Soul Serenade: Don Covay, “Mercy, Mercy”

Don Covay left us recently. He left behind a splendid resume that reflected his work as a singer and songwriter. Covay never allowed himself to be pigeonholed into one genre or another. His music reached out to fans of soul, R&B, and ...

Soul Serenade: Jerry Butler, “A Brand New Me”

I’m going to Philadelphia tomorrow. It’s exciting for me, so exciting that I’m writing the column a day early so that I can go. I haven’t been there since I moved to Rhode Island, which is closing in on four years ago ...

‘Face Time: Facing the Music

A year ago today it was over. And 24 hours later I was fine with that.

On September 9, 2013, I posted what turned out to be the final edition of this collaborative series with Jeff Giles and Mike ...

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

It’s that time of year again. Beginning on Friday, some of the world’s greatest musicians will descend on Newport for two of the longest running and most prestigious festivals in the world. This weekend the Newport Folk Festival is in town, and ...

Soul Serenade: Luther Vandross, “Here And Now”

I come here today to praise Luther Ronzoni Vandross, who, despite the somewhat incongruous middle name, was one of the greatest singers of any kind of music that this world has ever known. When he died nine years ago the world suddenly ...

Soul Serenade: Jean Knight, “Mr. Big Stuff”

Another day, another snow storm here in Rhode Island. I usually like to leave my little island community on Wednesdays and head across the big bridge to write my column at the Newport Library. Today the snow is piled up outside the ...

Soul Serenade: Bobby Womack, “Lookin’ For A Love”

Bobby Womack knows something about emotion. He’s been through a lot in his life, and he’s going through a lot right now. Bobby’s musical career began in the early ’50s when he joined his brothers in a gospel group ...

The Friday Five: December 28, 2012

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have ...

Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’90s, Vol. 29

With Bottom Feeders we take a look at the songs on the Billboard Hot 100 that only got a little love. It’s an A-Z look at songs that charted no higher than #41 in the decade. Take a listen, enjoy and ...

CD Review: Anna Ash, “These Holy Days”

Outside of the San Francisco Bay Area and her native Michigan, Anna Ash is still a relative unknown. So the first thing one should know about Anna before diving into her music is this: the girl has a cinematic flair ...

Digging for Gold: The Time-Life “AM Gold” Series, Part 40

Digging for Gold is turning forty! That’s forty great installments, which is ten more than thirty! But enough math, you’ve come here for more trenchant musical analysis and good-natured barbs haven’t you? Let’s get to it on this, the final part ...

Song for the Soundtrack of Your Date (No Date) Tonight

Song for the Soundtrack of Your Date Tonight

You’ve got that Friday night make out place in your back pocket. The place you go into without a date, but you almost always leave with a freshly-minted date. A hot one. One with ...

Desert Island Discs with Little Shalimar

Little Shalimar is a man of many hats-some of which are metaphorical, all of which are stylish. He’s a singer, a songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, a filmmaker, a producer, a DJ and a collaborator. He’s produced records for El-P and played with ...

The Weekly Mixtape: Songs for a Weary Land

Like many other people, I found myself unable to enjoy music in the days following September 11, 2001. Part of it stemmed from the need for information – I was just too busy listening to news on the radio and looking ...

Soul Serenade: Year One


One year. It can seem like a long time, or it can fly by almost unnoticed. In the grand scheme of things, it’s barely a speck in time. The ...

Weeknight ’80s Dance Party: 5/4/11

I LOVE SOUL TRAIN. So much. There is no better way to spend an evening than with a bottle of wine and a bunch of old Soul Train episodes.

So, this week’s mix is an ode to that wonderful show. I ...

Soul Serenade: Anniversary MegaMix 1

When I began writing the weekly Soul Serenade column for Popdose six months ago, my aim was to share some of my favorite soul records with you. Writing this column about the music I love has brought me more joy ...

Soul Serenade: Aretha Franklin, “Ain’t No Way”

The Queen of Soul. That’s quite a title, especially when you consider that there has never really been a King of Soul. Sure, James Brown was the Godfather, Ray Charles was the Genius, and Solomon Burke has appended ‘King’ to the ...

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