In the summer of 1989, a group of five musicians got together in Missouri and formed The Ozark Mountain Daredevils.
They were looking for a way to combine their musical influences from bluegrass, country music, and rock n roll into something new. A few years later they released their first album on an independent label called American Gramaphone Records. With over 60 albums under their belt since then, this band is still going strong!
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils: A Re-Launch of an Old Favorite
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, an American rock band formed in Missouri in 1989, are still going strong with over 60 albums under their belt. In the summer of 1989 a group of five musicians got together and after experimenting with various styles they decided to create something new. It combined bluegrass, country music, and rock-n-roll into one sound which would later be known as “country swing.” The first album was released independently on American Gramaphone Records in 1990. They were not very successful until George Jones heard them play live at his sold out show at Kemper Arena just outside Kansas City and picked up their CD – he loved it! He played some tracks from the CD for other artists that he knew who might be interested in the band.
At this point, their popularity spread and they were signed to Mercury Records. They released two albums on that label before being dropped from the roster when Mercury changed its focus. The Ozark Mountain Daredevils managed to maintain a loyal following while still working full time jobs or going through school by playing live shows at fairs and festivals around America for seven years straight – all without commercial success except for one song which got them back into Billboard’s Top 100 singles list! In 1997 Sony Music Nashville caught wind of what was happening and hired them as an independent artist where they have been thriving ever since with six current albums available under Sony Music Entertainment Group Incorporated (Sony). “Country music saved our lives,
” says Rusty Young, the band’s lead singer and founder.
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils are a country rock group that was formed in the early 1970s by Rusty Young (lead vocals, acoustic guitar) when he left graduate school to focus on music. Originally from Springfield Missouri and Tulsa Oklahoma – an area of America known as “the Bible Belt” or “Mountain Music Country.” The name comes from their original position playing at daredevil theme parks around Florida; where they were billed as “Ozark Mountain Hell Cats” with each member taking a nickname after ‘cat’ names like Scrap Iron Mike Sharpe and Big Daddy Ratliff. They decided to change it to the more family-friendly moniker “Ozark Mountain Daredevils” shortly after discovering that the “Hell Cats” name was already taken by a British band.
The first album, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, featured Rusty Young’s electric guitar work on five of the songs while fiddle player/singer Jimmy Fadden played lead on the other tracks. Bassist Rick McVay also contributed one original composition to this record titled “High upon This Rock.” The album is often credited as being at least partly responsible for inspiring a generation of young American rock musicians who were looking for an alternative to commercially-driven country music or hard rock and heavy metal. Rolling Stone magazine named it among their list of most underrated albums from 1967–1987 in 2012.
The band’s second album, It’ll Shine When it Shines was released in 1969. The record includes some of their most well-known songs including “If You Wanna Get to Heaven,” which had a successful run on the pop charts and became one of their signature tunes along with “Wild Child” and Rusty Young’s tribute to his father titled “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down.”
In 1971 they changed their name from The Ozark Mountain Daredevils to just plain Dare Devils because there were other bands using that name as well.
In 1972 they made an appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony where they performed “Mississippi Queen” and won a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance. Even after changing their name, they continued to record music and in 2012 released a new album titled “If You Wanna Get to Heaven.”
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils were one of the most successful hard rock bands from the 1960s-1970s who had more than 40 songs chart on Billboard Top 100 with four albums achieving platinum status. They return this year with two long awaited albums coming out at the same time, If You Wanna Get To Heaven (the first country release) and Electricland – both available on iTunes September 24th!
This is an excerpt from our blog post about The Ozark Mountain Daredevils – A Re-Launch of an Old Favorite.
Some other well known songs from the Ozark Mountain Daredevils include:
- “If You Wanna Get to Heaven” in 2012
- “I Don’t Want To Be Hangin’ Round (With Losers Like You)”
- “Different Kind of Love Song” – “What Am I Doing Hanging ‘Round Here Anyhow?”
This is an excerpt from our blog post about The Ozark Mountain Daredevils – A Re-Launch of an Old Favorite. We also have two long awaited albums coming out at the same time, If You Wanna Get To Heaven and Electricland both available on iTunes September 24th! Some other well known songs from the band are, “If You Wanna Get To Heaven” in 2012, “I Don’t Want To Be Hangin’ Round (With Losers Like You)” and “Different Kind of Love Song.” For the diehard fans out there we have a limited edition t-shirt with all four band members on it!
Some other well known songs from The Ozark Mountain Daredevils include:
If you wanna get to heaven -2012 – I don’t want to be hangin round (with losers like you) – 1968 Different kind of love song–What am I doin hanging ’round here anyway?–1969. This is an excerpt from our blog post about The Ozark Mountain Daredevils: A Re-Launch of an Old Favorite.
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils It’ll Shine When It Shines, a re-launch of their old favorite is coming out at the same time as “If You Wanna Get To Heaven and Electricland.” Some other well known songs from The Ozark Mountain Daredevils are “Different Kind Of Love Song” in 1969 and “I Don’t Want to Be Hangin’ Round (With Losers Like You)” 1968 for diehard fans. For the die hard fans we have a limited edition tshirt with all four band members on it!
We also wrote about electric land which has been available since September 2016 and has been making waves as one of the best albums to come out this year.
Some other well known songs from The Ozark Mountain Daredevils are “Different Kind Of Love Song” in 1969 and “I Don’t Want to Be Hangin’ Round (With Losers Like You)” 1968 for diehard fans. For the die hard fans we have a limited edition tshirt with all four band members on it!
And for those who just want some good tunes, check out their new album “If You Wanna Get To Heaven.” It’s not nearly as political or dark sounding than electric land. Much more upbeat rock-and-roll that will make you want to get up off your couch