Once upon a time, Genesis was not a Pop band. Cutting edge songs in the prog Rock vein was what made Genesis into one of the biggest selling commercial bands of all time. Lyricist and singer Peter Gabriel and guitar player Steve Hackett were a huge part of that equation. Upon their departure - … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Selling Steve Hackett by the Pound
Kate McGarry has one of the greatest voices in music. One Grammy nomination under her belt later, Kate has hooked up with two of her favorite fellows to record an album fitting for not just a Grammy award - an Oscar award as well. Combining Jazz sensibilities with soundtrack mentalities is a coup for … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Kate McGarry; A Loving Trio Just in Time for Valentine’s Day
One man's junk is another man's treasure. Sometimes, artists do not get their just due. Instead of rolling over and crying into their old Blues records, craftsmen must think outside the box. They look for avenues to not only make money - to also earn the respect they deserve for quality art Mike Goudreau is … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Goudreau; Making a Name for His Music in Hollywood!
Sometimes, music needs to be injected with the past. Danielle Duval, a former Montrealer now living in Toronto, appears to have accomplished the large task of injecting some fresh blood into Rock n Roll. Not inventing the wheel but incorporating sounds she heard from a band which were rather large in the late 70's … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Danielle Duval; Injecting Freshness Into Rock n Roll
Angels are among us ... Their voices as forceful and as soft as need be. Sounds of the souls drifting into the air and pollinating those who pay attention. Please have a listen below to some great new tunes and a new / old song from one of Montreal's wayward daughters. Find out what is … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Quite Simply, Some of the Best Female Vocalists and What’s Coming !
Sgt. Pepper ? Familiar ? Chances are the guys above know him well. It's been fifty years since the four headed monster known as The Beatles recorded an album that forever changed popular music. 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' altered the way people sang, recorded and marketed their music. A feather in … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?
Once upon a time, in a bar far far away ... Strangers in the Night - an idea born in the parking lot of a bar named The Firm, featured one band. The Boogie Wonder Band were the event's initial entertainment and from that point on; founder Larry Day never looked back. Fast forward twelve … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Larry Day Talks Strangers in the Night 13!
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
Ground control to Maj ... Oops! Wrong space journey ... Styx has returned to Earth momentarily with their first new album in 14 years ! One can say they are on a 'mission'. A trip to insert a seamless album into the vast and historic Styx catalog. A recording that will not 'skip' the pure … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Lawrence Gowan of Styx Talks About The New Album; The Mission !
Festival International Nuits D'Afrique. Be there ! In the 31st year - the Festival International Nuits D'Afrique is necessary. The ingredients; the pre -cursor to all popular music today. No African rhythms? No Jazz Festival. It is - that easy ... Please listen below to some tunes from some of the artists performing as well … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Festival International Nuits D’Afrique ; Putting Rhythm Into Context !
King Crimson are one of 'those' bands ... Several short stints in several increments have survived since 1969. Starting with 'The Court of The Crimson King' until their upcoming appearance on July 3rd in Montreal - this band is still cutting edge. Please listen below to my chat with Gavin Harrison, one of three drummers … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal Jazz Festival Preview – King Crimson.
Michael Kaeshammer has been here -done that. The Montreal Jazz Festival? Second nature for him ... Before setting out on an European tour and then China - Michael's upcoming appearance at The Montreal International Jazz Festival on July 6th is just one of very few gigs this summer. Michael is taking the time to prepare for … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal Jazz Festival Preview – Michael Kaeshammer
Steve Hill has opened for Buddy Guy a few times. Meeting him - an entirely different tale ... Steve will be opening up for Buddy once more on June 30th as part of Le Festival International de Jazz a Montreal. It is part of a triple bill including; Guy, Charlie Musslewhite and Matt Andersen. A … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal Jazz Festival Preview – Buddy Guy, Charlie Musslewhite, Steve Hill and Matt Andersen
Sometimes, the Blues is in you for a lifetime. It just takes a while to come out . Bruce ' Mississippi' Johnson has been involved in music for a very long time. Playing and performing 'other people's' songs. Now - it's his turn to perform his own. Please listen below to my chat with Bruce … Continue reading Bruce ‘Mississippi’ Johnson – Singing Music the Right Way !
All that Jazz ... The Montreal International Jazz Festival stats June 29th. It promises - once more, to be legendary as acts from all corners of the globe meet in Montreal for the largest Jazz Festival in the world. Keep coming back to Rick Keene Music Scene.com for interviews, previews, … Continue reading Bonnie Raitt , Royal Wood and a Bevy of Artists Coming To the Montreal Jazz Festival
Martin Goyette is a force to be reckoned with. Rarely does an artist come along who delivers vocals so powerfully. So passionately. So forcefully. Combining a lifelong education of the Blues with a passion for learning more and more. That's Martin. Big Beets is Martin's sophomore disc and it displays a willingness to take a … Continue reading Martin Goyette – Gerry Boulet and James Cotton All Rolled Into One !
What happens in New Jersey, does not stay in New Jersey. Musically, anyways ... Springsteen set the bar pretty high for guys like Mark Rivers. Something which clearly shines through on RiverCat's new album; Hard Road to Freedom. Please listen below as Mark explains his band RiverCat , his own musical influences and his job … Continue reading RIVERCAT – What Happens in New Jersey, Does Not Stay in New Jersey.
Wanna know what interviews are coming up this week? Well, you have come to the right place. How do you play it? Simple. Click on the play button and voila ! Music and previews for your listening pleasure. The Montreal International Jazz Festival starts June 29th. It promises - once more, to be legendary as … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – ‘Are You Talkin’ To Me?’
Can't find good tunes on your radio dial? Well, you have come to the right place. Two hours of news and music to play when you want over the weekend. How do you play it? Simple. Click on the play button on each part and voila ! Music of all genres for your listening pleasure. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Your Weekend Playlist !
It is almost that time of year, boyz and gurls ... The Montreal International Jazz Festival starts June 29th. It promises - once more, to be legendary as acts from all corners of the globe meet in Montreal for the largest Jazz Festival in the world. Keep coming back to Rick Keene Music Scene.com for … Continue reading RIVERCAT Covers Del Shannon, Bryan Ferry’s Guitarist and A Montreal International Jazz Festival Preview
Someone should not tell Garland Jeffreys he is seventy-three years old. If he 'realizes it' - he may start acting the part. The legend was in town last night at Club Soda along with a backing band who not only complimented Jeffreys; they were the icing on the guitar case. Two songs into a very lengthy two … Continue reading Concert Review; Garland Jeffreys Falls ‘Head Over Heels’ For Montreal !
Bored? No need to sit around and do nothing. No need to listen to music on your ghetto blaster. Wake up the neighbors and call the kids! Or - better still, have the kids wake the neighbors with loud music ! Please have a listen below to some shows that are coming up. Listen to … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene.com – What’s Going On Musically in Montreal ?
'Too Many Cooks' spoil the broth ... Unless of course you are talking about 'the band'. 'Too Many Cooks' exploded onto the Quebec scene in 1986 and their rise was meteoric. Mesmerizing. Monumental. Fast forward to 2017, the band is no longer a working unit and Richard D'Anjou has been out of the music spotlight … Continue reading ‘Too Many Cooks’ Down to One; Richard D ‘Anjou Delivers the Best Quebec Rock Album of the Year
Bored? No need to sit around and do nothing. No need to listen to music on your ghetto blaster. Wake up the neighbors and call the kids! Or - better still, have the kids wake the neighbors with loud music ! Please have a listen below to some shows that are coming up. Listen to … Continue reading What’s Going On in Montreal Musically?
Jordan Officer has hit his stride ... With two Blues albums behind him, Jordan Officer has officially passed 'hump day'. All that lay ahead is weekend after weekend of fun as he digs further and further into the roots of Blues, Country and Rock music. Jordan is on an interesting journey and one that may … Continue reading Jordan Officer; Paying Homage to Chuck Berry with Words and Chords
If music could be bottled - Bryan Ferry and his band would be the proper vintage ... Ferry and his band of merry men and women were at Theatre St. Denis last night and it was a lesson in musicality. Wisdom of notes, melodies and spaces were relayed through the sold out venue like candy … Continue reading Bryan Ferry in Montreal – An Education in Musicality
There may be no smoking on terraces in Montreal anymore but there is a lot of smoking music going on ! Please listen below to some of the great acts that are coming as well as some great tunes ! Check out the video for Norman Marshall Villeneuve ! It's his Birthday celebration on Saturday … Continue reading What’s Shakin’ ? Some Upcoming Shows and Tunes You Won’t Hear on the Radio!
In the early seventies, Montreal and various 'other' places benefited from two bands. One evolving into another. Each one took David Bowie's courage, songwriting and performance style onto themselves. Please listen below as David Henman, co-founder of April Wine and member of The Dudes ( among other bands) , discusses Bowie's influences, Ian Hunter and … Continue reading David Henman of The Dudes – The Influence of David Bowie
Tom Petty is the real deal ...In an age where ageing Rock stars more often than not mail in performances, Petty with his band of Heartbreakers - as refreshing as a sea breeze on a hot and humid day.The sixty-three year old Petty, on tour with his latest album Hypnotic Eye - took the stage … Continue reading Tom Petty Concert Review; Rock n’ Roll is Alive and Well …
Caleb Taylor is very much like Johnny Cash ... Does he play Country music? Not really. Is he addicted to drugs? Nope. Not unless an addiction to his wife and baby boy counts. Caleb is like Johnny Cash because the pair share an experience. They both visited and played music for prisoners. A spiritual revelation … Continue reading Caleb Taylor; Not Your Father’s Rugby Player …