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Ron Keel


Metal Cowboy

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Released January 2014
Format CD
Type Studio
Genre Hard Rock
Length 49:15
N of discs 1
Edition date January 2014
Label Self-released
Edition Details digipack


Reviewed by Raymond van Haaren

Ron Keel started his career with a Tennessee–based band called Lust. No records where made, but as many other people in the early 80’s he followed his dream, and came to LA to form a new band. Steeler was formed out of: Yngwie Malmsteen, Rik Fox and Mark Edwards. They lived for a short period as a band, because they fell apart. They only made one record simply titled 'Steeler' in 1983. Later on Keel started a new band called Keel and they released six albums on the label of Gold Mountain / A&M Records. Fact: two of them were produced by Gene Simmons of Kiss ('The Right to Rock' & 'The Final Frontier'). 

Ron also released a solo album in 2006 ‘Alone at Last’, and now in 2014 he is back with ‘Metal Cowboy’, a true hommage to his legacy. This album is made in a new way: fans can pre order a package deal and in return they get free stuff and an album download. And Ron gained money to make this album happening. In the modern economy this is called 'crowdfunding'. And I have to say Ron did a real good job.

I first heard about Keel in his weekly radio show called ‘The Streets of Rock n Roll’. So I checked out the band Keel and they were very good in the 
early 80’s! My expectations were very high when I was told about this project.
'Metal Cowboy' starts with his fermailore scream Yeah Yeah, and then go straight in high voltage rock n roll! The lyrics of ‘Long Gone Bad’ are about a time we thought rock n' roll could change the world. Lead single ‘Wild Forever’ is an 80's sounding rock n' roll song of an older man who will stay young all of his life. ‘My Bad’ is one of my favorite tracks because it's about the modern days that we should take responsibility of our actions and have to care for the ones we love.

In the song ‘What Would Skynyrd Do’ we find out that even Keel has his idols, and its a pretty damn good song! It could be played by the Skynyrd's themselves. I love the organ parts because they sound real Southern. After this hommage we get the cowboy styled ballad ‘Just Like Tennessee’, a nice slow song, you can feel the passion Keel put in this song.

‘The Last Ride’ gives us a glimpse of the more darker styled music Ron has made over the years. I really love the guitar riffs here. ‘When Love Goes Down’ starts with a 80's minded keyboard tune before turning into a real Rock Ballad. You will find yourself sing it loud without noticing. Ron explains the way a rocker lives in ‘Singers, Hookers and Thieves’, a duet with Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot/King Kobra). 

'Metal Cowboy' combines Keel's raw metal voice with the country styled rock and a twist of southern rock. The album is produced by R. Bernard Mann and Ron Keel himself and they mixed it at The Hide Out in Las Vegas. And just like a real cowboy this disk contains a low arrangement of mouth harmonica, and a heavy guitar riff underneath it. 

Whether you are a real metal head, a southern rock lover or just a fool for country music, you have to do yourself a favour and buy this album. It goes straight into the classic rock vault to be discovered by many other generations after us. With 'Metal Cowboy' Ron Keel even created a new genre called Cowboy Metal...

Ron Keel - vocals, guitars
Mike vanderhule (Y&T) - drums
Frank Hannon (Tesla) - guitars

With guest appearances from:
Oz Fox (Stryper)
Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat)
Geno Arce & Bryan Jay (Keel)
Stacey Blades (L.A. Guns)
Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot/King Kobra)
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