There was a lot of new music released this year. Ken Shane wades through it all to find a handful of albums with real staying power.
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Ken Shane is a writer, musician, and proud son of New Jersey, now living in Rhode Island. In addition to writing about music for Popdose, Ken has contributed to The…
David Ruffin was not the only Temptation who went on to solo success
Jimmy Ruffin’s biggest hit is a Motown classic
Ken Shane looks back on the many memorable events of 1968, including the release of a classic Simon & Garfunkel album.
Ken Shane lists his favorite albums of 2016
Bob Dylan turns 75 today. Ken Shane celebrates.
Ken Shane selects his favorite albums of 2015
Ken Shane recommends some of the year’s best music books
Ken Shane pays tribute to Percy Sledge, the great Southern soul singer who we lost this week
Popdose Staffers Robert Ross, Ken Shane, and Dw Dunphy; and syndicated D.J. Dave “the Rave” Kapulsky take a look at the genius behind The Left Banke, who passed away mid-March 2015.
Ken Shane’s favorite albums of 2014
Ken Shane pays tribute to the legendary Gerry Goffin
Ken Shane’s annual Holiday Gift Guide
Ken Shane interviews one of America’s greatest songwriters
Ken Shane sits down with newly rediscovered superstar Sixto Rodriguez
Ken Shane’s favorite albums of the year
Ken Shane counts his blessings with a little help from Sam & Dave
Over 100 classic soul tracks informed by Ken Shane’s weekly Soul Serenade column.
The Delfonics left us with many indelible hits, but it’s a more obscure B-side that Ken Shane recalls as he celebrates the second birthday of Soul Serenade.
Ken Shane pays tribute to the great Levon Helm.
Shelby Lynne has been out on the road promoting last year’s fine album “Revelation Road.” Ken Shane was there when the tour hit Fall River, MA.
Columbia Records released the debut album from Bob Dylan 50 years ago today. An appreciation from Ken Shane.
Believe it or not, the Miracles only had one #1 hit while Smokey Robinson was their singer. Ken Shane recalls “The Tears of a Clown.”
Right in the middle of their epic hit making career, Earth, Wind & Fire delivered one of the most indelible singles of all time. Ken Shane remembers “September”
Isaac Hayes and David Porter wrote a string of hits for Sam & Dave in the ’60s. Ken Shane recalls perhaps the greatest of them all.
The world of soul, R&B, and funk lost three of its greatest artists last week. Ken Shane remembers Etta James, Johnny Otis, and Jimmy Castor.
Jerry Butler has had a lot of hits over the course of his illustrious career, but it was a lesser-known 1967 single that found a place in Ken Shane’s heart.
On a recent Saturday night Ken Shane caught a set by Trombone Shorty in RI. It was hot, it was sweaty, it was funky.