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

The Devil Dawgs.

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Swampy , Bluesy and unique.

How often do you have a flute injected into old time Blues and Rock n Roll?

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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 Blues.

Please listen below to my chat with Mike Sanders about the new record and his influences as Montreal’s only Rock / Blues flutist?

Mike? What’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Kristian Gravenor Spins Montreal Music Tales

Montreal has a long and musical history …

At one time on any given evening, a music lover could walk downtown and visit numerous clubs. All of them hosting bands and / or DJs. You wanted Jazz? No problem. Rock n Roll? Check.

Montreal writer and author Kristian Gravenor has unearthed quite a few tales of the Montreal music scene is his book; Montreal 375 Tales of Eating, Drinking, Living and Loving.

Please listen below to my chat with Kristian about some music venues long vanished and many artists both local and foreign who have graced the stages in Montreal.

Want more? Buy the book !

Kristian? What’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Chat with Kim Mitchell. Part One and Part Two

Kim Mitchell has two thirds of the tales in the naked city. He also possesses quite a few of the songs to go along with them …

Kim Mitchell is a Canadian music legend. Starting with Max Webster ( a band that could have rivaled Rush if they had stayed together) and ending with his very successful solo career – Kim has planted his feet firmly in Canadians’ hearts.

Please listen below to my chat with Kim as we touch on a variety of subjects including his recovery from a near fatal heart attack two years ago …

Kim? What’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Chat with Kim Mitchell. Part One

Kim Mitchell has two thirds of the tales in the naked city. He also possesses quite a few of the songs to go along with them …

Kim Mitchell is a Canadian music legend. Starting with Max Webster ( a band that could have rivaled Rush if they had stayed together) and ending with his very successful solo career – Kim has planted his feet firmly in Canadians’ hearts.

Please listen below to part one of my chat with Kim as we touch on a variety of subjects including his recovery from a near fatal heart attack two years ago …

Kim? What’s up?

Visit Kim Here !

Get Tickets Here !

Tune in every

Thursday 7 – 10 pm on Rock FM.ca as I play Music That Matters and Interview clips.

Rick Keene Music Scene – An Exclusive Look Into The Band Behind the Greatest St. Patrick’s Day Celebration !

They are a reclusive bunch of guys …

The band rarely make appearances. They seldom do interviews. Occasionally they will release new songs. Somehow, despite all this – they remain on top.

The leader of the band ( for this article to remain anonymous we shall call him Jack) roams the barren landscape surrounding his mountainous retreat. The serenity of the grounds provides him the time required to ensure his vocals are in top form. The air injects the power needed to pitch all the tones essential for a three hour show.

I sat down with Jack in his garden.

Rick Keene Music Scene; Jack, how does it feel to be wanted so bad yet remain almost invisible?

Jack; It’s a great feeling. My Mom would be proud.

Rick Keene Music Scene; So your Mom was worried about your safety? Being attacked by the hoards of fans?

Jack; No she would be proud because I am featured on the internet.

Rick Keene Music Scene; Um ..sure but the success of the band and to remain on top all these years would not make her proud?

Jack; She hated the band. She wanted me to pursue other careers.

Rick Keene Music Scene; Of course, that’s natural, every parent wants their kids to be the best they can be. Like a doctor or a lawyer.

Jack; My Mom wanted me to be a rodeo clown. I have a fear of horses, cows … well actually all things with four legs. That is why I’m one of the only guys I know who does not eat hamburgers.

Rick Keene Music Scene; So you chose to be an entertainer to act out the clown role on stage?

Jack; No. I chose to sing and front my band because I did not have to buy equipment. Then at gigs, I get free beer and food and I got lifts home with girls. Well ( he laughs) their homes at night and mine in the morning.

Rick Keene Music Scene; So the success of the band and you as a front-man was accidental?

Jack; Yes because I never sought it out but no because once I was involved, everything was planned by me.

Rick Keene Music Scene; So you take full credit for the success?

Jack; No.

Rick Keene Music Scene; I’m confused …

Jack; The success of the band is because we are four guys who have fun and the crowds were drunk and kinda trapped. At the beginning, in the place where we started, the bartender took everyone’s keys. We kept ours though. Mostly in C or A …

Rick Keene Music Scene; Once the word got out, the band and the music took off?

Jack; Yes. I think Pete went to Florida for a week, Steve went to Maine and George visited his Aunt in Des Moines Iowa.

Rick Keene Music Scene; If you guys took a break, how did the popularity grow so fast?

Jack; The mystery of it all. Where did they go? Who were they? That is when we decided to play gigs once every five years. You can’t miss us if we don’t go away …

Rick Keene Music Scene; How have you grown in the past twenty years?

Jack; For me, about three inches. The rest of the guys I cannot say but I believe Pete has shrunk a bit lately. Either that or he wears flatter shoes …

Rick Keene Music Scene; So you guys have some rare gigs coming up on March 16th and 17th? St. Patrick’s Day weekend?

Jack; Yes. We used to play at this place many years ago but following the ‘beetle incident’ – a break was necessary for both parties involved.

Rick Keene Music Scene; Does the band have the same line up all these years?

Jack; Pretty much. Unless there is an armed robbery or something then there are different guys next to us at the police station.

Rick Keene Music Scene; The beauty of your shows are the obscure songs you choose to play. Will these songs be included this coming weekend?

Jack; Define obscure? To us or the audience?

Rick Keene Music Scene; To the audience ..

Jack; Yes.

Rick Keene Music Scene; Well, I know your publicist told me that I only have ten minutes. I have one final question. People can go to your site to find out about your gig and information about the band?

Jack; This is true ..

Rick Keene Music Scene; What is true?

Jack? Jack? Where did you go ????

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Montreal En Lumiere – Jack Broadbent Introducing Real Blues To Montreal. Concert Review and Interview

Once in a lifetime …

That is how often a guy like Jack Broadbent comes along. The feel inside, the wisdom inside – cannot be taught. No technical know-how can soar so high and scream so low.

Broadbent, born in England and now a Montrealer, displayed his wares last night at L’Astral as part of Montreal En Lumiere.

Jack is a throwback. As the slide and the power commence, one can easily imagine Robert Johnson on stage. The same lanky body and the same lanky fingers are poised to attack. Add the Whiskey banter and the Whiskey shots – the Filmore West and the infamous Chicago nightclub Theresa’s are banging at the door. The police, not far behind ..

There is something about Englishmen and The Blues. Aside from the likes of Muddy Waters, Elmore James and Willie Dixon ( the original American Blues players) – it appears only the English truly understand how to play it right.

Long John Baldry. Alexis Korner and now Jack Broadbent.

Within original tunes such as She Said, Gone Gone Gone and Without Warning; Broadbent lays Folk, Country and Blues. Most importantly, the Englishman’s songs contain spaces. Something which has been replaced in the past ten years by Blues players shredding or playing Rock n Roll and calling it The Blues.

Broadbent doesn’t want any crap or ‘show’. That aspect, a truly English way of life, was apparent Saturday night in songs such Along the Trail of Tears and Holdin. Broadbent more and more disappearing into his world and his ‘space’ as the show went on. Zoning out and zoning in to the long and winding voyage of The Blues within his own music. Within his own soul.

A once in a lifetime show with several encores to follow …

Please listen below as Jack and I talk about Saturday’s show and The Blues.

Jack? What’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Mike Jones Talks Billy Joel, Elton John and Some Guy Named Penn Jillette?

Two guys walked into a bar and next thing you know – magic happened !

This is the tale of pianist Mike Jones. Magician Penn Jillette was one of the guys who walked into the bar and he loved Mike’s playing so much; Mike Jones became the opening act and musical director for Penn and Teller’s famous magical act in Las Vegas.

Fast forward sixteen years and the chemistry between Penn’s Bass playing and Jones’ keys was ripe for the picking. The pair play ‘The Show before the Show’ at each performance before the magic act commences. Magic before the magic !

Please listen below to my chat with Mike as he gives us his take on Elton John, Billy Joel and The Show Before The Show news.

Mike? What’s Up?

 

 

 

 

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Please listen below as Todd Galganov explains what is happening as he continues to search for his missing son Jesse in Peru.

Click on the links below to help out.

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/missing-childrens-network-canada/p2p/JesseGalganovFund/

https://www.gofundme.com/help-find-Jesse-Galganov

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