Daddy B. Nice's #50 ranked Southern Soul Artist
"Southern Soul Music"
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Daddy B. Nice's Original Critique:
"I'm not into rappin',
And I don't rock and roll.
I'm not much into hiphop,
But I love me some Southern Soul."
"Southern Soul Music," recorded and released in 2003, is the first song to overtly capitalize (through its title) on the emerging genre of Southern Soul. Musical history is rife with songs that fed off the popularity of musical forms. Bill Haley & The Comets' "Rock Around The Clock" electrified fans used to jazz and swing when it was featured in the movie soundtrack for "Blackboard Jungle" during the formative years of rock and roll.
Toni Green starts her radio-friendly hit thus:
"Down south they got a soulful sound.
It once was lost, but now it's found.
They took the old and made it new.
They're doing it like they used to do."
"Southern Soul Music's" well-written lyrics (by the talented composer Lawrence Harper) remind us of the musical void Southern Soul fills for today's audience. The movement, which began to pick up momentum in the 90's and blossomed with the release of Johnnie Taylor's "Big Head Hundreds" and Ronnie Lovejoy's "Sho' Wasn't Me" at the millennium, represents the return of adult rhythm and blues to what now amounts to a Tower of Babel music-industry wilderness not that different from the heyday of early R&B in the mid-twentieth century.
Ahh, the fifties, the early sixties. . . Those were the glory days of singles, when guys like your Daddy B. Nice--growing up in the North--first heard the liberating sounds of Southern R&B coming over the radio in the wee hours of the morning from places like Oklahoma City, Little Rock and Shreveport. Those were the days when any artist, from Little Richard to Mitch Miller to The Marcels to Perez Prado, had a pass to the air waves so long as the night was deep and long enough.
"I took my CD to the radio station.
They say they like my music.
When I ask them to play my song,
They said, 'I'm sorry, we just can't do it.'"
A long-time backup singer with R&B roots going back to the soulful seventies, Toni Green sings like a veteran yet seems like a young performer. With a couple of albums already under her belt, Green has really made an impression with this effort, from her third CD, Southern Soul Music (Good Time, 2003). The groove is mesmerizing, the production is bluesy and first-rate, and the message just makes everything that much better.
--Daddy B. Nice
About Toni Green
Memphis-bred Toni Green's R&B credentials include a long career as a backup vocalist. Beginning in the seventies, she had prominent back-up stints with both Isaac Hayes and Luther Ingram, and over the years she worked with Millie Jackson, the Barkays, The Doobies, Dennis Edwards and many other artists.
Song's Transcendent Moment
"'Soul music is dead and gone,'
If You Liked. . . You'll Love
If you loved the Pointer Sister's "Slow Hand," you should ease into Toni Green's "Southern Soul Music" with no trouble.
Honorary "B" Side
"Just Ain't Working Out"
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