Wilson Meadows performs at the November 9th
2014 Carolina Beach Music Awards
If you were to say that legendary Soul music artists do not attend the annual Carolina Beach
Music Awards weekend in North Myrtle Beach, SC every year, you would be dead wrong! This year's event marked the 20th anniversary
of this very special celebration of Beach and Soul music, both new and old. Featured performances included the awesome Ms.
Jody, Hardway Connection, Eddie Floyd, the Mighty Atlanta Tams, KCO and a surprise appearance from veteran crooner
surpass them all in years of experience was Gene Pharr. Plans going forward for future weekends include the possibility of
bringing in OB Buchana, Bigg Robb, Lomax, Pat Cooley, Big G, Jaye Hammer, LGB and return appearances from Donnie Ray, Sir
Jonathan Burton, Barbara Carr, Eddie Cornelius and William Bell.
Ms. Jody w/ Soul Dog after the 2014 CBMA Awards
The musical entertainment
for the weekend was simply amazing! A strong example was Hardway Connection, what a great band!! Out of the Washington, DC
area, they gave us a wonderful Saturday night club performance and then delivered an outstanding set on the Sunday afternoon
Awards show with Party Til The Lights Go Out,
It Must Be Love and Dirty Old Man.
Ms. Jody, always a crowd favorite, came on fast and furious on the Sunday show
with Still Strokin' and The Rock. The last minute arrival from Wilson Meadows allowed him to
perform his big hit It Is What It Is from
a few years back. Eddie Floyd is a great performer but an even better storyteller about the old days in Soul music! I also have to talk about my good friend Ken Knox, who was a main player in the Chairmen of the Board for
so many years. He is keeping the music alive with his Ken Knox & Company Band (KCO),
giving us an outstanding show Saturday night at Pirate's Cove. I also have to mention the promoters/record execs in attendance,
Larry Chambers from Ecko Records and Lee Parker from Brimstone Entertainment, Inc. These guys are as important as anyone in
the business in keeping things moving forward.
Music: Even though he has not yet achieved widespread acclaim, I believe Donnell Sullivan is one of the finest
young artists in the business. The Louisiana native was influenced growing up by such stars as Tyrone Davis, Marvin Sease
and his own bandleader father. Donnell recently released Sugar Daddy, a five track EP that includes
the title cut that was a hit earlier this year. Other strong tunes on the release are Whistle and
Leaving. Not on the album is an additional single, the recently dropped Swing Out,
that features Donnell and sometime rapper RJ .........It has been quite a while since we have heard from veteran Soul crooner
Willie Hill. He has a new single just released entitled I Gotta Get
My Groove On. It is on Theodis Ealey's IFGAM Records label..............Got a single in my email from Jay Boogie
that is really good, the new artist's name is Alex and the tune is called Loveline.........
Stephanie McDee continues her strong comeback that began two years ago after almost a decade
of hiatus. A funky new advance single, Annie Mae's Cafe Swing Out Song, is a solid groove from her
forthcoming Taking Care Of Business album .........Rue Davis has been a Southern Soul mainstay since
his You Are My Honey Poo album broke on the scene back in 1993. In addition to his 2014 Shake
It Loose album (which was on the same Kon-Kord label as his first release twenty-one years ago), he has just
dropped the single I'm Looking For A Good Thang in October, which will be debuting on our Smokin'
Top 45 this month.........
Southern Soul recording focus did somewhat turn to holiday music of late - Perhaps the most
active artist/producer in the business right now, Sir Jonathan Burton released Southern Soul Christmas on CDS Records in October, a solid collection of nine
pretty much traditional upbeat tracks devoted to the special time of year............ How about this one? Yes! That Is What I Call Southern Soul Xmas, just released by Music
Access, is a various artists thirteen track compilation that includes songs by J
Wonn, Pokey, Stephanie McDee, Big Cynthia, Patrick Henry, Tyree Neal, LJ Echols, Tucka, Wendell B and TK Soul............Mr.
X has a nice new yuletide ballad on Soundmindz Records entitled You're The Greatest Christmas Gift.........More new holiday music from comes from Willie Clayton, with a stellar
performance on an original All I Need For Christmas........Many
thanks to Jay Boogie, who sent the DJs a nice file of holiday tunes originating from Coday Records, some old some new, by
Karen Wolfe (Mr. Claus Is Cheating,
one of my definite all time faves), the late Bill Coday, James Smith, Lomax and Andre' Lee..............
It has been well over three years since Ms. Sheba Potts-Wright has released a full album,
her last effort being the very successful Let
Your Mind Go Back in mid-2011. She has been recording for Ecko Records since 2001 with many previous hits including: You
Were Wrong (probably my favorite of all her tunes, I pushed it hard on the Beach music scene at the time of release),
Slow Roll It, Lipstick On His Pants, Love Fest,
I Need A Cowboy To Ride My Pony, I Can Hear Your Macaroni, Lover, Big Hand Man and I'm A Bluesman's Daughter (which she is, being the daughter of Blues
shouter Dr. Feelgood Potts). Sheba's resonating voice almost has a pleading pitch
to it as she weaves the lyrics of a song.
Sheba's latest CD, released on November 18th
on Ecko, is entitled I Came To Get Down.
Jumping off immediately is the lead track,
I Didn't Come To Sit Down (great play on words with the CD title!), a raucous party groove! More celebratory music
is readily available with Happy Tears, Where
The Party's At, A Weak Man Can Make A Woman Strong and I Want Yo' Man. I'm liking the mid-tempo shuffles of both I've Done All I Can Do (Remix) and Old School Lovin'. Stay With Your Wife was previously featured on the Blues Mix 13: Grown Folks Soul compilation. Eleven cuts in all with solid understandable
lyrics and strong rhythm tracks, this is another fine release from this well established Southern Soul artist who deserves
more recognition in the genre.
It was truly an honor to meet outstanding Soul music veteran Wilson Meadows at this month's
Carolina Beach Music Awards. He seemed to be duly impressed at my knowledge of his music and career, of which I have followed
for many years. The Chattanooga, TN native, a member of the Doo Wop group the Zircons back in the '60's, later changed over to performing with his siblings as the Meadows Brothers. Wilson's Southern Soul career
took off with his album release of Memories
in 1997 (what a great song, Memories
Keep Hangin' On!). Eight albums over the next sixteen years yielded such favorite Meadows classics as: Explain It, Go Get That Love, Still My Love, Go On And Cry, Finders Keepers,
When You're Getting My Love, I Got The Right One, Love Bomb, I Wanna Get Witcha Baby and Personal Matter. In addition
to being a captivating performer, Wilson is also an accomplished songwriter, penning much of his own recorded material.
Wilson's latest album, The Gentleman Of Soul - Tighten Up is being distributed by Music Access. Wilson is also represetned in the
business by Brimstone Entertainment. Can You
Hang was an advance release that stayed at #2 here for the first four months of 2014. I have recently warmed up to
I'm Gonna Tighten Up, which is a sure fire charter here at the Corner.
Studio remakes here of previous Meadows hits include Don't Take It Away, I Promise, Let's Do That Thang, Go On And Cry and his ongoing
smash single and signature tune, Still My Love.
The remorse of losing the one you love is the theme on She's Gone. Staying with that woman no one around you approves of is the message in Sweet It Be. Twelve tracks all told, another solid release for a consistently
strong Soul singer who unfortunately is not always recognized by the mainstream of the genre. Wilson Meadows is a craftsman
and a survivor who definitely deserves all the recognition us writers can muster for him!
This dynamic young gun in Southern Soul continues to impress fans and critics alike with his
vocal prowess. Nathaniel Kimble had an explosive hit (included here) with
his January 2014 single release on CDS Records of the Ricky White composed Bad Mama Jama. The Benoit, Mississippi native got
indoctrinated to music participating in the church choir while growing up and at the same time, developing a love for the
Blues. He began creating his own tunes at an early age, which carried over to continuing to write a good portion of his own
material today. Nathaniel first broke loose in 2001 with his Can You Bagg It Up album, the hip hop infused title track of
which quickly became a #1 hit as well as what was to become his signature song. Ecko recording artist Sheba Potts-Wright later
covered the song on her Love Fest album. The Please Don't Go release followed for Kimble in 2003 on the Suzie-Q label with
the title track getting sizable airplay. An album drop of fresh material every two years has kept Kimble in the mix of the
Southern Soul male soloists. Additional significant charting singles have included You Make Me Happy, Better Get Ready, Tell It, Dancing Shoes, Back In The Streets, Gotta
Get You Back and Full Of That Juice.
His latest album, Still Here, was recently released on Nathaniel's own Kimbarn label. It consists
of ten tracks, combining a mellow smoothness on the slow jams with raw vocal power on the tunes that jump off, Bad Mama Jama included. I am having to make a hard choice between three solid groove tracks for this month's
chart - U Got Me Walking, Rock It Slowly and Move Baby Move. All have hit potential. Slow downs and low downs for easy listening include Can't Let You Go, Let's Get
Serious, 1 More Chance, Man To Treat U Right and Stay Wit Me 2. An outstanding
mix here, we may have still only scratched the surface of the talent this exciting young artist!
There is no doubt in my mind that Willie Clayton is a Soul/Blues icon. After all, he has been
recording and performing for over 50 years, starting when he left his native Mississippi home as a teenager for the music
scene in Chicago. Quickly catching on there with the local radio jocks, Willie shortly thereafter was recording on the fabled
Memphis based Hi Records label in the '70's as well as on it's Pawn subsidiary with the likes of Willie Mitchell, Al Green,
Otis Clay and Ann Peebles. He followed up in the '80's with a few regional hits that were distributed by Polygram, then recorded
multiple notable albums on the Atlanta based Ichiban Records as well as on Johnny
Vincent's Ace label. Willie later had several releases on Malaco as well as his own Claytown and Endzone Entertainment labels.
He currently carries on the legacy left behind by the Soul greats like Tyrone Davis, Johnnie Taylor, Marvin Sease and J. Blackfoot.
One of my absolute favorite songs of all time is Clayton's Dancing With My Baby from his 1994 Simply Beautiful album.
Willie had some very pointed comments recently in David Whiteis' book entitled Southern Soul Blues regarding his dislike for being characterized as a 'Southern Soul' artist. He prefers to be
known as an old school Soul stylist, further supported by the fact that there is no Grammy Awards category for music known
as Southern Soul. As one of the most visible Soul singers that are from the old days, he is often in an almost untenable position.
What I believe Willie has tried to accomplish in recent years is to bridge the music of days gone by with today's more modern
If I am correct in my assumptions, his strategy
is evident in his latest release, Untamable,
on the Endzone label. It is fifteen mostly slow to mid-tempo tunes in which you can almost hear Willie tying together
all of the Soul music styles that have transcended the last fifty years. Tunes on the release such as All My Love, Missing You and Easy To Love are vocal interpretations that sound somewhat similiar to an early
'90's Kenny "Babyface'' Edmonds production. Not a bad thing at all, Willie has the chops to carry styles such as new jack
swing and quiet storm. Girl I Love You
and Let Me Be With You are examples
on the album of a little more upbeat straight ahead soulful jams that seem to tie the past with the present. I can honestly say this is not one of my favorite Clayton albums; but, I understand and absolutely respect
his position as one of the few remaining Soul superstars from back in the day that has to make sure both the old and the new
are well heard! Thank you Willie Clayton for all that you have given us over the years!
Soul Dog’s Smokin' Top 45 Southern Soul Hits
Soul Dog’s Smokin' Top 45 Southern Soul Hits
@ - new entry
1. Lost My Baby On Facebook - Jesse James
2. South Side - Grady Champion
3. She Was Twerkin' - Lil' Jimmie
4. Dancin' With My Baby - Miss Rebekah
Juke Joint Shack - Jaye Hammer
6. Jus Fell
In Love - Ms. Charli'
7. We Do We - Ves featuring Kenne' Wayne
9. Cold Feet - Nellie 'Tiger' Travis
10. I.m Gonna Tighten Up - Wilson Meadows
11. Blues Is Alright - Klass Band Brotherhood
12. Love On Me - Nelson Curry
13. I'm Looking For The Real Thang - Rue Davis
14. In This Club Tonight - Adrena @
15. You're Welcome To The Party - OB Buchana
16. U Got Me Walking - Nathaniel Kimble
17. Annie Mae's Cafe Swing Out Song - Stephanie McDee @
18. True To Me - Vick Allen
19. I Didn't Come To Sit Down - Sheba Potts-Wright @
20. Born To Sing Southern Soul Blues - Sir Jonathan Burton
21. Ms. Jody's Boogie Slide - Ms. Jody
22. You Make Me Happy - Uvee Hayes
23. Swing Out - Donnell & RJ
24. Come Get It - Rita Monroe aka Lady E
25. You're Right For Me - Willie White
26. If You
Got A Good Woman - Roy C
27. Sugah Sugah - Leon McMullen
No Telling - Vel Omarr
29. Next Time -
30. How Come
The Dog Ain't Barking - Simeo
31. Ladies Gotta Get That Money - Gwen White
32. Lone Ranger - Willie P
33. Old School Girl – Blind Ricky McCants
Lover - J-Wonn
Party - LGB
36. I Need
Your Sugar - Larome Powers @
37. Rock Me - Miss
Is Here To Stay - Willie Clayton/Bobby Warren @
39. Gotta Get My Groove
On - Willie Hill
40. The Other Shoe – Lola
41. Keep Knockin' - Anita Love
She's After Your Man - Candi Staton
The Watusi - Mr. X @
Telling Me - Big G
45. Don't Know Where You At – Lacee