Rick Keene Music Scene – Jess Moskaluke Delivers ‘A Small Town Christmas’ Musical Gift

Jess Moskaluke was and is a huge Shania Twain fan.   Now - Jess is creating a career which may mirror that of her idol. Art imitating life ... A three time winner of the Canadian Female Country Artist award and recipient of a Juno for Canadian Country album - Jess has released her first … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jess Moskaluke Delivers ‘A Small Town Christmas’ Musical Gift

Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim Talks Induction Onto Canadian Walk of Fame and The 14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas

Andy Kim is a 'lucky guy'. Lucky is the way Andy describes a career which has now placed him among the Gods of Canadian music. On December 1st - Andy was inducted onto Canada's Walk of Fame. Not too bad for that 'crazy boy' who left Montreal for New York as a teenager. Please listen … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim Talks Induction Onto Canadian Walk of Fame and The 14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas

Rick Keene Music Scene – Local Montreal Girl Annabel Gutherz Is Making a Difference Through Song

If everyone took steps for change - change would come.   Westmount native Annabel Gutherz hopes that people will follow her lead in making changes to the way people think. Inspired by the senseless school shootings in the States, Annabel wrote a song to make a difference. The bonus? All proceeds of the sales of … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Local Montreal Girl Annabel Gutherz Is Making a Difference Through Song

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 – Steven Wilson Puts On A Clinic.

It is true ... Many people don't know who Steven Wilson is. Generally and within musical 'popularity', Wilson lives in an obscure place. For the punters of the world a very bad thing. For Wilson - a very good thing. The creator of the band Porcupine Tree and his band-mates set up shop at Place … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Steven Wilson Puts On A Clinic.

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 – There Is ‘No Woman’ Like Angela Harris

It is all about the roots after all ... Angela Harris knows all about the 'roots' of music. It is in her blood and DNA. In fact - Bluegrass and Country were all around her as a child ... Please listen below to my chat with Angela about her new disc; A Woman Like Me. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – There Is ‘No Woman’ Like Angela Harris

Rick Keene Music Scene – Rock for Dimes This Friday !

Raising money for the March of Dimes via Rock n Roll. Pretty cool ... Every year in several Canadian cities - corporate guys and gals get together and put on a Rock show. This year, in Montreal - the event takes place on November 16th at The Corona Theater. It promises to be a night … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Rock for Dimes This Friday !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Hey Dweezil! Where Did You Find That One? Concert Review

How do you describe Frank Zappa's music? Easy. A blend of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Genesis, Yes, Rush, The Ramones, The Kinks, the Beatles and every artist between 1920 until present day. Frank Zappa's brilliance as a writer, producer, arranger, guitar player and every other position within an intellectual realm artistically and socially was put … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Hey Dweezil! Where Did You Find That One? Concert Review

Rick Keene Music Scene – Jake Burns Still Has ‘Stiff Little Fingers’

Some bands fall through the cracks as far as recognition goes. Stiff Little Fingers are one of those bands. Born at the height of Punk music's global popularity, the band emerged from a Country that was not known for Rock music. 'I have no doubt there were many talented musicians and songwriters in Ireland ..." … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jake Burns Still Has ‘Stiff Little Fingers’

Rick Keene Music Scene – Reuben and The Dark; A Musical Success For Album Number Two

Rarely does a band come along which evokes feelings of hope within despair. Reuben and The Dark are that band. Just five years in and (now) two albums under their belts, Reuben and the Dark are setting Canada on fire as they tour the vastness. Arms of a Dream is their latest recorded offering and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Reuben and The Dark; A Musical Success For Album Number Two

Rick Keene Music Scene – Barbra Lica Is ‘A Little Bit Country’ On Her New Album

The word Jazzify is now a new thing ... Barbra Lica is one of the fastest -rising Jazz singers in Canada. Her last album - I'm Still Learning', gained Barbra a Juno nomination for best Jazz album. Stick to Jazz Barbra! Right? Wrong. By mistake - Barbra stumbled into Country music while learning her songwriting … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Barbra Lica Is ‘A Little Bit Country’ On Her New Album

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Zappa Doesn’t Fall Far From The Zappa Tree. PART TWO

Frank Zappa was all about artistic integrity. His son Dweezil is also ... Authenticity within sound is crucial to creating and delivering the art of music. Both Zappas live by that credo. Please listen below to  Part Two of my chat with Dweezil Zappa as we chat about various topics including Frank Zappa's foreshadowing.  Dweezil? What's … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Zappa Doesn’t Fall Far From The Zappa Tree. PART TWO

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Zappa Doesn’t Fall Far From The Zappa Tree.

Playing guitar very well must be a DNA thing ... Frank Zappa's son Dweezil, is a chip off the old block even though it is not sought out. Call it instinct, call it learned behavior or call it genetic - the artistic blood does circulate and will eventually come out in layered colors. Please listen … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Zappa Doesn’t Fall Far From The Zappa Tree.

Rick Keene Music Scene – Local Nurse Chantal Guimond Realizes Her Dreams

A nurse has one of the most stressful  jobs in Montreal. Chantal Guimond knows this very well. A veteran of nursing for thirty years. -music has always been her source of relaxation following a hard shift. Creating music has always been a dream and now Chantal has obtained step one. A CD and an official … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Local Nurse Chantal Guimond Realizes Her Dreams

Rick Keene Music Scene – Ladies and Gentlemen; The Winner of The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge Justin Saladino

Only the good die young ... The Blues are steeped in tradition of making deals with the Devil at the crossroads. Bad in the Blues is a good thing. Justin Saladino and his band were the baddest thing on stage Tuesday night as they competed and won The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge. The next … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Ladies and Gentlemen; The Winner of The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge Justin Saladino

Rick Keene Music Scene – Chris Velan is No ‘Amateur’ on Latest Album

Montreal singer and songwriter Chris Velan has it right. His latest album contains lyrics so human, so profound and so unique - the only thing missing is an old landline telephone.   Please listen below as Chris explains 'Amateur Hour' among other things. Chris? What's up?   Visit Chris Here !         … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Chris Velan is No ‘Amateur’ on Latest Album

Rick Keene Music Scene – The Five Finalists for The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge 2018

Every year someone heads to Memphis ... This year is no different. Five bands have been chosen as the finalists in 2018. Five different sounds all within the confines of the Blues formula. Different but with the very familiar sound which propelled the legends of Rock n Roll to super-stardom. Have a listen below to … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Five Finalists for The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge 2018

Rick Keene Music Scene – Joe Louis Walker; Every True Bluesman Tells a Story …

Joe Louis Walker understands the Blues ... The guitar player was around to witness the Blues being introduced to California in the late sixties and the early seventies. Being privy to guys like Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield. Please listen below to my chat with Joe about Mike Bloomfield's influence on The Blues scene and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Joe Louis Walker; Every True Bluesman Tells a Story …

Rick Keene Music Scene – Kyra Shaughnessy; A Breath of Fresh Music Air …

Sit back and escape ... Leaving the fast paced digital age behind is something Kyra Shaughnessy wants to pass on to listeners through her music. On her fifth release - the (now) resident of the Eastern Townships has matured into a comfortable artistic place. Combining all previous learning curves into a beautiful arc. Please listen … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Kyra Shaughnessy; A Breath of Fresh Music Air …

Rick Keene Music Scene – Max Parker; Do Not Call Him the Next Justin Bieber …

Max Parker is young, Canadian and a songwriter. That is where the comparison with Justin Bieber ends. Max is his own person. Something he wants to make clear as his single makes it's way into the charts. 'Out of the Blue' is the first single released with more on the way in the  coming months. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Max Parker; Do Not Call Him the Next Justin Bieber …

Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim to Be Inducted Onto Canada’s Walk of Fame; Part Two

Andy Kim is a songwriter. He found fame in New York City at just 16 years old when he wrote How’d We Ever Get This Way?- the first of nine Billboard Top 40 hits. Those hits included #1 songs Rock Me Gently and Sugar, Sugar, the latter being one of Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All Time. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim to Be Inducted Onto Canada’s Walk of Fame; Part Two

Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim to Be Inducted Onto Canada’s Walk of Fame; Part One

  Andy Kim is a songwriter. He found fame in New York City at just 16 years old when he wrote How’d We Ever Get This Way?- the first of nine Billboard Top 40 hits. Those hits included #1 songs Rock Me Gently and Sugar, Sugar, the latter being one of Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim to Be Inducted Onto Canada’s Walk of Fame; Part One

Rick Keene Music Scene – Cream’s Legacy Lives on Through the Kids of It’s Members

Cream are legendary ... Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce created something that no one had heard before. A hybrid of Classical, Jazz and Blues music. Cutting edge kinda stuff that to this day - remains magical and untouched. Fifty years later, the prodigal sons (and nephew) are hitting the road to pay homage … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Cream’s Legacy Lives on Through the Kids of It’s Members

Rick Keene Music Scene – The Proclaimers Stun Montreal

In an odd way, it's a shame The Proclaimers had a huge hit with I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles). The 1988 tune from the album Sunshine on Leith distracts audiences from the truth. Veritably - the Scotland raised duo / band are far better than the song which put them on the global map. Much … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Proclaimers Stun Montreal

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 !