Rick Keene Music Scene – Thank God It Is Friday and Why Did I Not Feed the Fish?

In the words of Loverboy; Everyone’s watching, to see what you will do
Everyone’s looking at you, oh
Everyone’s wondering, will you come out tonight
Everyone’s trying to get it right, get it right

Kick off your shoes (don’t hit the kids), open a tasty beverage and take time to listen to some new tunes, old tunes and upcoming shows.

Please listen below to some great tunes sand even greater information.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – T.Nile; Swallowing Music Profoundly In New Album Beachfires

Music is in the genes.

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As a child, T.Nile traveled around with her father who was a street entertainer. It did not take Tamara long to figure out she was also a performer. A combination of classic music training and genes has gifted Tamara with songs in her soul. It is a work in progress that shows no signs of slowing down.

Please listen below to my chat with T. Nile and hear some great tunes from the new album; Beachfires.

Tamara? What’s Up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene; U2 Borrows from The Sixties to Avoid Jumping the Shark. 

Just call it the ‘In Through the Out Door / Steel Wheels phase.

Very successful bands reach a point where they’ve written everything in their style and have experimented with new sounds to reach new heights and / or fans. Suddenly , they find themselves in the studio, looking in the mirror and realizing they are close to parodying themselves. It’s one thing to be U2 and entirely something else to try to be U2.

In recent years , most agree – U2 have lost an edge. No no, The Edge is still plucking away on his guitar strings but it’s been more and more the Bono show. Self indulgent on the world stage as he has tackled issues more than he probably should. Sadly – that self indulgence poured into U2 territory on disc. The band lost as many fans as the number of people fleeing the Province of Quebec. La plus CA change … c’est n’etait pas la meme.

Songs of Experience is a fitting title for the new disc. First , perhaps the experience of losing respect the past few years kicked the lads in their Irish cabooses. Forcing them to investigate albums such as War to discover the magic. The recipe for creativity.

Second , their experience as musicians and their vast catalogue has taught them things most artists never learn. Passing the career hump and still ranking close to the top with a longevity that will probably never been seen again with a band is a flowery guitar pick in their hats.

In 2017, U2 has / had everything. Accolades, money and presumably at one point; ‘ chicks for free’. Take it all away and the love for each other is all they have left. Which brings us to the opening track on Songs of Experience.

Love is All We Have Left introduces the punters to the new record in eye opening fashion.

At first listen , the production values of the song / disc slap the listener silly. Operatic without the make-me-puke reverbs from songs like A Beautiful Day. Think Cold Play with talent. Bono’s voice a brighter shade of yellow. A soul grabbing track that invites curiosity into the intestines of the album. The journey begins with meloncholy surrounded by hope. U2 sounds different and fresher than the past decade.

Lights of Home , the second track introduces a new Edge. Something is different with the tone of those familiar riffs. The chorus is U2 and it borders on recent recordings by the band but with keys more predominant and The Edge more melodic. It’s the bridge to the best and catchiest track on the album ; You’re the Best Thing About Me.’ 

Vintage U2 with catchy riffs and catchy lyrics. It’s Bono and The Edge time with Larry and Adam joining in. Bono,sounding much younger than his fifty-seven years. The tune is a throwback to the late 70’s blending of Punk Rock into 80’s new age. In effect, recent U2 without the self indulgent ego. U2 with energy.

There are some tracks on the album that are very good background candy. Of the seventeen songs, half are non offensive. Wash the dishes, vacuum the rug or write an album review, all tasks made comfortable with the album Songs of Experience as the little yellow pill. 

In an age when new dangers threaten peace of mind and the planet, Bono instills peace.

What makes the album somewhat relevant is the return to the simple sounding riffs and choruses of the sixties.

Red Flag Day , The Showman, American Soul and the aforementioned Your the Best Thing About Me – all included with an innocence not heard of for a while with U2. Just like that, Eddie Murphy traded places with Bono and added a poor man’s point of view. U2 are back from the future and jammin at the high school sock hop. U2 seemingly have returned from the dead. Sorta.

Songs of Experience contains many tunes that once upon a time were shocking to fans. Songs that were shunned in the past are currently the norm for U2. Status quo for men sneaking up on their 60’s. Gone is the hunger of Sunday Bloody Sunday. Gone is the anger of Bullet the Blue Sky. Even Vertigo is fading. U2 are the modern day crooners.

Balance wise , Songs of Experience is the best U2 record in ten years. Maybe more.

The weaker songs are framed by the stronger tunes and are short. No annoying things happen on the album and if they do; they don’t last long. To place the album in a bottle and toss it to sea is not a bad idea. Sharing the experience is a good thing in a day and age where music is suffering commercially. The airplay with Songs of Experience could wake young bands up. Production – wise , a modern day Sgt. Peppers or Pet Sounds (well, U2’s version anyways).

 With the album atop the Billboard charts, it’s hard to decipher why. A group such as U2 gathers quite a bit of moss ( fans ) in forty – odd years. Even if one quarter buy the disc , the album would shoot to the top. U2 groupies will tell you it’s because it’s a great album. Music aficionados will say it’s because the rest of the music out there sucks and a sub par U2 album is still better than the best of the worst.

In other words; same thing that happened when In Through the Out Door / Steel Wheels was released.

Girls ! Girls ! Girls !

There is a famous song about girls.

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  Francesca Blanchard

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 talented ladies would rot away in an underground bar somewhere or be subjected to abuse at the hands of ‘the non – weaker sex’.

 2015 sees women on top!

(In music that is …)



Please have a listen below to just a few of the very talented ladies who walk among us …

Singing and other cool stuff !


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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 chat with Steve Marriner of Monkey Junk. Discover the thought process within the swampiest, bluesiest band in Canada !

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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.

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Rick Keene Music Scene Presents; What’s New?

New YorkNew JerseyNew Guinea … not the only things that are new …

In Canada and around the world – musicians are releasing new music every second. That is an alarming amount of tun-age being made available .

Here below are just a few samples of new songs by Montreal artists, Canadians and ( because we are polite ) one American …

Thanks for listening …


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Top Ten Reasons Why I – Lawrence Gowan, Joined Styx!

‘We’re gonna party like it’s 1999 …’

Prince may have been referring to a monumental decision on the part of two musical parties. Gowan and Styx. It was in that very same year – the two powerhouses combined to form a lethal unit. One of Canada’s most successful solo artists filling a void within a group who lost one of their members.

Dennis DeYoung out – Lawrence Gowan in …

A transition eased by  Lawrence’s DeYoung-like vocals and his talent as an entertainer. A true match made in heaven. A true pairing of musical talents.

Please listen as Lawrence initiates what will be a reoccurring Top Ten List feature while at the same time – explaining his Top Ten Reasons for Joining Styx! Lawrence also explains an upcoming tour this summer. A jaunt across America featuring two other legendary acts.

Lawrence …?

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The Rising Few; Montreal’s Rising New Band!

Take Springsteen, add a sprinkle of Cat Stevens and what do you get?

Exactly …

Good music. Music from the heart. Music from the soul.

That is what the band The Rising Few bring to the mix. Add a producer who has worked with Keith Richards, David Grohl and David Bowie ( to name a few), this group of guys led by Cairo- born Karim – are heading in one direction. Up …!

Please listen as Karim talks about many things including a beautiful girl who inspired his  song and ended up appearing in the video.

You know … rock star kinda stuff …



Please visit The Rising Few HERE!



Wayne Wallace Part Four

In the conclusion of my four part interview – Wayne and I discuss the importance of music in schools, the effect of the new generation when it comes to digital technology and his other project.

Salsa De La Bahia is a compilation of some of the great latin Jazz plyers to come out of the San Francisco Bay area.

Have a listen – won’t ya?

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‘Lil Andy – Up Close and Personal

Country music is alive and well in Montreal …

According to the genre’s rising star in this province – ‘Lil Andy would not like to play anywhere else – for long …

Listen as Andy explains many things including his latest CD, his influences and how he surprised his Mom!

Andy …?

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