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Ron Keel
Metal Cowboy
April 2014
Released: 2014, Wild West Media Prod.
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

METAL COWBOY is a difficult album to describe. It’s not Metal, nor is it Country. It does blend both genre’s to give us a product that is fresh and unique. There are some Southern Rock influences on it as well so it is pretty diverse yet unified.

I didn’t know what to expect from an album with such an in your face title. There have been many attempts to blend both Metal and Country over the years, some more successful than others but this one is different. The songs have an edge to them yet tell a story in the way that Country songs do. This is really noticible on the slower song “Just Like Tennessee”. The strumming guitar, piano and Ron’s heartfelt vocals make this one distinct track. At times you nearly get his infamous Keel scream. It’s a song like “What Would Skynyrd Do” that those Southern Rock influences really shine through. Hell, this song could have been a Skynyrd tune, it’s that good. Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot/Rough Cutt) does a duet with Ron on “Singers, Hookers & Thieves” which is another mellower tune with a great story. The disc ends off with a fun tune called “3 Chord Drinkin’ Song” in which the Sin City Sinners are featured as Ron band. A fine way to close out this solo album.

A fine album that I’m sure you will enjoy, especially this summer outside around the fire while having a few beers. METAL COWBOY is the perfect album for that kind of setting or just driving down that long stretch of pavement. Either way, this should be in your collection. It may not grab you at first but the more you listen to it the more you will like it.
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