Clarksdale, Mississippi artist Luther Lackey first showed his talents as a "Soul Country" artist before going "Blues" and Southern Soul. Mister Zay scored a hit with the Lackey-penned "She Only Wants To See My On Friday" while Lackey himself scored a hit himself with "Scared Of Getting Caught". He next signed with Memphis-based Ecko Records, charting regionally with "I Should've Stayed Scared" and "It Ain't Easy Being The Preacher's Wife". The latter was a sequel to "Forbidden Love", a song he wrote for artist Vick Allen. He's also written songs for "pretend" brother O.B. Buchana.
"I Thought I Married A Fool" (Luther lackey 2000)
"Down South Funk" (Lulack 2002)
songs include....I Smell Funk, Your Love, Big Daddy, She Only Wants To See Me On Friday, I'm Going Home, I'm So Glad He Was Born...
"I'm Talking To You" (Goodtime 2005)
1. Hell in the Bed
**1/2 Oh, Luther Lackey? Ain't he a country singer? Well, maybe he used to be but now he's entered Southern Soul country on this new Goodtime Records release. First up, "Hell In The Bed" has Lackey boasting of his libidinal skills over a funky R & B groove. Hit potential alert. Maybe his rap worked on the hoochie in "Freak At The House", a slinky cheating number that follows. But on "Scared Of Getting Caught" he turns down the hoochie 'cuz he doesn't know how to "cover my tracks". But she won't give up easily and says Luther's woman can even join in! Somebody call Springer. Other notables include the midpaced "Thang Played With", Marvin Gaye-inspired "Call Your Outside Woman" and "She Only Wants To See Me On Friday". But too many weak tracks like "Lips That Don't Speak" & "Can I Tap That" weigh down this 15-song LP. Quality control would have pared this down to a tidy ten. Lackey wrote, produced and performed all the music here and we can expect to hear a lot more from him in the future. "Scared Of Getting Caught" was a considerable hit in the Chitlin Circuit.
"I Should Have Stayed Scared" (Ecko 2007)
1. Yo Dog (Ate My Cat)
*** Three years is a longtime between cds in the modern "Southern Soul" world, but Lackey hasn't dropped music under his own name since 2005 when he enjoyed a steady run with his hit single "I'm Scared Of Gettin' Caught". In the meantime he's had songs appear on other projects (most notably O.B. Buchana).
Though released on Ecko Records this set was 100% written, played and produced by Lackey himself. Overall it's more consistent than it's predecessor (2005's "I'm Talking To You"), parsed out between Funk ("You Dog (Ate My Cat)", "Leave Home Kind Of Love"), bumps ("I Don't Care Who's Gettin' It"), slow R & B jams ("Number Two", "She's Tired Of Me", title cut) and a lil' Blues ("New Orleans Blues").
"Jody's Got My Problems" (Ecko 2009)
1. Intro-Mama Southern Soul
***1/2 Luther Lackey is Southern Soul's "best kept secret" (it's a crime his greatness is so damn secret, dabnabbit) and this may be the quintessential Lackey album, displaying all his strengths from down home comedy ("Mama At The Drive Through (skit)", "Mama Southern Soul", the title cut) to chitlin circuit dance music ("Dip And Roll", "Get Out Of My Bed") to deep balladry ("I Thought The Baby Was Mine"). "Jody's Got My Problems" is a new twist on the urban legend. Jody may have "got your girl and gone" but he's in for some hell for doing so now that he's got Luther's "problem" woman.
"The Preacher's Wife" (Ecko 2010)
1. It Ain't Easy Being The Preacher's Wife
"Married Lyin' Cheatin' Man" (Ecko 2011)
1. Rebound Love Affair
"The Contender" (CDS 2012)
1. Blind, Blind Snake
"Call Me" (Luther lackey 2018)
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