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Rufus Thomas

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Rufus Thomas, “Walking the Dog”

“His music … brought a great deal of joy to the world, but his personality brought even more, conveying a message of grit,...

Stax '68

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Stax ’68 — A Memphis Story

1968 was a momentous year for the nation, the city of Memphis, and Stax Records...

Isaac Hayes

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: The Holy Trinity of Soul (Isaac Hayes Vinyl Reissues)

Craft Recordings has remastered and reissued three of the seminal albums in soul music history on vinyl. It's a veritable Holy Trinity of...

Isaac Hayes

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Isaac Hayes, “I Stand Accused”

Isaac Hayes' 1970 album was a key component in the Stax Records resurgence...

Soul Serenade - Isaac Hayes

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Isaac Hayes, “Walk On By”

A new collection celebrates the resurgence of a legendary soul label...

Soul Serenade - The Staple Singers

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: The Staple Singers, “Let’s Do It Again”

The Staple Singers let go of the past on this 1975 classic...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Robert Gordon, “Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion”

To me, the music of Stax Records, the seminal soul music label from Memphis, has always been sacred, from the time I was a child.  All...

Jimmy Hughes

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Jimmy Hughes, “Steal Away”

"Steal Away" made the world aware of a small Alabama town...

Music, Popdose, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Jody Stephens (Big Star)

When it comes to bands whose critical acclaim far outweighs their record sales, few can compete with Big Star. The band, which initially...

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Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: The Staple Singers, “I’ll Take You There”

Ken Shane will be covering the Newport Folk Festival for Popdose again this weekend. Among the artists he looks forward to seeing is soul...