Rick Keene Music Scene – The Best Album of the Week!

Patience is a virtue.

For Laura Fernandez – patience appears to be her best friend. Her new album (due out Oct.2nd) is a collection of songs written over the past twenty years. ‘Okay, Alright’ is the name of the upcoming disc and it is a collection of songs filled with majestic lyrics and music.

Have a listen below to some of the new tracks and discover Laura Fernandez.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Deep Cuts of The Rolling Stones

It is too hard to pick a ‘few’ Rolling Stones’ songs most people do not know.

With such a vast catalog covering fifty – eight years; the ‘unknown’ tunes are a career for most bands.

Have a listen below to some of The Rolling Stones’ songs which may be new to you?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Grab the Popcorn! It is Time for New Tunes

In the words of Emo Philips; ‘It Is New to me’.

New music arrives hourly. The trick is knowing where to find it.

Canada offers tunes each day to unsuspecting audiences. Have a listen below to some of those new tracks and some music news.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Ten Additional Episodes Of LIVE FROM DARYL’S HOUSE Including Tommy Shaw of Styx

Daryl Hall is in the house!

AXS TV and Good Cop/Bad Cop Productions—the company behind Live From Daryl’s House—continue their strong partnership, bringing 10 additional episodes of the acclaimed music series to the Network’s lineup this fall. In addition to eight fan-favorite episodes, viewers will be able to enjoy two never-before-seen entries when the series returns to AXS TV with a new day and time, airing Thursday, October 1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The series kicks off with a pair of star-studded sets broadcast for the first time worldwide, starting with Hall’s jam session with STYX front man Tommy Shaw on October 1, featuring intimate performances of STYX signatures “Blue Collar Man,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” and “Renegade,” as well as Daryl Hall and John Oates’ hits “Delayed Reaction”, and “It’s A Laugh”. Then, on October 8, Hall joins Ty Taylor, lead singer of L.A.-based R&B quartet Vintage Trouble, for a night of music featuring Vintage Trouble originals “Another Man’s Words,“Nobody Told Me” and “Can’t Stop Rollin’”. They also perform The Spinners’ “I’ll Be Around,” which was covered on the Daryl Hall and John Oates album “Our Kind of Soul.”

Tommy Shaw – James St Laurent Photography

Live From Daryl’s House was created in 2007 by Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer Daryl Hall, who wanted a creative refuge from the grind of touring where he and his talented friends could hangout and rock out in a relaxed atmosphere. The Webby Award-winning program quickly took the music world and the internet by storm with its unique format, as Hall welcomed a new artist into his domain each week to enjoy some local cuisine and conversation, before hitting the studio for an unforgettable jam session. Since that time, Live From Daryl’s House has transformed into a nationally syndicated television series, attracting some of the biggest names in the industry and amassing a loyal cult following of fans eagerly anticipating the next new episode.

Joe Walsh

Other highlights include appearances and performances by guitar mastermind Joe Walsh (Oct. 15), chart-topping Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik (Oct. 22), jazz and soul songstress Kandace Springs (Oct. 29), Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick (Nov. 5), R&B trailblazer Smokey Robinson (Nov. 12), alt-rock mainstay Ben Folds (Nov. 19), legendary ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons (Dec. 3), and iconic soul outfit The O’Jays (Dec. 10).

In regard to the upcoming season’s lineup, Daryl Hall said, “There are so many great moments.

The O’Jays one gets to the core of what I’m really all about.”

“I’m excited that AXS TV is debuting the Tommy Shaw and Ty Taylor episodes, as the fans have been asking for new episodes. Our partnership with the team at AXS TV keeps getting stronger, so I’m proud that we’re able to deliver new content, especially during these challenging times,” said Executive Producer Jonathan Wolfson.

“Live From Daryl’s House really resonated with our viewers when it debuted on our Network last April,” said Lucia McCalmont, Vice President of Programming and Scheduling, AXS TV. “We strive to give our audience the best seat in the house to unforgettable performances and unprecedented access to their favorite entertainers, and this series is a perfect reflection of that. We are proud to have the opportunity to feature it in our programming lineup once again, and we are pleased to be able to extend and build upon this successful partnership with Good Cop/Bad Cop Productions.”

Live From Daryl’s House Fall Schedule:
October 1 – Tommy Shaw
October 8 – Ty Taylor
October 15 – Joe Walsh
October 22- Johnny Rzeznik
October 29 – Kandace Springs
November 5 – Cheap Trick
November 12 – Smokey Robinson
November 19 – Ben Folds
December 3 – Billy Gibbons
December 10 – The O’Jays

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Rock / Pop Done The Jazz Way

A good song is a good song …

No matter how you toss it around – a musical salad still tastes good no matter who made it.

Please listen below to some interesting Jazz arrangements and ideals from Canada’s own; AIMEE-JO BENOIT

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Rick Keene Music Scene -Don’t Take Those Condoms Out Just Yet; It Is Time for New Tunes !

Something borrowed …

Music arrives more frequently than a Covid headline. Music is made so often – babies always have instant music.

Sammy Jackson

Canada offers tunes each day to suspecting and unsuspecting audiences. Have a listen below to some of those new tracks and some music news.

Billy Ray CyrusWritten and Produced in Canada

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Fifty-Five Years; Fifty- Five Minutes of Musical Influences

A person listens to a lot of music in fifty -five years.

Almost immediately upon birth, music is introduced. Chances are a soft nursery rhyme or perhaps classical music is dangling above your head as you lay comfortably in a crib. More likely; Mom is singing you to sleep.

Please listen below to some of the songs that started my love affair with music over the past fifty-five years.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Listen to The Sunday Papers

It is the day to unwind.

It is a day of rest traditionally and not to be bombarded by negativity or work. The mind requires a haven, a place to recharge and build immunity.

Sammy Jackson

Canada has a lot to offer each day through music and if a Canadian musician is not performing on a tune ; chances are, a Canadian is involved somehow.

Billy Ray CyrusWritten and Produced in Canada

Please listen below to some of The Best New Music (including Billy Ray Cyrus), some Music News and Things That Make You Go Hmmm …

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Wide Mouth Mason; A Musical ‘Stew’ and Tales with The Stones

Sometimes – music is good enough to have a second go round …

Wide Mouth Mason have been around. The album Stew helped launch them into the worlds of AC / DC, ZZ Top and The Rolling Stones.

Sean Verreault – Right

Stew was an album which was the band’s funkiest project. Diversity is the key to keeping things fresh and WMM enjoys keeping things fresh.

Please listen below as Shaun Verreault discusses opening for The Stones and the reason why Wide Mouth Mason do not rest on their laurels.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Don’t Live in the Past; Explore the Future …

If The Beatles did not play live, there would have been no records and no radio airplay.

What would the world of music and the world itself be like if that did not happen? Artists need to grow and be heard if music will continue to soothe the souls of the planet. The souls need music more than ever right now.

Salome Bey – 1933 -2020

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Dr. Trevor Payne Pays Tribute To Salome Bey

All rise.

Salome Bey was one of a kind. An artist. A person whose tools made an impact on the world.

Scroll below to Listen To My Interview with Dr. Trevor Payne

Salome Bey (October 10, 1933 – August 8, 2020) was an American-born Canadian singer-songwriter, composer, and actress who lived in Toronto Ontario since 1966.

In 2005, she was made an honorary Member of the Order of Canada.

Born to a middle-class African-American family in New Jersey, Bey formed a vocal group with her brother Andy Bey and sister Geraldine Bey (de Haas), known as Andy and the Bey Sisters. She performed in local clubs and toured North America and Europe. After moving to Toronto in 1964 and playing the jazz club circuit, she became known as “Canada’s First Lady of Blues”.

Bey appeared on Broadway in Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award for her work on the cast album. She put together a blues & jazz cabaret show on the history of black music, Indigo – which earned her the Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding performance. The show was later taped for TV networks.

Bey recorded two albums with Horace Silver, and released live albums of her performances with the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir and at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

She was part of the Canadian super-group Northern Lights which performed the charity single “Tears Are Not Enough” in 1985. Bey can be seen in the music video for the song singing the line “Every woman, child and man” with Mark Holmes of Platinum Blonde and Lorraine Segato of The Parachute Club.

Beginning in her early sixties, Bey began showing signs of dementia. As of 2011 her illness had progressed to the point that she could no longer perform.

Please listen below as Dr. Trevor Payne of The Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir Pays Homage to Salome Bey.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Saturday, In The Park …

All rise.

“We hear that phrase when presidents or judges come into the room,” says Porter, “but I’m thinking all of us rise – not just one person being exalted. We are all exalted and lifted up by love. This is my political thought and my real truth. It comes from my personality, my mother’s personality, the personality of the blues, and of black people. It’s this idea of making do with the scraps, of resurrection and ascension, and of whatever the current situation is, it can get better through love.” 

– Gregory Porter

Selwyn Birchwood is a master storyteller—both lyrically and musically. He’s an impressive, hard-crunching, modern blues guitarist. His fretwork is high-energy, raw and vivid…knife-edged leads and roadhouse-rattling grooves. He is graced with a depth and maturity that would be impressive in a grizzled veteran, let alone a fresh-faced young man.” —Living Blues

Shemekia Copeland is one of the great blues voices of our time. No one comes close to the sheer firepower that Copeland conjures at will.”
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Champian Fulton Celebrates Charlie Parker’s Centennial with Birdsong
Featuring Tenor Saxophonist Scott Hamilton 

Due out August 28, 2020 

Jimmy Heath, a prolific saxophonist, composer and bandleader who played alongside some of the biggest names of jazz, including Miles Davis and John Coltrane, has died.

Heath died Sunday morning in Loganville, Georgia of natural causes, his grandson told NPR. He was 93 years old. His family was at his side, including his wife of 60 years, Mona Heath, his children Mtume and Rozie, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his brother, drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath.

In a career that spanned seven decades, Heath brought the bebop he loved to big bands — and into the 21st century.

Heath is best known as a saxophonist, but he wrote and arranged music throughout his life. In 2013, when he was 87 years old, he told NPR it was important to be a complete musician. “Not just to stand up and improvise,” he stressed. “You know, you got to compose. I want to be a person who can compose, and leave something here for posterity.”

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Spend An Afternoon with Rick

Some things cannot be explained.

Out of the air – signals are transmitted to artists everywhere. Some soft, some hard – most magnificent in their originality.

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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 Dundees – Ste Anne de Bellevue

July 4th !

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A Half Hour of New Tunes ! Cool Eh?

New York, New Jersey, New Guinea … new music!




Please listen below to some new tunes! We can’t listen to the same six classic songs over and over now can we?




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Molly Thomason; Put Another Dime in the Jukebox Baby!

For England – born Molly Thomason, her third album is a charm.

With a love of Joan Jett propelling her through Toronto ( her adopted home), Molly’s star is on the rise. Citing two of Canada’s sweethearts as influences, it is easy to hear why Molly uses the ‘teenage angst’ in her favor.

Columbus Field is the name of the album. Columbus Field is the place where some of her thoughts arrive from. Dirty, gritty and complete with ear-catching melodies, Columbus Field is a record to be reckoned with.

Molly …?

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Jackson with a Capital X

Right off the bat – any preconceived ideas about Jackson X wanting to knock Justin Bieber off his perch as Canada’s and the world’s number one young male singer are unwarranted.


” I love what he does and I have a lot of respect for him.” Says Jackson X from his home in Oshawa. ” I think it is cool how he teaches young kids to love music. Six year olds will grow up performing and passing it along. It is so cool …!”

Not far removed from being a six year old himself – the fourteen year old is on the brink of a singing career which may place him as Canada’s next Bieber.

According to Jackson’s father, James Begley – the biggest surprise is who Jackson’s fanbase are …

” My son is a cute kid and I figured he would have a lot of young girls following him on Facebook. Funny – it is his peer group, the fourteen and fifteen year old boys who are diggin’ it. They send messages to Jackson telling him how cool his stuff is.”


Begley is taking notice.

Jackson’s dad just happens to own the record company his song belongs to. Maximillion records was started a few months ago and Begley’s only priority is to sign young artists within the same age bracket as his son and who posess talent.

“I get a lot of calls everyday.” Says Begley. “Unfortunately I have not signed anyone yet but I do try to encourage the young artists who apply.”

Begley Sr. is an Elvis impersonator. A job which enables him to take care of his responsibilities as father of Jackson and a younger son who suffers from autism. A condition which makes Jackson smile for the right reason.


“When we are in the car and two of my songs play ( Random Love and She Don’t Feel Me Anymore), my younger brother dances in his seat. It makes him so happy!”

Ironically, it was also in the car where Begley Sr. Iearned of Jackson’s ability to sing.

“Jackson came with me to gigs and one day we were driving home and he started to sing. He was about five years old and I thought ‘he has perfect pitch’.”

Jackson and his father started performing together and now it is a full time job promoting his young son. Dad owns the record company, manages, co- writes and performs with his son on all six tracks available for digital download on ITunes. Not that Jackson requires help in songwriting or playing. The teenager has written about one hundred songs and he can also play all instruments.


Jackson’s influences range from Muse to the Black Keys. Influences which can be found on two of his first six songs released to the public. ‘Random Love’ and ‘She Don’t Feel me Anymore’.

‘Random Love is currently in rotation with six radio stations across Canada. A tune which conjurs up sounds of a Lady Gaga song although Jackson believes its all Muse. ‘She Don’t Feel me Anymore’ is a retro – eighties sound a la Black Keys. A catchy tune with a catchier chorus.

James parlays his experience on to his son. Begley started playing drums in high school and was into a thriving punk scene in Oshawa in the eighties. Begley is in awe of his prolific songwriting son.

“Jackson has written so many songs.”States Begley. ” His strongpoint is writing scores and soundtracks. He has a real feel for that type of thing.”

The father – son pairing are finishing the recording of three new tracks and along with the six already finished, the duo are in a hurry to complete the first cd. Something Begley is convinced will put his son on the map.


In the meantime, the pair have a gig Saturday night as Elvis’ impersonators young and old. Jackson also does a great Richie Valens according to Dad.

That is when he is not
trying to be the next Justin Bieber …

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