Rick Keene Music Scene – Jethro Tull Influences Smoked Meat Pete’s Blues Band The Devil Dawgs !

The Devil Dawgs. Swampy , Bluesy and unique. How often do you have a flute injected into old time Blues and Rock n Roll? Aside from their regular gigs at Smoke Meat Pete, the band are becoming more and more busy on the heels on their new album. A disc which combines cheekiness with the … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jethro Tull Influences Smoked Meat Pete’s Blues Band The Devil Dawgs !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Selling Steve Hackett by the Pound

   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

Rick Keene Music Scene – Kate McGarry; A Loving Trio Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

  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

Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Goudreau; Making a Name for His Music in Hollywood!

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!

Rick Keene Music Scene – Danielle Duval; Injecting Freshness Into Rock n Roll

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

Rick Keene Music Scene – Quite Simply, Some of the Best Female Vocalists and What’s Coming !

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 !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Former April Wine Guitarist Joins Forces to Shine on New Disc !

Gary Moffet is a man of few words. He lets his feelings take over within music. This way of thinking helped propel April Wine to new heights during the band's most commercially successful period from the mid seventies until the early eighties. Moffet was the principle arranger on the songs from Nature of the Beast. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Former April Wine Guitarist Joins Forces to Shine on New Disc !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Dale Boyle; Putting Some Much Needed ‘Gasoline’ Into the Montreal Music Fire

Songwriting is always there but sometimes it takes a while to come out.   This appears to be the case with Dale Boyle.  Originally from the Gaspe region and currently a Dorval resident, Boyle has written five songs that are way ahead of the Montreal curve. Citing one of his major influences as recently departed … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Dale Boyle; Putting Some Much Needed ‘Gasoline’ Into the Montreal Music Fire

Rick Keene Music Scene – Sass Jordan’s ‘Roots’ Revisited

Sass Jordan is a one of a kind performer.       Twenty-five years ago, Sass' biggest selling album Racine hit the radio and the charts. Songs that catapulted her to higher levels both inside and outside of Canada.   Fast forward a decade and a half and the 'kids' are all grown up.   … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Sass Jordan’s ‘Roots’ Revisited

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Song for Markov, The ‘Mooch’ and Jack Black Recites Carl Sandburg

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

Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Jazz Festival Preview. Men without Hats

You can dance if you want to ... How many songs in Canadian music are recognizable by a few words? How many Canadian tunes are responsible for creating a non - dance dance craze? Say what?  Please listen below to  my chat with Ivan Doroschuk - the writer and composer of 'The Safety Dance'  and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Jazz Festival Preview. Men without Hats

Cliff Stevens – The Prodigal Guitarist Returns to Montreal to Prove ‘Grass Won’t Grow’.

Cliff Stevens' hands aren't slow.   Despite many years portraying Eric Clapton as means to meet the ends, Stevens' is on his way to 'bucking' the label. 'Grass Wont Grow' - Stevens' new album, is an accumulation of years of practice and years of being on the road. Easy going riffs compliment easier going melodies … Continue reading Cliff Stevens – The Prodigal Guitarist Returns to Montreal to Prove ‘Grass Won’t Grow’.

Rick Keene Music Scene Jazz Festival Preview – An Extensive Chat with Dr. Trevor Payne

Dr. Trevor Payne is a Montreal institution. He may only be realizing it now.   Dr. Payne and his Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir have soared to heights not imagined by anyone. Considered to be one of  the top choirs in the world, Trevor Payne is ending his tenure as their leader. Something which is causing … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene Jazz Festival Preview – An Extensive Chat with Dr. Trevor Payne

Bonnie Raitt in Montreal – Like a Fine Wine …

Sometimes - people require a good slap in the face. A shock to make them understand what is purposeful and what is not. Bonnie Raitt, her music and her band are purposeful. And then some ... Raitt was in town last night in support of her new disc; 'Dig in Deep'. The tour ( named … Continue reading Bonnie Raitt in Montreal – Like a Fine Wine …

Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Favorite Interviews 2016.

Yakety-Yak - don't talk back ... In the past year, many musicians from all genres have been kind enough to speak with me. Giving their time and music to share stories and insights from the world of music. Tales of recordings, the dynamics of bands or plain anecdotes from where they come.  To siphon the … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Favorite Interviews 2016.

Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Favorite Interviews 2016. Part One.

Yakety-Yak - don't talk back ... In the past year, many musicians from all genres have been kind enough to speak with me. Giving their time and music to share stories and insights from the world of music. Tales of recordings, the dynamics of bands or plain anecdotes from where they come.  To siphon the … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Favorite Interviews 2016. Part One.

Rick Keene Music Scene – Deck the Halls with ‘Sounds’ from Around the World and Help the Homeless.

They say it is the 'most wonderful time of the year'.  Well, 'they' better run and tell the Mayor of Montreal and all his cronies that for 3,016 citizens, it is not the most wonderful time of the year. That said - Christmas is always a great time for tunes ! Melodies, riffs and harmonies. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Deck the Halls with ‘Sounds’ from Around the World and Help the Homeless.

Brandi Disterheft – ‘Painting’ Upright Bass on a Blue Canvas

It's all about the Bass ...   Music was in the household with Brandi Disterheft and in her genetic pool. Her Mom - a pianist. Her Aunt - a vocalist.  A career in music seemed her destiny.  Starting with something her father thought would be funny and interesting, that 'joke' has turned out to be … Continue reading Brandi Disterheft – ‘Painting’ Upright Bass on a Blue Canvas

Matt Dusk – Bringing Back Christmas in a Big Way !

There is nothing like the good ol' days.   Especially when Christmas comes to mind. Most people have fond memories of the Holiday Season and Matt Dusk is one of them. In fact - Matt's memories are so great, he decided to put together a Christmas album with a couple of guests. Traditional combined with … Continue reading Matt Dusk – Bringing Back Christmas in a Big Way !

Simon Daigle – Quebec’s Premiere Bass Player Talks Groove

Bass players unite ! Rarely are Bass players featured prominently on albums for promo. Once in a while - their pictures are front and center, on the back cover of CDs. Simon Daigle - a Granby, Qc. resident, is shaking the normal world to it's preconceived core. Daigle is one of Quebec's and Canada's premiere … Continue reading Simon Daigle – Quebec’s Premiere Bass Player Talks Groove

The League of Rock Montreal – Cold Shot in The Final Showcase

No longer, deer in the headlights ... This was the transformation which took place within the League of Rock Montreal in the past two and a half months. An alteration of Rock n Roll clothes into Rock n Roll tuxedos. Figuratively and literally ... Cold Shot - the band. A mixture of Blues, Funk and Pop. … Continue reading The League of Rock Montreal – Cold Shot in The Final Showcase

Don Henley – That’s Why You Pay the Big Bucks ! Montreal Concert Review

 Welcome to the Hotel Bell Center... It took the entire show and practically Henley's entire back catalog to arrive at Hotel California. Don's and his former band - The Eagles, piece de la resistance ( music by Don Felder). Luckily for the punters, it was not the final nail in the coffin at Le Centre … Continue reading Don Henley – That’s Why You Pay the Big Bucks ! Montreal Concert Review

Nanette Workman – ‘You Can Always Get What You Want ‘ – Part Two

Nanette Workman is real ...   A singer who has been there - done that. A seasoned professional who has not lost her ability to know the true reasons behind music. Passion and integrity, beauty and soul. ASIDE FROM HER EXPERIENCE AS A BACK - UP SINGER, A BROADWAY PERFORMER, AN ACTRESS AND A HEADLINING SINGER, … Continue reading Nanette Workman – ‘You Can Always Get What You Want ‘ – Part Two

Nanette Workman – ‘You Can Always Get What You Want ‘ …

Nanette Workman is not a born Quebecer. A fact which some people know ...   Nanette was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She was inducted into The Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in 2000. Not bad for a Quebecer ... eh ? The now 70 year old singer / musician / … Continue reading Nanette Workman – ‘You Can Always Get What You Want ‘ …

Mike Jones – Penn and Teller’s Pianist Explains the ‘Magic’ Of His New Record

Pianist Mike Jones has spent the past fifteen years playing magic. Sorta ... Jones is the pianist for the Las Vegas magic act of acclaimed magicians Penn and Teller. A gig which Mike would not change for the world. Not only does he choose the music, Mike also enjoys a stationary existence. No 'on the … Continue reading Mike Jones – Penn and Teller’s Pianist Explains the ‘Magic’ Of His New Record

‘Tragically’ … Hip. A Farewell to Gord Downie.

What could possibly be be going through Gord Downie's diseased head tonight as he prepares to take his final curtain call as the frontman for Canada in front of the ' home crowd' ? Downie - and his band, The Tragically Hip, are closing out a career prematurely due to Downie's incurable brain cancer. The … Continue reading ‘Tragically’ … Hip. A Farewell to Gord Downie.

Rick Keene Music Scene – The UnderGround Divas ! Somewhere Gram Parsons is Smilin’ …

Take Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground. Add Tom Waits. Add Gram Parsons. Mix 'em all together and you get ... The Underground Divas.    Singer / songwriter / multi - instrumentalist Rick Murrin is the mastermind behind The Underground Divas. A man with a vision and a man with soul. Please listen below to … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The UnderGround Divas ! Somewhere Gram Parsons is Smilin’ …

Rick Keene Music Scene – The Underground Divas, Raisin’ Cain, Lisa Simone and Gov’t Mule … or… Mule (If You Prefer)

The Underground Divas. A perfect name for a band.  Underground as in rebel and Divas  - as in Rock Star mentality. Just one of the bands from Montreal with a new album coming. Please listen below to a preview of the songs AND INTERVIEWS coming this week on Rick Keene Music Scene.  Stay tuned for Paul … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Underground Divas, Raisin’ Cain, Lisa Simone and Gov’t Mule … or… Mule (If You Prefer)