Daddy B. Nice's - Guide to Today's Top Chitlin' Circuit Rhythm and Blues Artists


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January 8, 2022:

JANUARY TOP TEN "SPILLOVER": Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in January 2022.

1. "Keep It 100"---Carlin Taylor feat. Soul Cartel Band
2. "How Can You Love Me"---Jay Morris Group
3. "Ride This Saddle"---Christie & The Superior Band
4. "My Baby Don't Love Me No More"---Jay Morris Group
5. "Good Wood"---Big Yayo feat. Kenne' Wayne
6. "Knee Deep Part II"---Jay Morris Group
7. "You Ain't Gotta Cry No More"---J'Cenae feat. Wendell B
8. "It Sounds Like I'm Lying"---Jay Morris Group
9. "Saddle Up"---Jeter Jones feat. Volton Wright & R&B Pooh
10. "You Deserve Better"---Avail Hollywood feat. P2K

11. "Good Lovin'"---Charles Wilson
12. "Single Husband"---Duchess Jureesa McBride
13. "What Do You Do"---Margo Thunder
14. "Nukie Pie Remix"---Carolyn Staten
15. "I Wanna Be Your Freak"---Arthur Young
16. "(I Don't) Trust You"---Magic One
17. "Just Tell Me"---Shell-B
18. "I'm A Good Woman"---West Love
19. "Jill Of All Skills"---Portia P.
20. "I Gotta Get To My Baby's House"---Ben Ether

21. "Decency"---J'Cenae
22. "Liquor House Vibing"---J. Red The Nephew
23. "Love On My Mind"---Rich Wright feat. Lokey Kountry
24. "I Wanna Chill"---Brenda Yancy
25. "Mr. DJ"---Big G
26. "Please Let Me Come Back Home"---Lomax
27. "Background Check"---Jaye Hammer
28. "They Wonna Party"---The Houston County Cowboy
29. "Overnight Stay"---Dre Walker feat. J-Wonn
30. "Get On Down"---Rico Baby

31. "Man Handle It"---J. Red The Nephew
32. "Get The Hell On"---Lamar Brace
33. "Tip Toe"---Ghetto Cowboy
34. "Show Me Some Love"---Brenda Yancy
35. "Leave And Party"---King George
36. "To The Country"---Patrick Harris feat. Jeter Jones
37. "Show Me Love"---G-Sky feat. Big Choo
38. "Hey Boo"---B. Dupee feat. Johnny "Guitar" Watson Jr.
39. "Low Down Dirty Blues"---Melvino
40. "Talk To Yo Ole Lady"---Augusta

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December 26, 2021:


1. "Take Your Time"-----Joe Nice feat. Sean Dolby

Sean Dolby soulfully singing "Take your time...sweet baby... and love me right" was my go-to "upper" all year, the perfect concoction of casual and carefree to balance my stress and exhaustion. Nice captured magic on this collaboration with Dolby, and along with Narvel Echols' rap-infused blues last year it moves Southern Soul-hiphop from the fringes to the mainstream. It just sounds like it belongs in today's southern soul, and beckons a whole new direction for those inclined.

Listen to Joe Nice feat. Sean Dolby singing "Take Your Time" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

2. "Dukes And Boots"-----Avail Hollywood

The finest vocal of Avail Hollywood's career, and the finest lead-guitar accompaniment in a southern soul song this year.

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "Dukes And Boots" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

3. "Chicken Wang"-----Klay Redd

An irresistable dance jam by a "complete unknown," sung with the authority and guile of a veteran.

Listen to Klay Redd singing "Chicken Wang" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

4. "Love You Down"-----Jeter Jones feat. JD

Jeter follows up last year's smashing cover of "Mind Playing Tricks On Me" with a remake of Ready For The World's "Love You Down," featuring a new young singer with a voice like chapel chimes for whom the lyrics were apparently written. His name: JD.

Listen to JD and Jeter Jones singing "Love You Down" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

5. "Drink Of You"-----The Night Affair Band

Here's one that will thrill the old school...From the pride of Greenville, South Carolina: a live band and lead vocalist so talented they're bound for greater glory.

Listen to the Night Affair Band singing "Drink Of You" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

6. "Down In The Kuntry"-----Stan Butler feat. West Love

With his longtime guitarist/producer Ron G by his side and budding-star, gospel-drenched West Love now in the fold, watch out---Stan Butler is ready to make his mark and fulfill his promise.

Listen to Stan Butler and West Love singing "Down In The Kuntry" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

7. "I Don't Play Them Games"-----Mister Cotton feat. Nore Cross

What makes this duet so extraordinary (beyond the gorgeous chords courtesy of ConFunkShun) is the exaggerated and stylized approach to the couple's differences, which makes it funny and devastatingly likable.

Listen to Mister Cotton and Nore Cross singing "I Don't Play Them Games" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

8. "Bone Of My Bone"-----James Bryant

Now this is old school. Don't let a programmed instrumental track deter you from the soulfulness this song will shower down upon you after a few familiarizing listens.

Listen to James Bryant singing "Bone Of My Bone" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

9. "Grown Man Shhh"-----Bigg Robb

Not many recording artists have the stones to sing "what I go through being a dark-skinned man"---Syl Johnson maybe.

Listen to Bigg Robb singing "Grown Man Shhh" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

10. "SupaWoman"-----Volton Wright feat. JD & Jeter Jones

It's JD from "Love U Down" again (#4 above) transfixing with the purest young voice since J-Wonn sang "I Got This Record". From a great new album by Volton Wright.

Listen to Volton Wright, JD & Jeter Jones singing "SupaWoman" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

11. "Come Go With Me"-----T-Lyons feat. Tanji Emmeni

From young visionaries R&B Pooh through JD to T-Lyons, it's a full-fledged, southern-soul youth movement at Slacktraxx Records.

Listen to T-Lyons & Tanji Emmeni singing "Come And Go With Me" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

12. "Plain Ole Country Boy"-----Jeter Jones

Sure, Jeter's a "plain ole country boy," but then again, he's not just a "plain ole country boy"---he's much more---and it's that ambivalent message that gives "Plain Ole Country Boy" its special power and reverberating meanings.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "Plain Ole Country Boy" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

13. "I'm Gonna Win"-----T.K. Soul

The Jay Morris Group wasn't the first southern soul act to delve deeply into personal relationships.

Listen to T.K. Soul singing "I'm Gonna Win" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

14. "For Your Love"-----Hisyde

This is what they mean when they say a song "swings".

Listen to Hisyde singing "For Your Love" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

15. "The Chosen One"-----Sir Charles Jones

This short self-testimonial chronicles Charles' rise from humble beginnings to rapper-like peaks of self-importance and arrogance and from phrase to phrase you wince or cheer depending on which corner of Charles' complex personality is being exposed as well as what you think of "fronting" itself and whether Charles is using it in a satirical way. It marks a fascinating waypost in Charles' career.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "The Chosen One" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

16. "Rush"-----Hummin' Boy feat. Neicy Redd

The Mississippi Hummin' Boy follows up his debut single "What I Like" with another sensual, swirling, cotton-candy-like ballad.

Listen to Mississippi Hummin' Boy singing "Rush" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

17. "Ride It"-----Ra'Shad The Blues Kid

The young Delta bluesman put out not one but two albums this year, one of blues and one of southern soul.

Listen to Ra'Shad The Blues Kid singing "Ride It" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

18. "I'll Leave The Light On"-----Karen Wolfe

Karen's "Motel 6" vehicle allows her to stretch out vocally with all of her trademark "Wolfe-isms," reminding us what a real southern soul anthem sounds like.

Listen to Karen Wolfe singing "I'll Leave The Light On" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

19. "Just Love Me"-----DeMond Crump

One of southern soul's unsung and under-appreciated veterans drops the finest ballad of his career.

Listen to DeMond Crump singing "Just Love Me" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

20. "Drinking My Problems Away"-----O.B. Buchana

O.B. Buchana did the previously unthinkable in leaving his longtime label Ecko Records for Music Access. However, his first release, written by J-Wonn, is one of his finest songs in years and true to his legacy in every way.

Listen to O.B. Buchana singing "Drinking My Problems Away" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

21. "Somebody's Been Talking Too Much"-----Gerod Rayborn

The longtime Ecko Records singer/songwriter released one of the finest albums of 2021, his first in a decade.

Listen to Gerod Rayborn singing "Somebody's Been Talking Too Much" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

22. "My Baby"-----Nellie "Tiger" Travis feat. O.B. Buchana

As smooth as an unfurling roll of Japanese silk, this tuneful ballad unites two of southern soul's most prestigious vocalists for a first-time duet, assisted by the equally legendary Omar Cunningham.

Listen to Nellie Travis and O.B. Buchana singing "My Baby" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

23. "I Ain't Giving Up My Love"-----Mizz Lowe feat. Bobby Rush

Bobby Rush's most infamous, booty-rolling dancer shines on this funny and tuneful collaboration.

Listen to Mizz Lowe and Bobby Rush singing "I Ain't Giving Up My Love" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

24. "Good Booty Judy"-----Arthur Young

Has TV-binging ever netted such a bounty of witty lyrics?

Listen to Arthur Young singing "Good Booty Judy" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

25. "Kick Out"-----Mr. Fredlo feat. Omar Cunningham

A stepping song by Mr. Fredlo, one of the best new artists of the year, with an assist from the "godfather," Omar Cunningham, who seems to be involved in every southern soul song recorded.

Listen to Mr. Fredlo and Omar Cunningham singing "Kick Out" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s original capsule review.

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January 1, 2022:

2021:The Year In Southern Soul

Pictured: Jay Morris

January came in like a lamb. Southern Soul concerts were few and far between. Musically, the dust was settling on Beat Flippa's double album "Producer Of The Year," and Big Yayo's "Electric Cowboy," two strong efforts. Kicking off the new year were Jaye Hammer's "It's Jaye Hammer Time" and Jeter Jones' sampler "Fish Grease Friday," produced by Ronald "Slack" Jefferson and featuring (among other artists) a host of new and younger-than-usual talents in R&B Pooh, King South and JD. Pokey Bear ruled the singles charts with a new single, "Excuse Me," along with Cadillac Man, who released his best single to date, "Southern Soul Woman".

February, with Valentine's Day, saw an uptick in mid-level touring. Willie Clayton and others, however, were still doing "virtual" concerts. Crystal Thomas released a rare vinyl recording, "Now Dig This". Arthur Young released another new album, "A Trucker's Blues," and Jeter Jones dominated the singles charts with "Love You Down" with JD and "It's About To Go Down" with Billy Cook. Stevie J. Blues reprised "All Because Of Me" and Hump Dog reprised "The Crawfish Song".

March welcomed in strong debut albums from Slacktraxx artists Volton Wright and Tasha Mac, and Wright's disc in particular spawned a trifecta of harmony-rich singles: "Southern Soul Girl" with T.K. Soul, "Supa Woman" featuring J.D. and Jeter Jones and "Circles". Rapper Joe Nice, assisted by Sean Dolby, scored the #1 Single with a remake of the Lynn White standard "Take Your Time," and the tune would go on to seize #1 in Daddy B. Nice's Top 25 Singles of 2021. The first of many mega-sized, Blues Is Alright Tour-type concerts starring Sir Charles Jones, Pokey Bear, Lenny Williams, Calvin Richardson, Theodis Ealey and Bobby Rush---the 14th Annual Motor City (Detroit) Blues Festival and the 15th Annual Chi-town (Chicao) Blues Festival---were cancelled. National Public Radio's Morning Edition recognized a new book detailing southern soul's legendary Jackson, Mississippi record label, "The Last Soul Company: The Malaco Records Story" by Rob Bowman.

April commenced with more big concert cancellations, including the popular Spring Fling in Mobile, Alabama and the 14th Annual Shreveport, Atlanta and Indy Blues Festivals, but mid-level gigs continued to slowly rise, powered by Jeter Jones, Pokey Bear, Vick Allen, Terry Wright, Tucka, J'Wonn, Calvin Richardson, Big Yayo, Arthur Young, L.J. Echols and others. O.B. Buchana released his sixteenth album on Ecko Records, "Southern Soul Brother," but it would turn out to be his last with the venerable Memphis indie label.

May found O.B. Buchana atop the singles charts with Nellie "Tiger" Travis on the ballad, "My Baby," written and produced by Omar Cunningham, who also ushered in new artist Mr. Fredlo's debut single. Cunningham, fresh off his first solo album in years, "Certified," seemed to be involved in writing, singing or producing a major portion of the songs recorded in 2021. Meanwhile, the youngsters in the Jay Morris Group---Jay Morris, Zee Brownlow and KMonique---continued to gain acclaim with their hit song "Knee Deep" and their 2021 debut album, "Like Food For The Soul". The best news, however, was the concert scene. Mother's Day marked a turning point, with tour dates for that holiday proliferating across the South. By Memorial Day, southern soul artists had returned to stages in full force.

In June Avail Hollywood hit the road with musical sidekick DJ Trac, as did Wendell B, fresh off his album "Real Talk," with his new label-mate J'Cenae, whose single "I'll Be Down In A Minute" eclipsed anything done by southern soul women in the last two years. Bobby Rush returned to southern soul recording with a novelty hit by his booty-rolling, stage dancer Mizz Lowe. Also returning to the scene: Steve Perry, The Winstons, Mister Cotton, Willie B, Anita Love, and DeMond Crump, whose new ballad "Just Love Me" captured the #1 single spot. New artist Hisyde, fresh from his rousing duet with Avail Hollywood on the Beat Flippa-produced "Is It Ova," dropped his debut album. His new single, "For Your Love," was produced by Eric "Smidi" Smith, who was instrumental a few years earlier in transitioning Jeter Jones into southern soul. And Jeter Jones released his second album of the year, the 21-track "Trailride Certified Part 2".

By the 4th of July, the southern soul concert scene was as busy as ever. The "living legends" gig in Monroe, Lousiana brought together veterans Lenny Williams, Latimore, Bobby Rush, Carl Sims, Ricky White and Stephanie McDee. Ms. Jody put out her fifteenth album on Ecko Records entitled "Cowboy Style". A new artist stormed into the singles charts with a novelty dance jam called "Chicken Wang". His name: Klay Redd. Sir Charles Jones put out a potent new album and single titled, "The Chosen One". Stan Butler was active in the recording studio all year, but his best product might have been the mid-summer anthem "Down In The Kuntry" with talented, high-energy newcomer West Love.

August ushered in another new talent in the youth movement at SlackTraxx, T-Lyons (The Southern Soul Kid) with the aptly named single, "Young Thang". Dexter Allen, Bobby Rush's onetime guitarist, published a new album. The Jay Morris Group's YouTube video for "Knee Deep" hit the stratospheric number of twelve million views. Dee Dee Simon wrote and 2 Buck Chuck produced Karen Wolfe's most popular single of the year, "I'll Leave The Light On". Avail Hollywood dominated the month's singles chart with his mid-tempo jam, "Dukes And Boots". The Duchess Jureesa McBride returned with a new single, "All Men Ain't Bad," and P2K (formerly P2K Da Diddy) came back with a new album, "Pour It Up". Touring was torrid, with Tucka and Pokey Bear in greatest demand. Sadly, in a year with otherwise very little loss of life in the artist ranks, the genre lost Maurice Wynn, whose song "What She Don't Know (Won't Hurt Her)" became a southern soul classic.

September typified one of the hallmarks of the year: the emergence of the younger generation and its audience. "Young" not as in T.K. Soul or Sir Charles Jones (now the "mid-generation") but "young" as in twenty-or-early-thirty somethings (and T-Lyons may not even be that), a development that had been unthinkable a decade ago. So young, middle-aged and senior mingled as never before, and you had T.K. Soul sharing the bill with the Jay Morris Group, Karen Wolfe onstage with Dee Dee Simon, Bobby Rush live with Mississippi Hummin' Boy. One of the youngest performers, Ra'Shad The Blues Kid, delivered two new albums---one southern soul, one blues. And among the elders, Bigg Robb, Sir Charles Jones and T.K. Soul all put out fresh (read "young") new sets.

October marked the passing of Lexington/Tchula, Mississippi's WAGR disc jockey Big Money---a larger-than-life radio personality---who died in an unfortunate car accident on one of his familiar country roads. And Miss Portia, one of southern soul's youngest and brightest stars, passed away in the middle of the month from causes never made public. Ecko Records-affiliated singer/songwriter Gerod Rayborn released his first solo album in a decade and Miss Lady Blues went bluesy in her LP "Moe Better Blues".

November saw Dee Dee Simon's "Winter Is Coming:A Southern Soul And Blues Queens’ Christmas" sampler portend the holiday season. The album featured Simon and a host of young southern soul divas who took their music on the road. Roi "Chip" Anthony made the transition from the zydeco circuit to the chitlin' circuit with a new southern soul album, "Leo King".

December brought Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 Countdown: New Generation Artist Chart to a total of fifteen artist guides (so far), updating rankings for the new decade:

15 Ronnie Bell
14 Karen Wolfe
13 Bishop Bullwinkle
12 Jay Morris Group
11 Bigg Robb
10 Ms. Jody
9 Avail Hollywood
8 Jeter Jones
7 Wendell B
6 J-Wonn
5 Nellie "Tiger" Travis
4 T.K. Soul
3 Tucka
2 Sir Charles Jones
1 Big Pokey Bear
See the Chart.

...And, as if to add an exclamation point to the "year of the youngsters," the Jay Morris Group released their sophomore album, "Long Story Short," fulfilling the promise of their first. Soulful, original, seemingly without antecedent, this music sounds like nothing less than a new blues for the younger generation.

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

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

-------January 2022-------

1."Keep It 100"-----Carlin Taylor feat. The Soul Cartel Band

YouTube history tells us this band started out doing amateurish funk covers. Now look. They've matured, gotten "religion" (southern soul, that is) with their mellowed-and-polished, dance-friendly lead singer dispatching one of the catchiest tunes to ever jump-start a new year. The two best "Keep It 100" videos are here---one above in the title link and one below, right about here...

Listen to Carlin Taylor singing "Keep It 100" on YouTube.

2. "How Can You Love Me"-----Jay Morris Group

A fresh, staccato guitar and chording piano carry this latest harmony-rich tale from the Jay Morris Group with Jay and K-Monique trading the lead vocals. From their new, 5-star-rated album Long Story Short.

Listen to the Jay Morris Group singing "How Can You Love Me" on YouTube.

3. "Ride This Saddle"-----Christie & The Superior Band

Produced by Ves (Kenne' Wayne's "We Do We") and featuring Curley Taylor on button accordion, good times abound in this zydeco-flavored party jam sung with joyous verve by Houston's Christa Norris.

Listen to Christie and The Superior Band singing "Ride This Saddle" on YouTube.

4. "My Baby Don't Love Me No More"-----Jay Morris Group

The Jay Morris group revitalizes another worn-out, chitlin-circuit theme (a cheating man losing his woman) with typically rich details and original results, and I'm proud to be documenting their meteoric rise. The trio is now the twelfth-ranked southern soul artist on Daddy B. Nice’s newest Top 100 Countdown: The New Generation.

Listen to the Jay Morris Group singing "My Baby Don't Love Me No More" on YouTube.

5. "Good Wood"-----Big Yayo feat. Kenne' Wayne.

Wayne and Yayo sound as good as The Isley Brothers on this one. Mabry's (Big Yayo's) synthesized instrumental flourishes update the sound but even better is the harmony line Yayo finds on their choruses. All Yayo does is make hits, and with remarkable consistency. That is why he's now the newest entry (at #16) in Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 Countdown: The New Generation.

Listen to Big Yayo and Kenne' Wayne singing "Good Wood" on YouTube.

6. "Knee Deep Part II"-----Jay Morris Group

This is the new southern soul single currently getting the most YouTube views (one million in its first month). And if you're really mired in the deep artistic mud of both "Knee Deeps," check out DJ Sir Rockinghood's special mix, Jay Morris Group: Knee Deep Pt 1 & 2 Special Mix), with an entire, verse-long cameo by Lenny Williams, whose iconic "Ooh-ooh-ooooh" was referenced in the first "Knee Deep".

Listen to the Jay Morris Group singing "Knee Deep Part II" on YouTube.

7. "You Ain't Gotta Cry No More"-----J'Cenae feat. Wendell B

In effect, Wendell has found a female counterpart to himself, nearly his equal in talent. And when you put them together, it's something like Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell back in the day.

Listen to J'Cenae and Wendell B singing "You Ain't Gotta Cry No More" on YouTube.

8. "It Sounds Like I'm Lying"-----Jay Morris Group

It's never happened before, and these charts go back to 2005. "It Sounds Like I'm Lying" is the fourth of four JMG singles posted in a single month, and it may be the best.

Listen to the Jay Morris Group singing"It Sounds Like I'm Lying" on YouTube.

9. "Saddle Up"-----Jeter Jones feat. Volton Wright & R&B Pooh

Listen to Jeter Jones, Volton Wright & R&B Pooh singing"Saddle Up" onYouTube.

10. "You Deserve Better"-----Avail Hollywood feat. P2K

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "You Deserve Better" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------December 2021-------

1."Come Go With Me"-----T-Lyons feat. Tanji Emmeni

Talk about the "southern soul kid". From a "grown-folks" perspective, this guy is in swaddling clothes. A New Orleans hiphop phenom at twelve, T-Lyons was "discovered" by Ronald "Slack" Jefferson and pressed into serving up a delicacy rare in southern soul annals: "Come Go With Me"--- featuring an instrumental track unlike anything Slack has ever done, with a gently-played button-acordion framing childlike vocals---goes by in what seems like the most beautiful minute of your life. From his debut album, T-Lyons: Hear Me Roar.

Listen to T-Lyons and Tanji Emmeni singing "Come Go With Me" on YouTube

2. "I Don't Play Them Games"------Mister Cotton feat. Nore Cross

Mr. Cotton has been sending me unsuccessful submissions for years (long ago it was as 100% Cotton, which always put him at the top of my music index) and for just as many years I've been telling him he's a good producer with a terrible voice. But all that is forgotten with this frothy back-and-forth between a delightfully saucy woman (Nore Cross) and a gruff, deeply-voiced and deeply-suspicious man (Cotton). The couple's extremely polarized "conversating" is set against an exquisite and vaguely familiar melody (which funksters will abruptly connect with ConFunkShun's "Love's Train"), but what producer Cotton does with the song (adding the lyrics and Nore Cross) brings a whole 'nother level of southern soul ecstasy.

Listen to Mr. Cotton and Nore Cross singing "I Don't Play Them Games" on YouTube.

3. "Can I Ride?"------Nadia Thee Primadonna feat. Jeter Jones

Nadia's been knocking around on the fringes for a few years but I've never heard her like this: powerful, swinging, seemingly voice-trained, with a tone like a chapel bell. Call this her true southern soul debut. Jeter, of course, is always Jeter, making it work.

Listen to Nadia and Jeter Jones singing "Can I Ride" on YouTube.

4. "Drinking My Problems Away"-----O.B. Buchana

This is the song O.B. Buchana has been waiting for, authentic and true to his themes ("Let's Get Drunk," "I Can't Stop Drinking"), and guess who penned it? J-Wonn, the youngster who was in T-Lyon's place a half-decade ago. Hopefully, their audience will listen along with the rest of us.

Listen to O.B. Buchana singing "Drinking My Problems Away" on YouTube.

5. "Can't Keep No Secret"-----Fat Daddy feat. Tucka

Fat Daddy and Tucka have a special bond. They're actually related, they often tour together and it shows on this duet, both harmonies and solo verses. Fat Daddy's more of a squawker so that when Tucka takes over it sounds like warbling. It's a fascinating mix (if you're into birds and/or know what I mean).

Listen to Fat Daddy and Tucka singing "Can't Keep No Secret" on YouTube

6. "Push It Up!"-----Radio Rasheed feat. Poo Coo

Here's something different. A stripped-down, high-energy dance jam, simultaneously "house" and funky, that may remind hard-core old-timers of "Wobble Wobble". The artist's name, of course, is very close to the boombox-carrying Radio Raheem whose Floyd-like death occurs in Spike Lee's masterpiece "Do The Right Thing".

Listen to Radio Rasheed and Poo Coo singing "Push It Up!" on YouTube.

7. "Zydeco With Me"-----T-Lyons

More T-Lyons and more zydeco, covering the Jeter Jones original.

Listen to T-Lyons singing "Zydeco With Me" on YouTube.

8. "Love You Better"-----Ronnie Bell

Ronnie Bell just made the big leap (long overdue) all the way up to #15 on Daddy B. Nice's New Top 100 Countdown: The New Generation.

Listen to Ronnie Bell singing "Love You Better" on YouTube.

9. "When The Tables Turn"-----Terrence Davis

Great vocal, great guitar, great background vocals. And now I remember. This is the guy who did that crazy "Why You Mad At Me?"

Listen to Terrence Davis singing "When The Tables Turn" on YouTube.

10. "So Good"-----Sojo The Ladies Champ

The most memorable track from Winter Is Coming:A Southern Soul And Blues Queens’ Christmas. Written by Dee Dee Simon. Read the review.

Listen to Sojo singing "So Good" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------NOVEMBER 2021-------

1. "Grown Man Shhh"-----Bigg Robb

The first verse sums it up: "I got a good woman/But I don't think she understands/All that I go through/Being a dark-skinned man." You can tell it's from the heart, and nobody has a bigger heart than Robb. The production, complete with soulful female background, is exquisite, as is Robb's vocal and voice-over.

Listen to Bigg Robb singing "Grown Man Shhhh" on YouTube.

2. "You Didn't Want What You Had"-----Gerod Rayborn

The opening bars' deep, trilling, organ chords announce you're in store for a rant, and that's what you get---a stirring, vintage-style weeper/scolder reminiscent of Percy Sledge, Otis Redding and James ("The Dark End Of The Street") Carr. Read Daddy B. Nice's 4-star CD review.

Listen to Gerod Rayborn singing "You Didn't Want What You Had" on YouTube.

3. "Bone Of My Bone"----James Bryant

A love song as heartfelt and masterfully-sung as the work of recently-discovered R.T. Taylor. The song also features what I used to call "cheesy programmed horns," a fixture of southern soul records in the late nineties and early aughts. Even the great T.K. Soul's "Try Me" had them.

Listen to James Bryant singing "Bone Of My Bone" on YouTube.

4. "Keep Moving On"-----Dexter Allen

This is a great single by the blues man. Leather-belt vocal, live instruments (especially those drums!) and valuable worldly wisdom dispensed.

Listen to Dexter Allen singing Keep Moving On" on YouTube.

5. "Somebody's Been Talking Too Much"----Gerod Rayborn

Another, more Tyrone Davis, side of Gerod Rayborn from his new I Love My Blues CD. This one's a kinky, domestic slice-of-life with an exotic, far-Eastern, musical fillip tiptoeing through the instrumental track.

Listen to Gerod Rayborn singing "Somebody's Been Talking Too Much" on YouTube.

6. "I'm Not Going Nowhere"----M.P. Soul

If you're into southern soul, you're used to double negatives. You wouldn't want it any other way---it wouldn't sound right. Rousing tune and vocal wrapped up in an unmistakably L.J. Echols production.

Listen to "I'm Not Going Nowhere"

7. "Crazy Fool"-----Big Yayo

Did Chris get the inspiration for "Crazy Fool"---especially the opening bars and tempo---from Miz. B's great underground record "What's My Name?/My Name Is $$$$$". That's what great writer/producers do.

Listen to Big Yayo singing "Crazy Fool" on YouTube.

8. "Freight Train"-----B. Dupree

This is a reissue (re-mastered) from an artist who last charted on Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Singles in 2007.

Listen to B. Dupree singing "Freight Train" on YouTube.

9. "Take You Home"-----The Night Affair Band

Another spectacular cut from the unheralded band Daddy B. Nice spotlighted at number-one last month (October).

Listen to The Night Affair Band singing "Take You Home" on YouTube.

10. "Pacifier"----Sweet P.

Denzel Dante, who recently debuted on these charts, apparently manages Sweet P.

Listen to Sweet P singing "Pacifier" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------OCTOBER 2021-------

1. "Drink Of You"-----The Night Affair Band

Whenever people tell me they can't find any good new southern soul songs, I always say, "You know I get that way sometimes, but there is always more. You just have to beat the bushes, and the bushes are endless." In this case a southern soul enthusiast named Jerry King happened to mention a deejay named DJ Haynes, and when I went to DJ Haynes he was playing a song from 2020 by a band I had never heard of---The Night Affair Band---reminiscent of (and just as good as) another band few people ever appreciated, Soul Unlimited feat. Ellis Blake. I know nothing about the Night Affair Band. I've tried to contact them without success. For all I know, they may have disbanded. But their song "Drink Of You" is an overlooked triumph.

Listen to The Night Affair Band singing "Drink Of You" on YouTube.

2. "I Ain't No Sidepiece Lover"-----J'Cenae

Smoothway (Wendell B's label) releases the second big single of 2021 from J'Cenae. The first was "I'll Be Down In A Minute," which has racked up almost 3 million YouTube views. "I Ain't No Sidepiece Lover" has scored a quarter of a million views in less than a month. For fans who love Shirley Brown. A CD titled "Decency" is in the works.

Listen to J'Cenae singing "I Ain't No Sidepiece Lover" on YouTube.

3. "We Rollin'"-----Unkle Phunk feat. Big Poppa

Unkle Phunk returns to form with this warm and fuzzy dance groove, all about him taking his 18-wheeler to the trail ride.

Listen to Unkle Phunk singing "We Rollin'" on YouTube.

4. "Mr. Hide & Go Get It"-----Arthur Young

Arthur Young recycles an old Marvin Sease riff with cool aplomb.

Listen to Arthur Young singing "Mr. Hide & Go Get It" on YouTube.

5. "Tank On E"-----DeShay

A hauntingly atmospheric piece of advice from Jones Boys Entertainment diva DeShay, following up on her 2021 singles "Cowboy Ride" and "Lay With Me".

Listen to DeShay singing "Tank On E" on YouTube.

6. "Let Me Love You"----Ra'Shad The Blues Kid

Beautiful melody with tasty guitar, vocal and gospel-style background vocals. From Ra'Shad's new SOUTHERN SIDE OF SOUL CD. See Daddy B. Nice's 4-star review.

Listen to Ra'Shad singing "Let Me Love You" on YouTube.

7. "Wash My Hands"----Denzel Dante

New guy, new sound, delivered with competence.

Listen to Denzel Dante singing "Wash My Hands" on YouTube.

8. "The Best Of Me"----Mrs. Sham

"I'm open like a book. I'm giving him everything. He gets the best of me." Stirring words from a lady promoted by J. Red The Nephew.

Listen to Mrs. Sham singing "The Best Of Me" on YouTube.

9. "Giddy Up And Let's Ride"----Tasha Mac feat. Jeter Jones

Interest is stirring for Tasha Mac. From her new album You're Not My Competition.

Listen to Tasha Mac singing "Giddy Up And Let's Ride" on YouTube.

10. "Real Man"-----Mr. Sipp

Mr. Sipp started out as a blues guitarist catering to the crossover (white blues) market but has since migrated into the southern soul scene. "Real Man," his best southern soul effort yet, is winning over deejays across the South but still looking for those elusive fans.

Listen to Mr. Sipp singing "Real Man" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------SEPTEMBER 2021-------

1. "I'm Gonna Win"-----T.K. Soul

The title of this melodic and soulfully-sung tune is misleading. ”I’m gonna win” sounds egotistical, but the lyrics are just the opposite---humble, honest and straightforward, the thoughts of a wounded soul who at one point asks God for guidance and receives this reply:

“Get up off your knees, son.
How you gonna win if you don’t play?"

From his new album, Strawberry Jamz, “I’m Gonna Win” is a worthy successor to T.K.’s “Try Me”.

Listen to T.K. Soul singing "I'm Gonna Win" on YouTube.

2. “Knee Deep (Soul Lion Bass Mashup)”------Jay Morris Group

I’m not sure this remix is the version of “Knee Deep” that new fans should listen to first, but I do know that the twelve million YouTubers who have already fallen in love with the original will want to hear this version grafted onto vintage rhythm track samples like Soul Sonic Force. I always wondered how a slow song could inspire so much line-dancing. Now we’ve got a club version!

Listen to the Jay Morris Group featuring Zee Brownlow singing “Knee Deep (Soul Lion Bass Mashup)”.

3. "I'll Leave The Light On"-----Karen Wolfe

It’s clear that Karen Wolfe is pursuing a more commercial and accessible sound. At the same time she’s trying to maintain the rootsy vocal chops that are her unique brand and claim to fame. Her “Motel Six” song (too bad she couldn’t have called it that) is the best evidence yet she’s bound to succeed.

Listen to Karen Wolfe singing "I'll Leave The Light On" on YouTube.

4. "OMG”-----Cadillac Man

Cadillac Man has traveled a long and winding road to get to this high point. Assured, aggressive, funny, he’s everything we could desire in a southern-soul bluesman, including the seasoning to take us all the way back to Clarence Carter’s “Strokin’”.

Listen to Cadillac Man singing "OMG” on YouTube.

5. “Tennessee Whiskey”-----Sir Jonathan Burton

Here's another longtime veteran who has traveled the long and winding path to his southern soul nirvana. Sir Jonathan Burton puts the chords to “I’d Rather Go Blind” in the blender and comes up with a fantastic offering brimming with energy, sweetness, wildness, incredible vocals and even saxophones!

Listen to Sir Jonathan Burton singing “Tennessee Whiskey” on YouTube.

6. “For You”-----Sean Ardoin

The brother of zydeco star Chris Ardoin and a zydeco performer of note himself, Sean Ardoin dives head-first into southern soul with impressive results.

Listen to Sean Ardoin singing “For You” on YouTube.

7. “Kush Kush”-----Lacee

This is a groove that could dislodge “Lacee’s Groove”. Its simplicity is powerful. People will be dancing to it.

Listen to Lacee singing “Kush Kush” on YouTube.

8. “Do You Wanna Ride”-----Silky G McCoy

This debut features a fine new vocalist over a simple, sparkling acoustic guitar riff.

Listen to Silky G. McCoy singing “Do You Wanna Ride” on YouTube.

9. “Imma Let Him Get It”-----Summer Wolfe

“He been doing everything he need to do,
I’ve been trying to test him."

Ears perked up, dogs?

"But the way this Hennessy got me feeling right now,
See I just might let him.”

Listen to Summer Wolfe singing “Imma Let Him Get It” on YouTube.

10. “Rough Ride”-----Stephanie McDee

Stephanie’s back, and she’s got the zydeco accordion and the dance rhythm track. If you don’t know her, all you need to know is she was the headliner on a duet with someone named Pokey Bear (“Do The Hokey Pokey”) when the big bear was just a big cub.

Listen to Stephanie McDee singing “Rough Ride” on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------AUGUST 2021-------

1."Dukes And Boots" ------ Avail Holly-

Who would have thought the maestro of quick-
sand-dense, glacially-slow, substance-abuser ballads like "Wasted," "Drinking Again" and "Rehab Ain't Working" would become a mid-tempo groove virtuoso? "Black Locomotive (Love Train)" was the impending thunder but "Dukes And Boots" is the lightning that strikes the blaze. Stupendous vocal. Raves for the dazzling lead guitar.

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "Dukes And Boots" on YouTube.

2. "Cowboy Style" ------ Ms. Jody

This Ecko-recorded track begins like a Ronald Jefferson, Slacktraxx production, with that ubiquitous little, muffled guitar (or keyboard?) pecking sound that Slack has used on countless hit singles. What? Capitulation from Memphis? You can imagine John Ward and company tearing their hair out over the Louisianan's success with this elementary-school sound, but it segues into one of Ms. Jody's finest efforts. After all, Ms. Jody is the mistress of the understated vocal, and as the instrumental track blossoms into a gentle boogie-woogie the song becomes irresistible.

Listen to Ms. Jody singing "Cowboy Style" on YouTube.

3. "Evidence" ----- Bigg Robb

The B-I-G-G man takes on the legendary "mistaken identity" problems of Ronnie Lovejoy's "Sho' Wasn't Me" in a fiery blues. In the YouTube video his wife serves him a plate of food laced with razor blades, and as he rushes mouth bleeding to the bathroom Robb protests, "If you didn't catch me/ Tell me where's the evidence?"

Also, this month Bigg Robb breaks into southern soul's The New Generation chart at #11!

Listen to Bigg Robb singing "Evidence" on YouTube.

4. "Ride It" ----- Ra'Shad The Blues Kid

I see where Malaco has now signed Mr. Sipp in its Ahab-like quest to appeal to the white blues market. Nothing against Mr. Sipp, but Malaco tried the same thing with Grady Champion and Queen Emily, and where are they now? Meanwhile, just up the road, the best young blues singer in the area is rocking in anonymity with great songs, evocative vocals and scorching lead guitar.

Listen to Ra'Shad singing "Ride It" on YouTube.

5. "Rush" ----- Mississippi Hummin' Boy feat. Neicy Redd

Another young artist steeped in old-school style is rising in the southern soul firmament. Hummin' Boy found magic with "What I Like" featuring Sir Charles Jones, Omar Cunningham and K Monique. "Rush," assisted by the seductive Neicy Redd, emits the same, floating-on-a-cloud rapture.

See Daddy B. Nice’s New Album Alert!

Listen to Mississippi Hummin' Boy and Neicy Redd singing "Rush" on YouTube.

6. "All Men Ain't Bad" ------ The Duchess Jureesa McBride

Jureesa McBride finally has the song of her life, and she's ready for this moment. She sounds as real as if she were sitting six feet away from you, telling you the "difference between a boy and a man". The Duchess will be singing "All Men Ain't Bad" in every performance for the rest of her life.

Listen to The Duchess Jureesa McBride singing "All Men Ain't Bad" on YouTube.

7. "Pay To Play" ----- P2K Dadiddy

"Pay 2 Play" explores some of the same territory as Arthur Young's "Funky Forty" but from a vastly different perspective and type of man. From P2K's new Pour It Up collection, which delivers the same, disarming, guy-next-door approach to life fans remember from 2018's Best Southern Soul CD Welcome To Da Boom Boom Room.

Listen to P2K singing "Pay To Play" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice’s New Album Alert!

8. "Now You Wanna Come Back" ----- Miss Portia

"Consistent." "Determined." Words I would choose to describe Miss Portia, in addition to "talented". But the first two are the rarity in the female singer ranks, and each monthly or bi-monthly single Portia releases leaves notches on our collective brains, not to mention makes her better. It took me a couple of listens with "You Wanna Come Back" but I shouldn't have nibbled because now I'm hooked.

Listen to Miss Portia singing "Now You Wanna Come Back" on YouTube.

9. "I Think I'm In Love" ----- Coldrank feat. Omar Cunningham

I had a lot of fun teasing Coldrank about changing his name from Cold Drank to "Coldrank" (or was it "Reek" from Game of Thrones?), but I have to make amends. "I Think I'm In Love" is a lovely, positive ballad with a truly memorable melody. One of the best cuts to come out of Baton Rouge in 2021---courtesy of producer Highway Heavy, of course.

10. "I Got Fired" ----- Sheila B. Sexi Jackson

The chords from B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone" never grow old. Haven't heard them in a southern soul tune for a couple of years, but Sheila Jackson does them well in this smoky and evocative tale of crisis.

Listen to Sheila B Sexi singing "I Got Fired From My Job" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------JULY 2021-------

1."Chicken Wang" ------ Klay Redd

Just what we need for the summer of 2021: a funny-as-hell, chicken-clucking, slam-dunk, club jam. Nothing fancy. Just an elemental groove and country-inflected vocal crying out for future remixes. This song invites everyone to flap their wings, and let me tell you... If you see a beautiful woman in the middle of the dance floor flapping her elbows up and down, real careless-like, it'll break your heart.

First new artist since Fat Daddy to score a #1 single first time out. Can't wait to see the dance video!

Listen to Klay Redd singing "Chicken Wang" on YouTube.

2. "On My Way Home" ------ Jeter Jones

There's enough feeling in this song to fill a basket-full of ordinary CD's. Structurally the simplest---and emotionally the deepest---of the many superb tunes on Jeter Jones new, five-star-rated Trailride Certified Part 2.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "On My Way Home" on YouTube.

3. "Down In The Kuntry" ----- Stan Butler feat. West Love

I've been suggesting Stan adopt his
"Cowboy Ride" persona (both performance-wise and vocally) and in "Kuntry," assisted by the powerful and gritty West Love, he kills it. This is his path to stardom, and this is a candidate for Best Duet of the Year.

Listen to Stan Butler and West Love singing"Down In The Kuntry" on YouTube.

4. "I Ain't Giving Up My Love" ----- Mizz Lowe

Bobby Rush's most infamous stage dancer comes out with an inspired bid for a top-of-the-charts single debut, aided by the master himself, who plays Mizz Lowe's foil in the same, hilarious way he did on Vicki Baker's "Don't Leave Your Wife".

Listen to Mizz Lowe and Bobby Rush singing "I Ain't Giving Up My Love" on YouTube.

5. "The Chosen One" ------ Sir Charles Jones

The bracing, northern musical ambience (vintage Detroit, Philly) gives it away. Sir Charles is aiming for the audience beyond southern soul with this chest-pounding, selfie testimonial. And who wouldn't want him leading the charge of southern soul into the mainstream, cape furling in the wind, shield glinting in the sun?

Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "The Chosen One" on YouTube.

6. "On Call Plumber" ----- WestDawn feat. Jeter Jones

There's good funk and there's bad funk. This is the good stuff.

Listen to WestDawn and Jeter Jones singing "On Call Plumber" on YouTube.

7. "Welcome To The Country" ----- Arthur Young

Arthur Young gets back to the blues basics---blazing guitar and vocal---and somehow he seems more comfortable and natural.

Listen to Arthur Young singing "Welcome To The Country" on YouTube.

8. "Damn Thang Wrong" ------ Highway Heavy

Highway Heavy scores his first solo southern soul single as the lead vocalist. He's rapping over a soulful chorus.

Listen to Highway Heavy singing "Damn Thang Wrong" on YouTube.

9. "Love Don't Love Nobody" ----- Big Pokey Bear feat. Mister Cotton

Gravelly-voiced, soul-loving Terry Cotton finally hits the jugular with none other than the sidepiece man himself, Big Pokey Bear.

Listen to Pokey Bear and Mister Cotton singing "Love Don't Love Nobody" on YouTube.

10. "Halfway" ------ Ice Doll feat. Roi "Chip" Anthony

Ice Doll raps it well, but its Roi "Chip" Anthony who brings this soulful melody and chorus home to the southern soul audience.

Listen to Ice Doll and Roi "Chip" Anthony singing "Halfway" on SoundCloud. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------JUNE 2021-------

1. "Just Love Me"------DeMond Crump

In this start-of-summer top-ten otherwise domi-
nated by those stalwart stars Sir Charles and Jeter Jones, it gives your Daddy B. Nice great pleasure to celebrate one of southern soul's most under-exposed and deserving artists ("Neighborhood Rat," "Play Your Position," "Tore Your Drawers") and his most accomplished bid for a southern soul hit single in a career spanning two decades. DeMond Crump's tone is refreshingly new, his pure and unfettered southern black culture as unique as the couplet, "We were friends/Before we both jumped the broom."

Listen to DeMond Crump singing "Just Love Me" on YouTube.

2. "Boots Knockin'"------Jeter Jones feat. Urban Mystic

Slow-motion sensuality slathered over a bed of heavenly instrumental sweetness. Jeter Jones is singing like he's never sung before on his new Trailride Certified 2.

Listen to Jeter Jones and Urban Mystic singing "Boots Knockin'" on YouTube.

3. "Eternity"-----Sir Charles Jones

How does a 25-year veteran of southern soul music re-invent himself, approaching his music as if he were a wide-eyed kid, bringing innocence and fresh perspective to bear on all the dues he's paid and techniques he's acquired? Listen to "Eternity" from the new album The Chosen 1.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "Eternity" on YouTube

4. "Hobo Moan"-----Columbus Toy

Sung with a Dave Mack-ish wail and hummed with a memorable chorus, Columbus Toy strikes a southern soul nerve with this stinging, hot-pepper rendering of an old blues hook.

Listen to Columbus Toy singing "Hobo Moan" on YouTube.

5. "Back That Thang Up"-----Jeter Jones

As described in my New Album Alert, the already-popular video careens from an angry mock-killing to a reality-based club scene of blissed-out dancers twerking to the song's pleasant energy.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "Back That Thang Up" on YouTube.

6. "Forever"----Sir Charles Jones

Produced to cross over into the pop market, with a rock-and-roll-tinged piano and gorgeous synth-chorus, this tune could endear Charles to the baby-boomer audience.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "Forever" on YouTube.

7. "Come On In"-----Shell-B

What every man wants to hear, sung with a velvet-softness that hints at the destination. Reminds me of the woman telling Theodis Ealey to "come in" at the finale of "Please Let Me In". And remember? Theodis lets out a whoop of excitement.

Listen to Shell-B singing "Come On In" on YouTube.

8. "Good Lovin' In The Morning"-----JR Blu

To call him "odd" would be an understatement. But Blu, with one fine album to his credit, is one-of-a-kind.

Listen to J.R. Blu singing "Good Lovin' In The Morning" on YouTube.

9. "Midwest Party"-----Sir Charles Jones

The only geographical group that gets less respect than Southerners, Midwesterners (not to mention everyone else) will love this smooth-stepping hymn to the heart of the country. Even Nebraskans..."They sure know how to two-step too!"

Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "Midwest Party" on YouTube.

10. "Just Right Girl"----Montrell

Out of the old Anna Coday stable of artists and currently promoted by silky-singing, southern-soul "vet" Andre' Lee, Montrell has a nose for good material and the brawny yet polished technique to make it stick to the wall.

Listen to Montrell singing "Just Right Girl" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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

-------MAY 2021-------

1. "My Baby"-------Nellie "Tiger" Travis & O.B. Buchana

In this unlikeliest of pairings, both Nellie and O.B. rise to the occasion, delivering their best vocals in years. Nellie really brings out the best in O.B. The songwriting and arranging by Omar Cunningham, who can also be heard on background vocals, is crucial. On a "forever and ever" after the bridge, Nellie's voice wavers, flat for a split-second, then immediately recovers, like a ballerina making a bejeweled ballet audience gasp and clap after a difficult pirouette in Lincoln Center.

Listen to Nellie "Tiger" Travis and O.B. Buchana singing "My Baby" on YouTube.

2. "Da Loving Hit Different"-----Avail Hollywood

No man is an island, but Avail Hollywood comes close. His style is without precedent. Here he returns to his métier, female-swooning ballads, with devastating effectiveness. The arrangement is appropriately glamorous.

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "Da Loving Hit Different" on YouTube.

3. "I Didn't Know Your Grandma Could Drop It Like That"------Stan Butler

Blazing guitars, simple melodies and down-home country vocals...This is the Stan Butler we want to hear. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that he's singing about "grandmas" again. Near the two-minute mark Stan segues into his Deacon LowDown voice from "Cowboy Ride" and it is bliss. He should adopt the Deacon garb (cowboy hat, drawers and a big bushy beard) as his stage persona.

Watch Stan Butler singing "Grandma Drop It Like That" with live grandma dancers from the audience.

4. "Bring The Freak Out"-----T.K. Soul

What begins as an ultra-simple, synth-hook exercise takes on texture and depth the minute T.K. sings, "Fellas.../Let me tell you 'bout this woman I admire..." You know instantly you're in the presence of an inspired vocalist.

Listen to T.K. Soul singing "Bring The Freak Out In Me" on YouTube.

5. "Stay Together (Remix)"------Karen Wolfe feat. Calvin Richardson

"Stay Together" walks a very fine line for a secular song. When Karen sings, "The family that prays together/Stays together...," it verges on gospel---old-school, smooth and sentimental---and the original release a month ago exhibited some of those flaws. The remix, on the other hand, captures the magic of Karen's authentic southern soul voice, grounding "Stay Together" in a reality the audience can relate to. Partner Calvin Richardson lends a searing vocal.

Listen to Karen Wolfe and Calvin Richardson singing "Stay Together (Remix)" on YouTube.

6. "This Is How We Do It In The Club"------Wendell B.

"In The Club" is about the only song I haven't featured from Real Talk in the last six months. What turned me around was the video---seeing all those sophisticated St. Louis friends of Wendell's grooving on the dance floor---and I've been grooving to it ever since.

Listen to Wendell B singing "This Is How We Do It In The Club" on YouTube.

7. "Super Love"------H-Town

Am I permitted to feature a successful mainstream R&B group? Daddy B Nice is nodding yes. "Super Love" sure sounds like southern soul to me.

Listen to H-Town (Shazam Conner & GI Jackson) singing "Super Love" on YouTube.

8. "Eat That Cake"----Tasha Mac

What appears on first impression to be a simple pound cake is actually a multi-layered wedding cake with all the special icings. The instrumental track is inspired and generous, and the slow-motion vocal unexpectedly refined. From Tasha Mac's new You're Not My Competition CD.

Listen to Tasha Mac singing "Eat That Cake" on YouTube.

9. "Loving Me"-----Joe D

The best of many male debut artist tracks this month.

Listen to Joe D singing "Loving Me" on YouTube.

10. "Mr. Good Time"---------Portia P

The best of many female debut artist tracks this month.

Listen to Portia P singing "Mr. Good Time" on YouTube.

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