Rick Keene Music Scene – New Tracks, Concert Listings and Things That Make You Go Hmm…

Just like life, music never stops until the plug is pulled.

Tunes arrive daily. Some fantastic, some great, some average and some bad. In the scheme of things, as long as an effort is made; everything is beautiful.

Please listen below to some of the best new tracks floating around and find out where you can see some shows live in Montreal.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Carvin Jones Bringing His Electrifying Guitar Work to Montreal !

You have never seen anything like him.

Carvin Jones is among the ‘top fifty Blues guitarists’ in the world according to Guitar Magazine. He has received accolades from Eric Clapton, Albert King and Buddy Guy.

His live performances are legendary and now he’s coming to Montreal and Canada !

Please listen below to my chat with Carvin Jones and hear about ‘The Ultimate Guitar Experience of the Year !’

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Justin Saladino is Brilliant with Latest Album ‘A Fool’s Heart’

Justin Saladino is smart.

Too often, Blues guitarists remain true to the Blues and it confines them. Pigeon holes their talent and next thing you know, twenty years have passed and another whisky shot comes there way at four in the morning.

Few (over the years) have come to the realization that Blues may be the necessary classroom but diversity is the only way out of high school and into University.

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Please listen below to my chat with Justin Saladino – a guy who will graduate with flying colors.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Steve Hill Is ‘Live’ and Well !

The prodigal son has returned home. Sorta …

Trois Rivieres native and guitar player extraordinaire Steve Hill is a busy guy. Following a very successful jaunt to Europe – Hill is home for a little bit before heading off to England and Germany once more.

It was while he was ‘home’ and doing a gig in the province of Quebec that Steve finally recorded a long awaited live album. 

“The One-Man Blues Rock Band” is the name of the album and it was a project that Hill wanted to get right. Hence the nine studio album delay. A live album can be a tricky thing when work dictates reality and time is short.


Please listen below to my chat with Steve about the live album, master classes and his upcoming gig opening up for ZZ Top in Quebec City in August.

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Justin Saladino ‘Teaches’ us ‘No Worries’ …

Justin Saladino is part of a new generation of Blues’ artists in Montreal.

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The difference is Justin is not only learning – he is teaching as well. A pair of traits which can only lead to bigger and brighter things.


Please listen below as Justin talks about his new EP, teaching, learning and playing guitar.


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It’s Valentine’s Day ! Give Some Love to The Paul Deslauriers Band Just Like Memphis Did !

The Paul Deslauriers Band made Quebec proud. 

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The band finished second at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee. No small feat considering the amount of bands involved from all around the globe.


Please listen below as Paul Deslauriers speaks of their adventure starting from winning the Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge which took place at Bistro a Jo Jo. 


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Blues Bourbon and BBQ – Quebec Blues Artists on Fire!

There is nothing better than adding sizzling Blues to sizzling BBQ ribs.

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That is exactly what will happen on the weekend of Aug. 22nd and 23rd at the Cosmodome in Laval.

A parade of Quebec Blues’ artists will hit the stage while the sweet sounds of food being sizzled on a BBQ add the background.

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Please listen below to what is happening, a few words from some of the artists and … great tunes!

Thanks for listening!



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Aug 20th  Becky Fiset Cote

Sept 4th – Rick Keene 50th Birthday Bash feat. Nasty Habits  (Rolling Stones Tribute Band)




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Louis Janelle Says; ‘Dance Everybody’ !

Louis Janelle built his first drum kit and also his first guitar …


Janelle’s music on his new album ‘ Dance Everybody ‘ – as pure as snowflakes on Willie Dixon’s tongue. Every genre responsible for modern day music is represented by Louis and his band.

Please listen below as Louis explains everything about himself ( within reason) and his new album.



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Bob Walsh – ‘After the Storm’ ; First Album Following Triple Bypass Surgery

Bob Walsh has been around.

The Bluesman has played with everyone in the Quebec Blues scene at one point in time.

Nanette Workman, Guy Belanger … the list goes on.

Please listen below as Bob talks abut the new disc, his recent health issues (including the replacement of his aorta) and his love of music.




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Jay Sewall – Old School ( (With a Little Help from Some Friends

Earning a Lys Blues Lifetime Achievement Award is nothing to sneeze at.

Earning a lifetime achievement award when life is just getting good, somewhat unfitting. Do they give away two lifetime achievement awards?

Jay Sewall is just getting started.

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Jay has a new album out which includes all of his musical friends he has accumulated over the years. A musical voyage back to the future.

Listen below as Jay talks about his album as well as his lifetime learning about the Blues, Folk, Country and ‘Roots’ music.




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Martin Goyette; ‘Sweet Warm Jelly’

Martin Goyette has a voice. An inner message which channels the Blues’ legends of the past.

Too much? Too corny?

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Have a listen and decide with your ears …


Martin is singing on Aug.9th at Festiblues


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Breen LeBoeuf; A Union Card for Life …

Breen LeBoeuf was born in Ontario and ended up one of the first Francophone people to play a concert at the famed Montreal Forum.

Pas mal … eh?

In these days of language issues in the Province – LeBoeuf is a prime example of what music can do. Eliminate all cultures and make people smile. Blues and Rock n Roll can do that …

Listen as Breen talks about his friend Gerry Boulet, Offenbach and what he is up to these days.

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Breen LeBoeuf is playing with The Triple Threat Blues Band on March 11th at Petit Campus.

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Toronto Blues Society – The Maple Blues Awards

The Toronto Blues Society will be celebrating its 16 th annual Maple Blues Awards by honouring nationally and internationally recognized Canadian Blues artists from across the country on January 21, 2013. The nominees are recognized both for their talent as well as their contribution to the growing Canadian blues music scene.

Hamilton’s Steve Strongman leads the way with nominations in six categories, Toronto’s Shakura S’Aida and Paul Reddick, and Ottawa’s MonkeyJunk earned nominations in five categories.

Quebec blues artists are well represented with nominations for Nanette Workman, Michael Jerome Brown, Ben Racine, Stephen Barry, Dawn Tyler Watson and Guy Bélanger. British Columbia’s thriving blues scene is represented with nominations for The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Steve Kozak, Colin James, David Hoerl, David Gogo and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne.

Hosted by Toronto actor and blues musician Raoul Bhaneja, The Maple Blues Awards are taking place at Koerner Hall in Toronto on January 21th, 2013.

Voting is open from Midnight NDT October 27th, 2012, through Midnight PST December 8th, 2012.

Blues fans can cast their votes online at http://www.mapleblues.ca. Tickets for the Maple Blues Awards, held at the Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall in Toronto, are on sale now for $35 – $65 and can be purchased at The Weston Family Box Office, located in The Royal Conservatory building at 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto or online at https://tickets.rcmusic.ca/public.

The 16th Annual Maple Blues Awards Nominees:

Entertainer Of The Year


Colin James
Matt Andersen MonkeyJunk
Shakura S’Aida
Steve Strongman

Electric Act Of The Year

Anthony Gomes
JW-Jones MonkeyJunk
Paul Reddick
Steve Strongman

Acoustic Act Of The Year

Harrison Kennedy
Michael Jerome Browne
Ray Bonneville
Steve Strongman
Suzie Vinnick

Male Vocalist Of The Year

Chuck Jackson
Harrison Kennedy
Matt Andersen
Paul Reddick
Steve Marriner

Female Vocalist Of The Year


Dawn Tyler Watson
Nanette Workman
Shakura S’Aida
Suzie Vinnick
Treasa Levasseur

New Artist Or Group Of The Year


Ben Racine
Boogie Patrol
Conor Gains Band
Steve Kozak
The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer

Recording/Producer Of The Year

“A Natural Fact” Steve Strongman (Independent) Producer – Rob Szabo “Checkered Past”

The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer (Independent) Producers – Matthew Rogers & Shawn Hall

“Time” Shakura S’Aida (Electro-Fi) Producers -Shakura S’Aida, Howard Ayee

“Broad” Treasa Levasseur (Slim Chicken), Producers – Treasa Levasseur, Ken Whiteley, Steve Marriner, Terry Wilkins

“Wishbone” Paul Reddick (Independent) Producer -Colin Cripps

Guitarist Of The Year

David Gogo
Garrett Mason
Kevin Breit
Steve Strongman
Teddy Leonard

Harmonica Player Of The Year

Carlos del Junco
David Hoerl
Guy Bélanger
Paul Reddick
Steve Marriner

Piano/Keyboard Player Of The Year

David Vest
Julian Fauth
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne
Lance Anderson
Michael Fonfara

Horn Player Of The Year

Al Lerman
Chris Whiteley
Frank Thiffault (Ben Racine)
Jon Wong
Pat Carey

Drummer Of The Year

Bucky Berger
Chris Nordquist
Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk)
Sam Harrisson (Paul Deslauriers Band / Dawn Tyler Blues Project)
Tom Bona

Bassist Of The Year

Alec Fraser
Gary Kendall
Omar Tunnoch
Stephen Barry
Terry Wilkins

Songwriter Of The Year

Julian Fauth
Paul Reddick
Shakura S’Aida & Donna Grantis
Steve Strongman
Treasa Levasseur