Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Interviews of 2018

They say talk is cheap ... That may be the case many times yet when music is involved - talk is an education. In the past year, discussions took place with eighty musicians. Add multiple chats with engineers, producers or people in the music business; the list is long and informative. All these moments above … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Interviews of 2018

Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Concerts of 2018

Attending all live music in Montreal is impossible. Practically every crook and nook contains rhythms and vibes. World music, Blues, Rock - you name it, music is alive and well in the city . Not all live music is performed by local musicians. Regularly - like pirates from a distant land; musicians arrive. They rape … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Concerts of 2018

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Musical Chat by ‘Christmas’ Candlelight with The Lyric Theater Singers

Face it - Christmas is special ... Every year in December, the Lyric Theater Singers get to work. They rehearse and practice new and old arrangements of Christmas tunes. This year is no different. Please listen below to my chat with Chris  Barillaro - a lifelong employee of music and second banana to the musical … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Musical Chat by ‘Christmas’ Candlelight with The Lyric Theater Singers

Rick Keene Music Scene – An ‘Engineered’ Discussion with Alan Parsons.

Alan Parsons got his start working with George Martin and Geoff Emerick. Not too shabby eh? Learning from the likes of Martin and Emerick - gifted  Parsons with a foundation. One that has made him one of the most sought after engineers and producers in music. Please listen below to my chat with Alan Parsons … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – An ‘Engineered’ Discussion with Alan Parsons.

Rick Keene Music Scene – Steve Hackett Is ‘Selling England by the Pound’ Part Two.

It was a 'rushed' album. Genesis' landmark record was in fruition before it was in fruition. Several of the songs were thoughts in the heads of Peter Gabriel,Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett. It was guitarist Hackett who came up with the idea for perhaps what was the deciding song in Genesis' … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Steve Hackett Is ‘Selling England by the Pound’ Part Two.

Rick Keene Music Scene – Steve Hackett Is ‘Selling England by the Pound’

It was a 'rushed' album. Genesis' landmark record was in fruition before it was in fruition. Several of the songs were thoughts in the heads of Peter Gabriel,Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett. It was guitarist Hackett who came up with the idea for perhaps what was the deciding song in Genesis' … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Steve Hackett Is ‘Selling England by the Pound’

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 – ‘Survivorman’ Les Stroud Places Enviromental Consciousness Into His Music

Living with nature opens the mind. Best known as Survivorman in the extremely popular TV docu-series, Les Stroud has always had an affinity for music. His latest release Bittern Lake is an example of how earthy sounds can touch the soul and inspire people to change. Combining poignant lyrics with even more poignant musicianship, Stroud … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – ‘Survivorman’ Les Stroud Places Enviromental Consciousness Into His Music

Rick Keene Music Scene – Will Evankovich; Keeping The Guess Who Fresh in The Past

Writing, playing and producing - not easy to do while keeping an album fluid.   Guitarist / songwriter and producer Will Evankovich juggles all duties while keeping an eye to the future and with the past. Say what? The Guess Who have a catalog of hits dating back to the sixties and Will's ( and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Will Evankovich; Keeping The Guess Who Fresh in The Past

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Candid Chat with the Singer of The Guess Who; Derek Sharp

It's not easy being a Hobbit ...   Lead singer and principal songwriter of the new Guess Who album Derek Sharp, is filled with energy. Perhaps enthusiasm is a better adjective as the band are on the brink of introducing the new album and tunes to the world.   Please listen below to my chat … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Candid Chat with the Singer of The Guess Who; Derek Sharp

Rick Keene Music Scene – George Thorogood Isn’t ‘Lonesome’ on His First Solo Record

Bad to The Bone ... Who on this planet does not know that opening riff followed by the words in the song 'Bad To The Bone'? Chances are - aliens circling overhead in their spacecraft hear it every time George Thorogood and his Destroyers play it live. It has been a long and storied career … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – George Thorogood Isn’t ‘Lonesome’ on His First Solo Record

Rick Keene Music Scene – The Guess Who’s Original Drummer Garry Petersen Talks Music and The New Guess Who Album

Garry Petersen knows good music. Aside from the fact Garry started drumming before Rock n Roll was a 'thing' - Petersen also was part of one of the biggest selling Rock bands of all time. The Guess Who,at one point, were outselling The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Not bad for a guy (and band) … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Guess Who’s Original Drummer Garry Petersen Talks Music and The New Guess Who Album

Rick Keene Music Scene – ‘ Wave 21’ Adding a Much Needed Country Element to the Montreal Music Scene

Every musician is - a little bit Country ... Following in the true vain of the roots of popular music, Mary-Lynn Doroschuk ( daughter of Stefan Doroschuk of Men Without Hats fame) is bursting on to the music scene with fresh and creative Country / Rockabilly / Pop songs. Poignant lyrics with crisp riffs and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – ‘ Wave 21’ Adding a Much Needed Country Element to the Montreal Music Scene

Rick Keene Music Scene – Selling Steve Hackett by the Pound

   Once upon a time, Genesis was not a Pop band. Cutting edge songs in the prog Rock vein was what made Genesis into one of the biggest selling commercial bands of all time. Lyricist and singer Peter Gabriel and guitar player Steve Hackett were a huge part of that equation. Upon their departure - … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Selling Steve Hackett by the Pound

Rick Keene Music Scene – Kate McGarry; A Loving Trio Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

  Kate McGarry has one of the greatest voices in music. One Grammy nomination under her belt later, Kate has hooked up with two of her favorite fellows to record an album fitting for not just a Grammy award - an Oscar award as well. Combining Jazz sensibilities with soundtrack mentalities is a coup for … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Kate McGarry; A Loving Trio Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Goudreau; Making a Name for His Music in Hollywood!

One man's junk is another man's treasure. Sometimes, artists do not get their just due. Instead of rolling over and crying into their old Blues records, craftsmen must think outside the box. They look for avenues to not only make money - to also earn the respect they deserve for quality art Mike Goudreau is … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Goudreau; Making a Name for His Music in Hollywood!

Rick Keene Music Scene – Danielle Duval; Injecting Freshness Into Rock n Roll

Sometimes, music needs to be injected with the past.   Danielle Duval, a former Montrealer now living in Toronto, appears to have accomplished the large task of injecting some fresh blood into Rock n Roll. Not inventing the wheel but incorporating sounds she heard from a band which were rather large in the late 70's … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Danielle Duval; Injecting Freshness Into Rock n Roll

Rick Keene Music Scene – Quite Simply, Some of the Best Female Vocalists and What’s Coming !

Angels are among us ... Their voices as forceful and as soft as need be. Sounds of the souls drifting into the air and pollinating those who pay attention. Please have a listen below to some great new tunes and a new / old song from one of Montreal's wayward daughters. Find out what is … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Quite Simply, Some of the Best Female Vocalists and What’s Coming !

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Song for Markov, The ‘Mooch’ and Jack Black Recites Carl Sandburg

Everyone needs a break once in a while. Noise pollution is not good for the musical soul.       Please enjoy some real tunes in the meantime. Rick Keene Music Scene will be back before you can say Andrei Markov !       Listen to my interview with Lawrence Gowan of Styx below … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Song for Markov, The ‘Mooch’ and Jack Black Recites Carl Sandburg

Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal En Lumiere Features Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones Plus A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going on in Montreal !

As usual ... A lot going on in Montreal.   Montreal En Lumiere . Culinary delights, audio delights and family delights. Click here for all the information ! Green Day are hitting The Bell Center for a  show and Gordon Sumner will be at Metroplis. Who?   Please, have a listen below to hear what's happening … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal En Lumiere Features Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones Plus A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going on in Montreal !

Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal En Lumiere ( and Some Very Cool Tunes )

As usual ... A lot going on in Montreal. Music-wise and ... well, let's not go there. Montreal En Lumiere gets underway this week. Culinary delights, audio delights and family delights. Click here for all the information !  Maroon 5 are hitting The Bell Center for a couple of shows ( hopefully not on the … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal En Lumiere ( and Some Very Cool Tunes )

Rick Keene Music Scene; What is Going On ?

As usual ... A lot going on in Montreal. Music-wise and ... well, let's not go there. Montreal En Lumiere gets underway this week and Maroon 5 are hitting The Bell Center for a couple of shows ( hopefully not on the same evening the Montreal Canadiens are playing or else Pacioretty could have moves … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; What is Going On ?

Rick Keene Music Scene; A Tribute to Stuart McLean

Stuart McLean will be missed ... He will be missed by his family, his coworkers and his Vinyl Cafe family. Sorely and immensely. He will also be missed by the world of the curious and the fans of human nature. Seldom does a storyteller come around who can tug at the heartstrings without utilizing propaganda. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; A Tribute to Stuart McLean

Rick Keene Music Scene; Sunny Tunes for Sunny Daze

We know 'em - we love 'em ... Classic Rock tunes have a special place in our hearts. Some conjure images of a first kiss, others - that first sip of beer. Memories created with a special soundtrack to the soul. The foundation for a lifelong affair with music. Regular folk ain't the only ones … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Sunny Tunes for Sunny Daze