Ozark Mountain Daredevils co-founder talks latest libation

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Before a fateful conversation in an English pub during the 1970s, musician John Dillon had never tried gin before. Fast forward nearly five decades, and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils are bringing their very own liquor to the public.

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils formed in December 1971 in Springfield and have produced 15 albums and sold more than 3 million records worldwide.

The Ozark Dry Gin is a small-batch gin distilled in Springfield by EE Lawson Distillery LLC and will be distributed by Major Brands. Missouri will be the first market for this new product.

The band was set to record their first album, “It Shines When It Shines,” with acclaimed producer Glyn Johns in 1974.

“We found ourselves on a plane, on the way to London for six weeks. Some of us had never even been on an airplane before,” Dillon said in a phone interview with the News-Leader.

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils band includes: Nick Sibley, from left, Molly Healey, Dave Painter, John Dillon, Ruell Chappell, Michael "Supe" Granda, Bill Jones, Kelly Brown and Ron Gremp.

While there, the group dived deep into London’s culture, which meant venturing to the English pubs and learning to love the taste of beer served at room temperature, Dillon said.

At one pub in particular, there was a “stately, sophisticated-looking gentleman” who would come in and order the same drink every time: a gin and orange. A bartender would pour the gin and then squeeze fresh orange juice into the glass.

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