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

Courtesy: EMP Outlaw/EMP Label Group

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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Kik Tracee Announces Compilation Release, Live Dates

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/THC Music/Amped/O’Donnell Media Group

90s rock act Kik Tracee will release its new compilation record this summer.

Big Western Sky is currently scheduled to be released Friday, July 17 via THC Music/EMP Label Group/Amped.  The record will feature a collection of B-Sides, Demos and other rarities from the band’s classic No Rules/Field Trip era prior to its break-up in the early 90s.

In discussing the upcoming release of Big Western Sky, Shareaux said its release happened naturally.

“After all these years, why a Kik Tracee release now?  The timing just felt right,” Shareaux said.  We’ve been sitting on these songs for what, 25 years now?  Kinda pulled them out recently and listened to the stuff and thought..you know..let’s package this stuff and put it out there for the diehard fans to relive the glory days, if you will.  Or just get their Kik Tracee on, man.”

Shareaux added discussions with Thom Hazaert and representatives with THC Music led to the compilation’s creation and its upcoming release.

The announcement of the record’s impending release comes fresh on the heels of former front man Stephen Shareaux’s addition to this weekend’s grand opening of Ellefson Coffe Company’s first brick and mortar store in Jackson, MN.  That performance is just one of a handful of live acoustic dates that Shareaux will perform this spring.  His current live schedule is noted below.

Dates are as follows:

4/5 Live Wire – Chicago, IL
4/6 Rock N Roll Land – Green Bay, WI
4/7-4/9 Ellefson Coffee Co – Jackson, MN
4/10 Aster Cafe – Minneapolis, MN

Shareaux will be joined by his one-time band mate, guitarist Drew Fortier for the tour.  Fortier also performs with Shareaux as a member of Zen From Mars, which also features Shareaux on vocals, Chip Z’nuff of E’nuff ‘Z nuff and members of FLIPP and Fear Factory.

Shareaux released his debut solo record Golden independently in 2013.  He is currently in the final stages of recording Zen From Mars’ debut album.  More information on Kik Tracee and Zen From Mars is available online now at:




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

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




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Ellefson Coffee Company Grand Opening Celebration Grows Again

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company/O’Donnell Media Group

Next weekend’s grand opening of Ellefson Coffee Company’s first brick and mortar store keeps growing.

The festivities for next weekend’s grand opening of Ellefson Coffee Company’s Jackson, MN store now include performances by two more acts.  Kik Tracee/Zen From Mars vocalist Stephen Shareaux and Bang Tango/Zen From Mars guitarist Drew Fortier will perform at the store throughout the weekend.  The duo will perform songs from Kik Tracee and Zen From Mars over the weekend.

Also added to the weekend’s festivities is Bryn Arens, front man of beloved local Minneapolis-based band FLIPP.  Arens, Shareaux and Fortier are just the latest additions to next weekend’s grand opening celebration. Local Jackson, MN-based stock car racer Luke Sathoff’s Ellefson Coffee Company-sponsored car will be on display at the store throughout the weekend, too.

The newly noted additions to next weekend’s festivities join already announced celebrities That Metal Show co-host Don Jamieson and paranormal author and investigator Adrian Lee.

Jamieson will be at the store April 8 while Lee will lead Ellefson and others on an exploration of Loon Lake Cemetery, the local Jackson, MN cemetery that inspired Megadeth’s hit song ‘Mary Jane.’

The permanently displayed “Museum of Deth,” which features artifacts and memorabilia from Ellefson’s personal collection. The items that will be on display include Ellefson’s own high school marching band uniform and memorabilia from other acts including Korn, Machine Head, Max Cavalera and Coal Chamber.

Ellefson said in a recent interview he was looking forward to next weekend’s events.

“As the grand opening draws nearer, it’s amazing to see the excitement build and be able to announce some more killer things we have planned for the grand opening and beyond!,” Ellefson said.  “We have people traveling from all over the country to join us in this celebration of all things coffee and metal and we’re going to show them all a great time.”

Ellefson Coffee Company Marking Director Thom Hazaert agreed.

“The Ellefson Coffee Company store has turned out to be an amazing way for David to have a permanent face in his hometown, while being able to tie in EMP, Jackson, Dean, SIT and everything else in our universe,” Hazaert said.  “With the huge sense of Megadeth history in Jackson, we are excited to be able to create a really unique an amazing fan (and coffee) experience that, as predicted, is turning out to not only be a highlight for the people of Jackson, but a destination for Megadeth fans from around the world.”

Ellefson Coffee Company’s new brick and mortar store sells more than just coffee.  It also serves as an outlet for anyone looking to purchase products from Ellefson’s EMP Label Group, Jackson Guitars, SIT Strings, Puck Hcky, Dean Guitars and other companies connected with Ellefson and EMP Label Group.

Ellefson Coffee Company’s grand opening will take place Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9 at 404 2nd Street, Jackson, MN.  The store can be contacted by phone at 507-847-4065.  More information on Ellefson Coffee Company is available online now at:




Website: http://www.ellefsoncoffeeco.com

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




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