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 …
Andy Kim is a songwriter. He found fame in New York City at just 16 years old when he wrote How’d We Ever Get This Way?- the first of nine Billboard Top 40 hits. Those hits included #1 songs Rock Me Gently and Sugar, Sugar, the latter being one of Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All Time. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim to Be Inducted Onto Canada’s Walk of Fame; Part Two
Andy Kim is a songwriter. He found fame in New York City at just 16 years old when he wrote How’d We Ever Get This Way?- the first of nine Billboard Top 40 hits. Those hits included #1 songs Rock Me Gently and Sugar, Sugar, the latter being one of Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim to Be Inducted Onto Canada’s Walk of Fame; Part One
Cream are legendary ... Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce created something that no one had heard before. A hybrid of Classical, Jazz and Blues music. Cutting edge kinda stuff that to this day - remains magical and untouched. Fifty years later, the prodigal sons (and nephew) are hitting the road to pay homage … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Cream’s Legacy Lives on Through the Kids of It’s Members
In an odd way, it's a shame The Proclaimers had a huge hit with I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles). The 1988 tune from the album Sunshine on Leith distracts audiences from the truth. Veritably - the Scotland raised duo / band are far better than the song which put them on the global map. Much … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Proclaimers Stun Montreal
Lindsay Beaver is the real thing ... Thus far , it has been a lifetime of discoveries for the native of Nova Scotia. Singing, drumming and a love of all genres of music starting with Jazz. Yet it was Billie Holiday that sealed the deal and inspired Lindsay to pack up and head to Texas … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Lindsay Beaver; The Real Deal !
It's been a while since Jack DeKeyzer first heard the Blues ... The Stones and Led Zeppelin - just two of the bands who parlayed American Blues into the heart and then hands of Jack. Spanning a career that has seen Jack open up for the likes of B.B. King, Jack pays homage to the … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jack DeKeyzer; Remaining True to Himself on The Album Checkmate
Jazz is everywhere - even in J-Pop music ... Senri Oe was one of the biggest Pop stars in Japan. When one of his band mates died unexpected, Senri decided life was short. He turned his attention to Jazz and moved to New York to become a student. A move that was not as … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Senri Oe Makes the Successful Transition from Pop to Jazz
It ain't easy being grey ... Colin James has a new album due out on September 21st. No more hair dye as the fifty-three year old Canadian music legend embraces the present, the future and the past. On the new record - Colin pays homage to the men ( and women) who inspired him and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Colin James Has ‘Miles to Go’ In His Music Career
Hard to have the Blues when you are nineteen years of age. Sometimes - the classroom is all around and unless you are paying attention; the teacher remains invisible. That is not the case with Spencer MacKenzie as he makes his way up the musical ladder. Already winning the best new artist at The Maple … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Spencer MacKenzie ; Canada’s Next Guitar Great?
No Blues - no popular music. That is the fact. Men like Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Elmore James - the framework for what we now know as 'auto-tune'. These men would be rolling in their graves if they knew how their hard work has been destroyed by computers. That is the great thing … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Trois Rivieres en Blues 2018
The word legendary. Tossed around like a flea - bit peanut monkey sometimes. In the case of Dr. Lonnie Smith - it is he who is tossing the primate around ... Commencing his career in the late fifties alongside George Benson - Smith used his knowledge as a multi-instrumentalist and student of Jazz, Blues, Gospel and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – Dr. Lonnie Smith; Doin’ Only What He Can Do
There are so many female vocalists on the planet. Great ones, good ones, average ones and yes - bad ones. Beth Hart is in a class all by herself. Think of the soul of Joss Stone. The power and rawness of Janis Joplin. The sweetness and velour of Adele. The danger of Amy Winehouse. Add … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – Beth Hart’s Dynamite Show Steals the Jazz Festival
Ranee Lee has endured some tough gigs in her time yet nothing like the one last night at L'Astral. Earlier in the day - Lee's husband Richard Ring ( Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Ed Thigpen, Ray Brown, Michel LeGrand, Oliver Jones ) passed away following a battle with Alzheimer's disease. Ring was not … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – Ranee Lee Delivers A Performance For The Ages Despite Sadness
Admit it. Lido Shuffle is all you know ... Boz Scaggs is that type of artist. The masses think that if an artist is outta sight - outta mind, they must be dead or their career is. True fans know - artists such as Scaggs do not care about hits. William Royce "Boz" Scaggs - … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – Boz Scaggs Redefines His ‘Public’ Image
Jordan Officer is a groundbreaking artist. Kinda ... Groundbreaking in a way that combines his talent with old school tools and old school sounds. You see - Jordan is a scholar. A student of where music comes from. Blending Dick Dale with Joe Bonamassa. Bob Wills with Stevie Ray Vaughn. Guitar with the fiddle. All … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Interview – Jordan Officer Blows the Roof Off Place des Arts !
What is there to say about George Thorogood that hasn't been said before ? Electrifying ! Exciting ! Raw energy ! Just some of the adjectives used to describe Lonesome George and his music ensemble The Destroyers. Okay - so those words were utilized by George himself. So what ? One of the reasons George … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – George Thorogood ‘Destroys’ The Jazz Festival ( for a few hours).
Variety shows once ruled television ... Music, comedy and drama - all inclusive in an hour long Sunday night program. A Jann Arden concert is a one woman variation on the above formula as all the aforementioned elements shine within. From the get - go, Arden is a joker in a self depreciating kinda … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Jazz Festival Review; Jann Arden Keeps Them Laughing
A voice is an instrument. Aside from Lisa Fischer ( Twenty Feet to Stardom, Rolling Stones back-up singer) - vocalists like Cecile MClorin Salvant come around as often as Haley's comet. With the same ease as most walk, Salvant traverses the scales, intonations and vocal range as elegantly as a debutante at a coming of … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Jazz Festival Review; Cecile McLorin Salvant – The Voice of An Angel
An acoustic guitar and a great voice - sometimes is not enough. Aliocha Schneider was BORN TO BE AN ARTIST ... All of his siblings are actors and so is he. Like most artisans - the craft can cast shadows on many different walls. Writing and performing songs - an extension of creative output for … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Jazz Festival Review; Charlotte Gainsbourg / Aliocha
Having the blues is a good thing ... The only type of music that collects down-to-earth people. The only real genre within music that connects all walks of life to it's fan base. Arguably - the cornerstone of all music. Beginning June 28th on the Hyundai / CBC/Radio-Canada Stage (Parterre symphonique, corner Clark and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Jazz Festival Preview; The Best of The Blues
In sports, music and all forms of art and business - every ten years or so, a new superstar emerges. The band, East of Sunday, just happen to be from Montreal and they will ensure another Montreal group (The Damn Truth) won't get lazy. If so - Montreal will have a new crowned champion in the … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal’s Next Super-Group; East of Sunday
TD Stage (Place des Festivals) In addition to its 2 major events, the Place des Festivals hosts larger-than-life parties in thePerformances TD series at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. June 28 / !!! (Chk Chk Chk) — This dance-punk-indie-rock combo is already 20 years into a fab career. They’re the logical follow-on from Talking Heads, PIL … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal International Jazz Festival; Free Outdoor Shows!
It is easy to live in a cocoon and be oblivious to the outside world. An almost incestuous mindset takes place as the 'homies' live and breathe with blinders on as they traverse the musical path they know. Guess what? Outside of the pond - there are bigger fish. Barracudas and sharks. Out of fear, … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Carvin Jones; Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself Montreal !
Marriages make strange bedfellows. Cinema and music have a large and interesting history together. Hollywood is filled with smoke and mirrors yet when the fog lifts - it is the images and the music that remain. In this case - the images are the beloved animation films that we have grown to love. Movies such … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Conductor Aram Demirjian Gets ‘Animated’ About DreamWorks.
Midge Ure and Paul Young are musical figures you cannot avoid. Midge wrote Do They Know It's Christmas and co founded Band - Aid and Live - Aid along with Sir Bob Geldof. He was also part of Thin Lizzy and Ultravox. The former a band which cut new ground in a decade where many … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Midge Ure and Paul Young Montreal Review
Legends are few and far between ... Dr. Lonnie Smith is one of them. The word is tossed around too loosely based upon false fame. The good doctor has earned his status for performing and creating music for over five decades. He has played with everyone in the Jazz world that is notable and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival Preview; Dr. Lonnie Smith – A Legend Among Us.
Children are the future ... Imagine how the world will appear in ten years? Imagine there is no safe zone at all? Homes and schools - the two places where kids should feel safe. A pair of sacred turfs now affected more and more by gun violence in the United States of America. One of … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene -April Wine’s Co-Founder Jim Henman Has Had Enough of School Shootings and Is Doing Something About It !