Just Who Are the Finalists for The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge and Do They Live at 2120 South Michigan Avenue?

What is the health of The Blues Scene in Quebec and Montreal?

A fair question by passing music fans …


Well, in a very small ‘ tip of the iceberg’ sorta way, examples are fast and furious.

Last season, in the Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge ( an annual event which chooses the best Blues Band and Solo Act to represent Quebec in Memphis), The Paul Deslauriers Band took first prize and headed down South to network and improve Quebec’s presence globally.


Past winners have also included Harmonica master Guy Belanger and guitarist Steve Hill to name but two. Hill, a Trois Rivieres native, also has won multiple Maple Blues Awards and a Juno Award.

Up and comers such as Dawn Tyler Watson’s amazing backing band; The Ben Racine Band and guitarist extraordinaire Justin Saladino – both poised to carry the Blues torch in the future.


Great songwriters and performers in their own right, groovin’ the tunes the way the tunes were meant to be grooved.

The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge finals take place this coming Tuesday at 5 pm at Bistro a Jo Jo  – In the band category, Dawn Tyler Watson, Angel Forrest and Jordan Officer are the final three standing.  Who will represent Quebec in Memphis?

Please listen below and judge for yourself ! Listen also to some great tunes from the home of The Blues –

2120 South Michigan Avenue.

Talk soon !



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Rick Keene Music Scene – Messin’ with Paul Arthur and Raisin’ Cain !

Paul Arthur and Raisin’ Cain make their long awaited debut at

The House of Jazz 


Paul Arthur has long been a staple in the montreal Blues scene going back to the days of the Rising Sun. Originally from Boston but raised in Montreal – Paul and his band recently won a contest as best Blues band which saw the group head to New Orleans during Mardi Gras.


Please listen below to my chat with Paul Arthur and listen to some great tunes by him and his band – Raisin’ Cain.

Check out Paul and Raisin’ Cain at

The House of Jazz on Aug. 17th.

Thanks for listening …talk soon !


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Nina Simone’s Daughter Lisa Falls close to the Tree …

Lisa Simone has a hard act to follow …

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Her Mom was acclaimed singer and activist Nina Simone. This ‘enormous shadow’ does not bother Lisa one bit.

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Please listen below to my chat with Lisa about her Mom, her experiences and her new album

‘My World’. 

Hear some great tunes from the album as well !

Lisa ? What’s up?


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Pat Loiselle – Talking the Stones and The West Island Blues Festival !

Pat Loiselle did his homework …

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Like most great musicians – Loiselle was schooled in the Blues. The cornerstone of popular music. The blueprints for everything with soul.

Please listen below to my chat with Pat about the Blues, his album, his appearance at

The West Island Blues Festival


The Rolling Stones !

Pat? What’s Up?



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