Rick Keene Music Scene – Who Says You Are Too Old To Rock n’ Roll?

Age is a number.

So many musicians over the age of seventy putting out great tunes.

Young guys may know how to play their instruments – yet crafting a song with rhythm and swing?

Please have a listen below to new music by ‘old guys’.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – George Thorogood To Make Grand Ole Opry Debut

Bad – to the bone.

“I’m incredibly humbled by the honor and excited to connect with this audience,” says Thorogood. “I’ll be stepping onto the Grand Ole Opry stage with my guitar to share some great American music.”

“Of course the Opry showcases the best in country music to fans around the world each week, but we also appreciate opportunities to welcome guests from other genres and walks of life, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Academy Award-winning actors and directors, and even a U.S. President,” said Opry Executive Producer Dan Rogers. “George Thorogood is an Opry fan himself, and we’re all in for a great show.”

In a special collaboration, a unique “SiriusXM Road to George Thorogood’s Opry Debut” will be rolled out including involvement across a wide array of SiriusXM channels discussing this historic moment. Thorogood will be a guest on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country (ch. 60) and Volume (ch. 106) sharing his one-of-a-kind perspective on music and what this Opry debut means to him.

“When I was growing up, I’d hear Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins on the radio alongside Ray Charles and Bo Diddley,” George Thorogood says. “Music didn’t need to be labeled ‘country’ or ‘rock’. If it was good music, you enjoyed it. I loved it all.”

And for an artist whose worldwide hits include a cover of Hank Williams’ ‘Move It On Over’ – as well as self-penned classics like ‘I Drink Alone’ (a song he originally wrote for George Jones) and the ultimate badass anthem ‘Bad To The Bone’ – it’s clear that George Thorogood remains one of the most enthusiastically unique interpreters of what can only be categorized as American music.

Craft Recordings recently released a comprehensive reissue of George Thorogood and The Destroyers’ fiery concert album Live in Boston, 1982. The 27-track Live in Boston, 1982: The Complete Concertincludes 12 previously unreleased tracks (including performances of “Bad to the Bone,” “Who Do You Love?,” as well as the country classics they have made their own including Hank Williams’ “Move It On Over” and T.J. “Red” Arnall’s  “Cocaine Blues”). 

Tickets for other in-house audience Opry shows are available now at opry.com.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Musical Preview of ‘HEAL THE EARTH’ – April 22nd


“Heal the Earth is here to lift conscience, mind and spirit to a higher ground,” says Tom Jackson, producer and host of Heal the Earth.

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“This is a moral and musical compass designed to guide you on a road paved with caring and compassion. There is hope in our future if we use our voices to take action against the sounds of silence. These are songs to be sung and celebrated so our children can bear witness to the enduring strength that is the love and beauty of Mother Earth.”

“Earth Day is global and to participate from Europe is wonderful. Right now, all our focus must be pointed to improve the environment for the entire world. This is a task that can only be done by working together to build a better future, says Peter Astedt, European Consultant for EMG.  Heal The Earth is one of the voices that is needed to bring people closer to a better world. It’s great to be involved in a project that is so important and can make the world a better place.

Please have a listen below to some tunes from artists performing on April 22nd

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Thirty Seven Minutes and Fifty Seconds

Time flies when you are happy.

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

Marthe Troly-Curtin

Please have a listen below to some tunes new to you and listen to the new single from the front-man of April Wine; Myles Goodwyn.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Things That Make You Go Hmmm and New Myles Goodwyn Music

Ya think you know everything eh?

Within music – there is always stuff to learn. If not – the sounds would die.

Please have a listen below to some new tunes and hear the new single from the front-man of April Wine; Myles Goodwyn.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Canada Post Celebrates The JUNO Awards Golden Anniversary

New stamp honours 50 years of the JUNOS
and a dynamic Canadian music scene
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The JUNO Awards turns 50 this year, and Canada Post is celebrating this golden anniversary with a new commemorative stamp.

The stamp pays tribute to the country’s premier music event, and its role in supporting and showcasing Canadian artists and creators over five decades. Since 1971, the JUNOS have recognized Canada’s immense range of talent, from rising stars to household names, including 25-time JUNO winner Anne Murray – the recipient of the most JUNO Awards to date – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Céline Dion, The Tragically Hip, The Weeknd and so many more.

To mark the importance of the 50th anniversary, the JUNOS have redesigned the prestigious award from the solid crystal tower into a new golden statuette, which is featured on the commemorative stamp.

The special 50th anniversary presentation of the JUNO Awards will be broadcast nationwide Sunday, May 16 at 8 pm, ET/5 pm, PT, on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music and globally on CBCMusic.ca/junos.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Wednesday’s Wicked …

“The only truth is music.”

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

Sandy Chochinov

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

 Albert Einstein

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I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it.

Prince

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Tune In to Tuesday’s Terrific Tunes

Times were changing. Clothes were changing. Morals were changing. We went from romantic loves songs like I used to do to rock ‘n roll. Now that has changed to rap. So, there’s always a new generation with new music.

Bobby Vinton

When I hear music that parents hate, or older musicians hate, I know that’s the new music. When I hear older people saying, ‘I hate Rap or Techno’ I rush to it.

George Clinton

Sandy Chochinov

I’m inspired by artists and musicians. There are so many wonderful and talented people in the world. I love discovering new music, new writers, or new art.

Alicia Keys

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People say I seem very negative about new music – well, if somebody asks me what I think of Keane, I’ll tell ’em. I don’t like ’em. I’ll obviously take it a step too far and grossly insult the keyboard player’s mam or summat, but I’m afraid that’s just me.

Noel Gallagher

I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it.

Prince

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Paying Tribute to Sandy Chochinov

“Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.”

A Canadian musician since 1968, Sandy Chochinov bravely followed his passion for music which was like breathing for him. He played the electric bass with his own unique style, sound and tone unlike any other.

He toured, recorded and performed across Canada until the late 1990s. Sandy taught himself the art of recording, editing and mixing his own music in his home studio for the last 20 years.

He continued to create and record music, playing bass, beats, guitar and keys along with many of his musical brothers and sisters producing 17 projects to date.

Sandy worked for Child and Family Services as a family support worker for 20 years, where he inspired many young people and their families to never give up and to always follow their dreams.

Please listen below as Lewsh Shaw of The Guess Who pays homage to his friend and musical collaborator Sandy Chochinov.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Saying Goodbye To Musicians We Lost. Part Three

Music is the shorthand of emotion.”

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato

Please listen below to some music from some of the artists who recently passed away.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Saying Goodbye To Musicians We Lost. Part Two

“If music be the food of love, play on.” – William Shakespeare

“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest of times, and to the latest.” – Henry David Thoreau

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Saying Goodbye To Musicians We Lost

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”

“Music is given of God to further his purposes. Sweet melodies mellow the souls of men and help prepare them for the gospel. After men receive the truth, songs of praise to Deity help to sanctify and cleanse their souls.”

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Live Album of the Week

Energy between musician and fan. Irreplaceable.

Nothing duplicates or explains what happens when musicians take the stage and pieces of art evolve into masterpieces.

Please listen below to the ‘Live’ Album of the Week.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Wake the F*** Up ! It’s Monday …

Nothing like good music to shake those cobwebs off.

Weekends that are gloomy bring gloom. Music that is energetic brings energy.

Please listen below to some great new music, a birthday tribute to Bob Dylan, a new / old Rolling Stones’ tune and a brand new tune from Montral’s own The Damn Truth.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Terrifying Tunes and Ghostly Tales

Things that go bump after curfew.

Government measures have locked us in our homes for the better part of a year. In Quebec – leaving your home after 9:30pm; a definite no-no.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Songs You Don’t Hear Everyday …

New means growth.

Combined with the past, a buffet of pleasures.

Please listen below to some great new and old tunes.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Elmer Fudd’s Wideo Wednesday

Wascally wideos …

Ever since the early 1980’s, a marriage between music and cinema took place. Sure music has been an integral part of film for decades but the musicians were like children at a dinner party; heard – not seen.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Sasquatch Playing Saxophone and Tuesday’s Terrific Tunes !

New music – the future.

Great to learn from the past and enjoy the memories. Better still to encourage growth and sustain the arts.

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Daryl Hall and John Oates – It’s As If They Never Left ! Montreal Concert Review

If Starsky and Hutch played music, they would appear as Daryl Hall and John Oates circa 2016 …

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For those who grew up adoring the number one Rock duo of all time (sales) and have not seen them for a while, the show last night at The Bell Center must have been shocking.

Daryl Hall is a replica of David Soul merged with The Dude from The Big Lebowski. Oates has lost the big moustache and the Afro-ish hair. A flattened Paul Michael Glaser if you will. The good news? Appearances may have changed but the music is the same old song and dance.

Hall And Oates, arose from the soulful side of Philadelphia, Pa. in the 1970’s. th (6)Fusing Pop, Rock, R&B and Soul into one distinct sound. A noise instantly recognizable as was the case in Montreal last night as the tune ‘Maneater’ started things off. The bass as distinctive as a red barn in a field of wheat.

The patrons of the Bell Center aged fifty and up were immersed in nostalgia. It was hard to avoid ManEater or any other Hall and Oates’ songs in the 1980’s. The duo were embraced by the video age as the New Wave / Soulful / Pop  – street boys.  More than any other duo in history, Hall and Oates  rode the cash grab decade and ran with it.

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“Out of Touch’ came next and the lightbulbs containing memory filaments circulated like firecrackers at a stag party gone wrong. The only crinkle at first appeared through Hall’s wavery voice. Seemingly not as strong as the eighties and / or on disc. Oates – au contraire, sounding vocally healthy and a slightly older version of himself was strictly physical.

‘Did It in a Minute’, the pair’s Top Ten single from 1981’s Private Eyes LP, lasted about a minute too long. Live in 2016, the song was a shadow of it’s former self and whatever momentum was gained in the evening’s first two songs, petered out faster than a casanova filled with one drink too many. The only good denominator and a foreshadow of things to come – the artful and soulful Sax emerging from Charles DeChant. Solidifying and grounding the sound all night.

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An evening filled with so much promise started to feel mailed in. Partly because of the similarities within the duo’s songwriting and partly because … well, the eighties were that way. For a fleeting moment, Hall and Oates were covering Hall and Oates.

‘Say it ain’t So’ was prophetic and a long evening appeared imminent until the great Barry Mann song ‘ You Lost That Lovin’ Feeling’ grabbed the senses. Women were hooked and the men cringed. Le Centre Bell fell victim to soul. 

‘This next song took us out of Philly and to places like Montreal ‘.  Hall’s words an introduction to the tune which got everything back on track. A groove was hit and the band settled in for the rest of the evening within the 1974 song Grounds for Separation’. The soul of South Philly never more apparent as Hall and Oates mesmerized the crowd. A perfect lead-in to probably their most soulful ‘Hit’; Sarah Smile’. The latter two songs pre-1980 over production values and an insight into the true songwriting skills of the dynamic duo. If the show last night was a work week, the latter two songs; Wednesday night with Popcorn on the couch.

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‘Do What You Want To’ and Sarah Smile showcased beautiful guitar solos by Shane Therriot.  Hall and Oates songs are not solo friendly. Therriot made an argument they should be. Along with DeChant on Sax – a double dose of guilty pleasures and a welcome break in the sometimes similar sound of the main act.

Whatever worries  on Hall’s  vocals were left behind. Hitting his Marvin Gaye / Ray Charles stride, Hall’s initial weak voice an aberration. 

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‘I Won’t Go for That’ and the encore ‘Rich Girl’ reminded the room of the elephant. Or – in this case; elephants !

The Bell center on it’s feet dancing the night away.

Decipher Hall and Oates as much as you like. Hall is Lennon, Oates is McCartney. The Rock / Blues element combined with the ear-to-the ground sensibility that kept things fresh in yesteryear. Hall and Oates have sold more albums than any other duo in history.

Starsky and Hutch would be proud even though Private Eyes were not necessary but front and center in the end.

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