Now Playing: Kenny Shore’s ‘Time Stands Still’ 

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Kenny Shore is preparing for the release of a new album. It’s titled Time Stands Still and has a drop date of November 4th. But first, for those of you not yet familiar with the artist in question, a bit o’ background.

Kenny Shore

Kenny Shore
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According to Shore’s official website, Kenny Shore is an American singer-songwriter, and musician. Born in North Carolina, he “wrote his first song after his grandfather gave him a homemade banjo at the age of 10.” Additionally, as the son of a preacher, he “grew up singing in the church.”

Shore “got his first guitar at 16 and just 2 years later, when he arrived…at Campbell University, he had already written over 100 songs.” His rockin’ resume includes three previous platters and “several digital singles.” Following the death of his wife in 2017, he began producing music that is more heartfelt than ever. 

Signature Sound

Kenny Shore’s signature sound is a fluid mix of music genres that has expanded to include elements of Americana, bluegrass, country folk, and even rock and roll. His musical influences include John Prine, Bob Dylan, and Van Morrison.  

Time Stands Still 

Time Stands Still is a 12-track album of all original material. Here Shore leads the way on acoustic guitar and vocals. He is occasionally backed by other artists including 

Andrew Marlin (Watchhouse) on mandolin, Isaac Derr on bass, guitars, and backing vocals, Joseph Terrell (Mipso) on guitar, lap steel, and backing vocals, producer Jerry Brown on banjo, Robert Sledge on bass, Rob Ladd (the Connells) on drums, Joe MacPhail on Hammond organ, piano, and percussion, Danny Abrams on baritone sax, and Lizzie Rose and Ron Poythress on backing vocals

Track by Track

The album opens with “Put Yourself In My Shoes.” This is a musically metamorphic song wherein the main character angrily pleads with a soon-to-be ex-lover to realize what he is going through and to feel his pain and try to see things through his eyes. It’s reminiscent of something you’d hear on an early Bob Dylan platter. 

The second selection is the country folk cut “Wander Around.” This one was unsurprisingly selected as a focus track. It’s a biographical audio offering that focuses on missing an absent lover. Regardless of the lyrics though, it makes a great choice for a road trip (providing you don’t have anyone to miss, of course.)

The next number is “She’s Broken.” Yes, it is a song dedicated to someone special, yet it is unique in its lyrical presentation. It is both clever and pensive and even a good slow dance number to boot.     

“Don’t Ever Say My Name” follows here. This song is soundtrack ready. You can hear it in the lyrics, the rhythm of the song, and even the vocal production.

The jazzy “Down In Louisiana” is one of those upbeat songs that just sounds like it was fun to record. It happily but not too heavily appropriately borrows musical elements from the traditional New Orleans music scene.     

The sixth songful serving is “Name 3 People.” This one is almost like a John Prine piece. It also experiments with rhythm, pace, and tempo which keeps things interesting.  

“Everything We Needed” is a reflective, melancholic nigh-sad song-story.  It is undoubtedly overshadowed by other cuts and yet Shore’s signature sound and musical abilities remain evident.    

“Your Smiling Face” is a gospel-influenced, upbeat track. It’s a positive piece undoubtedly dedicated to the memory of his late wife. It comes complete with New Orleans-tinged keys and would hopefully receive his late spouse’s approval from on high.  

The expressive “Able To Try” is perhaps overshadowed by its placement here. Nevertheless, Shore’s often emotive vocals and the specific musical elements included here give the song its own identity. It is somehow like a deep cut from an early Van Morrison platter. “Taz Halloween” provides vocals.

The back porch single “Almost Like Heaven” is a result of the death of John Prine. Like his other songs about loss, it was undoubtedly cathartic and provided a creative release. You can almost hear the musical research or influence here in the lyrics.      

“Time Stands Still” is seemingly an autobiographical song. One can hear why it was chosen as the title track. It combines the mundane with the profound and poses questions about both life and time a la Kierkegaard and Kurt Vonnegut and yet simultaneously comes off as a good ol’ country shuffle as well.   

The closing cut is “The 24th Of June.” It’s a quiet, subtle banjo instrumental album endnote as Shore leaves the audience wanting more. 

Overall… 

Overall, the album is an exceptional example of Shore’s abilities as a songwriter and musician. The material here is emotive, honest, and at times almost raw. The songs explore familiar themes of love, loss, failure, and even hope for the future presented from Shore’s perspective. Many of the tracks are stand-alone songs that will remain meaningful for a long time to come. So, check out Kenny Shore’s Time Stands Still and celebrate “The 24th Of June.”