Rick Keene Music Scene – Judy Collins & The Global Virtual Choir Re-Release Her Version of “Amazing Grace”

Over the past few weeks, 1000 singers from across the globe — professional and amateur alike — answered Judy Collins’ call to sing “Amazing Grace” with her as a sign of solidarity in this unprecedented time.

This new version of Judy’s historic recording is out now, and Alan Cumming, Judith Owen, Steve Earle, Madeleine Peyroux, Mandolin Orange, and Tift Merritt — plus internationally known choirs like The Sixteen, New York Choral Society, Voices International, and GOA University Choirare — are just some of the singers who participated in this Global Virtual Chorus event.


“I recorded ‘Amazing Grace’ with a group of friends at Saint Paul’s Chapel on the Columbia University campus in New York City,” Collins recalls. “When my recording was released, it became enormously popular all over the world.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Mick Jagger Solo Songs

Does one half of a Glimmer Twin glimmer?

Mick Jagger is the greatest front-man in Rock n Roll history. Nobody can combine all the nuances and different vocal styles while dancing, playing harp and guitar.

According to Keith Richards – ‘Mick is a wonderful bunch of guys …”

When the front-man of The Rolling Stones can put out solo songs that outdo the amount of quality songs by most modern day artists half his age, it is safe to say Michael Phillip Jagger will go down as one of the greatest songwriters in music history.

Please listen to the Top Ten Mick Jagger solo songs below.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Montreal Playlist

Montreal has the best music fans in the world.

Every band that arrives in Montreal says the same thing. ‘Montrealers know music and it shows.’ The enthusiasm from the crowd to the band, the energy exchanged – second to none.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Album of the Week

Old school with modern energy.

Michael Kaeshammer is one of the most energetic and talented musicians in Canada. His boyish charm combined with old soul techniques place him in a category by himself.

Now – Michael’s live (and contagious) show can be heard on disc and DVD. Please listen below to a few selected tracks for my choice of Album of The Week.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Best New Tunes

Music is created everyday.

Music knows no disease and it is the ultimate cure for most ailments.

Please listen below to some of The Best New Music Released This Week

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal’s Top Musicians

The best music is not always greener on the other side of the street.

Montreal is a hotbed for musicians of all genres and styles. The diversity and the language make Montreal as unique as a two horned Unicorn.

Please listen below to some of Montreal’s Best Bands and Solo Artists.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Burger Town Blues Playlist

“If you cannot pay your rent – that’s The Blues …”

Howlin’ Wolf’s quote above defines The Blues more than most. The Blues are the cornerstone of popular music as we know it and it is the most enduring genre of music in it’s purest form.

Most people walking around on this planet are struggling. The elite, the Kings and Queens – oblivious to the troubles of the every-man and woman. The Blues is the music of the people.

Please listen below to Burger Town’s Blues Playlist

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Collection of New Song Releases

Enough of the hate and time spent spreading it. Social media commenting is endorsing and spreading of hate.

Please listen below to Some New Tunes You Do Not Hear Anywhere Else !

Streaming Live at the Village Vanguard 

Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons beginning June 13 

On February 22, 2020 the Village Vanguard, the world’s oldest continuously operated jazz club, marked its 85th year in the basement at 178 7th Avenue South in New York City.

On March 16th the club closed its doors indefinitely.

On Saturday, June 13th at 7 p.m. EDT the club will present its very first livestream with
The Billy Hart Quartet
featuring Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson and Ben Street

A matinee will follow at 2 p.m. EDT on Sunday, June 14th

 Each week there will be two shows approximately 75 minutes in length
Saturday @ 7pm EDT and Sunday Matinee @ 2pm EDT
$7 gets you in the portal at villagevanguard.com
Bring your beverage of choice.

Livestream schedule:

• June 13th and 14th – Billy Hart Quartet featuring Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson and Ben Street

• June 20th & 21st – Vijay Iyer Trio featuring Nick Dunston and Jeremy Dutton   

• June 27th & 28th – Joe Martin Quartet featuring Mark Turner, Kevin Hays and Nasheet Waits

• July 4th & 5th – Joe Lovano TrioFascination featuring Ben Street and Andrew Cyrille
 The 16-piece Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is on hold for the moment.
Please continue to check the website and follow the club on Instagram @vanguardjazz and Facebook for updates.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Flip Flops, Polly-Wogs and Summer Oddities

Enough of the hate and time spent spreading it. Social media commenting is endorsing and spreading of hate.

Please listen below to Tunes and Memories of Much Better Times.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Spectacular Showcase

Please enjoy a Wide Range of Tunes and a Special Message from a Blues Legend.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Playlist

Please enjoy A Playlist

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Montreal Playlist

Montreal has the best music fans in the world.

Every band that arrives in Montreal says the same thing. ‘Montrealers know music and it shows.’ The enthusiasm from the crowd to the band, the energy exchanged – second to none.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Best New Jazz Songs

Without Jazz – music today exists in a poorer form.

Have a listen below to some great new Jazz tunes and information.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Best New Songs Feat. The Sharx Raising Money

Sniff around and you will find new things to snack on …

Marketing has taken over from the great new music that artists relentlessly release. Bling bombards us daily while the real musicians suffer.

Why don’t you sit back and listen below to some of the best new music to be released!

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Smoke Meat Pete Blues Playlist

“If you cannot pay your rent – that’s The Blues …”

Howlin’ Wolf’s quote above defines The Blues more than most. The Blues are the cornerstone of popular music as we know it and it is the most enduring genre of music in it’s purest form.

Most people walking around on this planet are struggling. The elite, the Kings and Queens – oblivious to the troubles of the every-man and woman. The Blues is the music of the people. A beacon for common sense to unite and prosper from the knowledge they are not alone. Money, relationships, addictions – all part of the inner conflicts which are paraded on stages throughout the world in the form of The Blues.

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Please listen below to Smoke Meat Pete’s Blues Playlist

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Montreal Playlist

Montreal has the best music fans in the world.

Every band that arrives in Montreal says the same thing. ‘Montrealers know music and it shows.’ The enthusiasm from the crowd to the band, the energy exchanged – second to none.

Please enjoy Your Playlist

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Rick Keene Music Scene – 40 Canadian Artists Announced as International Songwriting Competition Winners

You need soul to write.

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is pleased to announce its 2019 winners. Established in 2002, ISC is the world’s largest international songwriting competition, receiving over 18,000 entries from 140 countries in 2019. More than $150,000 in cash and merchandise is awarded to 71 winners in 23 categories covering all genres of music.

First Place Winner –
Singer/Songwriter Tim Moxam

ISC is pleased to announce that 40 Canadian songs are winners in the competition, garnering two First Places, one Second Place, four Third Places, and 33 Honorable Mentions.


“Canada has a long tradition of great songwriters, and this continues to be reflected in ISC’s winners,” said Candace Avery, Founder/Director of ISC. “Every year, Canadians excel in the competition, and we are proud to celebrate their artistry and achievements.”


Winning ISC is an honor awarded to many artists whose careers have been successful. Previous winners have included: Illenium; Vance Joy; Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Kehlani; Faouzia; Gregory Porter; Fantastic Negrito; Passenger; Lupe Fiasco; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; For King and Country; Dean Lewis; and many more. 

For a complete list of 2019 winners and to hear the winning songs, visit here.

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The list of 2019 Canadian winners is as follows:


First Place Winners


“Honesty” – Tim Moxam – Toronto, ON, Canada – Music Video
“I Do” – Khalid Yassein, Devan Glover, Robyn Dell’Unto (Wild Rivers) – Toronto, ON, Canada – Folk/Singer-Songwriter

Second Place Winner


“Istanbul” – Scot Robinson, Bobby Cameron (Scot Free Sessions) Edmonton, AB, Canada – Lyrics Only


Third Place Winners


“Fingerblasting Women” – Avery Pearson, Scout Durwood (Scout & Avery) – Toronto, ON, Canada – Comedy/Novelty
“I Am The Storm” – Carl Bernard – Kitchener, ON, Canada – Lyrics Only
“Let Me Go” – Mathew van Vooght, Dan Mangan (Mathew V) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Performance
“No Eyes For Me” – Harpdog Brown, Mike Ross – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Blues


For a list of Honorable Mentions, visit here.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Best New Songs

Sniff around and you will find new things to snack on …

Marketing has taken over from the great new music that artists relentlessly release. Bling bombards us daily while the real musicians suffer.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The ‘First Lady of Guitar’ Liona Boyd is “Sending Love In The Time Of Corona”

If anyone can portray feelings through song – it is Liona Boyd

Proceeds from the song’s release will be directed to the Unison Benevolent Fund to help support musicians and industry professionals with counselling and emergency economic relief.

“While bicycling early one morning near my winter house in Palm Beach, Florida, I was anxiously thinking about my friends, family and fans scattered around the world and how we are all having to cope with rapidly changing times due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Boyd shares of the song and its heartfelt inspiration. “I began to hum the melody and lyrics to a little song, which would become ‘Sending Love In The Time Of Corona.’

“I first posted a simple version of the song on YouTube using my computer’s camera. After seeing all the comments fans had kindly posted, I decided to make a more developed version and worked remotely with Andrew Dolson and my producer, Peter Bond, in Canada.

“Wanting to help raise money for the Unison Benevolent Fund, I conceived this song to bring a message of hope and appreciation to those affected, and to those helping others.”

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A 2019 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National GUITAR Museum, a hat tip shared by the likes of B.B. King, Glen Campbell, and Bonnie Raitt, Boyd’s illustrious 40+ year career continues to enthral millions with her romantic take on classical, folk and world music.

Recipient of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, she is the winner of five JUNO Awards, five Guitar Player Magazine’s Classical Guitarist of the Year awards, Vanier Award, Women Who Make a Difference award, Prix ‘Esprit du Ciècle, and Artist of the Year and Honorary Mayor of San Antonio, Texas — plus four Honorary Doctorate of Law degrees and an Honorary Doctorate of Music degree.

Since the beginning of her career in 1974, Boyd has released 28 albums, and a Christmas special, A Winter Fantasy, nationally televised via PBS and CBC across the United States and Canada, respectively. She has appeared on countless stages around the world, and collaborated with the likes of Yo Yo Ma, Eric Clapton, Gordon Lightfoot, Tracy Chapman, Olivia Newton-John and Sir Andrew Davis, to name a few.

The author of two books, No Remedy for Love and In My Own Key, Boyd is a dedicated philanthropist and activist for a lengthy selection of charities close to her heart.

She has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Joann Falletta International Guitar Competition and was inducted into Guitar Player Magazine’s Gallery of Greats.

“Sending Love In The Time Of Corona” is available now.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Juno Award Winner Sue Foley Shares Her Experience of Playing with Billy Gibbons

If you wanna do something you love – do something you love.

Sue Foley grew up in Ottawa. She heard the Rolling Stones and discovered The Blues through them. At the age of twenty -one, she was living and plying her craft in Austin Texas.

2018 marked Foley’s return as a solo artist with her latest album, The Ice Queen, which featured guest appearances by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Jimmie Vaughan.

In May 2020, Foley won a Blues Music Award in the ‘Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)’ category

Please listen below to part two of my chat with Sue and hear what it is like playing with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top Fame.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Juno Award Winner Sue Foley Shares Her Playlist; Part One

If you wanna do something you love – do something you love.

Sue Foley grew up in Ottawa. She heard the Rolling Stones and discovered The Blues through them. At the age of twenty -one, she was living and plying her craft in Austin Texas.

2018 marked Foley’s return as a solo artist with her latest album, The Ice Queen, which featured guest appearances by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Jimmie Vaughan.

In May 2020, Foley won a Blues Music Award in the ‘Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)’ category

Please listen below to my chat with Sue and hear songs that influenced her as a young girl.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Smoke Meat Pete Blues Playlist

“If you cannot pay your rent – that’s The Blues …”

Howlin’ Wolf’s quote above defines The Blues more than most. The Blues are the cornerstone of popular music as we know it and it is the most enduring genre of music in it’s purest form.

Most people walking around on this planet are struggling. The elite, the Kings and Queens – oblivious to the troubles of the every-man and woman. The Blues is the music of the people. A beacon for common sense to unite and prosper from the knowledge they are not alone. Money, relationships, addictions – all part of the inner conflicts which are paraded on stages throughout the world in the form of The Blues.

Smoke Meat Pete

Please listen below to Smoke Meat Pete’s Blues Playlist

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Montreal Playlist Feat. Jean Marc Pisapia from The Box

Montreal has the best music fans in the world.

Every band that arrives in Montreal says the same thing. ‘Montrealers know music and it shows.’ The enthusiasm from the crowd to the band, the energy exchanged – second to none.

Please enjoy Your Playlist with Special Guest Jean Marc Pisapia from The Box!

Please listen below

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal’s Best Musicians

The best is not necessarily paraded in front of you.

Montreal ( and surroundings) has some of the finest musicians, producers, engineers and behind the scene women and men in the world. They are right in front of your nose.

Rock, Pop, Country, Blues, Jazz and everything in between is seeded and nurtured in Montreal and Quebec. Some of the best voices, songwriting and musical prowess takes place in our backyard. Take out your hose and water it !

Listen below to just a few of Montreal’s Best Musicians.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – New Songs Feat. Frank Marino

Sniff around and you will find new things to snack on …

Marketing has taken over from the great new music that artists relentlessly release. Bling bombards us daily while the real musicians suffer.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – 41st Annual Blues Music Awards

“If you cannot pay your rent – that’s The Blues …”

On Sunday, May 3, The Blues Foundation announced the winners of the 41st Annual Blues Music Awards, the blues world’s highest honors. Newcomer Christone “Kingfish” Ingram led all recipients with five awards, winning in every category in which he was nominated. He took the trophies for Album Of The Year, Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year and Best Emerging Artist Album for his Alligator Records debut, Kingfish. He was also named Contemporary Male Blues Artist Of The Year and Best Instrumentalist – Guitar.

The Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling (with Moss on guitar and Gruenling on harmonica) was named Band Of The Year, and won in all three categories in which they were nominated. Their Alligator Records album Lucky Guy! won Traditional Blues Album Of The Year. The album’s title track, written by Moss, won the Song Of The Year award.

Two other Alligator artists were also award winners. Vocalist Shemekia Copeland won for Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year. Rick Estrin, leader of Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, won for Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica.

The 41st Annual Blues Music Awards ceremony, hosted by Shemekia Copeland from her home, was presented online with contributions from artists all over the world. Presenters included Charlie Musselwhite, Warren Haynes, Fantastic Negrito, Ruthie Foster, William Bell, Beth Hart, and Keb’ Mo’.

Copeland

The awards were originally scheduled to be presented in Memphis on May 7, 2020, before being moved online due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Complete List of Winners Here

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Please listen below to some great Blues’ covers of Rolling Stones’ songs.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – ‘Refuge’ Brings Peace Through Music

Music heals.

So much discoloration today is creating hatred where hatred should not exist. Lies and agendas via social media posts and American mainstream news is creating an atmosphere on the cusp of violence. Add the stress introduced by Covid 19 and the governments around the world – peace is what we need more than ever right now.

Enter The Sultans of String and their album Refuge

Thirty contributors from around the world along with the Toronto-based Sultans of String provide music for the soul in these times of trouble. An evening of listening to this eclectic genre – blurring masterpiece will ease the mind. Strength will be gained to be able to cope day by day no matter what troubles you may be facing .

Please listen below to information about the album Refuge, The Sultans of String and selected tracks from the award winning album.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Montreal Playlist

Montreal has the best music fans in the world.

Every band that arrives in Montreal says the same thing. ‘Montrealers know music and it shows.’ The enthusiasm from the crowd to the band, the energy exchanged – second to none.

Please enjoy Your Playlist!

Please listen below

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Album of The Week!

Hard work pays off.

For Toronto -area band The Vaniers, the above words ring true. Any band which wishes to gain success must pay their dues. That is exactly what The Vaniers have done. A foreshadowing to their first EP; Who Are You to Stay?

Please listen below to the EP Who Are You to Stay?

Rick Keene Music Scene’s Album of The Week.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Special Birthday Tribute To Jerry Mercer

Someone once said; “Rock n Roll is a vicious game …”

The music business is, in general, a very vicious game. More people are used and tossed aside than dishrags at a cheap restaurant. The good die young and the bad fade away unless their souls are sold to the devil.

Jerry Mercer

Enter Mr. Jerry Mercer.

Some people have witnessed so much stuff in their lives – they forget what it is they have learned. Jerry Mercer is that guy. So much has gone in and stays, yet so much must be questioned to loosen the web surrounding the knowledge. From The Festival Express with Janis Joplin to Roy Buchanan. From April Wine to the rhythms of Cuba. Jerry Mercer has learned a lot and continues to grow.

Please listen below to a Birthday Tribute To Mr. Jerry Mercer

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