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08/1/18

August 2018 Southern Soul, R&B Albums Chart HERE


07/21/18

New Book Review "Southern Soul-Blues" HERE


07/18/18

Blues Critic Radio Southern Soul TOP 25 HERE


07/15/18

New Album Review On Ms. Jody HERE


07/8/18

Added artist pages on James Peterson, Lucky Peterson, Bobby Patterson, Jay Owens and Little Buster


07/6/18

Added artist pages on Cupid, Keisa Brown, Tina Diamond, X-Man Parker & Sorrento Ussery


07/5/18

Added artist pages on Shemekia Copeland, Gerome Durham, Andrew 'Jr Boy' Jones, R.L. Griffin, J.T. Watkins & Sunny Ridell


07/1/18

July 2018 Southern Soul, R&B Albums Chart HERE


06/30/18

Added artist pages on Rufus Thomas, Calvin Richardson & Jimmy McCracklin


06/27/18

New Album Review On Billy Price HERE


06/24/18

Added artist pages on Eddie Floyd, Guitar Shorty


06/21/18

Site Update

We have a new page under construction "Southern Soul Videos"

If you are an artist or record label and have a music video to be considered for this page contact us at bluescritic@yahoo.com. No lyric videos only live action videos.


06/20/18

New Album Reviews On O.B. Buchana & Ellis Blake HERE


06/18/18

New Album Review On Sir Charles Jones HERE


06/16/18

New Album Review On Bettye LaVette HERE


06/15/18

Blues Critic Radio Southern Soul TOP 25 HERE


06/13/18

Blues Critic Radio Southern Soul Has Been Added With New Music HERE


06/8/18

June 2018 Southern Soul, R&B Albums Chart HERE


05/25/18

New Album Reviews on Peggy Scott-Adams, Big Woo & Da' Twinky Man HERE

Also we changed our stance on writing negative reviews. We may write one (*) star reviews from time to time. Might as well go all in if we're going to review albums.

In regards to reviews, we will use this grading system:

***** = Excellent. Best Of The Genre
**** = Very Good. Just Shy Of Great
*** = Good. A Solid Effort Though Not Extraordinary
** = Has It's Moments. Mediocre Over All
* = Poor. Not Recommended.


05/22/18

Commentary

Billy "Soul" Bonds is the latest Southern Soul artist to have his/her music make an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon". Many will remember Nellie "Tiger" Travis' appearance on the show where she performed "Slap Yo' Weave Off". That song was first featured on the show's ongoing comedy segment "Do Not Play" (as in do not play these songs because they're so awful or too outlandish), which lead to Nellie actually appearing on the show to perform.

On the shows' latest installment of "Do Not Play" Fallon played a snippet of Bonds' "Scat Cat, Here Kitty Kitty". As most of you know the song was a seismic hit in Southern Soul in 2006. A much beloved song that is still going strong today...in Southern Soul. Not mainstream. Keep that in mind. This is considered "Blues" music even though it doesn't feature a traditional 12-bar arrangement.

Anyway, Fallon playfully mocked the song, particularly the lyric "When was the last time I had a good rubbin'". Get it? The cat hasn't had a good "rubbin'" in a while. People, please pet your cats.

Many jumped to defense of the song but, I mean, really, it's a silly tongue-in-cheek lyric that is meant to be kinda absurd. Now I'm no fan of Fallon. His impersonations of famous singers are cute but his brand of humor is too middle of the road and banal for me. I mean, if only he was as funny as he thinks he is! I wasn't offended by his inclusion of this chestnut. Blues songs have a long tradition of double entendre with no serious concern for mainstream consumption. And trust me, Mr. Bonds and his record label, Malaco (Waldoxy), are very happy it was featured on the show. Why? $$$. Just that little bit of airplay means hundreds (and hundreds) of dollars.

Interestingly, just like in the case of of Nellie's "Slap Yo' Weave Off", the rest of the songs played during the segment were just plain terrible. Bonds' song is far from terrible but it is a tad risqué for mainstream consumption. The segment is called "Do Not Play" after all. In all seriousness, "Scat Cat, Here Kitty Kitty" is a great "Blues" song but, people, it isn't "Amazing Grace". The Blues aren't mainstream and we should all be grateful for that. The Blues would have to change to be mainstream rather than the mainstream change for the Blues...and who wants that?

P.S. This video was put up by Malaco on You Tube. They misspelled Fallon's first name ("Jimmie" rather than "Jimmy"). Take that, punk! LOL


05/05/18

The NEW and improved 100 Essential Soul Blues Albums (was 50) List Posted HERE


05/04/18

Made changes to our "50 Essential Soul Blues Albums" list. Added Eddie Hinton's "Hard Luck Guy", Curtis Salgado's "Soul Shot" and Robert Cray's "Strong Persuader" to Top 50 and we are expanding the list to the "100 Essential Soul Blues Albums 1980-2015". The Top 50 is still here with 51-100 under construction.


05/03/18

New Album Review on Rue Davis HERE


05/02/18

Blues Critic Radio Southern Soul Updated Here


05/01/18

May 2018 Top 30 Southern Soul, Rhythm & Blues Album Chart Posted Here


04/26/18

Added artist pages on Ms. Monique, Larome Powers, Floyd Miles, Lee Morris


04/24/18

Made changes to "Best Of 2004". Moved Frank Mendenhall "Hard Times" to #1 "Retro-Soul/Soul Blues Album" and it now makes the #1 "Southern Soul, Rhythm & Blues Album" Theodis Ealey's "Stand Up In It".

Added artist pages on Bill Avery, Roscoe Shelton,


04/23/18

Added artist pages on Jimmy Burns, Billy Jones, Randolph Walker, Little Buck, Cool Ricky Blues, Sista Monica Parker & Priscilla Price


04/22/18

Added artist page on Willie Hill

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Site Update

Fixed all the broken/dead links in the album reviews section. Changed RETURN TO SOUTHERN SOUL BLOG (YEAR) to RETURN TO (YEAR) Album Reviews for years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008


04/21/18

Added artist pages on Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Gwen McCrae, Hardway Connection, Simone De, Curtis Salgado & Eugene Smiley Sr.


04/20/18

Added artist pages on James Armstrong, General Johnson/Chairmen Of The Board, Lavelle White, Barbara Lynn


04/18/18

Added artist pages on Sammie Relford, Sugaray Rayford, Sir Lawrence, Snatch Nelson & Nappy Brown


04/17/18

Added artist pages on Bettye LaVette, Frank Lucas, Geater Davis, Ted Taylor & Swamp Dogg

New Album Review on Wilson Meadows HERE


04/16/18

50 Essential Soul Blues Albums HERE


04/13/18

Added artist pages on Grady Champion, Stevie J., Little Jimmy King, Robert Ward, Rude & Walter "Wolfman" Washington


04/11/18

Added artist pages on Joyce Lawson, Dorothy Moore, Tre Williams, O.B. Bryant, Eddie Cotton and updated Lee Fields artist page

Made change to "Best Of 2012". #1 Retro-Soul/Soul Blues Album is Lee Fields "Faithful Man", which I consider one of the best Soul albums ever made post 1979. No exaggeration. It's PERFECT.


04/10/18

Added artist pages on Ellis Hooks, Charles Bradley, Willie B. & J Wonn

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Website Update

As you may have noticed we have made some major changes with "Southern Soul Blog". From now on all album reviews will be posted in their own section New Album Reviews

Meanwhile Southern Soul Blog will contain Southern Soul news, website updates and commentary.

We have removed some past commentaries (we had forgotten were even still online) as they are no longer relevant....and unfortunate in retrospect.


4-08-18

"Best Of Page" has been added for 2017 Here


4-06-18

Top 30 Southern Soul, Rhythm & Blues Album Chart Posted Here


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2018 SOUTHERN SOUL BLOG here

2017 SOUTHERN SOUL BLOG here

2015 SOUTHERN SOUL BLOG here

INTERVIEWS here


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