Bob Walsh – ‘After the Storm’ ; First Album Following Triple Bypass Surgery

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Bob Walsh has been around.

The Bluesman has played with everyone in the Quebec Blues scene at one point in time.

Nanette Workman, Guy Belanger … the list goes on.

Please listen below as Bob talks abut the new disc, his recent health issues (including the replacement of his aorta) and his love of music.

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Chess – The Musical ; Bringing a Piece of ABBA to Montreal

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ABBA and musicals – not exactly synonymous with  one another.

Two of the Swedish group’s members ( along with Tim Rice) wrote a soundtrack which is beyond fabulous.

Please listen below as Producer Noelle Hannibal discusses this Saturday’s show. Hear some of the great tunes involved as well.

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Randy Bachman: Master Guitarist Delivers Classic Rock and Power

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Special to Rick Keene Music Scene

Three names invariably come up in discussions about which Canadian rock group deserves the label ‘Best of All Time’. There are legitimate arguments to be made for the Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Rush – with a few pretenders sprinkled in for good measure. It’s no accident that Randy Bachman is a founder and major player in two of these three super groups.

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The legendary guitarist brought his new Power Trio (plus 1) to a small but appreciative audience at Montreal’s Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre last Thursday night. The show came on the heels of Bachman’s new album release ‘ Heavy Blues’ which had dropped two days earlier. The album is a very strong release which features guitar solos from Neil Young, Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph and the late Jeff Healey.

While the Winnipeg native played a few excellent tracks from the new disc (Wild Texas Ride and Confessin’ to the Devil stand out), the evening belonged to the hits. Ah yes, the hits – those songs forever etched in our collective music memory, creating the soundtrack of our lives.

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Roll these song titles off your tongue: These Eyes, American Woman, Undun, No Time, No Sugar Tonight, Shakin’ All Over, Takin’ Care of Business, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, Let it Ride, Roll on Down the Highway, Lookin’ Out for #1… you get the idea.

He played them all with a fervour rarely seen by any musician nowadays – much less one who will turn 72 in September.

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Bachman’s strength is in his superior guitar playing and song-writing ability. He’s never been a strong vocalist, but can you imagine a rock anthem like Takin’ Care of Business being sung by anyone else?

His new crackerjack band consists of Dale-Anne Brendon (drums), Montreal native Anna Ruddick (bass) and Brent Knudsen (vocals, guitar).

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Brendon doesn’t just play the drums – she attacks them! Her prowess even caught the eye of The Who’s Pete Townshend during a 2013 theatrical performance of the rock opera Tommy in Stratford, Ont. He told Bachman, who was sitting next to him at the time, that she reminded him of The Who’s late great thrasher, Keith Moon. High praise indeed.

Highlights on this night included two of BTO’s softer ballads – Lookin’ Out for #1 and Blue Collar. Bachman’s stellar jazz-influenced guitar work and simple, but profound lyrics resonated with the aging, but appreciative audience.

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Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was having Montreal-based guitar god Steve Hill perform with him on stage for a few songs. The two traded riffs on Hill’s song The Collector, before launching into Bachman’s Heavy Blues (title track of his new album), American Woman and Takin’ Care of Business.

As the crowd stood and cheered, Bachman described Hill as the next Jeff Beck. Not too shabby.

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One song that didn’t work was a rocked up version of the Guess Who classic Undun, which Bachman proudly introduced as sounding like Led Zeppelin. He explained that the original version wasn’t quite what he wanted because ex bandmate Burton Cummings insisted on playing a flute solo in it. Well, the new version was a mess. It didn’t really sound like Zep, and quite frankly it could have used Cummings’ flute and off-the-chart vocals.

However, that was simply a minor glitch in an evening of otherwise fantastic power rock and blues, interspersed with Bachman’s gifted storytelling. There’s something about seeing a rock concert with no laser light show, no background dancers, no explosions and no Autotune. What you got was a night of stripped down rock and roll, delivered to perfection by a Canadian icon – the way music is supposed to be played.

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FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS.

100 Anniversary of The Armenian Genocide; A Conversation with Lousnak

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A racially charged mass murder or a displacement of entire races from their homelands. Sometimes banishing families forever or cornering them into small communities. Either way – humanity on display at it’s worst.

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Please listen below as Armenian descendant Lousnak explains an event on April 22nd to raise attention to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

 

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David Henman – ‘ Me and Cousin Jim Wrote Our First Song When We Were Twelve …’ Part Two

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David, Jim and Ritchie Henman – along with Myles Goodwyn; formed April Wine.

 

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Following stints with bands such as Prism ,The Dudes, and The DebutantesDavid Henman has never stopped playing music.

Please listen below in Part Two as David speaks on many things.

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David Henman – ‘ Me and Cousin Jim Wrote Our First Song When We Were Twelve …’

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David, Jim and Ritchie Henman – along with Myles Goodwyn; formed April Wine.

Following stints with bands such as Prism ,The Dudes, and The DebutantesDavid Henman has never stopped playing music.

Please listen below as David speaks of his last two projects.

Stay tuned for part two.

 

 

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Randy Bachman – Taking Care of Business … Again!

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At one point in time – Randy Bachman was one half of a songwriting tandem which outsold The Beatles and Rolling Stones. Not bad for a boy / man from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 

The Guess Who – Randy’s former ‘super – group'; responsible for many musical memories which are etched firmly into the subconscious of the 1960’s and early 70’s music lover.

 

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Randy Bachman has a new album.

Heavy Blues is the name of the disc and  it includes several well known special guests. Some of whom – more than familiar to Canadian music fans.

 

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Please listen as Randy speaks of the new album and how some of the guest spots were filled and why.

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Joe Bonamassa – Live at Red Rocks ! Now – Montreal!

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Joe Bonamassa is the real deal.

 

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Carrying the legacy of the Blues to a higher level – all the while keeping his feet planted firmly in  ‘Muddy Waters’.

And … Howlin’ Wolf

 

Listen below to hear some tracks off Joe’s homage to the pair of fabled Bluesmen.

Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks? Can it get any better?

Yes – He’s in Montreal the 9th and 10th of April!

 

 

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Ask Dave the Bartender – Easter Bunny Streaking?

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Dave the Bartender is a busy guy …

Then – he goes to work as a bartender.

 

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Not only does he see and hear everything, Dave the Bartender knows everything he sees and hears. A lethal combination of knowledge and / or hearsay.

Please listen below as Dave the Bartender answers your musical questions.

 

 

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The Alec Mcelcheran Trio – Bluesy Rock n Roll At It’s Best! Part Two

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When it comes to adding Blues and Rock together – there are very few bands who have pulled it off and lasted …

The Rolling Stones are the true survivors. Always keeping to their Blues roots while staying trendy over the years.

The Alec Mcelcheran Trio capture the Blues in the true vain of The Stones while adding other elements to keep it fresh.

Just like the Stones …

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Please listen below to Part Two of my interview with Alec. One of the most interesting conversations about music this side of Muddy Waters.

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The Alec Mcelcheran Trio – Bluesy Rock n Roll At It’s Best!

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When it comes to adding Blues and Rock together – there are very few bands who have pulled it off and lasted …

The Rolling Stones are the true survivors. Always keeping to their Blues roots while staying trendy over the years.

The Alec Mcelcheran Trio capture the Blues in the true vain of The Stones while adding other elements to keep it fresh.

Just like the Stones …

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Please listen below in Part One of my interview with Alec. One of the most interesting conversations about music this side of Muddy Waters.

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Guess that Tune – Win a Prize!

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It’s always fun to listen to music. It’s even funner to listen to bits of music and try to guess the artist and song title.

It’s even funner if you can win a prize!

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Listen below – guess the ten songs and send them to rickkeene2@gmail.com

If you are right, you are eligible to win tickets to see a show. What show? That answer will be emailed to you.

Thanks for listening – talk soon !

(This contest is not associated with k103.7fm)

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What’s Happening in Montreal and The Greatest Half Hour of Music!

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Lots going on in the city.

Lots of tunes, fun times and finally … warmth !

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Please listen below to several upcoming concert announcements, what’s coming on Rick Keene Music Scene and several great songs – new and old.

What better way to start off your weekend?

Click on The Montreal International Jazz Festival logo as well as Evenko to discover and buy tickets to a whole bunch of great shows in and around Montréal.

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Cristie Healey; Remembering Jeff …

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Jeff Healey was one of a kind …

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There were many guitarists better than him. He was better than many guitarists. The one thing that set Jeff apart was something many do not have.

Courage.

 

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Courage to obtain goals. One thing which made Jeff  the man whose legacy will remain forever. Because of courage.

Please listen below as Cristie Healey – Jeff’s widow, talks about her husband in a way only a best friend could.

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Celebrate Jeff Healey’s Birthday; Buy a Limited Edition Print and Give to Daisy’s Eye Cancer Fund – Part One

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Photographer James St Laurent is doing his part.

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On March 2nd 2008, Canada and the world lost a great human being. Jeff Healey passed away on that date and the universe lost a piece of it’s orchestra.

Jeff’s legacy lives on. 

His music, his family and now a couple of prints taken by James St Laurent – providing the tools necessary to ensure a better quality of life is guaranteed for everyone.

Please listen below. In part one – James St Laurent talks about his meetings with Jeff and what will happen if you buy a print of Jeff in a familiar concert setting. In Part two – Cristie Healey, Jeff’s widow, speaks of her husbands’ legacy and some memories and thoughts shared to her by Jeff.

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Robi Botos; Good Things Come To Those Who Wait .​.​.

Jazz pianist Robi Botos has come a long way.

Literally.

This Hungarian refugee, currently living in Toronto, had a dream. To play music and make people happy. He arrived in Canada with family in tow and – following tutelages with the likes of Oscar Peterson, his dream is closer than before.

Please listen as Robi explains mostly everything.

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