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Daddy B. Nice notes: An individual in the southern soul community, who chooses to remain anonymous (a request I'll honor because he's paid his dues a dozen times over), has asked me to comment on the issue of copyright infringement prompted by the news that Bishop Bullwinkle used an unauthorized instrumental track to record "Hell Naw 2 Da Naw Naw" and others. The individual even notes your Daddy B. Nice's own travails over the years with websites stealing his copyrighted "Concert Calendar."

Bishop Bullwinkle: See story on Daddy B. Nice's Corner.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

First of all, I was as surprised as just about everybody else that the Bullwinkle instrumental tracks were stolen. Since the Bigg Robb and Sheba Potts-Wright singles weren't favorites (often-played tracks) of mine, I had to go back and listen to the originals to even believe it. The evidence is conclusive. Bullwinkle lifted the instrumental tracks on both--lock, stock, and smoking barrel.

Secondly, I want the artists to know I'm in solidarity with them on this issue. When Daddy B. Nice's "Concert Calendar" (right-hand column of this page) gets ripped off by competing websites, it puts your Daddy B. Nice into a "slow burn" very like what a recording artist feels upon hearing his instrumental track in someone else's song.

A little personal background. About fifteen years ago, I found myself travelling in the Deep South, following my daughter, a Marine pilot, to her various military bases, and in the course of these trips I discovered a form of contemporary rhythm & blues that was no longer played nationwide yet held passion, musical integrity, and a devotion to musicality that hiphop had largely left behind.

For the first time in my life, I knew I was the right guy (everything in my life had prepared me for this) in the right place (the Dirty South being the last place in the world I would ever have imagined myself) at the right time. I truly felt there was something important going on here (southern soul music) and--if not me--who was going to memorialize it? I couldn't bear the thought of this music appearing briefly in this tiny bosom of the country and disappearing forever.

So I started the website. I took out a second mortgage on my house (leading to my second divorce), sunk 35K into SouthernSoulRnB and my own computer literacy, and put in 25-30 unpaid hours per week over the last ten years into this gigantic, ever-growing anthill of information and opinion.

So when I see a competing website who has stolen my hard-researched data from my "Concert Calendar" above me on a search engine page for Ms. Jody's upcoming concerts, I want to "kill."

This, readers, is what a recording artist feels like when he hears his song ripped off, inserted into a competitor's song, playing on the radio or on YouTube. It's the ultimate, stinging slap in the face--a statement that all the work and years of preparation the original artist did was for naught...

....Someone else is taking the credit and reaping the rewards that were rightfully yours. This is especially galling in the southern soul "industry," where the financial rewards are so modest, or even non-existent, and where the accolades of peers and fans are often the only recompense.

In the world of journalism from which I came, it's called plagiarism and, traditionally (I won't speak for the wild-and-woolly digital age) being accused of plagiarism was a stigma strong enough to destroy a writer's career. And yet, there are only so many words and phrases to be used.

What if I asked you, as a person with at least a passing acquaintance with movies, where the expression, "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse," came from. Most everyone would say, "Why, that's the Godfather (Marlon Brando) in the movie "The Godfather," from the book by Mario Puzo.

In fact, that expression is a cliche and has been used again and again. The other day, I heard the villain in a black-and-white John Wayne western from 1933 ("Riders Of Destiny," long before "The Godfather") say the very same words--"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse"--not once but twice.

So there are two issues here. In the entertainment business, nothing is new. There are only so many words and phrases to be used. It's the same with music, only most people don't "get it" the way they do with words. They don't understand that musical phrases are as specific and oft-used as are words.

Maybe, because I'm a onetime bassist (12 years acoustic bass, classically-trained), I believe the bass line is usually the key part (or phrase) of any instrumental track. (Drums, of course, too.) One of the slinkiest bass lines ever recorded motored Carl Sims "It Ain't A Juke Joint Without The Blues" (also a great YouTube video), but it wasn't the first time the bass line was used. Johnnie Taylor put down the same instrumental track a decade earlier in his "(Somebody's Been Sleeping In My Bed) You Know It Ain't Right." And it's anyone's guess how many iterations of the phrase preceded Taylor's.

Or, if you're really intent on a copyright puzzle and the frequency with which musical phrases are reinvented, compare the instrumental tracks of two of the most widely-known classics in popular music: Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean" and B.B. King's "Big Boss Man."

Southern soul music is rife with such examples. Lebrado's "Coffee" is playing in my ear just now; the bass line is from Marvin Sease's "Do You Qualify?" I seldom listen to a song that doesn't remind me of another song or reference another. It's a sign of the genre's vitality and communal power.

The problem with Bishop Bullwinkle's "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" isn't in the quality of the work. On the contrary, once in awhile something comes along that's totally fresh and different, something that makes everyone feel like they've been creating inside a "box". "Hell To The Naw Naw" is such a record.

....Bishop Bullwinkle's song is more memorable than Bigg Robb's "Looking For A Country Girl," just as Bigg Robb's cover of "Good Loving Will Make You Cry"--properly licensed by Bigg Robb, by the way--was more memorable than Carl Marshall's original. You could say Bishop Bullwinkle's "Hell Naw 2 Da Naw Naw" and Bigg Robb's "Good Lovin' (Remix)" were the highest artistic fruition of their respective musical phrases.

But listen carefully. Click the two links in the previous paragraph and compare them (they're identical), because it's important to understand the power and allure of SHEER ENTERTAINMENT, a temptation like gold fever of satisfying hordes of fans, that makes supposedly upstanding folks--people like Bishop Bullwinkle--abruptly lose their moral compass.

"Hell Naw 2 Da Naw Naw" lifts the entire instrumental track, intact, from Bigg Robb's "Looking For A Country Girl," and only two years after the former was released and copyrighted.

What makes people think they can steal creative property? Is it because they're cynical, used to taking short cuts, and think they can get away with it? Is it because they're entitled, and used to getting everything they want--instant gratification? Is it because they're so marginalized, so impoverished, so beaten-down that they no longer believe their actions have real-life consequences?

There are two ways performers, writers and producers can protect themselves from being intellectually mugged, and both are called "copyrighting". Compositions (the underlying structure of the song, including melodies, lyrics, chords, etc.) and Sound Recordings (the fixed master recording and/or audio file) are two separate copyrights.

Compositions are called “publishing rights,” while recordings are called “master rights.” Music publishers and songwriters control the publishing rights. Record labels and recording artists (if they own the label) own and control the master rights.

Under the present copyright law, a work is automatically protected by copyright when it is created. A work is created when it is “fixed” or embodied in a copy or record for the first time. Neither registration in the Copyright Office nor publication is required for copyright protection under the law. There are, however, certain advantages to registration, including the establishment of a public record of the copyright claim. This is obviously helpful if you do have to resort to litigation.

Composers and recording artists are compensated with royalties via "cue sheets" used by music organizations like BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), which track requests for use of the artists' material.

If you're an artist like Bishop Bullwinkle desiring to dip into another artist's work, you’ll first need to ask the question, "What am I looking to use? Am I creating a cover song? Am I sampling an existing recording?" Knowing the difference between compositions (the publishing rights) and sound recordings (the masters rights) is key to determining the necessary license.

Doing things The RIGHT WAY (i.e. being a professional) is simple. It only takes courage. Communication. At its most basic level, searching for a phone number, calling the artist, producer or composer and negotiating permission. People always ask me, "How do I get a hold of such-and-such artist?" And I always say, "Buy their CD and read the liner notes." Is ten bucks so much to get to where you're going?

No man is an island, standing in front of a deejay board under a tent in a shopping mall. Even that man--Bishop Bullwinkle--may find his short-cutted, stolen-slash-sampled creation an unexpected southern-soul hit single, along with all the scrutiny and notoriety that comes with fame.

--Daddy B. Nice

P.S. Here are some helpful links for artists seeking more information on copyrights and song registration.





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Need Help Finding A Song:



Im a dj in Simsboro, La. I'm trying to find the song, "Same Old Bullshit" by Lady J. You mentioned it several years ago, I believe it was 2007. Any help finding this song would be greatly appreciated!

Yours truly,

Andrew Jones(DJ A&Q)

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Yes, Lady J's "Same Old Bullshit" was a top ten singles pick in April 2007. "I Fell In Love With Somebody" was another song by Lady J receiving air play at the time. And I first remember hearing Lady J in 2000 singing a song called "Part-Time Lover." I never knew the album title, if there was an album.

I just spent a half-hour researching the question, using every conceivable search engine trick I know, trying such sources as All Music Guide, CD Baby, YouTube, Facebook and Amazon, with no luck. All the "recent" Lady J's are other singers.

DJ Outlaw was the jock on "I Fell In Love," DJ Ragman was the jock on "Same Old Bullshit," and DJ Smooth was the jock on "Part Time Lover. Smooth is gone, but Ragman and Outlaw are still at WMPR in Jackson, Mississippi (Ragman on weekday afternoons, Outlaw on Saturday night), and you might try calling the station and asking them. I don't know of any other source available. (601–948–5835 or 601–948–5837.)

If any of my readers have information, I'll let you know.


Daddy B. Nice

A reader replies:

hello b nice

i played baseline on the song same ole bullshit it was produced by the late great lee daniels my mentor. right now i dont have a copy of the song but im trying to locate it as i type this to you and if i do locate it i will put it up on youtube


100% Cotton aka Mister Cotton...

Daddy B. Nice notes: With at least two albums under his belt, young Tony Cotton (not to be confused with bluesman James Cotton, who recorded an album titled 100% Cotton) was mentored by the late Lee Daniels. He specializes in slow, dense, atmospheric ballads, and has recorded under the name 100% Cotton. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide




Hello sir,

I am a young southern soul dj who is in dire need of the southern soul classic can I spend some money on you by chuck strong… and cow girl by jwonn and others..i look high and low I cant get em here in knoxville tn…where I reside…I really need these songs …can you put them on a cd and mail it to me?...i really have no other outlet to get em…amazon does not have either nor does cd baby…please help me

…g money…
wazl radio
po box 51341
knoxville tn…

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sorry for the delay, g money. The "Cowgirl" single is finally out. Your Daddy B. Nice charted it as a "breaking" #1 single ("southern soul electronica, baby!") way back in January 2015, so I feel your frustration, but that's the economics of the chitlin' circuit.

Buy Big Yayo's mp3 single "Cowgirl" at CD Universe.

Buy Big Yayo's mp3 single "Cowgirl" at iTunes.

Chuck Strong

I'm not sure what's up with Chuck Strong, a renowned and greying veteran who hasn't recorded an album since 2009. The "Can I Spend Some Money On You" single came out in 2013 and even had a promotional tag of "The Famous Chuck Strong," but it has never been offered for sale nor appeared on YouTube.

Daddy B. Nice

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


To whom it may concern,

I want to let you know that I really enjoy reading the content on your website. Being that I'm a big southern soul music fan, I refer to your site for the latest news and releases from artists within the genre. I do have one question for you though. On Beat Flippa's I Got The Blues, Vol. 1 (2015) CD, would you happen to know what old school 70's soul jam track 15 (Ms. Portia - You Chose The Wrong Chick) is sampling? If you happen to know this information, in your spare time could you please email it to me? I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance!

- Adrian

Daddy B. Nice replies:

You stumped me, Adrian, but it's an interesting question to pose to readers.

Daddy B. Nice

Listen to Ms. Portia singing "You Chose The Wrong Chick" on YouTube.

Buy Beat Flippa: I Got The Blues Vol. 1 at Soul Blues Music.

Adrian replies:

Thanks for responding to my inquiry Daddy B. Nice. I finally found what I was searching for! The song "You Chose The Wrong Chick" by Ms. Portia was sampled by Jerry Butler's hit, "Ain't Understanding Mellow." The song is on his 1971 album, "The Sagittarius Movement," and also features Brenda Lee Eager on lead vocals.

Thanks once again, and keep on spreading the news about the latest happenings in Southern Soul!!!

- Adrian

Listen to Jerry Butler & Brenda Lee Eager singing "Ain't Understanding Mellow" on YouTube.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

John Ward from Ecko Records in Memphis also wrote in to identify the song as Jerry Butler's "Ain't Understanding Mellow." - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


Daddy B Nice,

It was a song I heard on radio in 07 or 08 from a new artist at the time I think his name was Earl or Something Do you think you would know who would it be?? Or anyone name started with an E at that time


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Was it Earl Duke?

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Earl Duke.

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Daddy B Nice

I love southern soul music, I am from the south, but I live north of the mason Dixon line. I would like to find dance clubs in my area, or near me that play southern soul music, maybe in Washington, dc, Maryland, or Virginia. I have tried to google dance clubs in dc but came up with none.

Can you recommend dance clubs in this area? I am actually in Wilmington, de. I am near Baltimore, DC, and Philadelphia. Are there any?

Looking for a good "hole in the wall"


Daddy B. Nice replies:

I can wholeheartedly recommend only one place above the Mason-Dixon line in your area. It's often featured in the Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar and is the frequent showcase for two respected, veteran southern soul bands also based in the area: Hardway Connection and Jim Bennett.

4400 Livingston Rd
Indian Head, Maryland 20640
Phone (301) 283-0225

Everyone from Clarence Carter to Roy C. to Ms. Jody has played there on the weekend.

Daddy B. Nice

RF replies:

Thank you thank you thank you!

We can get to the md/dc area in less than 2 hours, I cant wait, going next weekend! Thank you!!!


Daddy B. Nice replies:

9 pm, Friday, November 27, 2015. Lamonts' Entertainment Complex, 4400 Livingston Road, Pomonkey, Maryland. After-Thanksgiving Blast: The Heavy Hitters Of Soul. Jeff Floyd, J. Red, Hardway Connection. Doors open at 6 pm. 202-553-5723.


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Dear Daddy B. Nice

There is a new blues song that is playing heavily in the south. I'm trying to find the name of it and who made it. The words say...If you can't cook cornbread, if you can't cook greens. If you can't cook gumbo, if you can't cook red beans , then you're not the woman for me. I would be so...happy if I found out who made this.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

That's Cupid featuring Pokey singing "Cornbread And Greens."

Listen to Cupid featuring Pokey singing "Cornbread & Greens" on YouTube.

Buy Cupid's new "Cornbread & Greens" single at iTunes.

Read Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Cupid. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Hey DaddyBNice,

Do you know that artist who sings a song that says,

"If you're looking for me this weekend, I'll be with my man."?


Daddy B. Nice replies:

I'd swear I'd heard that line somewhere in the last month, Angela, but I can't recollect where. Do you have any more lyrics from the song? In the meantime, I'll see if any of the readers can help.

Daddy B. Nice

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Daddy B. Nice,

Do you know where Bill Coday is buried and if he has a headstone?

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Contact Ms. Anna Coday at Coday Records. She will know.

Coday Records: Contact (Click here.)

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

RE: Artie "Blues Boy" White Youth Scholarship Foundation Fundraiser November 1, 2015 at East Of The Ryan, 914 E. 79th St., Chicago, Illinois.

Greetings --

Just a little addendum to that listing -- the show is a fundraiser for the Artie "Blues Boy" White Youth Scholarship Foundation, which has been established by Artie's widow, Bettie Payton White. The Foundation is only a little over a year old, and they've already given a $1,000 music scholarship to the gifted young Mississippi-based guitarist Christone "Kingfish" Ingram. Definitely worth supporting!

David Whiteis

(See the November 1st concert listing in the right-hand column.)

Daddy B. Nice replies:

What is this East of the Ryan? A new place?

David Whiteis replies:

Actually, it's been a motel or hotel for years. Pervis Staples (of the Staple Singers family) either owned or co-owned it for quite some time; in those days it was called Perv's House; it was an elegant nightspot, a Crown Jewel of South Side nightlife and culture, complete with a full light show in its "Evening Glo Disco Room" and an elaborate "adult playground" featuring an indoor miniature golf course. These days, though, it's your typical seedy "ghetto" lounge, probably not all that different from a lot of the venues that used to comprise the old "chitlin' circut. As always, on a night when there's a show, the well-dressed ladies and gents come in and transform it magically. It's worth showing up early just to witness that incredible, almost surreal transformation.

I've seen everyone from Bobby Bland and Solomon Burke through Latimore, Bobby Rush, Denise, J. Blackfoot, and many others there through the years. The promoter who used to bring in the blues/soul-blues shows, Sam Chapman, now does mostly steppers' sets; I haven't heard of him bringing in a live act for some time, although he still deejays for the live shows, as well.

The hotel itself has, to put it politely, seen better days. Last time I saw the rooms, they consisted of a bed and a small nightstand, with barely enough space for even that much furniture (they'd obviously been subdivided). I don't think the sign is there any longer, but for quite some time there was a notice above the check-in office advertising rates for four, eight, twelve, and twenty-four hours! (Technically illegal, which is probably why they took the sign down.) I once heard an emcee announce, "You're welcome to say overnight here, but you got to have a companion." I don't think he was joking.

East Of the Ryan, by the way, was also the location for the notorious "Playas' Balls" hosted by the pimp "Bishop" Don "Magic" Juan (no idea whether he's still having them). I've seen videos of those parties, and they were pretty hard-core! As Bessie Smith sang -- "What they do is tut-tut-tut!"


Daddy B. Nice notes:

David Whiteis is the author of SOUTHERN SOUL BLUES (MUSIC IN AMERICAN LIFE) and a chronicler of the Chicago blues scene.

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Hi Daddy B,

First let me say thanks for taking the time to review my Cd, I have so much respect for you and the other artist that do the music that I love to hear. Smiling, I truly thought this was a 5 star Cd, but I can't complain about 4 stars. 2 cd's and both 4 stars means I am being blessed off by u. I took a beating on the last review for something out of my hands but my boy won so let the music play. I did put the boot scoot remix on this one to say it is my music that was a great read you are so good. I'm from a small town Mansfield Louisiana and I just retired from the military so I'm fixing to hit the music full time so get use to me. I grew up on the greats like Johnny Taylor, Solomon Burke, Bobby Bland, Lilttle Milton and I feel that in a little while I will win the hearts of the chitlin circuit one song and one fan at a time. One thing is right I got much respect for Chuck & Bobby and anyone else but I don't try to be nor take from no one else's music. It's hard out here to get the sound you want but we making it happen. My new sound comes from my production team at Gifted Sounds S/o Brandon Campbell, Tavares Wells, & Slick Ross. They are young and talented and give me what I need for that juke joint back woods sound. Smithy (Eric "Smidi" Smith) has been a sound voice schooling me on having my business straight first, then to give a complete show to the peoples for their money's worth. I have just started to pay my dues in this industry, so I have no say in what I think is the best but this Cd can be played from beginning to end without skipping. I'm passionate about the music and being a complete entertainer. I am only gonna get better for my fans, and for this industry as a whole. "Roommate" is my favorite song on the Cd, so many people can relate to a friend that lies all the time to get the woman, I got plenty like that lol. Thanks again and I know you are so busy but take another listen it grows on you. I know it's 5 star material. Smiling. Da Big Dawg said "anyway u look at it, it's still called the blues".

Thanks for the rating us, and for listening to this GQ styled Country Boy's music. TrailRide Certified Coming Soon.. HIM

Jeter Jones

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My name is DJ Sir Rockinghood and I use your list each month to make sure I'm getting the most up to date Southern Soul music out there. Most of my mixes are found on a free site called This month the first song with Willie Clayton "Home Tonight" doesn't touch J. Blackfoot version from the Same Time Same Place album. I agree with you that the original and Artie version doesn't touch Willie.

DJ Sir Rockinghood

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks for the feedback. Sound off any time.

Listen to J. Blackfoot singing "Your Man Is Home Tonight" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's Top Ten Singles for October.

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Tyree Neal (left) and... ....Pokey (right)

Hi Daddy B.,

I managed to buy a copy of "Beat Flippa´s “I Got The Blues Vol.1" and I can only agree with you; Pure Southern Soul Heaven! I was floored by the great production, great singing and playing, the melodious songs...

I might travel to Baton Rouge/Lafayette area. Do you know where these folks belong?

Tommy in Sweden
Smokestack Blues

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Tommy,

No, I don't know "where these folks (Beat Flippa, Pokey, et. al.) belong." Somewhere east of Houston and west of Shreveport is my guess, but I know that's not of much help. I ran across Pokey's last name (Sanders, Saunders, something like that) in a YouTube comment by someone who apparently knew him, but I had no corroboration so I didn't pursue it. I can't think of a better reason for moseying around the Gulf Coast, though. Happy hunting! The musicians' origins, whether intended or not, are probably buried in their hiphop work--their "crank" or "crunk"--but I don't have the fortitude to go there. All I know is these guys, whether hiphop or not, are slow-marinated in southern soul culture like it's been a part of their lives forever, and transferring their talents to the chitlin' circuit has been one of the most wondrous happenings of 2015.

Daddy B. Nice

See Daddy B. Nice's five-star, "southern soul heaven" review of BEAT FLIPPA: I GOT THE BLUES VOL. 1....NEW CD REVIEWS.

Sample/Buy Beat Flippa: I Got The Blues Vol. 1 at Soul Blues Music.

Tommy Lofgren replies:

Checking the internet I think they are based around Baton Rouge. I can hire a private detective (or better, ask radio stations) there. Maybe they or someone who know notice my quest on your mail column...

I met Big Yayo in Jackson and he gave me I Got This Record, and that is real good, but Beat Flippa beats that. Like I think you wrote in your review.



A friend pointed out that the intro to I Got The Blues Vol.1 is lifted from Barbara Mason´s 1975 hit Shackin´ Up. That recording can be found on the compilation Sweet Soul Music: 24 Scorching Classics From 1975 on Bear Family Records.

Tommy in Sweden

100% aka Mister Cotton replies:

tyree beatflippa and 100% cotton we are natives of baton rouge la and pokey is from houma area im in the studio right now being produced by beatflippa and tyree neal my new album is called mister cotton i sent you the first single about oh lets say 10 times lol new music coming from them every week now so thanks for your support to the blues and southern soul movement...

100% aka mister cotton...

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

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Tyree Neal.

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I was researching The Love Doctor on Mardi Gras Records label, which led me to your website. I have a 45 RPM record by The Love Doctor of “Slow Roll It” backed with “Everyday Woman” on a red Mardi Gras Records label. The record is in excellent condition. Do you know about what this would bring on the market? Is this something that would be appropriate to list on your website?


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Wayne,

That will be a rare record in the future, if not yet. You may want to hold onto it for some time.

Daddy B. Nice

Listen to Love Doctor singing "Slow Roll It" on YouTube.

See "Slow Roll It," Daddy B. Nice's #26-ranked Southern Soul Single on the 21st Century Top 100 Southern Soul Countdown (covering the years 2000 through 2015).

See "Slow Roll it," the #14-ranked single on Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 Songs Of Southern Soul: 1990-2010.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to The Love Doctor.

Daddy B. Nice notes: "Slow Roll It" was the first song professionally produced by Sir Charles Jones. He composed the song and also sings prominent background on the record. The late Senator Jones (no relation) was executive producer on the record. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide




Dear Mr. Daddy Be Nice.

I have found your website by googling a song I heard on “Black Sister’s Revenge” off you tube. I am trying to find a song I believe is Ms. Browns.

Here are the lyrics...

I can Love you don't you know it
I'm in love with you
don't you know it
Don't I show it
in everything I do----
I'm in love with you
I'm in love with you...

now I noticed on the Barnes and Noble Cassette and your website she has one call I'm still In Love With that by chance the same one!!?

Whether it is or not... I WANT ONE OF THOSE CASSETTES!

can you please still be in business and have this!

I hope to hear from you soon.

my name is Arlene

thank you.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi Arlene,

Thanks for the great letter. I just spent a frustrating but ultimately interesting morning trying to track down that Keisa Brown song with those exact lyrics. The bad news is I do have a copy of "I'm Still In Love With You" and those lyrics aren't in it. Why don't you listen to it yourself?

Listen to a sample of Keisa Brown singing "I’m Still In Love With You" at Amazon.

The good news, at least for me, was that in searching through old Keisa Brown singles from the disco days (70's-80's) that I'd never had the privilege to hear before, I stumbled upon the Keisa Brown song about "Anna Mae" that you were referring to with the reference to "Black Sister's Revenge." You see, even though I'm a movie fanatic and action-film lover in particular, I didn't know what you were talking about when you mentioned “Black Sister’s Revenge,” and I want to thank you for turning me on to this great blaxploitation flick.

Only last night, I was trying to watch Quentin Tarrentino's paint-drying-on-a-wall-slow "Jackie Brown," which is an homage to blaxploitation films and even stars the queen of the genre, a middle-aged Pam Grier, with lots of music by the Delfonics. (And don't get me wrong, I love Tarrentino.) But the YouTube video of scenes from "Black Sister's Revenge" (1974) had more action and humor in ten minutes than "Jackie Brown" (which admittedly I've seen before) has in almost three hours.

Thanks again, Arlene, and the good news for you is that you can still buy the Keisa Brown Collection at Amazon.

Daddy B. Nice

Arlene replies:

Oh wow... I am sooo glad.. and great you were able to see this movie's clips but the whole movie is on You tube... tat's how I saw it! I love it watch it over and over!.. I will definitely buy the cassette now knowing it is available. I must say I downloaded the movie and made me a copy cause I do not want that gem to be lost! My mom's name was Betty Lou and we are from the country.. so that song has so much meaning to mean "Long to be back home"...Shucks me and ol' Betty Lou.. I love it!
Thank you for STILL being of service and may God bless you to have long life and keep enjoying movies that put us on the map so to speak!

Yours truly,

Watch signature scenes from the vintage "blaxploitation" film “Black Sister’s Revenge.”

See the entire movie (!) on YouTube.

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Daddy B Nice,

I think you should have solicited a comment from Boogie and I about the reporting. Sloppy sloppy ha ha.

Anyway, the loss of Funky Larry Jones is just plain terrible. He was so important and such a class act. In reality though even he was not receiving but a fraction of the reports he used to get. Reporters became less and less consistent over the years and I'm sure they have their reasons why. It would be very very helpful if the majority of radio personnel who spin Southern Soul would report on a monthly let alone weekly basis but....

Jerry Boogie Mason does receive reports on his Boogie Report website and in all honesty it should be him anyway because he was the very first Southern Soul-related presence on the Internet. We all owe a debt to him.

Dylann DeAnna

Blues Critic

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Nice. Can I post this?

Dylan replies:


Daddy B. Nice notes:

One of the things I forgot to mention in the piece on the late Funky Larry Jones was the networking provided by the playlists. Recording artists could find deejay addresses and e-mails to send their songs, and deejays had a centralized location to request product (via their e-mails and addresses posted at the top of their playlists) from the recording artists. It was a win-win situation all around. DBN.

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You have sir Charles
everybody ain't cheating
on the list
(See Daddy B. Nice's Top Ten "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles Preview for September, #7)
I want to buy that
is it available


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I'd have a link (to buy) there if it was, Latoya, you can be sure of that. Be patient. This song is just breaking out, and as usual with the Alabama artists (Lacee, Sir Charles), WDLT (Mobile, AL) gets it first.

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

Wednesday, November 25, 2015. Hoxton Bar & Kitchen Hoxton, 2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU, United Kingdom. Toni Green. +44 20 7613 0709.

8 pm, Wednesday, November 25, 2015. Canal Arena Event Center, 1614 Canal Blvd., Thibodeaux, Louisiana. Cupid, Lebrado, Pokey. Doors open at 7 pm. 504-559-2250.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015. The Life Lounge, 3619-3673 Debby Drive, Montgomery, Alabama. T.K. Soul.

9 pm, Wednesday, November 25, 2015. Club Illusion, 4949 Hwy. #16 East, Canton, Mississippi. J'Wonn, Big Yayo.

Thursday, November 26, 2015. Bottling Plant Event Center, 614 N. Railroad Avenue, Opelika, Alabama. T.K. Soul. 334-705-5466.

Thursday, November 26, 2015. Hi Hat Club, 811 Timothy Lane, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. J'Wonn, Big Yayo. 601-441-9461.

November 26, 2015. The Mix, Tchula, Mississippi. Tre' Williams. 769-798-8420.

8:45 pm, Friday, November 27, 2015. Lewis Johnson Complex, 299 MLK Blvd., Grenada, Mississippi. J'Wonn. Doors open at 7 pm. 662-417-8778.

9 pm, Friday, November 27, 2015. Lamonts' Entertainment Complex, 4400 Livingston Road, Pomonkey, Maryland. After-Thanksgiving Blast: The Heavy Hitters Of Soul. Jeff Floyd, J. Red, Hardway Connection. Doors open at 6 pm. 202-553-5723.

Friday, November 27, 2015. The Fair Park Arena, 2231 Bessemer Road, Birmingham, Alabama. Calvin Richardson, Nellie "Tiger" Travis.

Friday, November 27, 2015. Lake Terrace Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. T.K. Soul. 601-268-3220.

9 pm, Friday, November 27, 2015. Four Points by Sheraton, 8110 Aero Dr., San Diego, California. Cupid. 858-277-8888.

8 pm, Friday, November 27, 2015. Vicksburg City Auditorium, 901 Monroe St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Black Friday Blues & Southern Soul Jam. Bishop Bullwinkle, Terry Wright, Bigg Robb, Lacee, Stevie J. 601-218-6343, 601-218-6752, 601-0634-4511. Doors open at 7 pm.

4 pm, Saturday, November 28, 2015. Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana. 42nd Annual Bayou Classic: Southern University vs. Grambling State University. T.K. Soul w/ Grambling State University Marching Band (day).

8:30 pm, Saturday, November 28, 2015. The American Legion, 105 Christian Drive, El Dorado, Arkansas. Thanksgiving Bash. T.K. Soul, Ghetto Cowboy, Summer Wolfe. 870-866-7441. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

Saturday, November 28, 2015. McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte, North Carolina. Lenny Williams, Ann Nesby. 704-372-1000.

8:30 pm, Saturday, November 28, 2015. Bill Ellis Convention Center, 3007 Downing St, SW, Wilson, North Carolina. Heavy Hitters Of Soul. Jeff Floyd, Wilson Meadows, Hardway Connection. Doors open 6 pm. 919-827-2033.

Saturday, November 28, 2015. Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave, Tampa, Florida. Southern Soul Music Festival. Clarence Carter, Bishop Bullwinkle, Betty Wright, Shirley Murdoch. 813-274-8615.

8 pm, Saturday, November 28, 2015. Genesis Convention Center, 1 Genesis Center Plaza, Gary, Indiana. The Ragman's Birthday. Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Willie Clayton, Latimore, Otis Clay. 219-882-5505. Doors open at 6 pm.

Saturday, November 28, 2015. Sebring, Florida Fairgrounds (Highlands Today Center, 781 Magnolia Ave), Sebring, Florida. Kiss 107.5 Blues Bash. Bobby Rush, Theodis Ealey. See festival website.

Saturday, November 28, 2015. Club Mix, Hwy. #49, Tchula, Mississippi. (WAGR) DJ Big Money's Anniversary Throwdown. Big Yayo, J'Wonn. 662-834-1025. Host: WAGR The Dirty DJ.

8 pm, Saturday, November 28, 2015. Stress Relievers Bar & Lounge, 423 Van Arsdale Road, Pickens, Mississippi. Retirement Celebration for The Love Doctor. The Love Doctor, Terry Wright, Sorrento Ussery, Pat Brown, Nathaniel Kimble, Doctor Dee, Lady Di and more. 601-941-3582.

Saturday, November 28, 2015. Frank Cochran Center, 1725 Carousel Drive, Meridian, Mississippi. Big Robb, Vick Allen, Lacee, JR Blu.

8 pm, Sunday, November 29, 2015. Blue Chicago, 536 N. Clark St, Chicago, Illinois. The Ragman's Holiday. Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Willie Clayton, Otis Clay, Latimore. 312-661-0100.

7 pm, Sunday, November 29, 2015. The Ambassador, 9700 Halls Ferry at Lucas Hunt, St. Louis, Missouri. Bobby Rush, David Dee. 618-310-9973, 314-402-8562, 314-869-9090.

8 pm, Sunday, November 29, 2015. Evers Blues Lounge, 1028 Pecan Park Circle, Jackson, Mississippi. Roy C. & Band, LGB, Doctor Dee, Dennis Fountain. BYOB. Doors open at 6 pm.

Sunday, November 29, 2015. VFW Post #9832, 4610 Sunray Drive, Jackson, Mississippi. Andre' Lee, T-Baby and more. 601-212-8595, 601-362-1646.

Monday, November 30, 2015. Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted St, Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 773-477-4646.

Friday, December 4, 2015. Joe's Place, 211 Cambell St., Greenwood, Mississippi. J'Wonn, Big Yayo. 601-624-1534.

8:15 pm, Saturday, December 5, 2015. The Event Center, 3201 Navy Blvd., Pensacola, Florida. Billy "Soul" Bonds, Mr. Sam. BYOB. Doors open at 7:15 pm. 850-512-8981.

Saturday, December 5, 2015. Claiborne Co-Op Building, 12525 LA-9, Homer, Louisiana. T.K. Soul. 318-927-3504.

Saturday, December 5, 2015. Mississippi Children's Museum/Education Center Jackson, 2145 Museum Boulevard, Jackson, Mississippi. Grady Champion. 601-981-5469.

Saturday, December 5, 2015. Underground 119, 119 South President St., Jackson, Mississippi. Jarekus Singleton. 601-352-2322.

Saturday, December 5, 2015. Attala County Coliseum, Hwy. #12, Kosciusko, Mississippi. Soul Bowl Friday. J'Wonn, Big Yayo. Host: WAGR DJ Big Money. Doors open at 7 pm. BYOB. 601-624-1534.

7 pm, Saturday, December 5, 2015. OIC Auditorium, 402 East Virginia St., Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Second Annual Christmas Party. Glenn Jones, Omar Cunningham, Big G, Walt Luv. 804- 615-2196, 919-208-5877. Doors open at 6 pm.

Sunday, December 6, 2015. Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market St., St. Louis, Missouri. Smokey Robinson. 314-499-7600.

Thursday & Friday, December 10 & 11, 2015. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville, Tennessee. Smokey Robinson with Nashville Symphony Orchestra. 615-687-6400.

7 pm, December 12, 2015. Marshall Convention Center, 2501 East End Blvd., Marshall, Texas. L.J. Echols & Neckbone Band, Vickie Baker, Luster "Mr. Juicy" Baker, Blues Boy Bo. Doors open at 6 pm. 318-572-9525, 903-576-6935.

8:30 pm, Saturday, December 12, 2015. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta, Georgia. William Bell, Black Linen, The In Crowd Band featuring Mattiel, Ruby Woo.

9 pm, December 12, 2015. American Legion Post, 5070 FM 1398, Hooks, Texas. Southern Soul Classic Pre-Christmas Bash. Pokey, T.K. Soul, Veronica Ra'elle. Doors open at 6 pm. 903-547-7248.

December 12, 2015. Smoot's, Corner of North Broadway & High Street, Natchez, Mississippi. Grady Champion.

Thursday, December 17, 2015. Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted St, Chicago, Illinois. Nellie "Tiger" Travis. 773-477-4646.

8 pm, Saturday, December 19, 2015. Clarksdale Civic Auditorium, 506 E 2nd St, Clarksdale, Mississippi. Carmen Davis Holiday Blues Show. T.K. Soul & Band, L.J. Echols and more. 662-404-6381, 662-627-8431.

Saturday, December 19, 2015. Nashville Municipal Auditorium, 417 4th Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee. The Bar-Kays, Ohio Players, Lakeside, Brick, Mary Jane Girls, Slave. 615-862-6390.

Saturday, December 19, 2015. Canton Country Club, 183 Country Club Road, Canton, Mississippi. Grady Champion. 601-859-1722.

Saturday, December 26, 2015. Bottleneck Blues Bar, 4116 Washington St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Mr. Sipp. 601-638-1000.

Friday, December 25, 2015. Bastrop Municipal Center, 1901 Moeller Drive, Bastrop, Louisiana. T.K. Soul & Band. 318-283-3320.

7 pm, Saturday, December 26, 2015. Mississippi Coliseum, 1207 Mississippi St., Jackson, Mississippi. Soul-abration. T.K. Soul, Shirley Brown, Willie Clayton, Calvin Richardson, Pokey, Avail Hollywood. Doors open at 6 pm. 678-322-8098.

Saturday, December 26, 2015. Bottleneck Blues Bar, 4116 Washington St., Vicksburg, Mississippi. Mr. Sipp. 601-638-1000.

Thursday, December 31, 2015 (New Year's Eve). Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport Hotel, 1325 Virginia Ave., Atlanta, Georgia. I-N-V Design’s New Years Eve All Black Affair. Mr. David & Band.

Thursday, December 31, 2015. The Ridglea Theatre, 6025 Camp Bowie, Ft. Worth, Texas. Sir Charles Jones, L.J. Echols, June Bug. Doors open at 8 pm.

Thursday, December 31, 2015. Mobile, Alabama. (Venue?) New Years' Blues Cabaret. Big Yayo, Lomax, J'Wonn.

Thursday, December 31, 2015. Tunica Road House Casino, 1107 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, Mississippi. Grady Champion. 662-363-4900.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 31-January 3, 2015. Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., San Francisco, California. Mr. Sipp. 415-292-2583.

Saturday, January 9, 2016. U.N.O. Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans, Louisiana. Bayou Blues Fest. (Re-scheduled from November 2015.) Betty Wright, Willie Clayton, Latimore, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Pokey. 504-280-7222.

7 pm, Friday, January 15, 2016. Club Reign, 2164 Frayser Blvd., Memphis, Tennessee. MLK "I Have A Dream" Blues Bash. Sir Charles Jones, Terry Wright, Karen Wolfe, T.K. Soul.

8 pm, Friday, January 15, 2016. High Point Theatre, 220 Commerce Avenue, High Point, North Carolina. Heavy Hitters Of Soul: Legacy of MLK. Jeff Floyd, Pokey Bear, Lebrado, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, J. Red. Doors open at 7 pm. 919-827-2033, 336-887-3001.

8 pm, Saturday, January 15, 2016. The Centre, Halifax Community College, 200 College Drive, Weldon, North Carolina. Heavy Hitters Of Soul: Legacy of MLK. Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Pokey Bear, J. Red, Lebrado, Theodis Ealey, T.K. Soul. Doors open at 7 pm. 919-827-2033, 252-538-4336.

Friday & Saturday, January 22 & 23, 2016. Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St, San Francisco, California. Bobby Rush. 415-292-2583.

Tuesday, January 26, 2015. The Mint, 6010 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. Bobby Rush. 323-954-9400.

8 pm, Saturday, February 13, 2016. Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, Mississippi. Pre-Valentine's Day Southern Soul & Blues Concert. Walter Waiters, Terry Wright, T.K. Soul, Mr. Sam. 228-594-3700.

Saturday, February 13, 2016. Garrett Coliseum, 1555 Federal Drive, Montgomery, Alabama. Roscoe Miller's Valentines Show. Betty Wright, Wendell B., Willie Clayton. 334-356-6866.

Sunday, February 14, 2016. Central City Complex, 609 W Woodrow Wilson Ave, Jackson, Mississippi. Valentine's Night Extravaganza. Katrenia Jefferson, Bishop Bullwinkle, Dee Bradley. 601-352-9075.


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

--Daddy B. Nice


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From Daddy B. Nice's BEST OF 2013 :

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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