Michel Pagliaro is a legend in Quebec ... Anglophone artists, Francophone artists - any genre, unconsciously or consciously affected by 'Pag'. Rarely do artists create such a vast 'society affecting' songbook in a quick period of time. The Guess Who, Dylan,The Beatles, The Stones,Elvis and Pag. For this reason, it is fitting after all these … Continue reading Michel Pagliaro; Quebec’s Greatest Songwriter?
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
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
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. January Big Wreck … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review – Part One.
Tis the season to be musical. Here are a few options or gifts to place under the Christmas tree. If you like what I do - then donate here and give me a gift too! Two concerts in January are 'not be missed'. January 25th sees Montreal's own The Damn Truth along with The … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Musical Christmas Gifts
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
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
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
Christmas should be celebrated by candlelight. The Lyric Theater Singers understand that and then some. Every year in December, musical director Bob Bachelor painlessly determines the content of a show that is based in spirituality. Combining his own arrangements with those of others - Bachelor somehow embraces the Yuletide moment like very few. Last night at … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene -A Candlelight Christmas; A Must See Holiday Event
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 !
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
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’
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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