Ron Keel feels that rock, southern rock and even country fans will enjoy Ron Keel Band’s debut album
Keel, Steeler and Ron Keel Band frontman Ron Keel was recently interviewed by Daily Boom and the former commented on how his audience has grown.
The singer advised: “I love that we’ve got 25-year-olds in the audience just eating it up and loving what the new band is doing without knowing my history or what I did before they were even born. They get to go back and visit where I’ve been and then they can go along for the ride to wherever we’re headed. The old fans have been very tolerant as well. Those people that have followed me since the ’80s, that have been around for all the twists and turns that my career has taken and that are still there, just enjoying the music, I’m so grateful for them.
This record really resonates in the heart of all kinds of people. Rock fans, southern rock fans, and even country fans will enjoy it. It’s hard and heavy arena rock, but it is also cowboy rock with screaming vocals, screaming guitars and those thunderous drums. It has a little bit of the wild, wild midwest in there too. We had absolutely no preconceived notions of what the album would be or what it would sound like or the direction that the songs would take. We just got together and wrote the best songs that we possibly could. Some of the songs are very reminiscent of the commercial rock that I was known for in the ’80s.
There are always predominant themes in my lyrics and one is the struggle to survive and the right to be who you are and to express yourself. “Fight Like A Band” is really about the struggle to survive and then the struggle to succeed. We’re all in the same boat. We all want to be happy and there are so many songs on this record that embody that.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Ron Keel at Daily Boom‘s website.
Sleaze Roxx stated the following in its review of Ron Keel Band‘s debut album Fight Like A Band, which was released in February 2019:
“… I enjoy most of the Ron Keel Band‘s debut album. There’s a lot to like on this record starting with the opening track “Road Ready” which starts with a really nice keyboard intro before the song launches into familiar Keel like material. It’s definitely one of the best tracks on the album. “Fight Like A Band” is a decent song but lacks a bit of punch and could have been played at a slightly faster pace. Nevertheless, the track has some nice melodies to it. I am not going to go track by track for this record but will mention the best and worse songs on the album. Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way. There’s a reason that Ron Keel uses the “Metal Cowboy” moniker and has the words tattooed on his arms. He plays metal and country rock, and that combo can be heard on quite a few tracks on Fight Like A Band. Sometimes, the songs turn out pretty good such as “Long Way Home” and “Fire Rain”, and sometimes, the tracks fall a bit flat such as “Good Songs Bad Times” and the very Bon Jovi country phase sounding “Just A Cowboy.” Those last two tracks are just too country for my liking and I have a hard time getting through them every if there are some good melodies to them.”
Ron Keel Band‘s “Road Ready” lyric video:
From the FIGHT LIKE A BAND album, released March 1 2019