Biographies

In today’s world where CD music projects almost litter the streets and some type of band is rehearsing in every other garage or basement on the block, it’s exceptionally rare to find a group with a true history, and one with two lead vocalists who have logged over 3 million airplays on radio.

 

 

Randle Chowning

Born in Mountain View MO 1950

 

From a very early age Randle was surrounded by electric guitars and amplifiers in his father’s TV and radio shop. In 1960 Randle and his family moved to Springfield MO where the Ozark Jubilee country music show was in its heyday. Randle’s musical interest broadened. Taking up guitar around this time he began learning songs in a variety of styles. He played in a number of club bands during high school and college.

 

In 1971 Randle put together several local songwriters with the intent of performing their material as a group. They later would be known as The Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Chowning sang the band’s first chart success “If You Wanna Get To Heaven” which was released on the band's first album in 1973.

 

In the mid 90s, Randle moved to Nashville TN and became a staff songwriter and ultimately teamed up with Ozark Mountain Daredevils co-founder Larry Lee in 2005 to release Beyond Reach, a collection of pop originals backed by some of Nashville’s most versatile studio musicians.

 

Randle returned to Springfield MO after nearly ten years in Nashville where he contunues writing songs that are influenced by rock, country, bluegrass, folk and blues. He still performs with bands, including an acoustic version of Beyond Reach, and also as a solo artist.

 

In March 2015, Randle Chowning and Larry Lee were inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame, receiving the coveted Quill Award. This was the first time that the award was given to songwriters.

 

 

Larry Michael Lee

Born in Springfield MO 1947

 

Music was more than a career choice; it was a matter of bloodline. The only son of a noted big band singer from the 40's era, Larry followed in his fathers footsteps by forming his first band at the age of twelve.

 

“Playing drums in rock’n’roll bands all the way through junior high and high school led me to college, where music remained much more important to me than studying and grades. It was during the years of the Vietnam “draft” and once I dropped out of college I received a less than friendly invitation from my local Selective Service office. Only months before I received my notice of induction, my band had been chosen by the State Department to become a USO touring act. And where did they send us? Vietnam.”

 

After that experience it was very easy for Larry to just go ahead and join the Navy for four years as opposed to letting the Army get their hands on him and the possibility of a different kind of tour of duty in the jungles of Vietnam. He liked the odds of survival better on a ship.

 

“It was during my last two years of duty while stationed in Puerto Rico that I began writing songs. There was a small chapel on base and it was there, when no one else was around, that I taught myself how to play piano and by the time I was discharged I had written over thirty songs.”

 

Following the end of his military service in the summer of 1970, Larry retuned to his hometown in Missouri and continued with his songwriting and playing drums with the band “Granny's Bathwater”. It was in 1972 that his tenure with the Ozark Mountain Daredevils began and lasted for about ten years, capped-off by the success of radio staple “Jackie Blue”, for which he became a BMI Million-Performance recipient. 1982 brought the release of Larry’s solo album, “Marooned” followed by his subsequent move to Nashville where he worked as a staff songwriter for a publishing company and did a bit of session work as a background vocalist.

 

Having sung background vocals on several Jimmy Buffett records, in 1986 Jimmy enlisted Larry to tour with his Coral Reefer Band. “I later established a production partnership with Buffett tour mate Josh Leo, leading to a new career as a record producer for artists such as Alabama, Restless Heart, Juice Newton and many others.” Over the next several years Larry and Josh racked-up numerous multi-platinum albums and thirteen number one singles.  

 

Larry’s lifelong affinity for British pop brought about the formation of The Del Beatles in 1989, which included several of his closest friends and fellow session players and the group became a Nashville club sensation from the late 80's thru the 90’s. “In 2000 we change our name to the Vinyl Kings (so we wouldn't get sued by the Fab Four) and recorded our first CD, A Little Trip and in 2005 we followed that up with Time Machine.” Also in 2005 came the release of Beyond Reach, a collaboration with old OMD band mate Randle Chowning.

 

Then in 2006 Larry came to the conclusion that the music business he’d known all those years seemed to be sliding off a precipice and decided it was time to make his getaway and moved back to Missouri after spending 23 years in the Nashville music scene.

 

In 2015 Larry received the Quill Award upon induction into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame.

 

 

David Wilson

In 1985 David helped form the bluegrass band Radio Flyer. They stayed together for two decades, recorded three albums and won the Best New Bluegrass Band of 1985 at a bluegrass festival in Louisville KY where the band Union Station featuring a 14-year old fiddle player named Alison Krauss cam in second place.

 

David also was a founding member of the Undergrass Boys who recorded one album and toured for years with amount others, New Grass Revival, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Emmylou Harris, Leon Russell and Bill Monroe.

 

Beside now performing and recording with Randle and Larry, David also continues to be a much sought after session player for guitar, mandolin, fiddle and is a record producer for many independent artist along with teaching and holding workshops at many festivals around the country.

 

 

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