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In the early 1970's 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 later was to be coined as the phrase "Southern Rock." The music was filled with style and emotion and with bands in the fore-front such as the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and a band from Jacksonville, Florida called Molly Hatchet, named after a famous 17th century axe murderess Hatchet Molly, who would behead her lovers with the hand tool Lizzy Borden made famous.
Their self-titled debut album Molly Hatchet, which included Danny Joe Brown, Dave Hlubek, Duane Roland, Steve Holland, Banner Thomas and Bruce Crump, 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.
1979 saw the release of the blockbuster album Flirtin' With Disaster. The band continued touring on the road with an average of 250 live shows per year and, like the first album, Flirtin' With Disaster also achieved multi-platinum status.