Monday, June 4, 2012

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils - their eponymous debut album

There are a few things about The Ozark Mountain Daredevils besides their music that fascinate me.  One of which is the region from which they derive their name.  Covering almost 50,000 square miles - the Ozarks are a type of highland - covering most of the southern half of Missouri, and a good portion of northwestern and north central Arkansas.  This region extends westward into Oklahoma.  There is even a sub-area called the Illinois Ozarks, which is a mostly wooded, hilly chunk of southwest Illinois.  Oddly, an area called the Missouri Breaks is in Montana.  The other is – their album covers.  Search this blog for some others.  But this is their debut album.  We see a patchwork-quilt cover that appears to indicate that it most likely contains a broad range of musical types and styles from this region.  Perhaps not too rock; not too country.  It does have the #25 hit single "If You Wanna Get To Heaven,” plus some other laid-back original songs.  Here is something I would have never guessed:  the listed producer is the great Glyn Johns (and David Anderle), and Recording Engineer is also credited to Glyn Johns.

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