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.
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 !
For those who follow my escapades (both online and in attempting to promote local music), five words may come to mind; It ain’t easy being green. Competing against the corporate machine is not something that comes easy. Ringo Starr was dead on. For six years, I’ve accomplished more than I thought possible as one guy.… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Favorite Interviews 2017
Just call it the ‘In Through the Out Door / Steel Wheels phase. Very successful bands reach a point where they’ve written everything in their style and have experimented with new sounds to reach new heights and / or fans. Suddenly , they find themselves in the studio, looking in the mirror and realizing they… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene; U2 Borrows from The Sixties to Avoid Jumping the Shark.
The world is a mess. With everything that is happening around the world these days, The Lyric Theatre Singers are literally – to the rescue. Their Christmas themed show; Candlelight Christmas, a welcome relief from the noise all around us. Silence among thieves. Calm in a global storm. Please listen below to my chat with… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – The Lyric Theatre Singers; Lighting Up Christmas with Class
A good concert is an occasion to make new friends. You leave the venue satisfied. The soul filled with goodness. Diana Krall and her four piece ensemble did just that. Exploring and paying homage to the likes of Cole Porter, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan, Diana reminded everyone why music was created and how… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Diana Krall Reminds Montreal of All That is Good
Not everyone embraces Quebec winters. In fact , most don’t. Emilie Claire Barlow is one person who loves Quebec winters. So much so, the Toronto native and Juno Award winner took up residence in Quebec. Not only that – she sings about it on her new disc. A combination of English and French, the tracks are… Read More Rick Keene Music Scene – Emilie Claire Barlow; Basking in Quebec’s Winter