Ron Keel / Bio


UPDATED: December 2017
NOW KNOWN AS: The Metal Cowboy

Once he was a rock star….fame & glory, money & power. Now, the ‘Slow Death’ stalks him…the biochemical effects of the Aftermath.

They say he never sleeps…

Legends say that only the power of rock n roll keeps the world from forever collapsing into darkness, death and decay.

So with his last breath, he’ll be screaming loud…he will die fighting, defending the right to rock.

Armed & dangerous. Handle with extreme caution.

Ron Keel’s 35 year career in the entertainment business has taken him from the concrete jungle of arena rock to the dirt roads of country music. Now, in addition to touring as a solo artist and with the Badlands House Band, the Metal Cowboy is rocking the airwaves Monday-Friday on KBAD 94.5 FM, the #1 rock station in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

After selling millions of records and touring the world as both a heavy metal screamer (KEEL, Steeler, and a brief encounter with Black Sabbath) and a country music artist (Ronnie Lee Keel, The Rat’lers, Country Superstars Show), Ron’s solo album “Metal Cowboy” combined both genres, establishing a style and a persona which captures the heart and personality of this self proclaimed rock n’ roll outlaw. That musical journey continues with the release of the brand new single “Dead Man Rockin’,” an anthemic affirmation of the hard working/hard partying attitude that drives Keel ever forward.

After nearly three years hosting the highly succesful “Streets Of Rock & Roll” rock-and-talk syndicated radio show, making the transition to being a daily rock jock on KBAD was the next step on Keel’s radio journey. He is on the air from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM Central Time weekdays and combines the station’s diverse playlist with stories from the road and rock history, as well as interviews and extensive listener interaction on the Bad Phone.

Ron Keel’s legendary major label debut album “The Right To Rock” was produced by KISS’ Gene Simmons – Keel went on to notch three albums on Billboard’s Hot 100 as well as MTV and radio hits such as “The Right To Rock,” “Because The Night,” “Tears Of Fire,” “Somebody’s Waiting,” and “Rock & Roll Outlaw.”
As a songwriter, Ron has dozens of TV and film credits – major movies like “Men In Black II,” “Dolphin Tale,” “The Messengers” and many more – and his songs have been featured in hit TV shows like “Desperate Housewives,” “The Simpsons,” “X-Files,” “King Of The Hill,” and the Daytona 500 broadcast.

In addition to the release of his acclaimed solo album “Metal Cowboy,” his official autobiography “Even Keel: Life On The Streets Of Rock & Roll” was published in 2014. National Rock Review says this about it:

“Ultimately, this book is more a story of drive and persistence than ‘just’ a Sunset Strip rock book. It’s a lesson in survival. Of being humble and doing everything it takes to achieve what you love to do. You’ll buy the book for its nostalgia. You’ll finish it feeling you can do anything you set your mind to.”


• Vocalist/Guitarist/Songwriter/Entertainer – solo artist and band leader for the Badlands House Band

• Rock DJ on KBAD 94.5 FM, the #1 rock station in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Former host of the “Streets of Rock & Roll” radio show syndicated worldwide on 50 FM/AM/internet affiliate stations and networks

• Lead vocalist for million-selling rockers Keel – multiple albums charted in Billboard’s Hot 100 - Recording Artist for A&M Records, MCA Records, Frontiers Records & Universal Music – the band most recently released “Streets Of Rock & Roll” in conjunction with “The Right To Rock: 25th Anniversary Edition” produced by Gene Simmons of KISS

• Solo album “METAL COWBOY” and autobiography “EVEN KEEL: Life On The Streets Of Rock & Roll” released simultaneously in 2014

• 2016 concert appearances at the Sturgis Bike Rally, Lone Star Rally (Galveston TX), and fairs/festivals/arenas in 9 states

• Produced the soundtrack for the acclaimed documentary rock film “Hair I Go Again” released in 2016 (also starred in the movie and served as technical consultant)

• Toured with/opened for Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Dio, Chris LeDoux, Queensryche, Dokken, Great White, Cinderella, many more

• Teaching/Coaching/Counseling at the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

• Music producer and creative consultant for the acclaimed documentary film “Hair I Go Again” released in 2016

• 50+ album discography – Rock, Heavy Metal, Country, Motion Picture Soundtracks and Guest Appearances

• 2009 - present: KEEL featured at major festivals including Rocklahoma, M3 (2009, 2014), MidWest RockFest, South Texas Rock Festival, Monsters of Rock Cruise appearances (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) – and 2011 headline tour of Europe

• 2009 Solo Acoustic Tour of England, Scotland, and Wales

• Music featured in motion pictures & television include: “Men In Black II,” "Dolphin Tale," "The Messengers," “Hair I Go Again,” "Chill Factor," "A Thousand Acres," “Desperate Housewives,” “X-Files,” “Raising Hope,” "The Simpsons" and many more

• 1996 Winner: “Album Of The Year” (Western Country) & “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Country Music Clubs of America

• 1985 KEEL awarded as “Best New Band” - Metal Edge, Hit Parader Magazine, and Circus Magazine

• Featured in books such as “Tales From The Stage Volume 1” (author: Michael Toney), “Pro Secrets Of Heavy Rock Singing” (author: Bill Martin), “Black Sabbath: Never Say Die” (author: Garry Sharpe-Young), and many reference books related to metal and hard rock

General Info

Band Members
Solo Artist/Lead Vocalist for KEEL
Artist Name
Ron Keel
Profile Page
Rock / Country / Hard Rock

Contact Info

Sioux Falls, SD