Randle Chowning

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Randle Chowning

Randle Chowning (born 1950, Mountain View, Missouri) is a singer-songwriter best known as the founder of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.

High school and college[edit]

From a very early age Chowning was surrounded by electric guitars and amplifiers in his father’s TV and radio shop. In 1960 Randle and his family moved to Springfield, Missouri 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 a number of club bands during high school and college.[1]

Ozark Mountain Daredevils[edit]

In 1971 Chowning 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 the band's first album, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, in 1973. The Daredevils no longer perform.

Recent work[edit]

In the mid 90s, Chowning moved to Nashville, Tennessee 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.[2]

Chowning recently returned to Springfield, Missouri after nearly ten years in Nashville where he is writing songs that draw influence from rock, country, bluegrass, folk and blues. He’s still performing with bands, including an acoustic version of Beyond Reach, and also as a solo artist.

Randle just finished a much anticipated CD - R.C. and the Keys/All Over the Place, May 2013. The style of the music is "all over the place" and includes a new version of one of his fan's favorite song "Whippoorwill". This CD was recorded in Nashville, TN and in Springfield, Mo.


  1. ^ "Press Release: Randle Chowning Biography". 2007. 
  2. ^ "Beyond Reach Biography Page". 

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