Rick Keene Music Scene – Six Songs You Can’t Say on Televison ( or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Benny Hill ).

George Carlin knew the deal. Somehow he knew how the rich control the media and in return – the media control the masses. 

Disguised as a ‘news story’ – the real goal is to send patrons to an establishment or buy a product. Anyone who ‘helps’ – gets free ‘meals’.

Same thing with music. 

Buy advertising and just like that, your music is on the playlist. Have a cousin who works for the media outlet? Next thing you know – headlining a major festival is on the itinerary.

 

 

Please listen below to six  songs that will never be heard on the rad … er … television.

Unless …. 

 

 

Visit The Zombies here !

The Zombies will be in Montreal April 1st ! 

Buy Tickets Here ! 

 

 

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene – Anthony Gomes; Giving Back Through Music and Actions ! Part Two.

 The Blues will get ya all the time !

Singer / songwriter and guitarist Anthony Gomes had a revelation at Sam the Record Man in Toronto. The Blues got him and got him bad …

Fast forward to 2017 and The Blues world would not be the same. Combining all elements of The Blues, Anthony is a true scholar of the music which ‘heals’. A lesson Anthony learned from life experience. 

Please listen below as Anthony educates us on The Blues and provides examples of what happens when a student ‘listens’. 

In Part Two – Anthony explains his take on Chuck Berry, The Stones and his Top Ten Guitarists !

Anthony? What’s up?

 

 

Visit Anthony Here !

Click Here for the May 25th Show in Montreal !

 

 

Visit The Zombies here !

The Zombies will be in Montreal April 1st ! 

Buy Tickets Here ! 

 

 

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene – Anthony Gomes; Giving Back Through Music and Actions !

The Blues will get ya all the time !

Singer / songwriter and guitarist Anthony Gomes had a revelation at Sam the Record Man in Toronto. The Blues got him and got him bad …

Fast forward to 2017 and The Blues world would not be the same. Combining all elements of The Blues, Anthony is a true scholar of the music which ‘heals’. A lesson Anthony learned from life experience. 

Please listen below as Anthony educates us on The Blues and provides examples of what happens when a student ‘listens’. 

Stay tuned for Part Two – Anthony explains his involvement in an upcoming Montreal gig that gives back to a mental health establishment. Something that is dear to Gomes’ own heart !

Anthony? What’s up?

 

Visit Anthony Here !

Correction – Anthony will not be part of Jazz Festival. Apologies.


Click Here for the May 25th Show !

 

 

Visit The Zombies here !

The Zombies will be in Montreal April 1st ! 

Buy Tickets Here ! 

 

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Rick Keene and Sarah Slean … ‘Metaphysics’

Sarah Slean is keen …

Not only is she excited about her new disc, she is also excited about her new life. 

Following a period of self-reflection, Sarah has arrived at a couple of conclusions. Discoveries that may – or may not, include the film My Cousin Vinny. 

Say what?

Please listen below as Sarah speaks of the new album and hear some great new tunes from the album Metaphysics ! 

Thanks for listening …

 

Visit Sarah Here !

 

Visit The Zombies here !

The Zombies will be in Montreal April 1st ! 

Buy Tickets Here ! 

 

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene – ‘Gonna Go Way Out, Way Out ( That’s Where the Fun Is !)

 Montrealers – just like The Flintstones …  rock !

 

Although The Way-Outs are not coming to Montreal – many artists are !

Please listen below to some of the shows, some great tunes and where you can buy tickets !

 

Ian Janes is opening up for Matt Anderson on March 30th @L’Astral

Click Here for Tics !

Visit Ian Janes Here !

*Listen below to previous interview with The Zombies bassist Chris White !

 

Visit The Zombies here !

The Zombies will be in Montreal April 1st ! 

Buy Tickets Here ! 

 

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene – Ian Janes; Crafting Songs The East Coast Kinda Way …

Ian Janes comes from Nova Scotia. His songs? More universal than that.

Combining an eclectic range of influences which he received as gifts from his Mom in the house growing up – Ian is on the brink of a brilliant career.

Please listen below as Ian explains everything you need to know about his influences, his songwriting process and thoughts on Ray Charles . An enormous influence. 

Ian? What’s Up?

 

Ian is opening up for Matt Anderson on March 30th @L’Astral !

Click Here for Tics !

Visit Ian Janes Here !

 

*Listen below to previous interview with The Zombies bassist Chris White !

 

 

Stay tuned for some new tunes from The Zombies!

Visit The Zombies here !

The Zombies will be in Montreal April 1st ! 

Buy Tickets Here ! 

 

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Chat with a Live Zombie !

 

The British Invasion was just that.

An invasion !

The difference between this invasion and others – primarily music. The other abnormality was the  musicians were carrying American music back to America. Strange days indeed . ‘Most peculiar Mama …’

The Zombies were one of the British Bands who invaded America. Combining music from overseas with their own ‘twist’ on things. An English twist.

The original ‘ wave ‘ of  Zombies; Rod Argent, Chris White, Colin Blunstone, Hugh Grundy, Keith Airey, Paul Atkinson and Paul Arnold  joined the ‘English’ fray with songs such as ‘She’s Not There‘ and ‘Tell Her No’  in 1964 and 1965 respectively. Along with bands such as The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Animals and The Who – The Zombies rattled the cages of  both American and British teenagers. It was a time that altered popular music forever. It was a time that drove parents nuts !

Bassist – Chris White

The difference between the other ‘invaders’ and The Zombies was the latter were ahead of their time. They just didn’t realize it until years later. In fact – record companies , the fans and everyone except for Clive Davis did not get The Zombies album ‘ Odessey and Oracle ‘ before it was almost too late.

White – present day.

Please listen below to my chat with bassist Chris White. He pretty much explains everything Zombie-related !

 

Stay tuned for some new tunes from The Zombies!

Visit The Zombies here !

The Zombies will be in Montreal April 1st ! 

Buy Tickets Here ! 

Please take note that due to logistical complications the Zombies show planned at Imperial on Saturday April 1st is being moved to The National. All tickets purchased for Imperial will be honored at the National. We apologize for any inconveniences.”
 

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Tribute To Chuck Berry

Rock n Roll is about rebellion.

There is a famous quote by Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. 

“If you are going to kick authority in the teeth, you may as well use two feet …”

The modern day ‘bad boy of Rock n Roll ain’t got nothing on Chuck Berry. 

Most ‘rebellious’ musicians gain notoriety and then get arrested. In Berry’s case, he was an ex con long before the hits came. For most – jail time means a black mark. For Chuck Berry, time behind bars the origins of insights which would make him the greatest songwriter in Rock n Roll history.

The structure, the chords, the melodic phrasing – the lyrics. 

Never before (or since) have those elements been assembled with a combination of  reality and dreams. Somehow – Berry managed to instill hope into generations of youth with  ‘no particular place to go’. 

 

Elvis Presley carried the African American Country, Gospel,  Soul and R&B  into kids who at that time – more akin to Perry Como than Big Mama Thornton. Elvis put the rhythm into white folks as did Little Richard, Fats Domino, Bill Haley and Jerry Lee Lewis. They all put the Rock into a generation but that music was missing it’s bride.

 

Abbott had Costello, Laurel had Hardy, Samson had Delilah and Burt Bacharach had Hal David. Rock music was at the prom alone. As solitary and lonely as Burns without Allen.

Suddenly, as quick as Elvis’ pelvis – along came the Roll. Along came Chuck Berry. Along came Rock n Roll …

With a suitcase filled with Big Band and Country influences, Chuck Berry arrived with Swing. A bounce in his guitar that brought music to a level which combined rhythm with energy. Twang with Bass. Two strings in lieu of one. Banjo strings in lieu of guitar strings. Attitude in words rather than actions. Actions and glances rather than talk.

Chuck Berry walked the ‘duck walk’ and talked the talk. Chuck Berry created the Rock n Roll attitude. Chuck Berry used his entire body to kick authority in the teeth. He used his lyrics to write about it and his guitar was the weapon to make sure authority stayed down for the count. Poetically.

Better guitar players exist. Berry was not the greatest player by far. Just as The Wright Brothers were not the best pilots. The caveman who invented the wheel was not the best driver. Without all the above – the world would not be the same. The world would be in Black and White.

Lennon and McCartney’s whimsy, Jagger and Richards’ menace, Hendrix’ skill and Joe Bonamassa’s strut on stage  – all spawn from Chuck Berry. Imagining a world of Rock n Roll (music) without Berry’s influence is a world without soul. An orb floating through space while casting a cold shadow. A dull car filled with rust. Coffee without sugar.

People who do not listen to music know the name Chuck Berry. They have heard the name through his songs, The Beatles’ songs, The Stones’ songs, Pearl Jam’s songs, U2 songs and every note that has flew through the air in the past fifty years.

Aliens have heard or will hear Johnny B. Goode in space as that song was the only Rock n Roll tune to make the voyage into other worlds. David Bowie is listening to it today in his ‘tin can’ as we mourn the death of a pioneer. A rebel. A man of so many lows and a man of electrifying highs.

A man who was the true King of Rock and Roll.

Charles Edward ‘Chuck ‘ Anderson Berry 

1926 – 2017

Please listen below to Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Chuck himself talk about Chuck. Hear some classic Berry tunes too !

Thanks for Listening !

 

 

 

Steve Hill Concert Review – Club Soda 

On St. Patrick’s Day , especially in Montreal – it is easy being Green and it’s even easier being Steve Hill.

The Trois Rivieres and Quatre ‘Solo Recordings’ native is normally used to the ‘ it ain’t easy being Green ‘ moniker. Bucking precedent in recent years and pioneering the  ‘one man band ‘ genre single handily made him a sort of  ‘musical abnolity’.  After all – ‘ it ain’t easy‘ being a vocalist, drummer, guitar, bass and harmonica player on stage now  is it ? 

All the above talents alone can be labelled magical. An aberration in a musical world filled with duos, trios and bands. The fact all four of Hill’s Solo Recordings albums contain mostly original compositions shoves the word magical into mystical territory. 

Bottom line, at Club Soda on March.17th – one very talented musician packed the house. 

Almost five years has passed since Steve Hill released Solo Recordings Volume 1. Almost the same time frame has elapsed since Steve took the stage like a ‘Jack Sparrow‘ type of pirate and performed his then simple set up. A stage presence containing a bass drum , high – hat and amps. It was in the embryo stages and Hill was learning on the fly to be an entity into himself. Whatever mistakes were made live were forgiven in lieu of ‘ a learning curve ‘ along with Steve’s brilliance on the guitar. 

The All Star player survived his ‘rookie‘ season and like many hockey players before – the Hall of Fame will be waiting. Just a matter of what size the display will be to contain the numerous awards Hill has collected and – will collect in the future. 

Speaking of collecting … 

The song ‘ The Collector ‘ off of the disc Solo Recordings Volume 2 was the groove song on Friday night. In most concerts or ‘ shows ‘, there is usually one song where all band members or solo artists feel okay in their skin. The trepidation of meeting a new audience, the anxiety of playing a new tune and sometimes the instrument ‘not feeling right’ can all be factors in a ‘start – stop‘ non groove. 

Last evening on St.Laurent Blvd. – The Collector raised the bar and seemingly lowered the nerves of Hill. From that point forward , the punters were treated to an evening of Old School Blues embedded into an old Blues soul. 

In true Blues fashion, Hill doesn’t shy away from the Blues – Country connection. His guitar picking in songs such as ‘ Out of Phase ‘ – glistening with Hank Williams riffs. Jimmy Reed’s ghost not so transparent within The Ballad of Johnny Wabo , Ever Changing World and King of the World. 

Like a true Bluesman – Steve Hill knows from where he came. The Crossroads and all it’s deals remain devilishly  inside every Hill performance. 

Steve Hill has gained much National recognition as of late. A Juno Award and a slew of Maple Blues Awards (Canada’s equivalent of The Grammys for Canadian Blues). He has completed an anthology of Solo Recordings with no end in sight (he has hinted a band album may be next ) Steve also recently completed his first important tour in Germany and other countries in Europe. A tour which should open doors to the ever important American scene. 

On stage and off – in very much the same way Keith Richards has remained true to himself , Steve Hill is Steve Hill. Aside from perfecting his one man band act and adding a drum stick to his guitar and a couple of cymbals, Steve Hill remains a student of the cornerstone of popular music; The Blues. 

There are no bells, whistles and elaborate costumes and / or costume changes. It would not be a surprise if Hill ‘s signature cut – off Jean jacket has been repaired more often than The Mercier Bridge. 

It is easy being Steve Hill and easy being  Green, Yellow, Red or any colour. As long as the hues are mixed with The Blues

Visit Steve Hill Here 
*Additional photos Rick Keene 

 
 

Steve Hill; Hendrix, Guitar Tuning and Volume Three?

Volume three cannot be far off …

Following two very successful solo albums; Steve Hill of Trois Rivieres, Quebec is living a life of renewed interest and respect.

Respect is what this guy deserves ...

Not too many musicians take the hard way out. Undertaking a solo project is one thing – taking the stage as a one man band is another entirely. Playing guitar, singing original compositions, playing bass, snare and high-hat; no simple task.

Steve Hill will tell you this. Right now as a matter of fact …

Steve?

 

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Hear my interview with Paul Deslauriers Here!

 

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Steve Hill’s Second Volume; Almost perfect …

Blues guitarist extraordinaire Steve Hill, finally finished his Solo Recordings Volume Two.

The disc took two years to make. It was worth the wait!

Please listen below as Steve talks about the new album, the old (er) album and the state of the Blues in Quebec. Steve is currently on tour with Matt Anderson and Kim Churchill. Check out Steve’s site for all the info.

Steve?

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