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Daddy B. Nice Announces The Winners of the 2012 (6th Annual) Southern Soul Music Awards. The winners and top contenders are posted at the end of each list of finalists.

The numbers in the lists do NOT denote rankings. Music published before 2012 was eligible if the bulk of its chitlin' circuit airplay came in 2012.

Because of its length and complexity, the List of Finalists is one of the rare features for which your Daddy B. Nice does NOT provide links.

Links to mp3's, CD's and song samples are available by going to the artist's name in either Daddy B. Nice's CD Store or Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

A permanent listing and link in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index will eventually be made on behalf of each performer for each nomination listed.

Congratulations to all!

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THE CATEGORIES:

Best Mid-Tempo Song
Best Club Song
Best Ballad
Best Song by Longtime Veteran
Best Female Vocalist
Best Male Vocalist
Best Debut
Best Collaboration
Best Out-Of-Left-Field Song
Best Chitlin' Circuit Blues Song
Best Cover Song
Best Arranger/Producer
Best Songwriter
Best CD
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Best Mid-Tempo Songs:


1. Swing It --- Lomax

2. I Never Knew Good Love Could Feel So Bad --- Ms. Jody

3. Come Here Party --- Stevie J.

4. Work It Out --- Tucka

5. Feel So Good --- Simone De

6. A Glass Of Wine --- Certified Slim

7. That Thang --- Katrenia

8. Big Mouth Woman --- Klass Band Brotherhood

9. Institutionalize --- Dorothy Moore

10. Good Man Of Mine --- Equanya


Top Contenders: Katrenia, Equanya, Dorothy Moore

Best Mid-Tempo Song: "Swing It" by Lomax

Listen to Lomax singing "Swing It" on SoundCloud.

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Best Club (Fast/Dance) Songs:


1. Booty Talking --- Big Yayo featuring Dave Mack

2. Party All Night Long --- Zeke

3. Everybody's Dancing --- Vel Omarr

4. Good Motor --- L. J. Echols

5. Dirt Road Double Wide --- Pat Cooley

6. Blind Blind Snake --- Luther Lackey

7. Ghetto Superstar ---- T. K. Soul

8. Work That Sexy (Zydeco Remix) --- Bigg Robb featuring Sean Ardoin

9. Just Let Me Ride --- Ms. Jody

10. (Let's Get This) Party Started --- Ms. Meme

11. Chuck Strut --- Chuck Roberson


Top Contenders: Zeke, Chuck Roberson, Luther Lackey

Best Club (Uptempo Dance) Song: "Booty Talking" by Big Yayo featuring Dave Mack

Listen to Big Yayo feat. Dave Mack singing "Booty Talking" on ReverbNation.

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Best Ballads:


1. Good Man --- Wendell B.

2. Mr. Wrong Gonna Get This Love Tonight --- Sweet Angel

3. Song For The Lonely --- LaMorris Williams

4. Try Me --- Soul Unlimited featuring Ellis Blake

5. Domestic Love --- Avail Hollywood

6. Party Mood --- Jaye Hammer

7. Merry Go Round --- Dorothy Moore

8. Just Because He's Preaching --- Luther Lackey

9. A Secret Is So Hard To Keep --- Donnie Ray

10. Cheating Feels So Damn Good --- Mr. Sam

11. Soul Music --- Vick Allen


Top Contenders: Sweet Angel, Wendell B., Soul Unlimited featuring Ellis Blake

Best Ballad: "Soul Music" by Vick Allen

Listen to Vick Allen singing "Soul Music" on YouTube.

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Best Songs By Longtime Veterans:


1. Cat Got My Tongue --- Latimore

2. Institutionalize --- Dorothy Moore

3. This Bed Ain't Big Enouigh --- Charles Wilson

4. H-U-R-T --- Frank-O Johnson

5. Chuck Strut --- Chuck Roberson

6. You Make Me Happy --- Al Green

7. Got No Curfew --- Mel Waiters

8. She's Working That Nookie Thing --- Big Cynthia

9. Not Good Enough To Marry --- Peggy Scott-Adams

10. Loving Each Other For Life --- Willie Clayton


Top Contenders: Latimore, Chuck Roberson, Big Cynthia

Best Song By Longtime Veteran: "Institutionalize" by Dorothy Moore



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Best Female Vocalists:


1. Institutionalize --- Dorothy Moore

2. That Thang --- Katrenia Jefferson

3. Dirt Road Double Wide --- Pat Cooley

4. Just Let Me Ride --- Ms. Jody

5. Good Man Of Mine --- Equanya

6. (Gotta Find Me A) Good Love --- Joy

7. I'm A Lady (Not A Hoochie Mama) --- Gina Brown

8. Mr. Wrong Gonna Get This Love Tonight --- Sweet Angel

9. Ain't Nothing Like A Big Woman (Remix) --- Big Cynthia

10. Big Girls Swang --- Lady Audrey

11. You Ain't No Player -- Karen Wolfe


Top Contenders: Dorothy Moore, Sweet Angel, Big Cynthia

Best Female Vocalist: "That Thang" by Katrenia

Listen to Katrenia singing "That Thang" on YouTube.

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Best Male Vocalists:


1. Soul Music --- Vick Allen

2. Try Me --- Ellis Blake

3. Feel So Good --- Simone De

4. I Won't Let My Baby Down --- Lewis (Raw Shaw) Shaw

5. All I Want Is For My Wife To Come Back Home --- Jesse Clay

6. You Make Me Happy --- LaMorris Williams

7. A Secret Is So Hard To Keep --- Donnie Ray

8. Booty Talking --- Dave Mack

9. Chuck Strut --- Chuck Roberson

10. Swing It --- Lomax

11. Party Come To Me --- Stevie J

12. Cat Got My Tongue --- Latimore

13. Big Mouth Woman --- Nelson Curry


Top Contenders: LaMorris Williams, Dave Mack, Ellis Blake

Best Male Vocalist: "Soul Music" by Vick Allen

Listen to Vick Allen singing "Soul Music" on YouTube.

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Best Debuts:


1. Good Man Of Mine --- Equanya

2. That Thang --- Katrenia

3. Big Girls Swang --- Lady Audrey

4. Swing It --- Lomax

5. Stand In Line --- Choppa Law

6. Back Door Lover --- Donnell Sullivan

7. Party Mood --- Jaye Hammer

8. You've Got It Going On --- Jimmy Ja

9. (Let's Get This) Party Started --- Ms. Meme

10. I Want It --- Leroy Allen

11. Don't Make Me Beg --- Tucka

12. Party All Night Long --- Zeke

13. I Need A Woman That Can Bring The Fire --- Alonzo Reid

14. Love Mechanic --- Jesi Terrell

15. You Can't Watch Your Wife And Your Woman Too --- RB & Company

16. Get Loose --- King Russell


Top Contenders: Tucka, Katrenia, Equanya

Best Debut: "Swing It" by Lomax

Listen to Lomax singing "Swing It" on SoundCloud.

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Best Collaborations:


1. You Make Me Happy --- LaMorris Williams & Al Green

2. It Don't Feel The Same --- Jesse James & Millie Jackson

3. Club In The Woods --- Avail Hollywood & Black Zack

4. She's Working That Nookie Thing --- Big Cynthia, Tyree Neal & Big Josh

5. Booty Talking --- Big Yayo & Dave Mack

6. Sugar Shack (Line Dance Remix) --- Bigg Robb & Mz. Jackson

7. Work That Sexy (Zydeco Remix) --- Bigg Robb & Sean Ardoin

8. BYOB --- Bigg Robb & Mel Waiters


Top Contenders: Bigg Robb & Mz. Jackson, LaMorris Williams & Al Green, Big Cynthia & Tyree Neal & Big Josh

Best Collaboration: "Booty Talking" by Big Yayo and Dave Mack

Listen to Big Yayo feat. Dave Mack singing "Booty Talking" on ReverbNation.

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Best Outa-Left-Field Songs:


1. All I Want Is For My Wife To Come Back Home --- Jesse Clay

2. Baby Baby Please --- Tommy Leveal

3. Not As Sweet As You --- Willie West

4. Try Me --- Bill Avery

5. Work That Sexy (Zydeco Remix) --- Bigg Robb w/ Sean Ardoin

6. Ghetto Superstar --- T. K. Soul

7. I Won't Let My Baby Down --- Lewis (Raw Shaw) Shaw

8. Everybody's Dancin' --- Vel Omarr

9. Peter Pumpkin Eater --- L. J. Echols

10. Try Me --- Soul Unlimited featuring Ellis Blake

11. Lifestyles of The Poor & Unknown --- Total Package Band


Top Contenders: Jesse Clay, L. J. Echols, Soul Unlimited feat. Ellis Blake

Best Outa-Left-Field Song: "I Won't Let My Baby Down" by Lewis (Raw Shaw) Shaw

Listen to Lewis (Raw Shaw) Shaw singing "I Won't Let My Baby Down" on YouTube.

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Best Chitlin' Circuit Blues Songs:


1. Southern Soul Blues Slide --- Donnie Ray

2. Grown Man --- Lenny Williams

3. I Need A Woman That Can Bring The Fire --- Alonzo Reid

4. Big Girls Swang --- Lady Audrey

5. She's Working That Nookie Thing --- Big Cynthia w/ Tyree Neal

6. I'm A Lady (Not A Hoochie Mama) --- Gina Brown

7. Dirt Road Double Wide --- Pat Cooley

8. Full Of That Juice --- Nathaniel Kimble

9. Get Loose --- King Russell

10. Young Folks Love The Blues --- Bigg Robb

11. Put Your Mouth In The South --- O. B. Buchana


Top Contenders: Bigg Robb, Lady Audrey, Pat Cooley

Best Chitlin' Circuit Blues Song: "She's Working That Nookie Thing" by Big Cynthia

Listen to Big Cynthia singing "She's Working That Nookie Thing" on YouTube.

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Best Cover Songs:


1. Loving Each Other For Life --- Willie Clayton

2. Back To The Sugar Shack --- Shaunda

3. Sugar Shack (Line Dance Remix) --- Bigg Robb w/ Ms. Jackson

4. Try Me --- Soul Unlimited w/ Ellis Blake

5. Country Boy --- Sir Charles Jones

6. What About My Love --- Floyd Taylor

7. I Forgot To Be Your Lover --- The Revelations w/ Tre' Williams

8. I Won't Let My Baby Down --- Lewis (Raw Shaw) Shaw

9. Love Mechanic --- Jesi Terrell


Top Contenders: Bigg Robb feat. Mz. Jackson, Lewis (Raw Shaw) Shaw, Jesi Terrell

Best Cover Song: "Try Me" by Soul Unlimited featuring Ellis Blake



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Best Songwriter:


1. Luther Lackey --- "Blind Blind Snake," "Just Because He's Preaching," "When I'm Gone"

2. Nelson Curry --- "Sugar Shack," "Honey Hole," "Big Mouth Woman" ((Klass Band Brotherhood))

3. John Cummings --- "Soul Train Dancer," "Party Mood" (w/ John Ward)((Jaye Hammer)), "Think About What You Got" ((Charles Wilson))

4. Sam Fallie --- "Cheatin' Feels So Damn Good" (w/ Ezra Williams), "Put A Little Water With It," "Just Like Dat" (w/ William Norris) ((Mr. Sam))

5. Robert Smith --- "Young Folks Love The Blues," "Looking For A Country Girl," "Work That Sexy" ((Bigg Robb))


Top Contender: Luther Lackey

Best Songwriter: Nelson Curry



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Best Arrangers/Producers:


1. Pete Peterson & Eric "Smidi" Smith --- The Devil Made Me Do It CD (Chuck Roberson), Check Your Mailbox CD (Ghetto Cowboy)

2. Robert Smith --- Juke Joint Music CD (Bigg Robb)

3. Nelson Curry --- Out Of The Shadows Of Soul CD (Klass Band Brotherhood)

4. Luther Lackey --- The Contender CD

5. Mel Waiters --- "That Thang" Single (Katrenia), "Something About You" Single (Charles Wilson,

6. Lomax Spaulding III --- "Swing It" Single (Lomax), "You Got It Going On" Single (Jimmy Ja), "Got No Curfew" Single (Mel Waiters)

7. Harrison Calloway --- Blues Heart CD (Dorothy Moore)


Top Contenders: Nelson Curry, Lomax Spaulding III

 Best Arranger/Producer: Harrison Calloway (Dorothy Moore's Blues Heart)


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Best CD's:



1. Hammer --- Jaye Hammer

2. Blues Heart --- Dorothy Moore

3. The Devil Made Me Do It --- Chuck Roberson

4. The Contender --- Luther Lackey

5. Juke Joint Music --- Bigg Robb

6. Still In The Game --- Lenny Williams

7. A New Beginning --- L. J. Echols

8. It's My Time --- Big Cynthia

9. Forever King --- Tucka

10. The Love Chronicles of a Lady Songbird --- Lina

11. Out Of The Shadows Of Soul --- Klass Band Brotherhood

12. Telling It Like It Is --- Karen Wolfe

13. Just Like Dat --- Mr. Sam


Top Contenders: Luther Lackey, Klass Band Brotherhood

Best CD: Bigg Robb's Juke Joint Music

Sample and Buy Bigg Robb's Juke Joint Music CD at CD Baby.

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Hardest-Touring Crowd-Pleasers



1. T. K. Soul

2. Mel Waiters

3. Ms. Jody

4. Bobby Rush

5. Sir Charles Jones

6. Willie Clayton

7. The Revelations feat. Tre' Williams

8. Vick Allen

9. Avail Hollywood

10. L. J. Echols



Top Contenders: T. K. Soul, Willie Clayton

Hardest-Touring Crowd-Pleaser (for the second year in a row): Mel Waiters



Congratulations to all!

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January 1, 2013: Daddy B. Nice's

THE YEAR IN SOUTHERN SOUL


Quick question.

In what musical genre did the top two dozen performers fail to produce a significant hit single in the past year?

Quick answer.

Southern Soul music, where the most highly-acclaimed, perennially-productive recording artists--including Peggy Scott-Adams, Mel Waiters, Bobby Rush, Sir Charles Jones, Ms. Jody, Shirley Brown, Denise LaSalle, David Brinston, O. B. Buchana, Willie Clayton, Donnie Ray, Barbara Carr, Theodis Ealey, T. K. Soul, Wilson Meadows, Jeff Floyd, Sheba Potts-Wright, Carl Sims, Omar Cunningham, The Love Doctor, Billy "Soul" Bonds, Stan Mosley, Roy C, Kenne' Wayne and Floyd Taylor--all failed to record a durable, signature single.


The good news was that a flood of new artists more than made up for the available space on the radio waves: Jaye Hammer, Katrenia Jefferson, RB & Company, Equanya, King Russell, Lady Audrey, Lomax, Choppa Law, Tucka, Donnell Sullivan, Jimmy Ja, Ms. Meme, Zeke, Leroy Allen, Alonzo Reid, Clayton Knight, Jesi Terrell, Lysa, Shaunda, Willie West, Vel Omarr, King Loverr, Bill Avery, Dave Morris, Lee Morris, Tommy Leveal, Big Yayo, Total Package Band, Lewis (Raw Shaw) Shaw, David (The Country Boy) Walker and Soul Unlimited featuring Ellis Blake, among others.

The power that these original sounds brought to the mike was underlined by the continued success of one of the previous year's unknowns, The Klass Band Brotherhood (featuring Nelson Curry), whose hit single, "Sugar Shack," was covered in 2012 by both Bigg Robb with Ms. Jackson ("Sugar Shack (Line Dance Remix)") and Shaunda ("Back To The Sugar Shack").

By any measure the new artists, often mentored by seasoned veterans like Mel Waiters and William Bell, created memorable new material, from the swinging melodies of Lomax ("Swing It") and Tucka ("Don't Make Me Beg") to the gritty soul-singing of Katrenia Jefferson ("That Thang") and Ellis Blake ("Try Me").

Peggy Scott-Adams, the lady who wrote the book on how to sing contemporary Southern Soul music, made her long-awaited comeback with the aptly-titled album Life After Bill and the single "Not Good Enough To Marry," but it was Jackson, Mississippi's forgotten diva of "Misty Blue" fame, Dorothy Moore, who made the bigger headlines with her own resurgent CD Blues Heart and the incandescent single "Institutionalize."


Not a few Southern Soul veterans veered away from the sweet-rocking, mid-tempo, Southern Soul of yesteryear in favor of a pounding, hard-edged, fast-tempo-ed sound: Jeff Floyd in "Using Me," T. K. Soul in "Ghetto Superstar," Sergio Davis in "Let's Go," Omar Cunningham in "Maintenance Man," Certified Slim in "Move Something," L. J. Echols in "Shake Something" and even Mel Waiters in (somewhat tellingly) "All I Want Is A Beat," with mixed results debated by yay-sayers and nay-sayers.

But the song that made the groove pay off in a big musical way was Dorothy Moore's "Institutionalize," arranged by the renowned Harrison Calloway. "The main recording location was Nashville, Tennessee," Moore told "Soul Express." "I couldn't find a studio here in Jackson (Ms.) that was built up to record live musicians."


Using programming like alchemy, however, was the recently-arrived-on-the-scene Big Yayo, fresh from his previous hit "Impala" with LaMorris Williams, who teamed up with the previously underground Jackson star Dave Mack on the dance-jam single Daddy B. Nice called "the song Dave Mack was born to sing," "Booty Talking."

It was a banner year for worthy remakes:

"Country Boy" by Sir Charles Jones (from Will T's "Mississippi Boy");

"Loving Each Other For Life" by Willie Clayton (from Methrone's original);

"Sugar Shack" by Bigg Robb w/ Ms. Jackson and "Back To The Sugar Shack" by Shaunda (from the Klass Band's original);

"Try Me" by Soul Unlimited featuring Ellis Blake (from the T. K. Soul original);

"They Got A Room" by Chuck Roberson (from the Jesse James/Millie Jackson original, "Let's Get A Room Somewhere");

"What About My Love" by Floyd Taylor (from the Johnnie Taylor original);

"I Forgot To Be Your Lover" by Tre' Williams & The Revelations (from the William Bell original);

"I Won't Let My Baby Down" by Lewis (Raw Shaw) Shaw (from the Lina original);

and "Love Mechanic" by Jesi Terrell (from the Willie Clayton original).

Lyrics weren't witty in 2012 as much as bizarre. In "Good Motor" L. J. Echols of "From The Back" fame outdid himself in both the homespun--

"They say my woman
Is too big for me.
They say LJ,
You need to let her be."

--And the metaphorically far-fetched:


"I know her headlights
Are not looking bright,

And I know her four tires
Are not looking tight."

The intrepid Echols also took a song that could have been called "Thought I Had A Handle On Love" and titled it "Peter Pumpkin Eater," erupting with a mad giggle at critical junctures in the verses.

The saga of Sir Charles Jones progressed fitfully with the song and video "Country Boy," a funky lounge-jazz cover of Will T's Southern Soul classic "Mississippi Boy."


"When is Sir Charles going to put out some new songs?" wrote one typical, entranced but impatient Jones fan in Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag earlier in the year, as if Charles hadn't recorded anything at all in the decade since "Friday" and "Is Anybody Lonely?"

Still, yet another year passed without a Sir Charles album. Nevertheless, the "Country Boy" video was eye candy for hardcore Southern Soul enthusiasts, Charles vamping in bib overalls with friends deep in the leaf-speckled Alabama woods.

Charles' gal-friend in the video, however, didn't look nearly as "grown-folks" as the fine lady sitting next to Vick Allen, head nodding, as he sang "Soul Music" in the video for arguably the best single of the year.

In fact, Vick Allen proved the exception to the rule amongst stars in 2012, notching a number-one tune less than two years after hitting number-one in 2010 with "If They Can Beat Me Rockin'".

Following in the footsteps of Jones, who has utilized YouTube for increasingly appealing videos of late, the "Soul Music" video also extended Allen's own great streak of videos ("If They Can Beat Me Rockin'" and "I Need Some Attention").

YouTube was the major story of the year, in terms of spreading the word about Southern Soul music, and the videos by Jones, Allen and others only made the music more seductive. And the advertising on YouTube became a powerful new revenue stream for recording acts, each click bringing in commissions. YouTube could become the sales engine of the future.

The words of the last verse of Allen's song pretty much summed up the reason these performers and many more kept swinging at the Southern Soul pinata in 2012:


"Now for the last few years
I've been trying to do my thing,
Up and down the highway
Somewhere trying to sing.

But when I leave this world
Here's what I want you to say.
Vick did his thing
In his own special way.

I love to sing
Good soul music."

--Daddy B. Nice

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

JUNE 2012

1. "Feels So Good"------Simone De

You hear the opening bars and you think you're listening to Karen Wolfe's "Man Enough" published by Anna Coday's B&J Records a couple of years ago. Simone De uses the background track of the Omar Cunningham-written song and gives it a surprisingly different cast, complete with new lyrics and a passionate, nuanced vocal.

See related story on Simone De's "Feels So Good" in Daddy B. Nice's Corner June 1, 2012 story on DJ Nikkie DeMarks.

Listen to Simone De singing "Feels So Good" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Simone De's "Feel So Good" MP3.

2. "Just Because He's Preaching"------------Luther Lackey

Awash in gospel/barbershop/Persuasions-on-the-street-corner harmonies, Luther Lackey's ballad dissects one of his favorite subjects, the hypocrisy and sanctimoniousness of preachers and their flocks.

"From the waist down,"
Luther warns,
"He's still a man."

Listen to Luther Lackey singing "Just Because He's Preaching" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Luther Lackey's "Just Because He's Preaching" from his new The Contender CD.

3. Big Girls Swang"-------------Lady Audrey

Opening-act band for countless Delta-area headliners through the years, Lady Audrey & The Superior Band have all the technique and assurance needed to bring off this exercise in big-girl fun.
Listen to Lady Audrey & The Superior Band singing "Big Girls Swing" on YouTube.

Watch Line-Dancers working out to Lady Audrey's "Big Girls Swang."

Sample or Buy Lady Audrey's "Big Girls Swang" MP3 on her new Swanging Big Girls CD.

4. "Not As Sweet As You" ----------------Willie West

Grizzled, New Orleans-based veteran associated with Allen Toussaint and The Meters is resuscitated to fine effect by Aviara Records on this mid-tempo offering. Great guitar hook on the verses.

Sample or Buy Willie West's "Not As Sweet As You" MP3.

Sample Or Buy Willie West's Can't Help Myself CD.

5. "You've Got It Going On"------------JimmyJa

Jeff Floyd-like ballad with solid melody and vocal chops. Heard it on Nikki DeMarks' WDLT radio show, but can't find the single for sale anywhere. (Assuming it's Brittney recording artist JimmyJa, he has released one previous single titled "Put It On Me.")

6. "Let's Get This Party Started"-----------Ms. MeMe

Dance jam in the Lacee Reed mold. Old-school Southern Soul fans may find it reminiscent of Stan Mosley's "Anybody Seen My Boo."

Sample or Buy Meme's "Let's Get This Party Started" MP3.

7. "Honey Hole"--------Klass Band Brotherhood

This Hardway Connection-influenced band has made it big with the oft-covered "Sugar Shack." Slightly less catchy but nevertheless appealing, "Honey Hole" refers to a similar sort of hole-in-the-wall.

Listen to the Klass Band singing "Honey Hole" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Klass Band Brotherhood's "Honey Hole" MP3 on the band's Out Of The Shadows Of Soul CD

8. "Work It Out"-----Tucka

Lots of sugar content--maybe too much for some Southern Soul tastes--but this Tucka concoction does slide along on a good-timey, attractive melody. Which, by the way, Tucka admirably credits to Ms. Nicole Jackson's under-appreciated Daddy B. Nice-touted single of years ago, "Can We Go There."

Listen to Tucka singing "Work It Out" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Tucka's "Work It Out" MP3 on his Love Rehab CD.

9. "Leave Obama Alone"----------------Sir Jonothan Burton

We've had a black president for almost four years and we take it for granted! Amazing. From Burton's new album, where the song also appears under the title "Leave The Drama Alone."

Listen to Sir Jonothan Burton singing "Leave Obama Alone."

Sample or Buy "Leave Obama Alone" MP3 on his On And On: Southern Soul Style, Vol. 2 CD.

10. "Can't Leave Her Alone"-------------Lee Morris

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1. "Institutionalize"----------------Dorothy Moore

When I first got hooked on this incredible song on the radio, the lyrics sounded like "I've Been Tootin' The Line." I also thought it was a man, maybe someone like new artist/tenor Jaye Hammer. Imagine my surprise to find out it was "Misty Blue" Dorothy Moore singing "Institutionalize."

Great in-your-face horns (real enough for me), nasty (good nasty) guitar and percussion, and Moore's super-impressive, world-weary, been-there-done-that vocal. And since Dorothy's using a Mississippi blues singer's approach to big words--flinging syllables at the wall like wet toilet paper and hoping they stick--I'm still singing "tootin' the line" and feeling like I'm singing along.

Sample or buy Dorothy Moore's "Institutionalize" MP3.

2. "Sugar Shack (Line Dance Remix)"-----------------Bigg Robb w/ Ms. Jackson

What a blessing it's been to have this hybrid rapper bring his techno-arranging mastery to the Southern Soul scene! As he did with Carl Marshall's "Good Loving Will Make You Cry," Robb mixes all the elements of Nelson Curry & The Klass Band Brotherhood's "Sugar Shack" into a spectacular smorgasboard of sound.

Scroll down to February #2 for another "Sugar Shack" cover (by Shaunda)--a sure sign this Nelson Curry tune is becoming a classic.

Sample or Buy Bigg Robb's Sugar Shack (Line Dance Remix) MP3 or Juke Joint Music CD.

3. "A Secret Is So Hard To Keep"-------------Donnie Ray

Deep and satisfying slow jam from Donnie Ray's new album, with an arrangement that echoes some of Southern Soul's classic ballads.

Sample or Buy "A Secret Is So Hard To Keep" MP3 or Donnie Ray's new I'm Going Back CD.

4. "Buck Wild"----Coldtrain Blues

This blues aggregation's 2nd CD features the lead vocals of Will "Big Willie Biscuit" Leavy and lead guitar work from Vincent "Bad Boy Vinnie" LaBauve. "Buck Wild" is the sole Southern Soul number, reminiscent of Robert Cray's "Phone Booth" and "Smokin' Gun."

Sample or Buy Coldtrain's "Buck Wild" MP3 or Funkin' Da Blues CD.

5. "Shuffle For Christ"---------------Sisters Of Vision

I got a kick out of seeing how producer Carl Marshall (recently hospitalized with a heart attack) would use his funk tool kit on this gospel song--a bit of a Top-10 stretch on my part--but if I remember, CDS sent it out as a promo, meaning the word "crossover" at least flickered through CEO Dylann DeAnna's mind. Besides, we live in the age of Tebow, and this IS a line dance. (They aren't line-dancing in church yet, are they?)

P.S. Carl, get these ladies for background singers.

Sample or Buy Sisters Of Vision "Shuffle For Christ" MP3 or Sisters Of Vision CD.

Listen to Sister Of Vision's "Shuffle For Christ" on YouTube.

6. "Juking At The Hole In The Wall"--------------Sweet Angel

Another single from Sweet Angel's upcoming album. (See last month's single by scrolling down to April.) Kind of a mellow "Mike's Place," with a slightly-muffled bass betraying an unorthodox, grainy mix. However, it's catchy in its way.

7. "Not Good Enough To Marry"------------Peggy Scott-Adams

As promised in her interview with Daddy B. Nice last year, Scott-Adams has released her first secular single in years. (Official release date: May 15, 2012.) However, the background is lightweight in a 70's soft-rock way. (Remember "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" from the 70's western "Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid"?) Even Peggy's vocal is okay-good but not great. Sorry, but this one sounds like a warm-up.

Listen to a sample of Peggy Scott-Adams' "Not Good Enough To Marry" on YouTube.

8. "It Don't Feel The Same"-------------Jesse James & Millie Jackson

A sequel to the duo's "Let's Get A Room Somewhere," but it was originally released in 2007. Timed to capitalize on the recent success of the former song, and why not?

Sample or Buy "It Don't Feel The Same" MP3.

9. "That's Not My Cologne"------------Charles McCormick

This fine, pop-sounding song jumps off the page of an otherwise unremarkable album debut by Charles McCormick.

Sample or Buy Charles McCormick's "That's Not My Cologne" MP3 or The Many Moods of Charlie Mack CD.

10. "Blind Blind Snake" -------------------Luther Lackey

Maybe the praise here last year for Lackey's "Hold My Mule" seeped into the singer's hard head--this is the kind of song he should do more often--but Luther raises eyebrows by wantonly appropriating the rhythm track from Denise LaSalle's "Mississippi Woman."

Listen to Luther Lackey singing "Blind Blind Snake" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Luther Lackey's "Blind Blind Snake" MP3 or The Contender CD.

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1. "Good Motor"-----L. J. Echols

"Good Motor" combines L.J.'s knack for humble, salt-of-the-earth lyrics with an uptempo, locomotin' riff in the mold of "Well Runs Dry" and "From The Back." For listeners the dominant line is "She may not have a good body," followed by the hard-to-make-out, "But she sure has a good ol' motor."

Listen to L. J. Echols singing a snippet of "Good Motor" on ReverbNation.

2. "Dirt Road Double Wide"-------------Pat Cooley

A rollicking good track from Pat Cooley's bluesy new Southern Soul album, TALKING TO YOU. See Daddy B. Nice's new 4-star CD review.

Bargain-Priced Talking To You CD, MP3's

3. "Mr. Wrong Gonna Get This Love Tonight"-----------Sweet Angel

Amaretto-smooth strings make this blues-bottomed dish as lush and rich as chocolate mousse.

Listen to Sweet Angel singing "Mr. Wrong Gonna Get This Love Tonight" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Sweet Angel's "Mr. Wrong Gonna Get This Love Tonight."

4. "Cat Got My Tongue"----------------Latimore

Terrific, cutting-edge arrangement with a distinctive lead guitar lick and straight-ahead, steamy, organ-style keyboard.

Listen to Latimore singing "Cat Got My Tongue" on Henry Stone Music.
Bargain-Priced Ladies' Choice CD/MP3's

5. "Who's Fooling Who"---------------James Payne

Surprisingly compelling, nearly six-minute opus from the "Fat Woman" man. Heard it on Nikki DeMarks' Saturday Southern Soul show on the Gulf Coast's WDLT. (And so far, nowhere else.)

6. "End Of The Rainbow"------------Hog Pin

Still searching for their metier, this serious, over-achieving trio of singers gives the McKinley Mitchell standard an impressive and soulful workout. From an upcoming album of the same name.

Listen to McKinley Mitchell's original recording of "End To The Rainbow" on YouTube

7. "H-U-R-T"--------Frank-O Johnson

Longtime esteemed songwriter (Johnnie Taylor, etc.), deejay and B-list performer nudged into the spotlight by CDS Records.

Bargain-Priced Only Time Will Tell CD, MP3's

8. "Keep On Talking"-----Mr. X

Elaborate diatribe against someone who did him wrong.

Bargain-Priced "Keep On Talking" MP3.

9. "Tears Of Joy"---------Dave Morris

New Brooklyn-born artist discovered by William Bell. (Upcoming CD on Wilbe Records.)

Bargain-Priced In & Out Of Love CD, MP3's.

10. "Big Woman (Remix)"--------------Big Cynthia, Tyree Neal, Bro-Bro

Listen to Big Cythia's Remix of "Big Woman" on YouTube.

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1. "Good Man"-----------Wendell B.

As solid as his last couple of albums have been, the songs haven't come close to matching the romantic intensity and melodic skill of "Just Don't Understand You" from Wendell's ground-breaking 2003 solo debut CD Good Times. "Good Man" does match the intensity, and it's a beautiful thing to hear the lately-arrived master updating his unique brand.

2. "Everybody's Dancin'"--------Vel Omarr

Great throwback tune based on a melody so common I can't even list the antecedents. The louder you turn it, the more the good vibes rain down.

Sample or Buy Vel Omarr's Greatest Song I Ever Sang CD

Listen to Vel Omarr's "Everybody's Dancin'" on YouTube.

3. "Song For The Lonely"---------------------LaMorris Williams

A subtle Chinese motif, among other things, graces this powerful ballad, which may be the best single from LaMorris's brand new album.

Sample or Buy LaMorris Williams' Ladies 1st CD/MP3's.

4. "Come Here Party"-----Stevie J

The new single tackles familiar topics and musical themes with a perspective as fresh as a rain-soaked sidewalk.

5. "The Party Don't Get Started 'Till I Get There"----------Sir Jonathan Burton

Sir Jonathan returns with a solid follow-up to "Too Much Booty Shaking"--not an easy thing to do--but he makes it sound that way.

Sample or Buy Sir Jonathan Burton's "The Party Don't Get Started 'Till I Get There" MP3 on Club Southern Soul: Vol. 2 compilation CD.

Sample or Buy Jonathan Burton's On And On: Southern Soul CD/MP3's.

6. "Caught Up"-------Dave Mack

Dave Mack returns with a durable "cheating" single performed in his singularly gut-wrenching style.

Listen to Dave Mack's "Caught Up" on SoundCloud.

7. "Try Me"---------Bill Avery

The robust vocalist with one album (Southern Fried Soul) under his belt returns with a good single and an upcoming album (Alabama Soul Man).

Listen to Bill Avery's "Try Me" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Bill Avery's MP3 of "Try Me."

8. "Tighten Up"----------Ghetto Cowboy

One of the few party-oriented tracks from the Cowboy's new CD is well nigh irrresistable.

Sample or Buy Ghetto Cowboy's Check Your Mailbox CD.

Read Daddy B Nice's CD Review of Ghetto Cowboy's CHECK YOUR MAILBOX CD.

9. "Until You Get Enough Of Me"---------------The Revelations f/ Tre' Williams

The Revelations dig deep into the Southern Soul archives to resurrect Ronnie Lovejoy's "Until You Get Enough Of Me."

Sample or Buy The Revelations' Concrete Soul CD, MP3's.

10. "Domestic Love"------Avail Hollywood

Hollywood's finest single since "Drinking Again."

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "Domestic Love" on YouTube.

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1. "You Make Me Happy"-----------Al Green & LaMorris Williams

A match made in heaven, and also a natural pairing when you recall the Reverend Green and The Williams Brothers share Gospel music history. What a coup for LaMorris, and what a shining, secular, goose-pimple-raising moment for Al Green, whose brief appearance on the sample video reaffirms his connection to the primal Southern Soul rhythm.

Watch 30-Second Video Sample of "You Make Me Happy."

Buy "You Make Me Happy" MP3 on CD Baby.

Buy "You Make Me Happy" MP3 on I-Tunes.

2. "Back To The Sugar Shack"----------Shaunda

One of those rough cuts that catapult over all the belabored material ahead of them. Shaunda's shaky pitch here and there is more than compensated by the strength, immediacy and unself-conscious freshness of her vocal. Add the novelty of hearing the already popular Klass Band Brotherhood tune done in a vastly different arrangement (not to mention gender), and you spell H-I-T.

3. "Love Mechanic" ----Jesi Terrell

An outstanding, even more polished cover by yet another new female singer, Jesi Terrell, of the Willie Clayton standard written by Paul Richmond. A debut CD is in the works, courtesy of Tony Gideon Records.

Sample or Buy MP3 of "Love Mechanic."

4. "When The Ladies Are Happy"-----------Jerry L.

Ambitious, ground-breaking new style for Jerry L. ("Two Steps Behind," "Girls In The Hood"). The tempo is quicker, the arrangement is sleeker, and against pretty stiff odds the song works as Southern Soul-slash-Urban R&B. Hats off to producer and background singer Simeo.

Listen to "When The Ladies Are Happy" on ReverbNation.

5. "24 Hours"--------Denise LaSalle

LaSalle sounds tired on this song. Of course, that's the message ("24 hours, You can get my lovin' again"). Denise is "wore out/after loving you." The vulnerability conveyed in her calculated, often-cracking and sliding notes is painfully real.

Buy Advance Copy of Bargain Priced Blues Mix 6: Super Southern Soul CD from Ecko Records.

6. "The Lips On Her Body"------------Alonzo Reid

Marvin Sease's longtime drummer has an oft-delayed CD (Undercover Freak) in the works, and this is the best track I've heard so far. Borrowing the melody from Willie Clayton's "Love Mechanic" (see #3 above), Alonzo is talking about the "lips" between her legs, not the ones "on her head."

7. "Put Your Mouth In The South"----------O. B. Buchana

O.B.'s focus is below the navel, too. The melody is a reworking of the Big John Cummings-written' "I'm Goin' Back Home" (the song about O. B. moving to the North except for the fact they have no Southern Soul radio) from O.B.'s 2007 CD of the same name. Cummings' new, graphic lyrics inhabit a different geography.

Buy Advance Copy of Bargain Priced Blues Mix 6: Super Southern Soul CD from Ecko Records.

8. "Love Or Infatuation"--------------Michelle Miller

The singer who did a cover version of Carl Marshall's "Good Loving Made Me Cry" returns with a well-done, mid-tempo ballad.

9. "She Was At The Hideaway"--------------Donnie Ray

Donnie Ray is back with another peppy, fizzy track in the uptempo mold of his popular 2011 single, "Who's Loving You."

Buy Advance Copy of Bargain Priced Blues Mix 6: Super Southern Soul CD from Ecko Records.

10. "Island Girl"----------King Loverr

New singer with superlative old-school tools, including rich-toned, three-maybe-even-four-octave range. Recommended if you like Luther Vandross and Wendell B.

Listen to full-length sample of King Loverr singing "Island Girl" on Showcase Your Music.

Buy MP3 of King Loverr singing "Island Girl" on CD Baby.

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1. "Soul Music"---Vick Allen

This sleek, Willie Claytonesque ballad reminds me of what Peggy Scott-Adams told me about meeting Vick by chance when he was still singing gospel. Peggy was yearning to get back to Gospel Music, while Vick wanted to move to R&B. Looks like Peggy passed the baton to Vick. He's done nothing but get better, and today he's one of the most charismatic performers in Southern Soul.

Sample or Buy Vick Allen's Soul Music mp3/CD.

Listen to Vick Allen singing "Soul Music" on YouTube.

2. "Institutionalize"----------------Dorothy Moore

This brash and remarkable song features in-your-face horns, nasty-good percussion, sizzling guitar and Dorothy Moore's indescribably world-weary, been-there-done-that vocal--the finest performance of her storied career.

Sample or buy Dorothy Moore's "Institutionalize" MP3/Blues Heart CD.

3. "Booty Talking"----------------------Big Yayo featuring Dave Mack

Jackson, Mississippi performer Dave Mack finds the hard-charging song he was meant to sing in this "Planet Rock"-derived jam. Big Yayo is the new Bigg Robb, a synthesizer-savvy producer who brings out the best in Southern Soul's emerging stars, as he proved with LaMorris Williams on "Impala" and Stevie J on "Because Of Me."

Not for sale--even as an mp3.

Listen to Dave Mack & Big Yayo singing "Booty Talking" on Reverb Nation.

4. "That Thang"--------Katrenia

Remember the underground phenom your Daddy B. Nice raved about (sans any published album) on the 4th Annual Southern Soul RnB Awards two years ago, singing such woulda-coulda-shoulda-been hits as "Chance Of A Lifetime" and "Holding On"? Here she is at last, with a single produced by Mel Waiters in her professionally-distributed recording debut.
By the time Katrenia Jefferson has belted out the first line, you know you're in the rare, capable arms of a singer with Aretha-like power.

Sample or Buy Katrenia's "That Thang" on CD Baby.

Listen to Katrenia Jefferson singing "That Thang" on Youtube.

5. "Good Man"-----Wendell B.

As solid as his last couple of albums have been, the songs haven't come close to matching the romantic intensity and melodic skill of "Just Don't Understand You" from Wendell's ground-breaking 2003 solo debut CD Good Times. "Good Man" does match the intensity, and it's a beautiful thing to hear the lately-arrived master updating his unique brand.

Sample or Buy Wendell B.'s "Good Man" mp3.

6. "Cat Got My Tongue"----------------Latimore

Another institution--and monument of Southern Soul--Latimore's "Cat Got My Tongue" is as aggressive, cutting-edge and incandescent as Dorothy Moore's "Institutionalize," featuring first-rate keyboard/guitar work and an ageless vocal.

Listen to Latimore singing "Cat Got My Tongue" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy "Cat Got My Tongue" mp3/Ladies' Choice CD.

7. "Mr. Wrong Gonna Get This Love Tonight"---Sweet Angel

Sweet Angel does her sumptious thing in a way she's never done before. If silk sheets could make a record, it would sound like this.

Listen to Sweet Angel singing "Mr. Wrong Gonna Get This Love Tonight" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Sweet Angel's Mr. Wrong Gonna Get This Love Tonight" MP3/CD.

8. "Feel So Good"-----Simone De

One of the year's top singles, it's hard to believe it was almost five years ago (2008), that Karen Wolfe's "Man Enough" ruled the Southern Soul air waves. Hearing the opening bars of Simone De's "Feel So Good," longtime fans will always experience a couple of seconds of déjà vu, hearing the original background of "Man Enough" by wunderkind Omar Cunningham floating under the new melody by Simone De. But after that Simone De conquers all with his sheer will and passion--even the Karen Wolfe fans.

Sample or Buy Simone De "Feel So Good" mp3.

Listen to Simone De singing "Feel So Good" on YouTube.

9. "Party All Night Long"----Zeke

Best party song of the year (that practically no one got to hear).

Listen to a long sample of Zeke's "Party All Night Long" on Google.

Sample or Buy Zeke's Party All Night Long" mp3.

10. "Good Motor"-----L. J. Echols

With its novel but serviceable lyrics, "Good Motor" isn't the best thing Echols has done, but it's extremely comforting to know that when it's time for a new single, LJ can stir up the kind of authentic, easy-going, locomoting groove he gave us in "Well Runs Dry" and "From The Back."

Listen to L. J. Echols singing "Good Motor" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy L. J. Echols' "Good Motor" MP3/A New Beginning CD.

11.   "Swing It"------Lomax

 Here in Lomax's "Swing It" is the sweet spot of Southern Soul rediscovered, especially on the choruses. Lomax (Lomax Spaulding III) came up through the Southern Soul ranks via Tony Troutman ("Your Man Is Home Tonight") and Mel Waiters, who is a virtual magnet for talent. In fact, "Swing It" harks back to Mel's own 1998 sweet-spot classic, Swing Out.

Sample or Buy Lomax's "Swing It" on CD Baby.

Sample or Buy Lomax's "Swing It" on iTunes.

12. "Try Me"----------Soul Unlimited featuring Ellis Blake

T. K. Soul's thoroughly soulful "Try Me" doesn't get the live, Revelations-style or Dap-Kings-style horn section the song deserves, but in this rapturous cover "Try Me" sure gets one hell of a singer, longtime gospel belter Ellis Blake.

Sample and Buy Soul Unlimited featuring Ellis Blake's "Try Me" mp3 or the entire Good Lovin' CD.

13. "Chuck Strut"---------Chuck Roberson

This is a new and much better-tempoed and more melodic version of the "Chuck Strut" that graced Roberson's 2003 Woman Wants A Freak CD. In fact, Chuck hits this one out of the Southern Soul ball park.

Listen to Chuck Roberson singing "Chuck Strut" on MySpace.

Sample or Buy Chuck Roberson's "Chuck Strut" mp3/Devil Made Me Do It CD.

14. "I Won't Let My Baby Down"---------Lewis (Raw Shaw) Shaw

Californian Lina's "My Man (I Won't Let My Baby Down") came out of nowhere in 2010 to become an instant Southern Soul classic. Now, singing over the orginal track, another Californian, Lewis (Raw Shaw) Shaw, unleashes a hot, leather-lathered, masculine cover version.

Sample or Buy Lewis (Raw Shaw) Shaw's "I Won't Let My Baby Down" mp3.

15. "Good Man Of Mine"------------Equanya

This is a wonderful melody, and debut artist Equanya (pronounced eee-kwon'-ya)--influenced by the likes of Barbara Lewis and Sheba Potts-Wright--is as good as it gets, or ever got.

Listen to Equanya singing "Good Man Of Mine" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Equanya's "Good Man Of Mine mp3.

16. "Come Here Party"------Stevie J.

There were more than a few double-takes at the title: for instance, WMPR DJ J Boogie yelling, "Here, Party, Party!" on the radio as if he was calling his dog. But Stevie J's weirdly-titled, slow-starting tune just got better and better, stanza by stanza, with vivid lyrics and a heartfelt, pristine vocal.

Sample or Buy Stevie J's "Come Here Party" mp3.

Listen to Stevie J. singing "Come Here Party" on YouTube.

17. "You Make Me Happy"-----------Al Green & LaMorris Williams

A match made in heaven, and also a natural pairing when you recall the Reverend Green and The Williams Brothers share Gospel music history. What a coup for LaMorris, and what a shining, secular, goose-pimple-raising moment for Al Green.

Listen to Al Green & LaMorris Williams singing "You Make Me Happy" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy LaMorris William's and Al Green's "You Make Me Happy" mp3.

18. "I Never Knew Good Love Could Hurt So Bad"------------------Ms. Jody

And your Daddy B. Nice never knew bad love could sound so good. Yet another contemporary classic from Ms. Jody's ground-breaking collection, the best Southern Soul CD of 2011, Ms. Jody's In The House, and a follow-up to her monster single, "When Your Give A Damn Just Don't Give A Damn Any More." 

Listen to Ms. Jody singing "I Never Knew Good Love Could Hurt So Bad" on MySpace.

Sample or Buy Ms. Jody's Ms. Jody's In The House CD.

19. "Love Mechanic"------------------Jesi Terrell

An outstanding, polished cover of the Willie Clayton standard written by Paul Richmond.

Listen to Jesi Terrell singing "Love Mechanic" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Jesi Terrell's "Love Mechanic" mp3.

20. "All I Want Is My Wife To Come Home"-------------Jesse Clay

This amazing song with its sweet, gospel-slash-barbershop sound will remind you of underground, 90's soul singers like Eddie Holloway and Maurice Wynn. Jesse Clay recorded the catchy "Bump, Jump & Slide" in 2005.

Listen to a sample of Jesse Clay's "All I Want Is My Wife To Come Home" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Jesse Clay's "All I Want Is My Wife To Come Home" mp3.

21. "Country Boy"------Sir Charles Jones

The video out-shone the song itself, which was very un-Southern Soul-like: a lounge-jazz version of Will T's "Mississippi Boy" by way of Carl Marshall. But the backwoods-themed video on YouTube with Sir Charles in bib overalls roughing it with friends and onlookers returned the song to its roots, and the slick elements just seemed to disappear in all the leaves and weathered siding. One of the best Southern Soul videos ever.

Not for sale--even as an mp3.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "Country Boy" on YouTube.

22. "Work That Sexy (Zydeco Remix)"----------Bigg Robb featuring Sean Ardoin

With this dance floor smash we can officially declare 2012 the Year of Zydeco in Southern Soul (following T. K. Soul, Kenne' Wayne, Vick Allen and countless others). In addition to his usual musical Midas touch, Bigg Robb imported a true cajun star in Sean Ardoin.

Sample or Buy Bigg Robb's Work That Sexy (Zydeco Remix) mp3.

Listen to Bigg Robb singing "Work That Sexy (Zydeco Remix)" on YouTube.

23. "Just Because He's Preaching"----------Luther Lackey

Awash in scintillating, gospel-slash-barbershop, Persuasions-on-the-street-corner harmonies, Luther Lackey's ballad dissects one of his favorite subjects, the hypocrisy and sanctimoniousness of preachers and their flocks. "From the waist down," Luther warns, "he's still a man."

Listen to Luther Lackey singing "Just Because He's Preaching" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Luther Lackey's "Just Because He's Preaching" MP3/The Contender CD.

24. "She's Working That Nookie Thing"-----------Big Cynthia featuring Tyree Neal

A perennial "B" artist of Southern Soul, Big Cynthia's new music is a revelation, seasoned yet easy-going, with a special flair born of experience and confidence.

Listen to Big Cynthia singing "She's Working That Nookie Thing" on You Tube.

Sample or Buy Big Cynthia's "She's Working That Nookie Thing" mp3/It's My Time CD.

25. "Sugar Shack (Line Dance Remix)"-----------------Bigg Robb featuring Mz. Jackson

What a blessing it's been to have this hybrid rapper bring his techno-arranging mastery to the Southern Soul scene! As he did with Carl Marshall's "Good Loving Will Make You Cry," Robb mixes all the elements of Nelson Curry & The Klass Band Brotherhood's "Sugar Shack" into a fabulous smorgasbord of sound.

Listen to Bigg Robb singing "Sugar Shack (Line Dance Remix)" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Bigg Robb's Sugar Shack (Line Dance Remix) MP3 or Juke Joint Music CD.

Congratulations to all!

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1. "Try Me"----------Soul Unlimited featuring Ellis Blake

T. K. Soul's essentially soulful "Try Me" doesn't get the live, Revelations-style or Dap-Kings-style horn section it deserves, but in this rapturous cover "Try Me" sure gets one hell of a singer.

Sample and Buy Soul Unlimited featuring Ellis Blake's "Try Me" mp3 or the entire Good Lovin' CD.

2. "All I Want Is For My Wife To Come Back Home"-------------Jesse Clay

This song slipped in at #10 on November's "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles (scroll down), but the sweetness of its gospel-slash-barbershop sound demands higher recognition. Thanks and kudos to Tony Gideon's Sound Mindz Records in Birmingham, Alabama.

Listen to Jesse Clay singing "All I Want Is For My Wife To Come Back Home" on You Tube.

Sample and Buy Jesse Clay's "All I Want Is For My Wife To Come Back Home" mp3.

3. "You Can't Watch Your Wife And Your Woman Too"----------RB And Company

Solid, rollicking, mid-tempo gem in the mode of Theodis Ealey, with a dash of Hardway Connection.

Sample and Buy RB & Co.'s "You Can't Watch Your Wife mp3.

4. "Get Loose"--------King Russell

This Grey Goose lover's carefree, mid-tempo, drinking anthem is so hallucinatory you'll be checking your own breath for alcohol. The Hardway Connection is an even more dominant influence here.

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5. "Back It Up" ---------Clayton Knight

Good-time, old-school Southern Soul by the late, great O. V. Wright's longtime guitarist, Clayton Knight. Morris J. Williams assists.

Sample and Buy Clayton Knight's "Back It Up" mp3 or I'm Coming Home! CD.

Read Daddy B. Nice's CD Review of Clayton Knight's New I'm Coming Home! CD.

6. "Ghetto Superstar"-----T. K. Soul

A pounding, hiphop groove blossoms into a full-blown disco chorus that takes you back to the days of out-sized clubs, swirling dresses, creased slacks, churning strobes and the paradoxically-clean, cumulative smells of perfume, sweat and amyl nitrate.

Listen to T. K. Soul singing "Ghetto Superstar" on YouTube.

Sample and Buy Ghetto Superstar mp3.

7. Tie between Southern Soul's two great, upcoming, younger-generation stars:

"In Your Hips"---------L. J. Echols

Listen to L. J. Echols singing "In Your Hips" on MySpace.

Sample and Buy L. J. Echols' "In Your Hips" mp3 or entire A New Beginning CD.

"So In Love"------------LaMorris Williams

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing "So In Love" on MySpace.

Sample and Buy LaMorris Williams' "So In Love" mp3 or entire Ladies' Choice CD.

8. "Gitcha Love (Tutti Frutti)"-------------Klass Band Brotherhood

Nelson Curry and band prove there's always an immediate niche to fill if you've got the right formula and if you're good enough.

Listen to the Klass Band Brotherhood singing "Gitcha Love (Tutti Frutti)" on YouTube.

Sample and Buy Klass Band Brotherhood's "Gitcha Love (Tutti Frutti)" mp3 or entire Out Of The Shadows of Soul CD.

9. "Prescription For My Love Addiction"-----------Lady Audrey & The Superior Band

Listen to Lady Audrey singing "Prescription For My Love Addiction" on YouTube.

Sample and Buy Lady Audrey's "Prescription For My Love Addiction" mp3.

10. Tie between Charles Wilson and Prince Mekel (formerly Steve Perry):

"This Bed Ain't Big Enough"------------Charles Wilson

Listen to Charles Wilson singing "This Bed Ain't Big Enough" on YouTube.

Sample and Buy Charles Wilson's "This Bed Ain't Big Enough" mp3 or entire Think About What You Got CD.

"Twurk & Slide"----------Prince Mekel (formerly Steve Perry)

Listen to Prince Mekel (formerly Steve Perry) singing "Twurk & Slide" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Prince Mekel's "Twurk & Slide" mp3.

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NOVEMBER 2012

1. "Work That Sexy"----------Bigg Robb featuring Sean Ardoin

With this dance floor smash, we can officially declare 2012 the Year of Zydeco in Southern Soul (following T. K. Soul, Kenne' Wayne, Vick Allen and countless others). In addition to his usual musical Midas touch, Bigg Robb imports a true cajun star in Sean Ardoin.

Oh... And Robb? Fabulous intro! Put that stuff in bottles and sell it.

Buy Bigg Robb's Work That Sexy (Zydeco Remix) mp3 at CD Baby.

Listen to Bigg Robb singing "Work That Sexy (Zydeco Remix) on YouTube.

2. "Cowboy Cool"-------------David (The Country Boy) Walker

More zydeco-rich, Southern Soul jamming music. No official release date set yet, but this performer has arrived.

Listen to snippets interspered with concert footage of David Walker's "Cowboy Cool" Live on YouTube.

Sample or Buy David Walker's previous gospel albums at CD Baby.

3. "A Glass Of Wine"----------Certified Slim

With this sweet, assured follow-up to last year's gem, "Birthday Suit," Certified Slim takes a big step toward becoming a certified Southern Soul veteran. From his brand new CD, MOVE SOMETHIN'.

Listen to Certified Slim singing "A Glass Of Wine" on ReverbNation

Buy Certified Slim's "A Glass Of Wine" mp3 or Move Somethin' CD at iTunes.

4. "They Got A Room" -------------Chuck Roberson

An inspired cover of last year's "Let's Get A Room Somewhere" with Millie Jackson and Jesse James. Chuck's version has lazy, saucy horns, a reggae rhythm section and Stevie J. on lead guitar.

Sample or Buy Chuck Roberson's "They Got A Room" mp3 or The Devil Made Me Do It CD at CD Baby.

Read Daddy B. Nice's 4-star review of Chuck Roberson's new DEVIL MADE ME DO IT CD.

5. "What About My Love"---------------Floyd Taylor

Floyd leaves the voice-enhancer from "'Bout It 'Bout It" at home for this vintage-sounding cover of his father's classic. Watch for it to arrive soon.

Listen to Johnnie Taylor's original version of "What About My Love" on YouTube.

6. "I Want It"---------Leroy Allen

New artist with a polished, mid-tempo sound. Not available for sale yet.

Listen to Leroy Allen singing "I Want It" on SoundCloud.

7. "If I Didn't Love You" -----Diedra

Diedra's follow-up single to the popular "Rent Man." From her new CD.

Sample or Buy Diedra's "If I Didn't Love You" mp3 or her new TRANSFORMATION OF ME CD at CD Baby.

8. "Grown Man"-------Lenny Williams

Lenny Williams' follow-up single to "Still" from his new CD, STILL IN THE GAME. He's a "grown man" and he likes to "hoochie-coochie-coo."

Listen to Lenny Williams singing "Grown Man" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Lenny Williams STILL IN THE GAME CD at CD Universe.

9. "Jody Is Hitting It"-----------T. J. Hooker Taylor

T.J. Hooker Taylor reprises father Johnnie's "Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone" with a stinging vocal and a crackling Carl Marshall arrangement.

Listen to T. J. Hooker Taylor singing "Jody Is Hitting It" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy T. J. Hooker Taylor's TAYLORIZED CD at CD Universe.

10. "All I Want Is For My Wife To Come Back Home"-------------Jesse Clay

Amazing song by a little-known but highly-skilled performer on the order of Eddie Holloway. Jesse Clay recorded the catchy "Bump, Jump & Slide" in 2005.

Listen to Jesse Clay singing "All I Want Is For My Wife To Come Back Home" on You Tube.

Daddy B. Nice Notes: The sound quality of this particular YouTube video is even more flawed than usual, so watch for new postings.

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

OCTOBER 2012

1. "That Thang" -------Katrenia (Katrina Jefferson)

Remember the underground phenom (Katrina--actually Katrenia-- Jefferson) from Jackson, Mississippi your Daddy B. Nice raved about (sans any published album) on the 4th Annual Southern Soul RnB Awards two years ago, singing such woulda-coulda-shoulda-been hits as "Chance Of A Lifetime" and "Love That Keeps Us Holding On"? Here she is at last, with a single produced by Mel Waiters in her professionally-distributed recording debut: "That Thang."

"I know some sisters
That'll die and go to heaven..."

Before Katrenia has belted out the first line, you know you're in the rare, capable arms of an Aretha-like singer. For the record: Katrina Jefferson is Katrenia (Jefferson) and she arrives as a full-fledged Southern Soul Diva.

Sample or Buy Katrenia's "That Thang" on CD Baby.

Listen to Katrenia Jefferson singging "That Thang" on Youtube.

2. "Swing It" --------Lomax

This is no joke. The first three singles on Daddy B. Nice's countdown this month are so good they bring crocodile tears of gratitude and memories of hits from years gone by such as Mel Waiters "Swing Out." Here in Lomax's "Swing It" is the sweet spot of Southern Soul rediscovered, especially on the choruses.

Lomax (Lomax Spaulding III) came up through the Southern Soul ranks via Tony Troutman (remember "Your Man Is Home Tonight," another sweet-spot classic?) and Mel Waiters, who is a virtual magnet for talent.

Sample or Buy Lomax's "Swing It" on CD Baby.

Sample or Buy Lomax's "Swing It" on iTunes.

3. "Good Man Of Mine"-----'

And this new artist, influenced by the likes of Barbara Lewis and Sheba Potts-Wright, completes the month's trifecta of freakishly-accomplished debuts. These new stars are taking the tired old Southern Soul of the genre's stars and revitalizing it. Equanya' (pronounced eee-kwon'-ya) is as good as it gets, or ever got.

Sample or Buy Equanya's "Good Man of Mine" on CD Baby.

4. "I Won't Let My Baby Down"---------Lewis Shaw (aka RawShaw) )

Now we segue into two extraordinary covers. Californian Lina's "My Man (I Won't Let My Baby Down") came out of nowhere in 2010 to become an instant Southern Soul classic. Now another Californian has mustered the seeds to sample the song. Singing over the track (which diminishes the original arrangement), Lewis Shaw unleashes a hot, leather-lathered, masculine version.

Sample Lewis Shaw's "I Won't Let My Baby Down" on Funky Larry's Soul & Blues Report.

5. "I Forgot To Be Your Lover"-----------The Revelations featuring ' Williams

The oft-covered William Bell classic is done in a respectful and (towards the end) quirky fashion by the Rev's impressive live band and the soulful vocal of frontman Tre' Williams--from the soundtrack of the upcoming Quentin Tarantino movie, "The Man With The Iron Fists."

Listen to Tre' Williams & The Revelations singing "I Forgot To Be Your Lover" on YouTube.

Listen to Tre-Williams & The Revelations singing "I Forgot To Be Your Lover" Live Onstage on YouTube.

6. "I Need A Woman Who Can Bring Dat Fire"----------Alonzo Reid

The sax and clarinet background fills reminded me of my old sixties' Van Morrison records (with "Moondance, etc.). The more familiar source, the late Marvin Sease (for whom Reid toiled as a sideman), contributes a quick posthumous cameo.

Listen to Alonzo Reid's "I Need A Woman Who Bring Dat Fire" on YouTube.

7. "Just Like Dat"------Mr. Sam

The finishing touch to this rather generic fast jam is the bass vocal on the chorus, which adds immeasurable charm.

Listen to Mr. Sam's "Just Like Dat" on YouTube.

Buy advance copy of Mr. Sam's "Just Like Dat" CD at CD Universe.

8. "Last Pay Check" ----Big G

About a poor cuss who paid a woman child support for eighteen years, this tune celebrates his last check on his son's 18th birthday. Big G's country-laced tune beat out Bobby Jones' equally poignant but morbid child-support single, "Wife And Sister" for the eighth spot on Daddy B. Nice's Countdown.

Sample or Buy Big G's "Last Pay Check" at CD Baby.

9. "Club In The Woods" --------Avail Hollywood featuring Black Zack

Avail Hollywood continues his good fight to pulverize the "sophomore jinx" with this "hole-in-the-wall" take-off.

Sample or Buy Avail Hollywood's "Club In The Woods" featuring Black Zack on Avail's new Country Road CD at CD Baby.

10. "(Gotta Find Me A) Good Love" ----Joy

In a voice as husky as a seasoned male tenor, Joy lays down a funky distress signal for a good man.

Listen to Joy singing "Good Love" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Joy's "Good Love" on her new "Gotta Find A Good Love" CD at CD Universe.

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

SEPTEMBER 2012

1. "Soul Music"-------Vick Allen

Velvet indeed. This sleek, Willie Claytonesque ballad reminds me of what Peggy Scott-Adams told me about meeting Vick by chance when he was still singing gospel. Peggy was yearning to get back to gospel, while Vick wanted to move to R&B. Looks like Peggy passed the baton to Vick. He's done nothing but get better, and today he's one of the most charismatic performers in Southern Soul.

Listen to Vick Allen's "Soul Music" on Kim Cole Presents Sneak Peeks.

2. "Just Let Me Ride"----Ms. Jody

Killer hook. Think "The Bop" with a 426 Hemi engine. The only element missing is a spectacular crescendo, will full horns and background chorus. But be warned, the band's in overdrive from the first bars.

Sample Ms. Jody's "Let Me Ride" on the Ecko Records website.

Buy Ms. Jody's "Just Let Me Ride" on Ecko Records' Blues Mix Vol. 8, Juke Joint Soul CD.

3. "Weekend Love"---------Stevie J.

Stevie J follows up the original "Come Here Party" with an equally intriguing song that begins like Bobby "Blue" Bland's "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City" and branches out into a fine, Motown-steeped chorus. Come to think of it, Bobby's classic was steeped in the Temps.

Listen to Stevie J's "Weekend Love" on Kim Cole Presents Sneak Peeks.

4. "She's Working That Nookie Thing" -----------Big Cynthia with Tyree Neal

"Nookie..." "Twurking..." Jackie Neal lives. And Big Cynthia--well, her new music is a revelation, seasoned yet easy-going, with a special flair born of experience and confidence.

Buy "She's Working That Nookie Thing" on Big Cynthia's new It's My Time CD .

5. "Big Mouth Woman"--------The Klass Band Brotherhood

Smooth but soulfully rough. It's a potent combination and it's making this all-live-instrument aggregation one of the most popular draws on the circuit.

Buy "Big Mouth Woman" mp3 at iTunes.

6. "I'm A Lady (Not A Hoochie Mama)"----------------Gina Brown

Gina burst onto the scene in 2011 with "G-Slide" and "We're Having A Party" and she has no intention of fading away--no, sir!

Listen to Gina Brown video of "I'm A Lady (Not A Hoochie Mama)" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Gina Brown "I'm A Lady" mp3.

7. "The Clean Up Man" --------Sonny Mack

This "clean-up" song examines cunnilingus from the perspective of men who will and men who won't. Powerfully sung by Sonny Mack over a bracing melody and arrangement.

Sample Sonny Mack's "The Clean Up Man" on the Ecko Records website.

Buy Sonny Mack's "The Clean Up Man" on Ecko Records' Blues Mix Vol. 8, Juke Joint Soul CD.

8. "Lifestyles Of The Poor And Unknown"------------The Total Package Band

William Bell's back-up band is a nine-piece group from Atlanta, Georgia specializing in scintillating R&B covers, with male and female vocalists and a live brass section. This song, with its lovely and witty title, is presumably an original and sounds most like the The Rhythm All-Stars.

Sample "Lifestyles Of The Poor And Unknown" on The Total Package Band website.

9. "Don't Make Me Beg (The New Orleans Bounce Mix)"---------Tucka

Astounding new star in the Cupid mode isn't getting much love from the Southern Soul world beyond the Gulf Coast, but it's only a matter of time before his sound spreads.

Listen to Tucka singing "Don't Make Me Beg" on YouTube.

Buy "Don't Make Me Beg" mp3 on iTunes.

10. Three-way Tie:

"Get Dressed And Go Out"-------------Chris Ivy

"Trying Not To Break Up"-------------Avail Hollywood

Listen to Avail Hollywood's "Trying Not To Break Up" on SoundCloud.

Buy Avail Hollywood's "Trying Not To Break Up" mp3 or new Country Road CD on CD Baby.

"Cheatin' Feels So Damn Good"-------------Mr. Sam

Listen to Mr. Sam's "Cheatin' Feels So Damn Good" on Kim Cole Presents Sneak Peeks.

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

AUGUST 2012

1. "Booty Talking"----------------------Dave Mack & Big Yayo

Dave Mack finds the hard-charging song he was meant to sing in this "Planet Rock"-derived jam. Big Yayo is the new Robb, and he brings out the best in Southern Soul's emerging stars, as he proved with LaMorris Williams on "Impala" and Stevie J. on "Because Of Me."

Thanks to early-riser DJ Boogie at Jackson, Mississippi's WMPR, who's playing one of the few copies circulating. (601-948-5950 to request.)

Listen to Dave Mack & Big Yayo singing "Booty Talking" on Reverb Nation.

2. "Chuck Strut"----------Chuck Roberson

This is a new and much better-tempoed and more melodic version of the "Chuck Strut" that graced Roberson's 2003 Woman Wants A Freak CD. In fact, Chuck hits this one out of the Southern Soul ball park. Congratulations to Desert Sounds producers/writers Pete Peterson and Eric "Smidi" Smith for helping make it happen.

3. "Country Boy"--------Sir Charles Jones

Sir Charles dons overalls and tackles our beloved, frumpy Will T.-Floyd Hamberlin classic ("Mississippi Boy") with a jazzy, polished arrangement that recalls Denise LaSalle's intimidating cover.

The inspired backwoods-themed video on YouTube with Sir Charles roughing it with friends and onlookers returns the song to its roots, however, and the slick elements just seem to disappear in all the leaves and weathered siding. One of the best Southern Soul videos ever.

Listen to--and watch--Sir Charles Jones singing "Country Boy" on YouTube.

4. "Merry Go Round"---------Dorothy Moore

While we waited for Peggy Scott-Adams' triumphant return, Dorothy Moore has stolen the show with her own powerful comeback. "Merry Go Round" is the cooling, "Misty Blue"-style ballad (listen closely for the depth and sophistication) to contrast with the scorching fire and brimstone of "Institutionalize." (See Daddy B. Nice's #1 "Breaking" Southern Soul Single, May 2012.)

Sample or Buy "Merry Go Round" mp3 or new Dorothy Moore Blues Heart CD, including "Institutionalize."

5. "Back Door Lover"----------Donnell Sullivan

Unless I'm mistaken, this is a cover of a song by fellow youngster Ronnie Love, honored as a "Best Debut" Daddy Award nominee in 2011. It's certainly the same song, which points to a Southern Soul underground beneath even the underground that Southern Soul already occupies. Isn't it comforting to know that the aquifer is constantly replenishing?

Sample or Buy "Back Door Lover" mp3 or new Donnell Sullivan Back It Up CD.

6. "If They Can Beat Me Rockin' (Zydeco Remix)"------- Allen

If Southern Soul's my wife and main squeeze, Zydeco (as performed by such artists as Lynn, Rosie Ledet and Keith Frank) is my outside woman, my temptress. The reason I give Southern Soul artists (like T.K. Soul, ' Wayne, et al.) such a hard time about their attempts at zydeco is that they're trying to blend the two genres in one song, which is like combining oil and water. As for "If They Can Beat Me Rockin' (Zydeco Remix)," Vick Allen transforms the song almost wholly into a zydeco tune, and the already folksy chorus lends itself to the cajun style. Vick could record "If They Can Beat Me Rockin' with a Lawrence Welk, polka-style accordion and your Daddy B. Nice would still rockin'.

Listen to Vick Allen singing "If They Can Beat Me Rockin' (Zydeco Remix) on Soundcloud.

7. "Love Thief"--------Sweet Angel

A good song from Sweet Angel's new LP.

Sample or Buy Sweet Angel's "Love Thief" mp3 or new Mr. Wrong Gonna Get This Love Tonight CD.

Read Daddy B. Nice's new CD Review of Sweet Angel's Mr. Wrong Gonna Get This Love Tonight.

8. "Stand In Line"---- Choppa Law

A new artist produced by Mel Waiters, with Mel on background vocals.

Sample or Buy "Stand In Line" mp3

9. "Booty Whipped"---------Napoleon Demps

Like Mack & Big Yayo's "Booty Talking" (#1 above), Napoleon's "Booty Whipped" is full of clichés and catch phrases from popular Southern Soul songs. Bigg Robb produced. This, by the way, is the same Napoleon who recorded the great single, "Who You Been Lovin'" with Mr. David.

Listen to Napoleon Demps singing "Booty Whipped" on YouTube.

10. "I Still Love You"------Jerry L.

Solid, satisfying, piano-accompanied ballad. From Jerry's new CD.

Buy Jerry L.'s Let's Do It All Over CD.

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

JULY 2012

1. "Party All Night Long"----Zeke

Finest party song since Gina Brown's "We're Having A Party" in 2011. Euphoric, contagious, supremely well-sung. Thanks to Chico's Radio for championing this anthem.

Listen to Zeke's "Party All Night Long" on Google.

Sample or Buy Zeke's "Party All Night Long" on I-Tunes.

2. "Miss American Girl"--------------------Zac Harmon

The Jackson, Mississippi-born, California-evolved bluesman puts out a very white, mainstream, contemporary rock-sounding single, but Harmon's vocal retains that Southern Soul "element," as Pam Grier would say.

Sample or Buy "Miss American Girl" MP3 on Zac Harmon's Music Is Medicine CD on CD Baby.

3. "Peter Pumpkin Eater"------------------------L. J. Echols

The couplet--"I thought I had a handle on love/ But my handle broke"--dominates the first half of the song. Then the couplet--"Peter, "Peter, pumpkin eater/ Had my wife and could not keep her"--takes over as a kind of chorus. It's all pretty weird (a best-friend-steals-wife story) but L.J.'s one-of-a-kind voice and steely sincerity tie it together.

L. J. Echol's "Peter Pumpkin Eater" on ReverbNation.

4. "Using Me"------Jeff Floyd

"Using Me" is to Jeff Floyd as last year's "Maintenance Man" was to Omar Cunningham: a hard-hitting new direction. The verses, driven by a great disco-era rhythm track, are more compelling than the choruses of the song, which at 4.5 minutes would be better served by shaving off a minute.

5. "Keep On Walkin'"-----Lysa

Another find from Chico's Radio. If you can get past the unfortunate mix, you'll be treated to a straight-ahead new singer delivering what so many other divas can't seem to find: a good tune.

6. "Full Of That Juice"--------------Nathaniel Kimble

Pure Nathaniel Kimble, meaning jugband-simple, chunky-metered, medicine ball-heavy music from the Dirty South.

Listen to Nathaniel Kimble singing "Full Of That Juice" on YouTube.

7. "Party Mood"------Jaye Hammer

Don't listen to this guy too long or you'll get hooked.

Sample or Buy "Party Mood" MP3 on Hammer CD.

Read Daddy B. Nice's new 3-star CD Review of Jaye Hammer's Hammer CD.

8. "It's All Right" ----Big Yayo

This is the rap collaborator with LaMorris Williams on William's breakthrough Southern Soul single, "Impala," and it's fascinating to speculate on how much Yayo brought to "Impala's" production, or conversely, how much Yayo is imitating "Impala." Solid and interesting in an atmospheric, hiphop way, it still doesn't hold a candle to the intensity, specificity and Southern Soul sweetness of LaMorri's vocal on "Impala," which in retrospect seems even more like a musical miracle.

Listen to Big Yayo singing "It's All Right" on YouTube.

Go to Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to LaMorris Williams and his single "Impala."

9. Absolut--------Lil' Fallay.

That's Absolut, the vodka.

Listen to Lil' Fallay's "Absolut" on SoundCloud.

Go to Lil' Fallay's "The Absolut Video Shoot" Promo Club 903 May 20, 2012.

10. "Baby Baby Please" --------Tommie Leveal

This song is propelled by a sweet and robust keyboard riff. With a sure vocal and nice background singing too, Tommie Leveal may bust through some doors with this single.

Sample or Buy "Baby Baby Please MP3 on Tommie Leveal's The World Is Listening CD.

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