Chitlin Circuit Double-entendre -filled Soul 2004 (and onward) Theodis Ealey's "Stand Up In It" is a song of the year

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I've heard Theodis Easley's single "Stand Up In It" on my local DC Pacifica station's Saturday afternoon blues and soul show and I just read that it has charted in Billboard's R & B sales charts. Call 'em formulaic and retro if you wish, but I like these double-entendre-filled soul-blues songs(by the likes of Clarence Carter, Marvin Sease, Bobby Rush and others) and checking out such performers live. Has anyone heard Theodis' 2004 cd (which includes a song called "All My Baby Left Me Was A Note, My Guitar & A Cookie Jar") ? Also, how are the 2004 efforts by Charles Wilson, Tad Robinson, Betty Lavette, and Mavis Staples?

steve-k, Wednesday, 5 January 2005 05:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I need to get back to Lamont's in Pomonkey, Maryland, around 35 minutes south of Washington D.C. The fried chicken's not that great, but it's a nice comfy place for soul-blues (without any blooz-rock thank you very much). I bet Sunday night regulars Jim Bennett & Lady Mary are doing a cover of "Stand Up In It" by now...

steve-k, Wednesday, 5 January 2005 05:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I wonder if Malaco label acts tour much out of the East Coast? I don't know what label Easley's on.

steve-k, Wednesday, 5 January 2005 14:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I should have put Easley's song in my P & J Voice poll ballot. How did I forget? It's as good as any of the hiphop, pop, and dancehall I listed. It's also as good if not better than much of the material on that Kompakt 100 cd or the Arcade Fire or Ghostface or Gretchen Wilson cds.

steve-k, Wednesday, 5 January 2005 15:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

( hmmmm, can bluesy soul made by middle-aged African-Americans cross over in 2005 to other audiences--urban radio, Pitchfork readers, the blogosphere....)

steve-k, Wednesday, 5 January 2005 15:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hurtt, Wolk, Blount, Haibun, Matos to thread...

steve-k, Wednesday, 5 January 2005 16:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I like the Bettye Lavette record a lot, Mavis Staples a little less so. Bluesy soul/Malaco releases tend to be a bit patchy IMO, but there are some excellent tracks on both - search Bettye's "Through The Winter." Also check out Willie Walker, who recorded on Goldwax in the 60's and has a really nice new CD, "Right Where I Belong."

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 17:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've been meaning to check out Lavette. She seems to have gotten a bit of press from outside the Living Blues magazine/blues society newsletters/soul fanatics inner circle. I'll check for Walker as well.

steve-k, Wednesday, 5 January 2005 18:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

New Year's pledge: I need to keep up better with this genre, and write about it myself.

steve-k, Thursday, 6 January 2005 13:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
While it's not bluesy-soul, I saw the Stylistics, Chi-lites, Delfonics, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, Cuba Gooding Sr., and Ted Mills from Blue Magic last night at Constitution Hall in DC. Early 70s lush soul still sounds good, even if many of the original performers are long gone.

Steve-k (Steve K), Saturday, 19 February 2005 19:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

essential chess/stax/soul

steve-k, Saturday, 19 February 2005 22:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I understand that Willie Walker & the Butanes play out a bit in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

steve-k, Saturday, 19 February 2005 22:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Mavis Staples was ok but not quite as impressive as I hoped she'd be on that gospel segment on the Grammys with Kanye West and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

steve-k, Sunday, 20 February 2005 20:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I have only heard "Hard Times Come Again No More" by Mavis. She was also just about the best thing on the '04 tribute to Johnny Paycheck. I keep hearing about the LaVette. But shame on me, being a fan of candy lickers and other southern-fried soulsters, I seem to have missed Theodis Easley. Must correct that, looks like.

edd s hurt (ddduncan), Monday, 21 February 2005 02:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I only know that Easley song they play on the Saturday afternoon WPFW 89.3 radio show, but it's a good one. I'm gonna use this thread as the all-purpose thread for soul and candy-licker style soul.

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.

steve-k (Steve K), Monday, 21 February 2005 23:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

bump

steve-k (Steve K), Tuesday, 22 February 2005 04:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
I finally picked up the latest Denise Lasalle. While a tad predictable, it's pretty nice.

Steve K (Steve K), Sunday, 24 April 2005 18:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Somebody please YSI this "Stand Up In It" song.

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Sunday, 24 April 2005 19:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Audio CD (March 30, 2004)

Original Release Date: March 30, 2004

Label: Ifgam Records

steve-k, Sunday, 24 April 2005 19:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Amazon US has a sample...

steve-k, Sunday, 24 April 2005 20:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

bump.

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.

steve-k, Monday, 25 April 2005 12:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Part-time freelancer me's gotta find the time to write about this stuff, since the fulltimers don't seem to know about it, or care.

steve-k, Monday, 25 April 2005 14:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I saw the Dells and Bobby Womack Friday night at the Showplace Arena in Maryland, near DC. I got there late and unfortunately missed the Intruders("Cowboys to Girls") and most of Heatwave. There were about 2,500 people there. Other than one 20-something white guy with a black date, I was the only other non-African American in the crowd. I continue to find this odd (see my post above about the crowd at the 70s Soul Jam). The Dells were very good, if not quite as great as when I saw them years ago at Carter Barron in D.C.

steve-k, Monday, 9 May 2005 14:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

From Monday May 9th Washington Post Style C5 (washingtonpost.com)

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I really like "Grown Folks Party" by the Problem Solvas (I think). It's driving r and b/soul w/ a small touch of blues. It's getting radio airplay in the states from the same folks who play Theodis Easley. It has a synth on it. It's not going for that Sharon Jones retro thing, though it is retro in its own way.

steve-k, Monday, 9 May 2005 14:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

six months pass...
revive.

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Lavette's gonna be at the State Theatre in Falls Church, outside DC on Thursday, and Aaron Neville's gonna be at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia that night. Sadly, I can not make either event.

Curmudgeon Steve (Steve K), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 02:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

http://soulandbluesreport.com/SouthernSoulChart.html
1
Can't Nobody Do Me
Lenny Williams
Universal

3
2
Going Crazy
Willie Clayton
Malaco

2
3
Stroke It Easy
Tazz
Mardi Gras

6
4
The Blacker The Berry
Chairman OTB
Surfside

5
5
Inseparable
Lorenzo Owens
B-Town

4
6
Dance Like You're Naked
Lee Fields
BDA

9
7
Ease On Down In The Bed
Lee Shot Williams
Ecko

7
8
Baby, I've Changed
Floyd Taylor
Malaco

8
9
Ten Toes Up
J Diamond Washington
2Brothers

10
10
Cheating & Lying
T. K. Soul
Soulful

The Top 25 Chart is calculated on a formula based on reports from our reporting panel of Radio Stations, Clubs, & Retail Stores

Curmudgeon Steve (Steve K), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 02:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
The Gator on WPFW 89.3 (Pacifica station that is also online) just played "Slap That Booty" by Gary Brown and "Junk in the Crunk" by David Brinston. Raunchy great recent stuff that gets no UK or US media attention outside of some obscure newsletters and Southern US radio stations.

Curmudgeon Steve (Steve K), Saturday, 17 December 2005 19:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

More Gator faves:

3. Big G Stomp, Big G
CD: Love on the Run, Bigsounds.com

4. Same Girl, Hardway Connection
CD: Hot Ticket, WILBE Records

5. Come On and Dance With Me, Hardway Connection
CD: Hot Ticket, WILBE Records

6. Brand New Dance, Jesse Yawn
CD: Forever More, Houseday Music

7. Hootchie Dance, Barbara Carr
CD: Stroke It, ECKO Records

8. I Came to Party, Monique Ford
CD: Get a Maid, Total Smash Music

9. The After Party, Gridloc Band
CD: 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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

D.J. Freight Train also plays this stuff:

http://freighttrainsblockparty.com/index.html

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i don't like that Lavette album. sounds like they threw her into a phone booth for some sorta cut-rate rick rubin vibe. at least they didn't have her cover marilyn manson.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 17 December 2005 20:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i've been having a good time listening to all the ichiban records i bought from 1990/1992. some are great. some are bad. some are soul. some are blues. all very local and downhome. sorry, not recent. but they fit this thread. records by:

pic & bill
lv johnson
yvonne jackson
clarence carter
travis haddix
legendary blues band
john mooney
backtrack blues band
raful neil
bob margolin
troy turner
johnny sansone
the dells
artie "blues boy" white
roshell anderson
chick willis
charles wilson
nappy brown
trudy lynn
jerry mccain
dicky williams
joe beard
tommy tate
ruby andrews
prince philip mitchell
tom principato
smokehouse
drink small
noble "thin man" watts
gary b.b.coleman
david dee
sonny rhodes


scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 17 December 2005 20:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Scott, I've liked the Chick Willis stuff I've heard. Have you checked out the record you got by him?

Also, I think the below is the link for an online station that streams current Southern double-entendre filled soul

http://alldownsouth.tripod.com/

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2006 15:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

At soulandbluesreport.com

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,

Vote Often


I like the "vote often"

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2006 15:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I thought I'd hate the Lavette because of the approach taken--have her sing lots of songs by middlebrow performers popular with NPR listeners(Rick Rubin and Joe Henry)--but I still do like it. The press kit with the release says she picked the songs from a selection provided by her hubby and the folks at Anti(who did the same with Solomon Burke). I want to check out her release from a few years ago and see how she sounds on that.

She gets virtually no airplay on the soul radio show in DC.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2006 15:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I do not know if producers Rubin and Henry listen to NPR, but their approach generates NPR attention is what I mean! But as I said upthread I think Lavette's voice cuts through no matter what, and I bet the Southern soul stations who like the raw double-entendre stuff might like it if Anti was smart enough to market it to them as well.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2006 15:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

http://www.soulandbluesreport.com/Page4.html

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2006 15:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
Still no articles by Harvell, Finney, or Sherburne on contemporary Southern Soul in Pitchfork!

The SOULANDBLUESREPORT TOP 25
May 19, 2006 http://www.soulandbluesreport.com/top%2025.html


Mel Waiters
Willie Clayton
Bobby Rush
Vick Allen
J Blackfoot
Renea Mitchell
Sir Charles Jones
Lenny Williams
Donnie Ray
Ms. Monique
Carl Simms
Floyd Taylor
Team Airplay All Stars
Chairmen Of The Board
Lorraine Turner
Miz B
Wendell B.
Ms. Jody
Sheba Potts-Wright
Lacee'
Lorraine Turner
William Bell
Theodis Ealey
Bob Steele
Chairmen Of The Board
NEW SOUTHERN SOUL THIS WEEK
SBR'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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Just got Marvin Sease's 2005 Malaco effort-Live with the Candy Licker. His schtick (spelling?) is kinda tired, but he's got a nice church-groomed timbre and a solid horns and more band with him. He's gonna be performing with Chick "Stoop Down Baby" Willis, Roy C., Jim Bennett & Lady Mary, and Floyd Haywood (once with the Hardway Connection)at Lamonts in Pomonkey, Maryland, south of DC on Saturday June 10th.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 5 June 2006 12:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
I missed Captain Fly’s DC Soul revue at Carter Barron tonight(see the writeup in the Washington Post weekend section by Richard Harrington). In recent weeks I missed Eddie & Denise with Theotis Easley at Lamont’s, I missed Marvin the Candylicker Sease at Lamonts. I missed Gator Day at Lamonts. Work and life are getting in the way of chitlin circuit soul.

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
So the Denise Lasalle show got postponed to today, and I'm gonna miss it. For shame. Just heard her song "Dirty Old Woman" on WPFW 89.3 (and online). Lee Fields, who's been in Europe for awhile, is back and he's performing there as well.

I picked up the recent Mel Waiters cd. Not bad.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Saturday, 26 August 2006 18:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
The Waiters cd is actually really nice.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Sunday, 19 November 2006 20:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

lotsa stuff from rolling country thread, earlier this year:

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.


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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.


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"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.

xps

-- 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.


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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 Me
It'd be in my top 100 favourite singles ever, I think.

-- Martin Skidmore (lonewolf.cu...), March 12th, 2006.


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>I gotta get that Moody Scott record.<
I have an extra copy, Edd! I'll send it to you.

-- xhuxk (xedd...), March 12th, 2006.


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great! thanks Chuck!

-- edd s hurt (eddshur...), March 12th, 2006.


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>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!

-- xhuxk (xedd...), March 12th, 2006.

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.


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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.

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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.


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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.


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having sex WITH (or) making love TO.
and courtesy of HIS new truck.
).

-- xhuxk (fakemai...), June 14th, 2006.


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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.

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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.


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This could really be hella interesting, absolutely. Is "Trapped in the Closet" the Ulysses of Jody songs?
-- Haikunym (zinogu...), June 14th, 2006.

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Here's some info I found while googling Jody songs:
http://soulfuldetroit.com/archives/10238/9918.html?1079610632

-- Sang Freud (jstrell...), June 14th, 2006.


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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.


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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 (fakemai...), June 14th, 2006.


xhuxk (xheddy), Sunday, 19 November 2006 20:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

lotsa stuff from rolling country thread, earlier this year:

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.


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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.


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"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.

xps

-- 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.


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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 Me
It'd be in my top 100 favourite singles ever, I think.

-- Martin Skidmore (lonewolf.cu...), March 12th, 2006.


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>I gotta get that Moody Scott record.<
I have an extra copy, Edd! I'll send it to you.

-- xhuxk (xedd...), March 12th, 2006.


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great! thanks Chuck!

-- edd s hurt (eddshur...), March 12th, 2006.


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>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!

-- xhuxk (xedd...), March 12th, 2006.

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.


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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.

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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.


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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.


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having sex WITH (or) making love TO.
and courtesy of HIS new truck.
).

-- xhuxk (fakemai...), June 14th, 2006.


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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.


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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.


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This could really be hella interesting, absolutely. Is "Trapped in the Closet" the Ulysses of Jody songs?
-- Haikunym (zinogu...), June 14th, 2006.

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Here's some info I found while googling Jody songs:
http://soulfuldetroit.com/archives/10238/9918.html?1079610632

-- Sang Freud (jstrell...), June 14th, 2006.


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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.


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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 (fakemai...), June 14th, 2006.


xhuxk (xheddy), Sunday, 19 November 2006 20:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

all white chitlin circuit

and what (ooo), Sunday, 19 November 2006 21:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

huh?

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Sunday, 19 November 2006 21:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

My man Mel Waiters "Throw Back Days" song is still in the top 5 on the soulandbluesreport.com chart

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Sunday, 19 November 2006 21:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Hey Edd and Chuck, there's a song called "Jody's creepin'" by Mr. David (Tony Mercedes label) (?) on that soulandbluesreport.com chart. I bet it might fit in with those 'jody' songs you guys were talking about.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Sunday, 19 November 2006 22:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

http://www.southernsoulrnb.com/corner2017.cfm

A lot to catch up on

curmudgeon, Friday, 18 August 2017 21:34 (ten months ago) Permalink

Alas, couldn't find any live southern soul during my recent quick trip through Muscle Shoals, AL; Clarksdale MS; and Memphis, TN.

OB Buchana was playing the weekend before...

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 17:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

https://highway61music.blogspot.com/

http://www.southernsoulrnb.com/calendar_mailbag2008.cfm

southern soul and blues concert calendars

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 05:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

Countess Williams song "Kitty Purr" is impressive

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 September 2017 14:50 (nine months ago) Permalink

http://highway61music.blogspot.com/

Mississippi, Memphis area and more concert calendar

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 September 2017 15:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I just scored a guest list spot to see the Take Me to the River tour: Bobby Rush, William Bell and Charlie Musselwhite. Excited! I haven't seen Bobby since sometime in the early oughts, he doesn't tour here often.

the young, low level volunteer named (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 31 October 2017 21:47 (seven months ago) Permalink

I splurged for the DC show of that tour. We had Bobby Rush, and William Bell but no Musselwhite. We also had a Stax panel with old-school Stax folks, plus an excerpt from the movie and the Stax school kid musicians. Alas, the latter got more time than I wanted. Rush and Bell were great, but just didn't have enough tiume to do a full set.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 November 2017 15:43 (seven months ago) Permalink

Totally agree about Stax school kids, was it the the young white guy with the pony tail? He did 5 or 6 Al Green and Otis Redding covers, passably but he really overstayed his welcome. Bobby Rush seems to have energy to spare at 84, no need to pad the set to give him a rest.

the young, low level volunteer named (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 2 November 2017 16:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

Yes, that's the one. Bobby Rush is still so impressive. Thinking about what he's been through in life and how he is still at it, giving 110 %.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 November 2017 16:49 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Latest Ms. Jody album has its moments

curmudgeon, Monday, 4 December 2017 16:26 (six months ago) Permalink

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/dec/07/robert-finley-the-vietnam-and-rb-veteran-coming-to-fame-half-a-century-late

Louisiana singer/guitarist Robert Finley is getting crossover attention thanks to Black Key's Dan Auerbach

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 December 2017 16:51 (six months ago) Permalink

bittersoutherner.com website top 30 for the year includes indie, rap and "Americana" but no southern soul that would fit on this thread. Ugh. Sorry OB Buchana, Miss Jody et. al.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 December 2017 14:15 (six months ago) Permalink

Ms. Jody of course not Miss

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 December 2017 14:17 (six months ago) Permalink

I am not as crazy about Pokey Bear’s Bear Season album as Daddy B. Nice is. It has its moments but the opening retro-funk song, and the one using a Tom-Tom Club rhythm are just ok. He’s not up there with my fave, the late Mel Waiters.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 22:46 (six months ago) Permalink

The latest issue of Living Blues magazine is their soul-Blues issue with articles on Big G from Richmond, Don Bryant, and Lee Fields.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 22:48 (six months ago) Permalink

The Trailride Music, vol. 1 comp on Ross Group is a fun collection of mostly Louisiana based southern soul. Pokey Bear sounds better on this, than on his own album. This could be an album of the year.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 23 December 2017 15:39 (five months ago) Permalink

So Nellie Tiger Travis finally put out “Mr. Sexy Man” the album. More straight up soul than current southern soul. It’s
Good

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 03:03 (five months ago) Permalink

Really liking that Trailride music, Vol. 1 comp sampler. Its on Spotify. As is Ms. Jody's fine 2017 album

curmudgeon, Friday, 29 December 2017 17:32 (five months ago) Permalink

The latest Ms. Jody took some time to grow on me. Loving the track with the now late Big Cynthia on that Trailride sampler. She was the daughter of the late Motown saxman Junior Walker and Gloria Adams.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 30 December 2017 00:22 (five months ago) Permalink

http://southernsoulparadise.blogspot.com/?m=1

Pamela Boone from Alabama has a southern soul blog

curmudgeon, Saturday, 30 December 2017 19:39 (five months ago) Permalink

Liking most of Jeter Jones-Trailride Certified. Raspy soul voice with a Louisiana flavor on some cuts. He calls himself “Da GQ Country Boy”.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 31 December 2017 00:54 (five months ago) Permalink

RIP Denise LaSalle, per Boogie Reports newsletter

She was a great singer

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:20 (five months ago) Permalink

Awwww, shit. RIP, Denise. One of my alltime favorite songs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7qvvJWkUXk

Brave Combover (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 19:04 (five months ago) Permalink

Yep, Trapped by a Thing Called Love is a great one and her big US r’n’b hit. Here albums from this century on Malaco and Ecko are great too. Most on Spotify. I like Lasalle ‘s Smoking in Bed, Mississippi Woman and many more.

Apparently in the U.K. she had an 80s hit with a version of “My Toot Toot.”

Christgau used to write about her but none of the other big name critics or current hip websites care about her. Ann Powers and NPR have not weighed in, nor The NY Times . Since she lived in Chicago for awhile and recorded for Chess for a bit, she got an obit there.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 19:50 (five months ago) Permalink

I love the "My Groove" medley where she stretches out "Make Me Yours," "Precious Precious" and "Trapped..." I first heard her do that at a pretty sketchy nightclub (first one I ever attended with a metal detector) and thought I died and went to soul heaven.

Brave Combover (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:34 (five months ago) Permalink

Jon Pareles of NY Times just did a Denise Lasalle obit.

curmudgeon, Friday, 12 January 2018 15:34 (five months ago) Permalink

I mentioned Ms. Jody in the Village Voice Oazz & Jop comments.

Soulbluesmusic.com poll is ending today I think

curmudgeon, Friday, 26 January 2018 21:13 (four months ago) Permalink

Pazz & Jop

curmudgeon, Friday, 26 January 2018 21:14 (four months ago) Permalink

http://www.southernsoulrnb.com/corner2017.cfm

Big Daddy Nice’s fave 2017 albums. Pokey Bear is his fave

curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 January 2018 16:02 (four months ago) Permalink

I like Jeter Jones, Nelly Tiger Travis and Ms. Jody more than Pokey Bear.

http://www.southernsoulrnb.com/corner2017.cfm

Pokey Bear -Bear Season
O.B. Buchana --- Swing On With O.B.
Miss Portia --- All In My Feelings
Uncle Wayne --- The Birth Of Hithm And Bluez
Ms. Jody --- Thunder Under Yonder
Jeter Jones --- Trailride Certified
Sharnette Hyter --- Grown Folks Talkin'
Lady Di --- Three Way Love Affair
Angel Faye Russell --- A Taste Of Angel
Mo B --- Toast It Up
Joe "Blues" Butler --- Full Figured Woman
David Brinston --- Sidepiece Motel
Mr. Sam --- Make Time (For Her)
Stevie J. Blues --- Back 2 Blues
Big G --- Darkest Hour
Sweet Angel --- Can't Walk Away
El' Willie --- The Game Changer
Rashad --- Country Soul
Stan Butler --- The Blues In Me
Nellie "Tiger" Travis --- Mr. Sexy Man: The Album
Jaye Hammer --- Last Man Standing
Bigg Robb --- Born 2 Do This
Latimore --- A Taste Of Me: Great American Songs
Tre' Williams --- Chocolate Soul
Lacee --- Mind Gone
Lomax --- Is This What You Want
Tyree Neal --- Still Called The Blues
Simone De --- Unbelievable
J. Red --- J. Red The Nephew And Friends
Beat Flippa producer, Various Artists --- Trailride Music Vol. 1

curmudgeon, Monday, 29 January 2018 15:34 (four months ago) Permalink

With the right marketing, the Nellie Tiger Travis album should have gotten more crossover attention. She's got well crafted ballads, retro soul and blues, in addition to southern soul. Alas too many critics just like pretty folk music from onetime popsters like Aimee Mann, or various others but don't give the likes of Nellie (or even contemporary r'n'b) a chance. Maybe if her album had come out on the late Sharon Jones' label Daptone, she'd get more attention.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:29 (four months ago) Permalink

Nellie Tiger Travis won the Soulbluesmusic.com "Best southern soul/r'n'b album" category

Willie Clayton won their best soul blues album for "Crossroads of the Blues"

A bunch of other awards on their site too

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 February 2018 17:05 (four months ago) Permalink

Willie Clayton album is nice

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 05:45 (four months ago) Permalink

The Clayton album is blues but soulful and largely without the annoying bar band clichés that most identify now with the genre.

As I once said years back, if I had used a different name for this thread, more people might post here (Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley fans and old soul record collector types on ilx)...But whatever...Arab Music thread and many others don't have many people posting either.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 19:20 (four months ago) Permalink

Still liking this genre niche more than other genre niches on this forum.

curmudgeon, Friday, 16 February 2018 18:56 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Vickie Baker “Honey Hole” is soulful & catchy with kinda obvious lyrics rhyming with fishing pole

curmudgeon, Saturday, 3 March 2018 20:55 (three months ago) Permalink

Karen Wolfe ain’t bad either

curmudgeon, Saturday, 3 March 2018 21:00 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Oh, I have so much catching up to do with this genre. Sadly these creative age 40 and up African-American acts based mainly in the US south get ignored by nearly everyone.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:11 (two months ago) Permalink

1. "Black Horse"---Jeter Jones
2. "Ain't No Fun"---Dolla Bill Dodson
3. "Put It On Me"---Krishunda Echols
4. "Pokey At The Trailride"---Pokey Bear & The Deaconaires
5. "Give It All You Got"---L.J. Echols

Some of Big Daddy Nice's current faves

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:15 (two months ago) Permalink

OB Buchana's "Teach Me How to Swing" remix on Ecko is contemporary but not contrived, soulful but not too overtly retro

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 April 2018 16:22 (one month ago) Permalink

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 month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Omar Cunningham "Boots On" is an awesome jam and should crossover.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 13:20 (four weeks ago) Permalink

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 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Willie Clayton's "Sidepiece on the Side" is about his uh "sidepiece" leaving him

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq8C9dR3H44

curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 May 2018 04:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

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 (three weeks ago) Permalink

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 (three weeks ago) Permalink

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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jun/13/soul-music-racial-tensions-leon-bridges?CMP=share_btn_fb

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 (six days ago) Permalink

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 (two days ago) Permalink


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