If you could pick one modern example of that earthy, downhome, story-telling, chitlin' circuit Soul/Blues Mr. Dicky Williams would fill the spot quite nicely. One thing's for sure he's one of the most underrated Soul/Bluesmen of our era. Like one-time fellow labelmate Chick Willis (Ichiban Records) Williams became known for bawdy songs like "Come Back P***y" & "I Want You For Breakfast" but he's actually a strong Soul singer/songwriter in the Otis Redding vein even without the x-rated shtick. Williams claims to have written "over 200 lbs" worth of songs- most of which have yet to be released!
Dicky's recording career dates back to the novelty 45 "Tee Na Na" in 1960 followed by scattered singles for Metro ("That's Where True Love Began"), Backfire ("Ride The Wind"), Pledge ("Heartache Hill") & Ace Records ("You Got A Good Thing Going On") before his first LP dropped in 1978 on Backfire Records, the highly sought after collector's item "Triple Dynomite". After a single or two more, including "Touching You" for Sirco in 1984, his second album, "Red Negligee', White Whiskey & Blue Lights" was released in 1986.
His greatest success to date came after signing with Atlanta's Ichiban Records. In 1989 he released "In Your Face", which produced the aforementioned "Come Back P***y" and his stone classic "In The Same Motel" (which also appeared on his "Red Negligee" record). He followed it up with 2 more records for Ichiban before releasing one obscure record on his own in 1996. Now he has made a dramatic comeback by teaming with guitarist & producer Ken Massey for the album of his life! Massey, an accomplished Jazz musician wo has released a well received Jazz record "Autumn In Baltimore", nearly steals the show with fantastic guitar playing throughout. The combination of the two is double dynomite." Notes courtesy of Blues Critic magazine www.bluescritic.com
By Calvin Lee Hill (edited by BluesCritic.com)
*** 1/2 One of my favorite songs of the 80s was the underground hit "Come Back P**sy"! I loved that old school Blues song. That's when Dicky Williams was with Ickyban (Ichiban). Ha! I thought Dicky might have passed on but nope! he's "back again" and he's better than ever.
Now when I first got this CD I quickly jumped to the last track, "Dog Kinda Love", (Simeo's remix) 'cuz I heard it on the radio and couldn't wait to hear it again. That's some slick Southern Soul production my boy Simeo did on there! And who's this Ken Massey? Cat can tear it up on that gee-tar! There's also a jazzier laid back tempo version too that's just as good. Had me leanin' back in my Jeep bobbin' my head. They should've called this CD "A Dog's Life" or "Man's Best Friend" or something to do with dogs 'cuz two other tracks have "Dog" in the title. The hilarious party blues/dance jammy "Did The Dog Get It All?" has Dicky singing: "Did the dog get all? All of your love babe? Did he bone it like he owned it". Then he tells her don't wanna know: "no, don't tell me, Don't tell me! Lie to me, honey!".
On the slow Blues "Treat Me Like A Dog" he flips the script. See, Dicky wants to be treated like a dog. Why? Because those "dogs I've seen on TV" live larger than most of us! He says "They get ice cream and cake/Two way steaks/Chauffeur-driven limousines treated like kings and queens/They got diamond collars around their necks...go ahead and treat me like a dog babe!". Ain't that the truth. Ken Massey plays some super guitar again. All over this album. Always a storyteller, Dicky's spins a funny tale on the funky "Somebody's Teachin' My Woman How To Cheat" and he tells it like it is on "Pain The Gas Lane". (Cost me 6o bucks to fill up last week! So "I feel yer pain"). Another great one is the Deep Soul melody on "Lovin' One Woman At A Time". Otis Redding would like this one. Then there's this New Age/Quiet Storm song, "Love & Sex Is Not The Same", that is quickly becoming one of my favorites. This CD has something for everyone. My kind of BLUES. Welcome back Dicky and stick around this time.