Dave Ellefson Announces New “BASSTORY” Tour

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Megadeth bassist and EMP Label Group founder Dave Ellfson is launching a new solo tour.

Ellefson, who also runs Ellefson Coffee Company, will embark on what he has dubbed the “Basstory” starting September 21 in Portland, Oregon.  The tour is being labeled as an intimate “storyteller” type of presentation in which Ellefson stories of his years in the music industry along with solo bass performances.

The tour is currently very short with only five confirmed dates including two dates in Texas and two more in Washington state.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

BASSTORY DATES:
9/20 Portland, OR – Dante’s
9/21 Spokane Valley, WA – The Roadhouse
9/22 Fife, WA – Louie G’s
9/28 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s
9/29 Houston, TX – BFE Rock Club

Tickets and VIP packages are available now here.

Ellefson said of the new tour dates and format that he has been looking forward to the outing.

“I have always done clinics, and a few years ago did an amazing spoken word tour in Australia to support my book My Life With ‘Deth, and have always welcomed the opportunity to be able to meet and connect with fans on a more intimate level.  These important parts of my professional life converged to create BASSTORY,” Ellefson said.  “Not only will fans get to hear some of their favorite bass riffs, but the stories behind them.  It’s not often I get to get into small, intimate rock clubs, the way this all started, and I’m excited for fans to get to experience this show.”

More information on Ellefson’s upcoming tour is available online now along with all of his latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.davidellefson.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/davidellefson

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ellefsondavid

 

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Ellefson Coffee Company Announces Appearances To Promote New Drink

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Megadeth bassist Dave Ellfson’s success as an entrepreneur just keeps growing.

Just announced Thursday, Ellefson has announced some new in-person appearances alongside The Ron Keel Band to promote the growth of Ellefson’s beverage offerings and the release of The Ron Keel Band’s album Metal Cowboy Reloaded.  Ellefson, who will be on hand at each of the four currently scheduled appearances — March 16 – March 18 — will be promoting Ellefson Coffee Company’s new Urban Legend Coffee Stout alcoholic drink alongside Sioux Falls microbrewery Hydra Beer Company.

The forthcoming debut of the new drink come on the heels of the successful January debut of Combat Blood and Bullets Cabernet, a 2015 California cabernet, and Combat Hard Cider.  The cider is infused with Ellefson Coffee Company’s coffee.  Both drinks were cellared and bottled by Scottsdale, AZ’s Desert Rock Winery.  Both drinks are also available online at http://www.combatwines.com.

As noted already, The Ron Keel Band will also be on hand at some of the currently scheduled appearances.  The band’s performances at the dates, listed below, are in promotion for the upcoming release of its album Metal Cowboy Reloaded.  It will be available in stores and online March 23 via EMP Outlaw, the outlaw country arm of EMP Label Group.

Meet David at the following locations:
Friday 3/16 7 PM
HYDRA BEER COMPANY, SIOUX FALLS, SD
URBAND LEGEND COFFEE STOUT LAUNCH/
RON KEEL METAL COWBOY RELOADED CD RELEASE

Saturday 3/17 2 PM
DOWN IN THE VALLEY, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
MEET AND GREET WITH DAVID ELLEFSON
8020 OLSON MEMORIAL HWY
GOLDEN VALLEY MN 55427

SATURDAY 3/17 7 PM
WHATSUP LOUNGE – MANKATO, MN
RON KEEL METAL COWBOY RELOADED CD RELEASE
WITH MEET AND GREET WITH DAVID ELLEFSON

SUNDAY 3/18 2 PM
KNOW NAME RECORDS, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
MEET AND GREET WITH DAVID ELLEFSON
6009 PORTLAND AVE. SO. MINNEAPOLIS, MN

More information on the upcoming scheduled appearances is available online now along with more Ellefson Coffe Company and Combat Wines news at:

Website: https://ellefsoncoffeeco.comhttps://desertrockindustries.ecwid.com/#!/Special-Bottles/c/20355002

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ellefsoncoffeeco

More information on Hydra Beer Company is available online now at:

Website: http://www.hydrabeercompany.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hydrabeer

Twitter: http://twitter.com/HydraBeerCo

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Ellefson Coffee Company Debuting New Lines At Winter NAMM

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Ellefson Coffee Company is appearing at this year’s annual Winter NAMM.

The company is exhibiting at Anaheim Convention Center in Hall D, Booth 3905.  It will be there along with company head Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group and its imprints, EMP Underground, EMP Outlaw, THC Music and the recently re-launched Combat Records.

ECC is debuting new signature coffee lines during its appearance at Winter NAMM including the Skid Row line, “Slave to the Grind,” Autograph’s “Get Off Your Ass” and “Whip’s Pacific Blend” from Michael Wilton (Queensryche, Skid Row).  Ellefson himself will be on hand to help promote the new coffee lines as well the bands on the EMP Label Group family.  Those acts include Doyle, Metal Allegiance, Marc Rizzo (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy) and many others.

EMP Label Group/ECC’s schedule for this year’s conference is noted below.

EMP LABEL GROUP/ELLEFSON COFFEE CO NAMM MEET AND GREET SCHEDULE
HALL D BOOTH 3905

THURSDAY
10 AM – MORNING COFFEE WITH DAVID ELLEFSON
3 PM – SYMBOLIC

FRIDAY
NOON – DOYLE
1 PM – DC4 – SHAWN DUNCAN, JEFF DUNCAN (ARMORED SAINT), ROWAN ROBERTSON (Ex-DIO)
2 PM – CO-OP
2:30 – DIRK VERBEUREN – MEGADETH
3:30 – METAL ALLEGIANCE – DAVID ELLEFSON, MIKE PORTNOY, ALEX SKOLNICK, MARK MENGHI
4:30 – MARC RIZZO – SOULFLY/CAVALERA CONSPIRACY

SATURDAY
10 AM – MORNING COFFEE WITH DAVID ELLEFSON
NOON – DAEG FAERCH
1 PM – METAL SANAZ
2 PM – ODIN – JEFF DUNCAN, SHAWN DUNCAN, AARON SAMSON
3 PM – DAEG FAERCH/CHRONUS
4 PM – METAL SANAZ

SUNDAY
12 PM – DAVID ELLEFSON
1 PM – METAL SANAZ

More information on Ellefson Coffee Company’s appearance at this year’s conference is available online now along with all of the company’s latest news at:

Website: http://ellefsoncoffeeco.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ellefsoncoffeeco

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/ellefsoncoffe

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EMP Outlaw Giving Audiences A Double Dose Of Ron Keel In 2018

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Ron Keel fans will get a double dose of the veteran southern rock artist’s music this year.

EMP Label Group officials announced via press release Tuesday that Keel’s 2014 album Metal Cowboy will be re-issued March 2 via EMP Label Group’s recently launched Southern Rock/Outlaw Country imprint EMP Outlaw.  Along with its release, this year will also see the long-awaited release of Fight Like A Band, the follow-up to Metal Cowboy.  It will also be released via EMP Outlaw.

EMP Outlaw’s upcoming Metal Cowboy re-issue features remixed and remastered versions of the original album’s songs, which featured guest appearances by Frank Hannon Troy Lucketta (Tesla), Travis Toy (Rascal Flatts) and Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt/Quiet Riot). It also includes the bonus studio track ‘Rock N Roll Hell,’ which features Jeff Labar and Eric Birttingham (Cinderella) and Mike Vanderhule (Y&T) on guitar and bass.

Keel said of releasing his music via EMP Outlaw that the decision and progress were natural.

“I knew EMP was the perfect home for this project,” Keel said.  “Knowing David (Ellefson) personally, their diverse artist roster, and the quality of their products and business model told me all I needed to know.”

EMP Label Group A&R Director Thom Hazzert agreed.

“When someone like Ron Keel comes to you and says he wants to be on your label, it pretty much just happens, and that’s pretty much verbatim how it happened,” Hazaert said.  “One day me and David got an email from Ron saying he was a fan of EMP and he wanted to be on the label. So we created a label just FOR him. Bottom line, Ron is one of the most talented Rock vocalists of our generation, and a true gentleman outlaw, and we are honored to have him as part of the EMP family.”

Keel said his albums’ upcoming releases are a new beginning for him and his new band.

“I want each album to contain new original music, covers of some classics that I love, and brand-new versions of songs from throughout my career,” Keel said.

More information on Ron Keel’s upcoming releases is available online now along with all of his latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://ronkeel.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ronkeel

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ronkeel

 

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Combat Records To Rise Again

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Combat Records is coming back.

EMP Label Group head Dave Ellefson announced this week that the label, which was one of the seminal punk and thrash labels from the 1980s, has been resurrected and will be part of the EMP Label Group family. The one-time powerhouse label shuttered its doors in the mid-2000s after its catalogue was absorbed by Sony Music.

The label’s official re-launch will happen in 2018, with its first release being British hard rock act Raven’s next, as yet untitled album. It will also re-issue a number of classic thrash and metal albums from various acts once it officially opens as well as a new compilation piece from Helstar and new recordings from Dead By Wednesday and 80s progressive thrash outfit Wrath.

Ellefson said in a recent interview about the label’s re-launch that he was optimistic about its new life.

“Today is a really exciting day, as after over a year, it was finally announced that we will be re-launching the legendary Combat Records as a new label through EMP Label Group,” Ellefson said. “We are so excited and honored to be able to revive such an iconic brand that was so instrumental to my history. Even though we signed to Capitol after Killing is My Business, Combat’s logo was on all the Megadeth releases through Countdown to Extinction, and it was and is one of the most iconic metal labels of all time, even being home to some of the other artists who would end up on the EMP roster, like Helstar. The same independent spirit that drove Combat in those early days, is truly the same spirit that drives what we do with EMP, and we are honored to launch another amazing conduit to support new and established metal artists, with great respect to the legacy of the past.”

Ellefson added with Combat’s resurrection, it will only handle new material because Sony has control of the label’s back catalog.

“…And to clarify, we do not own any rights to the Combat Records back catalog,” Ellefson stressed. “That is owned and controlled by Sony, and they have done a great job of curating it through other imprints. Combat Records will solely focus on nre releases under the Combat banner. As always, thank you for your support and stay tuned for more details!”

Combat Records will be distributed through EMP Label Group via Amped Distribution domestically and via SPV in Europe.

More information on Combat Records, along with its latest news, is available online now at:

Website: http://www.combatrecs.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/combatrecordsofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/combatrecs

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Ellefson Coffee Company To Mark Its Expansion Next Month With Hometown Party

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Ellefson Coffee Company is expanding its presence in its hometown, and its founder will be on hand to help mark the occasion.  .

Dave Ellefson, the company’s founder (and Megadeth bassist) will return to his hometown (and his company’s home town) Nov. 18 to celebrate the birthday of Kat’s Hog Heaven, the latest of the town’s local retailers to carry the company’s coffee.  The special birthday/end-of-year celebration will feature a display of various memorabilia from Ellefson’s Museum of Deth, which includes items from throughout Ellefson’s career.

The Ron Keel Band, who recently signed to EMP Label Group’s new Southern Rock/Outlaw Country imprint EMP Outlaw will provide musical entertainment for the event.  As an added touch, the celebration will also feature the debut of Ellefson Coffee Company’s new Jackson House Blend line.

Ellefson said in a recent interview that he was looking forward to the forthcoming event.

“I am so excited to return to Jackson and welcome our newest ECC retailer, Kat’s Hog Heaven, and unveil the Jackson House Blend!,” Ellefson said.  “Since we started ECC we have scoured the world to find a reasonably priced coffee that will adhere to the high quality standards we have set for ECC, and we are sure we have hit the jackpot with the Jackson House Blend.  I am also extremely excited to welcome my old friend Ron Keel to Jackson and showcase the latest addition to the EMP family!”

Ellefson Coffee Company Marketing/Operations Director Thom Hazaert agreed.

“The last time we went to Jackson, it was an absolute blast,” Hazert said.  “We’re so stoked to go back and introduce our new blend that pays homage to David’s hometown, and the great people of Minnesota!  And this time we’re dragging Ron Keel along for the ride!  We’ll also have tons of giveaways and surprises, so definitely get down and see us at Kat’s!!! (And try some of Donnie’s amazing BBQ).”

More information on Ellefson Coffee Company is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://Ellefsoncoffeecompany.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ellefsoncoffeeco

 

 

 

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Ellefson Coffee Co. Partners With Breast Cancer Charity To Launch New Blend

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Ellefson Coffee Company has launched a new line to its coffee offerings.

The brainchild of Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson, the company has launched what it has dubbed Rock N’ Rose blend to its growing list of offerings.  According to a news release from the company, the new blend takes the place of the recently retired She Wolf blend.

Ellefson said in a recent interview about the seasonal light-roast blend that while it is a light roast, it does have a little something extra, adding that the his company has partnered with a well-known breast cancer organization  to promote the coffee.

“We wanted to introduce a new roast to replace the recently retired She-Wolf, and with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we thought it would be a great opportunity to pair up with an amazing charity like The Rose and help to raise support for breast cancer awareness.  It is a rich, full blend light roast with some extra kick, that we are sure everyone is going to love.”

Rock N’ Rose will be available for a limited time via ellefsoncoffeeco.com.  A portion of the sales from each bag’s sales will go to benefit The Rose, which is a Houston, TX-based breast cancer charity.

More information on Rock N’ Rose and all of Ellefson Coffee Company’s other blends is available online along with all of the company’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://ellefsoncoffeeco.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ellefsoncoffeeco

 

 

 

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