Rick Keene Music Scene; Harry Manx Talks New Album ‘Faith Lift’. Part Two

 Harry Manx enjoys seeing things fresh.

The big picture. The whole deal is what Harry listened to when he returned to his back catalog  and revisited some of his own songs. Different times in life can evoke different feelings.

Harry decided to rework or re-chart some of the ‘ancient’ tunes and add them to a string section. Or – add the string section to the tunes. Either way, a ‘Faith Lift’ is what occurred on his latest album.

Please listen below to my chat with Harry. We talk about a couple of guitarists, The Blues and the new album ‘Faith Lift’.

 

 Thanks for listening. Chat soon …

Part One

 

 

Part Two 

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Harry Manx Talks Blues and New Album ‘Faith Lift’. Part One

 Harry Manx enjoys seeing things fresh.

The big picture. The whole deal is what Harry listened to when he returned to his back catalog  and revisited some of his own songs. Different times in life can evoke different feelings.

Harry decided to rework or re-chart some of the ‘ancient’ tunes and add them to a string section. Or – add the string section to the tunes. Either way, a ‘Faith Lift’ is what occurred on his latest album.

Please listen below to my chat with Harry. We talk about a couple of guitarists, The Blues and the new album ‘Faith Lift’.

 

 Thanks for listening. Chat soon …

Stay tuned for Part Two.

 

Visit Harry Here !

Harry Manx

 

 

 

 


Rick Keene Music Scene; Bryan Ferry’s Guitarist, Canada’s Guitarist and Some ‘News’ .

Once North Korea and The United States finish blowing us all up – what will be left ?

Music …

 

 

One way or another, tunes will remain.

Maybe recordings played on a generator- hooked- up -to -a- CD player will navigate the puffs of radiation circling the globe. Perhaps, mutants will create rhythm by banging each other on the side of their heads in an effort to ‘have some fun …’ A new breed of ‘Metal Heads’. 

 

 

In the meantime, please listen below to some of the things coming up in Montreal as well as on Rick Keene Music Scene.com . Hear some new tracks and relive the past with some oldies but goodies.

Thanks for listening. Chat soon …

 

 

 


Chaim Tannenbaum; His First Album and It’s a Beauty !

Chaim Tannenbaum has done many things in life. Releasing an album is not one of them.

Until now …

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Informally, he is known as the Godfather of Canadian Folk music. Having co-produced Loudon Wainwright and worked on practically every album the McGarrigle Sisters and Loudon delivered.

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Keeping it among the family, Tannenbaum has also worked with Rufus and Martha Wainwright. 

Following a thirty-five year career as a Philosophy professor, Chaim has decided to release his first CD. As they say in hand grenade tossing; better late than never … !

Please listen below to my chat with Chaim. He speaks of his influences, working as a professor and the new album. Discover his thoughts on Bob Dylan !

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Chaim is at Upstairs Bar and Grill on June 9th !

 

Visit Upstairs Here !

 

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What’s Happening in Montreal?

As usual – a lot happening in Montreal !

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Blues, Jazz, Rock, Country and Pop. 

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Jon Anderson, Justin Bieber, Florence and The Machine and a fundraiser for The West Island Palliative care. Just a few of the things coming !

 

Please listen below to some great tunes and some acts that are playing in Montreal !

Learn how to buy tickets as well!

 

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Mr. Bolly ‘s Victory ! Local Hip Hop Artist Helps Out Duffy’s Come2gether for West Island Palliative Care Residence

 Victory comes in

many forms …

 

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For Mr. Bolly, that form is karma. A weird chain of events which is taking the song ‘Victory’ and transporting it to all sorts of places. All – for the good of mankind.

 

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Please listen below as Mr. Bolly explains the song, the feelings and the results of hard work.

 

Hard work with very interesting results.

 

Mr. Bolly?

 

Follow Mr. Bolly Here !

 

Duffy’s Come2gether for The West Island Palliative Care Unit – Click Here

 

Strangers in the Night Here !

 Visit The Montreal International Jazz Festival Here 

 

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‘Lonesome’ George Thorogood Does Not ‘Drink Alone’! Montreal Concert Review

It took all of three minutes for George Thorogood and his Destroyers to pull Montreal out of the winter doldrums …

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Just when you thought Rock n Roll was dead, along comes ‘Lonesome George’ to levitate dormant goosebumps into the stratosphere. Hair-raising kind of stuff which makes the omni-present argument that ‘music ain’t what it used to be ‘ seem righteous and justified.

The tune ‘Rock Party’ got the party going and there was no stopping the influx of beer at Metropolis. After all, isn’t that the demographic Thorogood attracts?

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George’s brand of hellfire Rock n Roll ain’t rocket science. Three chords do not make Beethoven calibre pieces. Yet to his fans, bikers and testosterone – filled males; George Thorogood is Beethoven. In the world of ‘chicken wire shielding the stage’ venues – there is no God bigger than Thorogood. There is no sound bigger than George’s guitar. There is no sound larger than The Destroyers.

Take hard work. Combine it with attitude. Add primal guitar sounds and voila! Lessons for McCartney’s kids on how to put on a ‘Rock Show at The Hollywood Bowl.’

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The alcohol was flowing at Metropolis on Saturday evening and the waiters and waitresses got richer by each strum of the guitar. ‘The Fixer’ allowed Thorogood to introduce his drawl. That distinctive voice owned solely by George. That niche of owning every vocal chord that ever downed fifty shots of Jack Daniels in one evening. One glance around proved, the punters were of that breed and the audience lapped it up faster than a thirsty kitten rescued from a sack at the bottom of a lake.

Following an ample cover of The Strangeloves ‘ Night Time’ – it was that time. The terrible trio. A threesome fit for all …

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Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) were ready. Their engines out of the garage and primed for a higher gear.

‘I Drink Alone’ – Lonesome George’s lyrically proven self character reference combined with his Chuck Berry-inspired guitar riffs, initiating the second wave of partying. Heat from the stage, heat from the temperature and heat from the capacity crowd. A recipe to be welcomed and a menu to be cooled off with …

‘One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer ….’ 

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John Lee Hooker’s classic tale of the everyman told brilliantly by The Destroyers. The ultimate everymen. That menacing backline sounding ‘like nobody else’ and nobody was forced ‘out the door’. Everyone was acting funny and George was funny too …

Rarely does a song written by an artist as respected as Hooker become a signature tune by someone else. Paul Anka with Sinatra and Hooker with Thorogood. The energy transpiring as the sing-a-long to every word transcended the evening to ‘ an evening”.

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The sixty-six year old Thorogood has a job. At his age is a haircut necessary? 

‘Get a Haircut’ completed the trilogy of Blues, Slide guitar and Rock. Once more, a three chord anthem with an autobiographical nature aimed at everyman. Grabbing the crowd by the scruff of the neck. Dragging lyrics around Metropolis like ‘a flea-bit peanut monkey’ and accumulating with Thorogood’s ( and the crowd’s)  ‘Get a Real Job’. One liners are George’s thing. Posing for the press and fans – his specialty. There is a trick to longevity in music. Thorogood – a master magician.

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‘Gear Jammer’ became ‘Move it On Over’. Thorogood’s other signature song and a cover. Hank Williams would be proud. The timeless record (when radio played good tunes) as poignant today as in 1978. If there is one thing about George, he did not pull a Zeppelin and steal tunes. Given the reaction all these years later, Thorogood made a pact and stuck with it.

Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Tail Dragger’ was proof. Bluesy, twangy and raw. Just like the Whiskeys swaying in the air.  Drunkenness awaiting proof that George is …

‘Bad to the Bone’ ! 

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The Sax seems to get lost in the wind …

‘Bad to the Bone’ – Thorogood’s original and most commercially successful song is important because of the Sax. Buddy Leach made sure that was the case. Saturday night. Reminiscent of the Sax in INXS’s ‘Never Tear Us Apart’, Leach’s spacing and timing impeccable to the feeling provided by ‘Bad to the Bone’.

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Following a loud and obnoxious ovation – Lonesome George returned for an encore. ‘Madison Blues’ was more of a filler to say goodbye and pose for some photos. A valiant and commendable gesture by a man filled with bows, salutes and waves. Then – as quick as it started, the music ended. An evening well spent for those whose hangovers will allow them to remember.

In other words, no one ….

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