‘ Television is Boring Anyway … ‘ – A Tribute to Bobby Keys 1943 – 2014

Keith Richards does not allow anyone close to his heart who he feels does not have the chops or the strength to play in the Rolling Stones.   Sax player Bobby Keys not only proved his worth musically to Richards, he proved he may have been the one guy who could sustain the same lifestyle … Continue reading ‘ Television is Boring Anyway … ‘ – A Tribute to Bobby Keys 1943 – 2014

The Wisdom of Emerson, Lake and ‘Carl Palmer’ …

Carl Palmer has been around for a while ... The sixty-four year old drummer from England, was born into a musical family. Both parents, his Grandfather and his siblings - all playing instruments around the Palmer homestead. Beginning with his first professional gig at the age of sixteen, Carl has brushed shoulders or played with … Continue reading The Wisdom of Emerson, Lake and ‘Carl Palmer’ …

Johnny Beaudine; History of Chicago Blues – Part Two

How many times has someone brought you to their car and showed you a double barrel shotgun in the trunk? How many times was it a legendary musician who used it to show strength? Well - Sax player and Chicago -born Blues player Johnny Beaudine may be one of very few who can answer in … Continue reading Johnny Beaudine; History of Chicago Blues – Part Two

Johnny Beaudine; The Blues – ‘Live’ from Chicago ….Part One

How many times has someone sat down and explained how good Muddy Waters was. On how many occasions did someone tell a captive audience that Howlin' Wolf was the best ... How many of these storytellers actually played with and/ or  witnessed these legends first hand? Not many. This is where saxophone player Johnny Beaudine … Continue reading Johnny Beaudine; The Blues – ‘Live’ from Chicago ….Part One

The Global Sound of Global Shuffle – Grand Fatilla Album Launch; Part One and Two

Boston -based world Jazz ensemble Grand Fatilla have been entertaining audiences for six years.  It's about time for an album.Due to popular demand - the foursome recorded their album 'Global Shuffle'. A disc containing all styles with the utmost respect given to the original genre.Please listen to Mike, Roberto and Fabio discuss the new album … Continue reading The Global Sound of Global Shuffle – Grand Fatilla Album Launch; Part One and Two

Maurice Raymond; Montreal’s Mick Jagger – Complete Three Part Interview

Michael Phillip Jagger has been fronting The Rolling Stones for fifty years. Fifty ... and counting ... Maurice Raymond has been fronting a Rolling Stones' cover band for thirty-four years. Thirty-four ... and counting ...       Please listen as Maurice speaks of his legacy as one ( if not the best ) of … Continue reading Maurice Raymond; Montreal’s Mick Jagger – Complete Three Part Interview

Need a Painkiller to Kill the Blues? Call Tommy Castro …

Tommy Castro was born in San Jose, California. Perfect for a music fan because he was a hop, skip and jump away from the San Francisco Bay area. A melting pot for not just the Blues, every other genre possible.   Please listen as Tommy explains his past, his love for music and his new … Continue reading Need a Painkiller to Kill the Blues? Call Tommy Castro …

Hilary Jane; The Right Thing at ‘The Right Time’

Montrealer Hilary Jane has been singing in and around Montreal her entire life. Practically ... Now, following a series of events, life-altering events - she has decided to write and record her first full length album. It is a throwback to a different time and Hilary somehow makes it fresh again ... Please listen to … Continue reading Hilary Jane; The Right Thing at ‘The Right Time’

What’s Happening on Rick Keene Music Scene?

What are you doing this week? Mending the piece of  fence where the cattle escaped through? Cooking up a pot of grits to feed the outlaws who are coming to town to soak up the Jazz Festival? Whatever it is - fear not ... Visit Rick Keene Music Scene all week to hear some great … Continue reading What’s Happening on Rick Keene Music Scene?

The Stones Post 1980; Cursed Darkly by Their Past …

The Stones ... Along with The Beatles, the most successful Rock n Roll band in history.  The meat to The Beatles' potatoes. Reality versus The Beatles' dreams of love and peace. In reality, The Rolling Stones are The Greatest Rock n Roll band in history. They are also the most successful Country Band, posses one … Continue reading The Stones Post 1980; Cursed Darkly by Their Past …

2014 Montreal International Jazz Festival Preview; Texarillo – Hometown Boys Done Good!

Black Satin Blues is the name of Texarillo's first album. It won't' be their last. Talent does not disappear that quickly ... Please listen as Dwane Dixon explains his excitement for what has been a short but successful jaunt into the Canadian Blues scene. Dwane ...?   Visit Dwane and Texarillo Here!   Visit Jazz Festival … Continue reading 2014 Montreal International Jazz Festival Preview; Texarillo – Hometown Boys Done Good!

Adam Karch; Designing ‘Blueprints’

Following a tutelage under the watchful ears of people such as Jeff Healey and Colin James - Blues-man Adam Karch is right at home with his new album - Blueprints. Ironic because within the album are covers originally penned by the men whose blueprints set the stage for what Adam and many others have done … Continue reading Adam Karch; Designing ‘Blueprints’

The Rising Few; Montreal’s Rising New Band!

Take Springsteen, add a sprinkle of Cat Stevens and what do you get? Exactly ... Good music. Music from the heart. Music from the soul. That is what the band The Rising Few bring to the mix. Add a producer who has worked with Keith Richards, David Grohl and David Bowie ( to name a few), … Continue reading The Rising Few; Montreal’s Rising New Band!

Bonnie Raitt; A Flower in the Mud

Imagine laying by the ocean on a warm summer day. The mist - soothing the aches caused by the immense heat of the sun ... Think of a child appearing with a toothless grin amid the staunchest boors at a dinner party from Hell. Place the pair of scenarios together like two wine glasses connecting in … Continue reading Bonnie Raitt; A Flower in the Mud

Who was Lou Reed?

Inevitably - age catches up to everyone. Rock n' Rollers are no exception. Lou Reed is the latest victim of a combination of age / sickness. Who is next? McCartney? Ringo? Jagger? Richards? ( never mind the latter - the Stones' guitarist's shelf life has long since passed and his existence is questionable  ...) The … Continue reading Who was Lou Reed?

Joe Louis Walker Knows The Blues! Part One

Joe Louis Walker could have easily ended up like several of his friends ... Dead. Passed on to that musical graveyard in the sky. A place which houses so many of not only his contemporaries - some of his closest pals. Jimi Hendrix and Mike Bloomfield to name but two. Musicians who - according to … Continue reading Joe Louis Walker Knows The Blues! Part One

The Stones – As Usual; An Event …

The Rolling Stones - fittingly, arrived on stage at the Bell Center last evening, practically fifty minutes late. Fifty and Counting ...? As with every tour or show since 1989, they arrive in each city under a cloud of various predictions or guesses. Unlike their 'solo' contemporaries ( for reasons best left to the overweight, … Continue reading The Stones – As Usual; An Event …

Buddy Guy! Live and Alive with Energy!

How can words describe it? It's not everyday a living legend takes the stage. A man who learned his guitar - playing craft, not by playing, by listening to the masters of the Blues  themselves. Think of J.K Rowling sitting next to John Steinbeck or Ernest Hemingway and learning how to write. That is exactly … Continue reading Buddy Guy! Live and Alive with Energy!

Top Ten Signs The Rolling Stones are Going on Tour

Sure as Spring ( except in Montreal), the Rolling Stones dust off their instruments every couple of years and prepare for a tour. Unlike their mammoth 'A Bigger Bang' tour in 2006 which saw the legendary English group play before 1.5 million people in Brazil alone  - this time around, it appears that age has … Continue reading Top Ten Signs The Rolling Stones are Going on Tour

The Blues Had a Baby and They Named it ‘Buddy Guy’

Starting with Muddy Waters all the way to Stevie Ray Vaughn - there are not too many guitar players that have escaped  Buddy Guy's grasp ... Or - is it the other way around? Eric Clapton, considered a rock God by millions of fans around the globe, had this to say about the man who … Continue reading The Blues Had a Baby and They Named it ‘Buddy Guy’

The Blushing Brides – You Get What You Need …

Love is strong And you're so sweet You make me hard You make me weak ... Calistoga Grill. Inside -  dark. Outside - smokey. The smell of anticipation loomed within the drinks. The ultimate party cover band's members lounging outside with the smokers. Before playing the ultimate cover music. No fancy clothes - no fancy … Continue reading The Blushing Brides – You Get What You Need …

Eighteen Year Old Keith Richards’ Letter to his Aunt

In April of 1962, 18-year-old Keith Richards wrote the following enthusiastic letter to his aunt, "Patty," and described, amongst other things, an encounter some months previous that would ultimately change his life — the moment he met Mick Jagger for the first time since being childhood friends. Three months after the letter was written, "The … Continue reading Eighteen Year Old Keith Richards’ Letter to his Aunt

Happy Birthday Keith Richards!

Happy Birthday to the  human riff ... Keith Richards Related articles Happy Birthday Keith Richards (maryannesjukebox.wordpress.com) Keith Richard's Voice (aldanaart.com) Hunter S. Thompson Interviews Keith Richards, and Very Little Makes Sense (openculture.com) Johnny Depp Recruits Keith Richards And Tom Waits For Pirate Album (noise11.com) How To Dress Like Keith Richards For Halloween (wncx.cbslocal.com) Keith Richards … Continue reading Happy Birthday Keith Richards!

Top Ten Things Keith Richards Will Probably Never Say

The human riff. Keef. The original bad boy and guitarist who defined the behavior for five decades of rock n roll offspring ... He is a man's man. He stays the course, remains true to his beliefs no matter the consequences. For this reason, here now are the Top Ten things Keith Richards will probably … Continue reading Top Ten Things Keith Richards Will Probably Never Say

The Rolling Stones’ First Setlist – July 12 1962 Marquee Club

Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison Honey What’s Wrong – Billy Fury Confessin’ The Blues – Chuck Berry Bright Lights, Big City – Jimmy Reed Dust My Blues – Elmore James Down The Road Apiece – Chuck Berry I Want To Love You – Charles Smith I’m A Hoochie Coochie Man – Muddy Waters Ride ‘Em … Continue reading The Rolling Stones’ First Setlist – July 12 1962 Marquee Club