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.

Steve? What’s Up?



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Jon Spencer; A Blues Explosion …

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion does not have an average audience. Funny thing. Jon Spencer likes it that way …

” A lot of arsonists and people with assault charges …” Explains Jon. “Nothing serious though, no murderers or anything like that. Well – maybe not … ”

jon5Jon’s band have been around for twenty years. Long enough for the band to be comfortable with not only themselves – their somewhat colorful audience. Spencer and his ‘dynamite’ mates are in the midst of a tour which saw them play at Le Festival D’Ete in Quebec City last month. The band are touring in support of their new album; Meat and Bone.

” We wrote most of the tracks in 2011 and it was completed in 2012.” Explains Spencer. ” We were happy the way the album turned out but when you are making a baby – you never know what color hair it will have! We have toured all over for the album;  Japan – all over Europe and watching the audience react is the true test to the new songs. When you see people bopping their heads and they have big smiles, you then realize you have done something good.”

ababThe Jon Spencer Blues Explosion consists of three members and are based in New York City. Judah Bauer is on bass guitar, backing vocals, harmonica and occasional lead vocals, Russell Simins batters the skins  and Jon Spencer sings and plays guitar. They are a mixture of many things. Some say Alternative, others call them Punk. Truly those  elements exist yet their roots are based in Rock n Roll and Blues. A definite trio that march to their own beat …

‘We are old men now …” Laughs Jon. ” Really we have not changed too much since the beginning. We love the Blues and try to stick with it. It’s all in the way you carry yourself. You cannot carry on like a teenager on stage or off.  You grow up but remain young. The attitude remains the same.”

Spencer’s youth consisted of various musical and diverse acts. The Stooges, Otis Redding, Devo, Kraftwerk , The Velvet Underground, Captain Beefheart and  James Brown to name a few.The band has also recorded with Elliott Smith, Beck, Solomon Burke, Steve Albini, Martina Topley-Bird and Ad Rock of the Beastie Boys. Quite the melting pot for a stew which seems to have stood the test of time and remains tasteful.

“I really took all genres and implemented them into the Blues Explosion. After twenty years, I consider myself fortunate enough to to be able to do this and to have a following of people. Our audience consists of a lot of woman over forty and ex – cons. To come to our concerts, expect a lot of metal detectors and pat-downs. It certainly is not like Woodstock.”

jon4Although Spencer and his mates tote a cast of unsavory characters around – the band itself cares very much of the world around them. The song; ‘Black Mold’ from the new album, is about Hurricane Irene and it’s devastating effects.

“The tune …” Explains Jon. “Was originally penned about records getting destroyed in cardboard boxes. Ironically, a year later, Hurricane Sandy hit which was far more devastating. The song also helped to raise funds for the victims of New York and the band has and continues to donate monies for the victims of tragedies such as Irene among many others.”

Spencer is also an advocate of ‘the tragedy of the music business’ and ensures people do not cheat the system by downloading stuff for free. He is very vocal when it comes to convincing people to buy CD’s at concerts and to support the ‘good’ acts that are not necessarily on the radio. Something which – according to Spencer, has not changed since his band commenced in 1991 and when he was a kid growing up …

jon4” I come from New Hampshire and I listened to the local Fm station as well as any station I could get. There was a lot of crap on the radio back then as there is now. Money buys airplay and it has always been that way. It is the small guys who may get that one song on the radio, they are the ones who need support. The internet is good and bad. You can search for what you like but then again – a lot of new bands get recognition but do not make money. If you find something or someone you like – buy their stuff. Do not make the deejays of corporate stations rich along with the bands who are also rich. ‘Bag of Bones‘ , the title track from our new album is about that topic …”

All of the songs are written by the band and remain a joint effort. A universal feel betweenjon spencer the members. They will listen to ‘the trends’ but if a song does not feel right, it is dismissed quite quickly. A common denominator throughout the band’s eight album discography.

Another  common denominator is controversy including a ‘hoax’ where Tom Waits was said to have replaced Spencer in the band. A joke placed on the website just to see if the ‘mainstream’ media would ‘pick up’ the story.

A common denominator like the ‘not average’ audience that follow The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion around.

Jon likes it that way …

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