Johnny James (New Album Alert!)

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"Sweet Dick Johnny"

Johnny James (New Album Alert!)



October 29, 2020:

NEW ALBUM ALERT!

Buy Johnny James' new THE BOOK OF ISAIAH album at Apple.

THE BOOK OF ISAIAH TRACK LIST:

1
The Book of Isaiah

2
Rock My World

3
Chocolate Man

4
Oooh Weee

5
Child Support (feat. Adrena)

6
Feet Did (feat. Summer Wolfe)

7
My Story (feat. Son of Jody)

8
Finer Thangs (feat. Hummingboy Johnny James

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Well, it's official. Johnny James ain't goin' away! He's dropping his second CD of 2020, and it doesn't even include his new star-studded single, "Good Thang Remix," featuring Adrena (who's sounding better than ever), Lady Q, Miss Portia (who collaborated on the original from "The Midnight Man" CD), Summer Wolfe & Mz. Hollywood.

The title cut, "The Book Of Isaiah" is a sweet track, gentle by JJ's standards, and memorable.

Listen to Johnny James singing "The Book Of Isaiah" on YouTube.

Listen to Johnny James singing "Chocolate Man" on YouTube.

Listen to Johnny James' THE BOOK OF ISAIAH on Spotify.

Here's the new DBN Top 10 Singles charting for "Good Thang (Remix)":

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

-------NOVEMBER 2020-------

4."Good Thang (Remix)"----Johnny James feat. Adrena, Lady Q, Miss Portia, Summer Wolfe & Mz. Hollywood

Even more---much more---than having talent, becoming a star requires the aggressiveness and persistence of a badger. Few of us have it; Johnny James does. He's back with a troupe of ladies on a memorable remix of "Good Thang". He's stingy with the YouTube postings (only samples) but you can hear the tune in its entirety at the beginning of....

Listen to Johnny James et.al. singing "Good Thang (Remix)" on DJ Whaltbabieluv's Southern Soul Quick Mix VI 2020.


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May 1, 2020:

NEW ALBUM ALERT!

Buy Johnny James new MIDNIGHTMAN album at Apple.

The Midnightman TRACK LIST:


1

Weekend Woman

2
Do My Thang

3
Trouble feat. Tara Keith

4
Social Media

5
In My Feelings feat. Omar Cunningham

6
It Wasn't Her

7
Good Thang feat. Miss Portia

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Having sampled some of Johnny James' pre-Highway-Heavy recordings in the past, I was ready to slam this album as a "must to avoid," while at the same time talking up Johnny's Highway Heavy collaborations. That's still the general drift of this capsule review. Nothing on Midnightman comes close to the ground-breaking work James has done with Highway Heavy, including "Sweet Dick Johnny," "Johnny James," "Running Loose," "Working Man," "Sweet J.J. (Ice In My Veins)," and his many collaborations on Highway Heavy vehicles such as "Ride With Me" (with Tyree Neal), "In My Name" (with Pokey Bear), "Rain" (with Coldrank) and "Concrete" (with Crystal Parker). Highway Heavy has taken this self-obsessed rapper with the gravelly-voiced delivery and made him the Tom Waits of southern soul.

However, I have to admit I was surprised and heartened by the quality and relevance of some if not all of this new 7-track release. "Trouble" was the first song to catch my attention. It's not just a hoarse-voiced rap over a minimal rhythm track. Tara Keith guests and adds an extra dimension.
"Social Media," with the lyric, "Social media got me in trouble / Like Donald Trump," at least has a story beyond Jame's usual, self-congratulatory fronting, which of course we excuse because the brazenness is refreshing and humorous. And finally, Johnny actually shows some southern soul savvy and want-to by covering "Sho' Wasn't Me" in "It Wasn't Her". Omar Cunningham and Miss Portia also appear on the set. While I still recommend streaming Johnny James' Highway Heavy vehicles, which represent the best Johnny has done, Midnightman exceeded my admittedly low expectations.

Listen to Johnny James' MIDNIGHTMAN album on iHeart.

Listen to Johnny James' MIDNIGHTMAN album on Spotify.

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Originally posted on Daddy B. Nice's Corner:

February 16, 2019:

News & Notes:


……And in the same vein, let's give a nod of appreciation for the unremarked-upon blues collaboration of Tyree Neal (lead guitar) and Charles Lewis aka Highway Heavy (keyboard organ) in backing up Johnny James on "Sweet Dick Johnny," which secured the award for (Best Out-Of-Left-Field Song of 2018). This, as only southern soul fans know, is the real, cutting-edge, up-to-the minute "living blues," a cauldron of tasteful picking and deep-soul organ straight from the Devil's crossroads.

Listen to Tyree Neal's guitar and Highway Heavy's keyboards on Johnny James' "Sweet Dick Johnny".

February 1, 2019: Originally posted on Daddy B. Nice's Best Of 2018 page.

Daddy B. Nice Announces THE WINNERS of the 2018 (12th Annual) SOUTHERN SOUL MUSIC AWARDS.

Best Out-Of-Left-Field Song

Nominees:

"The Viagra Man"----The Cadillac Man
"Stank Stank"----Rico Baby
"Southern Soul Fresh"----Gentry-Jones
"Lucas Love Train"----Frank Lucas
"Party Time"----Pyramid City Band
"Tore Your Drawers"----DeMond Crump
"The Donald Trump"----West Love feat. Stan Butler
"Sweet Dick Johnny"----Johnny James & Highway Heavy
"Why You Mad At Me?"----Terrance Davis
"Tickle Box"----C-Wright
"Show Pony"----Annie Washington

Best Out-Of-Left-Field Song: "Sweet Dick Johnny" by Johnny James & Highway Heavy


Listen to Johnny James singing "Sweet Dick Johnny" on YouTube.

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About Johnny James (New Album Alert!)

Johnny James' 1st Appearance On The Charts:

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

-------MARCH 2018-------


…6. "Johnny James"-----Heavy Presents Johnny James

This is potent and fascinating stuff. Highway Heavy's deep-soul organ. A scratchy-voiced singer in hitched-up running pants dancing around on his kitchen counter tops, proclaiming he's "Johnny--Johnny James". You couldn't even imagine it if it wasn't on YouTube.

Listen to Heavy Presents Johnny James singing "Johnny James" on YouTube.

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Johnny James' 2nd Appearance On The Charts:

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

-------JUNE 2018-------


1. "Sweet Dick Johnny"--Highway Heavy featuring Johnny James

After musical bouts with Pokey Bear and Cold Drank, producer Heavy has finally found his doppelgänger in Johnny James, the wired, will-do-anything vehicle for his song-creating artistry. Not porn, either, like you might think from the title, just Chick Willis-style southern soul, bluesy and boasting, with enough great organ and guitar to be heard (like Heavy's "My Sidepiece") far beyond the chitlin' circuit. This is actually one in a series of at least four songs devoted to the fearless and funny, gravelly-voiced "Johnny," all on YouTube.

Listen to Heavy feat. Johnny James singing "Sweet Dick Johnny".

See related story--RE: Southern Soul Producer Highway Heavy--in Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag.

See yet another related story in Daddy B. Nice's Corner: News & Notes #3 / May 20 2018: Why Do Producers Want To Be Performers? (this page).

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Johnny James' 3rd Appearance On The Charts:

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

-------SEPTEMBER 2018-------


…10. "Working Man"----Highway Heavy featuring Johnny James

What's the matter with Johnny? Johnny sounds out of breath. Johnny's mumbling. Awww, just your Daddy B. Nice giving him shit because he's a fascinating mo-f-er. I'll tell you what works: Heavy's deep-soul keyboard lines. You could rock your baby to sleep by their graceful fluctuations.

Listen to Highway Heavy featuring Johnny James singing "Working Man" on YouTube.



Tidbits

Johnny James on YouTube:


Listen to Johnny James singing "Running Loose" on YouTube.

Listen to Johnny James singing "Sweet J.J. (Ice In My Veins)" on YouTube.

Listen to Johnny James singing "Johnny James" on YouTube.

Listen to Johnny James singing "Love Maker" on YouTube.

Listen to Johnny James singing "Sweet Dick Johnny" on YouTube.

Listen to Johnny James singing "Working Man" on YouTube.


Honorary "B" Side

"Working Man"



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