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Daddy B. Nice Announces The Winners of the 2013 "Daddies" (7th Annual) Southern Soul Music Awards. The winners are posted at the end of each list of finalists.

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
Hardest-Touring Crowd Pleaser.

Best Mid-Tempo Song:

Top Contenders:

When I Step In The Club---Stephanie McDee
One Stop Lover---Jaye Hammer
Dance Floor---Klass Band Brotherhood
Sweet Shop---Tucka
Mr. Right Now---Mr. David
Rocket Ship---T-Baby
Want Ad---Equanya
Sexy---Ricky White
Old Skool---Stevie J
You Got The Love---Willie White
Can You Hang?---Wilson Meadows
Are You Ready?--Mose Stovall
Woman You Are---Simone De
Still Strokin'---Ms. Jody


Best Mid-Tempo Song: "When I Step In The Club" by Stephanie McDee

Listen to Stephanie McDee singing "When I Step In The Club" on YouTube.

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Best Club (Fast/Dance) Song:

Top Contenders:

Mr. Sexy Man---Nellie "Tiger" Travis
Just Let Me Ride---Ms. Jody
Trail Ride---Lebrado
Lion Of Judah---Stephanie McDee
Booty Pop---Bigg Robb
Do Tha Hokey Pokey---Pokey feat. Stephanie McDee
Groove Party---Donnie Ray
Can't Touch This---Jonathan Burton
Carolina Shuffle---KCO
Creole Shuffle---Avail Hollywood
Fill It Up---Bigg Robb
The Swag---T-Baby


Best Club (Uptempo Dance) Song: "Mr. Sexy Man" by Nellie "Tiger Travis

Listen to Nellie "Tiger" Travis singing "Mr. Sexy Man" on YouTube

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Best Ballad:

Top Contenders:

I Got This Record---J-Wonn
My Baby's Phone---Vick Allen
Baby's Love---Klass Band Brotherhood
Starting All Over---O.B. Buchana
Married To One Man (Remix)---Stephanie McDee
Cheating On Me---Ms. Tabatha
If It's Love You Want--Certified Slim
How Do You Keep?---Mr. Sam
I Done Lost My Good Thang---Terry Wright


Best Ballad: "I Got This Record" by JWonn

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

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Best Song By Longtime Veteran:

Top Contenders:

Shut The Puck Up---Theodis Ealey
Hit The Road Jack---Latimore
Hottest Thing---Mel Waiters
Starting All Over---O.B. Buchana
I Can Still Roll It---The Love Doctor
Party Time---Jeff Floyd
I Done Lost My Good Thang---Terry Wright
Get Her With My Twitter---Billy "Soul" Bonds
Poor Side Of Town---Mel Waiters
Hard Feeling With Me---Bobby Rush
I'm Rowdy Rowdy---O.B. Buchana
Love Of My Life---Rue Davis
Can I Spend Some Money On You?--Chuck Strong


Best Song By Longtime Veteran: "Get Her With My Twitter" by Billy "Soul" Bonds



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Best Female Vocalist:

Top Contenders:

Ms. Jody---Let Me Ride
Nellie "Tiger" Travis---Mr. Sexy Man
Stephanie McDee---When I Step In The Club
Krishunda Echols---Mad Dog 2020
Equanya---Want Ad
T-Baby---Rocket Ship
Karen Wolfe---Yo Ass & Yo Clothes
Jureesa (The Duchess) McBride---Let Me Be Your Super Mistress
Ms. Tabatha---Cheating On Me
Stephanie Pickett---Don't Need No Man


Best Female Vocalist: Stephanie McDee, "When I Step In The Club"

Listen to Stephanie McDee singing "When I Step In The Club" on YouTube.

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Best Male Vocalist:

Top Contenders:

Jaye Hammer---One Stop Lover
J-Wonn---I Got This Record
Lebrado---Trail Ride
Nelson Curry (Klass Band Brotherhood)---Dance Floor
Vick Allen---My Baby's Phone
Wilson Meadows---Can You Hang?
O.B. Buchana---I'm Rowdy Rowdy
Mr. Sam---How Do You Keep
Donnie Ray---Groove Party
Fredrick (King Fred) Hicks---When I Think Of You
Mr. David---Mr. Right Now
Tucka---Sweet Shop
Adrian Bagher---Around The Corner
Mel Waiters---Hottest Thing


Best Male Vocalist: JWonn, "I Got This Record"

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

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Best Debut:

Top Contenders:

J-Wonn---I Got This Record
Krishunda Echols---Mad Dog 2020
DeCarlos Bonds---I Miss My Ex
Pokey---They Call Me Pokey
Adrian Bagher---Around The Corner
T-Baby---Rocket Ship
Big "Ro" Williams---Good Love Muscle
Fredrick (King Fred) Hicks---When I Think Of You
Miss Lady Blues---You Don't Hold Me Like You Used To
Kimea---Sloppy Drunk


Best Debut: JWonn, "I Got This Record"

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

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Best Collaboration:

Top Contenders:

Another Woman's Man---Adrena w/ Nellie "Tiger" Travis
I'm Gonna Keep My Love At Home---Ms. Jody w/ Donnie Ray
They Call Me Pokey (Remix)---Pokey w/ Tucka and Tyree Neal
Do The Hokey Pokey---Pokey w/ Stephanie McDee
Can't Stand A Lying Man---Alonzo Reid w/ LaKeisha
You And I Together---Theodis Ealey w/ Lacee
Move Something (Remix)---Tucka w/ Lacee
Poor Side Of Town---Mel Waiters w/ Bigg Robb
Can't Get Her Off My Mind---O.B. Buchana w/ Sir Charles Jones
Dance Floor---Klass Band Brotherhood w/ Mel Waiters
Think It Over---Theodis Ealey w/ Lacee


Best Collaboration: "I'm Gonna Keep My Love At Home," Ms. Jody w/ Donnie Ray



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Best Outa-Left-Field Song:

Top Contenders:

Can I Spend Some Money On You?---Chuck Strong
I'm Tired Of Being Grown---Vick Allen
When I Think Of You---Fredrick Hicks (King Fred)
Lion Of Judah---Stephanie McDee
Creepin'---Lola
Good Love Muscle---Big "Ro" Williams
Around The Corner---Adrian Bagher
Get Her With My Twitter---Billy "Soul" Bonds
Married To One Man (Remix)---Stephanie McDee


Best Outa-Left-Field Song: "I'm Tired Of Being Grown" by Vick Allen

Listen to Vick Allen singing "I'm Tired Of Being Grown" on YouTube.

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Best Chitlin' Circuit Blues Song:


Top Contenders:

Mad Dog 2020---Krishunda Echols
Every Woman For Herself--Ms. Jody
Get Her With My Twitter--Billy "Soul" Bonds
Booty Pop---Bigg Robb
Yo Ass & Yo Clothes---Karen Wolfe
Fill It Up---Bigg Robb
What's Up/Shut The Puck Up---Theodis Ealey
Sloppy Drunk---Kimea
Can't Stand A Lying Man---Alonzo Reid w/LaKeisha


Best Chitlin' Circuit Blues Song: "Mad Dog 2020" by Krishunda Echols

Listen to Krishunda Echols singing "Mad Dog 2020" on YouTube.

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Best Cover Song:

Top Contenders:

I'm Gonna Keep My Love At Home---Ms. Jody feat. Donnie Ray
I Can Still Roll It (covering Slow Roll It)---The Love Doctor
On The Way Home (covering Impala)---LaMorris Williams
You Can't Raise Him---Krishunda Echols
Precious, Precious---Lina
Do The Hokey Pokey---Pokey feat. Stephanie McDee
Hit The Road Jack---Latimore
I'm Having A Party (covering Sam Cooke's Having A Party)---Alonzo Reid


Best Cover Song: "I'm Gonna Keep My Love At Home" by Ms. Jody feat. Donnie Ray



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Best Songwriter:

Top Contenders:

John Cummings & John Ward---One Stop Lover (Jaye Hammer), Another Blues Man From Clarksdale (O. B. Buchana)
Floyd Hamberlin---Mr. Sexy Man (Nellie "Tiger" Travis)
Joanne Delapaz & John Ward---Just Let Me Ride (Ms. Jody)
Stephanie McDee---When I Step In The Club, Lion Of Judah, Married To One Man (Stephanie McDee)
Nelson Curry---Baby's Love, Dance Floor (Klass Band Brotherhood
Vick Allen---I'm Tired Of Being Grown (and with Omar Cunningham) My Baby's Phone (Vick Allen)


Best Songwriter: A tie between Floyd Hamberlin for Nellie "Tiger" Travis' "Mr. Sexy Man" and Delapaz/Ward for Ms. Jody's "Just Let Me Ride."



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 Best Arranger/Producer:

Top Contenders:

Shonta---Stephanie McDee ("Lion Of Judah," "Married To One Man" Remix)

Vick Allen---Vick Allen ("My Baby's Phone" and--with Robert Burrell Harris, Jr.--"I'm Tired Of Being Grown")

John Ward---Ms. Jody ("Just Let Me Ride"), O.B. Buchana ("I'm Rowdy Rowdy"), Jaye Hammer ("One Stop Lover"), Donnie Ray ("Groove Party")

Tyree Neal---Stephanie McDee ("When I Step In The Club"), Big Cynthia ("That Nookie Thing," "Big Leg Woman")

Big Yayo---J-Wonn ("I Got This Record"), T-Baby ("The Swag"), Dave Mack ("Booty Talking")

Floyd Hamberlin---Nellie "Tiger" Travis ("Mr. Sexy Man")

L.J. Echols---Krishunda Echols ("Mad Dog 2020," "You Can't Raise Him")

Avail Hollywood---Avail Hollywood ("Country Road," "Trying Not To Break Up")


 Best Arranger/Producer: Big Yayo



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Best CD's:

Top Contenders:

Theodis Ealey---You And I, Together
Ms. Jody---Still Strokin'
Stephanie McDee---Return Of The Southern Soul Queen
Vick Allen---Soul Music (2nd year)
Donnie Ray---Drowning In My Own Tears
Mel Waiters---Poor Side Of Town
Tucka---Love Rehab 2
Klass Band Brotherhood---We Call The Shots In Soul
Lomax---Life's Lessons
Avail Hollywood---Country Road
Starting All Over---O.B. Buchana
I Can Lay The Hammer Down---Jaye Hammer


Best CD: Stephanie McDee's RETURN OF THE SOUTHERN SOUL QUEEN

Sample Stephanie McDee's Return Of The Southern Soul Queen.

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Hardest-Touring Crowd-Pleaser

Top Contenders:

Willie Clayton
Mel Waiters
T.K. Soul
Avail Hollywood
Ms. Jody


Hardest-Touring Crowd-Pleaser: T.K. Soul

Daddy B. Nice notes: Hardest-touring artists can be broken down by generations--1st gen (B.B. King), 2nd gen (Mel Waiters), 3rd gen (T.K. Soul).

Congratulations to all from Daddy B. Nice!

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And remember: Automatic links to mp3's, CD's, song samples and other citations and references to the artists above are available by going to the artist's name in either Daddy B. Nice's CD Store or Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

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Daddy B. Nice's Top Ten "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles Review for. . .

JULY 2013

1. "My Baby's Love"------------Klass Band Brotherhood

Uncommonly deep and majestic, this is a brave new sound for Nelson Curry and the Klass Brotherhood, more like one might expect from the other great all-live-instruments band to arrive with Klass on the scene a couple of years ago, The Revelations featuring Tre' Williams (the latter unfortunately disbanded). When I asked Nelson Curry if it was really him singing the lead vocal, he said, "On 'Baby's Love' I was trying to imagine if Otis Redding and Jackie Wilson sang together on a track."

Outa-sight keyboards.

Sample/Pre-Order Klass Band Brotherhood singing "My Baby's Love" from their new WE CALL THE SHOTS IN SOUL CD.

2. "Carolina Shuffle"------KCO (Ken Knox & Company)

This song—or blues chant--by Chairman Of The Board-member Ken Knox is amazing--with all the qualities of a line-dance hit single. Original, aggressive, specific, simple. And for the grown folks experiencing a little deja' vu, the layered, bass-dominated vocal track (which rightfully gobbles up more than half the song) recalls the druggy (but funky and eminently dance-able) club anthem "(Ride The) White Horse."

Listen to KCO's official video of "Carolina Shuffle" on YouTube.

Listen to KCO singing "Carolina Shuffle" Live Onstage (and in the crowd) on YouTube. (Poor Sound.)

Blast from the past: Listen to the group Laid Back singing "White Horse" on YouTube.

Buy KCO singing "Carolina Shuffle" on the CDS sampler SOUTHERN SOUL FROM THE BEACH TO THE CLUB.

Buy "Carolina Shuffle" mp3 on iTunes.

3. "We Jukin' At The Juke Joint"------------Klass Band Brotherhood

A Klass Band Brotherhood, mid-tempo Southern Soul classic, complete with a sugary Nelson Curry vocal, ingratiatingly restrained organ-style keyboards, and--yes--even a casual whistling phrase reminiscent of "Sugar Shack." From the terrific-sounding new CD from Nelson Curry, Wayne Bowman, Curtis Knight, Allen Curry and Derrick Thomas.

Sample/Pre-Order "We Jukin' At The Juke Joint" on new Klass Band Brotherhood WE CALL THE SHOTS IN SOUL CD.

4.  "Shuckin' & Jivin'" / "Cheatin' Ain't No Fun"-----------Jaye Hammer

Hammer's like listening to O. B. Buchana on steroids. I can't decide which of these two new songs I like better, ergo the twin pick. "Shuckin' & Jivin'" is the grown-folks' dance groove. "Cheating Ain't No Fun" is the country classic, complete with a stupendous and seamless, albeit unusual, male background chorus on which, by the way, Buchana generously assists.

Sample/Buy Jaye Hammer's "Shuckin' & Jivin'" and  "Cheatin' Ain't No Fun" on his new I CAN LAY THE HAMMER DOWN CD.

Read Daddy B. Nice's new, five-star CD REVIEW of Jaye Hammer's I Can Lay The Hammer Down album.

5. "My Dear"-------Jim Bennett

The confession combined with the penance. This doowop/voice-over style went out with pedal-pushers. It's so retro it'd embarrass the retro. Not to mention that on first impression it's excruciatingly slow. But I'm entranced. Hypnotized, musically-speaking.

Listen to Jim Bennett singing "My Dear" on MySpace.

Sample/Buy Jim Bennett singing "My Dear" on his new MORE LOVE, SOUTHERN SOUL AND MORE BLUES CD.

Sample/Buy Jim Bennett singing "My Dear" on the Southern Soul from the Beach, To the Street, To the Club CD.

6. "Put It All Up In There"--------Lomax.

A local (Mississippi) promoter pointed your Daddy B. Nice's nose in the direction of this one, where it had been waiting all the time. "Put It All Up In There" marks the third time a song from Lomax's breakthrough CD LIFE'S LESSONS has charted here, following "Swing It" and "Second Hand Man."

Listen to the official "Put It All Up In There" Promo-Video on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Lomax singing "Put It All Up In There" on his new Life's Lessons CD.

7. "Creepin'"-------Lola

This may be Lola's best shot yet at a hit single. Wilbe Records has released a number of Lola singles since 2007, including "I Can't See Myself Loving Nobody But You," "The Sweetest Thing" and "Wash Your Hands."

No mp3 yet.

8. "Run Run Run"--------Chocolate Thunder

Chocolate Thunder (aka Linda Rodney from Greenville, South Carolina) has a new song rising up the Beach Music charts whose production, from a Southern Soul standpoint, sorely misses a strong lead guitar hook upfront in the mix filling the space between the vocal and the brass section. Chocolate Thunder's singing tends to lapse on the verses, only to triumph on the choruses. (Thanks to Neal "Soul Dog" Furr.)

No mp3 yet.

9. "Too Much Booty Shakin' Fabulous Abracadabulous Remix"---------Sir Jonathan Burton

With Lebrado's "Fire" riff and assorted eighties' flashbacks. Good stuff. Great party mix.

Sample/Buy Sir Jonothan Burton singing "Too Much Booty Shakin' Fabulous Abracadabulous Remix" on the Southern Soul from the Beach, To the Street, To the Club CD.

10. "Let's Get The Party Started"---------Blind Ricky McCants

This Roy C. knock-off is exasperating but irresistible.

Listen to Blind Ricky McCants singing "Let's Get The Party Started" from the CDS Soul Blues Sampler, Vol. 2.

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JUNE 2013 

1. "Morning Delight"/"When I Think Of You"------------King Fred aka Fredrick Hicks

Greatest undiscovered double-play since Walter Waiter's "Don't Scratch My Back"/"Careful Woman" a decade ago. King Fred's "When I Think Of You" (with a female background chorus as beautiful as Jackie Neal's "That's The Way We Roll") and its companion, "Morning Delight," comprise the most karmically-pure new Southern Soul music in years. Or, come to think of it, since the late great Luther Vandross' similarly-titled "Think Of You." See background story on Daddy B. Nice's Corner "News & Notes," June 8, 2013.

Listen to King Fred's "Morning Delight" and "When I Think Of You" on MySpace.

 Sample/Buy Fredrick Hicks' "Morning Delight"/"When I Think Of You" mp3's or full GOING CRAZY CD at CD Baby.

Sample/Buy King Fred's aka Fredrick Hicks' GOING CRAZY album and mp3's on iTunes.

2. "Starting All Over"------O. B. Buchana

The only new song capable of bringing you down to a soft landing after Hicks' intimate and vulnerable style is--who else?--the spiritual maestro of Southern Soul himself, O. B. Buchana, giving it his all on the title song from his new CD.

Sample/Buy O. B. Buchana's "Starting All Over" mp3 or album on Google Play.

Sample/Buy O. B. Buchana's "Starting All Over" mp3 or album on iTunes.

Read Daddy B. Nice's new 21st Century Countdown Artist Guide to O. B. Buchana (#9).

3. "You Got The Love"---------Willy White

This is the kind of strong groove and passionate singing that inspired the term "Deep Soul." Tony Gideon Music is promoting it as a "brand new single" (true for virtually all of us) but like King Fred's music above it's actually been around--in CD Baby limbo--since 2008.

Not to be confused with Willie West.

Listen to Willie White singing "You Got The Love" on YouTube (Fragment).

Sample/Buy Willie White's Party Hardy mp3's or CD at CD Baby.

Sample/Buy Willie White on iTunes.

4. "My Baby's Phone"-------Vick Allen

"She must have slipped
And hit redial."

A gorgeous chorus buoys this stately-tempo-ed ode to cheating over the cell phone. Vick's singular lead vocal is largely in falsetto range. "My Baby's Phone" would easily be a top-forty tune in a perfect musical world--or the late 50's, the sixties and early 70's (if you prefer).

Listen to Vick Allen singing "My Baby's Phone" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Vick Allen's "My Baby's Phone" mp3 or "Soul Music" CD at CD Baby.

Sample/Buy Vick Allen's "My Baby's Phone" mp3 at iTunes.

Read more about Vick Allen in Daddy B. Nice's new CD review of Vick Allen's SOUL MUSIC.

5. "Like You Used To"---------Miss Lady Blues

You'd swear this was Bobbye "Doll" Johnson singing under a pseudonym, so similar is the clear, warm vocal timbre. But when you go to the video....

Listen to Miss Lady Blues singing "(You Don't Do Me) Like You Used To Do" on YouTube.

...you'll know different. The name on the business card accompanying the promo copy is Kesha Boyd, the producer Craig Groove (another pseudonym). Good stuff, steeped in Southern Soul technique.

6. "Second Hand Man" ------Lomax

If this young performer takes more of his music in the direction of this Redding-like ballad and his 2012 Southern Soul break-out single, "Swing It," we Southern Soul fans have some great days of listening in store.

Sample/Buy Lomax's Second Hand Man mp3/Life's Lessons CD.

7. "Southern Soul Dip"------Ghetto Cowboy

Brand new from Ghetto Cowboy, and his best in awhile. Nice, relaxed-but-locomoting rhythm track interrupted occasionally (and thankfully not too often) by a jarring, Cameo-style bridge.

From his new CD, MR. SOUTHERN SOUL. Produced by Ghetto Cowboy, Phunk Dog, TCP Events and Big Al Productions. By the way, this is not a remake of Ms. Jody's single of the same name.

8. "BBQ Music"-----Cupid

The "Cupid Shuffle" phenom is reaching out to Southern Soul fans, and what better place to start than a sequel to his Southern Soul-friendly "At The Barbeque"?

Sample/Buy Cupid singing “BBQ Music” on GooglePlay.

Listen to the Promotional Video for Cupid's new Positopia CD.

9. "Fatal Attraction"-----Avail Hollywood

Avail ransacks the Johnnie Taylor catalog and the tactic pays off admirably, with the young gun displaying his supple, elasticized tenor to stunning effect. Too new for contact #'s yet.

10. "The Other Woman"-------------Sir Jonathan Burton

Yeah, man. Sounds like vintage Mitch Ryder. Snappy production as always.

Sample/Buy Sir Jonothan Burton's "The Other Woman" mp3 at Amazon.

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MAY 2013 

1. "Mad Dog 2020"--------------------Krishunda Echols

Krishunda Echols starts out a little shaky, but once she gets going she sounds like the best thing since Jackie Neal. "Mad Dog 2020" also has a marvelously-percolating, guitar-plucking background (and last-minute vocal cameo) by brother L.J.

Listen to Krishunda Echols singing "Mad Dog 2020" on YouTube.

No mp3. From an upcoming CD.

2. "One Stop Lover"---------Jaye Hammer

Jaye Hammer's muscular vocal trumps even last year's talented debut. Here he sounds like a larger-than-life hero, an effect aided in no small part by the great arrangement, including strings, a stuttering, Wilson Meadows-like guitar lick and a measured, classic soul-sounding organ-keyboard. Written in outstanding fashion by John Cummings.

Sample or Buy Jaye Hammer's "One Stop Lover" mp3.

Sample or Buy Ecko Records' Blues Mix 10: Super Soul Music with Jaye Hammer's "One Stop Lover" included.

Read more in Daddy B. Nice's New CD Reviews.

3. "Can't Touch This"-----Jonathan Burton

Washing-machine beats. That's what I call these songs from the "Too Much Booty Shaking" phase of Jonathan Burton's career, and yet he buffs these songs to an immaculate sheen with bravado vocals, dizzily-choreographed arrangements and infectious choruses. And presto--they work.

Listen to Jonathan Burton singing "Can't Touch This" on MySpace.

Sample or Buy Jonothan Burton's "Can't Touch This" mp3.

Sample or Buy CDS's Club Southern Soul Vol. 3 CD with Jonathan Burton's "Can't Touch This" as opening track.

Read more in Daddy B. Nice's New CD Reviews.

4. "Sloppy Drunk"----Kimea

In which Kimea Conway, no slouch in the singing department, obliges all the men who want to buy her drinks. Funny, doggy male background vocals. For all the fans, including yours truly, who like it a little rough.

Listen to Kimea singing "Sloppy Drunk" on YouTube.

No mp3 yet.

5. "You And I Together"-------Theodis Ealey and Lacee

After the wrong-side-of-the-tracks excitement of three of the four previous tracks, the crooning of Theodis and Lacee sounds almost like lounge music--beautiful lounge music--but nevertheless, music imbued with the smoothness of longtime performers. Lacee's vocal may be her best ever, with something of Shirley Brown's figure-skater precision and scope.

Listen to Theodis Ealey's new CD YOU AND I TOGETHER preview on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Theodis Ealey's "You and I Together" mp3 or YOU AND I, TOGETHER CD.

6. "Cheating On Her, Cheating On Me"--------Ms. Tabatha

This great underground song--and its arrangement in particular--takes me back to the early, dripping-with-atmosphere, Sir Charles Jones days in Southern Soul, i. e. "Take Care Of Mama."

Watch the Ms. Tabatha video of "Cheating On Her" on YouTube.

Not for sale, as far as I know.

7. "Come Around This Corner"-------------Adrian

This is one of those raw young artists I just love to discover--the continuing lifeblood of the genre. The rather startling lyrics include:

"Heard him fussing in the back room
While I was trying to sleep.
Heard you crying in the bathroom
Like you just got beat.

I ain't no nosy neighbor,
But...."

Heard it--where else?--at WMPR, where you'll have to request it for the near future. No release yet.

8. "Can't Get You Off Of My Mind"--------O.B. Buchana & Sir Charles Jones

Same old song O.B.'s been churning out for years, but your Daddy B. Nice is here to tell you O.B. and Charles do sing the hell out of it.

Sample or Buy Ecko Records' Blues Mix 10: Super Soul Music with "Can't Get You Off Of My Mind" included.

9. "Old Skool"-----Stevie J.

Another solid single--a "smoothie"--from the upcoming album by Stevie J.

Listen to Stevie J. singing "Old Skool" on YouTube.

10. 3-Way "Imitation" Tie Among:

"Work"-------Wendell B.

Wendell B's "Work" retains too much of Marvin Gaye's & Tammi Terrell's "Your Precious Love," making you wish you were hearing the original, not a watered-down copy.

"'Bout To Lose A Dollar (Trying To Save A Dime)"------Chris Ivy

Ditto for Chris Ivy's "'Bout To Lose A Dollar," which also covers a classic from yesteryear that's stumping me.

"Make The Bed Rock"----Avail Hollywood

...And Avail Hollywood's "Make The Bed Rock" is a recycling of his signature song, "Drinking Again."

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

APRIL 2013

1. "Mr. Right Now"----Mr. David

All the elements of a break-out hit--great melody, terrific lyrics, a one-of-a-kind sound, soulfulness coursing through every stanza--grace this unexpected treat. Mr. David lays down a vocal that will define him as a Southern Soul star for years to come.

Listen to Mr. David's "Mr. Right Now" on ReverbNation.

Watch this space for upcoming link to buy.

2. "I'm Tired Of Being Grown"---------Vick Allen

An idiosyncratic but brave, pushing-the-envelope original from the indefatigable Vick Allen, who extends a singles winning streak second only to the Miami Heat's recent NBA run.

Sample/Buy Vick Allen's "I'm Tired Of Being Grown" mp3 or SOUL MUSIC CD at CD Baby.

3. "Want Ad"------Equanya

Strong follow-up to Equanya's impressive 2012 "Good Man Of Mine" debut. If you ever loved Barbara Lewis ("Hello, Stranger," etc.), you've got to check out Equanya's cafe' au lait vocals.

Listen to Equanya singing "Want Ad" on SoundCloud.

Sample/Buy Equanya's "Want Ad" mp3 at CD Baby.

4. "Party Time"-------Jeff Floyd

This sugar-coated anthem from Jeff's new album walks a fine line between mainstream pop and classic Southern Soul, but isn't that the patented Jeff Floyd style? My guess is that its easy-going simplicity will win over the fans and make it a hit.

Sample/Buy "Party Time" mp3 or WATCH ME WORK CD at iTunes.

Read Daddy B. Nice's new 21st Century Countdown Artist Guide to Jeff Floyd.

5. "Should Have Made You My Wife"-------------King Fred

King Fred (aka Fredrick Hicks) sounds like he's singing through a neck brace, like a wizened old man, and it works as both humor and authenticity. The female chorus provides crucial contrast to the contorted kead vocal, and is well sung and arranged.

Listen to King Fred singing "Should Have Made You My Wife" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy King Fred's (Fredrick Hicks') "Should Have Made You My Wife" mp3 or GOING CRAZY CD at CD Baby.

6. "Still Crazy For You"--------------Sweet Angel

With its cabaret-jazz atmosphere and finely-enunciated vocal, it's not your typical chitlin' circuit fare, but by the second or third listen you'll be feeling more than comfortable with the depth of its singer's soul.

Sample/Buy Sweet Angel's "Still Crazy For You" mp3 at CD Baby.

7. "Tastes Like Candy"------------Koree' Randolph

I didn't "get into" Koree' Randolph's music last year, when he debuted with Said I'm Looking, but I do "get" the new single from that CD. Recommended if you like Lebrado or Willie B.

Sample/Buy Koree' Rudolph's "Tastes Like Candy" mp3 at Amazon.

Sample/Buy Koree Rudolph's SAID I'M LOOKING CD at iTunes.

8. "Good Love"--------The Klass Band featuring Nelson Curry

The new single from the "Sugar Shack" guys. Not much of a melody, or even a hook, but what it has is execution--a great live band and lead vocalist at the top of his chops. Nice organ keyboard riff on the chorus.

Watch this space for a link to buy.

Sample/Buy the Klass Band Brotherhood's previous CD, OUT OF THE SHADOWS OF SOUL, at Amazon.

9. "Big Leg Woman"----Big Cynthia featuring Tyree Neal

Have you noticed Big Cynthia's songs sound better with Tyree Neal? Like the late Jackie Neal's brother came along with some magic pixie dust and spread it all over Big Cynthia and her catalog?

Listen to Big Cynthia singing "Big Leg Woman" on MySpace.

Sample/Buy Big Cynthia's IT'S MY TIME CD at CD Universe.

10. "Pay Before You Pump (Remix)"---------Denise LaSalle

The funky remix of Denise's "Pay Before You Pump" is even more seductive than the original. It's from Ecko Records' new sampler, Blues Mix: Super Soul Music. Watch for more new songs from the compilation in next month's review.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Pay Before You Pump (Remix)" at MySpace. (Scroll down to Selection #16.)

Sample/Buy Denise LaSalle's "Pay Before You Pump (Remix)" mp3 at iTunes.

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MARCH 2013


1. "Another Woman's Man"-----------Adrena & Nellie "Tiger" Travis

Wow. A duet. A ballad with a message. What can I say? Hearing Nellie sing Southern Soul like this again is stirring, to say the least--I am simply purring with Southern Soul contentment--and Adrena holds her own, a more fragile yet courageous counterpart to Travis's steel. When the two voices join together on the chorus--"Lyin', sneakin', cheatin', freakin' / With another woman's man"--they cut a new notch in diva history.

Listen to Nellie "Tiger" Travis and Adrena singing "Another Woman's Man" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Adrena's "Another Woman's Man" featuring Nellie Tiger Travis mp3.

2. "Mr. Sexy Man"--------Nellie "Tiger" Travis

Nellie's true, long-awaited sequel to her club anthem, "If I Back It Up," although the hard-edged disco hook won't remind you of the Floyd Hamberlin original. Well, surprise. Hamberlin wrote this follow-up, as did he Travis's "I'm A Woman," which it more closely resembles. You'll know it's Southern Soul when you hear Nellie on the chorus, singing, "What your name is. what your name is...."

Recommended if you liked Big Yayo & Dave Mack's "Booty Talking."

Listen to Nellie "Tiger" Travis singing "Mr. Sexy Man" on Nellie's special website.

Sample/Buy Nellie "Tiger" Travis's "Mr. Sexy Man.".

3. "No Hard Feelin' With Me"-----Bobby Rush

When I heard DJ Handyman playing this autobiographical nugget of pure acoustic blues on WMPR (Jackson, Ms.) afternoon after afternoon the past couple of weeks, I thought it was from Rush's new DOWN IN LOUISIANA album. I wrote it down as, "Bobby Rush, stunning new acoustic blues." It's the most primal Bobby Rush I've ever heard, kind of an "Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own" take-off, but also much more, and although it dates back to the BLIND SNAKE LP, "No Hard Feelin' With Me" is too vivid and full of life not to recommend to others who also missed it.

Sorry. No YouTube, which points to its being overlooked.

Sample/Buy Bobby Rush's "No Hard Feelin' With Me" mp3

4. "Boody Pop And Lock"------------Charles "Big Daddy" Stallings

Your Daddy B Nice is impressed. This is a great groove done in a refreshing arrangement, with stand-out horns and background choruses. Also excellent are the musical shifts in keys and harmonies at the ends of verses--like mini-bridges--all made even more unforgettable by Stallings' rolling, burnished tenor.

From Big Daddy's new twenty--count 'em--track CD. No YouTube yet for this one.

Sample/Buy "Boody Pop And Lock" mp3 or new CALL ME BIG DADDY CD.

5. "Shut The Puck Up"---------Theodis Ealey

Speaking of stunning guitar.... A message song of a different stripe.

Listen to Theodis Ealey singing "Shut The Puck Up" on YouTube.

Listen to new Theodis Ealey interview regarding "Shut The Puck Up" and other topics.

Sample/Buy Theodis Ealey "Shut The Puck Up" mp3 or YOU AND I, TOGETHER CD.

6. "Down In Louisiana"---------Bobby Rush

It's just Bobby Rush, doing his thing, y'all (see above). Your Daddy B. Nice will follow him just about anywhere short of over a cliff, and I certainly won't hesitate to follow him to Louisiana.

Paul Brown partnered with Bobby on the material, arrangement and musical performances on this CD. Learn more about Paul Brown at Ocean Soul Studios.com.

Listen to Bobby Rush singing "Down In Louisiana" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Bobby Rush's "Down In Lousiana mp3 or CD.

7. "Hold On Me" ---------David Brinston

David Brinston's new CD was quietly released on CD Baby in October of 2012. The first singles are just beginning to trickle onto deejay playlists.

Sample/Buy David Brinston's "Hold On Me" mp3 or It's Gonna Be a Showdown CD.

Read more about #15-ranked David Brinston in Daddy B Nice's new Artist Guide: Top 100 21st Century Southern Soul Countdown.

8. "Get Off My Track"----James Smith

Wonderful piece of old-school Southern Soul by the Michigan-based Southern Soul notable ("Plumber Man," etc.). If you listen closely, you'll hear the lovely Karen Wolfe on background vocals.

Recommended if you liked Jesse Clay's "All I Want Is For My Wife To Come Back Home."

Sample/Buy James Smith's "Get Off My Track" mp3 or CD.

9. "Ain't Nothin' Good Enough"-------100% Cotton featuring Da Teddy Bear

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, atmospheric ballads that too often sink under their own weighty expectations. This one rises above the norm, with fine vocals.

Listen to 100% Cotton's 2009 CD, KEEPING SOUTHERN SOUL ALIVE. (Does not include this track.)

10. "Boody Pop And Lock" #2------------Charles "Big Daddy" Stallings

Pared-down, instrumental mix of Stallings' "Booty Pop & Lock" profiled above starts out with a loping rap, and lots of chorus experiments and general gaiety. Played immediately after the #1 mix, it makes a more than seven minute jam. Played on its own, it conjures great Black novelty hits of yesteryear such as The Diamonds' "Little Darlin'."

Sample/Buy "Boody Pop And Lock #2" mp3 or new CALL ME BIG DADDY CD.

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

FEBRUARY 2013


1. "Another Get Drunk Party"-----------Ms. Jody

With gleaming, layered alto harmonies and an overriding, soprano-riffing vocal, Ms. Jody transforms a modest, doo-wah-diddying chorus into what Daddy B. Nice calls "the sleeper" from her new country-soulful CD Still Strokin'.

See DBN's 4-star "Distinguished Effort" CD Review.

Sample or Buy "Another Get Drunk Party" mp3 at iTunes.

Sample or Buy Ms. Jody's Still Strokin' CD at CD Universe.

2. "I Miss My Ex"-------DeCarlos Bonds

The melodic, straight-ahead, ultra-transparent singing style, the sincerity and the sensitivity, even the references to Billy "Soul" Bonds' standards and the last name of the singer (family?) constitute an homage to the low-key Mississippi master.

From the same Hot Spot compilation that gave us RB & Company's "You Can't Watch Your Wife (And Your Woman, Too)."

Listen to DeCarlos Bonds singing "I Miss My Ex" on MySpace.

Sample or Buy DeCarlos Bonds' "I Miss My Ex" mp3 on the Southern Soul Blues Hot Spot, Vol. 2 sampler from Hot Spot Records on I-Tunes.

3. "On The Way Home"---------LaMorris Williams

This song languishes in the ambience of LaMorris Williams's "Impala" ("You can make me holler/ In the back of my Impala")--as soulful a place to segue from Billy "Soul" Bonds as anything you'll find out there.

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing "On The Way Home" on SoundCloud.

Sample or Buy LaMorris Williams' "On The Way Home" mp3/Ladies' Choice CD at CD Baby.

4. "Precious, Precious"----Lina

Lina ("I Won't Let My Baby Down") resuscitates Jackie Moore's little-known, 1971 hit, the most obviously-Southern Soul offering from her new CD.

Read Daddy B. Nice's 4-star "Distinguished effort" CD Review.

Listen to Lina singing "Precious, Precious" on MySpace.

Sample or Buy Lina's "Precious, Precious" mp3/The Love Chronicles Of A Lady Songbird" CD at CD Baby.

5. "I'm Rowdy, Rowdy"----O. B. Buchana

The most melody-starved Southern Soul vocalist of his generation inches halfway back to his full mojo on the title tune of his upcoming CD. But I may be under-rating "Rowdy Rowdy." It's beginning to grow on me.

6. "Where Can I Find A Good Man?"----------Ms. Jody

Ms. Jody isn't afraid of delving into country influences any more than Sam Cooke was afraid of delving into Latin calypso influences: it's the secret to her distinctiveness. Chalk up another hit song.

See Daddy B. Nice's 4-star CD review.

Sample or Buy "Where Can I Find A Good Man" mp3 at iTunes.

Sample or Buy Ms. Jody's Still Strokin' CD at CD Universe.

7. "Got My Own"------Lysa

It tickles me that Lysa references Madonna's "Holiday" both musically and lyrically--

"Hard at work / Hard at play / We ladies need a holiday"

--because when we clubheads in NYC first heard and danced to Madonna's debut single back in the day we all assumed she (Madonna) was as black as a moonless night.

Lysa performed last year's creditable "Keep On Walking," but neither single is currently for sale.

Listen to Lysa singing "Got My Own" on YouTube.

8. "Mississippi Boogaloo"------Shea Simone (sp?)

Fans would cry real tears if they knew how many great songs get ruined between the demo and the "polished" final product. In the sixties composer/producers grabbed teenagers off street corners and the radio loved the crude, street-real product. Today the "mafia" of industry professionals would kill it before it ever hit the air waves.

Here's an example of such a song from Meridian, Mississippi. You'll have to request it from DJ Mighty Burner at WMPR.

9. "Don't Waste My Time"---------T. Honey Brown

This female artist, on the other hand, is at the other (polished) end of the spectrum, and there's nothing wrong with that when the goings-on are as soulful as "Honey" sings.

10. "Down At CeeCee's"------Mr. Sam

Don't go to Memphis's CeeCee's if you're intimidated by razor wire, chain-link, tumbleweeds and pavement cracks, but hey--music lovers--someone or something's got to keep the sophisticated riffraff at arm's length, and--hey--it's about time someone memorialized this grimy hole-in-the-wall.

Sample or Buy "Down at CeeCee's" mp3 at iTunes.
 
Sample or Buy Mr. Sam's Just Like Dat CD at CD Universe.

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

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TOP 25 SOUTHERN SOUL SONGS OF 2013

1. I Got This Record--J-Wonn

A stunning debut, and a home-run arrangement from the young producer of the moment, Big Yayo (LaMorris Williams' "Impala," Dave Mack's "Booty Talking"), who told your Daddy B. Nice he also manages this breathtakingly golden-toned vocalist. "I Got This Record” is J-Wonn's coming-out party, dramatic enough to recall Sir Charles Jones' "Friday" and LaMorris Williams' "We Can Do It (Impala)".

Listen to the new video of J-Wonn singing "I Got This Record" on YouTube.

2. Mr. Sexy Man--------Nellie "Tiger" Travis

Nellie's true, long-awaited sequel to her club anthem, "If I Back It Up," although the hard-edged disco hook won't remind you of the Floyd Hamberlin original. Well, surprise. Hamberlin wrote this follow-up. You'll know it's Southern Soul when you hear Nellie on the chorus, singing, "What yo name is. what yo name is...."

Listen to Nellie "Tiger" Travis singing "Mr. Sexy Man" on YouTube

3. When I Step In The Club----Stephanie McDee

A pleasantly-stinging, four-bar guitar hook (Tyree Neal does the admirable picking) repeats endlessly, which would get boring if it weren't for an amazingly gritty, in-the-moment vocal that will thrill all true Southern Soul aficionados. "When I Step In The Club" is like listening to scat-singing Ella Fitzgerald reincarnated as a rough-and-tumble Southern Soul diva free-associating in a den of men.

Listen to Stephanie McDee singing "When I Step In The Club" on YouTube.

4. Mad Dog 2020--------------------Krishunda Echols

Once she gets going, Krishunda Echols sounds like the best thing since the late Jackie Neal. "Mad Dog 2020" also has a marvelously-percolating, guitar-plucking background (and last-minute vocal cameo) by brother L.J. From an upcoming CD.

Listen to Krishunda Echols singing "Mad Dog 2020" on YouTube.

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

Killer hook. Think "The Bop" with a 426 Hemi engine. This ode to robust love, in which the fiercely competitive diva "saved the horse and rode the cowboy," struck a chord with deejays and audiences across the circuit, in the process becoming the most popular club song of Ms. Jody’s career.

Listen to Ms. Jody singing "Just Let Me Ride" on YouTube.

6. My Baby's Phone-------Vick Allen

A gorgeous female chorus buoys this stately ode (reminiscent of “Forbidden Love Affair”) to cheating over the cell phone. Vick's lead vocal is largely in falsetto range. Overdue to be released as a single, "My Baby's Phone" is yet another hit-to-come from Vick’s sparkling Soul Music CD.

Listen to Vick Allen singing "My Baby's Phone" on YouTube.

7. Good Love Muscle--------Roosevelt "Big Ro" Williams

Basking in carnal delight, this song looks straight back to Clarence Carter's "Strokin’" and other southern soul anthems too libidinous for mainstream radio. Hugely entertaining rhythm section, wild lyrics, with a big old husky voice befitting the message.

Listen to Big Ro Williams singing "Good Love Muscle" on YouTube.

8. Dance Floor-------Klass Band Brotherhood

Memorable melody, inspired arrangement, passionate Nelson Curry vocal. A remix with Mel Waiters exchanging vocals with Curry also thrilled listeners.

Listen to Klass Band Brotherhood singing "Dance Floor" on SoundCloud.

9. One Stop Lover------Jaye Hammer

Jaye Hammer sounds like a conquering hero on “One Stop Lover,” an effect aided by the great arrangement, including symphonic strings, a stuttering Wilson Meadows-like guitar lick and a measured, classic-soul-sounding organ-keyboard.

Sample Jaye Hammer's "One Stop Lover.”

10. When I Think Of You------Fredrick (King Fred) Hicks

Like a childhood folk song, King Fred's "When I Think Of You" (with a female background chorus as beautiful as Jackie Neal's "That's The Way We Roll"), comprises the most karmically-pure Southern Soul music in years.

Listen to King Fred singing "When I Think Of You" on MySpace.

11. Rocket Ship---T-Baby

Takes you back to the great sixties' girl groups and the awesome, give-me-more smoothness of The Supremes--but only coincidentally, not intentionally.

Listen to T-Baby singing "(You Take Me On A) Rocket Ship" on YouTube.

12. Mr. Right Now----Mr. David

All the elements of a break-out hit--great melody, terrific lyrics, a one-of-a-kind sound, soulfulness coursing through every stanza. Mr. David lays down a vocal that will define him as a Southern Soul star for years to come.

Listen to Mr. David singing "Mr. Right Now" on ReverbNation.

13. Get Her With My Twitter------Billy "Soul" Bonds

It's vintage Bonds at his most amusing, another in a cache of brilliant, recently-recorded songs that Billy has yet to release officially.

14. Want Ad------Equanya

Strong follow-up to Equanya's impressive "Good Man Of Mine" debut. If you ever loved Barbara Lewis, you've got to check out Equanya.

Listen to Equanya singing "Want Ad" on SoundCloud.

15. Sweet Shop-------Tucka

Young Tucka wants to go to the "sweet shop." You know where that is, don't ya? It ain't on Main Street. Great arrangement, great vocal, great new artist with three CD's already to his credit.

Listen to Tucka singing "Sweet Shop" on YouTube.

16. Around The Corner-------------Adrian Bagher

Originally posted in May 2013's Top Ten as "Come Around This Corner (99 Problems I Can Help You Solve)" by Adrian--the information given your Daddy B. Nice via phone--this is the song with the head-turning lyrics:

"I heard you crying in the bathroom
Like you just got beat..."

Production's barely passable, but the heart, want-to and unusual vocal heft make it unforgettable.

Listen to Adrian Bagher singing "Around The Corner" on YouTube.

17. Cheating On Me--------Ms. Tabatha

The somewhat morbid side of southern soul themes, this fascinating underground song and its arrangement in particular nevertheless takes your Daddy B. Nice back to the early, dripping-with-atmosphere days of Sir Charles Jones, with the chords of the guitar like fluffy clouds to float upon.

Listen to Ms. Tabatha singing "Cheating On Her, Cheating On Me" on YouTube.

18. I'm Tired Of Being Grown-----------------Vick Allen

An idiosyncratic, brave, pushing-the-envelope original from the indefatigable, multi-talented Vick Allen.

Listen to Vick Allen singing "I'm Tired Of Being Grown" on YouTube.

19. "Lion Of Judah"-----Stephanie McDee

Hurricane energy. You can imagine Rosie Perez dancing to "Lion of Judah" instead of Public Enemy's "Fight The Power" at the beginning of Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing." From a northerner's perspective, McDee's vocal brings a hint of punk to southern soul. The acapella coda is awesome.

Sample Stephanie McDee singing "Lion Of Judah."

20. Groove Party-----Donnie Ray

The 70's-era Philly-disco atmosphere (like his recent smash single, "Who's Rocking You?") brings out a unique, sonorous quality in Donnie Ray's voice that sets him truly apart from other singers.

Sample Donnie Ray's "Groove Party."

21. Hottest Thing-------Mel Waiters

Mel Waiters inhabits a comfortable emotional center on his new album, one that connects with his audience. Songs like "Hottest Thing" and "Poor Side Of Town" (the title tune) will endure because they evoke essential truths of life confronted with a sure personal touch.

Listen to Mel Waiters singing "Hottest Thing" on MySpace.

22. Baby's Love------------Klass Band Brotherhood

Uncommonly deep and majestic, with outa-sight keyboards, this ballad is actually an overlooked hold-over from the first Klass album (the one with "Sugaa Shack"). When I asked Nelson Curry if it was really him singing the lead vocal, he said, "On 'Baby's Love' I was trying to imagine if Otis Redding and Jackie Wilson sang together on a track."

Sample Klass Band Brotherhood singing "Baby's Love."

23. Another Woman's Man-----------Adrena featuring Nellie "Tiger" Travis

Hearing Nellie sing Southern Soul like this again is stirring, to say the least, and Adrena holds her own, a less aggressive yet courageous counterpart to Travis's steely, wiser, older counterpart. When the two voices join together on the chorus--"Lyin', sneakin', cheatin', freakin' / With another woman's man"--they cut a new notch in diva history.

Listen to Adrena and Nellie "Tiger" Travis singing "Another Woman's Man" on YouTube.

24. Do The Hokey Pokey------Pokey featuring Stephanie McDee

What makes an artist blossom after years of inertia and neglect? Stephanie McDee's funny, iconic song "Monkey Talk" was a close "also-ran" for Daddy B. Nice's original Top 100 Southern Soul Artists & Songs (90's-00's). In 2013, a decade later, the tough journey-woman and undeniable comeback-lady of the year returned with a treasure trove of pent-up material, including this powerful new duet with leathery-voiced Pokey: the children's song "Hokey Pokey" transformed into an adult line-dancer's dream come true.

Listen to Pokey and Stephanie McDee singing "Do Tha Hokey Pokey" on YouTube.

25. I'm Gonna Keep My Love At Home-----------Ms. Jody featuring Donnie Ray

Good-time southern soul music. Ms. Jody and Donnie Ray mesh perfectly. The kind of song that makes you feel good about life, standing up straight with your feet planted firmly on the ground.

Sample Ms. Jody's and Donnie Ray's "I'm Gonna Keep My Love At Home."

Listen to Donnie Ray singing the original version of "I'm Gonna Keep My Love At Home" on YouTube.

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DECEMBER 2013

1. "You Bad"-----LaMorris Williams

What a surprise from LaMorris! His best since.... "You can make me holla / In the back of my Impala." The new one goes....

"You're the kind of girl I like.
I'm gonna take you for my wife.
Oh yeah, gone tell your mama.
Michelle, Barack Obama.
I'm gone take you home tonight.
Baby, you bad. You bad."

Your Daddy B. Nice's approximation of the middle couplet ("Gone tell your mama / Michelle, Barack Obama") may not be correct (the song hasn't been officially released yet), but be warned some version of it will be on everyone's lips in 2014, picking up where Nellie "Tiger" Travis's highly popular and similarly hard-edged "Sexy Man" ("Hey mista sexy man / What yo name is?") left off in 2013.

2. "Do The Hokey Pokey"------Pokey featuring Stephanie McDee

Readers would likely have lynched your Daddy B. Nice for favoritism if a Stephanie McDee song captured the #1 single slot for the third month in a row. Thankfully LaMorris came along, because this new Stephanie McDee duet with Pokey is the real deal and a line-dancer's dream come true. Great arrangement, and they sing the dickens out of it.

Listen to Pokey and Stephanie McDee singing "Do Tha Hokey Pokey" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice's new 5-star CD Review of Stephanie McDee's RETURN OF THE SOUTHERN SOUL QUEEN.

Sample/Buy "Do The Hokey Pokey" mp3 featuring Stephanie McDee on Pokey's Josephine Son Pokey CD at CD Baby.

3. "Sexy"----Ricky White

Ricky White returns with his most finely-honed, mid-tempo Southern Soul sound to date--or at least, since "I'll Still Love You," Ricky's soul-drenched signature tune (which was a ballad).

Listen to Ricky White singing "Sexy" on YouTube (fragment).

Sample/Buy Ricky White's "Sexy" mp3 or new MAJIC CD at iTunes.

4. "If It's Love You Want"--------Certified Slim

Fantastic ballad, with a knowing touch for echo-effects and vocal-enhancings that actually strengthen the vocal. Also, nice female background.

Listen to Certified Slim singing "If It's Love You Want" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Certified Slim's "If It's Love You Want" mp3 or MOVE SOMETHIN CD at CD Baby.

5. "Woman You Are"-------------Simone De

Uplifting love poem in the grand soul tradition. Sure to please the ladies. The vocal is outstanding, conjuring memories of J. Blackfoot & The Bar-Kays.

Listen to Simone De singing "Woman You Are" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice's new 4-star CD Review of Simone De's BAD BOY CD.

6. "I'm Having A Party"-------Alonzo Reid

This song takes off from the great Sam Cooke's influential but typically humble classic "Having A Party," borrowing more from the tempo and tone than the iconic melody. And it works for the most part. Reid has a sure southern soul touch.

Listen to Alonzo Reid singing "I'm Having A Party" on YouTube.

7. "She Gone Make Me Fall In Love"----------Tyree Neal

Tyree Neal has two new singles in the works, one zydeco and one southern soul, but--somewhat contrariwise--it's the zydeco track that makes your Daddy B. Nice feel all warm and fuzzy.

8. "On The Outside Looking In"-----------James Payne

A majestic ballad--almost Carl Sims-like, and never repetitive--from the pride of Theodore (a Mobile, Alabama suburb). Yes, the one-and-same James Payne who scored a Southern Soul hit a few years ago with "Fat Woman (Ain't Gonna Bump No More)".

9. "We Be Steppin' Out Tonight"------------Wendell B.

I'll bet Wendell B. orders his cocktails mixed, stirred and crushed, because that's how the mix on his songs sounds--like you're listening to Wendell through a blender.

"R&B with a southern soul strain...Living a southern soul dream..." Nice lyrics.

Listen to Wendell B. singing "We Be Steppin' Out Tonight" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Wendell B.'s GOOD MAN CD, including "We Be Steppin' Out Tonight."

10. "Mississippi Twerk"---Narvel Echols

Yes, yet another Echols family-member (i.e. L. J., Krishaunda). The bigger story is that this is the latest from Luther Lackey, who retired from his critically-praised, solo performing career in an interview with Daddy B. Nice earlier this year. Echols sounds like Lackey (who wrote, produced and background-sings/talks), and if you didn't know differently you'd think it was Lackey.

Know what really tickles your Daddy B. Nice? Lackey gives you the following north-central Mississippi hot spots instead of the usual litany of American cities: Greenwood, Greenville, Cleveland, Clarksdale, Grenada, Charleston, Indianola....

"They're twerking all over the world, y'all."

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NOVEMBER 2013

1. "Lion Of Judah" -----Stephanie McDee

Hurricane energy. You can imagine Rosie Perez dancing to "Lion of Judah" instead of Public Enemy's "Fight The Power" at the beginning of Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing." This is what Sheba Potts-Wright was getting into with her deep-south, marching-band rhythms on her last album, only McDee whisks us away to the "true-blood" bayou source.

Stephanie McDee and her funny, iconic song "Monkey Talk" was a close "also-ran" for Daddy B. Nice's original Top 100 Southern Soul Artists & Songs (90's-00's). Now, a decade later, Stephanie returns with a treasure trove of pent-up material (see last month's #1, "When You Step In The Club") and a wild and fearless producer, Shonta (pronounced "shon-tay").

Sample/Buy Stephanie McDee's "Lion Of Judah" mp3 at Amazon.

Sample/Buy Stephanie McDee's "Lion of Judah" at iTunes.

Sample/Buy Stephanie McDee's Return Of The Southern Soul Queen CD at iTunes.

11/12/13 Update: See Daddy B. Nice's new 5-star CD review of Stephanie McDee's RETURN OF THE SOUTHERN SOUL QUEEN.

2. "Every Woman For Herself"------Ms. Jody

Classic electric walking-blues with sledgehammer bass hook. Ms. Jody's in a mean mood, y'all, and she sounds refreshingly real and convincing casting away her kindly, empathic, "Ms. Jody-how-is-it-you-can-give-so-much-advice" role from "When Your Give A Damn" for a worldly, expedient, selfish persona. After all, her name is Jody.

Sample/Buy Ms. Jody singing "Every Woman For Herself" mp3 at iTunes.

3. "They Call Me Pokey (Remix)"--------Pokey featuring Tucka & Tyree Neal

Teaming up with fellow Louisianans Tyree Neal and Tucka, Pokey's yet another Gulf-Coast artist with a groove-heavy new CD called Josephine Son Pokey, and his song "They Call Me Pokey" has the nonchalant swagger of a hit.

Listen To Pokey, Tucka & Tyree Neal singing "They Call Me Pokey" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Pokey's "They Call Me Pokey" mp3 Remix feat. Tucka & Tyree Neal at Amazon.

4. "Married To One Man (In Love With Another) Remix"----------Stephanie McDee

I like the courage of this record production-wise, and if it was done as an impulsive "hoot," then I like the recklessness of it. The whole overblown, "MacArthur Park"/"Bridge Over Troubled Water"-style arrangement (Shon-tay again) sounds like vintage street pop to me, and the once-timid hook comes through like a tanker sliding into a dock.

Listen to Stephanie McDee singing "Married To One Man (In Love With Another) Remix" at Stephanie McDee on Jango.

Sample/Buy Stephanie McDee's "Married To One Man (In Love With Another) Remix mp3 at Amazon.

5. "I'm Gonna Keep My Love At Home"-----------Ms. Jody featuring Donnie Ray

Inspired duet. Good-time southern soul music. I always liked it when Donnie Ray sang it with...? Come to think of it, there was only an unidentified female back-up on the chorus of the original. Here Ms. Jody sings throughout--and it's featured on her new CD, not his.

Sample/Buy Ms. Jody's and Donnie Ray's "I'm Gonna Keep My Love At Home" on the Ecko Sampler, Blues Mix, Vol. 12: Classic Soul Blues.

Sample/Buy Ms. Jody's and Donnie Ray's "I'm Gonna Keep My Love At Home" on Ms. Jody's new IT'S ALL ABOUT ME CD.

6. "I Done Lost My Good Thang"-------Terry Wright

Sample/Buy Terry Wright's "I Done Lost My Good Thang" mp3 at CD Baby.

7. "Country Road"------Avail Hollywood

Sample/Buy Avail Hollywood's Country Road mp3/CD at CD Baby.

8. "Shakin' It Up"------Donnie Ray

In which Donnie Ray gets creative with the old Johnnie Taylor "Wall To Wall" hook.

Listen to Donnie Ray singing "Shakin' It Up" on his new Drowning In My Own Tears CD.

Read Daddy B. Nice's New 5-star CD Review of Donnie Ray's DROWNING IN MY OWN TEARS.

9. "I Don't Need No Man"---------Stephanie Pickett

Listen to Stephanie Pickett singing "I Don't Need No Man" on YouTube.

Buy Stephanie Pickett's "I Don't Need No Man" at Amazon.

10. "Lovin' You"-----Big Poppa G

Sample/Buy Big Poppa G's "Lovin' You" mp3 at Amazon.

Sample/Buy Big Poppa G's "Lovin' You" on the Ecko Sampler, Blues Mix, Vol. 12: Classic Soul Blues.

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Daddy B. Nice's Top Ten "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles Review for. . .

OCTOBER 2013

1. "When I Step In The Club"----Stephanie McDee

I searched a year for the title and artist to this song--the old story of the shepherd obsessed with the one "lost" black sheep out beyond the known flock. Then, the other day, the artist herself--"Monkey Talking" Stephanie McDee--dropped it in your Daddy B. Nice's lap.

A pleasantly-stinging, four-bar guitar hook (Tyree Neal does the admirable picking) repeats endlessly, which would get boring if it weren't for an amazingly gritty, in-the-moment vocal that will thrill all true Southern Soul aficionados. "When I Step In The Club" is like listening to Ella reincarnated as a rough-and-tumble Southern Soul diva free-associating in a den of men.

Listen to Stephanie McDee singing "When I Step In The Club" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy "When I Step In The Club" mp3 or Return Of The Southern Soul Queen CD on iTunes.

2. "Love Talk (Remix)"------Jesse Graham

The melody that won't be surpassed, the steamy keyboards that feel like a brisk wind blowing through your hair, the synthetic strings that recall how sumptuous Southern Soul was back in the day.... There's no good reason why this Southern Soul classic from yesteryear shouldn't be recycled for an audience that's never heard it, and it's happening down on the Gulf Coast, where WDLT DJ Nikki DeMarks is calling it her "favorite song."

Listen to Jesse Graham singing "Love Talk" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Jesse Graham's "Love Talk" mp3 or Soul Music 101 CD at CD Baby.

Sample/Buy Jesse Graham's "Love Talk" mp3 at iTunes.

3. "Groove Party"-----Donnie Ray

I'm in awe of Donnie Ray singing in that early-seventies, Philly-disco atmosphere, like he did on his recent smash single, "Who's Rocking You." I'll never forget "A Letter To My Baby," but that was a different era. The Philly soul sound brings out a unique, sonorous quality in Donnie Ray's voice and sets him truly apart from other singers.

Sample/Buy "Groove Party" mp3 at iTunes.

Sample/Buy Donnie Ray's Drowning In My Own Tears CD at CD Universe.

Read Daddy B. Nice's new, five-star CD Review.

4. "Sweet Shop"--------Tucka

Young Tucka wants to go to the "sweet shop." You know where that is, don't ya? It ain't on Main Street.

Great arrangement, great vocal. And not dissimilar, in its seductive lyricism, to Jesse Graham's "Love Talking" (see above), first recorded when Tucka was barely born.

Listen to Tucka singing "Sweet Shop" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Tucka's "Sweet Shop" mp3 on iTunes.

5. "Get Her With My Twitter"------Billy "Soul" Bonds

Neal "Soul Dog" Furr reported that Malaco (yes, Malaco!) has a four-song promotional EP out with Billy's "Twitter" song on it, but I hadn't seen it nor heard a full version until the other day on the radio. It's vintage Bonds at his most amusing, just another in a cache of brilliant, recently-recorded songs that Bonds has yet to release officially. (Including my favorite, "My Wife's Cat," an updating of "Scat Cat Here Kitty Kitty.")

6. "Can I Spend Some Money On You?"-------Chuck Strong

"There's nothing in this store
Too good for you."

Poetry to a woman's ears, pulled off with Chuck Strong's unapologetic working-class perspective ("I've got two pockets full"), which makes it even more special.

7. "It's Whatever"-----------------LaMorris Williams

"My checkbook is your checkbook."

Another, younger-generational gesture to the ladies. Only you wonder, "How much can be in that checkbook?", as the unspoken assumption behind the lyrics is the lady in question is probably the bread-winner.

Musically, LaMorris still needs more melody, more sophisticated song structure--like verses, choruses, bridges?--in which to exhibit his prodigious vocal talent.

8. "Poor Side Of Town"--------Mel Waiters

Mel Waiters inhabits a comfortable emotional center on his new album, one that connects with his audience. Songs like "Hottest Thing" and "Poor Side Of Town" will endure because they evoke essential truths of life confronted with a sure personal touch. Bigg Robb cameos.

Listen to Mel Waiters sing "Poor Side Of Town" on YouTube.

Listen (on YouTube) to William DeVaughn singing "Be Thankful For What You Got (Diamond In The Back, Sun Roof Top)," referenced in Mel Waiters' "Poor Side Of Town."

Sample/Buy Mel Waiters' "Poor Side Of Town" mp3 at iTunes.

Sample/Buy Mel Waiters' Poor Side Of Town CD at CD Universe.

9. "I Ain't No Gold Digger"-----------Meme

Meme debuted last year with the impressive dance jam, "Let's Get This Party Started." Like Lina ("I Won't Let My Baby Down"), she has a great producer.

"Gold Digger"--more minimalist, just as funky, and refreshingly different--could sneak up on deejays to become a huge Southern Soul single.

Listen to Meme singing "Gold Digger" on YouTube.

10. "When It Don't Make Sense"--------Wendell B.

I never thought I'd hear another song as languorous as Sir Charles' and LaKeisha's "Just Another Love Song" (guaranteed to put a crying child to sleep) but this is it.

Wendell B. vamps over this slow jam with seemingly endless detail, always stimulating, hardly ever boring despite a song duration of over five minutes.

The other key component is a "Rainy Night In Georgia"-sounding, lead-guitar hook.

Listen to Wendell B. singing "When It Don't Make Sense" on Wendell B.'s MySpace.

Sample/Buy Wendell B.'s "When It Don't Make Sense" mp3 or Get To Kno Me CD at CD Baby.

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Daddy B. Nice's Top Ten "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles Review for. . .

SEPTEMBER 2013

1. "I Got This Record"----J-Wonn

A stunning debut, and a home-run arrangement from the young producer of the moment, Big Yayo (LaMorris Williams' "Impala," Dave Mack's "Booty Talking"), who told your Daddy B. Nice he also manages this breathtakingly golden-toned vocalist.

J-Wonn Smith & Big Yayo have one J-Wonn song on YouTube--"Night Time Lover,"--but "I Got This Record" is the anthem--the perfect signature song--everyone wants to hear. It's J-Wonn's coming-out party, dramatic enough to recall Sir Charles Jones' "Friday" or LaMorris Williams' "We Can Do It (Impala)".

9/21/13 Update: Listen to JWonn singing "I Got This Record" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Sample/Buy J-Wonn's "I Got This Record" mp3 on Amazon.

Sample/Buy J-Wonn's "I Got This Record" mp3 on iTunes.

2. "Good Love Muscle"--------Roosevelt "Big Ro" Williams

This is one infectious, ass-kicking piece of carnal pleasure. Hugely entertaining rhythm section, wild lyrics, with a big old husky voice befitting the message. Reminds your Daddy B. Nice of "Cuttin' Up Sideways" by Joy.

The Temps-style string section "whupps" you upside the head (like where did THIS come from?), but you quickly get used to it. This song looks straight back to Clarence Carter's "Strokin." Should become a Southern Soul classic.

Listen to Big Ro Williams singing "Good Love Muscle" on YouTube.

Not for sale yet.

3. "You Can't Raise Him"------Krishaunda Echols w/ L. J. Echols

This is the newest (with the paint not even dry) from Krishaunda Echols, little sister of L.J., who got us all pumping this summer with "Mad Dog 20-20". This ballad is even more impressive from a vocalist's standpoint. "Shaunda" stretches out and explores all sorts of pristine country-girl nuances, sun and shadows and shadings, making my Jackie Neal comparison (for "Mad Dog") sound not so hyperbolic.

L. J.'s background vocal and insertion of a fond horn hook from one of his old hits Sir Charles Jones' horn chart in one of HIS songs) seals the deal.

This is a cover--a re-working, really--of the near-or-quasi-near Southern Soul standard "You Can't Raise Her" by Steve Perry (latterly Prince Mekel).

Not for sale yet. Request it.

4. "I Can Still Roll It"--------The Love Doctor

The Love Doctor revisits "Slow Roll It." (And why shouldn't he? Everyone else has.)

But in The Love Doctor's recounting how in 2001 "all the young girls just went crazy, calling me, texting me," I burst out with a laugh as sarcastic as Lijuana's in "Wasn't None Of You" when she saw her man "stumbling out of a club, pissy drunk, with a woman holding onto him, with tracks in her hair, trying to look like Beyonce but really looking like Wesley Snipes (cross-dressing) in 'To Wong Fu.'"

In the first place, no one was texting back in 2001, and even if they had been texting back then, your non-texting, non-tweeting, non-facebooking Daddy B. Nice's old friend The Love Doctor would not have been among them.

On the other hand, it sure is great to hear a Southern Soul singer who sounds like he's turned some wrenches and split some firewood. The vocal's terrific, as is the satisfyingly full arrangement. (Frequently The Love Doctor's Achilles heel in the past.)

And there's a bonus: hearing The Love Doctor sing "Good loving will make you cry" (from Carl Marshall) in the middle of "Slow Roll It."

Sample/Buy The Love Doctor's "I Can Still Roll It" mp3 on Amazon.

5. "Real Love Will Change A No Good Man"---------Maurice Davis

Flat-out one of the best male vocal performances of the year. From the hard-working, Flint, Michigan artist. Maurice Davis's CD's feature mostly "northern" soul but each collection contains at least one or two genuine Southern Soul gems like this, the title tune from his latest.

Recommended if you liked The Twinkie Man's "I'm In Love With A Crackhead."

Sample/Buy Maurice Davis' "Real Love Will Change A No Good Man" mp3 at CD Baby.

6. "She's Got That Ooo Wee"------------Jerry L. w/ Ricky White

Ricky White manufactures a slick and glossy and somewhat superficial southern soul that I confess to having resisted for the most part until now. (I make exception, of course, for his admirable ballad "I'll Still Love You.")

But White roughens up the teflon in this likable number that Memphis's minister of casual, Jerry L. (Minnis), slips into like a carpet slipper. The music is borrowed from The Temptations-like sounds of "Groovin'" by The Young Rascals, one of the most influential and heavily-raided songs from the sixties (most egregiously by Betty Wright in "Tonight Is The Night").

Listen to Jerry L. singing "Ooo Wee" (partial track) on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Jerry L's "Ooo Wee" mp3 at CD Baby.

7. "Move Something Remix"--------Lacee featuring Tucka

Fresh from an at-home-on-the-charts duet with Theodis Ealey, the ever-present Lacee hooks up with rising Gulf Coast star Tucka ("Forever Swing," "Don't Make Me Beg").

Listen to Tucka and Lacee singing "Move Something" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Tucka/Lacee's Move Something Remix mp3 at iTunes.

8. "Creole Shuffle"-----Avail Hollywood

Two remarks. One: The zydeco accordion in Southern Soul music has become ubiquitous. Two: This young talent Avail Hollywood just won't go away. In fact, continues to exceed expectations.

Not for sale yet. Ship it, Avail!

9. "Fill It Up"--------Bigg Robb

No matter how many times I feature a Bigg Robb single (which is a lot) your Daddy B. Nice always thinks of something new to appreciate.

Today it's the bass line. Bigg Robb respects the bass clef, and that's the secret to a great deal of his success. The bass line gives the most common of Bigg Robb's songs (like this one) a propulsive bounce.

Sample/Buy Bigg Robb's "Fill It Up" mp3 or complete THINK BIGG CD at CD Baby.

10. "The Swag"-------T-Baby

"Come on and swag.
Do the swag.
(DJ's) playing southern soul tonight."

Not for sale yet. (See Daddy B. Nice's #1 Single for August 13, T-Baby's "Rocket Ship".)

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Daddy B. Nice's Top Ten "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles Review for. . .

AUGUST 2013

1. "Rocket Ship" -------T-Baby

Takes you back to the great sixties' girl groups and the awesome, give-me-more smoothness of The Supremes--but only coincidentally, not intentionally. T-Baby (Latonya Barnes) also has a compelling single called "The Swag" blowing up central Mississippi.

Be sure to check out the comments on the YouTube page about "our spanish teacher!" from the kids in Ms. Barnes' Spanish class. Just goes to show you... Even Jesus had a hard time getting respect in his hometown of Nazareth.

Listen to T-Baby singing "(You Take Me On A) Rocket Ship" on YouTube.

2. "Trail Ride"---------Lebrado

As he did on first "I'm Missing You" and then on "Fire," Lebrado throws down an absolutely original and stunning vocal. Thanks to American Blues Network (where "Trail Ride" is doing quite well) on this one. The arrangement is little short of spectacular, and the prominent use of a cajun-style hand-organ is inserted so functionally it transcends all previous southern soul-zydeco "gimmickry." The fact that it sounds so natural has to be attributed to the powerful vocal.

Listen to Lebrado singing "Trail Ride" on SoundCloud.

Watch Lebrado teaching the dance to "Trail Ride" on YouTube.

3. "Can't Get Enough"--------J. Cole featuring Trey Songz

I know I'm not supposed to be taking up valuable southern soul space with other genres, but this song, with its gentle and lilting African rhythm line, its rapping verses, its authentic mother-country background chants and its southern soul r&b chorus, is an absolute killer, man, the best since Big Boi and Andre Benjamin. If hiphop still sounded like this, your Daddy B. Nice wouldn't have defected to Southern Soul.

By the way, I'm into this song for the music--not the lyrics--and for those who find the lyrics offensive, censored versions are available by googling the song on YouTube.

Listen to J. Cole feat. Trey Songz singing "Can't Get Enough" on YouTube.

4. "Dance Floor"--------Klass Band Brotherhood

Another plum of a single to be plucked from the upcoming Klass Band album. Memorable melody, inspired arrangement, passionate Curry vocal. (Last month I recommended "Baby's Love" and "Jukin' At The Juke Joint." Scroll down.)

A remix with Mel Waiters exchanging vocals with Nelson Curry is also available.

Sample on Amazon.

Sample/Pre-Order Klass Band Brotherhood singing "Dance Floor" from their new WE CALL THE SHOTS IN SOUL CD at CD Universe.

5. "Keep On Dancing"---------Theodis Ealey and J. Red (The Nephew)

An update of "Moving With The Motion," if you will, with much better production. There's also a lot more variety, courtesy of "protege" J. Red and the thoughtful, fully-furnished arrangement.

Listen to Theodis Ealey and J. Red (The Nephew) singing "Keep On Dancing" on Sound Cloud.

Buy Theodis Ealey/J. Red "Keep On Dancing" mp3 at iTunes.

6. "Hottest Thing"-------Mel Waiters

"Women watching men watching you.
Jealousy is really kicking in.
And it really don't help, girl,
When you start to dance."

A classic Waiters ballad, with a bit of refreshing, throwback, old-school feel to it.

Listen to Mel Waiters singing "Hottest Thing" on MySpace.

Buy Mel Waiters’ single “Hottest Thing” on his new THE POOR SIDE OF TOWN CD.

7. "Can't Stand A Lyin' Man"------Alonzo Reid & LaKeisha

How sweet it is to discover LaKeisha Burks can still sing with that little "teenager" voice all these years after her slow-motion, midnight-music trysts with Sir Charles Jones! With all due respect to Alonzo Reid, LaKeisha makes this record, and proves she hasn't lost a single saucy step.

Among other things, the duet voice-over at the end of the record recalls the Senator Jones-inspired give-and-take between the man and woman in Mz. B's "My Name Is $$$$."

8. "Can You Hang?"------Wilson Meadows

The longtime "B" performers of Southern Soul--the Wilson Meadows's, the Billy "Soul" Bonds's--just keep getting better and better. Time was when a Meadows single wasn't much to talk about. Now each new Meadows single is eagerly awaited, because the fans know there's going to be a new and intriguing hook.

Great female background.

9. "Are You Ready"---------Mose Stovall

Here's another guy who in the big picture may be a "fringe" performer and yet has the goods to knock any given song out of the park, as per his previous hits ("Groove U" and "Don't Stop The Music").

"Are You Ready" has slow-burning, romantic appeal.

Listen to Mose Stovall singing "Are You Ready" on ReverbNation.

10. Let Me Be Your Super Mistress-------The Duchess (Jureesa McBride)

A smouldering, naughty ballad.

Sample/Buy Tracks From Jureesa McBride's I'm a Woman First (Tales of the Duchess) CD at CD Baby.

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