― steve-k, Monday, 25 April 2005 14:48 (11 years ago) Permalink
― steve-k, Monday, 9 May 2005 14:06 (11 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 (11 years ago) Permalink
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― steve-k, Monday, 9 May 2005 14:44 (11 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 (10 years ago) Permalink
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― Curmudgeon Steve (Steve K), Saturday, 17 December 2005 19:09 (10 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 (10 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 (10 years ago) Permalink
― scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 17 December 2005 20:26 (10 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 (10 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 (10 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 (10 years ago) Permalink
She gets virtually no airplay on the soul radio show in DC.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2006 15:28 (10 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 (10 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 (9 years ago) Permalink
I picked up the recent Mel Waiters cd. Not bad.
― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Saturday, 26 August 2006 18:26 (9 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
― xhuxk (xheddy), Sunday, 19 November 2006 20:51 (9 years ago) Permalink
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― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Sunday, 19 November 2006 22:10 (9 years ago) Permalink
another source of info on current soul
― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 20 November 2006 00:28 (9 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 (9 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 (9 years ago) Permalink
I love this phrase.
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 7 January 2007 06:25 (9 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.
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― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 April 2007 16:46 (9 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 (9 years ago) Permalink
Have you ever heard Joe Poonanny, the Weird Al of this genre?
― novamax, Sunday, 3 June 2007 01:10 (9 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 (9 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 (9 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 (9 years ago) Permalink
Preston Lauterbach, who wrote the great book on the history of the old-school Chitlin Circuit, is doing some book tour dates for his latest book on the history of Beale Street in Memphis. He's gonna be at Busboys & Poets in DC Nov. 23rd. I saw him interview Memphis drummer Howard Grimes at the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans. He knows his Memphis stuff
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 October 2015 16:23 (7 months ago) Permalink
Not exactly the circuit, but...
New Orleans Dj Soul Sister is posting on Instagram that guitarist Marlo Henderson who played with Patti Labelle,Minnie Ripperton, Teena Marie, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson and many more, has passed away.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 October 2015 16:25 (7 months ago) Permalink
Jeff Floyd has such a great gritty southern soul voice.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 16 November 2015 15:08 (7 months ago) Permalink
Am excited that I can hopefully see him (Jeff Floyd) Friday night with J. Red (the nephew) and the Hardway Connection at Lamont's in Pomonkey.
J. Red who has some good tunes too (more line dance r'n'b funky with a less bluesy-soulful voice)is Theotis Ealey's nephew
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:00 (7 months ago) Permalink
It was a fun gig. Hardway were great. Jeff Floyd and J. Red both sang over tracks (promoter couldn't afford to bring their bands) but they both sounded great--especially Jeff Floyd.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 30 November 2015 16:57 (6 months ago) Permalink
I'm still behind in listening to 2015 southern soul releases
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 December 2015 17:32 (6 months ago) Permalink
I'm a dilettante in this style and really only follow Daddy B Nice's page, but was quite pleased with "Blues Mix 17 Dirty Soul Blues" a couple months back.
― Adam J Duncan, Thursday, 3 December 2015 02:44 (6 months ago) Permalink
Will add that comp to my list...
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 December 2015 14:52 (6 months ago) Permalink
Been listening to Johnny Rawls, Mississippi singer/guitarist who once led O.V. Wright's band. His sound is kinda like O.V.'s. Dude has been quietly putting out albums every few years since the 90s and touring the US and Europe constantly. He's got that gritty but passionate & melodic vocal style I love
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 December 2015 19:26 (6 months ago) Permalink
Gonna see Rawls tonight. Still woefully behind in listening to Daddy B Nice suggestions on his blog, or in listening to online southern soul radio programs.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 11 December 2015 16:55 (6 months ago) Permalink
How was it?
― Adam J Duncan, Friday, 11 December 2015 17:35 (6 months ago) Permalink
Its later tonight. He was in a little Falls Church, VA bar last night but I didn't go. He won't have a horn section I don't think, and is touring with his own bass player but adding local guitarist and drummer who have been giving practice music lists and such...
― curmudgeon, Friday, 11 December 2015 18:39 (6 months ago) Permalink
Rawls played a bunch of funk covers at the gig I went to--Parliament, Ohio Players... Not too much of his own stuff. Well known soul and blues songs too. He apparently chose more obscure soul and blues covers on his gig the night before (plus more of his own songs). I think he gauges the audience and decides from there.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 21 December 2015 17:39 (6 months ago) Permalink
"Blues Mix 17 Dirty Soul Blues" a
SOme great tunes here by Denise Lasalle, Ms Jody and others
― curmudgeon, Monday, 21 December 2015 17:40 (6 months ago) Permalink
Ms. Jody's 2015 album is great
― curmudgeon, Monday, 28 December 2015 05:55 (5 months ago) Permalink
It is, really. Soulful and a few of the lyrics go beyond cliches.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 05:11 (5 months ago) Permalink
It should sweep the Pazz & Jop poll and the ilx one....
― curmudgeon, Friday, 8 January 2016 18:49 (5 months ago) Permalink
More traditional soul from the south, but still relevant here-- RIP Otis Clay
Mr. Clay, a 2013 inductee to the Blues Hall of Fame, grew up in the '40s in the small Mississippi town of Waxhaw, singing in church and hearing blues and soul on the radio.
In the late '50s he sang in Chicago gospel groups, and in 1962 split off with his first secular soul songs. He had his first R&B hit in 1967 with "That's How It Is (When You're in Love)" and a pop hit in 1968 with a cover of Sir Douglas Quintet's "She's About a Mover."
In 1972, he moved to Hi Records (home of Al Green) and released "Trying to Live My Life Without You," produced by Willie Mitchell, the man behind the Green hits. The song later became a No. 5 hit for Bob Seger.
Those early albums made him a popular touring attraction in Europe and Japan, where he recorded a number of live albums. He was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.
In recent years, he recorded for Bullseye Blues and he recorded a gospel album in 2007 called “Walk a Mile in My Shoes.”
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― curmudgeon, Saturday, 9 January 2016 16:42 (5 months ago) Permalink
Voice pazz n jop critics poll is out and it doesn't look like Daddy B Nice voted this year. :(
Xchuckx voted for a Lady Ebony track, and I voted for a Ms Jody album. Haven't noticed any other southern soul. And no I am not counting retro Leon Bridges who got 29 album votes. Jazmine Sullivan got 18 album votes and Dawn Richard got 23.
RnB gets no respect per usual...
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:02 (5 months ago) Permalink
Great r'n'b songwriter as well as proto-rapper
As one of the main songwriters for Miami label TK Records, Reid penned a string of songs in the Sixties and Seventies for numerous soul and funk artists, including Gwen McCrae's "Rocking Chair" and Betty Wright's "Clean Up Woman." He also wrote tracks for KC & The Sunshine Band, Sam & Dave and Bobby Byrd before giving birth to Blowfly, his outlet for performing comedic, explicit songs that over the years traversed the genres of soul, R&B and hip-hop; Blowfly is considered one of the earliest rappers. "He laid the foundation for hip-hop with 'Shake Your Ass' and 'Rap Dirty'
― curmudgeon, Monday, 18 January 2016 04:14 (5 months ago) Permalink
Odds and ends--
Not much twitter or Instagram action for southern soul.
I need to find out why Daddy B Nice didn't submit an end of year ballot to the Voice critics poll this year.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 21 January 2016 21:51 (5 months ago) Permalink
But he did post this on his blog:
Best Mid-Tempo Song: Top Contenders:
"If You're Sexy, Clap Your Hands"----T.K. Soul, Nathaniel Kimble "Back-Doored By A Man Called Jody"----Donnell Sullivan "B.O.B. (Battery Operated Boyfriend)"----Karen Wolfe "I Feel Good"----Urban Mystic "You've Got To Be A Freaker"----Miz B. "Good Good"----Bigg Robb "I'm Gone"----Columbus Toy "She's Dragging That Wagon"----L.J. Echols "My Sidepiece"----Louisiana Blues Brothers featuring Pokey "Can I Touch Your Spot"----Tucka "Rock Me, Baby"----Willie Clayton "Do You Like To Party?"----Heart 2 Heart Band "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw"----Bishop Bullwinkle "Step Out"----J. Red "The Guitar Song"----LaMorris Williams "If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It"----Pokey "Much Right Man"----Billy "Soul" Bonds "I Can't Eat"----Certified Slim "Hoe Digger"----Lacee "I'll Be The Other Man"----Tyree Neal "Cold Pepsi (And A Hot Man)"----Jeter Jones "Chasing The Wind"----Jesse Robinson "Let's Party"----Lebrado "It's Party Time"----Val McKnight "I Ain't Leaving Mississippi"----Jaye Hammer "Certified Lady Lover"----Chris Ivy "Big Leg Woman"----L.J. Echols, Luster Baker "Make That Body Rock"----Terry Wright "Ohhh Baby (She Got Them Tight Jeans On)"----Till 1
Best Fast Song/ Club Jam: Top Contenders:
"It's Time To Party"----Solomon Thompson "Cowgirl"----Big Yayo, J'Wonn "Hold It And Roll It"----Donnie Ray "Put It On Ya"----Mr. David "Dark Side Of Love"----Calvin Richardson "Shake It"----Steve Perry "I'm On Fire"----J.B. Hendricks, Cupid "T.G.I.F. (Thank God It's Friday)"----Pokey, Adrian Bagher, Vince Hutchinson "Let's Hear It For The DeeJay"----Jaye Hammer "Good Foot"----Pokey "One Big Party"----Solomon Thompson
Best Ballad: Top Contenders:
"By Myself"----Alvin Garrett, Ruben Studdard "I'm That Man"----Andre' Lee "I Need A Grown Woman"----J'Wonn "When We're Making Love"----Mr. X "Taking Care Of Business"----Stephanie McDee "Please Let Me Hold You"----Lomax "Wasted"----Avail Hollywood "The Remix"----Big Yayo "What If I?"----Katrenia Jefferson "(My Love Don't) Expire"----Sir Charles Jones "Some Preachers"----Bishop Bullwinkle "V.I.P."----Mr. Sipp "I'm The Right Man"----Jaye Hammer "Karma (She'll Take Care Of You)"----Jureesa "The Duchess" McBride
Best Song By Longtime Veteran: Top Contenders:
"Try Me"----El' Willie "Every Time My Neighbor Walks His Dog (My Wife Has To Walk Her Cat)"----Billy "Soul" Bonds "I'm So Blue"----Willie Clayton "Grown Folks Business"----Denise LaSalle "This Must Be A Cheating Town"----Carl Marshall "Shake It"----Steve Perry "Rock Me, Baby"----Willie Clayton "Never Had It So Good"----Bobby Conerly "From The Inside"----Jo Jo Murray "Your Wife Is My Woman"----Stan Mosley "Plus Size Woman"----Booker Brown "Mississippi Delta"----Theodis Ealey "Let's Party Tonight"----Sorrento Ussery "Actions Speak Louder Than Words"----Robert "The Duke" Tillman "Come And Go With Me"----Simone De "Big Hip Woman"----Rue Davis
Best Female Vocalist: Top Contenders:
"I Want Your Body"----Mz. Pat "Big Boy Stuff"----Sheba Potts-Wright "B.O.B."----Karen Wolfe "Lady Soul Slide"----Lady Soul "You've Got To Be A Freaker"----Miz. B "Taking Care Of Business"----Stephanie McDee "What If I?"----Katrenia Jefferson "The Best You Ever Had"----Roslyn Candy, Veronica Ra'elle "Hoe Digger"----Lacee "It's Party Time"----Val McKnight "New Pair Of Shoes"----Angel Faye Russell "Karma"----Jureesa McBride "Man Gone Do"----Adrena
Best Male Vocalist: Top Contenders:
"Wasted"----Avail Hollywood "Stick To Your Drink"----Mel Waiters "Sweet It Be"----Wilson Meadows "I'm Gone"----Columbus Toy "I Need A Grown Woman"----J'Wonn "Back-Doored"----Donnell Sullivan "Hold It And Roll It"----Donnie Ray "What's Your Flavor"----Tucka "When It's Good"----Certified Slim "My Sidepiece"----Pokey "Can I Touch Your Spot?"----Tucka "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw"----Bishop Bullwinkle "Step Out"----J. Red "The Guitar Song"----LaMorris Williams "Thank God It's Friday"----Pokey, Vince Hutchinson, Adrian Bagher "If You're Sexy, Clap Your Hands"----T.K. Soul, Nathaniel Kimble "Chasing The Wind"----Jesse Robinson, Doug & Melvyn Williams "By Myself"----Alvin Garrett, Ruben Studdard "Let's Party"----Lebrado "Your Man Is Home Tonight"----Willie Clayton "Rock Me, Baby"----Willie Clayton "From The Inside"----Jo Jo Murray "I'm That Man"----Andre' Lee "Certified Lady Lover"----Chris Ivy "Knock Down Inn"----Lomax "Big Leg Woman"----L.J. Echols, Luster Baker "I'm The Right Man"----Jaye Hammer "I Ain't Leaving Mississippi"----Jaye Hammer "You're Just Standing In A Good Man's Way"----Terry Wright
Best Debut: Top Contenders:
"Lady Soul Slide"----Lady Soul "It's Time To Party"----Solomon Thompson "Move Your Body (Zydeco Mix)----Greg Watson "Cowgirl"----Big Yayo "That's My Boo"----Luster Baker (Mr. Juicy) "Swinging"----Zeke Potter "People Get Ready"----Dolores The Exquisite Songbird "Jelly Roll"----Lady Ebony "Southern Girl"----Doctor Dee "Swoohl Up"----Shohn Marshall "Love Don't Owe Me Nothing"----Lady Di "Dance Tonight"----Blackwater R&B Band "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw"----Bishop Bullwinkle "Mississippi Blues Child"----Mr. Sipp "I Want Your Body"----Mz. Pat "My Sidepiece Reply"----Veronica Ra'elle, Ms. Portia (w/ Lacee) "Groove It While You Move It"----Veronica Ra'elle "Operator"----C-Wright (w/ Tucka) "One Big Party"----Solomon Thompson "Ohhh Baby"----Till 1 "Leave Your Loving With Me"----D. Saunders "A Man Who Understands"----Clayton Knight "I'm Gonna Leave My Ego At Your Door"----Eddie Cotton "Candy Lover"----Mys Niki "He Put A Rocking Chair On Me"----Leaundra Lively
Best Collaboration: Top Contenders:
"Everybody Ain't Cheating"----Sir Charles Jones, Lacee "Cowgirl"----Big Yayo, J'Wonn, T-Baby "My Sidepiece Reply"----Veronica Ra'elle, Ms. Portia, Lacee "If You're Sexy Clap Your Hands"----T.K. Soul, Nathaniel Kimble "That's Messy"----Cupid, J. Paul Jr., Messie Cee "I'm On Fire"----J.B. Hendricks, Cupid "Thank God It's Friday (T.G.I.F.)"----Pokey, Vince Hutchinson, Adrian Bagher "Blues And Barbeque"----Bigg Robb, Denise LaSalle "Let's Do It"----Adrian Bagher, Veronica Ra'elle, Big Cynthia "Is She Waiting On You?"----Donnie Ray, Jaye Hammer "Jigga Jigga"----J'Wonn, Mel Waiters "If It Ain't The Blues"----Pokey, Cupid "Operator"----C-Wright, Tucka "Chasing The Wind"----Jesse Robinson, Doug Williams, Melvyn Williams "Big Leg Woman"----L.J. Echols, Luster Baker "By Myself"----Alvin Garrett, Ruben Studdard "Zydeco With Me"----Jeter Jones, Lil' Jabb "Mr. Sexy Man (Remix)"----Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Nelson Curry, Joe Nice "We Do We"---Ves, Kenne' Wayne
Best Out-Of-Left-Field Song: Top Contenders:
"He Went To Bed With A Woman But Woke Up With A Man"----Billy "Soul" Bonds "When It's Good"----Certified Slim "I Owe It All To The Blues"----Carl Marshall "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw"----Bishop Bullwinkle "Play Your Position"----Demond Crump "I'm Gonna Leave My Ego At The Door"----Eddie Cotton "Tip It Up"----O.B. Buchana "He Caught Me With The Wrong Drawers On"----Another Mystery Lady "Let's Hear It For The DeeJay"----Jaye Hammer
Best Blues/Chitlin' Circuit Song: Top Contenders:
"If He Knew What I Was Thinking"----Ms. Jody "Older Man Looking For A Young Thang"----Larome Powers "Bootleg Whiskey"----Grady Champion "The Right Stuff"----Sheba Potts-Wright "He Caught Me With The Wrong Drawers On"----Another Mystery Lady "Another Jody Song"----Stevie J. "Mississippi Blues Child"----Mr. Sipp "I Ain't Leaving Mississippi"----Jaye Hammer "My Sidepiece"----The Louisiana Blues Brothers featuring Pokey "This Must Be A Cheating Town"----Carl Marshall
Best Cover Song: Top Contenders:
"Mississippi Boy Part 2"----Charles Wilson, J'Wonn, Big Yayo "(Impala) The Remix"----Big Yayo "Try Me"----El' Willie "This Must Be A Cheating Town"----Carl Marshall "People Get Ready"----Dolores The Exquisite Songbird "Your Man Is Home Tonight"----Willie Clayton "Good Love (Remix)"----Bigg Robb, Mz. Jackson "My Sidepiece (Reply)"----Veronica Ra'elle, Ms. Portia, Lacee
― curmudgeon, Friday, 22 January 2016 14:19 (5 months ago) Permalink
I emailed him and he said the Voice deadline slipped past his mind, and he forgot to contribute a ballot
― curmudgeon, Friday, 19 February 2016 14:36 (4 months ago) Permalink
I saw Hardway Connection again Saturday. A family-friendly matinee show at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum. The short set I saw was as impressive as always, and included more safe soul hits rather than more risqué southern soul ones.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 22 February 2016 17:03 (4 months ago) Permalink
I need to catch up with that top 10 column on the right side of the page
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 March 2016 18:36 (2 months ago) Permalink
Shoulda called this thread "Southern Soul" a long time ago. Oh well
― curmudgeon, Friday, 1 April 2016 15:38 (2 months ago) Permalink
Still little coverage of this genre (from non-insiders); and I am kinda out of touch with current big songs in it too
― curmudgeon, Monday, 2 May 2016 16:07 (1 month ago) Permalink
Ms. Charli-"Giddy Up" the Creole Diva of southern soul (from 2011)
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 May 2016 01:24 (1 month ago) Permalink