Rick Keene Music Scene – The Sheepdogs Take Montreal On a Ride

It is not easy ‘riding’ global accolades …

For the Western Canadian band The Sheepdogs – that is precisely what they are doing. And – doing it well.

When Rolling Stone magazine proclaims you as the band to watch out for, that is a lot of pressure. Judging from their performance at MTelus on a double bill with Montreal’s own The Damn Truth, the pressure appears to be in their favor. The crowd, the ultimate judges of success, was numerous and safe to say; satisfied customers on Saturday morning.

Following a powerful set from The Damn Truth, The Sheepdogs took the stage with pomp. The ceremony came after as the fans adjusted to the much different sound of the two bands on display. The Sheepdogs – much more grounded in Country and Pop to go with their Southern Rock n Roll. While The Damn Truth are in your face (take it or leave it), The Sheepdogs cater to the masses.

Who?, I’ve Got a Hole Where My Heart Should Be and Saturday Night started the twine rolling and from there on in – a simple matter of being strung along with good musicianship and catchy songwriting took precedent.

Ewan and Shamus Currie, Ryan Gullen and Sam Corbett are the men whose collaborations are grounded deeply in ‘roots’ music. Feel good tunes which are rich in traditional sounds. Bluegrass, Country, Folk and Blues. Easy going type stuff with an ingredient which is sorely missing these days in music. Storytelling. The Allman Brothers had it, CCR had it and so do The Sheepdogs. The knack for touching souls musically and lyrically. The knack of (figuratively) touching real people.

The set list is ripe with tales that add a connection to the fans (aka everybody). Human relations via words via truthful emotions. Relating to ‘stars’ on stages (and magazine covers) bridges the gap and increases bonds. Through songs such as Southern Dreaming, Kiss the Brass Ring, Up in Canada right until their mega hit encores – The Sheepdogs provide reliability. Meaningful thoughts build throughout and explode in a joyous singalong with the encore I Don’t Know. Good bands play – great bands let their fans ride a roller coaster live.

Tickets please …

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Damn Truth Deliver The Damn Truth !

It is a lot of fun watching a seed grow

For the fans of Rock n Roll in Montreal – watching The Damn Truth emerge from seedlings in the garden of Montreal music has been – thus far, satisfactory. Yet in the immortal words of one of Rock music’s founding fathers; “I can’t get no …”

Lee-La Baum

Obtaining ‘satisfaction’ as a Rock outfit is beyond reach if you take your craft seriously. Perfection is striven for yet always just out of a finger’s touch. That is the ingredient which separates bands with success and those without. Constantly working hard.

Montreal’s The Damn Truth have had more success in the Montreal Rock n Roll scene than anyone in the past five years. Touring with ZZ Top and opening for Styx – just two achievements reached. Working with top level producers and engineers; a couple more pats on the back. The latest notch in their guitar straps? Touring Quebec with the critically acclaimed band The Sheepdogs.

Tom Shemerr

In 2012, the CD Dear in The Headlights was released. It was the beginning of numerous radio appearances and live shows which introduced the band to Montreal and eventually; the world. It was the beginning of introducing Lee -La Baum’s infectious energy and chameleon-like vocals. It was the start of showcasing Tom Shemerr’s raw piercing guitar riffs and groundbreaking solos. Drummer Dave Traina’s hard driving beats and unique rhythms a la Bonham. Newcomer PY Letellier on bass – grounds it all in slightly sloppy, groovy vehicule. All in all, the city of Montreal was introduced to a talented Rock outfit with an endless amount of work ethic and hunger.

Shemerr, Baum

Fast forward to MTelus on a cold January evening 2019 – nothing has changed onstage. The Damn Truth still perform as if it was their very first show and their musical life ( career) depended on the outcome. Success has not reached the ears of the band. If it has, then their love and passion for what they do – easily dismisses the accolades as a monkey dismisses a fly.

Lee-La Baum

Whether pounding out tunes such as I Want You (He’s a Lightweight) or Kinda Awkward from their rookie CD to new tracks off their 2016 album Devlish Folk – one thing remains the same; the fans’ reaction.

Dave Traina

There is something in the air when The Damn Truth play their hometown. It is beyond hometown support and /or love. It is beyond great tunes. It is superior to a Rock show. What The Damn Truth bring to the stage (aside from energy) is honesty. Integrity oozes through their sweat and into the first row. From there, like an epidemic – it is passed throughout the venue. The most jaded of music fans cannot dodge the bite of the band’s vicious and truthful fangs.

In this day and age of auto-tune, loops and programmed music, The Damn Truth are throwbacks to an era when music mattered more than the money. The days like the Fillmore West when the East Coast Blues, Funk and Country guys met and blended with the California music scene. The days (and nights) when those musicians talked about creativity and making great music. The days when bands played for the fans from the heart.

An audience cannot be fooled. An audience knows when a performer is real or calling it in. An audience knows authenticity. The Damn Truth are the real deal and that is why the audiences grow larger and larger at The Damn Truth shows.

The audiences cannot get satisfaction.

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Photos courtesy of Ron Roxtar

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Lawrence Gowan is Poised To Conquer Quebec. Again !

Quebec loves their Prog Rock guys and the Prog Rock guys love Quebec.

Gowan

It is hard to say exactly when Quebec’s love affair with Gowan began. It is not hard to say however why it started in the first place.

Quebec audiences historically love the oddballs. The creative spirits who demonstrate something that Quebecers (especially Francophones) love to see.

Passion. 

Artistically, men like Chris de Burgh and Peter Gabriel conquered Quebec  passionately with their art. Gowan is no different. 

Please listen below to my chat with Gowan as he is on the verge of ‘attacking’ Quebec once more. It won’t be the last time as relationships this profound – tend to last eternally.

Gowan? What’s up?

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Prieur & Landry; Breathing Fresh Air Into Quebec Music

A band became a duo …

Gabriel Prieur and Eliot Landry have been friends since Cegep.

Growing up (in the words of Gabriel) in the ‘woods’, helped to create a musical partnership fresh with ideas and a love for Rock n Roll, Blues and Grunge.

Please listen below to my chat with Gabriel Prieur. Official CD launch is January 31st.

Gabriel? What’s happening?

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Multi-Instrumentalist Tom Gimbel Talks Foreigner’s New Sound

Foreigner, the band who everyone has heard of …

I Want To Know What Love Is, Cold As Ice, Juke Box Hero and so many hits embedded into the souls of music fans of all genres.

The legendary rock band have a tour which is coming to Montreal on

March 12th !

Foreigner’s 18-city tour launches in Vancouver on February 22nd and rocks across Canada as the band – Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums) – bring Foreigner’s arsenal of hits to Canada.

Please listen below to my chat with multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel. Aside from his current job – Tom once toured with Van Halen as their sax player. Who knew?

Tom ? What’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Smoke Meat Pete Birthday Bash!

Smoke Meat Pete will be closed for the month of February as they do every year.

Paolo Stante

It is a time for Smoke Meat Pete, his wife Melanie and all their staff to refresh. Providing eleven months of nightly entertainment and great food to not only the people of Quebec; people from around the globe. It takes a lot of hard work.

Live music is essential to not only Smoke Meat Pete but to the souls of everyone. It has been proven that listening to music daily contributes to a more well rounded society. Introducing kids to music at a young age increases their chances of becoming more emotionally grounded and highly intellectual adults.

Smoke Meat Pete – safe to say; is doing more than his share to contribute to the community.

Dwane Dixon

On March 9th – Smoke Meat Pete will be open once again and it is owner Pete Vavaro’s birthday. A special musical guest will be providing the entertainment. A lady who just happens to be the Queen of The Blues in Quebec.

The Associates

Follow Rick Keene Music Scene.com for a special interview with that special lady and listen to one of the best vocalists in Canada.

Circle March 9th on your calendar and come to Smoke Meat Pete to not only wish Pete Happy Birthday – thank him for giving us the best smoke meat in Montreal and the only place that hires musicians seven nights a week.

You Can’t Beat Pete’s Meat or Live Blues !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Artist Nominations For Gala Trille Or 2019 ( Franco-Canadian)

L’Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) announced the nominations for the 10th edition of the Gala Trille Or.

The gala is an opportunity for Franco-Canadian artists to shine. Seventy-six performers and industry professionals from across Canada are nominated in twenty-nine categories.

1. Artiste Solo

Damien Robitaille
Étienne Fletcher
Jacobus
Mélissa Ouimet
YAO

2. Groupe

Amélie et Les Singes Bleus
Georgian Bay
Jérémie & The Delicious Hounds
Les Rats d’Swompe
Moonfruits

3. Auteur.e et/ou compositeur.trice

Cindy Doire
Damien Robitaille
Étienne Fletcher
Mclean
Moonfruits

4. Album

Alexis Normand – Alexis Normand
Céleste Lévis – Donne-moi le temps
Cindy Doire – Panorama
Damien Robitaille – Univers Parallèles
Mclean – Une dernière fois

5. EP

Billy Love Band – Billy Love Band
Étienne Fletcher – Face A
Marie-Clo – Faune
Mélissa Ouimet – Amours jetables
Vaero – Le nœud

6. Album de l’Acadie

Julie Aubé – Joie de vivre
Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire – Viens avec moi
Shaun Ferguson – Résilience
Simon Daniel – Nightcrawler
Vishtèn – Horizons

7. Découverte (artiste ou groupe)

Étienne Fletcher
Jérémie & The Delicious Hounds
Kimya
Les Rats d’Swompe
Marie-Clo

8. Découverte de l’Acadie (artiste ou groupe)

Chloé Brault
Émilie Landry
Julie Aubé
Marty pis les Roots
Pierre Guitard

9. Chanson primée

Damien Robitaille – Tout feu, tout flamme
Étienne Fletcher – Chérie, Chéri
Mélissa Ouimet – Amours jetables
Rayannah – En attendant demain
YAO – Nomades

10. Spectacle

Damien Robitaille
Les Rats d’Swompe
Mehdi Cayenne
Règlement 17
YAO

11. Artiste solo ou groupe – Jazz

Janie Renée
Lucie D et les immortels
Suzanne Kennelly

12. Artiste solo ou groupe – Rock

Étienne Fletcher
Les Rats d’Swompe
Mélissa Ouimet

13. Artiste solo ou groupe – Roots

Ariko
Georgian Bay
Moonfruits

14. Artiste solo ou groupe – Musique urbaine

Jacobus
Kimya
YAO

15. Artiste solo ou groupe – Pop

Cindy Doire
Damien Robitaille
Loig Morin

16. Coup de cœur des médias

Billy Love Band
Damien Robitaille
Georgian Bay
Les Rats d’Swompe
YAO

17. Export Ontario

Céleste Lévis
Damien Robitaille
Jacobus
Mehdi Cayenne
YAO

18. Export Ouest

Étienne Fletcher
Justin Lacroix
Ponteix
Rayannah
Shawn Jobin

19. Export Acadie

Caroline Savoie
Cy
Danny Boudreau
Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire
Vishtèn

20. Export Québec

AUTOMAT
Cherry Chérie
FolkloFolie
Klô Pelgag
Les Tireux d’Roches

21. Initiative artistique
LeFLOFRANCO – #HautesVibrations

William Burton – Le Réveil
Regroupement artistique francophone de l’Alberta (RAFA) – Nouveau Monde
Le R Premier – Planète Urbaine
Buzz Fortin – Session Buzz Fortin

22. Vidéoclip

Étienne Fletcher – Chérie, Chéri (réalisation : little jack films et brandon white)
Jacobus – Ma vie c’est un movie (réalisation : STEREO Films)
Marie-Clo – Taudis (réalisation : Groupe Média TFO)
Rayannah – En attendant demain (réalisation : Rayannah)
Shawn Jobin – Éléphant (réalisation :  Xavier MC / Vandales)

23. Présence web

Céleste Levis
Damien Robitaille
JOLY
Les Rats d’Swompe
YAO

24. Conception visuelle

Aya Gano et Jeff Homère pour LeFLOFRANCO – Retranscrire
Christian Pelletier pour Mclean – Une dernière fois
Christian Pelletier et Marc Étienne Mongrain pour Damien Robitaille – Univers Parallèles
Élodie Evanno et Gabrielle Dubois pour Moonfruits – Ste-Quequepart
Gaëtan Vëno Joachim pour YAO – Lapsus

25. Réalisation et arrangements

Loig Morin pour Loig Morin – La Rivière
Mario Lepage pour Shawn Jobin – Éléphant
Mark Howard pour Cindy Doire – Panorama
Olivier Fairfield pour Marie-Clo – Faune
Olivier Fairfield et Simon Jutras pour Mclean – Une dernière fois

26. Prise de son et mixage

Don Benedictson pour Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire – Je deviens le loup
Don Benedictson pour Suzanne Kennelly – Suzanne Kennelly Jazz
Frédéric Levac et Marc-Antoine Joly pour Céleste Lévis – Donne-moi le temps
Loig Morin pour Loig Morin – La Rivière
Sébastien Perry et Stéphane Rancourt pour Mclean – Une dernière fois

27. Émission musicale télé ou web

Balade – Machine Gum Productions
Balade à Toronto IV – Machine Gum Productions
FrancoMusique – Roch et Catherine Archambault
Session Buzz Fortin – Buzz Fortin
Suivez-moi – Sabine Daniel Productions

28. Entreprise

36 Mille – Mathilde Hountchégnon
Intello-Productions inc. – Yaovi Hoyi
JKB Communications – José Bertrand
LaFab Musique – Michel Bénac– Nathalie Kleinschmit

29. Diffuseur

Centre Culturel Frontenac
Festival du Bois – Centre francophone de Maillardville
Festival Edmonton chante
Le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver
MIFO

30. Prix bâtisseur

(nominations dévoilée le 26 mars)

31. Prix hommage

(récipiendaire annoncé.e le 26 mars)

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