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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That Barbara Carr best-of is probably one of the few Ecko releases I can listen to front to back. It's right up there with Dr. Feelgood Potts.

I love double-entendre chitlin-circuit soul-blues, but Ecko Records always seems to put out the worst records in the genre. (And they should invest in a real photographer - those blurred Kodak photos on their covers ain't gonna get it!) So when an artist as good Carr or Potts comes along on the Ecko imprint, that's a thing to come by! Not that they're doing anything drastically different from the rest of the stable, they just go one step further and do it better?? Can't pinpoint it - just better material, I reckon.

Rev. Hoodoo (Rev. Hoodoo), Sunday, 7 January 2007 15:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Big March 17th show at Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave, Upper Marlboro. Artists scheduled to appear include Bobby Blue Bland, Marvin Sease, Mel Waiters, Roy C, Theodis Ealey, Latimore, Shirley Brown, and Clarence Carter. Doors open at 6 pm

curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 February 2007 18:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Upper Marlboro is in Maryland, near D.C. The show is part of a 26 city US Tour. According to Chitlin Circuit Magazine "10,000 blues music lovers filled the Houston Reliant Arena February 3, 2007 for a date on the tour. "The first [show] of the 26 city blues tour started in Biloxi, Mississippi.... The Saturday Houston show started off with Mr.Bobby Rush and his famous dancers. Then Latimore, Sir Charles Jones, Shirley Brown, Theodis Ealey, Bobby Bland, Mel Waiters, and Marvin Sease closed the show in a style all of his own. Chitlin Circuit Magazine

curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 February 2007 19:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"famous dancers"

Hah. I remember seeing Bobby Rush and said dancers at an outdoor multi-act blues concert at Wolf Trap Farm Park, outside of DC and I think its run by the National Park Service. Well, lots of picnicers were suprised by the bottom-shaking, hip twisting dancers. Rush and the dancers were great, as was watching the dropped jaws of some of the folks in attendance.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 25 February 2007 14:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Bobby Bland's snorting that he does when he's reaching for high notes can be kind of disconcerting.

curmudgeon, Monday, 26 February 2007 01:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
I was not that wowed by Jim Bennett & Lady Mary when I saw them at Lamonts a year or 2 back, but their new single "Sometimes" (JaBen label) that has been receiving lots of Saturday afternoon WPFW airplay is a great laidback soul duet. It just debuted at 25 on the Southern Soul radio chart

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 March 2007 04:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

the bluescritic list is, it's, locked in. anyone on this thread actually heard the willie clayton CD on malaco mentioned in that list's "best albums '06"? if I am not mistaken, willie does george soulé's "trust" on it. but shit, that is some real greasiness there. "chitlin circuit magazine"? holy cow. shirley brown.
listening right now to the nifty new reissue of carla thomas' '69 "queen alone." pretty cool. and i guess johnnie taylor's stax mostly-reissue, "live at summit club," belongs on this thread--my-t greazy too.

whisperineddhurt, Tuesday, 20 March 2007 21:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I have not heard the Clayton cd, unless I heard songs from it on DC station WPFW that plays lots of Southern soul artists on Saturday mornings and afternoons but does not always say the names. The charts are a bit confusing. Some artists stay locked in there for months. My fave, Mel Waiters-Throwback Days, for example. A few things come and go.

Southern soul radio chart for one week in March

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 March 2007 22:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

So few reviews online of that 26 city US tour with Bland, Sease, Latimore etc. Too bad it's not getting more mainstream or hipster blog attention.

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 March 2007 14:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Just posted this on country thread:

Also listening tonight to 2004 chitlin-circuit cdbaby soul (as in: everything from blues to disco to absolutely unabasedly schmoove-jazzed schmaltz) by Bobby Wayne; "This House is Haunted" sounds the best so far, but "Homestead Greys" (despite sounding curiously singer-songwriterly) rules by virtue of being the most blatant Negro League tribute I've ever heard:

xhuxk, Sunday, 25 March 2007 02:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"On The Drift" is Bobby Wayne at his most country; "Time" is Bobby Wayne at his most jazz; and "Dig Yourself" (basically a check yourself before you wreck yourself with some other woman advice-type song) is as good as "This House Is Haunted."

xhuxk, Sunday, 25 March 2007 15:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
I gotta check out that "Homestead Grays" song

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 April 2007 16:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

The Gator on WPFW 89.3 and online just played "Junk in the Trunk (I Like that)" and "Slap That Booty."

curmudgeon, Saturday, 2 June 2007 18:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Have you ever heard Joe Poonanny, the Weird Al of this genre?

novamax, Sunday, 3 June 2007 01:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I had not but I see he's from Alabama and put out some cds with plenty of suggestive song titles on Waldoxy, a Malaco subsidiary.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 June 2007 04:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

So many performers to discover...but somehow must find the time. R. Kelly's beginning to sound like these guys

curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 June 2007 14:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I just finally listened to samples of the 2004 Bobby Wayne cd Chuck mentioned back in March. Some impressive moments. I love that ache in his voice feel Wayne has on "This Heart is Haunted," and the women backing vocalists provide luscious help on the chorus and some great harmonies. "Homestead Greys" is a bit forced lyrically--"They hit a ball 500 feet, past a place they couldn't eat," but I like it anyway.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 June 2007 19:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Bobby Rush appearing at the Basement in Nashv on Wednesday, I think it is.

whisperineddhurt, Monday, 4 June 2007 01:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

revisionist funk, and pretty good if inevitably mannered (frantic in spots but good horn arrangements and great guitar): the Dynamites' Kaboom!, also from Nashville and featuring Charles Walker on vocals.

whisperineddhurt, Monday, 4 June 2007 01:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink


I just missed Bobby Rush here in DC (actually out at Lamont's in Pomonkey, MD). Sadly he got no media attention as the owner doesn't push his events through the mainstream media.

curmudgeon, Monday, 4 June 2007 01:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Missed Lee Fields at Lamonts also. My blue-eyed soul badge is definately gonna be revoked. Maybe seeing DC's Skip Mahoney opening for the Chi-lites and the Spinners will be enough to save me.

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 June 2007 00:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Top 25 Southern Soul/R & B Tracks


1 2 "1 800"- Big G on Stone River
2 1 Scat Cat...Here Kitty Kitty- Barbara Carr Ecko
3 3 It's Okay Steve Perry- Bluesland
4 5 Mississippi Woman Denise LaSalle- Ecko
5 6 I Must Be Crazy Sweet Angel- Mac
6 9 My Miss America Willie Clayton -Malaco
7 8 Don't Say No Tonight Sir Charles Jones -Jumpin'
8 10 Baby Come Back Home Vick Allen- Waldoxy
9 7 Crazy Sexy Smooth Walter Waiters -WW
10 14 Moan Patrick Harris- Lyn Rome
11 4 Brand New You, Same Old Me Bigg Joe -Baby Boy
12 16 Let's Get It On Theodis Ealey- Ifgam
13 17 Oops That's My Bad Jerry L -Mi-Jay
14 15 Boom Bam (Thank You Ma'am) Michael Rainey- Rainey
15 18 Get Low Simeo- Jomar
16 11 Playez Only Love You When They're Playing William Bell -Wilbe
17 12 Knockin' My Boot Allen O -Laryan
18 13 Love Don't Live Her No More Vince Hutchinson -VH
19 20 Can We Work It Out Stan Mosley- Double Duo
20 22 Thank You Mama L.J. Echols- Baby Boy

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 05:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Pretty good EP from a lady from Tennessee, though the best part of it might be the Bohannon/DJ Hollywood style proto-raps done by some guy at the start and end of her "Southern Soul Picnic," which is my favorite of the three songs even if "bring your own BYOB" is a redundant line (sort of like "ATM machine"). "Telling It Like It Is" has a decent proto-disco groove to it under Miz B saying the other woman might get his honey but Miz B will still get his money. Actually found the warning song "Jody's 1st Cousin" somewhat disappointing, but that may just be because Jody songs get my hopes up:

Tried hard with this guy's album, too; he's sort of doing R Kelly (i.e., he does a song called "12 Steps For Cheaters" and one called "Dirty South Steppin") trying to be Gregory Abbot trying to be Al Green or something (with a "tribute to Luther" and another song that quotes "Never Too Much"), but either his voice or the production is too thin for the songs to stick to the ribs, somehow. (Actually, my wife says his singing reminds her of Boy George. Sadly, he doesn't have Boy George's personality, or hooks.) I played the album a lot, but nothing really sank in:

Also, it's about to somebody linked to this on this thread, seems to me. An r&b hit. From Lafeyette, LA:

xhuxk, Sunday, 15 July 2007 15:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yea, "Cupid Shuffle's" great. I do not think it is getting r'n'b radio play around my area (DC) unfortunately.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 15 July 2007 16:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

it's about TIME, i meant.

xhuxk, Sunday, 15 July 2007 18:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Aargh. Mel Waiters coming to Leesburg, Virginia (1 1/2 hours from me I think) and Upper Marlboro (outside of DC)next weekend and I cannot make either gig. Waiters is with a bunch of other great folks at the Upper Marlboro show: Bobby Womack, Millie Jackson, Clarence Carter and Roy C.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 29 July 2007 04:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I just now played a comp on Trikont called Motel Lovers: Southern Soul From the Chitlin' Circuit, all recent stuff, sounds GREAT on first listen; Trikont is distributed through Light in the Attic. (Chuck, if yr still in touch with Tony Green, he should know about this for sure.)

Matos W.K., Sunday, 29 July 2007 10:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I think that comp has that 2001 Sir Charles Jones song "Friday" where Charles smoothly recites, "Mel Waiters on the radio singing about the whiskey."

curmudgeon, Sunday, 29 July 2007 15:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Wow, I need to get that. (If Light in the Attic aren't upset about Michaelangelo not liking the Betty Davis reissues much, they can't be upset about me, right?)

Anyway, second to last song (and only recent song) played at Lalena's high school reunion in Houston last night (right before the closing "Rio" by Duran Duran): "Cupid Shuffle." Interesting. I had no idea that it was a line dance; shows what I know. Turns out it's the new "Electric Boogie," judging from all the people who got up there for it. Is that happening nationwide?

xhuxk, Sunday, 29 July 2007 15:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I think that comp has that 2001 Sir Charles Jones song "Friday" where Charles smoothly recites, "Mel Waiters on the radio singing about the whiskey."

It does indeed; track two.

Matos W.K., Sunday, 29 July 2007 21:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

also, where oh where is Rickey/Timi Yuro on this thread anyway? I know he digs this type of stuff.

Matos W.K., Sunday, 29 July 2007 21:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

and MAJOR thanks for the Southern Soul Radio link, Curmudgeon; the charts and CD store look like great resources.

Matos W.K., Sunday, 29 July 2007 21:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Chuck, I do not think "Cupid Shuffle" became a big line dance nationwide (probably just the South and I'll count Texas as part of the South).

Grrrrrr, have to go in and work today and miss another soul show down at Lamont's in Pomonkey, Maryland. At least I think there's one--Lamont's website hasn't worked in years (and was only briefly working at all). I heard a brief mention on the local Pacifica public radio station WPFW that there is a show there today. At the beginning of the summer I called down and Lamont answered and he mailed me (snail mail he has no e-mail) flyers for his July and August shows. But he never returned my last voicemail asking more up to date info. Is this any way to run a club?

I see on the country thread someone touting a new Bettye Lavette cd.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 September 2007 17:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I just now played a comp on Trikont called Motel Lovers: Southern Soul From the Chitlin' Circuit, all recent stuff, sounds GREAT on first listen; Trikont is distributed through Light in the Attic

This may well be my album of the year, if it counts as being an album from this year (which right now I'm leaning toward thinking it does, since it compiles relatively recent rather than really old stuff.) Anyway, Matos, thanks of the tip! It's great!

xhuxk, Saturday, 1 September 2007 19:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I guess 2001 counts as relatively recent

curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 September 2007 20:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink August 24th 2007

W Q I D SOUL 105

Hattiesburg, MS

Friday Night Fish Fry Mel Waiters

Good Loving Carl Marshall

You Dog’s About To Ms. Jody

I’m Just A Fool For Pt.2 J Blackfoot / Jones

Mississippi Woman Denise LaSalle

Never Coming Home Betty Padgett

Party Like Back In The T. K. Soul

I Like Big Girls Big Joe

My Miss America Willie Clayton

She Thought I Was Bigg Robb

Baby Come Back Home Vick Allen

curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 September 2007 22:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Willie Clayton's "Three People(sleeping in my bed)" from that comp on Trikont called "Motel Lovers: Southern Soul From the Chitlin' Circuit" first came out in 1998. Not denying this looks like a great comp, just wanted to make clear that it covers material that goes back almost 10 years. This comp also proves the point that if music is released within the past 2 decades and not promoted/marketed to alt-weekly (or major newspaper or magazine) music critics (and is not on the national top 40 charts) it can be ignored or missed for years by many (despite the internet blah blah blah)

curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 September 2007 03:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Don't disagree with you, but "within the last ten years" is "relatively recent," as reissues go. In other words, it's closer to a best-of album by a late '90s/early '00s act than an archival revival of material from decades ago. I've certainly voted for older stuff on top-ten ballots. And right, it's the sort of stuff that could fall through the cracks -- but there's tons of music out there, and a finite amount of time to keep up with it all; it's inevitable that something will fall through. (If I lived in a part of the country that where this sort of music is actually still popular -- or if I had more time to listen to explore Internet radio -- I may well have heard some of it sooner, of course.)

xhuxk, Sunday, 2 September 2007 04:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I think after Marvin Sease and ZZ Hill (who were better marketed) some people wrote off this genre, and you're right --without easier access to radio or clubs--from DC down to Florida--NY critics at least have not paid attention.

LEAD: Denise LaSalle, the veteran rhythm-and-blues singer, made her first appearance in New York in over 15 years Saturday afternoon at the Central Park Band Shell.

Have Denise and Mel Waiters and others not been playing New York?

curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 September 2007 04:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Just posted about this Florida fellow on the rolling country thread:

First song on that Bobby Bowens Southern soul album, "She Got a Lump For a Rump (Rump Shaker)," steals its horn riff from "Mr. Big Stuff" and words from "Brick House." Later on he does a rewrite of Kool and the Gang's "Get Down On It" and doesn't even bother to change that title (though I think it's not meant to be a cover, per se'), and another good one is "Your Love is a Tower of Power," though never having listened to them much I have no idea if it actually sounds like Tower of Power. And there are spoken parts on the album (by him and some lady) that make me think of Richard "Dimples" Fields and Barbara Mason, though maybe not intentionally. Some good '70s bubblegum funk too -- real fun record.

xhuxk, Sunday, 9 September 2007 14:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

from country thread:

Some more thoughts on Bobby Bowens's new album:

1. The girl-moans in "Scratch My Itch" are straight out of "I'll Take You There" by the Staple Singers, and oddly, there's also a title called "Let's Do It Again"--i.e., same title as another Staples hit.
2. "Reaching For the Top" is probably far-and-away, over the top, the most blatant old old old school style hip-hop track I've heard all year. (Eat your heart out, Cowboy Troy.) Very 1980! I love it.
3. "Let's Do It Again" is more 1990: New Jack Swing!

xhuxk, Thursday, 13 September 2007 12:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Anybody read this site?

curmudgeon, Monday, 17 September 2007 05:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I saw Chicago's Otis Clay Sunday afternoon for free headlining the Bluebird Blues Festival at Prince George's Community College in suburban Maryland (near DC). In red polyester pants and bright red boots, this now 65-year-old can still sing. Unfortunately, he only had an hour and did not pace the set well. He used the late Tyrone Davis' band, and while they can play, I do not want to hear solos extended that long. Clay also stretched out the audience participation part too long, and then jumped around from song to song, starting and stopping "Love and Happiness," "Soul Man," and others. He did "A Nickel and a Nail," a great soul shouter that I identify with OV Wright.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 13:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It always surprises me how few white folks go to the PG Community College Fest. It's a well-curated event on a college campus in the middle of the day. I guess people don't like to drive far, and it's not near a metro either. And many African-American blues and soul fans do not go to Northern Virginia club gigs that I figure they would be interested in either. Whatever.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 14:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Ha! I just heard the Dean himself, Robert Christgau, endorsing the Motel Lovers comp on NPR's All Things Considered. He praised Barbara Carr, and played a portion of her song, highlighted a 2003 Mel Waiters contribution, and others, gave a mild dis to Mavis Staples and some other comeback artists, and not sure about the exact quote--said something about how it took a German reissue label to highlight this stuff and overcome the myopia of the American music business.

Chuck, you gotta get him to read this thread!

You can hear him here:

September 18, 2007 · The CD Motel Lovers is a collection of Southern soul music from the Chitlin' circuit. It's a compilation of American music put together by a German record company. The music is honest ... and full of sex

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 23:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

been listening to Roman Carter's forthcoming Never Slow Down on the Bong Load label. He was one-third of the Carter Bros., south Alabama guys who moved to Southern Cal in the late '40s, and they recorded for Jewel out of Shreveport in the '60s. Back then they praised roast possum and bemoaned women who talk in their sleep--not during sex, apparently--and called them the wrong names. Good stuff, sort of a cross between Freddie King and Stax. Had a couplea hits, too, on Jewel around '65, biggest one I can find being a good one called "Little Country Woman." New one's more like the beat-driven Hill Country blues of Burnside. Pretty darned good,dobro, slide, synth, and Roman's virile vocals, and another producer's record--in this case, the excellent Tom Rothrock (who scored one of my fave recent guy's-guy's movies, Michael Mann's L.A.-dystopia morality tale Collateral, featuring blind blues singer Jamie Foxx squaring off with plantation owner Tom Cruise).

whisperineddhurt, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 23:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Sounds good. I know Rothrock as the guy who did the RL Burnside remixes.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 02:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

well, here's something on Bettye LaVette's new one:

whisperineddhurt, Saturday, 22 September 2007 02:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I just now played a comp on Trikont called Motel Lovers: Southern Soul From the Chitlin' Circuit, all recent stuff, sounds GREAT on first listen; Trikont is distributed through Light in the Attic

This may well be my album of the year, if it counts as being an album from this year (which right now I'm leaning toward thinking it does, since it compiles relatively recent rather than really old stuff.) Anyway, Matos, thanks of the tip! It's great!

Fuck yeah! This shit is great! More releases like this please!

JN$OT, Saturday, 29 September 2007 08:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Thank you Germans for taking songs from various small label, sometimes hard to find American records and putting them together on one record and marketing them to us internet folks...

Cds by the individual artists on that comp are worth picking up--Sease, Mel Waiters, Barbara Carr...As discussed upthread

more goodies here at

curmudgeon, Saturday, 29 September 2007 15:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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