Rick Keene Music Scene – The Spirit of Rock

There is life in music – you just have to look and listen for it.

Most savvy music fans avoid the radio these days. It is filled with ‘fake tunes’. Corporate – pumped propaganda to coincide with the equally corporate-pumped newscasts. Music along with common sense should not be fueled by a station’s political agenda or beliefs.

Have a listen below to some events coming up, some great new tunes and a couple of classics.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Jazz Festival Preview For Your Listening Pleasure

Let’s get ready to rumble ! Er … rumba …?

The Jazz Festival of Montreal, the largest of it’s kind and celebrating it’s fortieth anniversary – gets underway officially today !

Have a listen below to some of the artists that will be performing !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jim Cuddy Talks Jazz Festival

Not many people are Canadian music legends …

Jim Cuddy and his band Blue Rodeo will go down in history as one of the best Canadian exports. Both musically and as ambassadors.

Blue Rodeo will be here as part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival on June 28th.

Please listen below to my chat with Jim Cuddy.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Talking Inside ‘The Box’ with Jean Marc. Part Three.

The Box are one of few Canadian bands who strung together numerous hits in the 1980’s.

So many hits in three years – writer and front-man Jean Marc started to get a big ego. He could do no wrong in his mind …

Fast forward to 2018 and the elder Jean Marc speaks to his younger self on The Box’ new EP;

Take Me Home

Please listen below to part three of my chat with the leader of The Box.

Jean Marc? What’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Talking Inside ‘The Box’ with Jean Marc. Part Two

The Box are one of few Canadian bands who strung together numerous hits in the 1980’s.

So many hits in three years – writer and front-man Jean Marc started to get a big ego. He could do no wrong in his mind …

Fast forward to 2018 and the elder Jean Marc speaks to his younger self on The Box’ new EP;

Take Me Home

 

Please listen below to part two of my chat with the leader of  The Box.

Jean Marc? What’s up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Talking Inside ‘The Box’ with Jean Marc. Part One

The Box are one of few Canadian bands who strung together numerous hits in the 1980’s.

So many hits in three years – writer and front-man Jean Marc started to get a big ego. He could do no wrong in his mind …

Fast forward to 2018 and the elder Jean Marc speaks to his younger self on The Box’ new EP;

Take Me Home

 

Please listen below to part one of my chat with the leader of  The Box.

Jean Marc? What’s up?

 

 

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Stay Tuned for Part Two of My Interview !

 


 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – What’s New in Music and Listen to a New Tune From The Box !

The music business is always changing. 

New tunes, new shows and new platforms for musicians to display their wares. All of which have one thing in common; art.

Please check out some of the new stuff happening right now.

On Monday, April 16th, 2x GRAMMY® Award winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra will be celebrating fifteen years with the release of their sixth album Anniversary on ArtistShare.

Manito Ahbee Festival Hosting Free Indigenous Music Conference For Native Musicians

Manito Ahbee Festival Music Conference May 17th and 18th at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel in Canada. Industry professionals will sit down with Native American and First Nations musicians

Registration opens April 19 www.manitoahbee.com/events/indigenous-music-conference/.

 

Iconic Canadian musician Jim Cuddy is among several musical talents who will grace the stage in London’s Victoria Park during this year’s Home County Music and Art Festival.

As part of Home County’s 45th year, The Jim Cuddy Band will be the headline the opening night of the festival on July 20.

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The Box have released a new EP titled Take Me Home and are heading on tour to support it.

11/05   Oshawa – Music Hall
12/05   Seneca – Queens Theatre
25/05   Peterborough – Red Dog
26/05   Mississauga – Classic Bowl
13/07   Québec – L’Impérial
14/07   Sorel – Festival de la Gibelotte
28/07   Mattawa – Voyageur Days
04/08   Ste-Thérèse – Rendez-vous de Village

 

 

Michael Kaeshammer has a new album out April 20th. Something New features Randy Bachman, Colin James and Stones’ keyboardist Chuck Leavell.

 

The Savilles have a new album out – Something Strange. 

 

 

Guitar great Steve Hill has a new album out May 11th.

 

 

 

Warner Music Group Acquires Data Analytics Startup Sodatone

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Cœur de Pirate shares “Somnambule” single + acoustic live video

Fourth LP en Cas de Tempête, Ce Jardin Sera Fermé. out June 1 via Dare To Care Records

 

 

Les Productions Nuits d’Afrique has released the nine semi finalists for the 12e Edition of Syli d’Or de la Musique du Monde, to be held the 17th, 18th et 19th of April at 8:30pm at Club Balattou à Montréal. 

 

The Semi – Finalists are;

  • Suzi Silva & Fad’azz, Bossa, Fado (Portugal)

  • Kenzow, Afro-urbaine (Burkina Faso)

  • Coro cênico, Samba, Bossa nova (Brésil)

  • El Son sono, Rythmes d’Amérique du Sud (Pérou)

  • Unik, Zouk, Kompa (Haïti)

  • Tokatanoka, Basque orientale (France, Qc)

  • Dakka, Reggae mandingue (Côte d’Ivoire)

  • Gaorampi Farah, World oriental (Pérou, Palestine, Chine)

  • Ramon Chicharron, Afro-Cumbia (Colombie)

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jim Cuddy Band Review; Making People Smile

Sometimes, check that – most times, a music concert turns into noise at one point in the show.

There is always those one or two tunes  the musicians love playing but the crowd doesn’t know very well. Or – the crowd loves the tune and it just does not parlay nicely from the studio to the stage.

The Jim Cuddy Band / one half of the Blue Rodeo songwriting tandem / Barney Bentall and Jim Cuddy’s two sons do not have that trouble.

 

The elder Cuddy was in town Friday night at the Corona Theater supporting his new album Constellations. Jim is towing Barney Bentall ,  his two boys and The Jim Cuddy band across Canada. Towing may be a bad choice of a word because the supporting players are in no way broken down. The entire cast are on the same page and that page is songwriting for the right reasons.

Bentall kicked things off with a short and sweet set. Setting the musical table for Cuddy’s family dinner.

While I was Waiting, Where You Gonna Run, Lonely When You Leave, Constellations, Cold Cold Wind and All I Need from The Jim Cuddy Band’s disc opened and closed the unknown section of the Cuddy supermarket. Familiar sounding Blue Rodeo tunes without Greg Keelor. A combination of Jim’s voice and songwriting could very well be on a Blue Rodeo disc. Nothing new but ineffably borrowed from Blue Rodeo.

Happy-go-lucky tunes bordering on Country with teary eyed ( where is the Kleenex?) ballads grabbing the mostly older audience by the neck and never letting go. Cuddy possesses that boy- next- door all Canadian guy persona and it’s hard not to like the guy. EH? Energetic songs with an equally energized supporting cast make The Jim Cuddy Band into a long Blue Rodeo song. A good thing.

 

Barney Bentall came and went adding his own tunes as did sons Devin and Sam Polley.

Polley displaying his songs from his first EP ( Surrender and Rude Girl) with an adequate voice and lots of passion. Both tunes upbeat and bordering on Rock n Roll. Devin ( on piano) played a cover and an original. Maggie’s Hardware Store and Radio. Devin gravitating toward the kitchen party atmosphere on the former and his own songwriting talent and piano playing on the latter. Devin possessing keener vocals than his brother but in fairness, Devin has been doing this longer. Dad Jim has four reasons to be proud of his sons.

The supporting players made everything magical.

Bazil Donovan (bass), Colin Cripps (guitar), Anne Lindsay (violin), Steve O’Connor (keys) and drummer Joel Anderson did not need Jim Cuddy. The chemistry and dynamics were ear popping. Anne Lindsay on violin effectuating guitar parts for The Blue Rodeo ‘covers’ with intensity rarely seen in these parts. Rarely seen in any parts.

Bentall returned for his own song Don’t Wait For Me Marie, a showstopper ( according to Jim’s Mom) and Come Back To Me. Dressed like Gord Downie and with the same type of facial structure and hat – Bentall was ghostly in appearance but not in voice. Bentall one of this Country’s great songwriters and somewhat of a ‘cult’ figure.

The evening contained The Blue Rodeo hits. Five Days in May, Til I Am Myself Again and It Could Happen To You. All of them sounding just like Blue Rodeo which must make an absent Greg Keelor nervous. Capping off an evening that contained no noise – only songs.

Close to one big singalong.

 

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Brazil, Alex Lifeson, Jann Arden, Ask Dave the Bartender, Jim Cuddy and The Mandevilles .​.​.

Things are picking up …

Following a lull in the new release category – a flock of CDs have arrived at my doorstep. Good news for the listener and better news for the artists if the CDs are purchased …

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 Have a listen to what is coming up this week on Rick Keene Music Scene – including a song with Rush’s Alex Lifeson !

 

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Jim Cuddy – Back to Nature …

Blue Rodeo are coming to Montreal on March the 2nd to Place des Arts. For Jim Cuddy – it’s natural.

This is the final show on a tour that has seen his son opening up and Juno nominations for Blue Rodeo and his eldest child; Devin. A fulfilling year to say the least …

Please listen as Jim explains his songs, his thinking about songwriting and his pride with his son. A Canadian legend to say the least.

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Devin Cuddy – His Own man …

Devin Cuddy is the son of Jim Cuddy. Same last name, same love of music. That is where the connection stops. Sorta …

Devin Cuddy is on his own. Being the elder son in the Cuddy family, his independence is not new in the family scheme of things.

“All older sons are fiercely independent …” Says Jim Cuddy; father of both Devin and Blue Rodeo. “Anyone with an older son gets that …”

The Devin Cuddy Band is opening up for Blue Rodeo at Place des Arts on March 2nd. Please listen as Devin explains everything.

Devin …?

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