JANUARY 19, SATURDAY , AT THE WINDOR HOTEL (BALL ROOM) , 5010 OLD NATIONAL HIGHWAY, COLLEGE PARK, GA.30349
JANUARY 27, SUNDAY , AT BACKSTAGE ATLANTA , 2505 GODBY RD. COLLEGE PARK ,GA. 30349
The Year 2011 is upon us and based on what you accomplished last year maybe you should crawl into a cave and waste away.
I have heard or read just about every excuse imaginable for failure within the entertainment industry. Stop telling me that cd sales are failing because of free downloads. I don’t want to hear the sorry tale that retailers are closing because the Internet makes “thieves” out of the consumers by helping them to share files. That radio DJ’s only want to play “bubblegum” music and not real positive lyric, make you think music, so you can’t get your song in rotation. I never need to hear the phrase, “ALL I need is distribution and I’ll be straight”, anymore in my life.
The concept that “If only I could get a major deal then I would really show the world” is a dream that will never come true, Stop Begging for someone else to HELP your career and do it yourself.
You cried, caterwauled, bad mouthed and hated on the entertainment industry in 2010. Your main subject of malcontent was that the industry was crazy and would never recover. What happened to Business As Usual? GREAT who wants as usual, when you can conceive a new future? It is now time to stop thinking about how crazy the times are, and start thinking about what the crazy times demand. What can you do to grow above the herd, to stop being a hater and become a person that is hated on? Now is the time to find ideas that matter and to share them. Now is the time to push yourselves and the people around you to express appreciation, creativity and new modes of thinking, giving you and them the ability to take risks and to make the world better by being remarkable.
There has never been a worse time for business as usual. Business as usual is sure to fail, sure to disillusion, sure to make enemies. There has never been a better time to invent, design, originate, construct and initiate. The investment bankers, angel investors, entrepreneurs and dope boys have no idea where they can safely invest. All they know is that they are desperately looking for something exciting, something they can feel passionate about, and something they can be a part of.
Be creative and collaborative with others. Like minds create fantastic ideas and business dynasties. Team dynamics are essential in creating and maintaining a career.
The Internet is here and growing at an astonishing rate, creating new revenue streams, and opportunities worldwide. Digital downloads are a part of the mainstream financial marketplace and no longer relegated to the “techie” or highly educated individual. Entertainment has become portable and direct to consumer as witnessed by the amount of Android, Blackberry, iPhone and other mobile users around the world.
Take the initiative and use the available tools to market, promote and sell your music and performances worldwide.
Create your website
Develop a consistent web presence
Use audio and video online tools
Normal business practices work. Email, telephone, conferences, reports all are useful and effective.
Develop a strong fan base and communicate with your base regularly.
Start daily accounting practices, budget, and plan, revisit your budget, work your plan
Do the work, don’t try and buy your way into fame and success. You will never know what your fan base truly is if you pay someone for 2,000,000 new “friends”. You will never get airplay consistently and solidly by paying someone to hype the stations or the charts. Because you bought 50,000 pieces of your own cd will NOT get you a major deal that is associated with any type of long term success. Being listed in Billboard magazine WILL NOT get you anything but another bill to pay.
I am telling you that you must WORK to get something strong, positive and long term in the entertainment industry. I am telling you that you must have morals and honesty in your business dealings so you can attract a cadre of like minded business associates worldwide that want to help you make money and have success
I know you feel like that is the “old fashioned” way of doing business so disappear in 2011 while real concerned individuals and companies make progress and revenue.
Happy Kwanzaa Join me today ,
" Umoja " for the kick off celebration on 89.3 fm Dearborn / Detroit or on line at www.whfr .fm at 5 pm est !!!
Soul School Audio with William Bell:Interview conducted by Ray
Fitzgerald with "One of the architects of the Stax and Memphis sound.
William Bell recorded, produced or wrote countless legendary Soul
singles, including You Don’t Miss Your Water, Born Under a
Bad Sign, Everybody Loves a Winner, Private Number
and more. In this episode, he shares stories about the early days at
Stax, writing classic songs, touring and a special story about his good
friend, and Booker T. & the MGs drummer, Al Jackson, on the 35th
anniversary of his murder."
I believe that we have some artist with great sounding songs and yes some can't afford the best studio recorded songs, but they have great songs ideas and sometime it's not the artist that makes the money it's the song writers.
. But when you mention SS music first thing that comes to mind is Malaco, Mardi Gras. Ecko Records, Britney Record and to me those lables have good quailty records.
I believe that once those record companies and companies like them come together and form a united front for SS and sign and educate their artist up for the Grammy Foundation and send there music in to the major radio stations as a united front for SS music. and start educateing their artist fan base on how to request and DEMAND SS music. We will be as they say Johnny come latelly.
All I'm saying is the SS music is known world wide, most if not all SS music radio station have internet applications, but in our own SS place in the music biz we still taking baby steps when we have the backs of giants to stand on.
TD, JT, Solomon Burke just to name a few. When will we be proud
enough to hold our head up and promote the music and not the person. I don't know about you but I don't wanna be the King or Queen of anything that in the eyes of the world is as small as a ant hill to a Mountain. PEOPLE CLIMB MOUNTAINS THEY STEP OVER ANT HILLS.......
I think not one man or woman will be able to move this SS music ahead. I think that we have to move the SS style of music ahead as a bonifide style of music if we act like it belongs in the backwoods then thats where it will stay.
One suggestion::: FORM a board or committ of un bias group of music people who HATE SS music but know what a great song sound is and should be when they hear one. Not like our government who let companies regulate themselves, because in their eyes they do no wrong but outsiders see it from a different perspective.....Then you Boogie & Funky Larry and people like y'all in the SS music biz request songs from everyone in the SS music biz. Just send out a casting call by way of video, print media, radio, internet, email blast and or by any means available (nesscesary)....
If I had to say there is about 700 artist tops in the SS music biz could be off by 200 artist give or take, but let's say 700 SS artist. Let everyone send in one song and let the committ select the best SS songs and that is the music sent to the , grammies ,majors for air play or the major lables for signing considerations.
I would like to thank Signature J Magazine for featuring me in the current edition of their on-line magazine and recognizing me as a rising star. Please join me in celebrating this accomplishment by reviewing my article at (http://signaturejmagazine.com/page13.html ). The article begins on page 72-73. Feel free to share this with your friends and colleagues that LOVE SOUTHERN SOUL.
Signature J Magazine is an e-magazine featuring the arts, entertainment, and lifestyles content. Their mission is to bridge the very best of the past with the exciting new flare of the future. This magazine pushes the limit in terms of positive stories about unsung heroes/sheroes that deserve the spotlight. Its an honor to have my music reaching out, so all can hear and love what we have to offer in the Southern Soul market. You know I plan to represent while I work to take this thing to a new level.
We Got This Show Report from Boogie Report Reporter On The Down Home Blues Group Hazel Williams
Canton Mississippi A Night Of Kings and Queens
When Denise LasalleThe Soul Blues Queen announced that she along with several other artist will hold a fund raiser to aid victims of the terrible storms that swept through The Delta.
She got tremendous reponse.Ms. Lasalle said that
State Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones, a former Canton alderman, was instrumental in organizing the benefit. His district -- which covers parts of Yazoo, Holmes, Attala and Madison Counties -- was one of the hardest hit.
Jones told The Boogie Report that he wanted to do something to aid the people of District 21 and other Mississippians affected by the April 24 tornado.
“The other legislators and the city of Canton have been great in helping me acquire resources at a very difficult time,” he said.
Theodis Ealey who is from Sibley Mississippi stated "When The Queen request your presence you come But I am so honored to be here to help someone who really needs the help.
Nellie Tiger Travis motored in from Chicago with Mr. Lee.
Queen Karen Wolfe, Queen Sheba Potts Wright and The Black Ice Band came with The Queen On here Motor Coach
Nathaniel Kimble ,was down from Greenville arrived ready to work.
Wendell B. had a previous engagement.So he sent his latest protoge' A young man by the name "Casino" . This Young Brother, Had the audience testifying with his version Of "A Change Is Gonna Come".
Rounding Out The Crooners Corner was The Love Doctor and Andre Lee.
When I saw this line up I knew this was gonna be a very special happening and it was.
I went to work early providing the before show house music from my trusty lap top.
During the show I was steady on the move tweetn the latest events and trying to get some great perfomance shots.
Our Fearless Leader "Sweet Clyde Burns WMPR Prorgam Director" handled The Master Of Ceremony Duties
Queen Nellie Tiger Travis Kicked The Party Off Great High Energy Set She had the entire house rockn she closed her set with
" If I Back It Up" which evolved into a giant sing along and juke on the dance floor.This set the stage for Nathaniel Kimble.
Who gave the gathering A Power Packed hit filled presentation complete with familiar Nathaniel Kimble favorites plus
selections from his current CD.
Nate Closed with can You Back It Up which got the dance floor pumped.
Next was Denise Lasalle's Black Ice Band which is one of the "Baddest Bands" In The Land .
They Played behind Karen Wolfe who rocked the house and almost brought the walls down with Her hit Single "Man Enough".
It was great to see Sheba Potts Wright She worked her magic on the crowd and shared the stage with The Love Doctor
and Mr. Lee plus a few fans from the audience They gave very descriptive demonstrations of how to "Slow Roll it"
This Segment gets "Boogies Show Stopper Award".
Andre Lee was next Who took on a smooth Southern Soul Ride Andre brought the groove that made move real smooth his set was well recieved by the crowd and his hit One Night Stand Filled The Dance Floor.
Wow What A Night What A Show
We Backed It Up with The Chicago Blues Queen Nellie Tiger Travis and Nathaniel Kimble We Slow Rolled It with Sheba Potts Wright The Love Doctor and Mr. Lee Now It was time to "STAND UP IN IT".
Theodis Ealy. started his set off the a narritive stating theis is not a Southern Soul Show This Is A JOOK JOINT Experience.
and proceeded to tear the roof off the sucker with his lively soulful highly visual soul sockn house rockn Blues Presentation
The Theodis Ealy set featuring his guitar playing strong vocals and humorous stories was
one for the record books.
NEXT ALL HAIL THE QUEEN
Denise Lasalle Closed the show she took up back to the beginning and brought up to today
I guess I really didnt realize how many hits The Queen has delivered until she starts rolln through her song book and every song brought cheers and sing along from the hyped crowd The Hour was late nobody left everybody showing admiration
for The Queen...
This is was another BOOGIE NIGHT TO REMEMBER.
Special thanks to all who came to aid those who are less fortunate anyone can take from the people and call themselves Kings and Queens.
But to give of your time and self is truly noble
Hello Blues and Southern Soul fans.2009 hasn't allowed the Big Dawg to bring you fans a lot of coverage from all the great blues and southern soul shows that have been going on this year.I've received tons of emails from fans,artist and promoters asking me if I would be able to come and cover their shows?The hard economic times that we are going through as a nation has even effected my attendance at shows that I would have normally attended..I wish I could do this full time but like so many of you I do have a family and other obligations that hasn't allowed me to do something that I truly love too do. Recently I was able to attend a spectacular Blues and Southern Soul show.The Leflore County civic center in Greenwood,Mississippi played host for the annual "Mississippi Blues Fest".The lineup included the sensational Karen Wolfe,jamming Jeff Floyd,the legendary Bobby Rush,the fabulous Floyd Taylor and the "King Of Southern Soul",Sir Charles Jones.It was a full house on hand to enjoy this star-filled blues and southern soul gathering.I was joined in the Dawg Pound by O-Dawg and the newest member Lil E.So with my gin and juice on hand chased with some ice cold Bud light,sit back good people and let me take you on this blues and southern soul ride. The first performer on the night was B&J recording artist, Karen Wolfe.She was extended a nice ovation by the crowd that was still pouring in as she walked on stage.She opened her performance with an excellent rendition of Betty Wright's "Tonight Is The Night".You know you have to have some nice vocals to pull off this classic hit and Karen Wolfe nailed it.Her next song was "Backdoor Love Affair" and this is the song that really established her as a southern soul recording artist.She had the the fans down by the stage up and dancing on this jam.Her next song was "One Good Man" and I could see her maturation as an artist as she begin to ad-lib with the crowd.I've always said in other reviews if an artist can get the crowd involved then they will always be a fan favorite.She and her backup singer begin to do some grown folks juking and the crowd absolutely loved it.Her next song was her biggest hit to date."Man Enough" received her biggest applause of the night as the women really got behind her on this bona fide southern soul hit.She closed her performance with Jazmine Sullivan's "Bust Your Windows".I've known Karen for a few years now going back to her days as a backup singer for her mentor,the legendary Denise Lasalle.Her first solo project "First Time Out" which featured the southern soul hit "Backdoor Love Affair" gained her a lot of recognition but its her second cd,"A Woman Needs A Strong Man" which features the hit "Man Enough" that has made her an award winning recording artist.Earlier this year she was presented the 2009 Jackson Music Award for International Female Artist Of The Year and just recently she picked up two awards at the 2009 Jus Blues Music Awards for best Southern Soul Female Artist and best Female Song Of The Year(Man Enough).I am so happy to see her receiving her just due in the industry.Like so many up and coming divas in the southern soul industry the sultry and sexy Karen Wolfe has definetly arrived.Welcome to the club babe.For more information and all the latest news about this talented diva please visit her webpage at www.karenwolfemusic.com and her myspace page at www.myspace.com/mskarenwolfe The next performer was Jeff Floyd.I've dubbed him the most powerful voice in the industry and he lived up to that namesake as he opened up his performance with a rendition of Teddy Pendergrass "I Don't Love You Anymore".His next two selections were "I Got My Woman Upset" and "Somebody Gonna Lose A Good Woman Tonight" which he does a superb job on.You would think that William Bell was actually on stage with him as he masterfully performed this southern soul duet.His performance took on a new twist as a replica king size bed was brought on stage for his next song "King Size Bed".Jeff got a big applause from the women in attendance as be begin to simulate how he could really handle his business in bed with a few humping,bumping,licking and sticking freaky bedroom techniques.He gave a Teddy Pendergrass like performance on his new single "Lock My Door" just as Teddy screamed "turn'em off" in his song "Turn Off The Lights",Jeff equaled that moment when he screamed "lock it up" toward the end of this song.He closed his performance with my personal favorite "I've Found Love On A Lonely Highway" and once again he displayed his POWERFUL vocals.Jeff Floyd has a strong stage presence that puts him in the same class with T.K. Soul,O.B. Buchana,Omar Cunningham and Sir Charles.If you are a big Jeff Floyd fan he has a new cd titled "Keeping It Real" on Wilbe records.For all the latest Jeff Floyd news please visit his website at www.jazzijefffloyd.com and his myspace pages at www.myspace.com/jazzijefffloyd and www.myspace.com/jazzijeffproduction The next performer was the legendary Bobby Rush.I've seen his show for many years now and I can't lie,like so many other men I never get tired of it.Bobby Rush hit the stage with his dancers and the place exploded.I've seen his show numerous times and I have seen his dancers perform so you know all the fellas in attendance gave them a big ovation.He opened the show with "AIN'T SHE FINE" directing his attention to his dancers,Mz. Lowe,The Young Hen and The Old Hen who were doing their thang,shaking it and dropping it like it was too damn hot.Bobby Rush was his vintage self tonight.He had the crowd singing,laughing and dancing but once again his dancers stole the show.The dancers received thunderous ovations every time Bobby Rush directed the show their way.His raw lyrics accompanied by his hip swerving and pelvis thrusting dance moves allowed the women to have their time to get a little wild also."Big Fat Woman" continues to get a good laugh when he performs it.For those of you who haven't seen his performance he displays two pair of panties that an elephant can wear.On "Garbage Man" he was able to display his masterful skill on the harmonica.He performed all his classic hits"HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN","EVERYBODY LIKE THAT THANG","HENPECKED", and "SUE".He closed the show with "NIGHT FISHING".This was another great performance by Bobby Rush.In my opinion he continues to be one of the top performers on the scene today. Up next was Malaco recording artist, Floyd Taylor.It has been years since he performed in the Mississippi Delta and the people were so happy to be blessed with his presence.His legendary father,Johnnie Taylor was a regular in this area for many years dating all the way back to the early 1970's.He opened up his performance with one of his early hits "I'm Crazy About That Woman In Red" and the ladies were melting.He followed that with his southern soul hit "You Still Got It" and this got a big ovation from the crowd."Baby I've Changed" was his next song and this is also my personal favorite.He next paid tribute to his father,the legendary blues whailer,Johnnie Taylor.He performed a medley of his dad's biggest hits including "Running Out Of Lies","Good Love","Disco Lady" and "I've Found A Love' and all of these songs went over well with the fans in attendance.This simply showed me that the Mississippi Delta and I guess the entire world truly miss our beloved Johnnie Taylor..He closed his performance with his latest hit "What If He Knew".It is truly amazing how much he looks and sounds like his father but make no mistake about it,Floyd Taylor is his own man and his talent clearly speaks for itself.The son of a legend has really emerged as FLOYD TAYLOR.For all the latest news on Floyd Taylor please visit his myspace page at www.myspace.com/thetaylorlegacyliveson The last performer on the night was "The King Of Southern Soul",Sir Charles.I must admit before he hit the stage I noticed some very familar faces setting up to play for him.Chill Will,Yurick,Anthony and Ben formerly known as Soul 4 Real were now backing the biggest and most popular artist in southern soul.This is probably the closest thing to a dream team the industry has had since the golden years of Tyrone Davis and his Platinum band.The stage area was now packed with a lot of female fans screaming as Sir Charles hit the stage.Just his mere presence commands a crowds full attention.I stood and watched the ladies scream with every bit of energy that they could muster up.It was almost surreal to witness the impact that he had on the entire crowd.He said he wasn't feeling good tonight but he was still ready to please all the women in attendance and he did just that as he performed his classic hits "Better Or Worse","Just Can't Let Go" and "Hang On".He performed "Friday" next and although it was Saturday night the boy sounded so good he made you feel like it was actually Friday."Natural Woman" continued to make the women all melt."Slow Roll It' allowed Sir Charles,Brotha X and the band formerly known as Soul 4 Real to do their synchronized dance routine that never gets old with the fans."Just Like Fire" and "Pop That Coochie" got everyone up and dancing.He closed his performance with his classic hit single "Is There Anybody Lonely".Hands down Sir Charles is still the most popular artist in the business.He has the most charisma as any other artist and his vocals and dance moves rank right up there with the best of them.Its always a pleasure to see him perform.For all the latest Sir Charles news please visit his myspace pages at www.myspace.com/sircharlesjones747 and www.myspace.com/sircharlesjonesmusic In closing,I would like to thank Karen Wolfe,Jeff Floyd,Bobby Rush,Floyd Taylor and Sir Charles for taking the time to meet,greet,converse and allowing me to provide you fans with some great photos from this fabulous show.I want to give shout outs to Darrayl(best sound man in the business),Nicole and Wanda(representing The Boogie Report),Anna Coday(CEO of B&J Records),Cyerio Hughes(WGNL radio),Carla Taylor(Floyd Taylor's fiance'),Pat Williams(Carla's sister),Gail Harris(Floyd merchandise rep),Tip,Sweet Mama,Brotha X,Peaches(Arkansas Peach) and MC Chitchy Baby.To my Dawg Pound members,O-Dawg and Lil E you all certainly had your dancing shoes on tonight.I had a blast kicking it with you all and I can't wait for us to do the damn thing again.I had a great time at this show and I just wanted to share it with the greatest fans in the world.Take care and MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS.I'll see you down by the stage. BIG K9 www.bigk9.net
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