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 …
In Canada, we have a saying ... He shoots, he scores ... ! Aside from that - we have beavers and lots of ( Justin Bieber aside ) - great music. In 2014, I was fortunate enough to speak to very many of the men, women and teenagers who sing from this great country … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Top Ten Canadian Interviews – Part Deux
My, my, my, my, my ... What is going on with Bieber? From a cute Youtube sensation to a wanted 'potential criminal'. Somewhere - Stompin' Tom is stompin' in his grave. Now comes the news that Justin wants to alter his official race of 'white' to a definate more off - white hue. Somewhat darker. … Continue reading Top Ten Reasons Why Justin Bieber Wants To Change His Race To Black
La la la la ... life goes on ... Or so it goes for the band One Road. Tracy and Mike's lifelong dream of making a living as musicians - is far from over. Despite a learning curve larger than Justin Bieber's list of arrest warrants, the duo are re-adjusting their game plan. Not changing … Continue reading One Road; A Little Bit Country – A Little Bit Rock n Roll
Lennex, Santers, Mainline, Bravebelt, Klaatu ... Heard of these guys? Probably. You just do not know it. Five Canadian bands who paved the way for guys like Bryan Adams and (sigh) Justin Bieber. Commercially - anyways. Bands who did not get their fair due airplay -wise and monetarily. Some did - most had a cup … Continue reading Great Canadian Rock Show Part Three
Once upon in a lifetime, a young prodigy enters people's lives and they brush him or her off ... Years later - they recognize the person on stage, accepting an award or two and exclaim;" Hey ...I used to know that dude (ette). Ya right - go and get your teeth Grandpa ( ma) - … Continue reading ‘The Devil’ Made Alex Cross Do It!
Franco De Crescentis got the idea to write his play by watching YouTube videos of conspiracy theories. He was careful however as many are recorded by fundamentalists whose visions are slightly 'skewed' ... The play in question; 'Alex Cross and his Rise to Fame' is a fantastic look into the bad side of the music … Continue reading Alex Cross and His Director’s Rise to Fame …
Spawn a kid did ya ...? Want he or she to grow up and become a lawyer, doctor or astronaut? Doesn't everyone? Sometimes, life does not end up as planned. Children end up doing things that do not necessarily appease the parents ( just ask Mr. and Mrs. Dahlmer ) Kids lead their own destiny. … Continue reading Top Ten Signs Your Baby will Become a Rock Star!
The human riff. Keef. The original bad boy and guitarist who defined the behavior for five decades of rock n roll offspring ... He is a man's man. He stays the course, remains true to his beliefs no matter the consequences. For this reason, here now are the Top Ten things Keith Richards will probably … Continue reading Top Ten Things Keith Richards Will Probably Never Say
The beat goes on ... Never is this as true when it comes to Misstress Barbara. "I really do not know how well my music is doing or where it is selling the most."Says Barbara Bonfligio from her home in Montreal. '"Cd's are not as big as they once were. It's difficult to have a … Continue reading Misstress Barbara – Business as Usual
First things first. What is witnessed in this documentary/ concert film, is not for the faint - hearted. In other words; Justin Bieber fans stay away. 'Make it Funky' tells the tale of New Orleans music. A combination of blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel, soul and funk. Rock n roll? You bet ... According … Continue reading Make it FUNKY – CONCERT DVD