Michel Pagliaro; Quebec’s Greatest Songwriter?

 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?

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Backstage Pass

Smoke is behind the curtain and mirrors are in front of it. Any person involved in some capacity within the entertainment business is well aware - entertainment is not as magical as it appears. To keep the 'spell' alive in both the souls of the entertainers and the audience, humanity and the various sordid (and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Backstage Pass

Rick Keene Music Scene – Producer Chris Birkett Explains Chris Birkett – Part Two

Nothing compares to Chris Birkett. Award winning producer Chris Birkett has worked with artists who - collectively, have sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Put that in your console and smoke it. The Pogues, The Talking Heads, Sinead O'Connor and Sir Bob Geldof; a few of the artists that have made Chris one of … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Producer Chris Birkett Explains Chris Birkett – Part Two

Rick Keene Music Scene – Producer Chris Birkett Explains Chris Birkett

Nothing compares to Chris Birkett. Award winning producer Chris Birkett has worked with artists who - collectively, have sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Put that in your console and smoke it. The Pogues, The Talking Heads, Sinead O'Connor and Sir Bob Geldof; a few of the artists that have made Chris one of … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Producer Chris Birkett Explains Chris Birkett

Rick Keene Music Scene – Some Of The Best Music Films on Netflix

The stories of musicians are the stories of music. Learning about your favorite artist opens the doors to the talent that preceded them. It can and should be - a learning experience. It is not difficult in this day and age to discover music films. Biopics, documentaries and concert features. One click of a mouse … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Some Of The Best Music Films on Netflix

Rick Keene Music Scene – Bif Naked Teaches Natural Healing Through Mona Lisa Healing

A survivor in many ways. Bif Naked is not what you think. She is not the bad ass woman in the videos or on stage. She is a self described nerd with a lot to say. Her educated opinion, along with music business street-smarts, makes her a survivor with plenty left in the tank. Breast … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Bif Naked Teaches Natural Healing Through Mona Lisa Healing

Rick Keene Music Scene – Bif Naked’s Silence Is Over. It is Time to Speak …

A survivor in many ways. Bif Naked is not what you think. She is not the bad ass woman in the videos or on stage. She is a self described nerd with a lot to say. Her educated opinion, along with music business street-smarts, makes her a survivor with plenty left in the tank. Breast … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Bif Naked’s Silence Is Over. It is Time to Speak …

Rick Keene Music Scene – Denise Leslie Returns To The Past on New CD

Memories are dramatically punctuated with music. Denise Leslie is no different than most. Music sculpted crevasses into her form and those around her. Creating poignant memories which walk with her everyday. The soul cannot be altered. One Fine Morning is the name of the disc which showcases a few of the songs which shaped her … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Denise Leslie Returns To The Past on New CD

Rick Keene Music Scene – ‘Happy’ 76th Birthday Keith Richards

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

Rick Keene Music Scene – ELVIN BISHOP TO RECEIVE CHRIS STRACHWITZ LEGACY AWARD

Legendary guitarist, singer, songwriter and Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Famer Elvin Bishop will receive the Chris Strachwitz Legacy Award from The Arhoolie Foundation at the second annual Arhoolie Awards And Benefit Show in San Francisco on Friday, November 22. Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio (Elvin on guitar and vocals, Bob Welsh on piano and guitar and Willy … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – ELVIN BISHOP TO RECEIVE CHRIS STRACHWITZ LEGACY AWARD

Rick Keene Music Scene – Jessica Rhaye Re-Imagines Bob Dylan in a Ramshackle Parade

Ring them bells ... Jessica Rhaye and The Ramshackle Parade have released an album with tunes that Bob Dylan may want to re imagine. Jessica and her mates redo the songs of Dylan through other people's interpretations as well as Dylan's originals. Confused? Please listen below to my chat with Jessica and hear some amazing … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jessica Rhaye Re-Imagines Bob Dylan in a Ramshackle Parade

Rick Keene Music Scene – New Tracks, Concert Listings and Things That Make You Go Hmm…

Just like life, music never stops until the plug is pulled. Tunes arrive daily. Some fantastic, some great, some average and some bad. In the scheme of things, as long as an effort is made; everything is beautiful. Please listen below to some of the best new tracks floating around and find out where you … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – New Tracks, Concert Listings and Things That Make You Go Hmm…

Rick Keene Music Scene – New Releases

Something new is always around the corner. If the world housed only the business type people, the vibes of the universe would pass by us like a ship searching for a beacon under stormy skies. Please listen below to some new releases or soon-to-be released tunes. Thanks ! Visit Smoke Meat Pete Here! Visit Blueberry … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – New Releases

Rick Keene Music Scene – Reggae Does Rock n Roll

Eric Clapton may have shot the sheriff but he certainly did not shoot the Rastafarian deputy. If Clapton had shot the deputy, the world would be void of rhythms and soul. Reggae is a genre but it is also the source of many a Rock song's inspiration. Like The Blues, Jazz and Country - Reggae … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Reggae Does Rock n Roll

Rick Keene Music Scene – When The Road Bends; Tales of a Gypsy Caravan

You cannot walk straight when the road bends  Roman Proverb   When Johnny Depp gives a testimonial for a film, a musician or a toaster oven; people listen. In the documentary: When the road bends; Tales of a Gypsy Caravan, people are there to listen and listen some more... The film follows an eighteen show … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – When The Road Bends; Tales of a Gypsy Caravan

Rick Keene Music Scene – Sandy Horne Talks Past, Present and Future of The Spoons

Growing up fast ... That is exactly what happened to a bunch of 'kids' from Burlington, Ontario. How many people or musicians do you know of that were on the first episode of Much Music? Please listen below to my chat with original member and bassist Sandy Horne. Hear some great tunes off the new … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Sandy Horne Talks Past, Present and Future of The Spoons

Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Picks for Live Music in Montreal

The city and surrounding areas are ripe with tunes for the picking this week. Plenty of live music of all genres to pick through and to choose your favorites. Pop may be your thing. Rock may be your thing. Blues may be your thing. Whatever the case - check below and discover Montreal music at … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Picks for Live Music in Montreal

Rick Keene Music Scene – WTF Is Going On?

Start your week informed. Plenty of interviews coming up, shows to attend and people to see. Why don't you have a listen below ? Visit Strangers in the Night Here ! Smoke Meat Pete Music Schedule Here Stay Tuned for My Chat With Jean - Marc Pisapia of The Box Sue FoleyB. B King's Drummer … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – WTF Is Going On?

Rick Keene Music Scene – Wave 21 Poised to Hit Like a Tsunami

There is a rise of Canadian Country / Rock / Pop music happening with WAVE 21. This is a group with diverse styles in personality, music, and overall talent. WAVE 21 is also an interesting band since they are new yet very experienced at the same time. Band leader Mary-Lynn Doroschuck is the daughter of … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Wave 21 Poised to Hit Like a Tsunami

Rick Keene Music Scene – The ‘Rock Doc’ Neil Ratner Talks Music Industry, Anesthesiology and Michael Jackson

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

Rick Keene Music Scene – Cliff Stevens Takes It To the Next Level on Latest Disc

Road warriors gain knowledge. Montreal's Cliff Stevens has the air miles to prove his wisdom. Known firstly from his uncanny days duplicating Eric Clapton, Cliff has put those days behind him. Instead - Cliff's long overdue writing and composing are making a name for himself in Canada and abroad. Stevens' last album Grass Won't Grow … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Cliff Stevens Takes It To the Next Level on Latest Disc

Rick Keene Music Scene – Uncovering The Covers …

Under the surface may be hot and moist. Unless you go deep, you will never know. The original tunes from a band sometimes are foreplay. A tease to bigger and better things or a precursor to erectile dysfunction. Either way, a different lover adds spice to a love affair. Have a listen below to cover versions … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Uncovering The Covers …

Rick Keene Music Scene – New Tracks for Your Listening Pleasure …

Ya gotta keep up with the Jones. Living in the fridge is not always a good idea even if you are a huge fan of Weird AL. It is good to venture out into the warm atmosphere of new tunes. Have a listen below to some new tracks from Canadian artists. Won't ya? Thanks for … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – New Tracks for Your Listening Pleasure …

Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Becomes Margaritaville

Who is looking for their shakers this morning ? Gathering outside MTELUS before the Jimmy Buffett concert were Hawaiian and Caribbean style shirts along with a few grass skirts.  Which meant only one thing; the loyal fan-base called The Parrotheads were here to support Jimmy Buffett. This was a special night since Buffett has not performed in … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Becomes Margaritaville

Rick Keene Music Scene – Holly Cole; Like a Fine Wine

Some things improve with age. Holly Cole has always been great. She has always been a throwback to the glory days of female jazz singers. With her vocal range diving deep within the depths of notes and rising to the surface - Cole has always 'nailed it.' Last night as part of the Montreal Jazz … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Holly Cole; Like a Fine Wine

Rick Keene Music Scene – Blue Rodeo Retain Their Canadian Crown

There comes a time in a band's life when they could easily 'mail it in'. When a few years pass since the initial hits send a group into the stratosphere, those hits are money in the bank. A band can rely on them to sell tickets and for the attendees; nostalgia feeds their souls. A … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Blue Rodeo Retain Their Canadian Crown

Rick Keene Music Scene – Jim Cuddy Talks Jazz Festival

Not many people are Canadian music legends ... Jim Cuddy and his band Blue Rodeo will go down in history as one of the best Canadian exports. Both musically and as ambassadors. Blue Rodeo will be here as part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival on June 28th. Please listen below to my chat with … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jim Cuddy Talks Jazz Festival

Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal International Jazz Festival Preview

It is that time of year boys and girls. So many free and paid shows in Montreal - it is enough to make your saxophone spin ! Please listen below to some tunes from some of the artists coming as well as some tunes from legends ! Thanks for listening ! Visit The Jazz Festival … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal International Jazz Festival Preview