Three Sides Of The Coin’s Michael Brandvold and Tommy Sommers are joined by veteran front-man Ron Keel. In Episode 386, June 16, 2020. Ron Keel is back! Man is he a blast to talk with… so many stories, so much energy! He kicks off with his greatest memory as a KISS fan and segues into working with Gene Simmons. We talk about vocal skills and vocal training. Then Tommy asks him about Motley Crue’s Vince Neil’s vocals. We end with a great discussion about his new album ‘South X South Dakota’ and southern rock. Listen below…
“At first, we didn’t even know Mike (producer Mike Dresch) was recording,” Ron says. “We were just having fun. But of course, Mike records everything we do, and when I started listening back I realized that we had something really cool on our hands.”
The band has had a lot of practice on these tunes; many of them have been included in their live show for the past several years. Their cover of “Ghost Riders In The Sky” was the debut single and video when RKB was known as the “Badlands House Band” and “Homesick” (originally recorded by Atlanta Rhythm Section) was their 2017 summer single. Both those recordings are included on the new SXSD collection.
Venturing slightly from traditional southern rock fare, the album also includes “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” and a live recording of the band’s CCR Medley of “Born On The Bayou/Bad Moon Rising/Fortunate Son.”
And now the SXSD album project has evolved into a full-on concert experience as the Ron Keel Band is booking select performances which will feature all these songs and more. Fans at the “South X South Dakota” shows will also get treated to all the southern rock classics and more, including Eagles music (“If the Eagles had been from anywhere but California, they would have been dubbed southern rock,” Keel claims) and other outlaw standards from Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels and more.
“I realize that even though I’ve sold a few million albums in my career, there are still a lot of people who aren’t familiar with me or my work,” Ron explains. “But everybody knows and loves these classics, so when we do a casino show, or a big bike event, this platform allows us to give the people what they want while introducing them to some of our new original music at the same time.”
Since launching in 2012 Three Sides of the Coin has been viewed or listened to over 6,000,000 times. Three Sides of the Coin has been joined by special guests including former KISS lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, Eddie Trunk, WWE Superstar and lead singer of Fozzy Chris Jericho, Angel lead guitarist Punky Meadows, Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook, Vinnie Vincent Invasion and Slaughter lead singer Mark Slaughter, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, comedian Craig Gass, KISS’ former business manager Chris Lendt, the Black Veil Brides’ Andy Biersack, Frank Munoz associate producer for Ace Frehley’s Anomaly album, award winning songwriter Adam Mitchell, Ed Kanon (Peter Criss’ drum tech), Kevin Valentine (drummer on KISS’ Psycho Circus album). Three Sides of the Coin was picked (October 2013) as a ‘What’s Hot’ podcast by Apple’s iTunes. In the early ’90s, Michael Brandvold launched the fifth ever website on the Internet devoted to KISS, KISS Otaku. He built, launched and maintained Kissonline.com (KISS’ official web presence). He now owns Michael Brandvold Marketing, providing marketing services and digital strategy to musicians. Tommy Sommers spent 15 years on the record show circuit collecting, trading and selling memorabilia / Kiss merchandise. He is now a successful residential Real Estate agent in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area. Tommy has also produced a KISS song For The Oddfathers and is the owner of Rock Steady Digital Photography. Mark Cicchini, is a world renown KISS collector. KISS have used parts of Mark’s vast KISS collection for audio, video & print materials including their book NOTHIN TO LOSE, CD re release of the LOVE GUN album & the VH1 Ultimate Album KISS ALIVE! special as well as many other KISS projects. His wife also makes a mean meatloaf!!! It’s only our opinion… it’s neither right nor wrong.