a full and successful recovery!!! See...I honestly believe in my heart that God takes care of his own and I know you are on that list, too!!!!

Sending Much Love your way...Sir & hurry back...we all must have our daily "Daddy B. Nice" fix...(smile)!!!!

Very Respectfully & God Bless You, too....



Hey Daddy B,

Hey My friend! visited the site today to find a five star review, and a climbing on the famous top 100 southern soul charts, that's whats up! Thanks a million man. Just wanted to drop a few lines and tell you thanks for listening, and including Avail Hollywood on your awesome site!

Keep doing what you do best, keep'n southern soul way of life alive!

....Glad U R Back to posting and Keeping us updated In the best music Genre Ever!!! I think I might have missed you a lil bit!, lol! "I said I think"!!! just kidding glad your BACK!!!

As U may have Heard I just released another CD!!! called "REHAB", yes another full cd in less than 5 months I know you probably think all I do Is tour, and record! lol! well that's all I DO!!!

I will be shipping it to you next week, as soon as I get of the road we have WEST MS this Fri! I got a track on the album #2 I think you gone dig cant wait to here your "CRITIQUE" it's called "KISS MY SOUTHERN SOUL" its a track of "BIGG FUNN"! probably will be the most OUTA LEFT FIELD SONG EVER RECORDED IN SOUTHERN SOUL! and guess what?? I also ft. BLACK ZACK again!!! on "make the Bed Rock PT 2", he's an awesome guy to work with and a great TALENT!


peace and much LUV!

Avail Hollywood



Dear Daddy B Nice,

I am so thankful that you had a great report and there is no cancer. I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you and praying for you. I hope everything with your surgery went well and that you are making a lot progress with your recovery. I am thankful that the doctors are taking care of you and I know you're in good hands. Do everything you're supposed to do to get well - the world needs you!! You have given the southern soul community so much and you have so much more to give.

Take care of yourself and know that you are loved by many.


Southern Soul Paradise


Hi Daddy B.,

Best of luck with the surgery and a speedy recovery!

Sweden, Smokestack Blues



....I am so grateful for the support you've given me. You have made it possible for my artists to move into the (mainstream) World of Southern Soul.

Kim, #truesoulmusic


Mr. B

It was good to hear from you, because I all ways held high regards for you and Dylann, so I thought we could disagree and still be respectful to one another, and honest to and about one another....

So Mr. B. even though we may not all ways see eye to eye, but as long as the eyes, or eye is open and honest and realizes that we all different and like different things and express ourselves differently, we are still ONE.. and it is the difference,that makes the WHOLE so beautiful. So i may say this a little different, but it's with all honesty and sincerity when i say to you..

May Peace Be With And Your Family Always,

RESPECTFULLY Yours El' Willie.........Ps. Thanks for responding


Daddy B. Nice,

I would like to take the time out to say thank u so much, and for my name jus being on a list for a nominations (Daddy B. Nice's Best of 2013) makes me feel better now than ever, and im currently workin on a second album and ill be emailing u a couple of my new songs thats hot, as soon as possible, once again thanks a million

King fred

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Hello Daddy B Nice

I think the song the lady is referring to is TAKE YO DRUNKEN ASS HOME by Big Al Carson ...It's usually played at the end of the night


Thank you, Melody. I'll post that. DBN.



I am looking for a Southern Soul Club closing song that has the following lyrics:

"You ain't gotta go home, but you gotta get the hell outta of here"

"Last call for alcohol"

"Club is Closing"

Can you help me identify the Southern Soul artist and the name of the song.

J. Johnson

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear J.,

There are a lot of songs with the words "last call for alcohol." I can't put my finger on the song you're talking about. Any other hints? I'll see if the readers have an answer on the Mailbag page.

Daddy B. Nice


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MORE RE: ROY C., L.J. Echols, Love Doctor, Sir Jonothan Burton, Walt Luv SHOW ON AUGUST 2, 2014 IN ZEBULON, NORTH CAROLINA.

Daddy B. Nice,

Good morning. Some of my friends and I are planning to come to the event on Saturday, August 2 in Zebulon. We have never been to this venue before and I was hoping to maybe see some pics of the layout of the “Barn” and set up for the event with the tents and lawn chairs. I did call the # on the flyer and was given some information regarding the tents. So you have to really be at the gates maybe by 11a to line up to open at 12p in order to hopefully get a spot to camp your tent and wait around until 5p for the show to start? I am know how outdoor events do work like at Time Warner amphitheater and how the lawn area is. Is this place as nice as that for events? I was told this area is for horses is that correct. By chance is there more grassy areas than dirt (regarding if it rains) which my understanding it is supposed to will it very muddy? Again is there any pics of this location. Sorry for all the questions. We are all kind of particular but we do like to have a good time, lol!!!


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Lynda,

These are questions for the promoter. Call that # again.




Dear Daddy B Nice:

I consider myself a long time fan of Roy C, and I would love to attend his show on 8-2-2014, however, your notice is confusing. It gives 5:p.m. at the beginning of the ad. Then mentions the door opening at 12:p.m. There are two addresses given and a mention of a county with no mention of a town. I do not wish to drive for 2 hours and get lost because of poor directions , please state the time the show begin, the address, town and state. If you are giving a party for Roy C. then state the time of the party and that address seperately. I am bringing 7 people and don't wish to get lost.

Thank you,

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear Annie,

I feel your pain, but don't kill the "messenger." Your Daddy B. Nice is neither a publicist or promoter, and in this case it is they who deserve the scolding. I am just providing the information given me on the concert flyer, which by the way has no phone #, exact address or town. This concert is obviously out in the "boonies," and will require a more adventurous spirit on your part.

Best wishes, and I hope you are able to make the trip, do a little inquiring in the nearby hamlets, and successfully attend.

Daddy B. Nice

Subsequently, Daddy B. Nice wrote:

Dear Annie,

What a coincidence! After posting your e-mail, I returned to the office this afternoon and had received two new flyers, one with directions and one with phone numbers.

The address is specified as 2318 Broughton Road, Zebulon, North Carolina.

The directions are specified as:

From Raleigh/Durham

40 East to 264 or 64 E. Business

From Wilson/Rocky Mount

264 or 64 West to Zebulon

Make Right Then Left on Riley Hill Road

Note that the directions on the flyer do not specify how to reach Broughton Road. However, the #’s are included:

For further questions, call: 919-208-5877 or 251-545-5921.

Hope this helps and your group can attend, Annie.


Daddy B Nice


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Looking For A Song Letter: Billy Ray Charles

Billy Ray Charles

Daddy B. Nice,

I am looking for a copy of the (Billy Ray Charles) song that goes "I treat my woman better than I treat my wife." Do you know which cd it is on or if it has been recorded?

Thank you,

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear Chantelle,

Your letter prompted me to listen to a set of Billy Ray Charles songs for the first time in years, in the process reminding me of the influence of the great Jimmy Lewis, who wrote most of Charles' songs and probably that line you quote, and also reminding me of Charles' influence on Jody Sticker. However, none of the songs in my library contained that line. Are you sure Charles did it? I'll post your letter. Maybe my more alert readers will have the answer.

Daddy B. Nice


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Pictured: Denise LaSalle

Dear Daddy B. Nice:

More on the book-signing front.

I plan to be at the Vick Allen/Ms. Jody/T.K. Soul/Jo Jo Murray/Omar Cunningham show in South Bend, Indiana, on July 26, and I'll definitely have some books on hand.

I'm not sure you even have this event listed yet, but on Saturday, July 12, on the beach at Jean Klock Park in Benton Harbor, Michigan, the 2014 installment of Mr. Lee's Old-Skool R&B/Blues Festival will take place. Headliners are the Zapp Band, Denise LaSalle, and Chick Rodgers. The promoter is veteran Chicago-area dancer, comedian, MC, and promoter Lee "Mr. Lee" Kirksy. His website,, has more information on the show, or call (703) 369-0998. And yes, I'll be out there with my books, as well.

Then on Thursday, August 14, the day before the big festival in Jackson, Mississippi kicks off, I'll be doing an in-store book-signing at Lemuria Books, 4465 N Hwy 55, at about 3:00 in the afternoon. I believe we're going to start at about 5:00 PM. Interested folks can call the bookstore at (601) 366-7619.

Finally -- the Center for Southern Folklore in Memphis will once again put on their annual Labor Day Weekend Music & Heritage Festival, on Main St. between Peabody Place and Gayoso. They feature all kinds of Southern music including traditional blues and contemporary southern soul-blues. I don't have the entire lineup, but Bobby Rush has already been announced; in previous years the festival has featured such artists as Sweet Angel, Denise LaSalle, and Memphis chanteuse Ms. Nickki, as well as Bobby Rush. I'll be there on both Saturday and Sunday, signing books.

David Whiteis

See David Whiteis's SOUTHERN SOUL BLUES.


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RE: Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Review For APRIL 2014: 1. ”Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That”-------Karen Wolfe featuring Nelson Curry

Hey Daddy!

I'm so sorry I'm just checking my email.....but what I love about you is you're on top of your Job! I see you got the Single! Thank you so much for the beautiful review.....Nelson Curry did a wonderful collaboration on was written by Chazz Tennison, one of the members of the Klass Band....glad you like it.

Thanks again so much!

Karen Wolfe


Daddy B. Nice,

I want to thank you for the encouragement you give Artist like us. It inspires us to want to be different and to help bring new fans in this Soul market. I somewhat agree with Willie Clayton's views on the label of Southern Soul. However I think we as Artist should place more attention on the soul element and production. It's the very thing that attracted me to the genre in the first place.

Again continue to do what you are doing in giving Artist the truth encouraging them to try something new. The truth will not only set you free, but it will also encourage better music for all the fans of real Soul Music. And I hope Artist and Promoter know WE work with Everybody!

Thanks Again

Nelson Curry aka Sugaa Shack Man

Note: Daddy B. Nice had written:

Your Daddy B. Nice has been encouraging Karen to branch out and do something "different," and this is what I'm talking about. It's a revelation listening to her fronting a bad-assed real live band. It's a Nelson Curry/Klass production all the way. Nevertheless, it’s all Karen on the vocals, representing the ultimate, band-fronting, female southern-soul singer. (Curry wisely cameos near the end.)

Listen to Karen Wolfe featuring Nelson Curry singing "Ain't Nobody Got Time For That" on YouTube.

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RE: MIA'S (Turnover In Southern Soul Performers Is Dramatic Over Last Decade)

See Daddy B. Nice's Corner (April 1, 2014) for complete list.

Daddy B. Nice

Re: Z.Z. Hill Jr. (Not really Z.Z.'s son, by the way) -- Still in Chicago, still shows up at clubs now and then to sit in. I don't think he's done any shows of his own for quite some time.

David Whiteis (author of "Southern Soul Blues")


Daddy B.

Have not had the chance to go through your entire list of MIA's but one that did catch my eye was Snatch Nelson - he had a new CD released in November of last year - I did a review of it in my January Southern Soul Corner column this year.

Here is the link to that column....... Southern Soul Corner


Soul Dog (Neal Furr)


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Greetings Daddy B. Nice,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Silver Shirley

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Shirley,

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

Daddy B. Nice's New CD Reviews

Just scroll down the page a ways.

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

Daddy B. Nice's Corner (2014)

Daddy B. Nice

Shirley McBride replies:

Thank you so much!!!!!!!



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Hello Daddy B. Nice,

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

Warm Regards and Keep on Pushing,


Daddy B. replies:

Hi Allen,

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for your interest,
Daddy B. Nice


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Hello Daddy B. Nice!!!

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

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

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

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

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


Eric "Smidi" Smith AKA Smidi Beats

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi "Smidi,"

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

Daddy B Nice

Eric "Smidi" Smith replies:

Hello again Daddy B Nice…

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

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

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

Thank you for your kind words and response….


Eric "Smidi" Smith

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Daddy B. Nice,

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

Thank you!


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi, Anna,

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

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

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

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

Daddy B. Nice

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



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

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

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

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

Brotha English

Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

Daddy B. Nice



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

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

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

Help me Please.

Hiromi Yamagui in japan

Daddy B Nice replies:

Dear Hiromi,

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

Daddy B Nice


daddy nice

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


Daddy B Nice replies:

Dear Leroy,

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

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

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

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

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

David W.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

Daddy B. Nice


Hello Daddy B. Nice!

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

Jim in Oregon

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Jim,

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

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

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

Daddy B. Nice

Jim from Oregon replies

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

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

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

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

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



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Greeting Daddy B. Nice,

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

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

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


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

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



"The Duchess" Jureesa McBride & Silver Shirley Manager

Daddy B. Nice replies:

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

Daddy B. Nice

Shirley McBride replies:

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

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

Silver Shirley


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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

Friday, August 29, 2014. Attala County Coliseum, 550 Mississippi Hwy. 12, Kosciusko, Mississippi. J'Wonn, Dave Mack, Napoleon, Big Yayo. BYOB. Info: 601-665-3519 (Antonio Brooks).

Friday, August 29, 2014. Scott's Grand Reception & Corporate Center, 5060 Dorchester Rd. #320, Charleston, South Carolina. Lacee Album Release Party. Lacee and band. 843-568-1101, 888-415-2224.

8 pm, Friday, August 29, 2014. Bastrop Municipal Center, 1901 Moeller Dr., Bastrop, Louisiana. Carl Sims, T.K. Soul, Ms. Jody. Doors open at 7 pm. 318-512-3614, 318-283-3320.

Friday, August 29, 2014. M & J Lounge, 132 Georgetown St., Hazlehurst, Mississippi. Monica Short Birthday Party. LaMorris Williams, Dave Mack, T-Baby. 601-214-2095. BYOB. Doors open at 8 pm.

Friday, August 29 and Saturday, August 30, 2014. Bottleneck Blues Bar, Ameristar Casino Hotel, 4146 Washington Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi. Back-to-back CD Release Parties. Grady Champion. 800-700-7770.

7 pm, Saturday, August 30, 2014. Union County Fairgrounds, 334 W. Hillsboro St., El Dorado, Arkansas. 9th Annual Southern Soul Showdown. Vick Allen, Avail Hollywood, Jeff Floyd, Willie P., Columbus Toy, Nicky Parrish. Gates open at 6 pm. 870-866-7441 or 870-864-0350.

5 pm, pm, Saturday, August 30, 2014. Cherry St., Downtown Helena, Arkansas. 3rd Annual Labor Day Barbeque & Blues Festival. Mel Waiters, Sir Charles Jones, Sweet Angel. Gates open at 3 pm.

8 pm, Saturday, August 30, 2014. River View Head Start Center, Phillip, Mississippi. L.J. Echols.

Saturday, August 30, 2014. Casino Beach, 4 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, Florida. Gulf Coast Summer Festival. Tucka, Lacee, Gina Brown, Johnny Gill, Dru Hill, Average White Band, Will Downing. Gates open 12 Noon.

Saturday, August 30, 2014. Bolling Club, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, 50 Theisen St., Washington, DC. Millie Jackson. 202-563-8400.

3 pm, Saturday, August 30, 2014. Mr B's Park, 7243 Gatewood Rd., Woodford, Virginia (Caroline County). Divas & Gents, Southern Soul Bluez. Wilson Meadows, Big G, Pat Cooley, Jim Bennett & Lady Mary. 804-389-3558.

10 pm, Saturday, August 30, 2014. Hollywood Palace, 1721 Smith St., Greenville, Mississippi. Terry Wright, Jessie Clay, Napoleon. 662-820-8469.

Saturday, August 30, 2014. Major Events, 5075 Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lenny Williams, Alexander O'Neal and more.

5 pm, Saturday, August 30, 2014. Fairmont Community Park, Fisher St., Fairmont, North Carolina. Roy C. Gates open at 3 pm. 919-649-1670, 910-633-8611. Lawn chairs and coolers welcome.

9 pm, Saturday, August 30, 2014. SP Picnic Grounds, 209 Hilltop Road, Kendleton, Texas. South Texas Frontier Days Rodeo. Rue Davis, Kenne Wayne. 281-818-1540.

Saturday, August 30, 2014. Moroccan Lounge, Itta Bena, Mississippi. Chris Ivy.

9:30 pm and 11 pm (2 shows), Saturday, August 30, 2014. Elks Lodge, 4304 Water Avenue, Selma, Alabama. Willie Clayton. 334-412-6006.

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

Sunday, August 31, 2014. Whitney Center, 301 Apple St., Monroe, Louisiana. 2nd Annual Labor Day Blues Fest. Omar Cunningham, Kenne Wayne, L.J. Echols, Ghetto Cowboy, Michaelangelo, Benito. Doors open at 7 pm. 318-547-0853.

Sunday, August 31, 2014. The Festival Plaza, Shreveport, Louisiana. T.K. Soul.

5 pm, Sunday, August 31, 2014. Holmes Recreational Park (Stallo Park/Da Shack), 1222 O Road 571, Stallo, Mississippi. Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Bigg Robb, Tre Williams. Gates open at 2 pm. 662-705-0780.

8 pm, Sunday, August 31, 2014. Vineyard Entertainment Center, 3270 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, Tennessee. Anita Love, Jaye Hammer, Karen Wolfe and more. Doors open at 6 pm. 901-483-1602. BYOB.

3 pm, Sunday, August 31, 2014. Spur Station, 69655 U.S. #51, Tangipahoa, Louisiana. Lacee, Ms. Charli, Mystikal. Tents, BBQ pits and coolers welcome. Gates open at 8 am. 985-229-2400.

August 31, 2014. Chi Town Legends, 223 Industrial Park Road, Winona, Mississippi. J-Wonn. Doors open at 8 pm. 662-275-2822.

11 pm, Sunday, August 31, 2014. Val's Place, 595 HWY 59, Center, Texas. Avail Hollywood.

8 pm, Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin, Texas. Aretha Franklin. 512-225-7999.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014. The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson St., Dublin 2, Ireland. Candi Staton. +353 1 678 7188.

8 pm, Friday, September 5, 2014. Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 North Greenwood Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sir Charles Jones. Doors open 7 pm.

8 pm, Saturday, September 6, 2014. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas, Texas. Aretha Franklin. 214-880-0202.

8 pm, Saturday, September 6, 2014. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston, South Carolina. Klass Band Brotherhood, Latimore, The Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards, Calvin Richardson, MC Lightfoot. 843-529-5000.

1 pm, Saturday, September 6, 2014. Jackson County Fairgrounds, Pascagoula, Mississippi. Mel Waiters.

8 pm, Saturday, September 6, 2014. The Summit Center, 852 N. Gloster St., Tupelo, Mississippi. Willie Clayton. 662-231-5167.

9 pm, Saturday, September 6, 2014. The Mix, Hwy. #49, Tchula, Mississippi. Bigg Robb, Lady Trucker, Wood. 662-834-1025, 601-1214-1606. Doors open at 8 pm.

10 pm, Saturday, September 6, 2014. Club Premiere, 420 Commerce St., Shreveport, Louisiana. T.K. Soul, Luster Baker. Doors open at 9 pm. 318-272-7779.

Sunday, September 7, 2014. Sam's Town Casino, 1477 Casino Strip Blvd., Robinsonville, Mississippi. Theodis Ealey.

6 pm, Sunday, September 7, 2014. Club Me & U, 820 Cooper Road, Suite H (Candlestick Shopping Center), Jackson, Mississippi. Charles Evers Birthday Bash. Willie Clayton, Bobby Rush, Reverend Joe A. Washington, LaMorris Williams, Ms. Jody, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Little Miss Soul, T-Baby. Doors open at 4 pm. Admission at the door only. BYOB. 601-398-0784.

Monday, September 8, 2014. The Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PG, London, England. Candi Staton.

8:30 pm, Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Fwy., Houston, Texas. Aretha Franklin. 713-772-5900.

8 pm, Thursday, September 11, 2014. Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St., Memphis, Tennessee.Gladys Knight. 901-525-3000.

Thursday, September 11, 2014. House Of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans, Louisiana. Bobby Rush, Allen Toussaint. 504-310-4999.

Friday, September 12, 2014. Highland Social Club 2929 S WW White Rd., San Antonio, Texas. Mel Waiters. 210-333-4567.

Friday, September 12, 2014. Telluride Blues & Brews Fest, 209 East Colorado Avenue, Telluride, Colorado. Lee Fields & The Expressions, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Peter Frampton, George Clinton and more. 800-970-7541. See Telluride Blues Festival website.

September 12, 2014. Grown & Sexy Sports Bar, 15394 Hwy. #49, Belzoni, Mississippi. Columbus Toy, Chris Ivy. BYOB. 662-836-4186.

Saturday, September 13, 2014. The Meeting Place, 1301 W. Erwin St., Tyler, Texas. Omar Cunningham, Ms. Genii. 903-535-9400.

8 pm, Saturday, September 13, 2014. Garrett Coliseum, 1555 Federal Blvd., Montgomery, Alabama. Karen Wolfe, J-Wonn, Sir Charles Jones, T.K. Soul. Doors open at 7 pm. 251-423-5144.

Saturday, September 13 & Sunday, September 14, 2014. Nokia Theatre, 2121 E. Craig Rd., North Las Vegas, Nevada. Stylistics, Chi-lites and more. 702-507-5700.

Saturday, September 13, 2014. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd,, San Diego, California. The Bar-Kays, Zapp and more. 619-224-4171.

8 pm, Sunday, September 14, 2014. Club What's Next, 2504 Mill St., Lake Charles, Louisiana. CD Release Party. J-Red. Doors open at 7 pm. 337-292-1814.

Sunday, September 14, 2014. Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles, California. Harold Melvin & Blue Notes, Junior Walker, The Stylistics, Brenton Wood, The Dramatics, The Chi-lites, The Three Degrees.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014. The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago, Illinois. Lee Fields & The Expressions. 773-276-3600.

Wednesday September 17, 2014. Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar, St. Louis, Missouri. Chuck Berry.

Friday, September 19, 2014. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, California. Lenny Williams, Brothers Johnson, Manhattans and more. 909-623-3111.

Friday, September 19, 2014. Jones Plaza, 10860 FM 1960 Rd. W., Houston, Texas. Theodis Ealey, Kenne Wayne.

10 pm, Friday, September 19, 2014. Hollywood Palace, 319 S. Hwy. #82, Greenville, Mississippi. Avail Hollywood, Ms. Jody and more. Doors open at 8:30 pm.

9 pm, Friday, September 19, 2014. Ground Zero Blues Club, 252 Delta Ave., Clarksdale, Mississippi. Grady Champion. 662-621-9009.

8 pm, Saturday, September 20, 2014. Bryan Union Hall, 400 Cow Palace Road, West Point, Mississippi. Sir Charles Jones. Doors open 7 pm. 601-454-4850.

12 Noon, Saturday, September 20, 2014. Washington County Convention Center, 1040 S. Raceway Rd., Greenville, Mississippi. 37th Annual
Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival. Willie Clayton, Bobby Rush, Grady Champion, Syleena Johnson, Sweet Angel and more. See Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival website. Gates open at 10 am. Small coolers OK, no grills.

9 pm, Saturday, September 20, 2014. Elks Lodge, 3100 J.R. Lynch St., Jackson, Mississippi. Tre Williams, Robert "The Duke" Tillman & band, Adrian Bagher. 601-951-6621. Doors open at 7 pm.

9 pm, Friday, September 26 & 9 pm, Saturday, September 27, 2014. Bottleneck Blues Bar, 4146 Washington Street, Ameristar Casino Hotel, Vicksburg, Mississippi. Grady Champion.

Saturday, September 27, 2014. Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester Ave., Kansas City, Missouri. Bobby Rush. 816-483-1456.

9 pm, Saturday, September 27, 2014. Club Envy, 2932 MLK Blvd., Bay Springs, Mississippi. Avail Hollywood.

Sunday, September 28, 2014. Craftsman Club Park, South Norrell Road, Clinton, Mississippi. L.J. Echols.

Saturday, October 4, 2014. Leflore County Civic Center, 200 Mississippi 7, Greenwood, Mississippi. Mississippi Blues Festival. Jeff Floyd, Bigg Robb, Sheba Potts-Wright, Omar Cunningham, Terry Wright. 662-453-4065.

8 pm, Saturday, October 4, 2014. Ruston Civic Center, 401 N. Trenton St., Ruston, Louisiana. Donnie Ray, Tucka, William Calhoun, Luster Baker. 318-280-6271, 870-866-7441. Doors open at 7 pm.

10 pm, Saturday, October 4, 2014. Club Prime Time, 807 East 9th St., Texarkana, Arkansas. Avail Hollywood.

Saturday, October 4, 2014. Harlow's Casino,4280 Harlow's Blvd., Greenville, Mississippi. T.K. Soul & Band. 866-534-5825.

Saturday, October 11, 2014. Mugshots, 8014 Club Center Drive, Cordova, Tennessee. T.K. Soul & Band.

9 pm, Saturday, October 18, 2014. Moose Lodge, 512 Kennedy Lane, Austin, Texas. Avail Hollywood.

Saturday, October 18, 2014. Casino Resorts, 1100 Casino Strip Resort Blvd., Tunica, Mississippi. T.K. Soul & Band. 866-706-7070.

Saturday, October 18, 2014. Good Deeds Community Center, 15101 Madison St., Gulfport, Mississippi. L.J. Echols. 228-865-4204.

Sunday, October 19, 2014. Lafayette Square Park, New Orleans, Louisiana. Crescent Blues & Barbeque Festival. Mel Waiters.

Friday, October 24, 2014. Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama. Calvin Richardson, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, MC Lightfoot. 205-458-8400.

Saturday, October 25, 2014. The Kelly Center, 131 Myles Road, Wildsville, Louisiana. T.K. Soul.

7 pm, Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Village of Baytowne Wharf, 9300 U.S. Highway 98 W, Destin, Florida. Grady Champion. 800-622-1038.

Saturday, November 1, 2014. Tha Cattle Gap, 602 Jackson Road, Pachuta, Mississippi. Avail Hollywood.

Friday, November 7, 2014. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St, Memphis, Tennessee. Jerry Lee Lewis. 901-576-1200.

Saturday, November 8, 2014. The Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane, Austin, Texas. T.K. Soul, Sir Charles Jones, Lenny Williams, Willie Clayton. 512-854-4900.

Saturday, November 8, 2014. Elks Lodge, 1010 Sgt. John Pittman Drive, Greenwood, Mississippi. L.J. Echols. 662-453-3626.

9 pm, Saturday, November 9, 2014. The House Of Blues, 501 S. Hwy #59, Houston, Texas. Avail Hollywood.

Friday, November 14, 2014. Ritz Theatre, 829 North Davis Street, Jacksonville, Florida. Clarence Carter.

Saturday, November 15, 2014. Cowboy Lounge, 3016 Colonial Ave., Dallas, Texas. L.J. Echols. 214-426-6655.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: January 1, 2014:

SOUTHERN SOUL MUSIC: THE YEAR IN REVIEW Despite the usual attrition 2013 was a fantastic year for the last "segregated music" in America (as singer/songwriter Luther Lackey called Southern Soul music in an insightful "farewell" interview with Daddy B. Nice in January), with steady output from veterans and buzz-filled epiphanies seemingly on a monthly basis by a parade of bright new and/or little-known performers.

Not to be mistaken for your mama's southern soul, 2013 was the year of Nellie "Tiger" Travis's "Mr. Sexy Man," called in many quarters the "number-one song" in America. Even Medea (aka comedian Tyler Perry), boasted that the song--the result of Travis' reunion with writer/producer Floyd Hamberlin--was her favorite during a guest stint on The Steve Harvey show.

One of the keys to the song's popularity was the line in the chorus, "what-yo-name-is?" (which Medea mimicked perfectly), proving once again that good English grammar ("What is your name?") just doesn't (don't?) make sense in the world of blues.

Like a 100-year flood, "Mr. Sexy Man" crept into media outlets long known for eschewing southern soul music, but close in its wake, especially throughout the established chitlin' circuit, was Ms. Jody's "Just Let Me Ride," in which the fiercely competitive diva "saved the horse and rode the cowboy," in the process notching her finest club song to date.

And Ms. Jody also took the music beyond its roots, winning (and triumphantly performing) at the Carolina Beach Music Awards for her single "Still Strokin'," the title tune from the same CD featuring "Just Let Me Ride."

The successes of Nellie "Tiger" Travis and Ms. Jody marked the ascension of a new generation of divas: both had started out as the best of a class of newcomers around 2005.

But the ultimate southern soul high of the year, at least for the insiders fortunate enough to hear his debut in the Delta (Jackson, Mississippi, the heart of the music), was the Big Yayo-tutored singer J-Wonn's "I Got This Record."

With only word-of-mouth, local air-play and one meagerly-recorded live-with-boombox YouTube video on the sidewalk of Farish Street (remember the Rue Davis song?), J-Wonn became an overnight sensation, the charisma and sensitivity of his vocal compelling your Daddy B. Nice to call his coming-out party "dramatic enough to recall Sir Charles Jones' 'Friday' or LaMorris Williams' 'We Can Do It (Impala)'."

Deejays called this song "the #1 song in the WORLD," (How's that, Nellie Travis?), but it was really the #1 Song in the Delta, where its popularity thrust J-Wonn on stage with Willie Clayton and subsequently led to headlining gigs with the likes of respected Southern Soul veterans Wilson Meadows and Dave Mack.

J-Wonn's lightning-speed acceptance--without a published CD--wasn't unique. Only a few months earlier, during the heat of the summer, a young performer whose only claim to fame was being the little sister of singer/songwriter L. J. Echols, put out a single called "Mad Dog 20-20."

An anthem to low-budget, country-style inebriation, with brother L.J.'s admirably rustic guitar picking for background, Krishaunda Echols' "Mad Dog" (which your Daddy B. Nice called "the best thing since the late Jackie Neal") broke with only a YouTube video, without the benefit of distributed single or CD.

In the span of two months, Ms. Echols became a feted headliner at Mississippi southern soul concerts, most exceptionally headlining a show at the Laurel, Mississippi fairgrounds with the greatest divas in Southern Soul (Peggy Scott-Adams, Denise LaSalle and Shirley Brown), with the radio spot featuring Krishunda's "Mad Dog 20-20" exclusively in the commercial.

So fast did events unfold, there was often a disconnect between the day-to-day Southern Soul media, which catered to and supported the small but vital network of established Southern Soul artists, and the emerging younger generation of new acts, largely introduced by Daddy B. Nice, often with little distributed product--J-Wonn, Krishunda Echols, T-Baby, Fredrick (King Fred) Hicks, Adrian Bagher among them--who more often than not had little access to the chitlin' circuit network of the older generation.

Unheralded, young, Delta-based producer Big Yayo (Stevie J's "Because Of Me," LaMorris Williams' "Impala"), was again at the heart of the action, producing not only T-Baby's "The Swag" but J-Wonn's resplendently-arranged ballad, "I Got This Record." And Big Yayo's 2012 success with the disco-edged, Dave Mack-sung, club anthem "Booty Talking" presaged the success of Nellie Travis' similarly-driven "Mr. Sexy Man" in 2013.

Another vital stream of new southern soul music came from a traditional bastion of the genre, southern Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, where--with the demise of the once-invaluable Chico's Radio--WDLT Mobile's deejay Nikki DeMarks fought the good fight, championing artists like Stephanie McDee, Cupid and Tucka, whose "Sweet Shop" seduced listeners.

"Twerking" finally hit the mainstream. Hey, America: Louisiana's Jackie Neal was doing it and singing about it a dozen years ago.

And Jackie Neal's little brother Tyree finally moved out of her shadow, producing Big Cynthia's best work in years, not to mention producing fellow Louisianan Pokey and providing the irrepressible guitar lick in the Louisiana-based, "return-of-the-southern-soul-queen" Stephanie McDee's instant classic, "When I Step In The Club."

2013 was noteworthy for the publication of David Whiteis's monumental primer to contemporary Southern Soul: Southern Soul Blues (University of Illinois Press).

The overwhelmingly-accurate, exhaustively-researched tome was the first up-to-date analysis of contemporary Southern Soul in cloth and paper, lending further credence (in the mainstream) to the genre's still obscure existence.

Whiteis wrote (and confirmed with your Daddy B. Nice) that the term "southern soul blues" was a compromise--that the phrases "southern soul," "soul-blues" and "southern soul blues" were all used interchangeably in the book. Yet, such was the heft of the book's influence that respected European online critic Heikki Suosalo wrote that:

“Soul-Blues” is now in the U.S.A. the common term for the music we used to call and still call in Europe “southern soul.” Even though some artists like Willie Clayton don’t like the phrase “southern soul” in terms of describing his music – and Chicago isn’t very south, I agree – I’ll still use it anyhow, because it’s an established, respectable term, going all the way to the 60s. Among European soul music lovers, it’s a positive term and it conjures up an image of certain kind of music, highly emotional and powerful. It’s not necessarily tied up with geography, but purely sound. We also have “northern soul”, and every black music fan and club-goer in Europe understands what we’re talking about."

In the critical sphere, 2013 was also the year Daddy B. Nice completed his Top 100 21st Century Countdown, two and a half years in the making, and the first ranking of southern soul artists since his Top 100 Southern Soul Artists a decade earlier, with Sir Charles Jones replacing the late Johnnie Taylor as the #1 Southern Soul Artist. Mel Waiters, Willie Clayton, T.K. Soul, Bobby Rush, Ms. Jody, Shirley Brown, Theodis Ealey, O.B. Buchana and Bigg Robb rounded out the top ten.

A vocalist some industry people doubted existed emerged from anonymity in an interview with Daddy B. Nice: Will T., the mysterious singer of the original "Mississippi Boy," (often attributed to Charles Wilson), one of the most iconic and oft-covered songs in contemporary Southern Soul. It was written by the same Floyd Hamberlin of this year's "Mr. Sexy Man" fame and most recently covered by Sir Charles Jones under the title "Country Boy."

2013 posted outstanding CD's by some of Southern Soul's banner artists: Theodis Ealey, Vick Allen, Mel Waiters, Ms. Jody, O.B. Buchana, Klass Band Brotherhood and Donnie Ray, to cite only a few.

2013 witnessed the passing of some of the music's most beloved practitioners: Artie "Blues Boy" White, Gus Geeter (of Alabama's King Tutt Band) and Tina Diamond. And in December, to the consternation of the blues community, Robert "Chick" Willis--in his heyday one of the most risque of performers--passed on to Soul Heaven.

Onetime enfants terribles Bobby Rush and Willie Clayton found themselves the elder statesmen of traditional rhythm and blues, with old classics like Rush's "Hard Feelin' With Me" (from Blind Snake)...

Different strokes
For different folks.
Special kind of stroke
For the soulful folks."

...and Clayton's "Can We Talk" (from Full Circle), dressed up with reggae dancehall trimmings, rematerializing in current air play and wowing a new generation.

Lyrical highlights that made 2013 a little more distinctive:

"Hey mista sexy man,
What yo name is?"
Nellie "Tiger" Travis, "Mr. Sexy Man"

"Everyone's watching you throughout this room,
Women watching men watching you.
Jealousy is kicking in."
Mel Waiters, "Hottest Thing"

"Tonight we're eating perch with tartar sauce."
Big "Ro" Williams, "Good Love Muscle"

"They conversated (sic) for awhile."
Vick Allen, "My Baby's Phone"

"Just like Al Green said,
'I'm tired of being alone,'
Thank God for the men
That made these smart phones."
Billy "Soul" Bonds, "Get Her With My Twitter"

"They call me Pokey,
Big pokey bear,
Anytime you need me, baby,
I'll be there."
Pokey, "They Call Me Pokey"
(from an album entitled JOSEPHINE SON POKEY)

"We didn't know a damn thing about bills.
Thought we were living it up like in Beverly Hills.
Plenty of Kool-Aid and government cheese,
Collard greens and black-eyed peas.
Man, those were the good old days."
Vick Allen, "I'm Tired Of Being Grown"

"I'll tell you what.
Stop giving up the cookie
And see how long he stays around."
Nellie "Tiger" Travis to Adrena in "Another Woman's Man"

And, from the debut of the year...

"I caught 'em at the grocery store.
I caught 'em in the Mall.
Saw 'em at the casino,
But my grandma even caught 'em at bingo."
J-Wonn, "I Got This Record"

--Daddy B. Nice


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