Rick Keene Music Scene – Tetrix; ‘Hank Williams on Acid’

Mixed marriages are sometimes frowned upon. If the saying ' put two things together that have never been together before and you can sell them' is true, then Tetrix will soon become very wealthy. Tetrix contains two fellas who have been very busy musically. Every House Has a Light On is Connor Gottfried and Neil … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Tetrix; ‘Hank Williams on Acid’

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Tribute to Ric Ocasek and The Cars

Some tunes bring back memories as crisp as a leaf in the Fall. The Cars along with principle songwriter Ric Ocasek inspired every young person coming of age in the mid to late seventies. Doesn't matter what genre a teen was into - The Cars grabbed everyone because their music contained something for everyone. Please … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Tribute to Ric Ocasek and The Cars

Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Signs The Montreal International Jazz Festival is Nearing

Ah yes. It is that time of the year. Nothing says Montreal like construction cones and Jazz. Unfortunately - the cones are present year long while the Jazz Festival pops up once a summer. In a perfect music world; guitars are made of orange rubber and are available on every street corner. How do we … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Signs The Montreal International Jazz Festival is Nearing

Rick Keene Music Scene – Riiver Brukes; The Next Sass Jordan?

Raw talent cannot be taught. Scottish - born and current Canadian Riiver Brukes is a prime example of someone not requiring a lot of teaching.  Music comes from her soul and following a long 'break'; Riiver is now following her true 'calling'. Thankfully for all music lovers - Riiver is singing again.   Please listen below … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Riiver Brukes; The Next Sass Jordan?

Rick Keene Music Scene – Gowan’s Love Affair with Quebec Grows

It all comes down to passion ... French Canadians love the Montreal Canadiens. If you pay attention - they especially love the players that love the Canadiens as much as they do . Enter Lawrence Gowan aka Gowan. Photos Emily Eelkema What does a Scottish-born, Canadian -raised, classically trained pianist have to do with hockey? … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Gowan’s Love Affair with Quebec Grows

Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review – Part Two

What a year it was ... Twelve months have come and gone quicker than a man / woman looking for a one night stand. That's what happens when music is in the air and in your soul. Let's take a look back shall we? Let us revisit the musical past of 2018. April Steve Hill … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review – Part Two

Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review – Part One.

What a year it was ... Twelve months have come and gone quicker than a man / woman looking for a one night stand. That's what happens when music is in the air and in your soul. Let's take a look back shall we? Let us revisit the musical past of 2018. January Big Wreck … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review – Part One.

Rick Keene Music Scene – Musical Christmas Gifts

Tis the season to be musical.   Here are a few options or gifts to place under the Christmas tree. If you like what I do - then donate here and give me a gift too! Two concerts in January are 'not be missed'. January 25th sees Montreal's own The Damn Truth along with The … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Musical Christmas Gifts

Rick Keene Music Scene – There Is ‘No Woman’ Like Angela Harris

It is all about the roots after all ... Angela Harris knows all about the 'roots' of music. It is in her blood and DNA. In fact - Bluegrass and Country were all around her as a child ... Please listen below to my chat with Angela about her new disc; A Woman Like Me. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – There Is ‘No Woman’ Like Angela Harris

Rick Keene Music Scene – Rock for Dimes This Friday !

Raising money for the March of Dimes via Rock n Roll. Pretty cool ... Every year in several Canadian cities - corporate guys and gals get together and put on a Rock show. This year, in Montreal - the event takes place on November 16th at The Corona Theater. It promises to be a night … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Rock for Dimes This Friday !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Hey Dweezil! Where Did You Find That One? Concert Review

How do you describe Frank Zappa's music? Easy. A blend of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Genesis, Yes, Rush, The Ramones, The Kinks, the Beatles and every artist between 1920 until present day. Frank Zappa's brilliance as a writer, producer, arranger, guitar player and every other position within an intellectual realm artistically and socially was put … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Hey Dweezil! Where Did You Find That One? Concert Review

Rick Keene Music Scene – Jake Burns Still Has ‘Stiff Little Fingers’

Some bands fall through the cracks as far as recognition goes. Stiff Little Fingers are one of those bands. Born at the height of Punk music's global popularity, the band emerged from a Country that was not known for Rock music. 'I have no doubt there were many talented musicians and songwriters in Ireland ..." … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jake Burns Still Has ‘Stiff Little Fingers’

Rick Keene Music Scene – Reuben and The Dark; A Musical Success For Album Number Two

Rarely does a band come along which evokes feelings of hope within despair. Reuben and The Dark are that band. Just five years in and (now) two albums under their belts, Reuben and the Dark are setting Canada on fire as they tour the vastness. Arms of a Dream is their latest recorded offering and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Reuben and The Dark; A Musical Success For Album Number Two

Rick Keene Music Scene – Barbra Lica Is ‘A Little Bit Country’ On Her New Album

The word Jazzify is now a new thing ... Barbra Lica is one of the fastest -rising Jazz singers in Canada. Her last album - I'm Still Learning', gained Barbra a Juno nomination for best Jazz album. Stick to Jazz Barbra! Right? Wrong. By mistake - Barbra stumbled into Country music while learning her songwriting … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Barbra Lica Is ‘A Little Bit Country’ On Her New Album

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Zappa Doesn’t Fall Far From The Zappa Tree. PART TWO

Frank Zappa was all about artistic integrity. His son Dweezil is also ... Authenticity within sound is crucial to creating and delivering the art of music. Both Zappas live by that credo. Please listen below to  Part Two of my chat with Dweezil Zappa as we chat about various topics including Frank Zappa's foreshadowing.  Dweezil? What's … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Zappa Doesn’t Fall Far From The Zappa Tree. PART TWO

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Zappa Doesn’t Fall Far From The Zappa Tree.

Playing guitar very well must be a DNA thing ... Frank Zappa's son Dweezil, is a chip off the old block even though it is not sought out. Call it instinct, call it learned behavior or call it genetic - the artistic blood does circulate and will eventually come out in layered colors. Please listen … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Zappa Doesn’t Fall Far From The Zappa Tree.

Rick Keene Music Scene – Local Nurse Chantal Guimond Realizes Her Dreams

A nurse has one of the most stressful  jobs in Montreal. Chantal Guimond knows this very well. A veteran of nursing for thirty years. -music has always been her source of relaxation following a hard shift. Creating music has always been a dream and now Chantal has obtained step one. A CD and an official … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Local Nurse Chantal Guimond Realizes Her Dreams

Rick Keene Music Scene – Ladies and Gentlemen; The Winner of The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge Justin Saladino

Only the good die young ... The Blues are steeped in tradition of making deals with the Devil at the crossroads. Bad in the Blues is a good thing. Justin Saladino and his band were the baddest thing on stage Tuesday night as they competed and won The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge. The next … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Ladies and Gentlemen; The Winner of The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge Justin Saladino

Rick Keene Music Scene – Chris Velan is No ‘Amateur’ on Latest Album

Montreal singer and songwriter Chris Velan has it right. His latest album contains lyrics so human, so profound and so unique - the only thing missing is an old landline telephone.   Please listen below as Chris explains 'Amateur Hour' among other things. Chris? What's up?   Visit Chris Here !         … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Chris Velan is No ‘Amateur’ on Latest Album

Rick Keene Music Scene – The Five Finalists for The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge 2018

Every year someone heads to Memphis ... This year is no different. Five bands have been chosen as the finalists in 2018. Five different sounds all within the confines of the Blues formula. Different but with the very familiar sound which propelled the legends of Rock n Roll to super-stardom. Have a listen below to … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Five Finalists for The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge 2018

Rick Keene Music Scene – Joe Louis Walker; Every True Bluesman Tells a Story …

Joe Louis Walker understands the Blues ... The guitar player was around to witness the Blues being introduced to California in the late sixties and the early seventies. Being privy to guys like Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield. Please listen below to my chat with Joe about Mike Bloomfield's influence on The Blues scene and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Joe Louis Walker; Every True Bluesman Tells a Story …

Rick Keene Music Scene – Kyra Shaughnessy; A Breath of Fresh Music Air …

Sit back and escape ... Leaving the fast paced digital age behind is something Kyra Shaughnessy wants to pass on to listeners through her music. On her fifth release - the (now) resident of the Eastern Townships has matured into a comfortable artistic place. Combining all previous learning curves into a beautiful arc. Please listen … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Kyra Shaughnessy; A Breath of Fresh Music Air …

Rick Keene Music Scene – Max Parker; Do Not Call Him the Next Justin Bieber …

Max Parker is young, Canadian and a songwriter. That is where the comparison with Justin Bieber ends. Max is his own person. Something he wants to make clear as his single makes it's way into the charts. 'Out of the Blue' is the first single released with more on the way in the  coming months. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Max Parker; Do Not Call Him the Next Justin Bieber …

Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim to Be Inducted Onto Canada’s Walk of Fame; Part Two

Andy Kim is a songwriter. He found fame in New York City at just 16 years old when he wrote How’d We Ever Get This Way?- the first of nine Billboard Top 40 hits. Those hits included #1 songs Rock Me Gently and Sugar, Sugar, the latter being one of Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All Time. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim to Be Inducted Onto Canada’s Walk of Fame; Part Two

Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim to Be Inducted Onto Canada’s Walk of Fame; Part One

  Andy Kim is a songwriter. He found fame in New York City at just 16 years old when he wrote How’d We Ever Get This Way?- the first of nine Billboard Top 40 hits. Those hits included #1 songs Rock Me Gently and Sugar, Sugar, the latter being one of Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim to Be Inducted Onto Canada’s Walk of Fame; Part One

Rick Keene Music Scene – Cream’s Legacy Lives on Through the Kids of It’s Members

Cream are legendary ... Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce created something that no one had heard before. A hybrid of Classical, Jazz and Blues music. Cutting edge kinda stuff that to this day - remains magical and untouched. Fifty years later, the prodigal sons (and nephew) are hitting the road to pay homage … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Cream’s Legacy Lives on Through the Kids of It’s Members

Rick Keene Music Scene – The Proclaimers Stun Montreal

In an odd way, it's a shame The Proclaimers had a huge hit with I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles). The 1988 tune from the album Sunshine on Leith distracts audiences from the truth. Veritably - the Scotland raised duo / band are far better than the song which put them on the global map. Much … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Proclaimers Stun Montreal

Rick Keene Music Scene – Spencer MacKenzie ; Canada’s Next Guitar Great?

Hard to have the Blues when you are nineteen years of age. Sometimes - the classroom is all around and unless you are paying attention; the teacher remains invisible. That is not the case with Spencer MacKenzie as he makes his way up the musical ladder. Already winning the best new artist at The Maple … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Spencer MacKenzie ; Canada’s Next Guitar Great?

Rick Keene Music Scene – Trois Rivieres en Blues 2018

No Blues - no popular music. That is the fact. Men like Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Elmore James - the framework for what we now know as 'auto-tune'. These men would be rolling in their graves if they knew how their hard work has been destroyed by computers.   That is the great thing … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Trois Rivieres en Blues 2018

Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Signs You Are Musically Stuck in the Eighties …

Music can be a curse. Unfortunately - the very same songs which may cause happiness, can also hold a soul prisoner. Here are The Top Ten Signs You Are Musically Stuck in the Eighties. 10. Every time you sit down for dinner you say; " I'm hungry like a wolf ..." 9. Even at your … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Signs You Are Musically Stuck in the Eighties …