Michel Pagliaro is a legend in Quebec ... Anglophone artists, Francophone artists - any genre, unconsciously or consciously affected by 'Pag'. Rarely do artists create such a vast 'society affecting' songbook in a quick period of time. The Guess Who, Dylan,The Beatles, The Stones,Elvis and Pag. For this reason, it is fitting after all these … Continue reading Michel Pagliaro; Quebec’s Greatest Songwriter?
Elegantly wasted. The man voted number one as 'mostly likely to die' for a decade and a half. The writer and co-writer of over 400 songs. The guy responsible for keeping Rock n Roll guitar alive in the keyboard driven decade of the eighties. Keith Richards or Keef as he is very affectionately known is … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – ‘Happy’ 76th Birthday Keith Richards
Local singer and Blues lover Barb Diab has come a long way. A teacher by trade, Barb's love and passion for The Blues has transported her to places beyond her imagination. It just goes to show ya - follow your dream and one day your dreams may follow you. Please listen below to my chat … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Barb Diab Talks New Album and Working with B.B. King’s Longtime Drummer
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
What is the process of recording Marillion songs? Marillion drummer Ian Mosley invites punters into the world of Marillion in Part Two and also discusses his feelings about Steve Hackett of Genesis fame. Ian's thoughts on retirement also come up along with advice to up and coming drummers. Please listen below to Part Two of … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Marillion Drummer Ian Mosley; The Beat Goes On. Part Two
What kid does not bang on things? Marillion drummer Ian Mosley was one of those kids and unlike many - the now sixty-five year old Brit has not stopped. Banging the skins with Marillion since 1984, Ian's musical education commenced long before that. Privy to up close and personal performances by the likes of Buddy … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Marillion Drummer Ian Mosley; The Beat Goes On …
Music is in the genes. T Nile 2014 @ Rebecca Blissett Photography All Rights Reserved As a child, T.Nile traveled around with her father who was a street entertainer. It did not take Tamara long to figure out she was also a performer. A combination of classic music training and genes has gifted Tamara with … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – T.Nile; Swallowing Music Profoundly In New Album Beachfires
It is a lot of fun watching a seed grow ... For the fans of Rock n Roll in Montreal - watching The Damn Truth emerge from seedlings in the garden of Montreal music has been - thus far, satisfactory. Yet in the immortal words of one of Rock music's founding fathers; "I can't get … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Damn Truth Deliver The Damn Truth !
Quebec loves their Prog Rock guys and the Prog Rock guys love Quebec. It is hard to say exactly when Quebec's love affair with Gowan began. It is not hard to say however why it started in the first place. Quebec audiences historically love the oddballs. The creative spirits who demonstrate something that Quebecers (especially … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Lawrence Gowan is Poised To Conquer Quebec. Again !
A band became a duo ... Gabriel Prieur and Eliot Landry have been friends since Cegep. Growing up (in the words of Gabriel) in the 'woods', helped to create a musical partnership fresh with ideas and a love for Rock n Roll, Blues and Grunge. Please listen below to my chat with Gabriel Prieur. Official … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Prieur & Landry; Breathing Fresh Air Into Quebec Music
Foreigner, the band who everyone has heard of ...I Want To Know What Love Is, Cold As Ice, Juke Box Hero and so many hits embedded into the souls of music fans of all genres.The legendary rock band have a tour which is coming to Montreal on March 12th !Foreigner’s 18-city tour launches in Vancouver … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Multi-Instrumentalist Tom Gimbel Talks Foreigner’s New Sound
L’Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) announced the nominations for the 10th edition of the Gala Trille Or. The gala is an opportunity for Franco-Canadian artists to shine. Seventy-six performers and industry professionals from across Canada are nominated in twenty-nine categories. 1. Artiste Solo Damien Robitaille Étienne Fletcher Jacobus Mélissa Ouimet YAO … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Artist Nominations For Gala Trille Or 2019 ( Franco-Canadian)
Is there anything Sass Jordan can't do? Singer, songwriter, actress, judge, wife and Mother -Sass' tasks are unique and numerous. Yet why stop there? Jordan (currently working on an album of new material), has somehow found the time to release her own brand of wine. Kick Ass Sass White 2016 and Kick Ass Sass … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene -Sass Jordan Releases Her Own Brand of Kick Ass Wine
Christmas is gone and New Year's celebrations are fading into either good or bad memories. The winter blues can be overtaken by getting out and socializing. Music is your dancing partner. Here are just a few shows you may consider and click on the links to check out full schedules. January 12 Panic! At … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Some of the Best Music Shows in January
As the year wound down - the music wound up. Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank - stopped by to chat about his upcoming Montreal show and the legacy of his Father. Given the notoriety of Frank Zappa's humor in music and lyrics, it was interesting to hear Dweezil's take on everything not funny. The genius … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Seven
And the beat went on. And on ... And on ... The weather cooled but the music did not. Malcolm Bruce took time to speak of his band and what a band it is. Bruce is the son of legendary bass player Jack Bruce (Cream) and together with Eric Clapton's nephew (Will Johns) and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Six
And the beat went on ... 2018 continued in August where it left off in July. George Thorogood was back in Quebec for the second time in three months. Trois Rivieres en Blues was the setting this time around and the swagger returned. Thorogood was 'safe' at Place des Arts in Montreal and in Trois … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Five
It is true ... Many people don't know who Steven Wilson is. Generally and within musical 'popularity', Wilson lives in an obscure place. For the punters of the world a very bad thing. For Wilson - a very good thing. The creator of the band Porcupine Tree and his band-mates set up shop at Place … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Steven Wilson Puts On A Clinic.
Montreal's music festi - ganza has come to an end. Summer and all it's rhythmic get togethers have ended quicker than a Bill Cosby guilty verdict. Fall has arrived and with it - an 'orange is the new black' list of musical events. Montreal is filled with live music right up to Hallowe'en. A music … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Concerts To See in October and Some of the Best CDs …
April Wine are forever etched in the consciences of Canadian music fans. When original bassist Jim Henman asked his former band-mate from Woody's Termites to join April Wine; everything changed. For the better. What followed was one of the great success stories for a Canadian band. Hit after hit turned into one of the best … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Myles Goodwyn Has The Blues and That’s a Good Thing! Part One and Two
April Wine are forever etched in the consciences of Canadian music fans. When original bassist Jim Henman asked his former band-mate from Woody's Termites to join April Wine; everything changed. For the better. What followed was one of the great success stories for a Canadian band. Hit after hit turned into one of the … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Myles Goodwyn Has The Blues and That’s a Good Thing! Part One.
Emma Frank came and went ... The Bostonian -turned-Montrealer-turned New Yorker was a rose in Montreal's flower garden the brief time she lived here. One of those voices that could place an infant to sleep or raise the hairs on the back of Nina Simone's neck. Emma has turned her career towards the Big Apple … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Emma Frank Recruits Top Musicians for Her New Disc; Ocean Av.
Australian Kim Churchill tossed his sophomore album into the trash. One man's treasure is - another man's junk. Pressure sometimes causes panic and that is not a great thing when it comes to art. Thinking is not great for the soul. Singer, songwriter and surfer Kim Churchill is coming to Montreal on the heels of … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Kim Churchill; Sometimes Change Requires Change
The world is a mess. With everything that is happening around the world these days, The Lyric Theatre Singers are literally - to the rescue. Their Christmas themed show; Candlelight Christmas, a welcome relief from the noise all around us. Silence among thieves. Calm in a global storm. Please listen below to my chat with … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Lyric Theatre Singers; Lighting Up Christmas with Class
A good concert is an occasion to make new friends. You leave the venue satisfied. The soul filled with goodness. Diana Krall and her four piece ensemble did just that. Exploring and paying homage to the likes of Cole Porter, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan, Diana reminded everyone why music was created and how … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Diana Krall Reminds Montreal of All That is Good
Not everyone embraces Quebec winters. In fact , most don't. Emilie Claire Barlow is one person who loves Quebec winters. So much so, the Toronto native and Juno Award winner took up residence in Quebec. Not only that - she sings about it on her new disc. A combination of English and French, the tracks are … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Emilie Claire Barlow; Basking in Quebec’s Winter
Here at Rick Keene Music Scene - rarely do my personal tastes mix with business. Once in a while , the Stones are featured but most of the time , this forum is to promote new music through interviews and let you know what's happening or what shows just happened. To narrow down … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Rolling Stones Tracks?
Pop music ain't what it used to be ... David Myles is doing something about it. Combining old school thoughts with new school riffs without duplicating anything. Easy right? Make people dance right? Please listen below as David talks about the new album and how he came up with the idea … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – David Myles; Real Love
Imagine telling your Mom; 'I'm moving out!' (when you are fifteen years of age?) Imagine the reaction of your parents even if you have a full time job? Imagine the reaction if you only have a couple of events planned at $25.00 each? Welcome to the start of Sheldon Kagan's career as a mobile disc … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Sheldon Kagan; A Success Story. Part Four
Everyone needs a break once in a while. Noise pollution is not good for the musical soul. Please enjoy some real tunes in the meantime. Rick Keene Music Scene will be back before you can say Andrei Markov ! Listen to my interview with Lawrence Gowan of Styx below … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Song for Markov, The ‘Mooch’ and Jack Black Recites Carl Sandburg