A Spooky Chat with The Record Breakers!

Hallowe’en isn’t always scary.

Well – ok, it is always scary but some things on that evening are also fun.

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On October 30th – join two bands for an evening of music and dance from two very different musical acts. A pair of entertainment entities very different in the phases of their careers.

Please listen below to Hayden Rabinovitch speak of his band The Record Breakers and what can be expected on Oct. 30th st Dundees.

Thanks for listening!

Talk soon.


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Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge – Part Two

The Province of Quebec is filled with the blues. Luckily, it is also filled with The Blues.

Music – that is …

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Come down to Bistro a Jo Jo on October 6th, 12th and 20th to cheer your favorite Blues’ singers as they compete to represent Quebec in Memphis, Tennessee.


Three nights of some of the greatest artists in this Province laying their hearts out to win big. No one is a loser on nights like these.

Please listen below to some of the artists tunes as well as other …

Stuff !

Thanks for listening – talk soon !

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What’s Happening in Montreal and On Rick Keene Music Scene – Spooky!

So much is going on – even the Pope is gay!

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As usual – Montreal has a lot to offer in the music field. Concerts, shows – if it has a groove, this city adores it !


Please listen below to what is coming music-wise and find out how to buy tickets online for most of the shows taking place in Montreal and beyond.

Thanks for listening! Talk soon …

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Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge at Bistro a Jo Jo – Oct. 6th

 Blues! Blues! Blues!


It is all about the Blues. 

Especially the next couple of weeks at Bistro a Jo Jo on St. Denis in Montreal.

It is the Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge. The winner of the eleven artists competing receive an opportunity to go to Memphis, Tennessee to test their skills there as well.

Some of the best Blues artists in Quebec will give their all starting on Oct. 6th.  Head on down to Bistro a Jo Jo and cheer your favorite artist on!

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James Cotton and Rick Keene

Please listen below to some of the artists performing !


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Jerry Mercer; As the Years Have Gone By …

To say that ex – April Wine drummer Jerry Mercer has been around is a gross understatement.

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Starting from scratch and working his way up from Trevor Payne and The Triangle to the wondrous  sounds of the Cuban rhythms – Jerry Mercer has played a lot of percussion.


He ain’t done yet …

Please listen below to my chat with this legendary Canadian musician.





Ria Reece is Out All Night ! That’s a Good Thing !

Ria Reece is new on the scene of music. Professionally – that is.


Out All Night is her and her band’s take on Ria’s musical experiences growing up. A little bit of Etta James, a lit bit of this and a whole lotta R and B, Blues and Soul.


It is the band’s first album of original material, Judging by the sound of it – there will be a whole bunch more to come.

Please listen below to my interview with Ria !


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What’s Happening in Montreal and Rick Keene Music Scene

As usual – a lot going on …


Please listen below to a few events coming up ! Click on Jazz Festival and Evenko logos to buy tickets to many great shows !

Thanks for listening! Talk soon.


A Review of Keith Richards’ Documentary ‘Under the Influence’

Most people have dual citizenships. Keith Richards has dual personalities.

In the documentary ‘ Under the Influence ‘ ( available on Netflix) – the lines are blurred with orgasmic pleasure for a true music fan.


The general population love Keith Richards. The masses also know very little about the man.

They know the myth. They have read the tales of decadent behavior and the seemingly endless nine lives which appear to pursue Richards on and off the stage. Everyone loves a survivor. Especially one who has written the songbook of Rock n Roll with a middle finger left off the fret and pointed straight at the powers that be.

Keith Richards at seventy – one years of age, can do no wrong. He has earned the right to captain the Black Pearl.

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‘Under the Influence’, the documentary which coincides with the release of Richards ‘ first solo album in over twenty years (Crosseyed Heart), is a showcase of Richards’ mindset in the studio as he lays down tracks with his ‘Xpensive’ mates.

Instead of this documentary being solely a marketing tool to help sell copies of an album made by a Grandfather who ( in Rock n Roll history) should be passed his prime, the film instead utilizes the celluloid moments to open the drapes and let the rays of American music display Richards’ crevasses on his worn face as valleys of knowledge. In short – ‘Under the Influence’ is a proper documentary.

In short – Keith Richards is a proper musician.


The Stones’ guitarist has forgotten more than most know. The Stones’ guitarist happily has not forgotten more than most know.

Director Morgan Neville takes that knowledge and places it elegantly into a history class. Not a Blues class. Not a Rock n Roll class. Not a Country music class. Not even a Great American Songbook class.

Neville and Richards deliver a top of the line University music class with the above ingredients both separate and blurred together. Just as elegantly as Richards himself.

The best thing? Lazy people need not apply …

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In the 1960’s, the Beatles reinvented popular music. They too were influenced by the same men who laid the foundation for the Stones’ songbook. The Beatles remained white British boys while the Stones transformed into a bunch of Black kids playing the Blues to anyone who would scream. The Rolling Stones with Brian Jones , Mick Jagger and Keith Richards leading the way, introduced American Blues to America white folks.

In 2015, in glorious irony, at a time when the music business and an entire generation of musicians appear ‘lost for words’, along comes Keith Richards ‘under the influence’ once more.

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Satan, God or whoever runs the show – every once in a while sends Richards into the forest as a musical Robin Hood.  A rich man giving back to the poor.

In the eighties, when Rock n Roll and all it’s edgy guitars took backseat to synthesized drums machines and keyboards, it was Richards’ ‘Start Me Up’ riff that kept Chuck Berry sane. While Mick Jagger was experimenting with every sound heard by dogs and people as a solo artist, Richards angrily released the album ‘Talk is Cheap.’ A project that is held in highest esteem by any musician worth their weight in music.

Richards’ kept the Rock n Roll/ Blues and R and B barge afloat without a ‘Life’ jacket.

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Here is where the dual personality kicks in.

Richards’ has also kept Country music in people’s consciences. From ‘Country Honk’ off of Let It Bleed’, the entire Beggars Banquet album and into ‘Dead Flowers’ off of the Stones’ classic 1971 album Sticky Fingers and everything in between, Richards continues the tradition and love of Country on his new album Crosseyed Heart. Keith Richards along with Hank Williams, George Jones, Gram Parsons, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Wanda Jackson and thousands or millions more – have kept the world balanced within the structure of ‘Rock n Roll’.

No Country music equals no Blues or vice versa. No Blues / Country  means no ‘Roll’ in the Rock.

Richards likes his Roll … thank you very much.

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There is so much in Keith Richards songwriting than meets the bloodshot eye. ‘Under the Influence’ gives a glimmer of what makes one half of  The Glimmer Twins glimmer.

Hogey Carmichael and the Great American Songbook were a huge part of Richards’ post – war English environment. Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Solomon Burke and all the Soul and R and B men are the foundations of Richards’ indestructible frame. Mix them all together within a man with the backbone of a lion? The main ingredient of Richards’ and the Stones’ longevity. The ability to place a song ahead of the solos.


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‘Under the Influence’ is a thoughtful insight into an ageing man’s psyche. Musically and as a human being.

Many times during the film Richards’ is on the cusp of melancholy and wistfulness. Tears are welling up behind the shades as much as his influences are masked by the shades of Rock n Roll. The documentary – a rare peek into Keith Richards as a man who has conquered everything on his own terms and has no idea how he has ended up as one of the most – loved people on the planet. No idea how he has ended up still ‘ on the planet’ for that matter.

It is called integrity Mr. Richards. See you at The Crossroads ….

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An Evening with Deep Blue; The Most Complete Band in Montreal!

Johnny Beaudine & DEEP BLUE

One of the most exciting nights on the Montreal jazz and blues scene can be found whenever Johnny Beaudine & Deep Blue take the stage with their smoking menu of Chicago style jazz, blues and soul fusion with touches of New Orleans funk.


A veteran of some of the most famous and infamous south-side Chicago blues clubs,the young Beaudine was tutored by masters like Jr. Wells, James Cotton and A.C.Reed. Beaudine and the band have developed a repertoire that ranges from Chess records classics to New Orleans versions of Duke Ellington and updates of jazz classics from artists like Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis and Sonny Stitt.


Johnny Beaudine and Deep Blue hold down the regular Monday night slot at Montreal’s legendary House of Jazz and have done so for over two years, drawing an audience of jazz and blues fans from the US, Japan, Singapore, Brazil, Australia, Europe and China.

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Johnny Beaudine on tenor & soprano sax, harmonica and vocals leads a band containing some of the most talented and experienced musicians in Montreal. Adept at sophisticated jazz, blues, ragtime and stride piano styles reminiscent of Fats Waller; Peter Mika’s piano generates a wall of sound that transforms any club into a concert hall.

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The great R&B veteran Ben Comeau plays electric bass. Ben’s sheer enjoyment of the music is a pleasure to behold as his bass smolders cool and smooth on the jazz numbers and cuts loose on the funky bluesier material.

Jeff Simons rounds things out on drums. His powerhouse drumming drives the band through his varied repertoire. Jeff is also an excellent vocalist and his renditions of Ray Charles’ hits – bring the house down!

Their Motto is “We Come to Play” and Deep Blue creates that authentic Chicago sensation every night they play.

Please listen below as Johnny and Peter talk about their band which uniquely blends Jazz, Blues and New Orleans Funk  into the only genuine unit of it’s kind in Montreal.

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Jay Sewall – Old School ( (With a Little Help from Some Friends

Earning a Lys Blues Lifetime Achievement Award is nothing to sneeze at.

Earning a lifetime achievement award when life is just getting good, somewhat unfitting. Do they give away two lifetime achievement awards?

Jay Sewall is just getting started.

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Jay has a new album out which includes all of his musical friends he has accumulated over the years. A musical voyage back to the future.

Listen below as Jay talks about his album as well as his lifetime learning about the Blues, Folk, Country and ‘Roots’ music.




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Cecile Doo-Kingue; Do the Right Thing !

Every once in a whilea musician comes along who utilizes their ‘voice’ to ensure people are not only aware of life’s realities, they act to undo the social injustices in the world …

Cecile Doo-Kingue is that musician.

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A resident of Montreal, this transplanted New Yorker continues to bring to the forefront issues not only race related, human related as well. It is a journey which continues as the building blocks to making Cecile the best person she can be.

To make humanitythe best they can be. 

Please listen to Cecile as she speaks of her feelings as well as her recent album. Touching on subjects such as art being a cornerstone to every culture, Cecile Doo-Kingue lets it all hang out.

Is anybody listening?


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Joe Louis Walker; Full Interview

Joe Louis Walker just recently returned from a tour which brought him to Australia. He hooked up with some fellows who were schooled in the Blues. Mick, Keith, Charlie  – along with Joe’s pal Ronnie Wood, love talkin’ about the Blues.

Joe loves talking about the Blues also so a match made in heaven; a gross understatement …

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Please listen as Joe discusses many topics including the present and the future of the Blues along with some very interesting insights.





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Junior Wells – Live from Theresa’s; Part Two

Theresa’s was a legendary Blues club in Chicago ..


Everyone who was everyone in the Blues scene back in the day – played at Theresa’s. Starting in the 50’s right up until it’s closing in the early eighties; Theresa’s was the spot.

Nobody owned Theresa’s, music-wise like Junior Wells. No other musician, not Buddy Guy, not Howlin’ Wolf and not Willie Dixon – held court at Therea’s like Junior Wells. He was the King of Theresa’s.


Please listen to a few tracks recorded live at Theresa’s from 1975. Junior Wells as well as a ‘few’ names you may recognize – prove, without a doubt, Theresa’s was the premiere Blues club of it’s time.



Johnny Beaudine, a Sax player who currently plays at The House of Jazz in Montreal, played his horn on stage with Junior in Theresa’s.

Johnny’s words can be heard describing a bit of Theresa’s and  Junior Wells.



Johnny Beaudine is at The House of Jazz Every Monday!

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Johnny Beaudine; The Blues – ‘Live’ from Chicago ….Part One

How many times has someone sat down and explained how good Muddy Waters was. On how many occasions did someone tell a captive audience that Howlin’ Wolf was the best …

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How many of these storytellers actually played with and/ or  witnessed these legends first hand?

Not many.

This is where saxophone player Johnny Beaudine comes in.

Two Chicago Boys - Tom Lavin ( Powder Blues Band) and Johnny Beaudine

Born in Chicago and receiving a Blues apprenticeship with men such as Otis Rush, James Cotton and Buddy Guy – allows Beaudine an insight very few have into the legacy of the Blues …


Johnny Beaudine and his band Deep Blue

appear every Monday Night at

The House of Jazz in Montreal!


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Tom Lavin; The Water in the Powder ‘ed’ Blues

For over three decades Powder Blues has been one of Canada’s leading blues bands.


powder1979-150x150Blues, Jazz, Rock & Roll and R & B. Four styles is what you get each and every time the band takes the stage. On November 2nd at Club Soda – the Powder Blues Band does just that along with The Downchild Blues Band.

Two acts, one cause. Two acts – eighty two years of experience between them as Blues artists.

Please listen as Tom Lavin of The Powder Blues talks all things Blues and gives a history lesson on some of the legendary men who make up the Blues legacy.

Tom? John Lee Hooker made you supper? Say what?


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