Rick Keene Music Scene – The 2020 Maple Blues Awards Winners

One week it is a detergent, the next week - another product. Awards can be fickle. Some artists love them, while others despise them. Good for a career? Or bad? For most - if the award is chosen fairly and honestly through contemporaries or fans - it is nice to be acknowledged. The Maple Blues … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The 2020 Maple Blues Awards Winners

Rick Keene Music Scene – Carvin Jones Bringing His Electrifying Guitar Work to Montreal !

You have never seen anything like him. Carvin Jones is among the 'top fifty Blues guitarists' in the world according to Guitar Magazine. He has received accolades from Eric Clapton, Albert King and Buddy Guy. His live performances are legendary and now he's coming to Montreal and Canada ! Please listen below to my chat … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Carvin Jones Bringing His Electrifying Guitar Work to Montreal !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Justin Saladino is Brilliant with Latest Album ‘A Fool’s Heart’

Justin Saladino is smart. Too often, Blues guitarists remain true to the Blues and it confines them. Pigeon holes their talent and next thing you know, twenty years have passed and another whisky shot comes there way at four in the morning. Few (over the years) have come to the realization that Blues may be … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Justin Saladino is Brilliant with Latest Album ‘A Fool’s Heart’

Rick Keene Music Scene – Steve Hill Is ‘Live’ and Well !

The prodigal son has returned home. Sorta ... Trois Rivieres native and guitar player extraordinaire Steve Hill is a busy guy. Following a very successful jaunt to Europe - Hill is home for a little bit before heading off to England and Germany once more. It was while he was 'home' and doing a gig … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Steve Hill Is ‘Live’ and Well !

Maple Blues Award Winner for Best New Group; Wicked Grin !

One album with the current line-up. One album; several awards including New Group of The Year at the Maple Blues Awards held on Monday, January 19th in Toronto .... Not too shabby ....   Schooled in the Blues and carrying on that tradition  with their own 'spin' on things; Wicked Grin, out of Ottawa, Ontario are … Continue reading Maple Blues Award Winner for Best New Group; Wicked Grin !

Ladies and Gentlemen … The Best Guitar Player in Canada; Mr. Steve Hill

Fourteen years ago,  Steve Hill, originally of Trois Rivieres, Qc -  opened up for B.B King at Montreal's Bell Center.  For most, a feather in the proverbial Blues' cap. Realistically, such a feat requires constant work and it does not necessarily mean a swimming pool in Beverly Hills. Discover why Steve Hill decided to embark … Continue reading Ladies and Gentlemen … The Best Guitar Player in Canada; Mr. Steve Hill

Angel Forrest; Female Vocalist of the Year … !

It's been a long journey from Bishop Street in downtown Montreal during the 80's to the Maple Blues Awards in Toronto in 2015 .. Angel Forrest, originally from Dorval, Qc - has earned every accolade thrown her way.  The 'once-upon-a-time' Janis Joplin clone, is without a doubt - Montreal's ( and now Canada's ) premiere … Continue reading Angel Forrest; Female Vocalist of the Year … !