3 Reasons We're Listening To The Ozark Mountain Daredevils This Week

Feb 15, 2017

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils started playing together 45 years ago in Springfield, Missouri, but Kansas City has always been the band’s secondary base.

3 reasons we're listening to the Ozark Mountain Daredevils this week:

1. On Friday, the Daredevils play a concert with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band that's a benefit for the Medicine Cabinet, a charity that provides "short-term emergency medical assistance for those in need in the metropolitan Kansas City area."

2. The band’s two big hits — “If You Wanna Get to Heaven” (1973) and “Jackie Blue” (1974) — don’t reflect its affinity for the traditional folk music of the Ozarks, as demonstrated by the wacky “Chicken Train,” from the band’s self-titled 1973 debut album.

3. A staple of the band’s live shows, “Chicken Train” features an “Ozark mountain mouth-bow” and a lyrical reference to a “laser beam in my dream.” It occurs to us that “Chicken Train” sounds like a psychedelic version of the Branson based novelty act the Baldknobbers.

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils are guests of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 7:30 p.m., Friday, February 17 at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri, 64111; 816-753-8665.

Bill Brownlee’s writing appears weekly in The Kansas City Star and Ink magazine. He blogs about Kansas City’s jazz scene at Plastic Sax.