― steve-k, Monday, 25 April 2005 14:48 (9 years ago) Permalink
― steve-k, Monday, 9 May 2005 14:06 (9 years ago) Permalink
The Dells have been around a long, long time. While many acts on the oldies circuit are lucky to have one original member, the Dells have four and haven't had a membership change since 1960. Friday night at the Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro, this soul harmony quintet, formed in 1953, exhibited the chemistry that comes from being together for decades.
Emphasizing their R&B hits from the late '60s and early '70s, baritone Marvin Junior and falsetto/tenor Johnny Carter exchanged leads, supported by the shared notes of the three other members and the sweet tones of their horns- and piano-led big band. Like veteran basketball stars, these inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame no longer dazzle at will, but their skills remain at a high level and they can turn on that special magic periodically.
On "The Love We Had (Stays on My Mind)," Junior shifted on a dime from breathy whisper to powerhouse gospel-rooted cry in a manner that was stunning both technically and emotionally. "Stay in My Corner" showcased Carter's still-amazing ability in the high range. These hits also demonstrated Carter and Junior's gymnastic abilities to stretch out notes, and the rest of the combo's exquisite tunefulness.
Opener Bobby Womack has had quite a musical life -- teenage gospel singer, guitarist with Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett and Sly Stone, pal of the Rolling Stones and successful solo artist off and on from the '60s through the '80s. Unfortunately, he left the strumming to a band mate, and either rushed through his hits or languidly lagged behind the beat. His voice retains a distinctive bittersweet feel, but his renditions of "Across 110th Street," "Harry Hippie" and "If You Think You're Lonely Now" lacked the melancholy passion of his studio versions.
-- Steve Kiviat
― steve-k, Monday, 9 May 2005 14:10 (9 years ago) Permalink
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― steve-k, Monday, 9 May 2005 14:44 (9 years ago) Permalink
Saturday afternoon the Gator on WPFW 89.3 in DC (and online when it is working) keeps playing great new double-entendre filled Souterhn soul.
Also, I finally got the new Bettye LaVette--I've Got My Own Hell to Raise, and am impressed. I was worried that the Joe Henry production and the choice of songs (non-soul women country and folkies plus Fiona Apple & Sinead O'Connor) would be too 'tasteful', but it is not.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 28 November 2005 15:52 (9 years ago) Permalink
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― Curmudgeon Steve (Steve K), Saturday, 17 December 2005 19:09 (9 years ago) Permalink
3. Big G Stomp, Big GCD: Love on the Run, Bigsounds.com
4. Same Girl, Hardway ConnectionCD: Hot Ticket, WILBE Records
5. Come On and Dance With Me, Hardway ConnectionCD: Hot Ticket, WILBE Records
6. Brand New Dance, Jesse YawnCD: Forever More, Houseday Music
7. Hootchie Dance, Barbara CarrCD: Stroke It, ECKO Records
8. I Came to Party, Monique Ford CD: Get a Maid, Total Smash Music
9. The After Party, Gridloc BandCD: Gridloc Band, (301)808-7272
10. Sweet Man of Mine, E.C. Scott CD: Hard Act to Follow, Blind Pig Records
11.Was It Me, Big G CD: Love on the Run, BigSounds.com, (804)615-2196
12. Touching Me, Lynn White CD: Touching Me, (901)398-4948
13. Live in Freak, Jim Bennett & Lady Mary & the Unique Creation Band CD: One More Go Round, (301)753-4335
14. A Woman Needs Money, Denise LaSalle CD: Wanted, ECKO Records
15. I Don’t Come Cheap, Jim Bennett & Lady Mary & the Unique Creation Band CD: One More Go Round, (301)753-4335
― curmudgeon (Steve K), Saturday, 17 December 2005 19:12 (9 years ago) Permalink
Also I see that it was Carl Marshall, not the Problem Solvas, who did "Ain't No Party(Like a Grown Folks Party)" It came out in Nov. '04 on his Takin it to a higher level cd
― Curmudgeon Steve (Steve K), Saturday, 17 December 2005 19:28 (9 years ago) Permalink
― scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 17 December 2005 20:26 (9 years ago) Permalink
pic & billlv johnsonyvonne jacksonclarence cartertravis haddixlegendary blues bandjohn mooneybacktrack blues bandraful neilbob margolintroy turnerjohnny sansonethe dellsartie "blues boy" whiteroshell andersonchick willischarles wilsonnappy browntrudy lynnjerry mccaindicky williamsjoe beardtommy tateruby andrewsprince philip mitchelltom principatosmokehousedrink smallnoble "thin man" wattsgary b.b.colemandavid deesonny rhodes
― scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 17 December 2005 20:31 (9 years ago) Permalink
Also, I think the below is the link for an online station that streams current Southern double-entendre filled soul
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2006 15:19 (9 years ago) Permalink
The 4th Annual Best Southern Soul
Please Vote For Your Favorite Southern Soul Performers Of The Year
Vote On Our Special Page ... The Funky's 2005 ... Results Announced Jan 16, 2006,
I like the "vote often"
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2006 15:22 (9 years ago) Permalink
She gets virtually no airplay on the soul radio show in DC.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2006 15:28 (9 years ago) Permalink
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The SOULANDBLUESREPORT TOP 25May 19, 2006 http://www.soulandbluesreport.com/top%2025.html
Mel Waiters Willie ClaytonBobby RushVick AllenJ BlackfootRenea MitchellSir Charles JonesLenny WilliamsDonnie RayMs. MoniqueCarl SimmsFloyd TaylorTeam Airplay All StarsChairmen Of The BoardLorraine TurnerMiz BWendell B.Ms. JodySheba Potts-WrightLacee'Lorraine TurnerWilliam BellTheodis EaleyBob SteeleChairmen Of The BoardNEW SOUTHERN SOUL THIS WEEKSBR's Top 25 Is Calculated On Reports From Our Panel Of Radio Stations,Clubs, & Syndicated Shows
― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 5 June 2006 03:20 (8 years ago) Permalink
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So on Saturday July 15th Denise Lasalle is at Lamonts, and Captain Fly has a revue that night at Fort Dupont Park:WPFW Night "D.C. Juke Box Review" featuring Al Johnson, William DeVaughn, Sir Joe Quarterman, Mark Green & Captain Fly & Friends. Opening: Hardway Connection
I need to try to make one of these events, or surely, I will be kicked out of the blue-eyed soul club.
― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Saturday, 1 July 2006 04:12 (8 years ago) Permalink
I picked up the recent Mel Waiters cd. Not bad.
― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Saturday, 26 August 2006 18:26 (8 years ago) Permalink
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Listening to a pile of Southern soul discovered via CD-baby channels. The album by a jowly guy named Jimmy Taylor leans toward the blues end of things (with lady backup vocals not far from the ones on last year's Bobby Bare album); the EP by the lady named Candis Palmer ("All Men Ain't Dawgs,* since some are electric boogie dawgs apparently) leans toward the disco end; the single by Harold, "Chill Step Party," is steppin' music. He mentions Milwaukee, Chitown, Harlem, and Atlanta in it. More fun than R. Kelly, as far as I'm concerned, but mainly all this stuff obviously has a connection to county music too. (and though candis palmer is happy to have found a man who is not a dawg, jimmy taylor insists that when women say they're looking for a good man, they're lying. really, he says, they're looking for a fool.) (apparently the kinda fool who will let her spend all his money.) (he also directly quotes zz hill's "cheating in the next room in one of his songs.) (he's from alabama; I don't know where candis or harold are from. they're not actually on cdbaby.com per se, but i was sent their cds in the same package that the jimmy taylor CD came in.) jimmy taylor on his album is totally paranoid, and in just about every song he's either cheating or being cheated on or both, and as i said, he seems fully convinced that his woman is going to put him in the poor house (where, in real life, for all i know, he may already be.) in "you're busted" he hires a private detective to follow her around, and gets a photo of her cheating. "love catcher" has a pretty good sax solo. and though some songs sound more blues to me than soul, a couple (like "all i want is you") still veer more toward disco than anybody in country music has, i think, even shannon brown on her new album.candis palmer, as i said, gets even more disco, but her disco is maybe 1975 where taylor's is 1973. (i think i wrote on the '05 thread that shannon brown's disco sounded 1979, but maybe that was hyperbole; i'm not sure. these two soul singers FEEL more disco.) but even at her most disco, in a song called "don't let someone else come and jingle my bell" or something, palmer gets backed by HARD blues guitar riffs, so the music really rocks. if i had to compare her vocal style to anybody, it'd be the staple singers in "i'll take you there."
-- xhuxk (xedd...), January 28th, 2006
glamorous bertha payne, *bedroom offer* EP: southern country soul millie jackson style (i.e., as many parts talked as sung, many of 'em bawdy), from memphis, via cdbaby.com. starts with a good riddance song where glamorous bertha (who on the cd cover is a big girl in her red dress with a red glass of wine) tells you "i don't need your face in my face" so "go away like a bad day" and "you might as well pack your rags." then the title track, which is not about her bedroom offer to him but the other way around, which offer she says isn't enough and the two backup singers (favorite artists: denise lasalle, mary j blige) chorus "bang! bang!" but by song's end glamorous bertha is saying "i need a man who will love me all night long. are you qualified? if not, get off the pot!" then one where she promises to shake it and break it (and maybe hang it on the wall) and she tells "all you womens with big elephant ears" that with her man every day is pay day. then supposedly "part two" of the same song, which means same slinky rhythm track as part one but now with sexy breathy pillow talk all over the top where bertha tells you to lift up her skirt. then finally another good riddance song, this one a tough and funky blues, where he leaves her with a sink full of dishes in a "one-room [some word i can't make out]", hence the best dishwashing song since ray parker jr's "bad boy" if not anita ward's "ring my bell." also she brings him food in bed, which means this might also be a breakfast breakup song in the tradition of the 5th dimension's "one less bell to answer" and karyn white's "superwoman." five songs total, but two around 4:00, three around 4:25, which means glamorous bertha takes her time and surely deserves a lover with a slow hand.
-- xhuxk (xedd...), February 23rd, 2006.
the legendary moody scott, *simply moody: we gotta bust outta the ghetto*: more cdbaby southern soul, from louisiana. cover has moody, a dapper old guy seemingly in his 60s, in front of a rundown rural shack; interesting, since "ghettos" are usually assumed to be urban, right? first track "bustin out of the ghetto" is a sort of james brown rip, five minutes long, where moody as i recall reels off some towns in the south train conducter style (am i imagining this? i THINK he did that, anyway) and ends singing "america america god grant his grace on thee." then he covers tyrone davis's great "can i change my mind," my favorite track. and from there the more soul oriented stuff ("last two dollars," the misspelled cheated-on song "one man's hppiness" which for some reason makes me think of billy stewart sitting in the park even though billy had a high voice and moody really doesn't, "something you got baby") is more likeable, to me, than the more blatantly blues stuff, but then again i always think that. both the soul and blues are generic, i suppose; with the soul i don't mind. best song title: "annie mae cafe." and the closer "son of a southern man" starts with moody telling his guitarist "tattoo" suarez ("my man from argentina") about his grandpa drinking corn liquor and singing "downhome blues". so yeah, country for sure. -- xhuxk (xedd...), March 11th, 2006.
He does get urban and/or urbane once, though -- a nice slinky silk-shirt early '80s style quiet storm soul croon called "The Best of Me." (Not sure if any songs other than the Tyrone Davis are covers. "Last Two Dollars" and "Annie Mae Cafe" are writing-credited to one George Jackson; wasn't there a soul singer of that name once? But if so, I never heard him, though.) -- xhuxk (xedd...), March 11th, 2006.
"something you got baby" wouldn't be chris kenner's "something you got" would it? since moody's from louisiana...and yeah, george jackson (I'm assuming it's the same guy--I don't know "annie mae cafe") wrote z.z. hill's "down home blues" and a lot of stuff for candi staton, clarence carter, pickett, james carr; a memphis guy who later worked for malaco and wrote for all them: johnnie taylor, latimore, shirley brown, bobby bland...enjoying jace everett, so far. it's quite a collection of somewhat off-the-wall guitar effects, interesting guitar chromatics (as in the first song), definitely a '70s pop thing happening; and in my mode of concurrent listening (lately it's been dusty springfield/the latest numero group comp of obscure '70s female singers/the new, beautiful nara leão bossa "nara '67"; and jace/radney foster/jessi colter, partly because they all have cool first names, I guess) I notice that both radney and jace hark back to stiff records, which I find interesting.
-- edd s hurt (eddshur...), March 11th, 2006.
George Jackson was an occasional great old soul singer on Goldwax then Hi, and kind of a house writer at both. I'll try to remember tomorrow (just in from a party, and why I'm doing this rather than going straight to bet I've no idea) to YSI his absolutely magnificent Aretha, Sing One For Me. He was among the greatest writers in southern soul - he wrote for Ann Peebles, O.V. Wright, Otis Clay, James Carr, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Denise LaSalle, Wilson Pickett, Candi Staton and even wrote the Osmonds' first hit! -- Martin Skidmore (lonewolf.cu...), March 12th, 2006.
if I'm not mistaken, Alvin Robinson recorded for AFO (All for One), a New Orleans label of the '60s that Harold Battiste started; house band included Toussaint and Red Tyler. And he had a hit with Kenner's "Something You Got" (which was later covered by lots of folks, including Bobby Womack, who did a reggae remake on his "Safety Zone" LP in the mid-'70s. Alvin Robinson also recorded for Leiber and Stoller at Red Bird in New York, and did a real classic called "Down Home Girl."I gotta get that Moody Scott record.
-- edd s hurt (eddshur...), March 12th, 2006.
That YSI:George Jackson - Aretha, Sing One For MeIt'd be in my top 100 favourite singles ever, I think.
-- Martin Skidmore (lonewolf.cu...), March 12th, 2006.
>I gotta get that Moody Scott record.<I have an extra copy, Edd! I'll send it to you.
-- xhuxk (xedd...), March 12th, 2006.
great! thanks Chuck!
>I don't know anything much about Moody Scott, just a handful of tracks, <So Martin, did Moody have regional hits or something? I never heard of him before I saw his cdbaby page, and haven't really taken time to research him. I'm surprised you even heard of him!
I don't know, Chuck, but bear in mind that I've been a huge fan of soul for a long time, and do know quite a lot about it (though not as much as Eddie, I'm pretty sure). The odd track does get on compilations of one sort or another, which suggests that Moody isn't incredibly obscure - but I don't even know exactly where he worked or anything, so he isn't famous either, clearly. -- Martin Skidmore (lonewolf.cu...), March 12th, 2006.
also really liking irma thomas's *after the rain* on rounder, the "rain" obviously being katrina, though i kind of hate the mooshy shelter-from-storm piano ballad the album ends with though i do hope it provides solace to new orleans. what i love so far is "flowers" (soul about flowers on roadsides after car crashes, with a sound that i swear reminds me of "uncle tom's cabin" by warrant), "make me a pallet on the floor" (cheating with a painter, wow), "till i can't take it anymore" (country music in a soul voice, about how "you work your thing so well/I dream of heaven and live here in hell"), "these honey dos" (vampy bawdy boogie woogie where the honey dos are at first temptations but wind up also being about manners like please and thank you), and "stone survivor" (which is just plain funky).
-- xhuxk (xedd...), May 5th, 2006.
And Irma also does an extremely gorgeous version of "I Count the Tears" (the "na-na-na-na-na-na late at night" song) by the Drifters.. -- xhxuk (xedd...), May 5th, 2006.
And she also does "Another Man Done Gone," a trad blues tune I swear I've heard hundreds of times by some huge classic rock group (Creem? Zep? the Allmans? somebody...), though no classic rock groups seem to be listed on AMG as doing it, so maybe whoever did it (which will probably hit me as really obvious once I found out) did it under a different title or something, or maybe with different words? (Also, I'm thinking now that maybe "These Honey Dos" and "Stone Survivor" and the palette one aren't quite at the level of the Warrant one and the country one and the Drifters one, but they're close.) -- xhuxk (xedd...), May 5th, 2006.
also liking (speaking of southern soul) *candy licker: the sex & soul of marvin sease* (jive/legacy) not all of which concerns muff diving, and at least "hoochie mama" of which has zapp-style robot-funk freakazoids reciting the names of several of the united states.
-- xhuxk (fakemai...), June 12th, 2006.
*Most of the Marvin Sease album is gloppy ballads which aren't all that good, but some of it is kinda fun. (The first track is awful though.)
-- Haikunym (zinogu...), June 13th, 2006.
Marvin Sease CD is way less gloppy and ballady than Matt suggests (or maybe I just have a higher glop tolerance than he does; see also the Alan Bros!); most of it gets a good '70s smooth-jazzy funk disco groove going. And lots of the songs have pre-old-school "raps" (i.e., talking as singing, sometimes like a preacher's sermon) in them, which are really fun. And sure, the opening track "Do You Want a Licker?" is awful if you want it to be, but it's just too silly to complain about; ditto the other bookend, a five-minute live "Candy Licker 2005." Also, the ballads are pretty good, for the most part. "Don't Forget to Tell On You" sounds kind of like "Tell it Like It Is." But my favorite cuts are probably "I'm Mr Jody," the backdoor man song that starts with an ominous phone call, and the 12-step fix-your-life number "I Gotta Clean Up." (Has anybody ever written a good essay about Jody? He's the guy back on the block who's having sex to your girl while you're in the Army, and I get the idea he shows up in lots of Southern soul songs: Doesn't Johnnie Taylor have one about him, too*? As do, I would assume, other folks.)
* - yep, I just checked Whitburn: "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone," went to number 28 in 1971. (Hey, sounds like a good EMP proposal!)
-- xhuxk (xhux...), June 14th, 2006.
having sex WITH (or) making love TO.and courtesy of HIS new truck.).
-- xhuxk (fakemai...), June 14th, 2006.
Johnnie Taylor was the king of Jody songs. "Standing In for Jody" and "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone" are just two; I mean every song he does is kind of about Jody-ism in some way or another. I am a nut for Johnnie Taylor (I like Johnny Taylor a lot, too, and Ted Taylor, the Louisiana soul singer, is also excellent--so I think an EMP paper on the Sooper Taylors would be good!!), and Taylor is also the king of fucking-around songs. There are these nifty new Stax reissues that includes stuff by Frederick Knight, the Dramatics, etc., and if you ask me one of the very best Stax albums-as-albums is Johnnie's "Who's Making Love," which is the typical collection of singles but which really has variety and which totally hangs together. "Hold On This Time" has a great Cropper riff, cubist guitar, and "Woman Across the River" is one of the best Stax blues ever.I only know the older, cunnilingual and happy to oblige, ma'am, Marvin Sease stuff--he's really good. "Marvin Sease" on London from late '80s is a good 'un. One of those artists who've been working the I-55 corridor from Memphis to the Louisiana border, forever.
-- edd s hurt (eddshur...), June 14th, 2006.
Well, a Taylors EMP report would probably be really interesting, but I was thinking (theoretically, not volunteering!) more in terms of one about Jody himself. Who was he? And how far back do Jody songs go? Did Johnnie Taylor invent them? Or does Jody show up in blue songs during World War II or something? Was he a real person, like maybe Stagger Lee? (Was Shine who swam the Titanic a real person? I forget.) Seems like real *Mystery Train* mythology stuff, and I'm surprised nobody has tackled the research (unless they have and I just didn't notice, which is very possible. I haven't even done a google search.) (Also, do I only associate Jody with making cuckolds of military guys stationed overseas because I was *in* the military, and he was always showing up in cadences used while marching and/or running? Or is that his main deal? And otherwise, to what extent if any does he exist outside of the culture of Southern blacks--who, when I was in, seemed to make up a sizable portion of the Army?) -- xhuxk (fakemai...), June 14th, 2006.
This could really be hella interesting, absolutely. Is "Trapped in the Closet" the Ulysses of Jody songs? -- Haikunym (zinogu...), June 14th, 2006.
Here's some info I found while googling Jody songs:http://soulfuldetroit.com/archives/10238/9918.html?1079610632
-- Sang Freud (jstrell...), June 14th, 2006.
x-post. Taylor didn't invent the Jody song. Jody / Jodie / Joe the Grinder are pretty common figures in blues tunes.There's Louis Armstrong's "Jodie Man" which makes the "GI Joe de man" connection explicit. I wouldn't be surprised if that military connection is at the origin, though it's obviously gone through lots of transformations. -- Roy Kasten (rfkaste...), June 14th, 2006.
Yeah, I'd forgotten Joe The Grinder. I used to own a copy of that *Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me* prison-rap comp (on Smithsonian or Rounder or something?), and I think there might even be a Joe the Grinder rhyme on there (I *may* even have mentioned it in the pre-rap rap chapter of my second book). Anyway, this link from the link above has great stuff about Jody Army cadences; also says Johnnie Taylor himself learned about Jody while in the military:http://p211.ezboard.com/fwordoriginsorgfrm4.showMessage?topicID=153.topic
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― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Sunday, 19 November 2006 22:10 (8 years ago) Permalink
another source of info on current soul
― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 20 November 2006 00:28 (8 years ago) Permalink
Best Southern Soul/R & B Album Of 2006
I'M THE MAN YOU NEED by Theodis Ealey (Ifgam) THROWBACK DAYS by Mel Waiters (Waldoxy) DON'T STOP MY PARTY by Donnie Ray (Ecko) GIFTED by Willie Clayton (Malaco) GWEN MCCRAE SINGS TK by Gwen McCrae (Henry Stone) HERE KITTY KITTY by Billy Soul Bonds (Waldoxy) THE ROAD OF LOVE by Renea Mitchell (Jomar) NEVER COMING HOME by Betty Padgett (Meia) NEW LEASE ON LIFE by William Bell (Wilbe) THANK YOU FOR HOLDING ON by Sir Charles Jones (Jumpin') IT AIN'T OVER TIL IT'S OVER by J. Blackfoot (JEA Music) DOWN LOW BROTHER by Barbara Carr (Ecko) WORTH THE WAIT by Omar Cunningham (EndZone) TIME TO GET LOOSE by Kenne' Wayne (Goodtime)
Best Southern Soul/Blues Album Of 2006
GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI by Joey Gilmore (Bluzpik) SICILY MOON by Roy Roberts (Rock House) MASTER OF THE GAME by Jackie Payne-Steve Edmonson Band (Delta G PIONEERS & LEGENDS by Bobby Warren (KonKord) JUST ME by Walter Waiters (self) BACKSTABBERS by Maurice Davis (Touring) BE WITH ME TONIGHT by Preston Shannon (Title Tunes) OUT OF THE SHADOWS by Little Phil (Coffeehouse) I'M STILL HERE by Trudy Lynn (Sawdust Alley) ONE MORE HIT by Clarence Carter (Cee Gee Ent.) STANDING AT THE CROSSROADS by Frankie Lee (Blues Express) STARTS WITH A P by Lee Shot Williams (Ecko) LIFE WITH WOMEN by Bob Steele (Sound Mindz)
Southern Soul/Soul Blues Song Of 2006
THE BLACKER THE BERRY by Chairmen Of The Board (Xcel) GOING CRAZY by Willie Clayton (Malaco) SCAT CAT...HERE KITTY KITTY by Billy Soul Bonds (Waldoxy) NEW LEASE ON LIFE by William Bell (Wilbe) SEVENTEEN DAYS (Of LOVING) by Renea Mitchell (Jomar) MR. DO RIGHT by Ms. Monique (Soul Ent.) YO' DRESS IS TOO SHORT by Bob Steele (Sound Mindz) DON'T STOP MY PARTY by Donnie Ray (Ecko) HAS IT COME TO THIS by Gregg A. Smith (G Man) U CAN'T RAISE HER by Steve Perry (Bluesland) FRANCINE by Theodis Ealey (Make Cents) MY NAME IS $$$ by Miz B (Hep Me) ARE YOU READY FOR THE BLUES by Clarence Carter (Cee Gee Ent.) NEVER COMING HOME by Betty Padgett (Meia) DROP THAT THANG by Sir Charles Jones (Jumpin') THROWBACK DAYS by Mel Waiters (Waldoxy)
Best Slow Jam Of 2006
IF THE SHOE WAS ON THE OTHER FOOT by Kenne' Wayne (Goodtime) GOOD LOVIN' WILL MAKE YOU CRY by Carl Marshall (Unleashed) HEAVEN SENT ME AN ANGEL by Wendell B (Cuzzo) DEDICATED TO THE ONE by Wilson Meadows (BGR) I'M JUST A FOOL FOR YOU by J. Blackfoot & Lenny Williams (JEA) U CAN'T RAISE HER by Steve Perry (Bluesland) CREEPIN' AIN'T EASY by Vick Allen (Waldoxy) JODY'S CREEPIN' by Mr. David (Tony Mercedes) BOOM BOOM BOOM by Willie Clayton (Malaco) SCAT CAT...HERE KITTY KITTY by Billy Soul Bonds (Waldoxy) NEVER MISS A GOOD THANG by Sir Charles Jones (Jumpin')
Best Dance Song Of 2006
MS JODY by Ms. Jody (Ecko) DON'T STOP MY PARTY by Donnie Ray (Ecko) SHAKE & SHIMMY by Larome Powers (Waldoxy) FRANCINE by Theodis Ealey (Make Cents) DROP THAT THANG by Sir Charles Jones (Jumpin') I'M READY TO PARTY by Bigg Robb (Over 25) BIG HAND MAN by Sheba Potts-Wright (Ecko) MISSISSIPPI BOY by Charles Wilson (HMU) THROWBACK DAYS by Mel Waiters (Waldoxy) WORK ME 'TIL I SWEAT by Lady Audrey (Studio Showtime) MISSISSIPPI CHA CHA SLIDE by Mixx Master Lee (Team Airplay) SHO NUFF by The Bar Kays (JEA) I AIN'T GOING WHERE YOU GO by Pat Cooley (L & L)
― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 20 November 2006 14:01 (8 years ago) Permalink
"Think you can learn all you need to know about music from blogs and chatboards. I don't think so. Mel Waiters' brand of rhythm 'n' blues was ignored by Ne-yo fans on myspace, hipster bloggers, aging bluesrockers, and NPR devotees. Waiters, via some key Southern American radio stations and clubs, however found a largely 45 and up African-American audience that embraced his soulful tales of looking for love that he sung over contemporary keyboard lines that were more vibrant than the cheesy synthwork associated since the '80s with chitlin circuit soul."
Right now I am listening to a cheapo Tower Records bankruptcy sale purchase--The Best of Barbara Carr--on Ecko. ALright, her version of the electric slide, "Hoochie Dance" is kinda cheesy, but "Bone Me Like You Own Me," "Cut the Mustard," "I've Been Partying at the Hole in the Wall," and others are earthy, fun and catchy. Yea, there's nothing that clever or innovative in the arrangements or the lyrics, but there's also an art to simple, clever hooks and there are plenty of those here. Barbara's gospel-rooted vocals are pretty special too.
― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Sunday, 7 January 2007 06:22 (8 years ago) Permalink
I love this phrase.
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 7 January 2007 06:25 (8 years ago) Permalink
I love double-entendre chitlin-circuit soul-blues, but Ecko Records always seems to put out the worst records in the genre. (And they should invest in a real photographer - those blurred Kodak photos on their covers ain't gonna get it!) So when an artist as good Carr or Potts comes along on the Ecko imprint, that's a thing to come by! Not that they're doing anything drastically different from the rest of the stable, they just go one step further and do it better?? Can't pinpoint it - just better material, I reckon.
― Rev. Hoodoo (Rev. Hoodoo), Sunday, 7 January 2007 15:39 (8 years ago) Permalink
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― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 April 2007 16:46 (7 years ago) Permalink
The Gator on WPFW 89.3 and online just played "Junk in the Trunk (I Like that)" and "Slap That Booty."
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 2 June 2007 18:07 (7 years ago) Permalink
Have you ever heard Joe Poonanny, the Weird Al of this genre?
― novamax, Sunday, 3 June 2007 01:10 (7 years ago) Permalink
I had not but I see he's from Alabama and put out some cds with plenty of suggestive song titles on Waldoxy, a Malaco subsidiary.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 June 2007 04:19 (7 years ago) Permalink
So many performers to discover...but somehow must find the time. R. Kelly's beginning to sound like these guys
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 June 2007 14:23 (7 years ago) Permalink
I just finally listened to samples of the 2004 Bobby Wayne cd Chuck mentioned back in March. Some impressive moments. I love that ache in his voice feel Wayne has on "This Heart is Haunted," and the women backing vocalists provide luscious help on the chorus and some great harmonies. "Homestead Greys" is a bit forced lyrically--"They hit a ball 500 feet, past a place they couldn't eat," but I like it anyway.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 June 2007 19:50 (7 years ago) Permalink
I am not as wowed as Daddy B by that Charles Jones comeback effort
― curmudgeon, Monday, 1 December 2014 14:21 (1 month ago) Permalink
I do like this fave of his: Big John Cummings' song "Here in the South" from the Ecko label comp Blues Mix #11:Sweet Soul Blues
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 6 December 2014 21:03 (1 month ago) Permalink
I gotta listen to that Millie Jackson song mentioned in the Spin top 40 country songs of the year list
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 11 December 2014 20:21 (1 month ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Friday, 19 December 2014 18:36 (1 month ago) Permalink
I wonder if that was actually from last year
― curmudgeon, Friday, 19 December 2014 18:40 (1 month ago) Permalink
Young J-Wonn has the southern soul lyrics and ballad approach down
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 December 2014 23:35 (1 month ago) Permalink
Nellie Tiger Travis' "Mr Sexy Man" may be the best southern soul linedance song of 2014
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 25 December 2014 00:24 (1 month ago) Permalink
I heard her Dc area gig was great. I wasn't able to go
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 25 December 2014 00:25 (1 month ago) Permalink
Belated thumbs-up to the last two tunes posted here.
― MaudAddam (cryptosicko), Monday, 29 December 2014 15:19 (1 month ago) Permalink
Thanks. Feel like I am usually talking to myself on this thread lately.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 17:19 (1 month ago) Permalink
Dig Deeper is honored to present soul legends Joshie Jo Armstead & Lonnie Lester – both backed by the Brooklyn Rhythm Band!
Not current Southern soul, but old-school style going on in NYC tonight
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 21:19 (4 weeks ago) Permalink
Southern Soul singles(or songs in the very close vicinity) on my year-end top 100 list:
5. Millie Jackson – Black B_tch Crazy*6. Xavie Shorts – Get Enough10. Klass Band Brotherhood – My Angel12. Wendell B. – Celebrate Cho Day21. Grady Champion – South Side22. LGB – Country Woman, Pt. 225. Big Jay Cummings – Can We Ever Go Home Again*30. Pat Brown – I’m Taking Out The Trash33. Raw Shaw – Ghetto Tactics38. TK Soul – Caught Up In Doing Wrong42. Jr. Blu – She’s Been Good66. Lenny Williams – Didn’t I77. Stevie J – I Know That I Love Her87. Simeo – Hard On A Brotha94. Avail Hollywood – Rehab Ain’t Working97. Black Zack feat. the Force MDs – Row Row 100. Bobby Rush feat. Dr. John and Blinddog Smokin’ – Another Murder In New Orleans
* - Voted for these on my Nashville Scene country critics poll ballot, too.
Also like Raw Shaw's album, Feeling Soulful; didn't hear many others this year, for some reason.
― xhuxk, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 22:25 (4 weeks ago) Permalink
I liked Grady Champion's soul songs (more than his bluesy ones)
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 1 January 2015 19:32 (4 weeks ago) Permalink
Putting this here, for lack of a better place: RIP Popsy Dixon, drummer and astounding falsetto vocalist of The Holmes Brothers. I had the chance to chat with him at a few shows, and he was a really nice guy. RIP.
― Losing swag by the second (Dan Peterson), Friday, 9 January 2015 22:23 (3 weeks ago) Permalink
Oh, that's terrible news. I've never chatted with him, but have seen them several times and he always impressed me.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 9 January 2015 23:02 (3 weeks ago) Permalink
Saw Eddie Jones and the Young Bucks live last night in DC. While they covered ZZ Hill's "Downhome Blues", they're more oldtimers still into the soul that wowed them growing up -- songs like "Rainy Night in Georgia" and the Chi-lites "Oh Girl." Eddie can still climb octaves with his voice, and the band is tight and can harmonize. Eddie often adds unique lefthanded on a righty guitar turned upside rhythms, but he left it to the band last night.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 14:41 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
Big Daddy Nice's overview of 2014. He likes Grady Champion and Sir Charles Jones and more, and mourns those who passed away
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 14:57 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
For all of the ease in finding music on the internet, it still seems like if some music is not marketed to critics or the masses, it gets ignored. Southern soul, of the slightly-raunchy-lyric and synth-rhythm variety, continues to generate new songs by the likes of Nellie "Tiger" Travis and others, but since it's not pushed in a crossover manner, this line-dance-friendly sound for a largely older African American audience gets ignored. Similarly, Afrobeats (with an S), the African dance music style, is huge for the African diaspora, but with no major-label American releases and no PR marketing to critics, it's largely been neglected by the music critic media.
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― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:32 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
Daddy B. Nice voted in P&J though! (Was this his first time? I think so.)
― xhuxk, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 13:44 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
Yes. Awhile back, I forward the P & J folks the link to his website and his email address.
I ended up bumping OB Buchana and Grady Champion from my album ballot at the last minute.
Isn't the below act (described by stat gure Glenn McDonald) NPR loved, blue-eyed retro soul:
The lowest enthusiasm score for any album with at least five votes is Half the City by St. Paul and the Broken Bones, whose 5.8 average means that all five voters went way out of their way to skew the point-distribution so that this album could get close to the minimum allowed by the rules.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 14:54 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 14:55 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
Sharon Jones latest retro soul album got 13 mentions.
And as I once said here, I think some of those folks would like some southern soul if they ever heard it. "Some," while others would dislike the synths or the lyrics
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 17:49 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
x-post--I want to find that J-Wonn album that Big Daddy Nice put as his number 1 album. Not on Spotify US. I posted a youtube upthread
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 15 January 2015 16:35 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
do you guys like those Tre Williams/Revelations records?
― virtuoso thigh slapper (Jordan), Thursday, 15 January 2015 17:27 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
Never heard of him/them. When I quickly googled I saw references to attempts to sound like a combination of Stax and Motown. If that's the case here, like with Sharon Jones (whose musical approach may differ and be more single-mindedly deep soul), I respect the skill involved and like songs here and there, but I doubt I will be wowed.
I prefer the southern soul approach that draws from the Bobby Bland on through 80s era ZZ Hill/Denise Lasalle to 2014 Mel Waiters and Ms Jody song structure and that is unafraid to use current tech, and is less deliberately retro.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 15 January 2015 18:13 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
i only became aware of them through the Ghostface album with the same backing band, checking this out now though and it sounds good without overly reverential:
― virtuoso thigh slapper (Jordan), Thursday, 15 January 2015 19:10 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
Thanks. Oh, haven't heard latest Ghostface. Intended too
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 15 January 2015 20:28 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
So I realize Southern soul can be formulaic, and changing the subject and pointing out other genres can be as well is just dodging the question, but I'm gonna do it anyway and say that new Bettye Lavette kinda follows its own standard formula. She takes baby-boomer rock songs (Stones, Beatles & Dylan this time) and slooooooows them down. She has got a great gritty soul voice, but I wish she'd vary the tempos. I need to hear that ep she did where she covered Sam Cooke and Billie Holiday. I wonder if the arrangements are any better.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 23 January 2015 16:18 (1 week ago) Permalink
I thought Concrete Blues, from 2011, was really good. That's the only one I've heard, though.
― xhuxk, Friday, 23 January 2015 16:29 (1 week ago) Permalink