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EMP Label Group Announces “EMP Outlaw” Southern Rock/Outlaw Country Imprint

2018 is here and making sure that you have all the necessary tools in your arsenal to Rock straight out of the gates. This press release educates us in the formation of the brand new extension of the EMP Label Group family. Take a look below.

The Press Release:
EMP LABEL GROUP has announced the formation of EMP OUTLAW, a Southern Rock/Outlaw Country Imprint, set to reissue “METAL COWBOY”, the 2014 independent release from legendary Steeler/Keel vocalist Ron Keel, in stores 3/2/18. 2018 will also see the studio debut from Ron Keel Band, the highly anticipated follow up to “METAL COWBOY”, entitled “FIGHT LIKE A BAND”.

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 under his eponymous KEEL 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”

“METAL COWBOY RELOADED” features remixed and remastered versions of the tracks from the original independent release, featuring a star studded lineup of guest musicians including Frank Hannon (Tesla), Mike Vanderhule (Y&T), Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt/Quiet Riot), Travis Toy (Rascal Flatts) and more, including fan favorite tracks “Just Like Tennessee” and “What Would Skynyrd Do?” , plus the bonus track “Rock N Roll Hell” featuring Troy Lucketta (Tesla) on drums and Jeff Labar/Eric Brittingham from Cinderella on guitar and bass.
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“Bring It On” by IronHorse

Artist: Ironhorse
Title: “Bring It On”
Label: Compendia Music Group
Release Date: 9/21/2004
Genre: Southern Country Metal
Rating: 8/10

When the Ironhorse CD arrived it included a fact sheet that described it as “Southern Country Metal”. At that point I admit that reading this caused me to have no idea what I was in store for. However, I soon found myself enjoying the music and storytelling that one will generally get in country oriented music. The band is fronted by Ronnie Keel who in the 80’s fronted his own Metal band and prior to that was a member of Steeler with an also young Yngwie Malmsteen. Ron has gone a long way from that initial sound, yet I feel he might have clicked with something here. There is so much accessibility to this CD, that some of the songs could even fit with the sounds that Bon Jovi or even Travis Tritt put out. They would make a good opening band for either of these performers if you ask me.
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