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"13 Days"

Daddy B. Nice,

I'm looking for a song. I think it's called 13 days. I want to know who it is so I can buy his CD.


Listen to Dave Mack singing "13 Days" on YouTube.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sorry for the delay, Latoya. That's Dave Mack singing "13 Days." The single surfaced in 2004 and was an underground classic in Jackson (Ms.) and the Delta for a number of years.

You can buy the 13 Days CD (Mabry Music, 2005) at CD Baby.

If this song has a deja' vu-like sound, by the way, it's because it's based on Smokey Robinson's "The Tracks Of My Tears," with the tempo of Smokey's classic slowed down.

Daddy B. Nice

Read Daddy B. Nice's Guide to Dave Mack.

Link to all the awards, citations and other references to Dave Mack in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.


dear sir/madam.

"She Was Twerkin'"

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

thanks for your cooperation.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

That's the number-one-requested song by my audience over the past summer. It's not for sale, but be patient. Lil' Jimmie appears to be adding new singles. See:

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

-------OCTOBER 2014---------

8. "Next Time (I Fall In Love)"------Lil' Jimmie

I've received many letters from fans asking where they can buy Lil' Jimmie's "She Was Twerkin'," previously touted on Daddy B. Nice's Singles Review (#3/June/'14), and the answer is still nowhere--on the Web, at any rate. "Next Time" is the follow-up single, utilizing the same staccato guitar style and truly wonderful, female background singing. In his "cool" obscurity and his tenacious old-school style, Lil' Jimmie reminds me of the legendary Eddie Holloway.

All this activity bodes well for a long-play collection by Lil' Jimmie in the near future.

Meanwhile, Lil' Jimmie has missed a lot of sales by not putting out a "She Was Twerkin'" single.

Daddy B. Nice

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

Link to all the awards, citations and other references to Lil' Jimmie in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.


Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 Southern Soul 90's-00's

Johnnie Taylor

Daddy B. Nice

Just wanted to find out if you had that top 100 southern soul songs 90's to 00's on CD?

And your top 20 rap and r&b.

And the soul gospel?


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sorry for the long delay. No, Gino. Obtaining publishing rights from all of the labels, artists, and years represented is too formidable a task. That's why I put links to the music throughout the commentary. You will have to build such a collection from its various parts.

Using Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index and Daddy B. Nice's CD Store is the easiest way to construct your own "Top 100" (or something close), and I'd wager it'll turn out to be an entertaining journey.

Daddy B. Nice

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See Daddy B. Nice's #5-ranked Southern Soul Single Review: "Love On Me" by Nelson Curry

Good Morning Daddy B

As always I want to thank you for the great work and the exposure that you do for this Southern Soul market and music in general. I read your segment on your concern of lead singers leaving their bands and I too feel that way to some degree.

However I just want your readers to know that I am still with the Klass Band Brotherhood. The project title Love On Me is just a record I co wrote with someone outside the band that is the lead single for a compilation Cd from my Neo Blues Label. The CD will include new songs from new artist that I am working with along with a single called "By My Damself" featuring Me and Mr David.

The single Love On Me can also be purchased on our website as all our music:

The Brotherhood is alive and well and if anyone needs a hot band or a Nelson Curry track show email us or call 803-439-6673.
We Stay Ready!!

Thanks Again

Nelson Curry aka Sugaa Shack Man

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to the Klass Band Brotherhood.



Bobby Jones

Hello Daddy B Nice…

As I promised… I want you to see the Judges ruling on the Peterson V. Smith copyright infringement lawsuit… I am currently awaiting the Judges ruling on my counter lawsuit for my unpaid production invoices and damages. This ruling is PUBLIC and available for the world to view and download from the internet. You are free to post this ruling if you like without any comments from Pete Peterson or Desert Sounds Records agents…My music career has been greatly damaged by Charles “Pete” Peterson. You are free to post this ruling to clear my name of the alleged Copyright Infringement offender in this lawsuit.

Thank you,

Eric “Smidi” Smith AKA Smidi Beats

Listen to Bobby Jones singing "You Ain't Go No Proof" over an Eric "Smidi" Smith instrumental track on YouTube while you read.

CV 113-119

Desert Sounds Records, •

ERIC D. SMITH, d/b/a World *
Records Productions and d/b/a •k
Smidi Beats Market Records,
Defendant. *

0 R D E R
Before the Court are numerous motions from both pro se
parties in a music copyright infringement case. For the
reasons stated herein, the motions are TERMINATED and this
case is DISMISSED without prejudice.
On July 22, 2013, Plaintiff, acting pro se, filed suit in
this Court against Defendant for copyright infringement in
violation of 17 U.S.C. § 501. On August 12, 2013, Defendant
appeared pro se and filed an answer. On December 9, 2013, the
Court resolved multiple motions from both pro se parties and
gave clear instructions to Plaintiff regarding the possible
dismissal of his claim.

Even before proceeding to the merits of Plaintiff's
copyright claim, Plaintiff s motions for summary
judgment falter. Unquestionably, a copyright owner
is entitled to bring an action against those who
infringe on his protected works. However, no civil
action for infringement of the copyright in any
United States work shall be instituted until
preregistration or registration of the copyright
claim has been made. Although this registration
requirement is not jurisdictional, it is a
precondition to suit.
Here, Plaintiff fails to present any evidence that
he has registered the copyright claims of the works
at issue with the Copyright Office in accordance
with § 411(a). It is not enough that Plaintiff
simply alleged in his complaint that he is the
rightful owner of the copyrighted works at issue.
Plaintiff must present valid evidence of
registration; otherwise, his suit risks dismissal.
(Order of Dec. 9, 2013, at 14-15)(internal citations and
punctuation omitted)(emphasis added). Nine months after those
instructions were given, Plaintiff has yet to present any
evidence that he registered his claims with the Copyright

Chuck Roberson

The text of 17 U.S.C. § 411 is clear.
[N]o civil action for infringement of the copyright
in any United States work shall be instituted until
preregistration or registration of the copyright
claim has been made in accordance with this title.
17 U.S.C. § 411(a). The United States Supreme Court and the
Eleventh Circuit have not specifically addressed the question
whether a district court may sua sponte enforce this statutory
Case requirement. See Reed Elsevier, Inc. v. Muchnick, 559 U.S.
154, 171 (2010); see also Kernal Records Ov v. Moslev, 694
F.3d 1294, 1302 n. 8 (11th Cir. 2012). However, the Court
concludes that a plaintiff asserting a claim for copyright
infringement must provide evidence, or at least allege, that
the copyrighted work is registered with the United States
Copyright Office. Absent that evidence or allegation, the
copyright claim is required to be dismissed, but without
prejudice to the filing of an action after the registration is
made. See Buruss v. Zolciak-Biermann, 2013 WL 5606667, at *3
(N.D. Ga. Oct. 11, 2013) (sua sponte dismissing without
prejudice a copyright infringement action where plaintiffs
failed to allege that the copyrighted works were registered
with the United States Copyright Office).

Because Plaintiff in this case has not alleged or
presented evidence that his works are registered with the
Copyright Office, the Court of its own accord DISMISSES this
case without prejudice. In the Order dated December 9, 2013,
the Court gave clear notice to Plaintiff, proceeding pro se,
of the Court's intention to take this action. If Plaintiff
wishes to pursue this matter further, he must first comply
with the statutory registration requirement set out in 17
U.S.C. § 411(a) then file a new claim in an appropriate court
with jurisdiction over this matter and over these parties.

The Court hereby TERMINATES all pending motions (docs. nos. 35, 40, 43, 44, 49, 51, 52, 54) and DISMISSES this case without prejudice.

Jeter Jones

ORDER ENTERED at Augusta, Georgia, this 18th day of September, 2014.
Honorable J. Randal Hall
United States District Judge
Southern District of Georgia


Daddy B. Nice notes:

SouthernSoulRnB takes no position on this legal conflict between two parties (Eric “Smidi” Smith and Pete Peterson) who have each acquitted themselves with the utmost courtesy and professionalism in venting their issues here at SouthernSoulRnB.

Our interest originally had to do with the multiple use of the same “Smidi” instrumental backgrounds in fairly high-profile southern soul singles over a period of approximately five years by (first) Bobby Jones, (then) Chuck Roberson and (finally) new artist Jeter Jones. And in researching this unusual practice, the copyright conflicts between Pete and Smidi came to the fore and took center stage. For more background, go to Daddy B. Nice’s New CD Reviews (under "Jeter Jones" in “Recently Reviewed” in the right-hand column.)

Perhaps the two most salient lessons to be learned from this case are 1/ know what has come before you in the southern soul market before you produce a new southern soul record; and 2/ know how to properly register your copyright.


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(Click here for Daddy B. Nice's "News & Notes" August 17, 2014.)

Shirley Brown

Daddy B,

Just a word to let you know about my show.

The Lewis Dee Grown & Sexy Radio Show Promo

The Lewis Dee "Grown & Sexy" Radio Show. Southern Soul...3 full hours of Southern Soul, Blues, R&B, Old Skool, And Classic Soul music. The show targets to 25 - 54 age demograhic, but can be enjoyed by all.

View on... www.grownandsexyr


There is power in prayer, trust me!!

Lewis Dee

Daddy B. Nice notes:

For a third-party and very complimentary assessment of Lewis D.'s Saturday show, go to Southern Soul Paradise....

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Pensacola and Lewis Dee!
Hey Pensacola! Make sure you listen to Lewis Dee's Grown and Sexy Radio Show from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. (CST) every Saturday on WRNE 980 - Choice 106.9. He has a fantastic show. Check him out at his website and on Facebook!!

--And, from…..

Saturday, December 28, 2013
Lewis Dee/WKXN

I try to listen to southern soul 24/7 and, thanks to the internet, I can do it! But, there's nothing like listening to it live on the radio! You can't beat turning on your radio in your home or in the car and being able to listen to the blues. When I'm in south/central Alabama, I love to listen to Lewis Dee live on WKXN out of Montgomery from 6 - 9 a.m. and noon - 3 p.m. CST on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Saturdays! Check out his website at

Southern Soul Paradise

Lewis Dee replies:

Daddy B,

Thanks you so much for sharing space on your site for The Lewis Dee Grown & Sexy" Radio Show. If I, or my show can be of any assistant to you feel free to ask. You are in my prayers!!

Lewis Dee
The Lewis Dee Show


...And From "Southern Soul Blues" Author David Whiteis....

Important New Radio Outlet?

Greetings (again!) --

For some reason, a lot of folks don't seem to know about this . . . but there's a new (?) FM station in Jackson, Mississippi that specializes in southern soul. Its call letters are WRTM, and it's run by industry veteran Carl Haynes, a legend in Jackson radio....

Try this link

David W.


...And, from another Saturday Southern Soul deejay who is seeking new product...

Good morning, Sir,

My name is Mac Taylor, DJ and On Air Personality for WJLD radio here in Birmingham, AL. I have a weekly radio show on Saturday's called 'Shot House Saturdays' from 2pm - 6pm CST, where my format is mostly southern soul. I like to showcase new artists and tracks. I keep up with your website and your charts weekly. How can I obtain a lot of this music for air play? I am in contact with some record companies, such as Coday, but I need a really good source. Can you please advise?

Thank you in advance!

DJ Mac Taylor
1 Time Entertainment Mobile DJ Services
WJLD Radio

Daddy B. Nice replies:

I'll post your letter in the Mailbag, DJ Mac, for artists and agents to see. In the meantime, watch for the re-opening of the much-missed, which will make your peers more visible for networking.

Daddy B. Nice

DJ Mac responds:

Good morning, Sir,

Thank you for responding...I'm actually on M - F, 9a - 12p now.

Displaying my number and email is fine...I appreciate your assistance!

DJ Mac Taylor []


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Daddy B. Nice notes:


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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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

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

Just Added! Thursday, October 30, 2014. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach, Pensacola, Florida. Grady Champion. 850-916-5087.

Friday, October 31, 2014. Couples Entertainment Center, 4511 Byrd Drive, Jackson, Mississippi. Ms. Hollywood's Halloween Extravaganza Birthday Bash. Vick Allen, Bigg Robb, J-Wonn, Nellie "Tiger" Travis. Hosted by DJ Outlaw and Big Yayo. 601-500-0667.

8:30 pm, Friday, October 31, and Saturday, November 1, 2014. Almanette Guest House, 1514 18th Ave, Gulfport, Mississippi.Grady Champion. 228-865-9901.

Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1, 2014. The Planetarium, 201 East Pascagoula, Jackson, Mississippi. 9th Annual Tommy Johnson Blues Festival. Sweet Angel, Jureesa "The Duchess" McBride, Larry Milton, Andre' Lee and more. See festival website.

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

8 pm, Saturday, November 1, 2014. Ft. Worth Convention Center Ballroom, 1300 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, Texas. T.K. Soul, Sir Charles Jones, T.J. Hooker Taylor. 214-732-1066.

Saturday, November 1, 2014. Washington County Convention Center, 1040 S. Raceway Rd., Greenville, Mississippi. Willie Clayton.

Saturday, November 1, 2014. American Legion Post #197, 2179 Benedict Road, Jacksonville, Florida. Jeff Floyd. 904-768-1206. Doors open at 8 pm.

Saturday, November 1, 2014. Evangeline Downs Convention Center, I Miss USL 6, Opelousas, Louisiana. Cupid.

Saturday, November 1, 2014. The Village Club, 1120 Village Road, Highway 17 North, Lexington, Mississippi. Terry Wright, Charles Wilson. 901-949-3000.

Sunday, November 2, 2014. The State Fair, 3701 Hudson Ave., Shreveport, Louisiana. T.K. Soul & Band. 318-635-1361.

3 pm, Sunday, November 2, 2014. Wilson's Lounge (Outside), Hwy #27, Utica/Crystal Springs, Mississippi. Vick Allen, J-Wonn, Fredrick Brinson. Gates open at 12 Noon. Tents, coolers, grills and lawn chairs welcome. 601-613-3016.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW, Washington, DC. Syleena Johnson. 202-803-2899.

8 pm, Friday, November 7, 2014. Vicksburg City Auditorium, Vicksburg, Mississippi. 9th Annual Soul Blues Friday. Cupid & Band, Kenne' Wayne, O.B. Buchana, Karen Wolfe, Chuck Strong. BYOB. Doors open at 7 pm. 601-755-4894.

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

Friday, November 7, 2014. FeFe's Lounge, 124 Main St., Easton, Texas. T.K. Soul. 903-231-3747. Doors open at 8 pm.

9 pm, Friday, November 7, 2014. Club Hole In The Wall, 10126 Jensen Drive, Houston, Texas. Avail Hollywood, Raine.

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

Saturday, November 8, 2014. Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 S. College Rd., Lafayette, Louisiana. Cupid, Jagged Edge, SWV. 337-291-5540.

6 pm, Saturday, November 8, 2014. 1028 Pecan Park Circle (next to WMPR Radio), Jackson, Mississippi. Val McKnight, Doctor Dee, Randy "Wildman" Brown. BYOB. Hosted by DJ Handyman. 601-665-8395.

Saturday, November 8, 2014. Travis County Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Lane, Austin, Texas. Capital City Music Festival. Sir Charles Jones, T.K. Soul, Lenny Williams, Willie Clayton, Step Redeau & Zydeco Outlaws, T. J. Taylor and more. 512-854-4900.

8 pm, Saturday, November 8, 2014. IP Casino Resort & Spa, 850 Bayview Ave., Biloxi, Mississippi. 228-436-3000. The O'Jays.

8 pm, Saturday, November 8, 2014. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree S., Atlanta, Georgia. Aretha Franklin. 404-881-2100.

2 pm, Saturday, November 8, 2014. Johnny Baldwin Race Track, 820 Sulphur Spring Road, Canton, Mississippi. Rocking & Racking Horse Show. Kenne' Wayne. Gates open at 12 Noon.

Saturday, November 8, 2014. Frank Cochran Center, 1725 Carousel Drive, Meridian, Mississippi. Kenne' Wayne. Doors open at 7 pm. 850-549-3513.

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.

Friday, November 14, 2014. The Ambassador, 9800 Halls Ferry Road North, St. Louis, Missouri. Willie Clayton.

Friday, November 14, 2014. Garrett Coliseum, 1555 Federal Dr., Montgomery, Alabama. The Delfonics, The Temptations, The Manhattans and more. 334-356-6866.

Friday, November 14, 2014. Grown & Sexy Sports Bar, 15394 Highway #49, Belzoni, Mississippi. Avail Hollywood, Adrena. 662-719-9009. Hosted by WAGR DJ Big Money.

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

Saturday, November 15, 2014. Club Elevations, 7200 Colonel Glenn Rd., Little Rock, Arkansas. Willie Clayton.

Saturday, November 15, 2014. The Junction, 8949 Texas 6, Navasota, Texas. Omar Cunningham. 936-870-3160.

Saturday, November 15, 2014. Tri-District Boys' Club, 2920 Louberta St., Monroe, Louisiana. Sweet November Birthday Bash. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. Doors open at 7 pm. BYOB. 318-547-0853.

Friday, November 21, 2014. Baton Rouge River Center Arena, 275 S. River Rd., Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Tucka. 225-389-3030.

Saturday, November 22, 2014. Ritz Theatre, 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, Florida. Otis Clay.

7 pm, Saturday, November 22, 2014. Leflore County Civic Center, 200 Mississippi #7, Greenwood, Mississippi. Comedy & Blues Show. Sir Charles Jones. 662-704-0370, 662-453-4065.

Friday, November 28, 2014. Restaurant Tyler, Downtown, Starkville, Mississippi. Black Friday. L.J. Echols.

8 pm, Friday, November 28, 2014. Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, 103 France St., Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mel Waiters.

8 pm, Saturday, November 29, 2014. Triple K Ranch, 505 Big Branch Road, Delco, North Carolina. After Thanksgiving Dance. Roy C. Doors open at 6 pm.

Friday, December 5, 2014. The Shrine, 112 E. 18th St., Tulsa, Oklahoma. Southern Soul Sagittarius Jam. L.J. Echols & Neckbone Band.

Saturday, December 6, 2014. Gulf City Lodge, 601 State St., Mobile, Alabama. Lil' Jimmie, Adrena, Miss Lady Blues, David J., Mister Zay. 251-554-9861.

Sunday, December 13, 2014. Coahoma County Expo Center, 1150 Wildcat Drive, Clarksdale, Mississippi. L.J. Echols, Equanya, Sweet Angel.

Saturday, December 20, 2014. Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave., Memphis, Tennessee. Bobby Rush. 901-312-6058.

9 pm, Friday, December 26, and Saturday, December 27, 2014. Bottleneck Blues Bar, Ameristar Casino Hotel, Vickburg, Mississippi. Grady Champion.

Sunday, December 28, 2014. Cypress Bayou Casino, 832 Martin Luther King Rd., Charenton, Louisiana. Mel Waiters. 337-923-7284.

6 pm, January 10, 2015. Trotter Convention Center, 402 2nd Avenue North, Columbus, Mississippi. Vick Allen. 662-769-6712.

Saturday, January 17, 2015. L.T. Miller Community Center, 900 Lamar Avenue, Yazoo City, Mississippi. Purple & Black Celebrity Blues Birthday Party. L.J. Echols, Omar Cunningham, Dr. Dee. Hosted by WAGR DJ Big Money. 601-573-0821.

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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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