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 Good
― 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
Washington Post (with encouragement from me) did a Lasalle obit too
― curmudgeon, Friday, 19 January 2018 14:39 (one year 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 (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 SeasonO.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 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 (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
Vickie Baker “Honey Hole” is soulful & catchy with kinda obvious lyrics rhyming with fishing pole
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 3 March 2018 20:55 (one year ago) Permalink
Karen Wolfe ain’t bad either
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 3 March 2018 21:00 (one year ago) Permalink
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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (eleven 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 (eleven months ago) Permalink
Omar Cunningham "Boots On" is an awesome jam and should crossover.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 13:20 (eleven 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 (eleven months ago) Permalink
Willie Clayton's "Sidepiece on the Side" is about his uh "sidepiece" leaving him
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 May 2018 04:21 (eleven 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten months ago) Permalink
But I liked most of Echols set
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 14:31 (ten months ago) Permalink
Some southern soul songs I like:
Wendell Brown, Vick Allen, LJ Echols-"High heels & Jeans (remix)
(the late) Mel Waiters-"Let's Dance"
Vickie Baker -"Honey Hole"
― curmudgeon, Monday, 16 July 2018 03:40 (nine months ago) Permalink
The new Hardway Connection album is out. Just on cd at this point. No digital.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 August 2018 19:50 (eight months ago) Permalink
Jeff Floyd ‘s 2001 “I found love on a lonely highway “ is a classic. If a Daptone label act covered it, NPR would be all over it.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:38 (eight months ago) Permalink
Big G from Richmond, VA has such a great smooth voice
― curmudgeon, Monday, 27 August 2018 14:36 (seven months ago) Permalink
When I was in Houston a little while back, I ran into writer Joe Nick Patoski at a zydeco and Cajun show at a park. He told me he was going to southern soul bar the Silver Slipper. He didn't mention they had live music, just the jukebox. I didn't go. I should have.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 23 September 2018 20:10 (seven months ago) Permalink
That "Honey Hole" song (mentioned above) is so nicely delivered. More songs I like -- J Red's (If your man won't love you) I will",
I forget who sings the following great ones--- "Draggin that Wagon," "Your Man is Cheatin' on Us," and "Roll it , Roll it"
― curmudgeon, Monday, 24 September 2018 04:00 (seven months ago) Permalink
The lyrical themes may be formulaic but there's some great tunes still being created in this genre.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 03:48 (six months ago) Permalink
I missed the Lamont's club anniversary event that included Big G from Richmond, VA. He's a skilled instrumentalist and singer with southern and old-school style r'n'b songs
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 4 October 2018 15:15 (six months ago) Permalink
does anyone know the story of these 'Jody' songs Johnny Taylor and Bobbie Newsome did on Stax and assorted in the early 70s?
― campreverb, Friday, 5 October 2018 23:18 (six months ago) Permalink
Some Jody talk over here: Johnnie Taylor
― Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 5 October 2018 23:48 (six months ago) Permalink
hey thanks for that!
― campreverb, Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:58 (six months ago) Permalink