Rick Keene Music Scene – StringKatz; Putting The ‘Classic’ Back In Classic Rock

Many Rock n Roll musicians are classically trained ... Lawrence Gowan of Styx immediately comes to mind which is ironic since StringKatz, a quartet of stringed instruments, just recorded Gowan's A Criminal Mind on their new CD. Music imitating music or music imitating music? StringKatz are on to something. Rock music is historically ripe in … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – StringKatz; Putting The ‘Classic’ Back In Classic Rock

Rick Keene Music Scene – Gowan’s Love Affair with Quebec Grows

It all comes down to passion ... French Canadians love the Montreal Canadiens. If you pay attention - they especially love the players that love the Canadiens as much as they do . Enter Lawrence Gowan aka Gowan. Photos Emily Eelkema What does a Scottish-born, Canadian -raised, classically trained pianist have to do with hockey? … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Gowan’s Love Affair with Quebec Grows

Rick Keene Music Scene – The Damn Truth Deliver The Damn Truth !

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 !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Lawrence Gowan is Poised To Conquer Quebec. Again !

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 !

Meet Lawrence Gowan and His Alter Ego; Gowan. Part One and Two

Lawrence Gowan has an alter ego. Or - perhaps, Gowan has an alter ego. Either way, this pair of artists are blessed with talent. Blessed with talent and a love for life.     The front-man for Styx since 1999 and one of the most successful solo artists in Canadian history, is all set for … Continue reading Meet Lawrence Gowan and His Alter Ego; Gowan. Part One and Two

Rick Keene Music Scene Presents; Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder – ‘Soundtrack of Summer’ Special. Featuring a New Version of Hotel California with Mick Jones!

It's gonna be fun ...! Seldom do bands hook up that are headliners on their own.  Imagine. Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder - together on tour! Crystal Ball, JukeBox Hero and Hotel California in one night!That's just three songs! A night to remember. A night to attend ... Listen as Tommy Shaw, Kelly Hansen and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene Presents; Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder – ‘Soundtrack of Summer’ Special. Featuring a New Version of Hotel California with Mick Jones!