It always comes back to the Blues. From Charlie Parker to Chuck Berry. From Billie Holiday to Colin James. From Stevie Ray Vaughan to The Rolling Stones. The Blues are essential. Please listen below to some of Montreal's best Blues players and a classic track from the past. Visit Smoke Meat Pete Here !
Special to Rick Keene Music Scene.com Neil Ratner is a name that has been associated with the Rock n Roll scene since the 1960s. While pursuing a career as a drummer, Neil got a gig working on the road that led to associations with Emerson Lake and Palmer, Pink Floyd and later on the king … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The ‘Rock Doc’ Neil Ratner Talks Music Industry, Anesthesiology and Michael Jackson
Ya think you know somebody ... For many of the audience attending Colin James' show at the Montreal Jazz Festival - the fact that Colin once lived in Montreal for a year and a half, came as a surprise. James recanted the tales of living in Lachine and Verdun and busking in the Metros. He … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Colin James ‘Returns’ Home
Sometimes you never hear the songs that are coming to a town near you . Most of the great tunes are released to no fanfare from anyone - let alone to the common man. Have a listen below to some new tracks, a couple of familiar tracks and some shows coming soon to Montreal ! … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Ten Essential Tracks and Show Listings
Soul Train, the television show which featured Gino Vannelli as it's first 'white' performer is long gone. Gino, on the other hand, is improving with age. The sixty-six year old native Montrealer returned home this past weekend on the heels of his first album of new material in over a decade. Wilderness Road is the … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Gino Vannelli Is Still Here and Better Than Ever …
The Montreal International Jazz Festival is celebrating an anniversary with a bang. Noah Preminger concert at Sa Pobla (2012) It has been forty years since those days on St Denis street. A simpler time for the city of Montreal, music and the world. Simple may have been good for humanity but the complexity of The … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Celebrating Forty Years of Jazz!
Dawn Tyler Watson has the throne ... Dawn Tyler Watson She is Queen of the Montreal Blues scene and is continuing her reign with a great new album. Mad Love is the name of the disc and features some very special guests. Please listen below to my chat with Dawn and hear some tunes from … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Dawn Tyler Watson is Mad About Love on Her New Disc !