Metal Cowboy Reloaded features remixed and remastered versions of the tracks from Ron Keel‘s original independent release, including fan favourites Just Like Tennessee and What Would Skynyrd Do?
The Last Ride
Just Like Tennessee
Dead Man Rockin’
What Would Skynyrd Do
Singers Hookers & Thieves
The Cowboy Road
When Love Goes Down
Evil Wicked Mean & Nasty
Long Gone Bad
Three Chord Drinkin’ Song (Live in Studio)
My Bad (Radio Version)
After a storied career that began as lead vocalist for Steeler, which would also go on to include guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, and selling millions of records with his eponymous Keel project with classic albums The Right to Rock and The Final Frontier (both produced by Kiss‘ Gene Simmons), Keel veered off into brave new territory with the decidedly Southern Rock/Outlaw Country feel of Metal Cowboy.
Originally released in 2014, Metal Cowboy was a bold new direction for Ron, pulling strongly from the playbook of Country and Southern Rock, while maintaining the powerful rock edge and unmistakable powerhouse vocals Keel is known for. While Keel had some success in Country and Southern Rock after the dissolution of Keel (who reunited in 2008), Metal Cowboy definitively established Ron’s musical identity, although its genesis had far deeper roots.
“We (Keel) recorded a version of Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaw for Penelope Spheeris for the Dudes Movie Soundtrack that also features Megadeth, W.A.S.P., Steve Vai, and Jane’s Addiction. It ended up being a great cult film and I’d love it even if I wasn’t in it. That really was the genesis of the Metal Cowboy – …Outlaw became my signature song, and ended up featured in the movie twice!”
Keel went on to form the Ron Keel Band, with a new powerhouse band featuring the best players the Midwest has to offer. While sticking to the earthy Southern charms of Metal Cowboy, RKB showcases a new, rich musical fabric for Keel and his bandmates.