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Where Is Our Music Headed?

Discussion with T.K. Soul, Roni and LynnD

N-Da-Kno on Southern Soul with “J. A.”

Where is our music headed? That is the question that I’m asking. Is Hip Hop moving into Southern Soul? Is Southern Soul going Main Stream? Can we change the mindset of the Chittlin Circuit Artists? Will the artists on the Chittlin Circuit strive for more or be contended with where they are and with what they have? Will artists like Bobby Blue Bland, Bobby Rush, Clarence Carter and others embrace the younger Soul Blues Artists that are coming up behind them in ranks or will they turn their backs and tell them to pay some dues and get theirs like they had to get theirs. Why the legends are afraid, fearful, regretful, hateful or just down right refusing to embrace and pass the torch to the younger ones? Do they feel it will retire them, interfere with their legacy or bump them out of a gig? Will our legends change their style of music to stay FRESH for a better word or will they NOT be moved? Is the Blues getting a younger crowd in attendance?

Roni (Urban/R&B Artist) Sexy vocals, soulful, and meaningful up tempo and mid tempo tunes that are grooving. This Sexy Lady of Southern Soul is truly a star on the rise with great creative composing skills that are displayed on her CD. This CD is a must to add to your collection Listen to: Fool On My Hands
Top Blues Songs of 2008 1 Pretty Polly: Jason Crigler Band © 2007 Jason Crigler Band | The Firm Records 2 Come Back Kind of Love: Roni © 2007 S A G Allison Publishing/BMI | Allison Records 3 WALK A MILE: Paolo I. © 2007 Paolo I./SOCAN | Triple Joint Records 4 Call Me: Roni © 2006 ALLISON S A G PUBLISHING/BMI | Allison Records 5 A Good Time: Chris Beirne © 2007 Chris Beirne | Independently Released
In Dangerous Rhythm A Soulful Diary I mentioned in a post on The Millen Sisters that I was drawing up my Top 20 for the year and another side which will be going in is this one from Roni........Click on the link to read more
......The next performer of the night was "The Sexy Lady Of Southern Soul",Roni and I was so glad to have the opportunity to see her perform again.The crowd led by myself and the Kitty Kitty Club gave her a nice ovation as she came to the stage.She received her biggest ovation from the fellas who were really captivated by this Sexy diva.This was my second time seeing her perform and just like the first time,to see her walk out on stage is truly breath-taking. She thanked the people in attendace for coming out to support her which I thought was a really nice and professional gesture especially with such a small crowd on hand.She opened up her performance with a rendition of Betty Wright's "Cleanup Woman" and man did she begin to belt out this tune.The crowd was very appreciative as they gave her another nice applause.The Kitty Kitty Club once again were making the most noise down front and you would think that it was a full house with all the love they were showing this southern soul diva.The first time I saw her peform she didn't have a live band but now ........click the link below to read more....
Subtitled ‘The Sexy Lady Of Southern Soul’ Rhonda McCullum (Roni) has a powerful soulful voice, which is strong throughout the album. The up beat ‘Do You Want’, and ‘Hit It Writer’ are winners, along with the more typical southern mid tempo dancers ‘Lets Shake It’ and ‘Cheatin On Me’. Roni’s voice is best suited though to the ballads ‘Call Me’ , ‘Love Grows’, ‘Not Gonna’, ‘Fool On My Hands’ and ‘Cant Stop A Good Thing’. One of the best southern soul album for a while, if liked the Ms Monique album , then you should love this.
Rhonda McCullum – www.sexyladyofSouthernsoul.com (another up-and-coming Southern lady) – wrote seven and co-wrote two of the twelve songs on her debut CD, Call Me (Allison Records; 06 - out of Nashville, TN), and the label boss, Steve Ganaway, took care of the rest. Three somewhat formulaic dancers (Let’s Shake It, Hit It Writer and Freaky) and two mid-tempo beaters (Do You Want and Cheatin’ On Me) aside, we are left with seven slowies, which is more than enough to make you convinced about Roni’s vocal capabilities. Already on the first ballad, Call Me, her singing makes you a believer, but as often is the case on slow songs the scarce programming becomes too dominant in the mix. Love Grows is a gentle beauty with some sax playing, and Not Gonna is another smooth swayer. On those two Roni, however, can’t resist the fashion of listing the names of some other soul artists (such as Aretha, Latimore, James Brown, Bobby Womack, Millie Jackson, T.K. Soul, Willie Clayton and Tyrone Davis this time). For this scribe the best ballads on the set are the churchy and intense Wrong Place – a tribute to Jackie O’Neal – and the poignant and touching Same Thang’. Roni is a talented young lady, and I for one would love to see her grow, both in popularity, and as an artist.
My homegirl(Mississippi native),Roni was the first performer of the night and just like Ms. Monique a couple of weeks ago this was a much anticipated performance for me.We both were looking forward to meeting each other and I told her that I wouldn't miss an opportunity to see her perform.She and Jackie Neal were good friends and it was in this same building that I saw Jackie perform for the first and only time.As Roni walked out on stage she made it clear that although the house wasn't packed she was ready to let it do what it do.She graced the stage with a S-E-X-Y outfit and myself and a few of the guys in attendance were simply blown away.LAWD HAVE MERCY!I got the same feeling when I saw Jackie Neal hit the stage.She truly deserves the title of "Sexy Lady Of Southern Soul".With the face of an angel she began belting out Betty Wright's "Clean Up Woman" and we all gave her a nice ovation.She has an amazing voice and everybody down by the stage was feeling her."Do You Want What I Want" was her next song and the guys at the table across from us all said in unity, "hell yeah".It was nice to see with the small crowd that everyone was still having a good time.Her next three songs "Hit It Like U Miss It","Not Gonna Beg" and "Freaky" continued to keep the guys across the table from us hyped.Before she began her show Big Mike and Jackie weren't familar with Roni but by now they were loving her,her next song "Call Me" got the two of them up and slow dancing and they continued on dancing with "Cheating On Me".By now I observed that although she is a new artist she knows how to carry a show.I just hate that it wasn't a full house to see her doing her thang.She saved the best for last "A Fool On My Hand" she began to ad-lib with some explicit language which got a nice ovation from.....click link below to read more
*** Being billed as "The Sexy Lady Of Southern Soul" could make you suspicious she's just another pretty chick selling sex n' style over substance. In other words: to compensate for a lack of talent she'll intoxicate you with booty. Not so with Rhonda McCullum aka "Roni". Yes, she's got the look (and that don't hurt) but she's the complete package. Her 12-track debut "Call Me" is a well-produced set of slick Southern Soul and kickin' dance music. The genre has it's formula. "Do You Want" & "Hit It Right" are dancers. "Call Me" and "Fool On My Hands" are smooth slowies. The trick is doing it a bit better than the competition. "Let's Shake It" is a safe choice for a single- a head bobber with finger snaps and a call out to "shake your shaker" that appeals to the party circuit but the retro "Freaky" should be the smash here. "You can call me all kinda dirty names/One thing's for sure ain't no shame in my game/I need a man who's a freak and not in a little boy/And when he can't play I can play with my toy". Alright then. Despite the cheeky lyrics, the midtempo feel good groove punctuated by electric piano, synths and sexy swagger is irresistible. Did the breathy backups on the refrain. This, like 8 other songs, was written or co-written by Roni. Track 10 is an autobiographical tale of making it on the Chitlin' Circuit. She says you "Can't Stop A Good Thing" even if the road to success is rough. It's true the "Chitlin Circuit" has pros and cons. The pro is you can buck the mainstream and still make a name for yourself. The con is you get marginalized as merely a sub-genre of Soul music. Well, Roni you've made it.
Roni (Rhonda):Born January 25,19xx and raised in Mendenhall,MS. Rhonda is not a mere amateur to the music scene. She began her singing at the age of 5 in her home church choir well into adulthood. Rhonda first came on the music scene as a background singer for Nathaniel Kimble then went on to background for Sir Charles Jones",the legendary Bobby Rush "The King of Southern Soul", and the amazing "Jazzy Jeff Floyd. Roni has opened for a number of different artist on a number of shows from 1995 when she first won a talent show in Vicksburg,MS.BigK9 From the Dawg Pound Said:Roni is a star on the rise.Her debut album "CALL ME" is da bomb.It includes the hit single"Call Me","Love Grows","Not Gonna Beg" and my personal favorite "Wrong Place Wrong Time"(A tribute to the late Jackie Neal.) For more on this rising star see her web site at Sexy Lady Of Southern Soul
BigK9 From the Dawg Pound Said:Roni is A star on the rise. Her debut album "CALL ME" Is da bomb.It include the hit singles "Call Me","Love Grows","Not Gonna Beg" and my personal favorite "Wrong Place Wrong Time"(A tribute to the late Jackie Neal.)For more on this rising star see her web site Sexy Lady Of Southern Soul
THIS MISSISSIPPI NATIVE IS A STAR ON THE RISE.HER DEBUT ALBUM "CALL ME" IS DA BOMB.IT INCLUDES THE HIT SINGLES "CALL ME","LOVE GROWS","NOT GONNA BEG" AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE "WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME"(A TRIBUTE TO JACKIE NEAL)
Roni(Rhonda):Born January 25,19xx and raised in Mendenhall,MS. Rhonda is a not a mere amateur to the music scene. She began her singing at the age of 5 in her home church choir well into adulthood. Rhonda first came on the music scene as a background singer for Nathaniel Kimble then went on to background for Sir Charles Jones",the legendary Bobby Rush "The King of Southern Soul", and the amazing "Jazzy Jeff Floyd. BigK9 From the Dawg Pound Said:Roni is A star on the rise. Her debut album "CALL ME" Is da bomb.It include the hit singles "Call Me","Love Grows","Not Gonna Beg" and my personal favorite "Wrong Place Wrong Time"(A tribute to the late Jackie Neal.)For more on this rising star see her web site Sexy Lady Of Southern Soul
billed as "the sexy lady of southern soul" is this Rhonda McCullum, not super strong but lots of uptempo/midtempo groovers a la southern style

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Southern Soul is a style of popular music developed by Black Americans, combining elements of gospel music, Blues, and R&B, and it is derived from or pertains to the south, such as the southern parts of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and in southeastern Texas. Distinctive for its earthy expressiveness, variously plaintive or raucous vocals, deeply felt emotion and often passionate romanticism or sensuality.

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