Ozark Mountain Daredevils

by Becky Davenport

In 1971, a group of Springfield, Missouri musicians came together and formed a small band known as the Family Tree. The band played at Springfield’s New Bijou Theatre for a small crowd of mostly friends. From there, the Family Tree got their break and in 1972, they changed their name and became the unique and well-known Ozark Mountain Daredevils.


Since 1972, the Ozark Mountain Daredevils have been entertaining crowds with what they refer as a new way of musical thinking for the 1970’s. Of course, we are way past the 1970’s, but this group of guys has not stopped playing in more than forty years. Current band members of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils include Ron Gemp, Dave Painter, and Kelly Brown; and remaining original members John Dillion, Mike ‘Supe’ Granada, and Steve Cash. The band will surprise you with instruments like a mandolin, harmonica, mouth harp, and dulcimer, along with the traditional band instruments of drums, bass guitars, and keyboards.


It could be their style, their attitude, or the fact that they offer something for everyone. Whatever the case, they always have a crowd. Michael ‘Supe’ Granada, bass guitar player, says he tells folks, “If you don’t like what you are hearing right now come back in a few minutes and it will be different." The band first started by a group of individual songwriters, with their own ideas, pulling together, and making music. Each song takes its own direction and goes with the flow, this was a new way of thinking for 1970’s and is what is believed to make the popular in their home stomping grounds of Springfield, Missouri.


Fans can often catch the Ozark Mountain Daredevils performing at fairs, festivals casinos, and other small venues that offer more of an intimate setting, ‘Supe’ says they like to get to know their fans and see the crowd. The bands most recent album released this year “Alive & Wild” a live recording of their Annual concert at the Wildwood Springs Lodge in Steeleville, MO.


The Ozark Mountain Daredevils will join the boys in Powder Mill for a live performance at Scooters in Poplar Bluff on Saturday September 29. Scooters a well-known establishment in Poplar Bluff, the rustic venue holds around 1000 people, and the inside tip is the best place to see the show is from the balcony.


Show tickets and more information is available through Bloom Heavy, this is expected to another sell out show, and they advise you to get your tickets soon.

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