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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southern soul and blues concert calendars

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 05:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Countess Williams song "Kitty Purr" is impressive

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 September 2017 14:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Mississippi, Memphis area and more concert calendar

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 September 2017 15:08 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Latest Ms. Jody album has its moments

curmudgeon, Monday, 4 December 2017 16:26 (one year ago) Permalink

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

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 December 2017 16:51 (one year ago) Permalink 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 (one year ago) Permalink

Ms. Jody of course not Miss

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 December 2017 14:17 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 03:03 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

Pamela Boone from Alabama has a southern soul blog

curmudgeon, Saturday, 30 December 2017 19:39 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

RIP Denise LaSalle, per Boogie Reports newsletter

She was a great singer

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:20 (one year ago) Permalink

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

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

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

curmudgeon, Friday, 12 January 2018 15:34 (one year ago) Permalink

I mentioned Ms. Jody in the Village Voice Oazz & Jop comments. poll is ending today I think

curmudgeon, Friday, 26 January 2018 21:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Pazz & Jop

curmudgeon, Friday, 26 January 2018 21:14 (one year ago) Permalink

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

curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 January 2018 16:02 (one year ago) Permalink

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

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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

Nellie Tiger Travis won the "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 (one year ago) Permalink

Willie Clayton album is nice

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 05:45 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

curmudgeon, Friday, 16 February 2018 18:56 (one year 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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Karen Wolfe ain’t bad either

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

three weeks pass...

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

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 13:20 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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

curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 May 2018 04:21 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months 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 (seven months ago) Permalink

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 (seven months ago) Permalink

But I liked most of Echols set

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 14:31 (seven months ago) Permalink

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