Saturday, April 20, 2019

Top 10 Southern Soul Countdown on WDLT

It's time for the new Southern Soul Countdown which is Beverly McDowell's top 10 favorite songs of the week. You can catch this countdown on WDLT 104.1 FM, the greatest station in the Mobile, Alabama, area. WDLT has an awesome "All Blues Saturday" show and the on-air personalities - Nikki deMarks, Stormy, and now Beverly McDowell - are amazing! The new and revised Countdown, which is now done by Beverly McDowell, comes on at 7:00 p.m. CST (8:00 EST) each Saturday night.

To listen to the station if you're in the Mobile area, turn your radio to 104.1 FM and if you're online, go to www.1041wdlt.com. You can also listen via iHeart Radio on your phone/tablet and, if you have an Echo, do like I do and simply tell Alexa to play 104.1 WDLT!

This week's top 10: 
  1.  Make Me Wanna Do Wrong - Tucka
  2.  You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man - Karen Wolfe
  3.  Boots On Song - Big Yayo featuring Omar Cunningham
  4.  Sunshine - Solomon Thompson & David J
  5.  Take Me Back - Fat Daddy
  6.  Dance - Lebrado
  7.  She Got The Juice - Geno
  8.  Mississippi Lit - Chris Ivy
  9.  Grown Folks Spot - Donny Ray
10.  You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man - Karen Wolfe
Yes, "You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man" was #2 and #10.

Beverly's Classic Pick of the Week was "Doggin' Me Around" by one of my favorite artists, the legendary Johnnie Taylor!!! 
Beverly's number 1 song again this week is "Make Me Wanna Do Wrong" by Tucka.
Thank you Beverly for your countdown and WDLT for a great All Blues Saturday!! I love southern soul music!!
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Blues Critic Radio Southern Soul Top 25

Here's a list of Blues Critic's top 25 southern soul songs as of April 15!  πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎ

Congratulations to Ricky White with "Let Me!"

Go to the Blues Critic website: http://www.soulbluesmusic.com/index.htm for more great stuff!
BLUES CRITIC RADIO SOUTHERN SOUL TOP 25
April 15
#Song TitleArtistLabel
1Let MeRicky WhiteRW
2Backup Plan ManWalt Luvself
3BeautifulWendell B.Smoothway Ent
4Snappin' TurtleTheodis EaleyIFGAM
5My Woman Is A CougarMr. Cadillac Manself
6HeavenBig MelBig Mel Ent
7Blind Crippled & CrazyLJ EcholsNeckbone
8Put In Your LifeConnie Gself
9Southern LoveMarcell CassanovaFeel Good Music Group
10Still A PartyNarvell EcholsDirty Delta Ent.
11Walk That WalkWilliam CalhounCDS
12On That Gin & JuiceDonnie RayCDS
13SunshineSolomon Thompson & David JGolden Choice
14Shake Them Haters OffTyree Neal & Boosie Baddassself
15Dancings In The Streets (BDay)Lady Q & Jeter JonesJones Boyz
16Love GamesWillie ClaytonEndZone
17Whisky Drinking WomanMose Stovallself
18I Need A DrinkOB BuchanaEcko
19Southern Soul MusicCorey Rudolphself
20OperatorC-Wright & TuckaTotal Impaq
21Puff Puff No PassTK SoulSoulful
22I'm Your ManBig Yayoself
23Looks Like It's OverKing Fredself
24Let Me Hammerize YouJaye HammerEcko
25Next FridaySir Charles Jones & LaMorris WilliamsSouthern King

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Pokey Bear - "Got A Root Coming On"

I got a root coming on.  Now, that sounds like something my grandma from Alabama might have said.  Or some of the women over in Louisiana.  Well Mr. It Ain't Fair, this is in heavy rotation down south and it's a great dance song!

And listen to the music behind the tracks - it's pretty good!

Enjoy!
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Blues Critic Radio Top 30 Albums

I love the Blues Critic/Soul Blues Music website because of all the great information that's there.  As published on their site, here are the Top 30 Southern Soul, Rhythm & Blues Albums as of 
April 1, 2019!

Congratulations to Willie Clayton's album, Excellence!!!
  
Go to the Blues Critic website for more great info:
 http://www.soulbluesmusic.com/index.htm!!

Top 30 Southern Soul, Rhythm & Blues Albums

TM
LM
Album
Artist
Label
1
2
Excellence ^
Willie Clayton
EndZone
2
3
Untouchable <>
TK Soul
Soulful
3
1
Still King
Avail Holly-
wood
Nlighnin
4
4
Working With A Feeling
Tucka
Hit Nation
5
5
Double Trouble
Jaye Hammer
Ecko
6
6
Let's Party
Lebrado
Make Cents
7
NEW
Tha Don Voyage
Tha Don
3 D
8
7
Nasty N' Dirty Southern Soul Blues, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Aviara Music
9
20
Got Soul! New Soul Power Vol. 4
Various Artists
Activate
10
8
My Southern Soul
Donnie Ray
CDS
11
NEW
Southern Soul Music
Various Artists
 Aviara Music
12
12
The Masterpiece
Sir Charles Jones
Southern King Ent.
13
11
Blues Mix 27: Ultimate Soul Blues
Various Artists
Ecko
14
9
Southern Soul Party Time Mix, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Aviara Music
15
10
"My Sidepiece Hit The Lotto" CD/DVD
Various Artists
RMG
16
14
A New Heart
C-Wright
Total Impaq
17
13
Stroke That Cat
Val McKnight
Ecko
18
15
Welcome To Da Boom Boom Room
P2K Dadiddy
SMG
19
16
Dhis Him
Jeter Jones
RMG
20
17
Southern Soul Music
Corey Rudolph
CDS
21
18
I'm Doin' My Thang
Ms. Jody
Ecko
22
19
The Magic Show
Magic One
Magic One
23
22
Born 2 Do This
Bigg Robb
Over 25
24
23
Drank Of My Love
Crystal Thomas
Gooba Sac Music
25
24
Nasty N' Dirty Southern Soul Blues, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Aviara Music
26
25
Mr. Sexy Man: The Album
Nellie Tiger Travis
Wegonsee
27
27
Bear Season
Pokey Bear
RMG
28
28
Long Live The King^
Tucka
Groove City
29
29
Nasty N' Dirty Southern Soul Blues
Various Artists
Aviara Music
30
RE
The Hits Reloaded
TK Soul
Soulful
This chart is based on a combination of ACTUAL SALES and estimated radio & club airplay from the Southern Soul Blues community worldwide though primarily in the Southern United States.
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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Southern Soul Countdown on WDLT

It's time for the new Southern Soul Countdown which is Beverly McDowell's top 10 favorite songs of the week. You can catch this countdown on WDLT 104.1 FM, the greatest station in the Mobile, Alabama, area. WDLT has an awesome "All Blues Saturday" show and the on-air personalities - Nikki deMarks, Stormy, and now Beverly McDowell - are amazing! The new and revised Countdown, which is now done by Beverly McDowell, comes on at 7:00 p.m. CST (8:00 EST) each Saturday night.

To listen to the station if you're in the Mobile area, turn your radio to 104.1 FM and if you're online, go to www.1041wdlt.com. You can also listen via iHeart Radio on your phone/tablet and, if you have an Echo, do like I do and simply tell Alexa to play 104.1 WDLT!

This week's top 10: 
  1.  Make Me Wanna Do Wrong - Tucka
  2.  You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man - Karen Wolfe
  3.  My Cake - Mr. Campbell
  4.  Boots On Song - Big Yayo featuring Omar Cunningham
  5.  Take Me Back - Fat Daddy
  6.  Can't Nobody - Audi-Yo featuring Tucka
  7.  Sunshine - Solomon Thompson & David J
  8.  Something To Talk About - Simone De
  9.  Dance - Lebrado
10.  Can You Hang - Wilson Meadows
Beverly's Classic Pick of the Week was "Happy Time" by Willie Clayton!!
Beverly's number 1 song again this week is "Make Me Wanna Do Wrong" by Tucka.
Thank you Beverly for your countdown and WDLT for a great All Blues Saturday!! I love southern soul music!!
XXOOXX
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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Joe Simon - "Trouble In My Home"

Throwback Joe Simon.  It is so sad but I love this song.  Oh, the memories!!

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Southern Soul Countdown on WDLT

It's time for the new Southern Soul Countdown which is Beverly McDowell's top 10 favorite songs of the week. You can catch this countdown on WDLT 104.1 FM, the greatest station in the Mobile, Alabama, area. WDLT has an awesome "All Blues Saturday" show and the on-air personalities - Nikki deMarks, Stormy, and now Beverly McDowell - are amazing! The new and revised Countdown, which is now done by Beverly McDowell, comes on at 7:00 p.m. CST (8:00 EST) each Saturday night.

To listen to the station if you're in the Mobile area, turn your radio to 104.1 FM and if you're online, go to www.1041wdlt.com. You can also listen via iHeart Radio on your phone/tablet and, if you have an Echo, do like I do and simply tell Alexa to play 104.1 WDLT!

Disclaimer: For the new countdown, the announcer usually starts with the #7 or #8 pick (instead of #10) but I usually start writing down the songs at the top of the hour and "assume" the songs played before #7 or #8 are part of the top 10.  So, I say that to say for tonight, "Can You Hang" and "Boom Shaka Laka" were played right before #8 was announced.

This week's top 10: 
  1.  Make Me Wanna Do Wrong - Tucka
  2.  My Cake - Mr. Campbell
  3.  Fine - Lenny Williams
  4.  She Got The Juice - Geno
  5.  You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man - Karen Wolfe
  6.  Sunshine - Solomon Thompson & David J
  7.  Boots On Song - Big Yayo featuring Omar Cunningham
  8.  Something To Talk About - Simone De
  9.  Can You Hang - Wilson Meadows
10.  Boom Shaka Laka - Rosalyn Candy featuring Tucka
Beverly's Classic Pick of the Week was "Three People" by Willie Clayton!!
Beverly's number 1 song again this week is "Make Me Wanna Do Wrong" by Tucka.
Thank you Beverly for your countdown and WDLT for a great All Blues Saturday!! I love southern soul music!!
XXOOXX
Southern Soul Paradise
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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Shirleta Settles - Westminster Church, Washington, D.C.

Shirleta Settles is Shirletamazing!!  That’s my new word!  When was the last time you went to an old school, nightclub show??  I went to see Shirleta Settles at Blue Monday Blues night at Westminster Church in SW Washington, D.C., and she was amazing, Shirletamazing!

I know blog posts are supposed to be brief but this one is going to be an exception to the rule.

The night started when Shirleta’s band warmed us up with an opening set and then segued into “Who’s That Lady?” by the Isley Brothers. As they played, Shirleta appeared at the back of the venue and strolled down the aisle to the stage.  It was a pretty cool move.  And that was just the beginning!

The place was packed and you could tell that she has a really strong following. People didn’t just happen to be there for the blues - oh no, they were there to see Shirleta!  Not only does she have an amazing voice, she also has a powerful stage presence.  She has a beautiful smile but don’t let her beauty and petiteness fool you!  Mighty things often come in small packages.  She sings like a songbird and her voice is crystal clear, smooth, and silky. To me, she is the epitome of a sultry and glamorous singer who knows her audience and captures their attention.  
Shirleta has a wonderful sense of humor and, believe it or not, tells funny jokes.  She talks in between sets and made us both laugh and cry throughout the night.  Part of the magic with her shows is that she uses audience participation which just makes us love her even more.  For example, when she sang Archie Bells & The Drells’ “Tighten Up,” she invited people up on the stage to do the dance.  That was a sight!  During James Brown’s “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag,” Shirleta had a guy named Jeremiah come up and show us his James Brown moves! And when she ended the show with Jr. Walker’s “Shotgun,” she led a mass soul train line of audience members around the perimeter of the hall.
Shirleta kept us on her toes by changing outfits a few times.  After one intermission, she strolled from the back and down the aisle to “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O).”  Of course, we all sang along.  She was clothed in island garb with a basket of fruit on her head, some people from the audience had shakers, and a couple of guys dressed up as bananas. Corny, maybe, but it was so much fun watching everyone.  We all got caught up.

There was a sad moment when she did a prayer in song for her drummer who is seriously sick.  Shirleta sang that song from her heart and it touched all of us.  Another one of her songs was a tribute to a lady in the audience who always brought her sister to see Shirleta perform.  The sister is pretty ill right now and Shirleta took the time to sing “Trust In Me,” a song that her sister loves.  It was a beautiful ballad and you know it brought a sense of comfort to her and a tear to our eyes.

When she performed Smokey Robinson’s “Here We Go Again,” it ended up being a duet with Ben who was sitting in the audience.  OMG!!!!  Shirleta’s band was awesome, too. 

Here is a list of some of the songs Shirleta performed:
Nancy Wilson - “Save Love For Me”
Etta James – “Trust In Me”
Janis Joplin - “Take A Little Piece of My Heart”
Taj Mahal – “Strut”
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – “Here We Go Again”
Frankie Beverly – “Before I Let Go”
Percy Sledge – “When A Man Loves A Woman”
King Floyd – “Groove Me”
Archie Bell & The Drells – “Tighten Up”
Angel of Mine
James Brown – “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag”
Marvin Gaye – “What’s Going On”

This was one of the best shows I’ve been to in a long time.  No, it wasn’t southern soul but it was wonderful soul music. Shirletamazing Settles!!!   

Westminster Church has the best performances for the money anywhere in the DC area.  There are “Blue Monday Blues” shows every Monday and jazz shows every Friday and, check this out, the cost is only $5.  That’s practically free.  They’re located at 400 I Street SW, Washington, D.C. Click on the jazz/blues link at https://www.westminsterdc.org/jazz---blues.html.