Elegantly wasted. The man voted number one as 'mostly likely to die' for a decade and a half. The writer and co-writer of over 400 songs. The guy responsible for keeping Rock n Roll guitar alive in the keyboard driven decade of the eighties. Keith Richards or Keef as he is very affectionately known is … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – ‘Happy’ 76th Birthday Keith Richards
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
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
The Devil Dawgs. Swampy , Bluesy and unique. How often do you have a flute injected into old time Blues and Rock n Roll? Aside from their regular gigs at Smoke Meat Pete, the band are becoming more and more busy on the heels on their new album. A disc which combines cheekiness with the … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jethro Tull Influences Smoked Meat Pete’s Blues Band The Devil Dawgs !
Montreal has a long and musical history ... At one time on any given evening, a music lover could walk downtown and visit numerous clubs. All of them hosting bands and / or DJs. You wanted Jazz? No problem. Rock n Roll? Check. Montreal writer and author Kristian Gravenor has unearthed quite a few tales … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Kristian Gravenor Spins Montreal Music Tales
Kim Mitchell has two thirds of the tales in the naked city. He also possesses quite a few of the songs to go along with them ... Kim Mitchell is a Canadian music legend. Starting with Max Webster ( a band that could have rivaled Rush if they had stayed together) and ending with his … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Chat with Kim Mitchell. Part One and Part Two
Kim Mitchell has two thirds of the tales in the naked city. He also possesses quite a few of the songs to go along with them ... Kim Mitchell is a Canadian music legend. Starting with Max Webster ( a band that could have rivaled Rush if they had stayed together) and ending with his … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Chat with Kim Mitchell. Part One
They are a reclusive bunch of guys ... The band rarely make appearances. They seldom do interviews. Occasionally they will release new songs. Somehow, despite all this - they remain on top. The leader of the band ( for this article to remain anonymous we shall call him Jack) roams the barren landscape surrounding his … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – An Exclusive Look Into The Band Behind the Greatest St. Patrick’s Day Celebration !
Once in a lifetime ... That is how often a guy like Jack Broadbent comes along. The feel inside, the wisdom inside - cannot be taught. No technical know-how can soar so high and scream so low. Broadbent, born in England and now a Montrealer, displayed his wares last night at L'Astral as part of … Continue reading Montreal En Lumiere – Jack Broadbent Introducing Real Blues To Montreal. Concert Review and Interview
Everyone needs a break once in a while. Noise pollution is not good for the musical soul. Please enjoy some real tunes in the meantime. Rick Keene Music Scene will be back before you can say Andrei Markov ! Listen to my interview with Lawrence Gowan of Styx below … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Song for Markov, The ‘Mooch’ and Jack Black Recites Carl Sandburg
You can dance if you want to ... How many songs in Canadian music are recognizable by a few words? How many Canadian tunes are responsible for creating a non - dance dance craze? Say what? Please listen below to my chat with Ivan Doroschuk - the writer and composer of 'The Safety Dance' and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Jazz Festival Preview. Men without Hats
As usual - a lot going on ... From 80's Pop to R&B and Soul - Montreal and The Montreal Jazz Festival has a lot to offer. Please listen below for some upcoming shows and some great tunes. Thank You ! Listen to my interview with Cliff Stevens Here ! … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – What’s Going On ?
Cliff Stevens' hands aren't slow. Despite many years portraying Eric Clapton as means to meet the ends, Stevens' is on his way to 'bucking' the label. 'Grass Wont Grow' - Stevens' new album, is an accumulation of years of practice and years of being on the road. Easy going riffs compliment easier going melodies … Continue reading Cliff Stevens – The Prodigal Guitarist Returns to Montreal to Prove ‘Grass Won’t Grow’.
Dr. Trevor Payne is a Montreal institution. He may only be realizing it now. Dr. Payne and his Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir have soared to heights not imagined by anyone. Considered to be one of the top choirs in the world, Trevor Payne is ending his tenure as their leader. Something which is causing … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene Jazz Festival Preview – An Extensive Chat with Dr. Trevor Payne
Sometimes - people require a good slap in the face. A shock to make them understand what is purposeful and what is not. Bonnie Raitt, her music and her band are purposeful. And then some ... Raitt was in town last night in support of her new disc; 'Dig in Deep'. The tour ( named … Continue reading Bonnie Raitt in Montreal – Like a Fine Wine …
Steve Hill has come a long way ... Starting with his Solo Recordings Volume One out of necessity, Steve's one-man band mentality has become the talk of the country. Please listen below as Steve talks about his latest offering Solo Recordings Volume Three, his new-found success and his guitars of choice. Thanks for … Continue reading Juno Award Winner Steve Hill Talks Volumes!
Montreal's Jesse Jack had an eye-opening experience as he travelled to Nashville to work on his new album. Jesse gained knowledge which many musicians never do. Equipped with the new found smarts and some great original tunes, Jesse Jack will display his experience on Feb.6th at The Firm ( see link below) to help Gerdy's … Continue reading What Do Jesse Jack, Abandoned Animals and Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Have in Common? Have a Listen – Won’t Ya?
Most people have dual citizenships. Keith Richards has dual personalities. In the documentary ' Under the Influence ' ( available on Netflix) - the lines are blurred with orgasmic pleasure for a true music fan. The general population love Keith Richards. The masses also know very little about the man. They know the myth. They … Continue reading A Review of Keith Richards’ Documentary ‘Under the Influence’
Keith Richards can no longer play guitar like the Richards of old. Any Rolling Stones review post - coconut tree (shrub) incident must include this fact. Stones' fans know it, newer fans and people seeing the band for the first time must be educated. A combination of arthritic fingers / memory loss and / … Continue reading Ladies and Gentlemen – The Rolling Stones in Quebec
The 1970's were a strange decade but a good one. Mood Rings, Pet Rocks, Disco, CB Radios - it was a definable decade of different dimensions. Leisure suits, shag carpeting and waterbeds. Trends which were all the rage while listening to The Carpenters, Heart, The Eagles, Peter Frampton and hundreds of bands and solo artists … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene Presents; ‘ This ‘ 70’s Show!
The 36th Edition of The Montreal International Jazz Festival is heading towards the final weekend. As the weather turns from frightful into delightful - head on down and enjoy the best festival of it's type in the world! Listen below to a few of the shows this weekend and click on the Jazz festival logo … Continue reading Take An Elevator Ride with Miles Davis and Discover What’s Happening at The Jazz Festival
The Kentucky HeadHunters are living proof - Country Music and Blues make up Rock n' Roll ... Starting in 1968 as The Itchy Brothers - the band came oh-so-close to stardom. An untimely death ultimately killed their chances of becoming 'America's Greatest Rock n Roll band' yet, like Rock n Roll itself - they came … Continue reading The Kentucky Headhunters – ‘ John Bonham Dying Killed Our First Shot at Success …
Philip Sayce did not just get off the Rock n Roll truck ... A Mini-Van perhaps - but not a truck! Fresh off a triumphant eight city tour of Canada that left fans and critics spellbound, rock guitar sensation Philip Sayce makes his major label debut on Tuesday, April 7 with the release of … Continue reading Philip Sayce – This is Your Father’s Rock n Roll!
The Blushing Brides. North America's version of 'The Greatest Rock n' Roll Band in the World.' Thirty-six years together as 'The World's Most Dangerous Cover Band'. Lead guitarist James Green has been there from almost the beginning. He has been there since the band became one of the most sought after tribute bands in North … Continue reading James Green; Never a Bridesmaid – Always a Blushing Bride ...
Lots going on in the city. Lots of tunes, fun times and finally ... warmth ! Please listen below to several upcoming concert announcements, what's coming on Rick Keene Music Scene and several great songs - new and old. What better way to start off your weekend? Click on The Montreal International Jazz Festival logo … Continue reading What’s Happening in Montreal and The Greatest Half Hour of Music!
If whiskey, cars and ladies are the three most favorite things in your life - ZZ Top is the band to rock out to ... The trio who benefited more from the age of Friday Night Videos than any other Blues and Rock formation in history - proved once and for all; Top coat, top … Continue reading Under the ‘ZZ’ Top; Montreal Concert Review
Lots coming up ... Have a listen to some of the artists I will be interviewing as well as some shows coming to Montreal ... Talk soon ... *Apologies Styx is touring with Def Leppard not Journey. My mistake.
Sadness is in the eye of the beholder ... Art is very personal. Unique to both the artists and the 'customers'. Like a painting 'hung out to dry' at the local art gallery - depending on the mood, the creation can be perceived and may be created differently on an given day. Thank goodness for … Continue reading Piers Faccini; No Melancholy Here …
Don Felder just finished a tour with Styx and Foreigner. For the former member of The Eagles - that means a small pause then right back on the road doing what he loves. Playing guitar. It has been a long and winding road for Felder, beginning with playing in a band with Stephen Stills … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Number One International Interview of 2014
Joe Louis Walker just recently returned from a tour which brought him to Australia. He hooked up with some fellows who were schooled in the Blues. Mick, Keith, Charlie - along with Joe's pal Ronnie Wood, love talkin' about the Blues. Joe loves talking about the Blues also so a match made in heaven; a … Continue reading Joe Louis Walker; Full Interview