Rick Keene Music Scene – Weekend Music News and Tunes

Time to put your troubles away.

Lots of music news happening and lots of tunes coming your way.

Music creates peace and is a welcome oasis – a vacation from the troubles that surround you.

Please enjoy the weekend and forget about the craziness of the world around you.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – HuDost Releases “Our Words Will Be Louder” Music For A Cause

For Injustice & the State of the Nation

HuDost, led by Kentucky-based musicians and activists Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines, have released a powerful video for their forthcoming single, “Our Words Will Be Louder” — available now. 

The new song is a vital message for positive, collective action to be taken in this vulnerable and polarized time. “Our Words Will Be Louder” was co-written with Dan Haseltine (GRAMMY Award-winning band Jars of Clay) and Guitar World magazine’s “Acoustic Guitarist of the Year,” Christie Lenée.

Specifically, the song addresses how inadequate people can feel until they give their voices to a larger purpose, and the video has several cameo performances from artists and activists — including Jars of Clay, Kevin Hearn (The Barenaked Ladies), Kevin Clash (creator of Elmo), Cy Curnin (The FIXX), Gangstagrass, Jai Uttal, Hymn for Her, The Accidentals, JP Durand, Liza Carbe (Incendio), and others.

Proceeds from “Our Words Will Be Louder” will be directed to The Poor People’s Campaign, a non-profit organization committed to lifting up and deepening the leadership of those most affected by systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation as well as to building unity across lines of division.

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At the end of HuDost’s music video is riveting footage of peaceful protests and the voice of The Poor People’s Campaign’s main leader, Reverend William J. Barber II, saying these words:

“We will stand up again, we will march again, we will preach again, we will organize again. We are black, we are white, we are latino, we are native American, we are democrat, we are republican, we are independent, we are people of faith, we are people not of faith, we are natives and immigrants, we are business leaders and workers and unemployed, we are doctors and the uninsured, we are gay, we are straight, we are students, we are parents, we are retirees, we are America, and we are here and we ain’t going nowhere!”

HuDost

The power of his voice and this unyielding proclamation, summarizes the message of the song and music video. Sommer and Hines both have learned a great deal by acting as congressional district representatives for ONE, a non-profit advocacy organization working to end extreme poverty globally, in Kentucky for almost six years. Through advocacy work, they have come to know how to be a voice for people who are not being heard and have been amazed by what can happen with the power of collective voice. In this desperate time, they feel profoundly pushed and inspired to work locally and nationally. Their music is a direct expression of this drive and they hope that it will be part of what motivates others to take action in this time.

In addition to benefiting The Poor People’s Campaign, HuDost also hopes that this song will encourage early voting. There has never been a greater need for all voices to be heard.

HuDost were recently honored with an Independent Music Award for their song “Rise Together” in the “Social Action” category (also co-written with Dan Haseltine from Jars of Clay).

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Rick Keene Music Scene – New Music To Ensure Growth

The future is bright.

New tunes are being released daily from Canada and around the world. All it takes is a little legwork to find them.

New music creates wonderment and is a welcome oasis – a vacation from the troubles that surround you.

build on the past.

Please enjoy some new tunes below as you build on the past.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Toronto’s Kensington Market Jazz Festival Announces 2020 Virtual Festival Lineup

Jazz is in the air.

Saturday, November 7th & Sunday, November 8th

Starting at 5:00pm EST

The show is set to go on: Toronto’s acclaimed Kensington Market Jazz Festival has announced the first lineup of artists set for feature in their first-ever virtual edition this November 7th and 8th — including Jackie Richardson, Joe Sealy, Dave Young, Robi Botos, Mike Downes, Larnell, Billy Newton-Davis, and more!

The weekend will also include two yet-to-be announced special guest performances from Champian Fulton and Brandi Disterheft.



While the Festival’s format streamed to KensingtonJazz.com may look a little different this year, the spirit remains the same, steadfast in its commitment to delight audiences far and wide with some of the country’s best in jazz.

“Over the past five years, the Kensington Market Jazz Festival has been proud to showcase hundreds of established musicians on the Toronto and Canadian jazz scene in one of the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods in the heart of Toronto’s heritage district,” says Festival founder, singer-songwriter, artist and philanthropist Molly Johnson. “However, in these pandemic times, we are all forced to experience a different capacity of life. This year, we’ve had to make some tough choices and, though producing within a limited schedule was very difficult for the KMJF team, we are pleased to present a two-day festival with online shows that can be enjoyed by Canadians coast to coast!”

The Kensington Market Jazz Festival 2020 Lineup: 

Saturday, November 7th — (Hosted by Garvia Bailey)

5:00 pm: Colleen Allen Group + Kalabash

5:30 pm: Heather Luckhart + Attila Fias

6:00 pm: Stu Mac + Stu Harrison

6:30 pm: Kevin Barrett + Rebecca Campbell

7:00 pm: Jay Douglas

7:30 pm: Genevieve Marentette + KC Roberts

8:00 pm: Angela Turone + Chris Platt

8:30 pm: Joanna Majoko + Andrew Marzotto

9:00 pm: Laura Hubert + Nathan Hiltz

9:30 pm: Barnes + Woldemichael ETHIOJAZZ Quartet

10:00 pm: Barbra Lica + James Bryan

10:30 pm: John Alcorn + Reg Schwager

11:00 pm: Shakura S’aida

Sunday, November 8th — (Hosted by John Devenish)

5:00 pm: Chris Butcher Band

5:30 pm: The Bullen Family

6:00 pm: Alex Pangman Trio

6:30 pm: Micah Barnes Trio

7:30 pm: Laila Biali Trio

8:30 pm: Jackie Richardson, Joe Sealy, Dave Young

9:00 pm: Robi Botos, Mike Downes, Larnell Lewis

11:00 pm: Billy Newton-Davis Trio

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Album of the Week !

Finding a treasure takes creativity.

Not everything that is in your face is as valuable as it appears. Behind the scenes, under the covers – is where the magic happens.

Please listen below to the Album of the Week and find out how to make money as a musician.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Dancing Those Covid Blues Away

‘May as well jump!’

In the wake of Eddie Van Halen’s death, the above lyrics could not be more fitting. When life deals you lemons and viruses – what else can you do?

Music heals and is a welcome oasis. A vacation from the troubles that surround you.

Please dance to some tunes below as you digest the craziness of the world. Also find out about Rock for Dimes and how you can help put money into the pockets of musicians.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Watch One of The Finest Music Shows in History ! Jazz for America !

A concert unlike any other.

How often do you get to see the likes of John Scofield, Christian McBride and Ravi Coltrane on the same night?

Add eleven more of the finest Jazz artists on the circuit and the entire night is hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater?

Please click on the link below and buy a ticket to a virtual experience you will never forget !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Album of the Week !

Sometimes – treasure is discovered.

Canadian Americana folk-country rocker Jeff Gay is looking way up in his new album, Stargazer. The single “XOXO” — featuring multi-award winning singer/songwriter Christina Martin; available now.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Odiance; A Live-stream Site Created to Help Musicians

The music business is in trouble.

Before Covid reared it’s ugly head, the music industry was wobbling in recent years.

Too many people have grown up thinking music is free. Through no fault of their own – recent music fans and even older ones have been taught to listen and download tunes at little or no cost. Cd or album sales, once upon a time – paid (if not all) a good part of an artist’s costs. Add concert and merch sales – a living could be eked out.

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Covid has killed the concert scene and CD or album sales are practically non existent. Musicians are scrambling to make money. Live streaming on social media platforms helps to keep their names and music fresh yet all platforms are set up to allow musicians to take only donations if a fan feels they want to.

That is where Odiance comes in. A platform that will be in essence – a one stop shopping platform to go to when new and live music is wanted. Personalized performances by artists who not only need money to grow and pay bills – they also require peace of mind to concentrate on learning their craft.

Individual shows will be scheduled and for a minimal ticket price – a music fan can learn of the new music that is out there and invest in the future of music. The only difference between pre Covid and now is the stage. A fee to see live music at the local club was not even worth a complaint. Why should a show in the comfort of someone’s living room be any different?

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Odiance will be live shortly. I am looking for musicians to set up the scheduling. If you are a musician who writes original music and can plug into a computer – Odiance is the place to promote your site, sell merch, put on a quality music concert and make money.

Please send your info to Rickkeene2@gmail.com. You will be contacted to explain everything.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – New Tunes Under The Cone of Silence

Privacy is a growing concern.

Apps, tracking and location on all our ‘essential’ devices are making it difficult to take a necessary pause from reality.

Music creates peace and is a welcome oasis – a vacation from the troubles that surround you.

Please enjoy some tunes below as you digest the craziness of the world around you.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Album of the Week !

Sometimes – treasure is discovered.

Shemekia Copleland delivers not only vocal prowess on her new album ‘Uncivil War’ – she sends poignant social statements to a world and country that sorely need it.

Please listen below to the album of the week and find out how to make money as a musician.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Sunday Evening Jazz Show; No Masks Required

All that Jazz.

The purity along with the improvisational elements make Jazz the ‘thinking man’s music’.

Whether you love Jazz or hate it – it is one of the building blocks of modern day music and without it – Tiny Tim may be the biggest star ever !

Please enjoy some tunes below and listen to an opportunity to make money as a musician within the confines of Covid.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Tunes and Music News You Need to Know

Sit right down.

Kick off your shoes and enjoy some important news for musicians and listen to some great new tunes !

Have a drink. Do you want beer with that or perhaps a glass of wine?

Please enjoy some tunes below as you digest the the craziness of the world around you.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Spend Sunday Night with Rick (But You Bring the Pizza)

Come on in and sit right down.

So much new music arrives at my home – a ‘second hand news’ store could be opened up.

Relax and have a slice of pizza. Do you want beer with that or perhaps a glass of wine?

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Please enjoy some tunes below as you digest the bacon,ham, pepperoni and cheese.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Unmasking Music News and New Tunes

You learn a little bit everyday. If you want to.

New music arrives with music news and vice versa. You cannot have one without the other. The learning curve cannot be flattened unless you want it to be.

Canadians deliver tunes each day to unsuspecting audiences. Have a listen below to some new Canadian tracks and some interesting music news.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Deep Cuts of The Rolling Stones

It is too hard to pick a ‘few’ Rolling Stones’ songs most people do not know.

With such a vast catalog covering fifty – eight years; the ‘unknown’ tunes are a career for most bands.

Have a listen below to some of The Rolling Stones’ songs which may be new to you?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Grab the Popcorn! It is Time for New Tunes

In the words of Emo Philips; ‘It Is New to me’.

New music arrives hourly. The trick is knowing where to find it.

Canada offers tunes each day to unsuspecting audiences. Have a listen below to some of those new tracks and some music news.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Ten Additional Episodes Of LIVE FROM DARYL’S HOUSE Including Tommy Shaw of Styx

Daryl Hall is in the house!

AXS TV and Good Cop/Bad Cop Productions—the company behind Live From Daryl’s House—continue their strong partnership, bringing 10 additional episodes of the acclaimed music series to the Network’s lineup this fall. In addition to eight fan-favorite episodes, viewers will be able to enjoy two never-before-seen entries when the series returns to AXS TV with a new day and time, airing Thursday, October 1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.


The series kicks off with a pair of star-studded sets broadcast for the first time worldwide, starting with Hall’s jam session with STYX front man Tommy Shaw on October 1, featuring intimate performances of STYX signatures “Blue Collar Man,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” and “Renegade,” as well as Daryl Hall and John Oates’ hits “Delayed Reaction”, and “It’s A Laugh”. Then, on October 8, Hall joins Ty Taylor, lead singer of L.A.-based R&B quartet Vintage Trouble, for a night of music featuring Vintage Trouble originals “Another Man’s Words,“Nobody Told Me” and “Can’t Stop Rollin’”. They also perform The Spinners’ “I’ll Be Around,” which was covered on the Daryl Hall and John Oates album “Our Kind of Soul.”

Tommy Shaw – James St Laurent Photography


Live From Daryl’s House was created in 2007 by Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer Daryl Hall, who wanted a creative refuge from the grind of touring where he and his talented friends could hangout and rock out in a relaxed atmosphere. The Webby Award-winning program quickly took the music world and the internet by storm with its unique format, as Hall welcomed a new artist into his domain each week to enjoy some local cuisine and conversation, before hitting the studio for an unforgettable jam session. Since that time, Live From Daryl’s House has transformed into a nationally syndicated television series, attracting some of the biggest names in the industry and amassing a loyal cult following of fans eagerly anticipating the next new episode.

Joe Walsh


Other highlights include appearances and performances by guitar mastermind Joe Walsh (Oct. 15), chart-topping Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik (Oct. 22), jazz and soul songstress Kandace Springs (Oct. 29), Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick (Nov. 5), R&B trailblazer Smokey Robinson (Nov. 12), alt-rock mainstay Ben Folds (Nov. 19), legendary ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons (Dec. 3), and iconic soul outfit The O’Jays (Dec. 10).


In regard to the upcoming season’s lineup, Daryl Hall said, “There are so many great moments.

The O’Jays one gets to the core of what I’m really all about.”


“I’m excited that AXS TV is debuting the Tommy Shaw and Ty Taylor episodes, as the fans have been asking for new episodes. Our partnership with the team at AXS TV keeps getting stronger, so I’m proud that we’re able to deliver new content, especially during these challenging times,” said Executive Producer Jonathan Wolfson.


“Live From Daryl’s House really resonated with our viewers when it debuted on our Network last April,” said Lucia McCalmont, Vice President of Programming and Scheduling, AXS TV. “We strive to give our audience the best seat in the house to unforgettable performances and unprecedented access to their favorite entertainers, and this series is a perfect reflection of that. We are proud to have the opportunity to feature it in our programming lineup once again, and we are pleased to be able to extend and build upon this successful partnership with Good Cop/Bad Cop Productions.”

Live From Daryl’s House Fall Schedule:
October 1 – Tommy Shaw
October 8 – Ty Taylor
October 15 – Joe Walsh
October 22- Johnny Rzeznik
October 29 – Kandace Springs
November 5 – Cheap Trick
November 12 – Smokey Robinson
November 19 – Ben Folds
December 3 – Billy Gibbons
December 10 – The O’Jays

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Rock / Pop Done The Jazz Way

A good song is a good song …

No matter how you toss it around – a musical salad still tastes good no matter who made it.

Please listen below to some interesting Jazz arrangements and ideals from Canada’s own; AIMEE-JO BENOIT

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Rick Keene Music Scene -Don’t Take Those Condoms Out Just Yet; It Is Time for New Tunes !

Something borrowed …

Music arrives more frequently than a Covid headline. Music is made so often – babies always have instant music.

Sammy Jackson

Canada offers tunes each day to suspecting and unsuspecting audiences. Have a listen below to some of those new tracks and some music news.

Billy Ray CyrusWritten and Produced in Canada

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Fifty-Five Years; Fifty- Five Minutes of Musical Influences

A person listens to a lot of music in fifty -five years.

Almost immediately upon birth, music is introduced. Chances are a soft nursery rhyme or perhaps classical music is dangling above your head as you lay comfortably in a crib. More likely; Mom is singing you to sleep.

Please listen below to some of the songs that started my love affair with music over the past fifty-five years.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Listen to The Sunday Papers

It is the day to unwind.

It is a day of rest traditionally and not to be bombarded by negativity or work. The mind requires a haven, a place to recharge and build immunity.

Sammy Jackson

Canada has a lot to offer each day through music and if a Canadian musician is not performing on a tune ; chances are, a Canadian is involved somehow.

Billy Ray CyrusWritten and Produced in Canada

Please listen below to some of The Best New Music (including Billy Ray Cyrus), some Music News and Things That Make You Go Hmmm …

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Wide Mouth Mason; A Musical ‘Stew’ and Tales with The Stones

Sometimes – music is good enough to have a second go round …

Wide Mouth Mason have been around. The album Stew helped launch them into the worlds of AC / DC, ZZ Top and The Rolling Stones.

Sean Verreault – Right

Stew was an album which was the band’s funkiest project. Diversity is the key to keeping things fresh and WMM enjoys keeping things fresh.

Please listen below as Shaun Verreault discusses opening for The Stones and the reason why Wide Mouth Mason do not rest on their laurels.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Don’t Live in the Past; Explore the Future …

If The Beatles did not play live, there would have been no records and no radio airplay.

What would the world of music and the world itself be like if that did not happen? Artists need to grow and be heard if music will continue to soothe the souls of the planet. The souls need music more than ever right now.

Salome Bey – 1933 -2020

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Dr. Trevor Payne Pays Tribute To Salome Bey

All rise.

Salome Bey was one of a kind. An artist. A person whose tools made an impact on the world.

Scroll below to Listen To My Interview with Dr. Trevor Payne

Salome Bey (October 10, 1933 – August 8, 2020) was an American-born Canadian singer-songwriter, composer, and actress who lived in Toronto Ontario since 1966.

In 2005, she was made an honorary Member of the Order of Canada.

Born to a middle-class African-American family in New Jersey, Bey formed a vocal group with her brother Andy Bey and sister Geraldine Bey (de Haas), known as Andy and the Bey Sisters. She performed in local clubs and toured North America and Europe. After moving to Toronto in 1964 and playing the jazz club circuit, she became known as “Canada’s First Lady of Blues”.

Bey appeared on Broadway in Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award for her work on the cast album. She put together a blues & jazz cabaret show on the history of black music, Indigo – which earned her the Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding performance. The show was later taped for TV networks.

Bey recorded two albums with Horace Silver, and released live albums of her performances with the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir and at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

She was part of the Canadian super-group Northern Lights which performed the charity single “Tears Are Not Enough” in 1985. Bey can be seen in the music video for the song singing the line “Every woman, child and man” with Mark Holmes of Platinum Blonde and Lorraine Segato of The Parachute Club.

Beginning in her early sixties, Bey began showing signs of dementia. As of 2011 her illness had progressed to the point that she could no longer perform.

Please listen below as Dr. Trevor Payne of The Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir Pays Homage to Salome Bey.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Saturday, In The Park …

All rise.

“We hear that phrase when presidents or judges come into the room,” says Porter, “but I’m thinking all of us rise – not just one person being exalted. We are all exalted and lifted up by love. This is my political thought and my real truth. It comes from my personality, my mother’s personality, the personality of the blues, and of black people. It’s this idea of making do with the scraps, of resurrection and ascension, and of whatever the current situation is, it can get better through love.” 

– Gregory Porter

Selwyn Birchwood is a master storyteller—both lyrically and musically. He’s an impressive, hard-crunching, modern blues guitarist. His fretwork is high-energy, raw and vivid…knife-edged leads and roadhouse-rattling grooves. He is graced with a depth and maturity that would be impressive in a grizzled veteran, let alone a fresh-faced young man.” —Living Blues

Shemekia Copeland is one of the great blues voices of our time. No one comes close to the sheer firepower that Copeland conjures at will.”
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Champian Fulton Celebrates Charlie Parker’s Centennial with Birdsong
Featuring Tenor Saxophonist Scott Hamilton 

Due out August 28, 2020 

Jimmy Heath, a prolific saxophonist, composer and bandleader who played alongside some of the biggest names of jazz, including Miles Davis and John Coltrane, has died.

Heath died Sunday morning in Loganville, Georgia of natural causes, his grandson told NPR. He was 93 years old. His family was at his side, including his wife of 60 years, Mona Heath, his children Mtume and Rozie, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his brother, drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath.

In a career that spanned seven decades, Heath brought the bebop he loved to big bands — and into the 21st century.

Heath is best known as a saxophonist, but he wrote and arranged music throughout his life. In 2013, when he was 87 years old, he told NPR it was important to be a complete musician. “Not just to stand up and improvise,” he stressed. “You know, you got to compose. I want to be a person who can compose, and leave something here for posterity.”

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Spend An Afternoon with Rick

Some things cannot be explained.

Out of the air – signals are transmitted to artists everywhere. Some soft, some hard – most magnificent in their originality.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Best New Tunes

Music is created everyday.

Music knows no disease and it is the ultimate cure for most ailments.

Please listen below to some of The Best New Music Released This Week

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Monday New Tunes and Beware the Ides of June?

The Ides are in every month whether you eat a Caesar salad or not …

Monday is the day many establishments reopen around the world. Be afraid or breathe a sigh of relief ? Your call.

In the words of Paul McCartney; ‘Live and let die?’

Please listen below to some of The Best New Music Released This Week and Some Music Information.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Best New Tunes

Music is created everyday.

Music knows no disease and it is the ultimate cure for most ailments.

Please listen below to some of The Best New Music Released This Week

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