Heard a nice Lee Shot Williams track and a Miss Jody number. I love this stuff.
So Bettye Lavette's gonna be at the Bluebird Fest at PG Community College on Sunday. The Holmes Brothers are gonna be there also. This is different than her usual locales for her DC area appearances (this one is less upscale).
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 September 2008 11:34 (4 years ago) Permalink
Sheeba Potts Wright-"Slow Roll It"
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 September 2008 20:34 (4 years ago) Permalink
That should be "Sheba." She's from Mississippi and is on Ecko. "Slow Roll It' is a cover that she did in 2001. I also like her "Bluesman's Daughter' from her latest cd, plus "Private Fishing Hole," and "Whaere's the Party At."
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 September 2008 20:57 (4 years ago) Permalink
Her father is a performer also--Dr. Feelgood Potts
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 September 2008 20:58 (4 years ago) Permalink
I think both Sir Charles Jones and Lee Shot Williams have songs out called "It's Friday". I gotta figure out which is the one I heard and liked.
Other current faves of mine include Mr. David "Fatback and Collard Greens," and Carl Simms "I Like This Place."
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 28 September 2008 15:58 (4 years ago) Permalink
Is that Cupid re-doing Shirley Ellis' "The Clapping Song" (from '65)
3, 6, 9The goose drank wineThe monkey chewed tobacco on the streetcar lineThe line broke, the monkey got chokedAnd they all went to heaven in a little rowboat
The Ladies and GentlemenAbout to make you feel alrightI've got the beat to move your feetPlus I know just what you like
3, 6, 9.
the monkey got choked, they all went to heaven in a little row boat
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 October 2008 19:58 (4 years ago) Permalink
Heard a few more double-entendre numbers about fishing holes today.
Singer Lady Mary's having a dinner and show event down at Lamont's in Pomonkey, Maryland tonight. She was good but not great when I saw her there a few years back. Hardway Connection are gonna be there November 1st.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 October 2008 20:02 (4 years ago) Permalink
I need to research all those recent songs about fishing holes and write about 'em somewhere. How to do so without sounding tawdry is the question.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 24 October 2008 12:27 (4 years ago) Permalink
Every Wednesday in October, the historical WDIA-AM in Memphis, TN sponsors the world famous "Juke Joint Tour." Moving away from the traditions of the past, the tour will not travel from club to club this time around. Sam's Town Casino in Tunica, MS. outside Memphis will be the host venue for this year’s tour.Each Wednesday night numerous Southern Soul artist will perform in front of over 3,000 fans. We know Marvin Sease and Willie Clayton will headline one of the Wednesday nights this month.
Bobby O'Jay told the Chittlin’ Circuit he is excited and pleased with the line up. Each night features a different set of artists. WDIA’s Juanita Burton and Jackie Ward are the main coordinators and they made every effort to make sure each Wednesday night is enjoyable and entertaining. from chitlincircuit.com
http://www.chittlincircuit.com/ Theyve got their own interactive radio thing and more
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 25 October 2008 14:38 (4 years ago) Permalink
TOP TEN "BREAKING" SOUTHERN SOUL ALBUMS: OCTOBER 2008
Based on September Sales & Airplay As Compiled By
1. Who's Got The Power-----------Marvin Sease (Malaco) CD
2. Me Loving You---------------Mr. David (Waldoxy) CD
3. Remix Album----------------Team Airplay All Stars (Team Airplay)
4. My Story-----------------Sir Charles Jones (Mardi Gras) CD
5. Transformation-------------Wilson Meadows (M & M) CD
6. Keepin' It Real-------------------Jeff Floyd (Wilbe)
7. Still Standing-----------------The Soul Children (JEA)
8. Look At What You Gettin'-------------Bobby Rush (Deep Rush)
9. Time Served ---------------------Omar Cunningham (Soul 1st) Time Served CD
10. I'm A Bluesman's Daughter-----------------Sheba Potts-Wright (Ecko I'm A Bluesman's Daughter CD
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 25 October 2008 14:49 (4 years ago) Permalink
Author's Forward: June 30, 2008
It's too early to etch anything in granite, but your Daddy B. Nice has a hunch Chick Willis's single "Obama" ("Tell Me Why You Like Obama")--from his new CD The Don Of The Blues--will captivate Southern Soul and chitlin' circuit blues deejays the same way Robert "Dr. Feelgood" Potts' "My In-Laws (Ain't Nothin' But Outlaws)" did over the past six months.
(Bulletin: "Obama" by Chick Willis is the #3-ranked song on Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles chart for July 2008.)
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 November 2008 17:09 (4 years ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 November 2008 17:10 (4 years ago) Permalink
Listening to the Lee Shot Williams "Nothing but Party Blues" track from 2005 now. Very nice. The Gator is playing some good stuff on Wpfw right now. You can listen online.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 November 2008 17:39 (4 years ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 November 2008 18:25 (4 years ago) Permalink
That's right! We are pleased to announce that Otis Clay has agreed to join us on November 15th! In what promises to be the Soul event of the season, Otis will return to Memphis and join with old friends Hi Rhythm to pay tribute to our man O.V. Wright. This rare and intimate club appearance (his first with Hi Rhythm in over 15 years!) promises to be the talk of the town, and tickets will be going fast! I wanna fly to Memphis for this http://www.ovwright.org/
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 November 2008 18:46 (4 years ago) Permalink
WDIA AM radio out of Memphis "America's Original Black Station" is streaming some great stuff now. Willie Clayton "Wiggle"---2 steps to the front, two steps to the back, now wiggle in the middle"
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 November 2008 19:42 (4 years ago) Permalink
Was reading somewhere about Chitlin circuit songwriting teams that Ecko use and have had the most success. I need to post about it later when I find it again.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 9 November 2008 15:15 (4 years ago) Permalink
Heard lots of nice stuff streaming on WDIA Sunday. Good ol' Millie Jackson of course.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 10 November 2008 14:17 (4 years ago) Permalink
Awww man, while I'm doing a family Chanukah party December 27th, Sir Charles Jones is gonna be at Lamonts in Pomonkey, Maryland not that far away from where I'll be.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 November 2008 04:58 (4 years ago) Permalink
I know there are UK soul fanatics but there don't seem to be too many on ILX and the ones that are don't seem to be interested in a thread with Chitlin in the title. La Dee Dah. As you were.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 November 2008 14:41 (4 years ago) Permalink
Damn this Ms. Jody song I'm hearing now on WPFW (89.3 and online)is great--It's a dance song--"we were getting down in the club, doing the Ms. Jody thing" I love her voice and the synth beat is better than the standard Ecko type that soul fanatics sneer at.
Now he's playing a male vocalist singing "This party is a mutha y'all" with some line about booties in his face...
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 6 December 2008 18:16 (4 years ago) Permalink
Big Bootie Betty
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 6 December 2008 18:17 (4 years ago) Permalink
That's OB Buchanan drawling about Big Bootie Betty in his song "This Party is a Mutha Y'll" and I'm not sure what the Ms. Jody song is called.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 6 December 2008 18:22 (4 years ago) Permalink
Listened to the Ms. Jody album. It's great
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 December 2008 16:35 (4 years ago) Permalink
It's a cd of the year even if you don't see it on any best of list except mine. If you like Denise Lasalle you should like Ms. Jody. Yes it's on Ecko, but the standard Ecko synth work is not annoying here
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 21 December 2008 17:48 (4 years ago) Permalink
The thread title now correctly spells Ealey's name. Thanks moderator
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 21 December 2008 18:20 (4 years ago) Permalink
Gonna miss Sir Charles Jones Saturday night at Lamonts in Pomonkey because of our family Chanukah party. I bet my blurb(revised by the editor a bit, grrrr) for it at dcist.com will inspire thousands to check it out. Ha. Lamonts still does not have a website.
Miss Jody cd is still sounding great. I just can't get the Ecko label production haters to give her a chance
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 25 December 2008 17:37 (4 years ago) Permalink
bluescritic.com southern soul voting poll
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 28 December 2008 18:33 (4 years ago) Permalink
CHOOSE One From Each Category
BEST Southern Soul, Rhythm & Blues Album
WHO'S GOT THE POWER Marvin Sease MAN UP Stan Mosley TIME SERVED Omar Cunningham I'M A BLUESMAN'S DAUGHTER Sheba Potts-Wright I'M A WOMAN Nellie 'Tiger' Travis MY STORY Sir Charles Jones KEEPIN' IT REAL Jeff Floyd TRANSFORMATION Wilson Meadows SWEET SEXY SOUL Will Easley I NEVER TAKE A DAY OFF Ms. Jody LOVE IS A BAD HABIT Reggie P RETURN OF THE LEGEND Rue Davis YOU'RE THE BEST Kenne' Wayne LOVE CHRONICLES Archie Love THE UPRISING Clarence Dobbins STILL STANDING The Soul Children SOUTHERN SOUL COUNTRY BOY O.B. Buchana
Southern Soul Blues Song Of The Year
A WOMAN KNOWS Willie Clayton IT'S FRIDAY (TIME TO GET PAID) Lee 'Shot' Williams I'M COMING COME Marvin Sease FIRE Lebrado ENERGIZER BUNNY Ms Jody LOCK MY DOOR Jeff Floyd MY LIFE Omar Cunningham WHEN YOU PACK YOUR BAGS Vick Allen I LIKE THIS PLACE Carl Sims OLDER WOMAN YOUNGER MAN Pat Cooley I'M A WOMAN Nellie 'Tiger' Travis STUCK The Rhythm All Stars OBAMA Chick Willis POPCORN MAN Patrick Green DA TWIST Team Airplay All Stars
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 28 December 2008 18:36 (4 years ago) Permalink
Alas my little preview item of Sir Charles Jones at Lamonts Saturday 12-27 was the only online mention of the event I could find (other than my posting here). As I was busy with a Chanukah party I did not make it and found no reviews of it anywhere. Sad. Guy can sing.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 31 December 2008 18:19 (4 years ago) Permalink
My edited preview item was at dcist.com (Editor substituted the word "sluts")
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 31 December 2008 18:20 (4 years ago) Permalink
Not exactly chitlin circuit soul, but Skip Mahoney & the Casuals, and the Jewels (all female group that once toured with James Brown and had a minor '60s hit with "Opportunity Knocks") will be at the Chateau in DC inauguration weekend (the 17th I think) while the Delphonics will be doing a gig with Memphis Gold and others at a Crystal City hotel (forgot the name) on MLK day, the 19th.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 10 January 2009 22:00 (4 years ago) Permalink
Lots going on in the area over that time period, if you can afford it. I wonder if Lamont's is doing anything special?
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 10 January 2009 22:02 (4 years ago) Permalink
The Blues is Alright Tour 2009 all across the US of A in February and March...well mostly the South with all of my and your faves
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 1 February 2009 06:34 (4 years ago) Permalink
I think I will be able to see the DC area show at the Showplace Arena. Should be great.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 14 February 2009 20:17 (4 years ago) Permalink
Heard the Gator on WPFW play a raunchy fun number by Lee Shot Williams today, among other nice cuts
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 14 February 2009 20:18 (4 years ago) Permalink
Lee's song-"Everything I like to Eat Starts with a 'P'"
pasta, pecans, you know...
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 15 February 2009 18:27 (4 years ago) Permalink
Southern Soul Top 20 Countdown 2-28-09
1.1. The Beauty Shop Omar Cunningham2.2. I Cant Stand The Rain Willie Clayton3.3. Man Enough Karen Wolfe4.6.Gone on Marvin Sease5.5. What If He Knew Floyd Taylor6.12.Keep A Light In The Window William Bell7.4. One Night Stand Andre Lee8.10. Soul Clap TK Soul9.8. Another Kind Of Fool Bobby Rush10.7. Wash Your Hands Lola11.8. Starlight Diamond Kenny Neal12.14. The Recipe Bigg Robb13.13. Slippin and Hidin Willie Hill14.9. Just Because Hes Good to you O.B. Buchana15.14. Cheat On You Bobbye16.* Look Good For You Carl Marshall17.15. I'm Gonna Party L.J. Echols18.12. Sang No More Calvin Richardson featuring Omar Cunningham19.16. Woman Nellie Tiger Travis20.18. Lock My Door Jeff Floyd
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 1 March 2009 21:13 (4 years ago) Permalink
I gotta recruit someone else to post on here also...
― curmudgeon, Monday, 2 March 2009 01:13 (4 years ago) Permalink
Some of this stuff is great, really. As good as autogoon rap, School of 7 Bells, mambo merengue, Berlin techno, out-there jazz, Jazmine Sullivan, Nigerian reissues, Dennis Wilson outtakes, or whatever it is you're listening to.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 2 March 2009 14:35 (4 years ago) Permalink
As good as autogoon rap, School of 7 Bells...
Ha! I actually read this thread religiously, just don't have much to contribute as my local public radio show that used to play a bunch of this stuff no longer exists, and the artists NEVER tour here (Minneapolis.)
― Dan Peterson, Monday, 2 March 2009 16:51 (4 years ago) Permalink
At least someone's reading it. I was looking at the tour schedule for that latest tour, and I see a Philly show as the farthest one North (no New York City !) and while it goes over to Texas it's via a Southern route. Amazing.
Now I know some folks years ago used to snear at the cheesy synth sound on Malaco and Ecko label releases, but I think the keyboards they're using now are sounding better these days.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 2 March 2009 17:05 (4 years ago) Permalink
Just discovered that the big soul tour is promoted by North American Entertainment, a company based in Connecticut (although they never book music there or in nearby NYC). They also promote 'urban' plays...Tyer Perry kind a stuff.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 7 March 2009 04:37 (4 years ago) Permalink
Mel Waiters' Throwback Days cd from a few years back is great. Was listening to it last night. Some of the lyrics go beyond the genre's cliches, and the melodies and instrumentation do as well. I think he does an online radio dj thing once a week too. I need to check that out some time. I'm planning on going to see him Friday night in Upper Marlboro.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 9 March 2009 15:00 (4 years ago) Permalink
Could you make a top ten of your fave Chitlin Circuit soul singles/albums, curmudgeon, please?
― Kevin John Bozelka, Monday, 9 March 2009 15:19 (4 years ago) Permalink
I'll try. Me, Chuck Eddy, Christgau and I think maybe Matos and the late Rickey Wright all voted for the 2007 Motel Lovers comp in the January or February '08 published critics polls (Voice and/or Idolator). That's a nice survey of recent songs in the genre.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 9 March 2009 17:20 (4 years ago) Permalink
Well, right, I have that one. But you're clearly so knowledgeable about the genre (or subgenre or whatever) that I'd love to hear, e.g., what YOU would do if Trikont entrusted you with Motel Lovers (or something akin to it). No biggie if you can't, though. (xhuxk, top ten away too if so inclined).
― Kevin John Bozelka, Monday, 9 March 2009 17:29 (4 years ago) Permalink
Oh, thanks. Will do. Mostly off the top of my head I love Ms. Jody's I Never Take a Day Off album from last year, Mel Waiters-Throwback Days from a few years ago, Denise Lasalle-Pay Before You Pump album, and a Barbara Carr best-of on Ecko. I have heard great songs by Sir Charles Jones, OB Buchana, Theotis Ealey, Willie Clayton, and Lee Shot Williams.
I gotta go write a blog post for my local alt-weekly on Mel Waiters and the show coming up on Friday...
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 March 2009 00:38 (4 years ago) Permalink
Friday night, DC area folks, is Mel Waiters, Clarence Carter, Roy C.,Latimore, and Marvin Sease at the Showplace Arena. They're advetising the show just on WHUR, that plays post-Luther Vandross style quiet storm mellow r'n'b. No media ads, no press releases to mainstream print media as far as I can tell.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 March 2009 14:06 (4 years ago) Permalink
I went to the show. There were good and bad aspects to the performances--good=soulful voices and tunes; bad=over-the-top dirty old man thrusting and gyrating and too obvious lyrics. Yea, I know, that should not be a surprise. The bill drew a crowd of several thousand. For those into demographics, I think I was the only white person there under age 50, and one of about 5 white folks. Yes I know many African-Americans and others frequently find themselves in the minority at places. The average age was from around 49 to 70. Lots of women howling for the performers.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 14 March 2009 22:05 (4 years ago) Permalink