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 !
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
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
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 !
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’ !
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 !
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!
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
Musicians need friends ... In this day and age when live venues are closing and the ones that exist tend to hire cover bands - new artists suffer. The League of Rock Montreal is attempting to help the problem. Providing a backdrop (a canvas if you will) for new and upcoming artists to paint their … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The League of Rock Montreal; Helping New Musicians
They say, practice makes perfect. If that is the case, then no-one is perfect because even guys like April Wine's guitarist Brian Greenway keep practicing .... Greenway is the first 'Rock Star' coach to participate in The League of Rock Montreal's first rehearsal which took place this past Wednesday at Studio Musico Practik in Verdun. An … Continue reading The League of Rock Montreal; And a One … And a Two …
Mathew and Jill Barber are brother and sister. Both - possessing very solid solo careers on their own but face it, family is family ... All these years later, the pair of siblings have finally recorded an album together and it is a feel good story. 'The Family Album' combines folk music with sentimental values … Continue reading Mathew and Jill Barber Keep Family Values Alive With New Album
Justin Rutledge - at one point, wanted to be a writer. A Juno Award down the road, things have not gone Justin's way. Or - have they? Please listen below to hear some new tunes from Justin's album East and hear his thoughts on bar-tending? Justin? What's up? Visit Justin Here ! Visit The League … Continue reading Justin Rutledge – Former Juno Award Winner is Heading ‘ East ‘.
As usual - a lot happening in Montreal ! The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge got underway last night and The League of Rock started it's first Chapter in Montreal ! There are a lot of shows coming - the Jazz All Year Round Series and Evenko are busy as usual and a bevy of … Continue reading What’s The Talk on The Turnpike ? The Word on the Street ?
If you enjoy Rock music in Montreal - Jason Rockman is your man ! Aside from his duties at Chom - Fm , Jason is also the front man in the local band-done-good, Slaves On Dope. Twenty-three years ago the band was formed and shortly after, signed by Sharon Osbourne to Ozzy's record label. It's been … Continue reading Jason Rockman is Not ‘Horse’ – Slaves on Dope’s Latest Album Feat. Lee-La Baum of The Damn Truth
The League of Rock, Montreal Chapter - has begun ... Following successful ongoing stints in Ottawa and Toronto, The League of Rock is underway in Montreal. Following a very intense marketing and promotional campaign, Montreal chapter president Gary Johnston has finally got his men (and woman). The number of musicians required to place four bands 'in … Continue reading Ready Steve? Andy …. ? Nick …? Alright Fellas … LET’S Go ! The League of Rock Montreal is Underway !