Rick Keene Music Scene -April Wine’s Brian Greenway; Part of Canadian Music History

What you hear on stage is only the tip of a musician's iceberg. Starting with Mashmakhan , guitarist Brian Greenway has had a very colorful and fruitful musical career. The Wackers , The Dudes , April Wine and now two new entities to keep Brian's musical chops fresh and alive . Brian Greenway's Blues Bus … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene -April Wine’s Brian Greenway; Part of Canadian Music History

Rick Keene Music Scene – Paolo Stante ; The Next Generation of Montreal Guitarists

Practice makes perfect ... For guitarist Paolo Stante - the less he thinks - the more he feels the music. Just prior to the release of his third disc; At It Again - that is the essence of Paolo's music. Experience through gigging and writing has brought less panic to Stante's craft and in turn, … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Paolo Stante ; The Next Generation of Montreal Guitarists

Rick Keene Music Scene – BackTraxx; Bringing Hairspray and Rock n Roll Back from The Eighties !

Remember when Rock was energetic?     The bands, the fans and the music all had big hair and the experience of going to a show was electrifying ? An event? An experience that sculpted you for life ? Not to worry, that experience is back and once you attend a show by the band … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – BackTraxx; Bringing Hairspray and Rock n Roll Back from The Eighties !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Wake Up Music World, It Is The ‘Crack of Dawn’ !

In a music galaxy far, far away - a Canadian band altered the airwaves and  sent Canada into an entirely different universe.     Crack of Dawn were the first black band to be signed to a major label (CBS) in Canada. Otis Redding’s producer discovered them and the band sold more albums than Earth, … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Wake Up Music World, It Is The ‘Crack of Dawn’ !

Rick Keene Music Scene – April Wine Co – Founder Jim Henman’s Family Affair !

Without Jim Henman - April Wine may have never been the same. Without The Henman Family, East Coast music may not have been the same.   Jim Henman ( bass) along with cousins David (Guitar) and Ritchie (Drums) started the band April Wine. Jim grabbed his old mate from a band called Woody's Termites and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – April Wine Co – Founder Jim Henman’s Family Affair !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Local Montreal Band East of Sunday Chosen As The Opening Act For Carvin Jones!

Never shut the door on an opportunity. Up and coming local musicians require all the help they can get. Live venues are closing, CD sales are slumping and the money that comes in from iTunes and other streaming services is barely enough to buy guitar strings for most bands. When out of town musicians arrive … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Local Montreal Band East of Sunday Chosen As The Opening Act For Carvin Jones!

Rick Keene Music Scene – Lawrence Gowan of Styx; Adding Power to Styx Through His Musical Influences

Lawrence Gowan, Larry or Gowan are interesting guys ... Always open about music, Lawrence Gowan (Styx) enjoys exploring the past with Gowan and Larry. After all - those two alter egos made him into the front-man for Styx, arguably the most popular American band in history. Please enjoy my chat below with Lawrence as we … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Lawrence Gowan of Styx; Adding Power to Styx Through His Musical Influences

Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival Picks. Part Two

The biggest in the world. The Montreal International Jazz Festival is looming around the corner. From June 28th until July 7th, musical tastes for all will invade our city for ten days of rhythms from all corners of the globe. The Indoor portion of ' the show ' was announced this past week and as … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival Picks. Part Two

Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival Picks. Part One

The biggest in the world. The Montreal International Jazz Festival is looming around the corner. From June 28th until July 7th, musical tastes for all will invade our city for ten days of rhythms from all corners of the globe. The Indoor portion of ' the show ' was announced this past week and as … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival Picks. Part One

Rick Keene Music Scene – Strangers in the Night 14; A Culture Club?

If you live or have lived in the West Island for the past twelve years, you are no stranger to the noise that takes place in the night. The charity event, which traditionally raises funds to help local organizations - is also an opportunity for local restaurants to showcase their wares. Depending on how much … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Strangers in the Night 14; A Culture Club?

Rick Keene Music Scene – Talking Inside ‘The Box’ with Jean Marc. Part Three.

The Box are one of few Canadian bands who strung together numerous hits in the 1980's. So many hits in three years - writer and front-man Jean Marc started to get a big ego. He could do no wrong in his mind ... Fast forward to 2018 and the elder Jean Marc speaks to his … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Talking Inside ‘The Box’ with Jean Marc. Part Three.

Rick Keene Music Scene – Talking Inside ‘The Box’ with Jean Marc. Part Two

The Box are one of few Canadian bands who strung together numerous hits in the 1980's. So many hits in three years - writer and front-man Jean Marc started to get a big ego. He could do no wrong in his mind ... Fast forward to 2018 and the elder Jean Marc speaks to his … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Talking Inside ‘The Box’ with Jean Marc. Part Two

Rick Keene Music Scene – Talking Inside ‘The Box’ with Jean Marc. Part One

The Box are one of few Canadian bands who strung together numerous hits in the 1980's. So many hits in three years - writer and front-man Jean Marc started to get a big ego. He could do no wrong in his mind ... Fast forward to 2018 and the elder Jean Marc speaks to his … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Talking Inside ‘The Box’ with Jean Marc. Part One

Rick Keene Music Scene – What’s New in Music and Listen to a New Tune From The Box !

The music business is always changing.  New tunes, new shows and new platforms for musicians to display their wares. All of which have one thing in common; art. Please check out some of the new stuff happening right now. On Monday, April 16th, 2x GRAMMY® Award winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra will be celebrating fifteen years with the release … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – What’s New in Music and Listen to a New Tune From The Box !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Jim Cuddy Band Review; Making People Smile

Sometimes, check that - most times, a music concert turns into noise at one point in the show. There is always those one or two tunes  the musicians love playing but the crowd doesn't know very well. Or - the crowd loves the tune and it just does not parlay nicely from the studio to … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jim Cuddy Band Review; Making People Smile

Rick Keene Music Scene – Kim Mitchell Review; ‘No No He’s Not Dead, He’s, He’s Restin’!

The former front man of Max Webster and the current front man of Kim Mitchell is not dead or stunned. At Petit Champlain in the heart of the old Quebec City on March 31st, Kim Mitchell was very much alive and a tad nervous. Alive? Yes because a couple of years ago the nation almost … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Kim Mitchell Review; ‘No No He’s Not Dead, He’s, He’s Restin’!

Rick Keene Music Scene – Foreigner’s Tom Gimbel Orchestrates His Love of Music

Tom Gimbel of Foreigner Loves Music. A student out of Berklee College of Music - Tom learned from the best.  Following a stint with Aerosmith as a member of the touring band, Gimbel hooked up with Foreigner and has not looked back.   Please listen below to my chat with Tom as we talk about … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Foreigner’s Tom Gimbel Orchestrates His Love of Music

Rick Keene Music Scene – Jordan Officer Continues His Education in Three Rivers

Jordan Officer is a student ...   Rarely do guitarists come along who let their talent take a side car on their ride through music. Officer, on his third album as a Blues solo artist, is a passenger once more on the long and historical trip called the Blues. Please listen below to my chat … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jordan Officer Continues His Education in Three Rivers

Rick Keene Music Scene – Rosie and The Riveters; Three Voices Singing for Women

Turmoil sometimes brings people closer together ... Rosie and The Riveters based their name on what became a symbol for women's empowerment. Unfortunately and fortunately, the recent #MeToo movement has given the trio of ladies an opportunity to speak through song. Please listen below to my chat with Alexis Normand about the new album, the … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Rosie and The Riveters; Three Voices Singing for Women

Rick Keene Music Scene – Ask Dave the Bartender

Bartenders give the best advice. Sometimes ... Dave the Bartender sees everything but most importantly - hears everything.  Family troubles, relationship troubles and sports gossip, you name it Dave the Bartender has heard it all. This knowledge does not go in one shot glass and out the other. Dave the Bartender collects and retains the … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Ask Dave the Bartender

Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Concert Listings

Just what the heck is going on musically in Montreal? The guy playing the spoons around the corner? Just one of several acts coming to Montreal in the coming weeks .. Have a listen below wont ya? I'll let you know where to go to get yer Ya Ya's out!     Tune in every Thursday 7 - 10 … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Concert Listings

Rick Keene Music Scene – Myles Goodwyn Has The Blues and That’s a Good Thing! Part One and Two

 April Wine are forever etched in the consciences of Canadian music fans. When original bassist Jim Henman asked  his former band-mate from Woody's Termites to join April Wine; everything changed. For the better. What followed was one of the great success stories for a Canadian band. Hit after hit turned into one of the best … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Myles Goodwyn Has The Blues and That’s a Good Thing! Part One and Two

Rick Keene Music Scene – Myles Goodwyn Has The Blues and That’s a Good Thing! Part One.

  April Wine are forever etched in the consciences of Canadian music fans. When original bassist Jim Henman asked  his former band-mate from Woody's Termites to join April Wine; everything changed. For the better. What followed was one of the great success stories for a Canadian band. Hit after hit turned into one of the … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Myles Goodwyn Has The Blues and That’s a Good Thing! Part One.

Rick Keene Music Scene – Emma Frank Recruits Top Musicians for Her New Disc; Ocean Av.

Emma Frank came and went ... The Bostonian -turned-Montrealer-turned New Yorker was a rose in Montreal's flower garden the brief time she lived here. One of those voices that could place an infant to sleep or raise the hairs on the back of Nina Simone's neck. Emma has turned her career towards the Big Apple … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Emma Frank Recruits Top Musicians for Her New Disc; Ocean Av.

Rick Keene Music Scene – Kim Churchill; Sometimes Change Requires Change

Australian Kim Churchill tossed his sophomore album into the trash. One man's treasure is - another man's junk. Pressure sometimes causes panic and that is not a great thing when it comes to art. Thinking is not great for the soul. Singer,  songwriter and surfer  Kim Churchill is coming to Montreal on the heels of … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Kim Churchill; Sometimes Change Requires Change

Rick Keene Music Scene – Former Genesis Guitarist Steve Hackett Discusses New Album , Old Friends and A Scary World. Part One and Two

Montreal is a Genesis hub. Along with bands such as Styx and Supertramp, Genesis were received and applauded in Montreal before the world embraced their talents. Consisting of Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett - Genesis served up a decade of classic music. Prog Rock. Cutting  age material that remains … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Former Genesis Guitarist Steve Hackett Discusses New Album , Old Friends and A Scary World. Part One and Two

Rick Keene Music Scene – Former Genesis Guitarist Steve Hackett Discusses New Album , Old Friends and A Scary World. 

Montreal is a Genesis hub. Along with bands such as Styx and Supertramp, Genesis were received and applauded in Montreal before the world embraced their talents. Consisting of Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett - Genesis served up a decade of classic music. Prog Rock. Cutting  age material that remains … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Former Genesis Guitarist Steve Hackett Discusses New Album , Old Friends and A Scary World. 

Rick Keene Music Scene; U2 Borrows from The Sixties to Avoid Jumping the Shark. 

Just call it the 'In Through the Out Door / Steel Wheels phase. Very successful bands reach a point where they've written everything in their style and have experimented with new sounds to reach new heights and / or fans. Suddenly , they find themselves in the studio, looking in the mirror and realizing they … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; U2 Borrows from The Sixties to Avoid Jumping the Shark. 

Rick Keene Music Scene – Former April Wine Guitarist Joins Forces to Shine on New Disc !

Gary Moffet is a man of few words. He lets his feelings take over within music. This way of thinking helped propel April Wine to new heights during the band's most commercially successful period from the mid seventies until the early eighties. Moffet was the principle arranger on the songs from Nature of the Beast. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Former April Wine Guitarist Joins Forces to Shine on New Disc !

Rick Keene Music Scene Concert Review; David Crosby Thrills Montreal

Imagine standing in front of John Lennon, dressed like ... John Lennon?     Just one of the tales spun last night at Theatre Maisonneuve as David Crosby and his 'friends' put on a surprise ( not surprising ) show. On the heels of an excellent album; Sky Trails, Crosby and his pals are knee … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene Concert Review; David Crosby Thrills Montreal