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So I failed to mention above that at that 70s Soul Jam event at Constitution Hall in DC, me and the gf were like 2 of the 5 white people there in a crowd of 3,000 age 45 and up black people. I figured that 30 years after their prime the Stylistics would appeal to oh, non-music fanatic regular joe white folks who listen to Motown, but I guess not. It was a pretty pricey ticket. Who cares, I guess. Ted Mills and the current version of the Stylistics sounded great(beautiful falsettos), and I love that in unison choreographed footwork and hand motion dancing.
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― Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Sunday, 24 April 2005 19:30 (fourteen years ago) link
Original Release Date: March 30, 2004
Label: Ifgam Records
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I can't seem to get the Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings supporters(M. Matos, D. Wolk, others) to bite at any of this stuff.
I guess I need to get hish-speed internet and start posting mp3s and yousendit stuff.
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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
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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.
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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 (thirteen years ago) link
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
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― scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 17 December 2005 20:26 (thirteen years ago) link
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 (thirteen years ago) link
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 (thirteen years ago) link
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"
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She gets virtually no airplay on the soul radio show in DC.
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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
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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 (thirteen years ago) link
I picked up the recent Mel Waiters cd. Not bad.
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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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L.J. Echols may not have the most soulful voice, but he cleverly slurs and stretches words, and uses some fun downhome lyrics
― curmudgeon, Friday, 27 April 2018 21:36 (one year ago) link
Omar Cunningham "Boots On" is an awesome jam and should crossover.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 13:20 (one year ago) link
OB Buchana's new album Parking Lot Love Affair is a Big Daddy Nice fave. I haven't heard it yet
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 May 2018 04:10 (one year ago) link
Willie Clayton's "Sidepiece on the Side" is about his uh "sidepiece" leaving him
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 May 2018 04:21 (one year ago) link
Another fun night seeing Hardway Connection do their mix of southern soul originals and old-school soul covers at Lamont's, down in Pomonkey, MD. They have a new album coming out in mid-June
― curmudgeon, Monday, 28 May 2018 05:18 (one year ago) link
I wonder if Reddit or music forum Dissensus have any southern soul fan sites? There’s Daddy B Nice and other blogs plus Facebook I guess
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:34 (one year ago) link
Was just in Houston, Texas. Texas was home to amazing late soulman Mel Waiters. I heard Willie Clayton and other soul on Texas Southern University radio KTSU. Heard an interview with Houston Blues Society folks on the Pacifica public station there too.
Saw some zydeco
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 14:13 (one year ago) link
Not southern soul, but Leon Bridge and the Suffers and others identified with retro soul want to break out of the parameters they were in
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 June 2018 05:07 (one year ago) link
Had a fun time at Lamont’s seeing LJ Echols, J Red, Karen Wolf, Shaye Denise, Hardway Connection and more. This grown folks music continues to be ignored by almost everyone except for some over 40 fanatics ( mainly African-Americans).
― curmudgeon, Monday, 18 June 2018 13:33 (one year ago) link
LJ Echols has a raspy soul voice with range. He also lost my attention doing that Marvin Sease candylicker bit with a woman from the crowd.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 14:30 (one year ago) link
But I liked most of Echols set
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 14:31 (one year ago) link
Some southern soul songs I like:
Wendell Brown, Vick Allen, LJ Echols-"High heels & Jeans (remix)
(the late) Mel Waiters-"Let's Dance"
Vickie Baker -"Honey Hole"
― curmudgeon, Monday, 16 July 2018 03:40 (one year ago) link
The new Hardway Connection album is out. Just on cd at this point. No digital.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 August 2018 19:50 (eleven months ago) link
Jeff Floyd ‘s 2001 “I found love on a lonely highway “ is a classic. If a Daptone label act covered it, NPR would be all over it.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:38 (eleven months ago) link
Big G from Richmond, VA has such a great smooth voice
― curmudgeon, Monday, 27 August 2018 14:36 (ten months ago) link
When I was in Houston a little while back, I ran into writer Joe Nick Patoski at a zydeco and Cajun show at a park. He told me he was going to southern soul bar the Silver Slipper. He didn't mention they had live music, just the jukebox. I didn't go. I should have.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 23 September 2018 20:10 (nine months ago) link
That "Honey Hole" song (mentioned above) is so nicely delivered. More songs I like -- J Red's (If your man won't love you) I will",
I forget who sings the following great ones--- "Draggin that Wagon," "Your Man is Cheatin' on Us," and "Roll it , Roll it"
― curmudgeon, Monday, 24 September 2018 04:00 (nine months ago) link
The lyrical themes may be formulaic but there's some great tunes still being created in this genre.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 03:48 (nine months ago) link
I missed the Lamont's club anniversary event that included Big G from Richmond, VA. He's a skilled instrumentalist and singer with southern and old-school style r'n'b songs
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 4 October 2018 15:15 (nine months ago) link
does anyone know the story of these 'Jody' songs Johnny Taylor and Bobbie Newsome did on Stax and assorted in the early 70s?
― campreverb, Friday, 5 October 2018 23:18 (nine months ago) link
Some Jody talk over here: Johnnie Taylor
― Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 5 October 2018 23:48 (nine months ago) link
hey thanks for that!
― campreverb, Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:58 (nine months ago) link
You Jody song folks should listen to the latest album from Ms. Jody--I'm Doing My Thang
― curmudgeon, Friday, 19 October 2018 03:49 (nine months ago) link
1 2 The Masterpiece Sir Charles Jones Southern King Ent.2 1 I'm Doin' My Thang Ms. Jody Ecko3 6 Welcome To Da Boom Boom Room P2K Dadiddy SMG4 NEW Drank Of My Love Crystal Thomas Gooba Sac Music5 4 Southern Soul Party Time Mix, Vol. 1 Various Artists Aviara Music6 3 Blues Mix 26: Super Soul Duets Various Artists Ecko7 5 Nasty N' Dirty Southern Soul Blues, Vol. 2 Various Artists Aviara Music8 NEW The Magic Show Magic One Magic One9 29 Said I'm Looking Corey Rudolph Aviara Music10 NEW I Miss You Krishunda Echols Neckbone11 7 Dhis Him Jeter Jones RMG12 NEW Cause & Effect NayCole Soul Mop13 8 Lonely Tears Big G Stone River14 9 Blues Mix 25: Slammin' Southern Soul Various Artists Ecko15 NEW Out Of The Blue Willie Hightower SoulTrax16 NEW I'm Still Around Johnny Rawls Third Street Cigar17 10 Too Far Gone Peggy Scott-Adams Hooked Record18 15 Parking Lot Love Affair O.B. Buchana Ecko19 18 Mr. Sexy Man: The Album Nellie Tiger Travis Wegonsee20 19 Nasty N' Dirty Southern Soul Blues Various Artists Aviara Music21 12 Bootleggers Gimmie My Money Carl Marshall Aviara Music22 13 Good Whiskey Avail Hollywood Nlightn23 14 Kitty Whipped David Brinston Ecko24 20 Ricky White Presents Combination 4 Various Artists CDS25 26 Bear Season Pokey Bear RMG26 21 Making Love To Your Mind J-Wonn I Got This Record27 22 I Came To Party Big Woo Big Woo28 30 Long Live The King^ Tucka Groove City29 24 J. Red The Nephew & Friends J. Red The Nephew Soul Mop30 25 Born 2 Do This Bigg Robb Over 25
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 20 October 2018 20:01 (nine months ago) link
Much of the new Sir Charles Jones Masterpiece album sounds more quiet storm and 90s retro ballads than southern soul. But the song "Step it Out" is a great line dance, uptempo southern soul number
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 October 2018 04:09 (eight months ago) link
I'm liking the bluesy-soul of Crystal Thomas "Drank of My Love" album
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:26 (eight months ago) link
Donnie Ray’s latest album My Southern Soul is pretty good. My fave cut is “Doghouse.”
Also listened to the latest Jeter Jones but was not wowed.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 18 November 2018 01:30 (eight months ago) link
Alas, that “Doghouse “ is just an extended mix of Ray’s 2016 song
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 18 November 2018 02:33 (eight months ago) link
enjoying some david brinston right now.
― Heez, Wednesday, 21 November 2018 04:03 (eight months ago) link
Oh, haven't listened to Brinston in awhile. I like him.
Listening to NeyCole. She's alright but I like Ms. Jody and Karen Wolfe more.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 30 November 2018 13:49 (seven months ago) link
I wonder if Brinston's "Sidepiece Motel" from 2017 is his most recent?
― curmudgeon, Friday, 30 November 2018 14:07 (seven months ago) link
Oh, Brinston put out "Kitty Whipped" this year -2018
― curmudgeon, Friday, 30 November 2018 14:21 (seven months ago) link
Another year where none of these albums are gonna make the Wire, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, etc. best of the year lists...Since the southern US labels putting out the releases of these over age 50 performers don't do crossover marketing, only a handful of media folks reach out and cover them. These artists in this thread are as much Americana or RnB as those who do get listed in those categories, but alas they're ignored. Yea, I know metal and experimental and some other niche genres also may not get much attention, but it doesn't seem as bad as for the Southern soul folks
― curmudgeon, Monday, 3 December 2018 20:21 (seven months ago) link
Yeah kitty whipped is really great
― Heez, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 03:26 (seven months ago) link
Nothing from here showing up in Americana lists or even a Southern America website's top list. I don't think Big Daddy Nice does a list till January
― curmudgeon, Monday, 17 December 2018 19:05 (seven months ago) link
I like the Karen Wolf song . He's got OB Buchana on it too, plus the great Big G from Richmond, VA
Big Daddy Nice's top 25 southern soul songs
List (with youtube links) includes as top 5:
Fat Daddy "the Blame"Jeter Jones "Black Horse"Sir Charles Jones "Squeeze me"Tucka "Ain't No Getting Over Me"Karen Wolfe "That Bitch Ain't me"
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 December 2018 18:17 (six months ago) link
Tucka's voice reminds me a bit of R. Kelly
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 December 2018 19:02 (six months ago) link
x-post--Karen Wolfe. An 'e' on the end. Oh and by "he's got", I meant the Big Daddy Nice list...
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 December 2018 19:31 (six months ago) link
O.B. Buchana has a nice track on that list
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 December 2018 19:34 (six months ago) link
Big Daddy Nice essay on 2018
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 17:58 (six months ago) link
I put some stuff from here on my ilx ilm ballot. I have caught up on some 2018 Southern Soul but more to go. Ms. Jody can do no wrong with me ( even when her albums have a few misses).
― curmudgeon, Monday, 7 January 2019 20:16 (six months ago) link
Johnny Rawls 2018 album I’m Still Around is a solid work of bluesy southern soul
― curmudgeon, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:35 (six months ago) link
Anthony Hamilton has some southern soul roots
― curmudgeon, Friday, 22 February 2019 14:27 (four months ago) link
Blues Festival. Sir Charles Jones, Theodis Ealey, Big Pokey Bear, Lenny Williams, Terry Wright. See festival website. Nashville auditorium
Southern soul in Nashville
― curmudgeon, Friday, 22 February 2019 14:30 (four months ago) link
That Nashville gig is tonight Saturday February 23. Nashville resident and NPR critic Ann Powers should go
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 23 February 2019 17:08 (four months ago) link
I doubt Ann attended.
I have praised Vickie Baker’s “Honey Hole” here before, and must do so again. So catchy
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:47 (four months ago) link
Dr Nick on WPFW yesterday played some great southern soul cuts by Mose Stovall, Christy Luv, Ms Jody, Lamorris Williams, Big Robb, & more
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 28 April 2019 19:32 (two months ago) link
I need to see if those acts also are appearing on the southern soul charts and getting love from Big Daddy Nice as well. Pretty sure they are
― curmudgeon, Monday, 29 April 2019 11:10 (two months ago) link
Everytime I hear a song from the late Mel Waiters, who died a little while back of a heart attack, I am especially sad because he wrote all kinds of songs— socio-political ones about poor folks, having a good time ones, relationship ones. He could have been the crossover artist of the genre
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:02 (one month ago) link
RIP Bishop Bulleinkle of “Hell to Da Naw, Naw, Naw” fame
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 30 June 2019 19:54 (three weeks ago) link