Michel Pagliaro; Quebec’s Greatest Songwriter?

 Michel Pagliaro is a legend in Quebec ... Anglophone artists, Francophone artists - any genre, unconsciously or consciously affected  by 'Pag'. Rarely do artists create such a vast 'society affecting' songbook in a quick period of time. The Guess Who, Dylan,The Beatles, The Stones,Elvis and Pag. For this reason, it is fitting after all these … Continue reading Michel Pagliaro; Quebec’s Greatest Songwriter?

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

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

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

Rick Keene Music Scene – Colin James Has ‘Miles to Go’ In His Music Career

It ain't easy being grey ... Colin James has a new album due out on September 21st. No more hair dye as the fifty-three year old Canadian music legend embraces the present, the future and the past. On the new record - Colin pays homage to the men ( and women) who inspired him and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Colin James Has ‘Miles to Go’ In His Music Career

Rick Keene Music Scene – Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion; Making Music the Muscle Shoals Way

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing ... Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion are poised to take North America by storm. Much like the English re-introducing The Blues back to the States, BMWR are re-introducing the Muscle Shoals sound back to musicians. With only one single officially released, the band has already … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion; Making Music the Muscle Shoals Way

Rick Keene Music Scene – Harry Manx Teaming Up with Steve Marriner On New Album and A Quebec Tour

Harry Manx doesn't sit still for very long. A world traveler, a student of spiritualism and a man of good nature. All these sums make Harry into a well rounded person and musician. Manx will be in Quebec for a mini -tour and then it's back to the studio to place finishing touches on his … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Harry Manx Teaming Up with Steve Marriner On New Album and A Quebec Tour

Rick Keene Music Scene – George Thorogood Throws A ‘Rock Party’ in Trois Rivieres !

George Thorogood may drink alone but he certainly doesn't put on a show alone. On Thursday night, George was in the Province of Quebec for the second time this summer. In July, he received the B.B. King Award as part of the lineup of The Montreal International Jazz Festival. This time- Trois Rivieres en Blues … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – George Thorogood Throws A ‘Rock Party’ in Trois Rivieres !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Talking Inside ‘The Box’ with Jean Marc. Part Three.

The Box are one of few Canadian bands who strung together numerous hits in the 1980's. So many hits in three years - writer and front-man Jean Marc started to get a big ego. He could do no wrong in his mind ... Fast forward to 2018 and the elder Jean Marc speaks to his … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Talking Inside ‘The Box’ with Jean Marc. Part Three.

Rick Keene Music Scene – Talking Inside ‘The Box’ with Jean Marc. Part Two

The Box are one of few Canadian bands who strung together numerous hits in the 1980's. So many hits in three years - writer and front-man Jean Marc started to get a big ego. He could do no wrong in his mind ... Fast forward to 2018 and the elder Jean Marc speaks to his … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Talking Inside ‘The Box’ with Jean Marc. Part Two

Rick Keene Music Scene – Talking Inside ‘The Box’ with Jean Marc. Part One

The Box are one of few Canadian bands who strung together numerous hits in the 1980's. So many hits in three years - writer and front-man Jean Marc started to get a big ego. He could do no wrong in his mind ... Fast forward to 2018 and the elder Jean Marc speaks to his … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Talking Inside ‘The Box’ with Jean Marc. Part One

Rick Keene Music Scene – What’s New in Music and Listen to a New Tune From The Box !

The music business is always changing.  New tunes, new shows and new platforms for musicians to display their wares. All of which have one thing in common; art. Please check out some of the new stuff happening right now. On Monday, April 16th, 2x GRAMMY® Award winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra will be celebrating fifteen years with the release … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – What’s New in Music and Listen to a New Tune From The Box !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Jim Cuddy Band Review; Making People Smile

Sometimes, check that - most times, a music concert turns into noise at one point in the show. There is always those one or two tunes  the musicians love playing but the crowd doesn't know very well. Or - the crowd loves the tune and it just does not parlay nicely from the studio to … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jim Cuddy Band Review; Making People Smile

Rick Keene Music Scene – Kim Mitchell Review; ‘No No He’s Not Dead, He’s, He’s Restin’!

The former front man of Max Webster and the current front man of Kim Mitchell is not dead or stunned. At Petit Champlain in the heart of the old Quebec City on March 31st, Kim Mitchell was very much alive and a tad nervous. Alive? Yes because a couple of years ago the nation almost … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Kim Mitchell Review; ‘No No He’s Not Dead, He’s, He’s Restin’!

Rick Keene Music Scene – Foreigner’s Tom Gimbel Orchestrates His Love of Music

Tom Gimbel of Foreigner Loves Music. A student out of Berklee College of Music - Tom learned from the best.  Following a stint with Aerosmith as a member of the touring band, Gimbel hooked up with Foreigner and has not looked back.   Please listen below to my chat with Tom as we talk about … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Foreigner’s Tom Gimbel Orchestrates His Love of Music

Rick Keene Music Scene – Jordan Officer Continues His Education in Three Rivers

Jordan Officer is a student ...   Rarely do guitarists come along who let their talent take a side car on their ride through music. Officer, on his third album as a Blues solo artist, is a passenger once more on the long and historical trip called the Blues. Please listen below to my chat … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jordan Officer Continues His Education in Three Rivers

Rick Keene Music Scene – Rosie and The Riveters; Three Voices Singing for Women

Turmoil sometimes brings people closer together ... Rosie and The Riveters based their name on what became a symbol for women's empowerment. Unfortunately and fortunately, the recent #MeToo movement has given the trio of ladies an opportunity to speak through song. Please listen below to my chat with Alexis Normand about the new album, the … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Rosie and The Riveters; Three Voices Singing for Women

Rick Keene Music Scene – Ask Dave the Bartender

Bartenders give the best advice. Sometimes ... Dave the Bartender sees everything but most importantly - hears everything.  Family troubles, relationship troubles and sports gossip, you name it Dave the Bartender has heard it all. This knowledge does not go in one shot glass and out the other. Dave the Bartender collects and retains the … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Ask Dave the Bartender

Rick Keene Music Scene – Ask Dave the Bartender. Part Two.

Bartenders are a breed apart. That's why they are kept behind wooden fences ... In Hog town, in Toronto - there is such a fellow. Banned from Montreal, tossed from his family - Dave the Bartender stands alone. Secure in his thoughts and confident in his musical knowledge. Join me as I travel to Toronto … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Ask Dave the Bartender. Part Two.

Rick Keene Music Scene – Ask Dave the Bartender. Part One

Bartenders are a breed apart. That's why they are kept behind wooden fences ... In Hog town, in Toronto - there is such a fellow. Banned from Montreal, tossed from his family - Dave the Bartender stands alone. Secure in his thoughts and confident in his musical knowledge. Join me as I travel to Toronto … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Ask Dave the Bartender. Part One

Jean-Michel Blais – A Pianist Making Waves …

  Jean -Michel Blais is a newcomer. Sort of ... Jean - Michel Blais started playing the organ at a young age which - in turn, led to the piano. Even though, a love-hate relationship developed for a while between Jean - Michel and music, it is now part of his life in a big … Continue reading Jean-Michel Blais – A Pianist Making Waves …

The Real Reason We Mourn Prince’s Death …

The artist formerly known as ' the artist formerly known as Prince', aka 'Prince' or 'Prince' Rogers Nelson - passed away. His death, echoing around the globe with thunderous fanfare via social media. Why ? The obvious reasons are acute. Fame, fame and more fame. The brighter the flame, the harder to extinguish. The brighter … Continue reading The Real Reason We Mourn Prince’s Death …

Rick Keene Music Scene Top Ten 2015 Interviews – Part One ,Two and Three

If musicians did not speak, noone would understand anything behind the art. Please listen below to my Top Ten Interviews of 2015. It wasn't easy reducing over one hundred interviews and condensing them into ten. Find out who and why the following artists are included in the Top Ten. Thanks for listening ! Talk soon … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene Top Ten 2015 Interviews – Part One ,Two and Three

Girls ! Girls ! Girls !

There is a famous song about girls. Ok - so there are over 14 Billion songs written about girls. Who's counting? In recent times, women (the 'weaker' sex?) have risen high above men in many musical genres. Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz, Soul and even - Rap and Hip Hop. Unlike the days of old. Many … Continue reading Girls ! Girls ! Girls !

Moon Turns a ‘Monkey Junk’ Kinda Red .​.​.

The Ottawa-based band Monkey Junk have won a lot of awards. Their mantles, filled with Maple Blues Awards in every category. The band stays true to their roots and does not allow success to interfere with the music. This fact is present in their new release 'Moon Turn Red'.   Please listen below to my … Continue reading Moon Turns a ‘Monkey Junk’ Kinda Red .​.​.

Rick Keene Music Scene – What’s Happening in Montreal

Christmas is coming faster than Chevy Chase on a sled ... In the meantime, there is a lot of stuff going on as you head down the hills of the Holiday season. Please listen below to some of these events as well as some great tunes. Thanks for listening -talk soon. Buy Tickets Here for … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – What’s Happening in Montreal

Rick Keene Music Scene – Music To Do The Sunday Crossword Puzzle

What to do on a Sunday? Open the curtains, make a cup of coffee, grab the paper and do the Sunday Crossword Puzzle. It is - a no brainer! Oh - don't forget to listen to some great tunes! Right here on Rick Keene Music Scene ! Thanks ! Buy Tickets for A Magical Musical … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Music To Do The Sunday Crossword Puzzle

What’s Happening with Jazz All Year Round Series and in Montreal !

As usual ... Lots coming in Montreal ! The Jazz All Year Round Series is in full flight, Evenko has their usual fine acts and the Holiday season approaches with concerts, shows and fund raising efforts. Please listen below to some of the upcoming events, some great tunes and information to help the less fortunate … Continue reading What’s Happening with Jazz All Year Round Series and in Montreal !

Reggae ‘Superstar in Waiting’ Rocky Dawuni ‘Kills’ Montreal !

Bob Marley would be proud ... Over the years, many Reggae ( Marley) - influenced singers and musicians have come and gone. Some, like Peter Tosh, have had successful careers cut tragically short. Most, have a few hits (or none) and fade into obscurity. Ghana native Rocky Dawuni does not fit into the above category. … Continue reading Reggae ‘Superstar in Waiting’ Rocky Dawuni ‘Kills’ Montreal !