Rick Keene Music Scene – Album of the Week

Old school with modern energy.

Michael Kaeshammer is one of the most energetic and talented musicians in Canada. His boyish charm combined with old soul techniques place him in a category by himself.

Now – Michael’s live (and contagious) show can be heard on disc and DVD. Please listen below to a few selected tracks for my choice of Album of The Week.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Best New Jazz Songs

Without Jazz – music today exists in a poorer form.

Have a listen below to some great new Jazz tunes and information.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Best New Songs Feat. The Sharx Raising Money

Sniff around and you will find new things to snack on …

Marketing has taken over from the great new music that artists relentlessly release. Bling bombards us daily while the real musicians suffer.

Why don’t you sit back and listen below to some of the best new music to be released!

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Best New Songs

Sniff around and you will find new things to snack on …

Marketing has taken over from the great new music that artists relentlessly release. Bling bombards us daily while the real musicians suffer.

Why don’t you sit back and listen below to some of the best new music to be released!

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal’s Best Musicians

The best is not necessarily paraded in front of you.

Montreal ( and surroundings) has some of the finest musicians, producers, engineers and behind the scene women and men in the world. They are right in front of your nose.

Rock, Pop, Country, Blues, Jazz and everything in between is seeded and nurtured in Montreal and Quebec. Some of the best voices, songwriting and musical prowess takes place in our backyard. Take out your hose and water it !

Listen below to just a few of Montreal’s Best Musicians.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – New Songs Feat. Frank Marino

Sniff around and you will find new things to snack on …

Marketing has taken over from the great new music that artists relentlessly release. Bling bombards us daily while the real musicians suffer.

Why don’t you sit back and listen below to some of the best new music to be released!

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Rick Keene Music Scene – What’s The Word on The Street?

Sniff around and you will find new things to snack on …

Just because they tell you it is the best music on radio, does not mean it is. Marketing has taken over from the great new music that artists relentlessly release. Bling bombards us daily while the real musicians suffer.

Why don’t you sit back and listen below to some of the best new music to be released without a huge corporation shoving it down your throat faster than a misguided raisin.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top New Releases

Music ain’t dead – yet?

New tracks are always coming out and many – not heard unless you put on your Sherlock Holmes cap and investigation.

Have a listen below won’t ya? Lots of good new tunes and some artist’s backgrounds.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top New Releases

Music ain’t dead – yet?

New tracks are always coming out and many – are not heard unless you put on your Sherlock Holmes cap and investigation.

Have a listen below won’t ya? Lots of good new tunes and some artist’s backgrounds.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Producer Chris Birkett Explains Chris Birkett – Part Two

Nothing compares to Chris Birkett.

Award winning producer Chris Birkett has worked with artists who – collectively, have sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Put that in your console and smoke it.

The Pogues, The Talking Heads, Sinead O’Connor and Sir Bob Geldof; a few of the artists that have made Chris one of the most sought after producers in the music business.

Please listen below to my chat with Chris about producing and his new album 11:11 with The Free Spirits.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top New Releases and A Song You Can Play at Home?

Music ain’t dead – yet?

New tracks are always coming out and many – are not heard unless you put on your Sherlock Holmes cap and investigation.

Have a listen below won’t ya? Lots of good new tunes and some artist’s backgrounds.

Watch the video below and click on this link to join Jont on bringing the world together.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Album of the Week!

Looking for a new favorite artist?

Perhaps one of your favorite musicians has died recently. Especially if they were of a certain generation. New albums by new artists are aplenty. New albums by old artists are aplenty. Just come here and listen to find out !

Have a listen below won’t ya? The album of the week with information about the artist. You can have your cake and eat it too!

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top New Releases

Music ain’t dead – yet?

New tracks are always coming out and many – are not heard unless you put on your Sherlock Holmes cap and investigation.

Have a listen below won’t ya? Lots of good new tunes and some artist’s backgrounds.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – I Don’t Like Mondays Music News and New Tunes

The best tunes in Montreal.

Many songs float on by. Unless deals are made, most tunes are left unheard. Quality means nothing to the powers that be.

Have a listen below to some new tunes, upcoming interviews and things that make you go hmm …

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Another Boring Day on The Island of Pegipegi

Are you ready for a Razzle Dazzle comedy show?

It is time to chuckle. Time to laugh and time to listen to some great tunes.

Have a listen below to some comedy, great tunes and some surprises?

Rick Keene Music Scene – Beating the Winter Blues and The Best Joke in The History of Jokes

The best tunes in Montreal.

Many songs float by like a butterfly in the wind. Beautiful colors go unnoticed by the hard working folk as they are force fed their daily feeds..

Have a listen below to some tunes that will shove the winter blues away and the best joke ever told.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Larry Walker, New Sass Jordan and Things That Make You Go Hmm …

The best tunes in Montreal.

Many songs float on by. Unless deals are made, most tunes are left unheard. Quality means nothing to the powers that be.

Have a listen below to a new tune from Sass Jordan, an homage to Larry Walker and things that make you go hmm …

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Band Misses The Opportunity to Open For The Rolling Stones

This could be the last time …

Nobody knows what the future holds. You give it your best shot and with a little luck and talent – you may end up on top of the world. A tricky curve ball has sent many stars to the dugout with their tails between their legs.

Bartholomew Plus Three, a Montreal band were not necessarily tossed a curved ball yet the music business in itself; one giant curve-ball. Guitarist Barry Albert’s tail was never between his legs.

Please listen below to my chat with Barry Albert and hear some great tunes from the past.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jake Clemons Proves He is His Own ‘Big Man’

Sometimes the shadows are long.

In the case of Jake Clemons (who happens to be the nephew of the late Clarence Clemons of The E Street Band), comparisons will always be there. The fact the saxophone is one instrument that Jake plays, only adds to the mix.

Let’s get one thing straight – Jake Clemons is a star all on his own.

Jake and his band-mates took the stage at L’Astral Wednesday evening on the heels of Jake’s second record (Fear and Love being the first). ‘Eyes on the Horizon’ is the name of the new disc and if art imitates life; everyone better keep their eyes on the horizon to witness Jake eventually disappear into the stratosphere. He is that talented.

Jake Clemons does it all. He writes, he plays Sax, he plays guitar (electric, acoustic), he plays keyboards, he sings, he raps (sorta) and he sends poignant messages. Add effort and passion beyond what most front-men do; Clemons is a beacon of positive energy and his messages are not empty-jump-on-the-bandwagon type stuff. Combined with a band who are equal in their passion – a hair raising concert took place.

Consumption Song, Ayuda, Nothing Left, Regression, We the People and Eyes on the Horizon – all tunes from the new album were delivered with substance. They combined R&B, Funk, Soul, Jazz and even a hint of Country. Clemons displaying his vocal range like a red carpet. Unrolling the power and then delicately walking around the perimeter to balance the soul.

The only time a hint of Uncle Clarence arrives is the introduction of the Sax solo in a song. If the punter did not know of the Clemons connection – a definitive connection to a Springsteen song (with Clarence) would be inevitable. Once that fleeting moment passes, Jake becomes all Jake and his Sax takes the audience on a magical journey. The beauty of a Sax is it’s versatility and the ability for improvisation. Like a paintbrush in the hands of a madman; the Sax runs all over a song with softness and hardness. Jake is the madman with enough sanity to keep things clean.

Rarely does a guy like Jake come along. While outpouring his legacy through certain sounds and the name, it is not something he relies on. On stage or off – Clemons is an artist in progress and his work ethic to grow and learn shines through in a live show. His work ethic leaves a very long shadow …

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Tetrix; ‘Hank Williams on Acid’

Mixed marriages are sometimes frowned upon.

If the saying ‘ put two things together that have never been together before and you can sell them’ is true, then Tetrix will soon become very wealthy.

Tetrix contains two fellas who have been very busy musically. Every House Has a Light On is Connor Gottfried and Neil Pockett’s 17th release. Considering the duo have been making music since 2000 – that is a substantial amount of creativity for two Western Boys.

Growing up in Western Canada, like most people from there, Country music was and continues to be – part of the landscape. Given the fact the two components of Tetrix grew up in the Grunge era, something magical was only a matter of time.

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Please listen below to my chat with Connor about an interesting concept which may start a new trend?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Danny Blueberry is Rock n’ Roll !

If Rock n’ Roll is about rebellion – then Danny Blueberry is Rock n’ Roll.

Banned from listening to mainstream music, Danny grew up without a certain soul. Music was in his life but the type of music he heard was chosen for him. Thank God for Aerosmith !

Please listen below to my chat with Danny Blueberry. One of the most inspirational music stories you will ever hear !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Tribute to Ric Ocasek and The Cars

Some tunes bring back memories as crisp as a leaf in the Fall.

The Cars along with principle songwriter Ric Ocasek inspired every young person coming of age in the mid to late seventies. Doesn’t matter what genre a teen was into – The Cars grabbed everyone because their music contained something for everyone.

Please listen below to the legacy of Ric Ocasek and The Cars.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top New Jazz Releases

Sometimes, you must return to the roots …

Jazz, at one point, was what Rock n Roll and Pop are today. Think about millions attending stadiums on a Louis Armstrong or Ella Fitzgerald world tour. Seems funny to think Jazz once had that appeal yet not so funny when you decipher the realness of Jazz compared to the auto tune in most of today’s corporate radio Pop ‘tunes.’

Please listen below to some of the latest and best releases in the Jazz world and educate yourself to the sounds of real instruments and real musicians.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Picks for Live Music in Montreal

The city and surrounding areas are ripe with tunes for the picking this week.

Plenty of live music of all genres to pick through and to choose your favorites. Pop may be your thing. Rock may be your thing. Blues may be your thing. Whatever the case – check below and discover Montreal music at it’s best!

Have a listen below to some of the tunes coming your way!

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jean-Marc Pisapia of The Box Talks Strangers in The Night

Somethings come full circle.

 

 

The Box are one of the most successful Canadian bands of all time. Hit after hit was as easy as pie for principle songwriter and vocalist Jean-Marc Pisapia.

 

 

Please listen below to my chat with Jean-Marc about the ideas behind the hits and how the setting for Strangers in the Night ties in to The Box’s biggest hit.

 

 

Jean-Marc? What’s up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Meet Carol Burnett … er … Ella Fitzgerald?

Fun and talent. You can’t get much better than that.

Heather Bambrick shines on her new disc and it is a very real record. True emotions are emitted from this former Newfoundland resident and it is something she learned from her father.

Please listen below to my chat with Heather and Listen to some great tunes from the album Fine State!

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jeff Stinco of Simple Plan Talks Strangers in the Night. Part Two

It is always good to come home.

Jeff Stinco, the guitar player and original member of Simple Plan grew up in Pierrefonds, Quebec. Jeff’s story is a classic tale of hometown boy ‘done good’.

Jeff and Simple Plan are headlining Strangers in the Night – a fixture in the Montreal landscape that raises money every year for local charities. This year, Simple Plan’s charity will also benefit from the event adding to the over two million dollars The Simple Plan Foundation has raised since it’s inception.

Please have a listen below to Part Two of my chat with Jeff Stinco of Simple Plan. Hear Some Great Tunes and Find Out About The Simple Plan Foundation !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jeff Stinco of Simple Plan Talks Strangers in the Night. Part One

It is always good to come home.

Jeff Stinco, the guitar player and original member of Simple Plan grew up in Pierrefonds, Quebec. Jeff’s story is a classic tale of hometown boy ‘done good’.

Jeff and Simple Plan are headlining Strangers in the Night – a fixture in the Montreal landscape that raises money every year for local charities. This year, Simple Plan’s charity will also benefit from the event adding to the over two million dollars The Simple Plan Foundation has raised since it’s inception.

Please have a listen below to Part One of my chat with Jeff Stinco of Simple Plan and Hear Some Great Tunes !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The ‘Rock Doc’ Neil Ratner Talks Music Industry, Anesthesiology and Michael Jackson

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Neil Ratner is a name that has been associated with the Rock n Roll scene since the 1960s. While pursuing a career as a drummer, Neil got a gig working on the road that led to associations with Emerson Lake and Palmer, Pink Floyd and later on the king of pop himself; Michael Jackson.

Neil recently released his book Rock Doc which is a blend of fascinating fun stories of the Rock n Roll lifestyle to heartfelt messages about charity and personal redemption. Neil gave Ron Roxtar a call from Ratner’s Woodstock N.Y. office.

Roxtar: Hi Neil, Thanks for the call. You know looking over your career I’m not even sure what to say it is you do. Tour manager, anesthesiologist, author and maybe we can say future rock star.

Neil: (laughing) Thank you for that although I feel my days of trying to be a rock star are well behind me.

Roxtar: You have your latest book out now, Rock Doc.

Neil: Yes it’s been out for a while now. It has so many interesting stories and people in it. There are ups and downs in life’s lessons. Even though I wasn’t trying to be an author I was always writing down on pieces of paper.

Roxtar: So what were your initial beginnings?

Neil: Growing up I always had two dreams. One was to be a doctor and like most people growing up in the 60’s we all wanted to be rock stars. I wanted to be a drummer so I played in bands in high school through to college.

Roxtar: I heard you came up here to Montreal to join a band.

Neil: Oh yeah! I was hoping you’d ask me about that. It was the local rock station up there CHOM-FM. They said a band up in St. Agathe was looking for a drummer. I called the station and they got me in touch with the band who said to come on up, which I did. I was the drummer in that band for about four months. I don’t even remember the name of the band but it fell apart and then I came back to the States.

Roxtar: So after that experience what happened?

Neil: It was the summer between my sophomore and junior year I took an apartment in the city because I had a job at the hospital that I thought would help me get into medical school. I found out by chance that my upstairs neighbor is a musician. I knocked on his door and he’s standing there with a guitar slung over his shoulder. He invites me in and tells me his name is Rick Derringer. I was like “You mean Rick Derringer from the McCoys?!” He was like “Yeah.” From that, we became very good friends and he heard me play the drums. I asked him to help get me a job. One day he calls me up and says he’s got a gig for me but not as a drummer. He was working with Johnny Winter at the time. Johnny had a brother named Edgar who was forming a band and they needed a manager so my whole life took a major left turn.

Roxtar: So in a chance meeting everything changed you ended up eventually working for some big names like Pink Floyd and (ELP) Emerson Lake and Palmer.

Neil: Yeah, well I spent more than a year with Edgar Winter’s band it was called White Trash. I then met a big-time manager who was managing Humble Pie, J Geils Band, Peter Frampton and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.

They were at the time changing management and they offered me a job to go over to London and run their lights and stage production. I was basically the general operations director.

After about a year I noticed all these bands were using too many companies. They had a lighting company, a sound company, accountants and more. This is back in the day where it made things very complex. I got this idea to form a company called Circus. It would provide trucking, lights, sound and everything that a group needed under one tent so to speak.

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The guy who helped me form this company was named Peter Watts. He was the husband of an old girlfriend of mine from college and we just happened to meet up in London one day. Peter was the sound technician for Pink Floyd. One day he came to me and said “You know we’ve never used anybody for anything. We’ve always been self-contained. Now we’ve got this new album coming out called Dark Side of the Moon and for the tour I want us to be the first to use quadraphonic sound and digital lighting. The only way we can do it is if you combine forces with us. So we did the Dark Side of the Moon tour and even afterwards a couple of other things. After five or six years I had pretty much set out do everything I wanted to do before I got an epiphany to follow my other dream which was to become a doctor.

Roxtar: So after achieving let’s say some of your accomplishments in the music business you go back to wanting to be a doctor.

Neil: Well you have to remember, Ron, one of my first dreams was to be a doctor. Plus those years in the music business was taking a toll on my body and I ended up in the hospital with kidney stones.

I remember watching this movie one night about American medical students on their way to becoming doctors and that’s when I got my epiphany. I had achieved everything on the business side of things and I was not going to be the rock n roll star drummer I wanted to be so it was time to go back to being what I wanted to be which was a doctor.

That was a ten-year journey since I had stopped going to college. I had to study outside of the US. I studied for years at a Mexican medical school, then a year of unpaid internship just to get back into the American system. I then did a couple of years of surgical residency. After ten years I finally had switched to anesthesiology and became an anesthesiologist.

Roxtar: Someone coming from the world of music let’s say back into medicine there seems to be a connection. I’ve read that some doctors play music during operations and it’s almost as if music can if not be a cure, certainly can be a helping healing factor.

Neil: Well I’ll tell you a funny story about that. At the end of your residency, everybody has to do some sort of research project. Mostly everyone does a scientific study of some kind. I had an interest in consciousness in a sense. There is a type of procedure doctors do that’s called conscious procedure where the patient is not completely out but certainly not wide awake. It’s somewhere in between. As an anesthesiologist I somehow knew if I could play music in a patient’s ear during the surgical procedure we could use fewer drugs and decrease the stress and tension of that patient.

All the doctors laughed at me and thought why would I ever want to do that, but I persisted. In the end, my study did show that there was a great benefit to music being played almost as if it as an extra drug.

Then after a little while, I realized I didn’t want to be a hospital-based anesthesiologist. I looked around and noticed that a lot of doctors wanted to perform procedures in their own offices but couldn’t because the equipment wasn’t monitored properly. So I offered my services and would go into the doctors offices to be their anesthesiologist. I was one of the first to do that in New York City.

Roxtar: You also spearheaded doing some overseas charity work. You were instrumental in helping the victims of the bombing attacks in Kenya and Tanzania that took place, which was the first time the world heard about Al- Qaeda.

Neil: Absolutely. I was in New York when the acute bombings happened. We arrived afterwards. A friend of mine who lives in Kenya called me up. They were aware of my previous charity work. My wife and I had been to Africa and we were very concerned for the Indigenous people. We went to a very remote village near the Somalian border.

We went down there all self-contained and started a bush clinic for the local tribes there. We started a mission of mercy down there working along with the various charities. A friend of mine helped me to get started on making three micro bakeries in some of the poorest of the regions. One of the most meaningful things you can do in life is to give back to those less fortunate than yourself.

Roxtar: If someone’s going to buy this book what exactly will they be reading about?

Neil: They’ll be getting an incredible journey about different areas of life. One journey is about the rock n roll business of the late ’60s and early to mid-’70s. That was a really good time in rock n roll because that’s when the business was developing. You’ll read about ELP, Pink Floyd and others. There are stories about the rock festivals and how we made sure we were doing our best to make things happen in the right way.

Another journey is about what it’s like to go into the world of medicine at an older age in a foreign language in a foreign place and what that’s like. With that comes the journey of anesthesiology. The world of plastic surgery and celebrities.

From there is the journey of meeting Michael Jackson and not only becoming his doctor but his close personal friend. I spent eight years with Michael traveling and being with him in various ways.

There is a journey about me getting into a little bit of trouble. From that, I learned to be a humanitarian and try to do good in life.

The book has all of those things and more. I’m getting a great response and people are really enjoying it. Let me add there’s even a section of pictures so you get that as well.


Roxtar: So what was it like to work with Michael Jackson?

Neil: You know Michael was a great guy. A lot of people did not have an opportunity to get close to Michael and I was one of the few who did have that opportunity. He was a great friend.

We could talk about anything. We talked about spirituality, nature, even old rock n roll. We talked about anything.

Mandela, Jackson, Ratner and His Wife

He was very supportive. The time that I was in trouble in life he was incredibly supportive. He was what a friend should be. I have very fond memories of him.

He was also a great humanitarian and a lot of his efforts were unheralded. There was a time when we were in South Africa. He insisted on going to the hospital there. This is at a time when people were still very afraid of HIV. Michael was not afraid to go in and mingle or hold the patients. He wasn’t afraid to touch them, whereas most people never would. I had some great times with my friend, Michael Jackson.

One of the greatest things Michael did was introduce me to Nelson Mandela. That was an amazing thing and because of it I got to meet Nelson on a couple of occasions afterwards. During one of those meetings he helped to finance the first micro-bakery I talked about earlier.

Ratner – Winter

Roxtar: You are stranded on a desert island with no hope of ever being rescued. What are your top three desert island discs?

Neil: Oooh, that’s a tough one. (thinking) Okay, I got it. Gaucho by Steely Dan.

My second would have to be Dark Side of The Moon. If you’re on a desert island you’re going to want to have a record that takes you far away from there in your mind.

For my third, I’d want to have a real rock n roll record. I’m going to get personal and go with Edgar Winter’s Roadwork. I really think it is one of the best rock n roll records out there and not many people know it.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Happy Birthday Breen LeBoeuf; One of Canada’s Greatest Voices

It’s all about the bass. Maybe not …

Breen Leboeuf is one of those guys who is known for one thing yet it something else which may be his biggest talent. The bass in Breen’s hands is one treasure but his voice may be one of this Country’s hidden gems.

Please have a listen below to my chat with Breen and educate yourself in Canadian and Quebec music history.

Happy Birthday !