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 – Spencer MacKenzie ; Canada’s Next Guitar Great?

Hard to have the Blues when you are nineteen years of age. Sometimes - the classroom is all around and unless you are paying attention; the teacher remains invisible. That is not the case with Spencer MacKenzie as he makes his way up the musical ladder. Already winning the best new artist at The Maple … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Spencer MacKenzie ; Canada’s Next Guitar Great?

Rick Keene Music Scene – Trois Rivieres en Blues 2018

No Blues - no popular music. That is the fact. Men like Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Elmore James - the framework for what we now know as 'auto-tune'. These men would be rolling in their graves if they knew how their hard work has been destroyed by computers.   That is the great thing … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Trois Rivieres en Blues 2018

Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – Dr. Lonnie Smith; Doin’ Only What He Can Do

The word legendary. Tossed around like a flea - bit peanut monkey sometimes. In the case of Dr. Lonnie Smith - it is he who is tossing the primate around ... Commencing his career in the late fifties alongside George Benson - Smith used his knowledge as a multi-instrumentalist and student of Jazz, Blues, Gospel and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – Dr. Lonnie Smith; Doin’ Only What He Can Do

Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – Beth Hart’s Dynamite Show Steals the Jazz Festival

There are so many female vocalists on the planet. Great ones, good ones, average ones and yes - bad ones. Beth Hart is in a class all by herself. Think of the soul of Joss Stone. The power and rawness of Janis Joplin. The sweetness and velour of Adele. The danger of Amy Winehouse. Add … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – Beth Hart’s Dynamite Show Steals the Jazz Festival

Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – Ranee Lee Delivers A Performance For The Ages Despite Sadness

Ranee Lee has endured some tough gigs in her time yet nothing like the one last night at L'Astral.   Earlier in the day - Lee's husband Richard Ring ( Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Ed Thigpen, Ray Brown, Michel LeGrand, Oliver Jones ) passed away following a battle with Alzheimer's disease. Ring was not … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – Ranee Lee Delivers A Performance For The Ages Despite Sadness

Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – Boz Scaggs Redefines His ‘Public’ Image

Admit it. Lido Shuffle is all you know ... Boz Scaggs is that type of artist. The masses think that if an artist is outta sight - outta mind, they must be dead or their career is. True fans know - artists such as Scaggs do not care about hits. William Royce "Boz" Scaggs - … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – Boz Scaggs Redefines His ‘Public’ Image

Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Interview – Jordan Officer Blows the Roof Off Place des Arts !

Jordan Officer is a groundbreaking artist. Kinda ... Groundbreaking in a way that combines his talent with old school tools and old school sounds. You see - Jordan is a scholar. A student of where music comes from. Blending Dick Dale with Joe Bonamassa. Bob Wills with Stevie Ray Vaughn. Guitar with the fiddle. All … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Interview – Jordan Officer Blows the Roof Off Place des Arts !

Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – George Thorogood ‘Destroys’ The Jazz Festival ( for a few hours).

What is there to say about George Thorogood that hasn't been said before ? Electrifying ! Exciting ! Raw energy ! Just some of the adjectives used to describe Lonesome George and his music ensemble The Destroyers. Okay - so those words were utilized by George himself. So what ? One of the reasons George … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – George Thorogood ‘Destroys’ The Jazz Festival ( for a few hours).

Rick Keene Music Scene – Carvin Jones Bringing His Electrifying Guitar Work to Montreal !

You have never seen anything like him. Carvin Jones is among the 'top fifty Blues guitarists' in the world according to Guitar Magazine. He has received accolades from Eric Clapton, Albert King and Buddy Guy. His live performances are legendary and now he's coming to Montreal and Canada ! Please listen below to my chat … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Carvin Jones Bringing His Electrifying Guitar Work to Montreal !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Justin Saladino is Brilliant with Latest Album ‘A Fool’s Heart’

Justin Saladino is smart. Too often, Blues guitarists remain true to the Blues and it confines them. Pigeon holes their talent and next thing you know, twenty years have passed and another whisky shot comes there way at four in the morning. Few (over the years) have come to the realization that Blues may be … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Justin Saladino is Brilliant with Latest Album ‘A Fool’s Heart’

Rick Keene Music Scene – Steve Hill Is ‘Live’ and Well !

The prodigal son has returned home. Sorta ... Trois Rivieres native and guitar player extraordinaire Steve Hill is a busy guy. Following a very successful jaunt to Europe - Hill is home for a little bit before heading off to England and Germany once more. It was while he was 'home' and doing a gig … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Steve Hill Is ‘Live’ and Well !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Jones Talks Billy Joel, Elton John and Some Guy Named Penn Jillette?

Two guys walked into a bar and next thing you know - magic happened ! This is the tale of pianist Mike Jones. Magician Penn Jillette was one of the guys who walked into the bar and he loved Mike's playing so much; Mike Jones became the opening act and musical director for Penn and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Jones Talks Billy Joel, Elton John and Some Guy Named Penn Jillette?

Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Jones’ Top Ten Piano Players. Part Three

Two guys walked into a bar and next thing you know - magic happened ! This is the tale of pianist Mike Jones. Magician Penn Jillette was one of the guys who walked into the bar and he loved Mike's playing so much; Mike Jones became the opening act and musical director for Penn and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Jones’ Top Ten Piano Players. Part Three

Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Jones Creates ‘Magic’ with Penn Jillette. Part Two

Two guys walked into a bar and next thing you know - magic happened ! This is the tale of pianist Mike Jones. Magician Penn Jillette was one of the guys who walked into the bar and he loved Mike's playing so much; Mike Jones became the opening act and musical director for Penn and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Jones Creates ‘Magic’ with Penn Jillette. Part Two

Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Jones Creates ‘Magic’ with Penn Jillette. Part One

Two guys walked into a bar and next thing you know - magic happened ! This is the tale of pianist Mike Jones. Magician Penn Jillette was one of the guys who walked into the bar and he loved Mike's playing so much; Mike Jones became the opening act and musical director for Penn and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Jones Creates ‘Magic’ with Penn Jillette. Part One

Rick Keene Music Scene – Carla Bruni ‘Covers’ Montreal

Sometimes, one does not know what to expect from an artist. Model / actress / singer / songwriter Carla Bruni is one of those artists. On the heels of her latest album French Touch - the native of Italy and wife of former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy, elegantly wowed L'Olympia on Sunday night. Song … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Carla Bruni ‘Covers’ Montreal

Rick Keene Music Scene – Discovering Leonard Cohen

For many people - Leonard Cohen was an old guy who wrote the song Hallelujah. Visiting the exhibit honoring the late poet / songwriter / philosopher is an eye and ear opener. Only the folks who are deeply embedded in music and / or above the Mason- Dixon line in age are not surprised. La … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Discovering Leonard Cohen

Rick Keene Music Scene – Searching for Jesse Galganov; Somebody Knows Something Out There !

Jesse Galganov is Missing ! Can you imagine the feelings that are going through the mind and souls of his family? Jesse Galganov went backpacking in Peru. Last time anyone heard from or saw him was at the beginning of October. Something is amiss. Someone knows something about his whereabouts or perhaps - Jesse is … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Searching for Jesse Galganov; Somebody Knows Something Out There !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Owen Broder; Exploring American Roots Music Through Jazz

Owen Broder is schooled. Music was and remains the classroom and subject. What better way to educate than go back into the roots of American music? That is precisely what he has done with his latest project and album. Please listen below as Owen explains many things. Click on the link to discover Owen Broder. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Owen Broder; Exploring American Roots Music Through Jazz

Rick Keene Music Scene – Devin Cuddy; The New Piano Man?

Devin Cuddy is his own man ... His band - The Devin Cuddy Band, have just released their third recording. A disc called Amy's Dream. The album is a foray into uncharted yet familiar territory. A disc which adds oregano to an already great tasting spaghetti sauce. Please listen below to some great tunes as … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Devin Cuddy; The New Piano Man?

Rick Keene Music Scene -Sule Heitner; Playing Music from The Inside Out

    You gotta have a firm frame before you hit the road ... In singer / songwriter multi-instrumentalist Sule Heitner's case, a firm frame is schooling in music. Learning Bach before Brian May. One of Montreal's great guitarists takes the listener on a scenic drive with his new CD Hold On ( due out … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene -Sule Heitner; Playing Music from The Inside Out

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 – Jazz Festival Preview;Buddy Guy

  Legendary is an understatement. Buddy Guy is the last Blues guy. Last meaning one of very few who learned from the masters firsthand. Crafting his skills from the likes of B.B. King, T Bone Walker, Junior Wells, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. Live and in person. Live in studio. Buddy will be … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jazz Festival Preview;Buddy Guy

Rick Keene Music Scene – Jazz Festival Preview; Melissa Etheridge

What is there to be said about Melissa Etheridge that has not been said before?   Melissa is a poster woman for so many causes and inspirational platforms; to list them here would be unfair to the ones we don't know about. A woman of song and a woman with song. A marriage profound in … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jazz Festival Preview; Melissa Etheridge

Rick Keene Music Scene – Jazz Festival Preview; Whitehorse

  It ain't easy being green. It ain't easy being a Whitehorse in what can sometimes be - a muddy puddle.  Melissa and Luke have conquered the beginnings of a music career. Their outfit - Whitehorse, have gained critical success in a few short years. Stagnation can be anyone's enemy, especially artists. The need to … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jazz Festival Preview; Whitehorse

Rick Keene Music Scene – On Tour with Bryan Ferry ( Sorta, Kinda )

One day you are just a 'guitar player' trying to get work and the next day - your entire life changes. Playing with Bryan Ferry will do that sorta thing ... 'Quist' is living the dream as he is learning something everyday that he is on tour with Ferry - the master of creating spaces. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – On Tour with Bryan Ferry ( Sorta, Kinda )

Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal Jazz Festival Preview – King Crimson.

King Crimson are one of 'those' bands ... Several short stints in several increments have survived since 1969. Starting with 'The Court of The Crimson King' until their upcoming appearance on July 3rd in Montreal - this band is still cutting  edge.   Please listen below to my chat with Gavin Harrison, one of three drummers … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal Jazz Festival Preview – King Crimson.

Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal Jazz Festival Preview – Michael Kaeshammer

Michael Kaeshammer has been here -done that. The Montreal Jazz Festival? Second nature for him ... Before setting out on an European tour and then China - Michael's upcoming appearance at The Montreal International Jazz Festival on July 6th is just one of very few gigs this summer. Michael is taking the time to prepare for … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal Jazz Festival Preview – Michael Kaeshammer