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 Time.

Andy is a member of Songwriters Hall of Fame and was inducted into Billboard’s Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2010. Andy has sold over 30 million records with songs covered by music history’s greats; Wilson Pickett, Tom Jones, Ike & Tina Turner and Bob Marley.

Andy will be inducted onto Canada’s Walk of Fame in December! Inductions will be held at the Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards show at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto on December 1,2018, followed by a 20th Anniversary Gala celebration to be held at the Fairmont Royal York. The Canada’s Walk Of Fame Awards will air on CTV in December.

Please listen below to part one of my chat with Andy.

 

 

 

 

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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 to a legacy that will forever be etched into the fabric of popular music. Malcolm Bruce, Kofi Baker and Will Johns unite to recreate magic that only they can …

Please listen below to Part One of my chat with Malcolm Bruce, the son of the late Jack Bruce.

Malcolm? What’s up?

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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 like Britain’s The Zombies, The Proclaimers are full tilt musicians with harmonized masterpieces around every amplifier. This group is all about the song – not the instruments. Solos are embedded poignantly and rightfully. No-one in the group steals the moment and the lights remain large and broad.

Twins Charlie and Craig Reid are the guys who wrote The Proclaimers songbook. Vocally – their fifty six year old vocal chords do not sound a day over twenty. Last evening at The Corona Theater, not a pause could be heard as the tunes came fast and furious.

Angry Cyclist, the namesake of the band’s newest disc, started the night with a proclamation. Any thoughts of an ‘oldies’ show with a one hit wonder encore were quickly dismissed. Clive Jenner (drums) set the tone with his metronome beastly rhythms. Punctuating the audience’s upcoming evening sentence with force and finesse.

Forever Young, Over and Done With and Letter From America flowed next. The latter reminding everyone why that tune peaked at #3 on the UK charts in 1986. The latter also witnessing the six piece group hitting their groove. Part Folk, part Country, part Punk , part Pop and part Rock. The sum of which makes for an interesting musical experience.

The pub in the lads shines through as the punctuated drum beat raises the vocals for drinking. Within the fine craftsmanship of the majority of The Proclaimers’ songs lay the ‘I Don’t care What He’s Saying’ chanting moments as the atmospheric tones of ‘ Spinning Around in the Air’, ‘Hate My Love’ and ‘A Way With Words’ displaces tranquility and reason. Fleeting minutes filling the minute voids left by haunting Country tunes.

Yes – whether the boys in the band (Steven Christie – Keyboards, John Kane – Bass, Zac Ware – Lead Guitar) admit it or not; The Proclaimers are very much a Country and Western Band circa the 1970s.

Misty Blue, Sunshine on Leith and Rainbows & Happy Regrets unite the good ol’ boys ghosts on stage for both wonderfully charged harmony sessions as well as complete craftsmanship. Profound songs which make the most cynical fan sit up in their chairs. Zac’s guitar work and Steven’s keys whirl off one another while not getting in the way of the rest of the band. The Reids identically hitting the ‘twang’ of classic Country while the battery of Kane and Jenner keep it crisp.

The Proclaimers turned a lot of heads before I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) turned toes upward. Not a bad tune – maybe it will be a hit one day?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Concerts To See in October and Some of the Best CDs …

Montreal’s music festi – ganza has come to an end. Summer and all it’s rhythmic get togethers have ended quicker than a Bill Cosby guilty verdict.

Fall has arrived and with it – an ‘orange is the new black’ list of musical events. Montreal is filled with live music right up to Hallowe’en.

A music lover is no short of CDs to buy either. Something which is important to keep the future of music alive and well. Streaming does not pay the rent.

If you are a Blues lover, The Roxboro Sessions by Riot and The Blues Devils along with Colin James’ Miles to Go are great choices.

The Devils will jump start your heart with powerful vocals and piercing guitar solos a la Southern tinged Blues. James, au contraire – returns to his roots and pays homage to the forefathers of not only Blues yet modern day music as we know it. Colin also tosses two of his new originals to keep you thirsty for more. At 53- James ain’t quite dead yet.

If old school Rockabilly and Rock n Roll is your thing, the latest offering by Lindsay Beaver is a must. The Canadian / Jazz student / Blues student / vocalist / drummer from Nova Scotia is a once-in-a-lifetime phenom. Her album ‘ Tough As Love’ combines Rock and R&B with Jazz sensibilities that would make Amy Winehouse proud.

Beaver; Poised for Stardom

Concerts

Beginning in October, here are just a few choices to make the now chilly nights easier to take …

October 4th – Elton John. Bell Center

Elton John is saying farewell. Is this for real or will he become the solo version of The Who and entertain the masses with one farewell tour after another? Time will tell but in the meantime, it is one final (?) chance to see if Sir Elton has a hissy fit in between the songbook of the seventies

October 9th – Liz Phair. Corona

Liz always always always puts on a ‘ wear it on your sleeve’ performance. There is no doubt her ‘ Amps on the Lawn’ Tour will be different. A night to forget what is ‘bad’ about music and soak in the realness of it all.

October 10th – Mike Love. Le Belmont.

One of the hardest working musicians on the planet ( his shoes were worn out at the Jazz Festival ) returns with his brand of Hawaiian Reggae. A multi – instrumentalist aka one man band oozes spirituality through voice, beats and song. A must see.

October 16th – Phil Collins. Bell Center

No one knows what to expect from the former front-man of Genesis and the man who sold his musical soul for fame and fortune in the 80s. Retired due to back issues for a long stretch, Collins is worth the trip to the ‘house that Corey destroyed’ if only to sing along to the songbook of the eighties ‘one last time.’

October 21st. Andrea Bocelli. Bell Center.

It’s Andrea Bocelli. Need I say more?

October 29th – Dean Brody. Imperial.

If Country acoustic is your ‘thang’ – then Brody will get your house, car and truck back. In a Country music field filled with penthouse dwelling ‘ never drove a truck’ pretenders, Brody is as close to a Haggard shot as they come.

October 31st– Violent Femmes. MTelus.

What is a better way to spend Hallowe’en than singing ‘ Blister on the Sun’ as loud as you can? A very underrated band in the scheme of things with great harmony and even greater guitar playing. The ultimate sing-a-long band.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Lindsay Beaver; The Real Deal !

Lindsay Beaver is the real thing …

Thus far , it has been a lifetime of discoveries for the native of Nova Scotia. Singing, drumming and a love of all genres of music starting with Jazz.

Yet it was Billie Holiday that sealed the deal and inspired Lindsay to pack up and head to Texas and make music her full time ‘job’.

Please listen below to my chat with Lindsay – a musician who has been referred to as a cross between Amy Winehouse and Little Richard.

Lindsay? What’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jack DeKeyzer; Remaining True to Himself on The Album Checkmate

It’s been a while since Jack DeKeyzer first heard the Blues …

The Stones and Led Zeppelin – just two of the bands who parlayed American Blues into the heart and then hands of Jack.

Spanning a career that has seen Jack open up for the likes of B.B. King, Jack pays homage to the men who inspired him. Otis Rush, Elmore James and Muddy Waters to name a few.

Please listen below to my chat with Jack about the new album Checkmate. Hear some of the tunes as well !

Jack? What’s up?

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Senri Oe Makes the Successful Transition from Pop to Jazz

Jazz is everywhere – even in J-Pop music …

 

Senri Oe was one of the biggest Pop stars in Japan. When one of his band mates died unexpected, Senri decided life was short.

He turned his attention to Jazz and moved to New York to become a student. A move that was not as simple as he thought it would be.

Please listen below as Senri explains it all and hear some great tunes from his new album.

Senri? What’s up?

 

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