Chris Vachon plays guitar for Roomful of Blues … For forty – five years, the band plays in a roomful of Blues fans. Opening up for or backing guys like B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton. In a Canadian connection, the band is most known as being Colin James’ ‘Little Big Band’. A… More Roomful of Blues – From B.B. King to Colin James; The Little Big Band That Could ...
Rebecca Fiset Cote has an amazing voice. That is the easy part. Songwriting and making her way into a world filled with wannabes is the hard part. Can she accomplish what she wants with her life? To make a career as a singer? Please listen below as ‘Becky’ talks about her dreams, aspirations and… More You Can Call Her ‘ Becky …’
Rob Lutes is ‘one of those guys …’ A guy whose name circulates like a breeze entering a screen door in the green humid pastures of Canada’s vast farmland. Omni – present, appreciated, yet seldom heard over the dales of the County lines. Until now. Please listen below as Rob speaks of his latest project… More Montreal and Canada’s Hidden Songwriter; Rob Lutes
Justin Saladino is a good student. For that matter, he is also a good teacher. Please listen below as Justin talks about his influences, his band and what is in store for them in the coming weeks. An EP perhaps? Justin? Visit Justin Here! Justin will be at Bistro a Jo Jo… More Justin Saladino; Montreal’s Next Frank Marino?
New York, New Jersey, New Guinea … new music! Please listen below to some new tunes! We can’t listen to the same six classic songs over and over now can we?
Marc Manseau and Helgi Piccinin need your help. Visit A Purdie Good Life Here The two filmmakers are making a documentary of the World’s Most Recorded Drummer. Bernard ‘Pretty’ Purdie has recorded with Aretha Franklin, James Brown, the Rolling Stones and Miles Davis. That’s just a few … Click here to access their Crowdfunding page… More Two Filmmakers from Montreal Need Your Help to Make Musical History
Patrick Lehman’s father passed away before his latest album was completed. Sad – yet a blessing in disguise for the Montreal born singer and songwriter. Please listen below as Patrick talks about his Dad and the influence he had on his life and his latest album. Patrick? Please help me to continue helping young artists!… More Patrick Lehman – ‘For Dad …’
A lot coming … Please listen below to what’s coming in Montreal and on Rick Keene Music Scene
Dave the Bartender is never asleep on the job … That’s because he is never there! Nevertheless – when he is slinging drinks, he gathers information faster than a janitor at a Bordello collects condom wrappers. Please listen below as Dave the Bartender answers questions sent in by the listeners of Rick Keene Music… More Rick Keene Music Scene Presents – Ask Dave the Bartender
Keith Richards can no longer play guitar like the Richards of old. Any Rolling Stones review post – coconut tree (shrub) incident must include this fact. Stones’ fans know it, newer fans and people seeing the band for the first time must be educated. A combination of arthritic fingers / memory loss and /… More Ladies and Gentlemen – The Rolling Stones in Quebec
The 1970’s were a strange decade but a good one. Mood Rings, Pet Rocks, Disco, CB Radios – it was a definable decade of different dimensions. Leisure suits, shag carpeting and waterbeds. Trends which were all the rage while listening to The Carpenters, Heart, The Eagles, Peter Frampton and hundreds of bands and solo artists… More Rick Keene Music Scene Presents; ‘ This ‘ 70’s Show!
Joss Stone In Montreal, it’s called ‘l’eau’ for your soul and that is exactly what Joss Stone provided at Metropolis on Sunday evening as the 36th Edition of The Montreal International Jazz Festival drew to a close. What a way to go out … Joss Stone, complete with a ‘Superheavy’ resume constituting of collaborations with… More Jazz Festival Reviews – Joss Stone
Mike Love The Beach Boys have nothing to do with it … Mike Love is his own entity. Figuratively and literally. Not only that – how many musicians visit Montreal from their native Hawaii? Mike Love did last night at Metropolis as the opening act for Britain’s Joss Stone. According to Mike ( and there… More Jazz Festival Review – Mike Love
Justin Townes Earle If anyone has a grumpy outlook on life, or – more to the point, a realistic outlook on life, it is Justin Townes Earle. At Place des Arts, Townes Earle ( son of Steve Earle), was the first act in a triple bill featuring The Mavericks and Lucinda Williams. Justin vented and… More Jazz Festival Reviews – Justin Townes Earle, The Mavericks and Lucinda Williams
The 36th Edition of The Montreal International Jazz Festival is heading towards the final weekend. As the weather turns from frightful into delightful – head on down and enjoy the best festival of it’s type in the world! Listen below to a few of the shows this weekend and click on the Jazz festival logo… More Take An Elevator Ride with Miles Davis and Discover What’s Happening at The Jazz Festival
You got to be ‘Hip to be Square …’ Face it, the musical feeling about Huey Lewis and The News circulating the planet some thirty years following the release of their album ‘Sports’ – is not very … musical. It is easy to write off an 80’s band. Even easier to write off a ‘video’… More Jazz Festival Reviews – Huey Lewis and The News
Joss Stone is not your stay-at-home-type … The England – born singer continues to strut her ‘free spirit’ mentality with a tour and subsequent album. Determined to sing ‘in every Country in the world’ – Joss is on a musical voyage. Several factors are responsible for her upcoming release aptly titled ‘Water for Your Soul’. Bob Marley’s… More Joss Stone – Anything But A Rock As She Heads to Montreal …
James Cotton A legend was in the house … Mr. James Cotton – the harp player in Muddy Waters’ band for twelve years, Sonny Boy Williamson’s student and fellow Mississippian B.B. King’s friend – was in Montreal on Saturday night. For two reasons. To entertain and to receive the first annual B.B. King award. Mission… More Jazz Festival Reviews – James Cotton / John Mayall / Harry Manx
Garland Jeffries ain’t dead yet … Far from it. Friday night at Place des Arts, the seventy-one year old singer and songwriter displayed his youthful character, in song and spirit. Once a rebel – always a rebel. ‘I promised my wife and daughter to stay calm …’ Words from the Brooklyn-born Jeffries seconds after jumping… More Jazz Festival Reviews – Steve Miller Band / Garland Jeffries
June 25th – Theatre du Nouveau Monde Colin James – Acoustic Sessions Colin James seems like a kid … Following a quarter century ( yes – a quarter century) as a professional musician, James is no longer a kid. He is on his way to becoming a seasoned Blues-man. Friday night, James and his touring… More Jazz Festival Reviews – Colin James June 25th Theatre du Nouveau Monde