Nothing like a live show to add energy and realness to music. Following two studio efforts and a rise in popularity, The Justin Saladino Band have released their first live album. Something that will allow the band to grow and produce more interesting material in the future. Justin Saladino Please listen below to my chat … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A 'Live' Chat with Justin Saladino About A 'Live' Record
Once a year, Pete Varvaro ( aka Smoke Meat Pete) leaves for a month. Once a year - people don't get the Blues. Ben Racine Smoke Meat Pete ( both the restaurant and the man ) not only provide the best Smoke Meat in Montreal, Pete is the only guy in the city providing live … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Dawn Tyler Watson Celebrates Smoke Meat Pete’s Birthday !
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
You have never seen anything like him. Carvin Jones is among the 'top fifty Blues guitarists' in the world according to Guitar Magazine. He has received accolades from Eric Clapton, Albert King and Buddy Guy. His live performances are legendary and now he's coming to Montreal and Canada ! Please listen below to my chat … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Carvin Jones Bringing His Electrifying Guitar Work to Montreal !
Justin Saladino is smart. Too often, Blues guitarists remain true to the Blues and it confines them. Pigeon holes their talent and next thing you know, twenty years have passed and another whisky shot comes there way at four in the morning. Few (over the years) have come to the realization that Blues may be … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Justin Saladino is Brilliant with Latest Album ‘A Fool’s Heart’
Let us not forget - The Blues came before Jazz. The Jazz purists cringe at the 'not Jazz' genres at The Montreal International Jazz Festival. The artists who ply their crafts to be near the top of their specific genre, often shunned by the Jazz stuffy shirts. In 2016, at the 37th edition - it … Continue reading Justin Saladino and Jamiah Rogers; The Future of the Blues !
Justin Saladino is part of a new generation of Blues' artists in Montreal. The difference is Justin is not only learning - he is teaching as well. A pair of traits which can only lead to bigger and brighter things. Please listen below as Justin talks about his new EP, teaching, learning and playing … Continue reading Justin Saladino ‘Teaches’ us ‘No Worries’ …
Paolo Stante knows how to play guitar. No argument there. Songwriting? Check. CD's? Check. Live gigs? Check. What else could there be? Please listen as Paolo explains everything including how his first guitar teacher influenced him. Paolo? Visit Paolo Here!
Derek Olive likes to ride his bicycle. Derek also enjoys playing the guitar and writing songs. Perfect! Olive combines the two loves of his life and ( if that weren't enough) , is also raising awareness and money for Canada's environmental future. Please listen below as Derek explains everything. Derek? Visit Derek Here! Visit Blue … Continue reading Biking Across Canada for David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Message
Chris Vachon plays guitar for Roomful of Blues ... For forty - five years, the band plays in a roomful of Blues fans. Opening up for or backing guys like B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton. In a Canadian connection, the band is most known as being Colin James' 'Little Big Band'. A … Continue reading Roomful of Blues – From B.B. King to Colin James; The Little Big Band That Could ...
Rebecca Fiset Cote has an amazing voice. That is the easy part. Songwriting and making her way into a world filled with wannabes is the hard part. Can she accomplish what she wants with her life? To make a career as a singer? Please listen below as 'Becky' talks about her dreams, aspirations and … Continue reading You Can Call Her ‘ Becky …’
Justin Saladino is a good student. For that matter, he is also a good teacher. Please listen below as Justin talks about his influences, his band and what is in store for them in the coming weeks. An EP perhaps? Justin? Visit Justin Here! Justin will be at Bistro a Jo Jo … Continue reading Justin Saladino; Montreal’s Next Frank Marino?