Michel Pagliaro; Quebec’s Greatest Songwriter?

 Michel Pagliaro is a legend in Quebec ... Anglophone artists, Francophone artists - any genre, unconsciously or consciously affected  by 'Pag'. Rarely do artists create such a vast 'society affecting' songbook in a quick period of time. The Guess Who, Dylan,The Beatles, The Stones,Elvis and Pag. For this reason, it is fitting after all these … Continue reading Michel Pagliaro; Quebec’s Greatest Songwriter?

Rick Keene Music Scene – ELVIN BISHOP TO RECEIVE CHRIS STRACHWITZ LEGACY AWARD

Legendary guitarist, singer, songwriter and Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Famer Elvin Bishop will receive the Chris Strachwitz Legacy Award from The Arhoolie Foundation at the second annual Arhoolie Awards And Benefit Show in San Francisco on Friday, November 22. Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio (Elvin on guitar and vocals, Bob Welsh on piano and guitar and Willy … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – ELVIN BISHOP TO RECEIVE CHRIS STRACHWITZ LEGACY AWARD

Rick Keene Music Scene – All That Jazz

Jazz at Princeton University Announces Diverse and Compelling Season   October 12, 2019 – May 9, 2020   Guest artists include Portuguese vocalist/composer Sara Serpa with Nigerian writer Emmanuel Iduma, Chilean vocal sensation Claudia Acuña, & Grammy-nominated Cuban drummer & MacArthur Fellow Dafnis Prieto   Faculty groups are led by Jazz at Princeton head Rudresh Mahanthappa, Trineice … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – All That Jazz

Rick Keene Music Scene – Holly Cole; Like a Fine Wine

Some things improve with age. Holly Cole has always been great. She has always been a throwback to the glory days of female jazz singers. With her vocal range diving deep within the depths of notes and rising to the surface - Cole has always 'nailed it.' Last night as part of the Montreal Jazz … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Holly Cole; Like a Fine Wine

Rick Keene Music Scene – Blue Rodeo Retain Their Canadian Crown

There comes a time in a band's life when they could easily 'mail it in'. When a few years pass since the initial hits send a group into the stratosphere, those hits are money in the bank. A band can rely on them to sell tickets and for the attendees; nostalgia feeds their souls. A … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Blue Rodeo Retain Their Canadian Crown

Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Jazz Festival Preview For Your Listening Pleasure

Let's get ready to rumble ! Er ... rumba ...? The Jazz Festival of Montreal, the largest of it's kind and celebrating it's fortieth anniversary - gets underway officially today ! Have a listen below to some of the artists that will be performing ! Visit The Jazz Festival Here ! Visit Smoke Meat Pete … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Jazz Festival Preview For Your Listening Pleasure

Rick Keene Music Scene – Some Upcoming Albums

Music is created daily... Sometimes it is very successful musicians creating new tunes. Other times - it is a guy in his basement with stars in his eyes. Either way, the sounds are always put out into the universe. Please listen below to some great new tunes ! Live Music On The Boardwalk Starting at … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Some Upcoming Albums

Rick Keene Music Scene – SHEMEKIA COPELAND AND CHRISTONE “KINGFISH” INGRAM TO CELEBRATE BUDDY GUY’S AUSTIN CITY LIMITS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

Alligator Records artists Shemekia Copeland and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram will perform with blues icon Buddy Guy as he is inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall Of Fame. In an all-star concert event to be held on October 24 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin, Texas, Guy, along with Shawn Colvin and Lyle Lovett, will be … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – SHEMEKIA COPELAND AND CHRISTONE “KINGFISH” INGRAM TO CELEBRATE BUDDY GUY’S AUSTIN CITY LIMITS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

Rick Keene Music Scene – Ten Essential Tracks and Show Listings

Sometimes you never hear the songs that are coming to a town near you . Most of the great tunes are released to no fanfare from anyone - let alone to the common man. Have a listen below to some new tracks, a couple of familiar tracks and some shows coming soon to Montreal ! … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Ten Essential Tracks and Show Listings

Rick Keene Music Scene – Ten Essential Tracks

Stop what you are doing and listen. Won't ya? T Nile 2014 @ Rebecca Blissett Photography All Rights Reserved Not all great tunes are at your disposal when in the car or on your preferred listening platform. That is why you visit Rick Keene Music Scene - to receive the chats, the info and the … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Ten Essential Tracks

Rick Keene Music Scene – Celebrating Forty Years of Jazz!

The Montreal International Jazz Festival is celebrating an anniversary with a bang. Noah Preminger concert at Sa Pobla (2012) It has been forty years since those days on St Denis street. A simpler time for the city of Montreal, music and the world. Simple may have been good for humanity but the complexity of The … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Celebrating Forty Years of Jazz!

Rick Keene Music Scene – Some Great Jazz Albums of 2019

Real music is not always 'sold' through mainstream avenues. That does not mean the albums in question are not 'good enough' or not sold through mainstream, it means good music must be sought out. Here are just a few albums than music lovers should add to their collection. Buy albums, attend shows and keep music … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Some Great Jazz Albums of 2019

Rick Keene Music Scene – Canada’s Most Prolific Songwriter Marc Jordan Bares ‘Both Sides’ on New Disc

Marc Jordan has appeared on thirty-five million CDs. Put that in your MP3 player and smoke it ... Marc has written for or co-written with the who is who of the music business. Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, Diana Ross, Chicago, Kansas, Manhattan Transfer, Kenny Loggins, Amanda Marshal, Bette Midler, Natalie Cole, Roch Voisine, Canadian Tenors, … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Canada’s Most Prolific Songwriter Marc Jordan Bares ‘Both Sides’ on New Disc

Rick Keene Music Scene – Arcaydium; A Breath of Fresh Musical Montreal Air

To make it in this business - bands must have that 'thing'.  Any experienced DJ will tell you, all it takes is a three minute listen to separate the 'men' from 'the boys'. The 'it' in question is many times not explainable. A unique sound, voice or chemistry. It is basically magic. A wondrous thing … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Arcaydium; A Breath of Fresh Musical Montreal Air

Rick Keene Music Scene – Elizabeth Shepherd Loves Montreal on Her New Record

Once a Montrealer - always a Montrealer ... Elizabeth Shepherd is a traveler. Physically and spiritually. Searching for new within herself and within the world of music. Her latest release brings her back to Montreal to discover things that were always under her nose. In the album Montreal - Shepherd brings the listener on a … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Elizabeth Shepherd Loves Montreal on Her New Record

Rick Keene Music Scene – The Sheepdogs Take Montreal On a Ride

It is not easy 'riding' global accolades ... For the Western Canadian band The Sheepdogs - that is precisely what they are doing. And - doing it well. When Rolling Stone magazine proclaims you as the band to watch out for, that is a lot of pressure. Judging from their performance at MTelus on a … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Sheepdogs Take Montreal On a Ride

Rick Keene Music Scene – Artist Nominations For Gala Trille Or 2019 ( Franco-Canadian)

L’Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) announced the nominations for the 10th edition of the Gala Trille Or. The gala is an opportunity for Franco-Canadian artists to shine. Seventy-six performers and industry professionals from across Canada are nominated in twenty-nine categories. 1. Artiste Solo Damien Robitaille Étienne Fletcher Jacobus Mélissa Ouimet YAO … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Artist Nominations For Gala Trille Or 2019 ( Franco-Canadian)

Rick Keene Music Scene -Sass Jordan Releases Her Own Brand of Kick Ass Wine

Is there anything Sass Jordan can't do?   Singer, songwriter, actress, judge, wife and Mother -Sass' tasks are unique and numerous. Yet why stop there? Jordan (currently working on an album of new material), has somehow found the time to release her own brand of wine. Kick Ass Sass White 2016 and Kick Ass Sass … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene -Sass Jordan Releases Her Own Brand of Kick Ass Wine

Rick Keene Music Scene – Some of the Best Music Shows in January

Christmas is gone and New Year's celebrations are fading into either good or bad memories. The winter blues can be overtaken by getting out and socializing. Music is your dancing partner. Here are just a few shows you may consider and click on the links to check out full schedules.   January 12 Panic! At … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Some of the Best Music Shows in January

Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Seven

As the year wound down - the music wound up. Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank - stopped by to chat about his upcoming Montreal show and the legacy of his Father. Given the notoriety of Frank Zappa's humor in music and lyrics, it was interesting to hear Dweezil's take on everything not funny. The genius … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Seven

Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Six

And the beat went on. And on ... And on ...   The weather cooled but the music did not. Malcolm Bruce took time to speak of his band and what a band it is. Bruce is the son of legendary bass player Jack Bruce (Cream) and together with Eric Clapton's nephew (Will Johns) and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Six

Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Five

And the beat went on ... 2018 continued in August where it left off in July. George Thorogood was back in Quebec for the second time in three months. Trois Rivieres en Blues was the setting this time around and the swagger returned. Thorogood was 'safe' at Place des Arts in Montreal and in Trois … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Five

Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Four

The music kept coming. The Montreal International Jazz Festival got underway and this year was a great mix for fans of all genres. July Gary Petersen - the original drummer for The Guess Who (and a man who started drumming before Rock n Roll's heyday) took some time out to chat about his career and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Four

Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Three

Half way through the year - the music kept coming. The folks at The Montreal International Jazz Festival announced their line up and the stage was set ( so to speak). June Jann Arden was in town and at this point in her musical career - she is the Elton John of Canadian women. The … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Three

Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review – Part Two

What a year it was ... Twelve months have come and gone quicker than a man / woman looking for a one night stand. That's what happens when music is in the air and in your soul. Let's take a look back shall we? Let us revisit the musical past of 2018. April Steve Hill … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review – Part Two

Rick Keene Music Scene -The Musical Box;Turning Genesis Into An Extravanza

In the big scheme of things, very few people saw Genesis live in their orginal formation. Before fans knew it - Peter Gabriel was gone and shortly after, Steve Hackett followed. Fans of the original material who missed out on the theatrics and brilliant musicianship of the original  line -up live were out of luck. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene -The Musical Box;Turning Genesis Into An Extravanza

Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim Plays Santa for Starlight Children’s Foundation

Pay it forward ...Canadian Walk of Fame and Canadian Music Hall of Fame member Andy Kim has many friends in the music business. Many of whom hold Andy in such high esteem - they will follow him anywhere.Saturday night at The Corona Theater, some of those friends arrived in Montreal to participate in the fifth … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim Plays Santa for Starlight Children’s Foundation

Rick Keene Music Scene – Jess Moskaluke Delivers ‘A Small Town Christmas’ Musical Gift

Jess Moskaluke was and is a huge Shania Twain fan.   Now - Jess is creating a career which may mirror that of her idol. Art imitating life ... A three time winner of the Canadian Female Country Artist award and recipient of a Juno for Canadian Country album - Jess has released her first … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jess Moskaluke Delivers ‘A Small Town Christmas’ Musical Gift

Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim Talks Induction Onto Canadian Walk of Fame and The 14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas

Andy Kim is a 'lucky guy'. Lucky is the way Andy describes a career which has now placed him among the Gods of Canadian music. On December 1st - Andy was inducted onto Canada's Walk of Fame. Not too bad for that 'crazy boy' who left Montreal for New York as a teenager. Please listen … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim Talks Induction Onto Canadian Walk of Fame and The 14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas

Rick Keene Music Scene – Local Montreal Girl Annabel Gutherz Is Making a Difference Through Song

If everyone took steps for change - change would come.   Westmount native Annabel Gutherz hopes that people will follow her lead in making changes to the way people think. Inspired by the senseless school shootings in the States, Annabel wrote a song to make a difference. The bonus? All proceeds of the sales of … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Local Montreal Girl Annabel Gutherz Is Making a Difference Through Song