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?
Someone once said; "Rock n Roll is a vicious game ..." The music business is, in general, a very vicious game. More people are used and tossed aside than dishrags at a cheap restaurant. The good die young and the bad fade away unless their souls are sold to the devil. Jerry Mercer Enter Mr. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Special Birthday Tribute To Jerry Mercer
The Jim Cuddy Band. Period. If aliens came from space and had to choose musicians from each Country that best represented the core and values of the land they come from, hands down - The Jim Cuddy Band would be headed to the stars. The band, led by Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo fame, get … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Jim Cuddy Band Delivers a Lesson in Musicianship
There are more than one 'big men' on this planet. Director Nick Mead was a friend of Clarence Clemons, perhaps the most well known Sax player in the history of Rock n Roll. The two of them enjoyed their jobs because in the end - the work was not really work. A trip to China … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Director Nick Mead Talks Clarence Clemons Doc
Music has so many voices. The sounds can be rough.The sounds can be soft. The sounds can make you feel just right for the mood. What mood are you in? Have a listen below to some new tunes and some new information . You can't make it better than that can you? Thanks for listening … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Dance, Absorb and Caress
It is all about caring. Lori - Lynne Johnson is a compassionate person. A long time nurse whose first gig was at the Kingston Penitentiary - taught her quite a bit about compassion. Lori has taken all her experiences and put them into music. It is a new beginning for someone who has always loved … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene. Lori – Lynne Johnson; A Long Way from The Kingston Penitentiary
Quebec appears to know The Blues. Whether it is the ubiquitous political crap or the never ending construction - Quebec musicians tend to flock to The Blues. Every year, a contest is held to send the best Quebec Blues band or artist to Memphis - the Holy land of music. Every year,Quebec artists do very … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Here Are Your Quebec to Memphis Blues Finalists
One day - it can all disappear. Lawyer Suzanne Jarvie was living life with four kids. All of them doing what kids do. One day, nine years ago, a spiral staircase changed everything including Suzanne's soul. 'I played music my entire life. I sang a lot, I played piano and guitar. It was only after … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Suzanne Jarvie’s Tragic Family Accident Creates Magic
Music heals ... Without realizing it - most Canadians are healed daily by music. It is the bandage of the soul. Authors Terry Stuart and Robert Carli have decided to share this news in the form of music tales. Famous, not so famous and just plain good old Canadians share their experiences of what music … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Author Terry Stuart Talks Awesome Music Project
Something new is always around the corner. If the world housed only the business type people, the vibes of the universe would pass by us like a ship searching for a beacon under stormy skies. Please listen below to some new releases or soon-to-be released tunes. Thanks ! Visit Smoke Meat Pete Here! Visit Blueberry … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – New Releases
There is life in music - you just have to look and listen for it. Most savvy music fans avoid the radio these days. It is filled with 'fake tunes'. Corporate - pumped propaganda to coincide with the equally corporate-pumped newscasts. Music along with common sense should not be fueled by a station's political agenda … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Spirit of Rock
Something borrowed. Something new. Lessons come in many forms. Country, Blues, Soul, Funk and every-time a caveman picked up a rock and hit another rock. Please have a listen below to some new old tunes, some old new tunes and some tunes neither old or new. Thanks For Listening !
Nothing beats harmonies. Whitehorse took center stage at Montreal En Lumiere at L'Astral and demonstrated professional music without the usual 'polished'dog and pony act attached. Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland - the husband / wife duo are more comfortable than they should be. The chemistry both musically and spiritually was very apparent as they performed … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Whitehorse Continue Their Assent Up The Musical Ladder
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
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
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
It is a lot of fun watching a seed grow ... For the fans of Rock n Roll in Montreal - watching The Damn Truth emerge from seedlings in the garden of Montreal music has been - thus far, satisfactory. Yet in the immortal words of one of Rock music's founding fathers; "I can't get … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Damn Truth Deliver The Damn Truth !
Quebec loves their Prog Rock guys and the Prog Rock guys love Quebec. It is hard to say exactly when Quebec's love affair with Gowan began. It is not hard to say however why it started in the first place. Quebec audiences historically love the oddballs. The creative spirits who demonstrate something that Quebecers (especially … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Lawrence Gowan is Poised To Conquer Quebec. Again !
A band became a duo ... Gabriel Prieur and Eliot Landry have been friends since Cegep. Growing up (in the words of Gabriel) in the 'woods', helped to create a musical partnership fresh with ideas and a love for Rock n Roll, Blues and Grunge. Please listen below to my chat with Gabriel Prieur. Official … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Prieur & Landry; Breathing Fresh Air Into Quebec Music
Foreigner, the band who everyone has heard of ...I Want To Know What Love Is, Cold As Ice, Juke Box Hero and so many hits embedded into the souls of music fans of all genres.The legendary rock band have a tour which is coming to Montreal on March 12th !Foreigner’s 18-city tour launches in Vancouver … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Multi-Instrumentalist Tom Gimbel Talks Foreigner’s New Sound
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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