Ron Keel Band has signed a worldwide recording agreement with David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group.

The new album project will feature new original music, killer covers of southern rock classics, a brand-new medley of the Keel hits “The Right To Rock,” “Tears Of Fire,” “Somebody’s Waiting,” and “Because The Night,” and the recent singles “Dead Man Rockin’” and “Homesick.”

“This project is a dream come true for me,” confesses Ron Keel. “The fans and I are in total agreement – we treasure the Keel classics from the 80’s, and I’ve always wanted another shot at those vocals. I was young and green then, and the singer that cut those tracks had a lot of growing to do as a vocalist. Now after three decades of practice, I am delivering those songs with new strength and authority that was missing on the original recordings.”

Keel has indeed been getting a lot of practice as the Ron Keel Band pursued a relentless touring schedule this summer – headline shows in front of tens of thousands include the Sturgis Rally, Hot Harley Nights, fairs, festivals, and arenas plus tour dates supporting Tesla.

RKB has a tradition of tackling iconic southern rock anthems like “Ghost Riders In The Sky” and “Homesick,” and plans to expand on that formula with this release. “I considered at one point creating an entire album to pay tribute to the giants of that genre,” Keel explains. “One song each from the legends like Outlaws, Blackfoot, Hatchet, Skynyrd, Allman Brothers…we’re going to record a bunch of those and see what we have room for this time, but we have to also include our new originals and the Keel songs to really define our identity as a band.”

2018 promises to escalate the mayhem to a fever pitch, as RKB prepares to tour in support of the new album. Ron is also confirmed to appear at the Atlanta KISS Expo January 20th and will reunite with the original Keel band again for their fifth voyage on the 2018 Monsters Of Rock Cruise in February.

“My philosophy has always been to live each day, each show, each song as if it were my last, says Ron. “Tomorrow is not guaranteed for any of us…and this new album stands as a monument to our fans, the tough guys in this band, and my legacy as a small thread in the epic tapestry of rock & roll.”

The Ron Keel Band has kicked off a rocking summer tour schedule that features headline shows at major biker events, fairs, festivals and arenas as well as a couple of prime dates supporting multi-platinum rock veterans Tesla.

Having already visited Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska this year, the group is warmed up and ready for a sizzling summer run with all the classics that have made them regional favorites and some new material as well, such as their upcoming single and video “Homesick” and songs from Keel’s “Metal Cowboy” album.

June shows began with a headline performance at Yankton’s Rockin’ Ribfest, and will take the band next to Clark County Fairgrounds Saturday, June 24th for the Clark County Riders MC annual fundraiser/poker run. This event raises money for a variety of Clark County charities and specific families in need; in addition to the RKB concert there is great food, camping, full bar, biker games, door prizes and more. Details at

July 1st RKB joins the Bicentennial celebration in Ft. Pierre, South Dakota at the Silver Spur Concert Series:

The Ron Keel Band brings the big show home Saturday, July 8th for the headline slot at Hot Harley Nights, Sioux Falls’ biggest annual biker gathering. Over the past 21 years, Hot Harley Nights has become a tradition in Sioux Falls that has grown to bring thousands of generous people together each year in support of Make A Wish South Dakota, helping children with life-threatening medical conditions. Details at

In addition to supporting Hairball at the Red River Valley Fair in Fargo, ND on July 12th, Keel & company will be on tour opening for Tesla at The District in Sioux Falls July 27th and at the Verizon Center in Mankato, Minnesota July 28th.

A busy August starts with a return to the Sturgis Rally on the 8th headlining the Shade Valley Camp Resort concert stage ( As fair season shifts into high gear, RKB will be at the Stevens County Fair (Morris, MN) August 12th – Steele County Free Fair (Owatonna, MN) August 17 - McCleod County Fair (Hutchinson, MN) August 18th – and then returns to Sioux Falls for “Jam Against Hunger” August 27th to benefit “Feeding South Dakota.”

The band will continue into September and through the fall (the full schedule with details, info and ticket links is always online at, only slowing down long enough this winter to finish a new album project for release in 2018. “Summer time means getting out there on stage and working up a sweat,” Ron admits. “We feel like we’ve always got something to prove, and we’re very fortunate to have so many big shows this year. It’s time to go to work.”

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