Rick Keene Music Scene -The Brooks Take Montreal By Force !

Even if you did not dance – your body hurts this morning …

Following a very short but extremely successful entrance into the Montreal music scene, The Brooks have funked their way to the top of the heap.

Their resume includes opening up for The Doobie Brothers and Kool and The Gang. Two huge blowouts at the Montreal International Jazz Festival are also easy on the ears on a rhythmic C.V.

On Tuesday night – the band (and what seemed like the entire city of Montreal), raised the roof at L’Astral and cemented their position as this city’s soon-to-be next Arcade Fire on the global scene.

The situation was an EP launch. Their new disc Freewheelin’ Walking, a colorful in-your-face injection of Funk, R&B and Soul. The band showcased the tunes and judging by the reaction of the sold out club, a second pressing of the vinyl album is on the schedule for this week.

Led by Montreal veteran singer / instrumentalist Alan Prater – The Brooks on record and live are acutely layered. The eight piece group combine just enough spaces with just enough solos to allow each song to breathe fire into the band and the crowd. Fire requires oxygen and Prater (himself likable as the front man with enough confidence to lead but enough humbleness to enjoy the moments) is the lifeline of the raging funky inferno. No amount of water could douse the heat provided by The Brooks live.

In a music scene void of swing in all genres – The Brooks may be the recipe required to draw musicians away from the melancholy kitchen which economically and socially is dictating the stripped down main courses served up on a much too frequent basis. Tunes such as Live Free, Where the Party At, Freewheelin’ Walking and Priceless ( from the new EP) are all set to be programmed on any DJ’s playlist.

All set to be distributed through all platforms into the buying public.

If DJs know what they are doing of course …

Visit The Brooks Here !

Buy Jim Henman’s Song

Some of These Children Here !

Fifty percent of proceeds to Boys and Girls Club Halifax

Visit Jim Here !

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Visit BackTraxx Here !

Booking Information and Audio Video Here !

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Rick Keene Music Scene -April Wine’s Brian Greenway; Part of Canadian Music History

What you hear on stage is only

the tip of a musician’s iceberg.

Starting with Mashmakhan , guitarist Brian Greenway has had a very colorful and fruitful musical career. The Wackers , The Dudes , April Wine and now two new entities to keep Brian’s musical chops fresh and alive .

Brian Greenway’s Blues Bus and Brian’s Attic Dust Solo Show.

Please listen below to my chat with Brian about all the above and discover where you can go see and hear the music live for charity!

Brian? What’s Up?

Correction *The West island Blues Festival is June 16th – apologies.

Visit April Wine Here

Visit The Blues Bus Here

Visit The West island Blues Festival here !

Visit BackTraxx Here !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Paolo Stante ; The Next Generation of Montreal Guitarists

Practice makes perfect …

For guitarist Paolo Stante – the less he thinks – the more he feels the music.

Just prior to the release of his third disc; At It Again – that is the essence of Paolo’s music. Experience through gigging and writing has brought less panic to Stante’s craft and in turn, At It Again is his most complete album thus far.

Please have a listen below to my chat with Paolo and discover some very good tunes and masterful guitar work.

Paolo? What’s Up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – BackTraxx; Bringing Hairspray and Rock n Roll Back from The Eighties !

Remember when Rock was energetic?

 

 

The bands, the fans and the music all had big hair and the experience of going to a show was electrifying ? An event? An experience that sculpted you for life ?

Not to worry, that experience is back and once you attend a show by the band BackTraxx – your hairdresser will become very rich !

Please listen below to my chat with Pat McTurner and Ben Carr from BackTraxx.

 

Got your hairspray ready ?

 

 

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Booking  Information and Audio Video Here !

 

 

 

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Wake Up Music World, It Is The ‘Crack of Dawn’ !

In a music galaxy far, far away – a Canadian band altered the airwaves and  sent Canada into an entirely different universe.

 

 

Crack of Dawn were the first black band to be signed to a major label (CBS) in Canada.

Otis Redding’s producer discovered them and the band sold more albums than Earth, Wind and Fire in Canada. They were headed for stardom yet they disappeared.

Until now …

 

Please listen below to my chat with Arvin Jones (Sax) and Trevor Daley (Trombone) as they explain Crack of Dawn.

Guys? What’s Up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – April Wine Co – Founder Jim Henman’s Family Affair !

Without Jim Henman – April Wine may have never been the same. Without The Henman Family, East Coast music may not have been the same.

 

Jim Henman ( bass) along with cousins David (Guitar) and Ritchie (Drums) started the band April Wine. Jim grabbed his old mate from a band called Woody’s Termites and recruited him to join April Wine. That fellow, Myles Goodwyn, along with April Wine – went on to unimaginable heights including an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

 

 

Long before the April Wine ‘family’ began, Jim was a member of another clan. This unit were named The Henmans and it contained ten kids.

These ‘kids’ have all gotten together and put out an album. It is the first time the family of musical ‘students’ have recorded together and for some – the first time writing songs.

 

Jeannie Henman

 

Please listen below as the eldest brother Jim explains the family, the songs and the thoughts behind the Henman Family Album.

 

Jim? What’s Up?

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Local Montreal Band East of Sunday Chosen As The Opening Act For Carvin Jones!

Never shut the door on an opportunity.

Up and coming local musicians require all the help they can get. Live venues are closing, CD sales are slumping and the money that comes in from iTunes and other streaming services is barely enough to buy guitar strings for most bands.

When out of town musicians arrive in Montreal, people that have toured most of the world – sometimes they look to support local talent by having local talent support them.

Carvin Jones is from Phoenix and he has chosen the band East of Sunday as his opening act on June 21st. The group was chosen from a very long list of original Montreal musicians.

Buy Tickets Here !

 

 

Thanks to a collaboration between The League of Rock Montreal and Rick Keene Music Scene – Carvin Jones’ ‘The Ultimate Guitar Experience of the Year’ show promises to be a huge and exciting event with East of Sunday as the opener.

 

 

The show is a show of firsts. Carvin Jones and The Carvin Jones Band are in Montreal for the first time in their career and East of Sunday are virgins entering the grand room known as Club Soda. 

Hold on to your hats to witness a guitar show unlike any you have seen !

 

Combining intense musicianship with an even more intense performance – Carvin Jones must be seen live to understand the energy. Videos and recordings do not serve justice.

Some artists require an audience and some audiences require Carvin Jones !

 

Listen to my interview with Carvin Here !

Stay tuned for my Chat with

East of Sunday !

 

Visit East of Sunday Here !

 

 

 

 

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