In the early 1970s, a new form of music was emerging in the South. A mixture of blues, country, gospel and the English invasion of rock and roll that was later to be named “Southern Rock.” The music was filled with style and emotion and with bands in the forefront such as the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and a band from Jacksonville, Florida called Molly Hatchet. Molly Hatchet named themselves after a famous 17th century axe murderess “hatchet molly”. Their self-titled debut album which included Danny Joe Brown, Dave Hlubek, Duane Roland, Steve Holland, Banner Thomas and Bruce Crump in the lineup was released on Epic records in 1978 and reached multi-platinum status as the band established their reputation of working hard, playing tough and living fast through intense touring with such bands as Aerosmith, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones and many more. In 1979, Flirtin’ With Disaster was released and history was in the making. The band continued touring on the road with an average of 250 live shows per year and like the first album it also achieved multi-platinum status. After lead singer Danny Joe Brown left in 1980, Beatin’ The Odds (1980) and Take No Prisoners (1981) were released with singer Jimmy Farrar. Brown returned to record No Guts…No Glory (1983), The Deed Is Done (1984) and Double Trouble Live (1985). In the fall of 1985, Bobby Ingram came into the band as lead guitar and songwriter, and the band continued to tour over 200 dates a year. In 1989, they recorded Lighting Strikes Twice for Capitol Records. Since the release of Devil’s Cannon in 1996, the band has continued touring and performing classic hits such as “Flirtin’ With Disaster”, “Gator Country”, “Whiskey Man” and “Dreams I’ll Never See” as well as current hits in the true spirit and southern tradition of Molly Hatchet.
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