To make it in this business - bands must have that 'thing'. Any experienced DJ will tell you, all it takes is a three minute listen to separate the 'men' from 'the boys'. The 'it' in question is many times not explainable. A unique sound, voice or chemistry. It is basically magic. A wondrous thing … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Arcaydium; A Breath of Fresh Musical Montreal Air
Once a Montrealer - always a Montrealer ... Elizabeth Shepherd is a traveler. Physically and spiritually. Searching for new within herself and within the world of music. Her latest release brings her back to Montreal to discover things that were always under her nose. In the album Montreal - Shepherd brings the listener on a … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Elizabeth Shepherd Loves Montreal on Her New Record
It is not easy 'riding' global accolades ... For the Western Canadian band The Sheepdogs - that is precisely what they are doing. And - doing it well. When Rolling Stone magazine proclaims you as the band to watch out for, that is a lot of pressure. Judging from their performance at MTelus on a … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Sheepdogs Take Montreal On a Ride
The music kept coming. The Montreal International Jazz Festival got underway and this year was a great mix for fans of all genres. July Gary Petersen - the original drummer for The Guess Who (and a man who started drumming before Rock n Roll's heyday) took some time out to chat about his career and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Four
Half way through the year - the music kept coming. The folks at The Montreal International Jazz Festival announced their line up and the stage was set ( so to speak). June Jann Arden was in town and at this point in her musical career - she is the Elton John of Canadian women. The … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Three
What a year it was ... Twelve months have come and gone quicker than a man / woman looking for a one night stand. That's what happens when music is in the air and in your soul. Let's take a look back shall we? Let us revisit the musical past of 2018. January Big Wreck … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review – Part One.
Tis the season to be musical. Here are a few options or gifts to place under the Christmas tree. If you like what I do - then donate here and give me a gift too! Two concerts in January are 'not be missed'. January 25th sees Montreal's own The Damn Truth along with The … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Musical Christmas Gifts
Jess Moskaluke was and is a huge Shania Twain fan. Now - Jess is creating a career which may mirror that of her idol. Art imitating life ... A three time winner of the Canadian Female Country Artist award and recipient of a Juno for Canadian Country album - Jess has released her first … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jess Moskaluke Delivers ‘A Small Town Christmas’ Musical Gift
Andy Kim is a 'lucky guy'. Lucky is the way Andy describes a career which has now placed him among the Gods of Canadian music. On December 1st - Andy was inducted onto Canada's Walk of Fame. Not too bad for that 'crazy boy' who left Montreal for New York as a teenager. Please listen … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim Talks Induction Onto Canadian Walk of Fame and The 14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas
If everyone took steps for change - change would come. Westmount native Annabel Gutherz hopes that people will follow her lead in making changes to the way people think. Inspired by the senseless school shootings in the States, Annabel wrote a song to make a difference. The bonus? All proceeds of the sales of … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Local Montreal Girl Annabel Gutherz Is Making a Difference Through Song
Christmas should be celebrated by candlelight. The Lyric Theater Singers understand that and then some. Every year in December, musical director Bob Bachelor painlessly determines the content of a show that is based in spirituality. Combining his own arrangements with those of others - Bachelor somehow embraces the Yuletide moment like very few. Last night at … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene -A Candlelight Christmas; A Must See Holiday Event
They say talk is cheap ... That may be the case many times yet when music is involved - talk is an education. In the past year, discussions took place with eighty musicians. Add multiple chats with engineers, producers or people in the music business; the list is long and informative. All these moments above … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Interviews of 2018
Attending all live music in Montreal is impossible. Practically every crook and nook contains rhythms and vibes. World music, Blues, Rock - you name it, music is alive and well in the city . Not all live music is performed by local musicians. Regularly - like pirates from a distant land; musicians arrive. They rape … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Concerts of 2018
Face it - Christmas is special ... Every year in December, the Lyric Theater Singers get to work. They rehearse and practice new and old arrangements of Christmas tunes. This year is no different. Please listen below to my chat with Chris Barillaro - a lifelong employee of music and second banana to the musical … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Musical Chat by ‘Christmas’ Candlelight with The Lyric Theater Singers
Alan Parsons got his start working with George Martin and Geoff Emerick. Not too shabby eh? Learning from the likes of Martin and Emerick - gifted Parsons with a foundation. One that has made him one of the most sought after engineers and producers in music. Please listen below to my chat with Alan Parsons … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – An ‘Engineered’ Discussion with Alan Parsons.
It was a 'rushed' album. Genesis' landmark record was in fruition before it was in fruition. Several of the songs were thoughts in the heads of Peter Gabriel,Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett. It was guitarist Hackett who came up with the idea for perhaps what was the deciding song in Genesis' … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Steve Hackett Is ‘Selling England by the Pound’ Part Two.
It is true ... Many people don't know who Steven Wilson is. Generally and within musical 'popularity', Wilson lives in an obscure place. For the punters of the world a very bad thing. For Wilson - a very good thing. The creator of the band Porcupine Tree and his band-mates set up shop at Place … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Steven Wilson Puts On A Clinic.
It was a 'rushed' album. Genesis' landmark record was in fruition before it was in fruition. Several of the songs were thoughts in the heads of Peter Gabriel,Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett. It was guitarist Hackett who came up with the idea for perhaps what was the deciding song in Genesis' … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Steve Hackett Is ‘Selling England by the Pound’
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