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So, so much!!!

Hello all! I’m sorry I haven’t made a post in a while but my computer has been having all kinds of issues and….I’ve just not had much to say until now! Where do I start? How about this past weekend. So, I went up to Bealeton VA for the tribute to Hardaway Connection for their 35 years in the business. Well, first off, the drive was hell…But that’s not the point of this. One point is that I was absolutely SHOCKED that there is such a strong Southern Soul Market in that area. I mean, I was damn near in Maryland and I just kind of thought that there was not much interest in Southern Soul that far north. But I was WRONG! The place was packed. See for yourselves. img_0668

And when I tell you they came to party…THEY CAME TO PARTY!!! On this show there was Maurice Wynn, Shay Denise, J Red, Donnie Ray, Roy C and of course, Hardaway Connection. Great line up right? The only one I hadn’t met before was Donnie Ray. I swear the man is only about 5 feet tall! He packs a lot of punch in that small package though. I enjoyed his show so much I got his new CD and an autographed pic for my collection.

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Now, I have known Roy C. for a long time but I never did have anything of his that I could display. So, I decided to get a pic from him too. And of course he got on stage and showed his a$$ as usual…not literally. I just mean he talked his usual trash. The fresh bastard also groped me a little when I hugged him…Yep, same old Roy!

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I also got a selfie with my dude J Red the Nephew. It was good to see him. I hadn’t seen him since we recorded that song together back in March. What song you say? Listen here. If You Need Some

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What I failed to do though is get a pic with my dude Dr. Nick. He hosted the show and he has been faithfully playing my music on his radio show Southern Soul Rumpin’ on WPFW 89.3FM on Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm. He’s been a great champion for me and I forgot to get a pic with him. I also forgot to get one with Hardaway Connection. I guess I just got too into the show to cover much with my phone. I at least should have gotten one with my girl Toni Love, the female singer in the group. She is a great lady and put on a really great show that night. Anyway, I will try to do better…That’s all I can do.

I’m glad I made the trip though. I made some great contacts, got to meet some great people, saw some old friends and generally had a really great time.

Now, I know it was two months ago when I said that I was working on a new song. Well, I did finish it and it is doing quite well! It is the only song that I have ever recorded that I did not write. It was written and produced by a guy out of Mississippi named Mike Darden. When he contacted me about doing a song I was apprehensive because people send you stuff they think is great and most of the time it’s not so great. Also, I was a little uncomfortable giving up my creative control. Again, I didn’t write it so I was like…uhhhhh. BUT when I heard it, I knew I had to record it. I could actually hear myself singing it in my head. So, I figured it was meant for me. It called “That Act Right” and you can hear it here That Act Right  I have put it on CD baby so that you can buy it but it’s still under review right now but it should be available in a day or so.

Even though it is brand spanking new, it’s already making waves. This is the one that Dr. Nick is currently playing on his show. I can’t even tell you the other stations that are playing it but it must be quite a few since my Facebook music page is getting so many views per day now. The song has also made Daddy B. Nice’s top ten for October. It is at #4. When I saw that, I got emotional. Even as I am typing this I am holding back the water works! I have been reading and watching that site for a while because it is THE Southern Soul website authority and I just couldn’t believe that my name was on it. Have a look. Daddy B, Nice’s Corner and Top 10

I guess that’s about it for now! As far as I know, my next gig isn’t until December 9th. It will be the Mr. Freeze Christmas party. It will be a good one! More details to come. Until then, thank you and keep listening! Update…You can now buy That Act Right! Here is the link. That Act Right

Buy the CD! On Sale for $7.99

Slowly But Surely

Hey, I know I’ve been MIA for a while but that’s because things have stagnated a bit. Nothing is really happening that I wanted to tell you about. I think I need to change my energy. I’m beginning to worry about silly things and I think that is slowing my progress. I’ll probably watch some Oprah Life Class tonight to try and get myself together. But don’t worry. Giving up is STILL not an option and it will never be.

Well, next show I’m doing is at Shaw’s Ball Park in Kenly, NC. I’m a little nervous about it actually. It will be the first time I’ve done a show with tracks instead of my live band. I THINK it will anyway. I’ve been thinking of asking them to do me a favor and come out but, I don’t know….Anyway, here is that info. I know it says Sundays but this is actually on Friday, Sept. 2nd.

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THEN the very next day, Saturday Sept. 3rd, I’m in Ahoskie, NC at the amphitheater. I will definitely have the band with me there. I’m looking forward to this one! Ahoskie won’t know what hit ’em. MISS MINI IS COMING!!!!  The poster has changed a little because it turns out that Big G won’t be there. He has been replaced with Black Diamond.

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Both of these shows should be a blast. I know they will be for me anyway. Speaking of the tracks, I need to get to work on them. I have been putting it off because I really don’t want to use them. But if I must they need to sound right!

Oh, I almost forgot. I got in touch with Dr. Nick, who is the premier Southern Soul DJ in the Washington DC, Maryland and VA area. He hosts a show called Southern Soul Rumpin’ on WPFW 89.3 FM . I sent him my songs and he loved them. He has promised to spin “Ole School Style” for the next few weeks but can’t decide what to play after that because he likes so many of my songs! That pleases me to no end! So I’m stretching out…Slowly but Surely…Here he is with Lady C, the other host of the show.

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I also got a little secret for y’all…I’m working on a new song (shhhh). Actually this time I didn’t write it. A DJ down in Mississippi named Mike Darden ran across my music and thought I would be perfect to sing a song he wrote. I tend to be skeptical when people say they can write but when I listened to it, I could actually hear myself singing it! I really like the song and when I finish it, I’ll give you a little preview.

That’s all for now. Keep listening and I will try to get better at this. I’ve been told that I need to start posting more videos….I’ll work on that. Thing is, I’ve always found live videos to be a bit presumptuous. I mean, it’s like you are just assuming that people want to see you, and hear you speak on whatever…I guess I’m wrong about that. People actually like that.  I myself am a reader. I’d much rather read something than watch a video about it. BUT THAT’S JUST ME. Bear with me y’all. Anyway, I appreciate the time you have taken to read this. Please feel free to comment! I would like to see what you all think about whatever! BYE

Shelby Jean’s Restaurant

Hey, this past Saturday I performed at Shelby Jeans in Carolina Beach. I had a blast! The people there are really friendly and the atmosphere is really laid back and down to earth. I took a new keyboard player with me this time, Elmore Dunn, and he did an amazing job! The only crazy thing was, I go so scatter brained that I forgot I had taken my purse to the car. I was looking all over for it and it was in my friggin’ car. Not only that but I also thought my keys were in the purse and yes, the car was locked. So, we break into my car with a wire hanger only to realize that I actually had the keys the whole time in my CD bag!!!

I guess that 41 years is starting to take a toll on my brain! Anyway, I’m hoping this will open the door to more gigs in that area.  I really like it there. Here is a short snippet from the gig that Elmore posted on Facebook.

My crazy behind wanted to go to the fishing pier after the gig because they stay open 24 hrs. I was seriously going to go too had it not been for the rain! I had my gear and everything. Next time little fishies….

I’ve made a few more contacts today and I’m still going to e-mail a few more people before I’m done. I gotta keep dangling the bait until they bite…Did that fishing analogy do anything for you?  Probably not but what are you gonna do? Alright, it’s about 3:15 pm and the beer gods are calling me. For a musician, it’s never too early! Next stop, Shaw’s Ballpark in Kenly, NC on July 31st. This will be my first track show and I’m actually kind of nervous about it. I’m used to having my guys behind me. I’d better get used to it though. I see a lot more of these coming in my future! That’s it for now. Keep listening, join the fan club….XOXO

P.S. I’ve been thinking about finding a name for my fans. Do you like “Miss Mini’s Minions”? Could you be called a minion and be cool with it? I’m open to suggestions! Please give me your input.

I Can’t Even….

Hey ya’ll,

I have a few more updates for you so let me just dive right in. The Down Home Blues Fest was absolutely fabulous except for one thing….Walt Luv, the dude that put on the show, disappeared! He did not perform and he stiffed me completely. I got no money other than CD sales. I think the other artists, got deposits at least but didn’t get what they were owed afterward. Thing is, I was warned….But I always give people a chance. If you haven’t done it to me then you haven’t done it.

But let’s look on the bright side! There had to be over 2000 people there so I got a lot of exposure (OK musician friends…We all know that exposure is total bullshit but just let me live in the fantasy.). And I got to meet some really great people. This guy here was there.

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Yep, that’s Bishop Bullwinkle. I remember sharing his video so many months ago when my sister asked me to help clean out her house. “Hell naw, to the naw naw naw” LOL. That said it all! She couldn’t even get mad because it was so funny! I still didn’t clean out that house though.

And actually, two of my guys played with Billy “Soul” Bonds because his musicians didn’t show up. Andrew Sr. and Andrew Jr. helped this dude out and they did an OUTSTANDING job. I swelled with a mama’s pride…

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This just came up TODAY! I will be at Shelby Jean’s at Carolina Beach on Saturday! My friend John L. Wilson of Big Time Party Band booked the gig for me. It was last minute but since I wasn’t playing anywhere, why not?

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I just got the flyer for this…I knew about it for a couple of weeks but now that I see this, I’m really excited!

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It just amazes me how this music thing is coming together for me. I’m convinced now more than ever that I am meant to do this. This is my life’s purpose. When I think about it sometimes, I get so overwhelmed that I cry…I am so grateful and so humbled by the things that I have been allowed to do and see. And I look forward to all things to come. Until next time ya’ll. Your support is worth more than gold. OK, I’m misting up again so I have to go! Keep listening. Much love!

Follow the Tracks

Hey folks. I have come to a sad, sad realization….I’m going to have to put together a track show. I have always hated using music tracks on a live show because it takes away from my flexibility as an artist. You can’t tell a track to “break it down” or give the musicians solos. And when I started out, tracks weren’t even a thing. Nobody did that! All live music was actually LIVE. Every instrument had a person on stage playing it.  That is what I am used to and that is what I like. For me, tracks kind of cheat the audience out of the best experience possible.

BUT alas, I must do it. Here are my reasons…

  1.  Musicians are unpredictable and not very loyal.  When I started (I know I’m beginning to sound like an old person), NOTHING came before a gig. If you had a show, you went and did it unless someone died! On Xmas and Thanksgiving, we took our plates of food on the road and ate on the way to the gig. I remember one girl getting fired because she chose to go to an MC Hammer concert (whew I just dated myself) instead of doing a gig scheduled for that night. It was THAT serious. Now it seems if someone has a hangnail, they won’t be able to make it! That blows and I’m sick of it!
  2. I’m still kind of the new kid and cannot yet demand top dollar.  Although my popularity is continuously growing, many still have never heard of me. It’s difficult to get paid a decent wage when you are not yet a household name. That means, there is only a little bit of money to spread around. I like to pay my guys well and I just can’t every time. *LIGHT BULB* THAT’S PROBABLY WHY THEY ARE NOT SO LOYAL!! Anyway, if it’s just me and a track, that little bit is fine because there is no one to pay but me.
  3. I can gig more often with tracks.   If I have music tracks, I can take gigs in smaller venues and get even more exposure that way.  I can charge a very low price while I’m getting my name out there. I can probably gig somewhere every week with the tracks. This would be impossible with my band.

Now, I’m still going to do shows with the band. I will never totally give that up. BUT the gig has to pay enough so that I can pay my musicians. If not, I’m going with the tracks…*shrugs shoulders*

OK, my radio show is now up and running on Remember Then Radio. It airs every Wednesday at 6pm. My music is played for a whole hour! Thanks Barb and Steve. You guys are great!

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I contacted a few folks in the Lake Gaston area who had venues that offer live music. I have gotten absolutely ZERO response but I am undaunted. I’m gonna bug them until somebody lets me play!  One good thing though is that my DJ friend Neal Furr (Soul Dog) hooked me up with a guy named Andy Lucy who apparently has a radio station in Emporia VA, lake country. I sent Andy my music and he has promised to play it! So, maybe when people hear it there, they will be more open to letting me come there to perform.

He’s also got a couple of more DJ friends in that area that he said he’d reach out to for me. I swear I LOVE that dude. I don’t even know what I have done to deserve so much of his support but I am surely grateful! And it’s not just him! So many folks have gone out of their way for me. Let me just shout out a few…DJ Heavy, Gary King, Scott Beasley (Deckerz Bar and Grill NMB), Robin Lancaster, Gene Coker, J Red the Nephew, VA Fonz, Terry L. Batts, Chip Sistare, Vicki Chaffin, Andrew Blackwell….I know I’m forgetting some people but my brain only works so well….Just know that I appreciate you all so much!!! I am honored and humbled that you have even taken the time to say my name much less help me along this winding road.

That’s all for now. Keep listening…Why am I about to cry?  Happy tears…

 

Lake Country

Hey folks! So, I had a bit of an epiphany today. I live in Rocky Mount. DUH Right? But I am realizing that I am very close to Lake Gaston….And there is a large market for live music there. Why I’m just realizing this, I don’t know but yeah…So, today I’m going to contact some folks and let them know I’m available.

So, last week I went to Downtown Live here and saw Jim Quick and Coastline. I didn’t let them know I was there. After the show, I went and said hi to the guys and Jim says “Why didn’t you tell me you were here. You could have sang Chain of Fools. It brought the house down last time” He was so right! I gotta kick this whole modesty thing. Getting on that stage with him would have given me a bit more credibility with this beach music thing. Oh well, at least I got this selfie!

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I have also got managed to get a sponsor!!! YAY!!! It is Remember Then Radio

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They are giving me a whole hour per week of just playing my music! It is already in daily rotation. I like to listen when I surf the net or clean the house. You should give it a try! It’s commercial free and always on! My favorite shows are Gary’s Beach Shack and Soul Dog’s Beach Boogie and Blues. Let me be ghetto for a minute…Shout out to Neal Furr and Gary King, my DJs are in the house Baby baby!  OK I’m back! They don’t JUST play beach music. They also play Doo Wop and oldies. Anyway, check them out at the link above for the schedule and give them a listen. Once my show gets produced, I will let you know what time you can tune in to hear me! That’s all for now. Thanks for listening and join the fan club!