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 Blues Awards at the age of seventeen – Spencer is someone to watch and listen out for.

Spencer? What’s Up?

Visit Spencer Here !

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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 about Blues music and the players that play it. Real. Authentic. True.

Please listen below to my chat with Brian Slack about some of these musicians that will be in

Trois Rivieres from Aug.23rd – Aug.26th.


Brian? What’s up?


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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 African American friend’s nuptials you say; ” What a nice day for a white wedding.”

8. And you may ask yourself

Where is that large automobile?

7. You don’t like Mondays and you want to shoot the whole day down !

6. You refer to the Titanic disaster as ‘six months in a leaky boat.’

5. Your favorite David Bowie tune is Modern Love.

4. Every morning you tell your spouse to ‘ wake me up before you go go …’

3. You tell everyone that your kid ‘walks like an Egyptian …’

2. The only Beach Boys’ song you know is Kokomo.

And the number one sign you are musically stuck in the Eighties ?

1. You sold your house, your car and your first born child to purchase front row tickets to see Culture Club at Strangers in the Night !

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Rick Keene Music Scene; A Musical Tribute to Muhammad Ali

The Champ …


There are very few people who have walked this earth and were identified with one name. Not a family name, not a changed name but a name which exemplifies a characteristic.

A moniker which exudes integrity. A label which personifies strength …


In this case the name could be Ali. Worldwide – this name is instantaneously recognized. There are probably millions of Alis but to most; there exists purely and thoughtfully one Ali.

The former Cassius Clay, a name rejected due to it’s attachment with slavery and all it’s negative attachments, is another name which is as recognizable globally as the Statue of Liberty. Break it in two, chances are ‘ Cassius ‘ and / or ‘Clay’ can only mean one man.


The name that is known universally is none of the above. Not Ali and not Cassius Clay. The name which will be forever associated with one person is simply – Champ. 

 Champ was a combination of all the above. Champ became symbolic of standing up for human rights, maintaining integrity and remaining true to oneself.

Every school child being bullied gained confidence and became a champ. A woman beaten by her husband gained freedom to flee and became a champ. A citizen of a repressed Country with a ruthless dictator gained strength to fight back. A Champ. 

A factory worker’s self-confidence to return to school became the champ. An athlete in every sport rose to greater heights.  An overworked underappreciated office worker quit and started their own business their way …

Muhammad Ali was champ. By the way  – he was also a boxer.

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Please listen below to a musical tribute to

‘The Champ’.



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