Local singer and Blues lover Barb Diab has come a long way. A teacher by trade, Barb's love and passion for The Blues has transported her to places beyond her imagination. It just goes to show ya - follow your dream and one day your dreams may follow you. Please listen below to my chat … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Barb Diab Talks New Album and Working with B.B. King’s Longtime Drummer
The Montreal International Jazz Festival is celebrating it's 40th Anniversary this summer. Aside from the usual top choices of tunes from all genres and all countries, this year the Jazz folks have added another borough to it's already large territory. Verdun will feature class acts and expand the Jazz Festival experience to a larger portion … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Rick’s Top Free Montreal Jazz Festival Picks
Adding layers to a canvas sounds easy ... Every artist can add and subtract tones from their work of art. Experimenting and learning tones from around the world and 'adjusting' the canvas is an entirely different thing. On Jeff Gunn's latest offering 'Sonic Tales', exploration is the key. An entry into the sounds of an … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jeff Gunn’s ‘Sonic Tales’ A Must Listen for Every Guitar Player
To make it in this business - bands must have that 'thing'. Any experienced DJ will tell you, all it takes is a three minute listen to separate the 'men' from 'the boys'. The 'it' in question is many times not explainable. A unique sound, voice or chemistry. It is basically magic. A wondrous thing … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Arcaydium; A Breath of Fresh Musical Montreal Air
Once a Montrealer - always a Montrealer ... Elizabeth Shepherd is a traveler. Physically and spiritually. Searching for new within herself and within the world of music. Her latest release brings her back to Montreal to discover things that were always under her nose. In the album Montreal - Shepherd brings the listener on a … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Elizabeth Shepherd Loves Montreal on Her New Record
It is not easy 'riding' global accolades ... For the Western Canadian band The Sheepdogs - that is precisely what they are doing. And - doing it well. When Rolling Stone magazine proclaims you as the band to watch out for, that is a lot of pressure. Judging from their performance at MTelus on a … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Sheepdogs Take Montreal On a Ride
It is a lot of fun watching a seed grow ... For the fans of Rock n Roll in Montreal - watching The Damn Truth emerge from seedlings in the garden of Montreal music has been - thus far, satisfactory. Yet in the immortal words of one of Rock music's founding fathers; "I can't get … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Damn Truth Deliver The Damn Truth !