Legendary guitarist, singer, songwriter and Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Famer Elvin Bishop will receive the Chris Strachwitz Legacy Award from The Arhoolie Foundation at the second annual Arhoolie Awards And Benefit Show in San Francisco on Friday, November 22. Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio (Elvin on guitar and vocals, Bob Welsh on piano and guitar and Willy … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – ELVIN BISHOP TO RECEIVE CHRIS STRACHWITZ LEGACY AWARD
It is good to be blue sometimes ... The essentials, the base - the cement floor to the skyscraper known as music. That is what The Blues are. The fundamental tools required to make it in music. If you don't know the Blues - there is no point trying anything else. Please listen below to … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Smoke Meat Pete Blues Playlist
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 !
Quebec loves their Prog Rock guys and the Prog Rock guys love Quebec. It is hard to say exactly when Quebec's love affair with Gowan began. It is not hard to say however why it started in the first place. Quebec audiences historically love the oddballs. The creative spirits who demonstrate something that Quebecers (especially … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Lawrence Gowan is Poised To Conquer Quebec. Again !
A band became a duo ... Gabriel Prieur and Eliot Landry have been friends since Cegep. Growing up (in the words of Gabriel) in the 'woods', helped to create a musical partnership fresh with ideas and a love for Rock n Roll, Blues and Grunge. Please listen below to my chat with Gabriel Prieur. Official … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Prieur & Landry; Breathing Fresh Air Into Quebec Music
Foreigner, the band who everyone has heard of ...I Want To Know What Love Is, Cold As Ice, Juke Box Hero and so many hits embedded into the souls of music fans of all genres.The legendary rock band have a tour which is coming to Montreal on March 12th !Foreigner’s 18-city tour launches in Vancouver … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Multi-Instrumentalist Tom Gimbel Talks Foreigner’s New Sound
L’Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) announced the nominations for the 10th edition of the Gala Trille Or. The gala is an opportunity for Franco-Canadian artists to shine. Seventy-six performers and industry professionals from across Canada are nominated in twenty-nine categories. 1. Artiste Solo Damien Robitaille Étienne Fletcher Jacobus Mélissa Ouimet YAO … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Artist Nominations For Gala Trille Or 2019 ( Franco-Canadian)
Is there anything Sass Jordan can't do? Singer, songwriter, actress, judge, wife and Mother -Sass' tasks are unique and numerous. Yet why stop there? Jordan (currently working on an album of new material), has somehow found the time to release her own brand of wine. Kick Ass Sass White 2016 and Kick Ass Sass … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene -Sass Jordan Releases Her Own Brand of Kick Ass Wine
Christmas is gone and New Year's celebrations are fading into either good or bad memories. The winter blues can be overtaken by getting out and socializing. Music is your dancing partner. Here are just a few shows you may consider and click on the links to check out full schedules. January 12 Panic! At … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Some of the Best Music Shows in January
As the year wound down - the music wound up. Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank - stopped by to chat about his upcoming Montreal show and the legacy of his Father. Given the notoriety of Frank Zappa's humor in music and lyrics, it was interesting to hear Dweezil's take on everything not funny. The genius … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Seven
And the beat went on. And on ... And on ... The weather cooled but the music did not. Malcolm Bruce took time to speak of his band and what a band it is. Bruce is the son of legendary bass player Jack Bruce (Cream) and together with Eric Clapton's nephew (Will Johns) and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Six
And the beat went on ... 2018 continued in August where it left off in July. George Thorogood was back in Quebec for the second time in three months. Trois Rivieres en Blues was the setting this time around and the swagger returned. Thorogood was 'safe' at Place des Arts in Montreal and in Trois … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Five
The music kept coming. The Montreal International Jazz Festival got underway and this year was a great mix for fans of all genres. July Gary Petersen - the original drummer for The Guess Who (and a man who started drumming before Rock n Roll's heyday) took some time out to chat about his career and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Four
Half way through the year - the music kept coming. The folks at The Montreal International Jazz Festival announced their line up and the stage was set ( so to speak). June Jann Arden was in town and at this point in her musical career - she is the Elton John of Canadian women. The … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Three
What a year it was ... Twelve months have come and gone quicker than a man / woman looking for a one night stand. That's what happens when music is in the air and in your soul. Let's take a look back shall we? Let us revisit the musical past of 2018. April Steve Hill … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review – Part Two
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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’
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
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 !