The sound of Guns, Gold & Rock ‘N Roll is spreading like wildfire as the Badlands House Band, the musical voice of Badlands Pawn, continues to add significant notches to their barrel. In just six months, BHB has performed to large crowds in seven states, backed up an impressive (and ever-growing) list of legendary rockers, and released their debut single and music video worldwide.
“It has been one hell of a ride,” confesses lead singer Ron Keel, aka The Metal Cowboy. “We certainly have a lot to celebrate and be thankful for. The response we’ve gotten has been beyond positive, and we’re still just getting started.”
Recent on-stage victories have come in the form of two consecutive sold-out shows at Badlands Pawn in Sioux Falls – a rocking New Year’s Eve headline date, and the “Badlands House Band Invitational #1” which tasked the group with backing up hard rock royalty such as Stephen Pearcy (RATT), Don Dokken, Jack Blades (Night Ranger), Kip Winger, and Mark Slaughter.
“Everybody was top flight,” said multi-platinum singer Slaughter after the show. “It couldn’t have been better.” After singing four KISS songs with BHB at their debut show last August, Paul Stanley labeled the band “world class.”
Those top flight world class musicians are DC Cothern (guitars/vocals), Doc Purcell (guitar/vocals), The Rev (drums/vocals), El Diablo (bass/vocals), Dakota Scott (keyboards), and Keel (lead vocals/guitar).
The foundation is built upon classic songs that echo the American values and hard work ethic the members live by; a high point of the show is always “The American Medley” which weaves together sections of “American Pie,” “Born In The USA,” “American Girl,” and “Free Bird.” Audience participation is key, and it’s easy to see (and hear) when 5000 people are singing along. The musical style stretches from hard & heavy (AC/DC mashed up with Keel’s 1985 hit “The Right To Rock”) to beefed-up versions of country classics like “Folsom Prison Blues” (which brings The Rev out front for lead vocals) and “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up To Be Cowboys.” But the band’s core sound is a powerful blend of classic arena rock with a southern rock edge, most apparent when they launch into Molly Hatchet’s “Flirtin’ with Disaster,” Blackfoot’s “Train Train,” and their theme song and debut single “Ghost Riders in the Sky.”
The single, available worldwide on iTunes and all other digital outlets, will also be released as a “Deluxe Edition CD Single” which contains the full-length track, a shortened “radio edit,” and a live version recorded at the Badlands House Band’s debut concert last August. The studio tracks were produced by southern rock icon Henry Paul, a founding (and current) member of The Outlaws. The disc is an “enhanced CD” which also includes video clips that can be played on your computer – the official music video and a 6-minute “making of” feature.
As the summer heats up, so will the band’s touring schedule; in addition to headline dates at regional festivals and casinos and opening slots for Hairball (also represented by Badlands Entertainment Group), the Badlands House Band will be featured at the Kick’n Up Country Festival (Karstad MN), Frontier Days at the Outlaw Saloon in Cheyenne, WY, the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and more special events at Badlands Pawn.