Sometimes, one does not know what to expect from an artist. Model / actress / singer / songwriter Carla Bruni is one of those artists. On the heels of her latest album French Touch – the native of Italy and wife of former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy, elegantly wowed L’Olympia on Sunday night. Song… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Carla Bruni ‘Covers’ Montreal
For many people – Leonard Cohen was an old guy who wrote the song Hallelujah. Visiting the exhibit honoring the late poet / songwriter / philosopher is an eye and ear opener. Only the folks who are deeply embedded in music and / or above the Mason- Dixon line in age are not surprised. La… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Discovering Leonard Cohen
Jesse Galganov is Missing ! Can you imagine the feelings that are going through the mind and souls of his family? Jesse Galganov went backpacking in Peru. Last time anyone heard from or saw him was at the beginning of October. Something is amiss. Someone knows something about his whereabouts or perhaps – Jesse is… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Searching for Jesse Galganov; Somebody Knows Something Out There !
Owen Broder is schooled. Music was and remains the classroom and subject. What better way to educate than go back into the roots of American music? That is precisely what he has done with his latest project and album. Please listen below as Owen explains many things. Click on the link to discover Owen Broder.… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Owen Broder; Exploring American Roots Music Through Jazz
Devin Cuddy is his own man … His band – The Devin Cuddy Band, have just released their third recording. A disc called Amy’s Dream. The album is a foray into uncharted yet familiar territory. A disc which adds oregano to an already great tasting spaghetti sauce. Please listen below to some great tunes as… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Devin Cuddy; The New Piano Man?
You gotta have a firm frame before you hit the road … In singer / songwriter multi-instrumentalist Sule Heitner’s case, a firm frame is schooling in music. Learning Bach before Brian May. One of Montreal’s great guitarists takes the listener on a scenic drive with his new CD Hold On ( due out… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene -Sule Heitner; Playing Music from The Inside Out
Today’s music is lost … That is the first thing that comes to mind midway through the third song in a Steve Hackett show. Whether he is revisiting his solo catalogue, traversing backwards through time and dipping into the Genesis well or orchestrating his new record, one thing is common. The songs are complete, diverse… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Steve Hackett Awakens the Senses in Montreal.
Once upon a time, Genesis was not a Pop band. Cutting edge songs in the prog Rock vein was what made Genesis into one of the biggest selling commercial bands of all time. Lyricist and singer Peter Gabriel and guitar player Steve Hackett were a huge part of that equation. Upon their departure –… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Selling Steve Hackett by the Pound
Kate McGarry has one of the greatest voices in music. One Grammy nomination under her belt later, Kate has hooked up with two of her favorite fellows to record an album fitting for not just a Grammy award – an Oscar award as well. Combining Jazz sensibilities with soundtrack mentalities is a coup for… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Kate McGarry; A Loving Trio Just in Time for Valentine’s Day
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Sometimes, artists do not get their just due. Instead of rolling over and crying into their old Blues records, craftsmen must think outside the box. They look for avenues to not only make money – to also earn the respect they deserve for quality art Mike Goudreau is… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Goudreau; Making a Name for His Music in Hollywood!
Sometimes, music needs to be injected with the past. Danielle Duval, a former Montrealer now living in Toronto, appears to have accomplished the large task of injecting some fresh blood into Rock n Roll. Not inventing the wheel but incorporating sounds she heard from a band which were rather large in the late 70’s… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Danielle Duval; Injecting Freshness Into Rock n Roll
Angels are among us … Their voices as forceful and as soft as need be. Sounds of the souls drifting into the air and pollinating those who pay attention. Please have a listen below to some great new tunes and a new / old song from one of Montreal’s wayward daughters. Find out what is… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Quite Simply, Some of the Best Female Vocalists and What’s Coming !
It was more like a large crash. Like most ‘ big wrecks’, people are curious. They stop, look , listen and move one. Luckily for the band Big Wreck, the majority of the punters stayed at the Corona Theatre in Montreal Saturday night. Big fans of the band helped Big Wreck celebrate twenty years since… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Big Wreck Celebrates Twenty Years with a Bang!
Country music has replaced the ‘roll’ in Rock n Roll. Chuck Berry, Ray Charles and the Rolling Stones. Three of the biggest names in music, all bred with a foundation of Country music in their souls. Tim Hicks of Niagara Falls Canada is on the brink of super-stardom. In a music world where Country music… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Country Music Star Tim Hicks Set to Invade Quebec !
Montreal is a Genesis hub. Along with bands such as Styx and Supertramp, Genesis were received and applauded in Montreal before the world embraced their talents. Consisting of Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett – Genesis served up a decade of classic music. Prog Rock. Cutting age material that remains… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Former Genesis Guitarist Steve Hackett Discusses New Album , Old Friends and A Scary World. Part One and Two
Montreal is a Genesis hub. Along with bands such as Styx and Supertramp, Genesis were received and applauded in Montreal before the world embraced their talents. Consisting of Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett – Genesis served up a decade of classic music. Prog Rock. Cutting age material that remains… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Former Genesis Guitarist Steve Hackett Discusses New Album , Old Friends and A Scary World.
The new year brings hope. Not just for regular folk, business people or pets. More than anyone, artists and musicians require a changing of course to right a sometimes leaky boat. It ain’t easy maneuvering the seas of art, just ask the Flock of Seagulls circling aimlessly overhead. Here now are The Top… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene; Top Ten Musician New Year’s Resolutions
Music is the gateway to the soul. If the entrance is locked , jumping fences can only end up bad. There are no shortcuts to success in the music business. Here are the top ten signs it may be time to change careers in 2018. 10. Two years after playing the Montreal International Jazz Festival… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene; Top Ten Signs Your Music Career May Be in Trouble.
There is a lot of time to kill at the North Pole. After all, Christmas comes once a year ! Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves like to bop. They like to Rock and they like to Roll. Sometimes they groove to R&B, often they dance … Here are Santa’s Top Ten Favorite Tunes!… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Santa Claus’ Top Ten Favorite Songs …
Christmas comes once a year boys and girls ! Unless your name happens to be Christmas and you are … um … never mind. ‘Tis the season to be jolly as they say and there is no better way to get into the Holiday Spirits ( and spirit) than listening to Christmas tunes !… Read More It’s A Charlie …er …Rick Keene Music Scene Christmas !