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Molly Hatchet

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Jacksonville, Florida

Molly Hatchet is a Southern rock band that was formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1975, still touring to this day. Known primarily for their hit song “Flirtin’ With Disaster” from the album of the same title, the group began when guitarists Dave Hlubek and Steve Holland came upon the name of legendary axe murderer Hatchet Molly. The original band included the late vocalist Danny Joe Brown, additional guitarist Duane Roland, bassist Banner Thomas, and drummer Bruce Crump.

After the guys worked on their sound for a while, inspired by gritty , they finally recorded and released their first album, 1978’s ‘Molly Hatchet’. Then, in 1979, ‘Flirtin’ With Disaster’ came out. The group’s work earned them both critical praise and commerical success, the album hitting the #19 slot on the Billboard top 200 chart. Allmusic’s Rob Theakston has spoken for many in writing that the “tour de force” of a record shows that ” the band means business”.

Yet the group’s history would prove to be a rocky one. In 1980, Brown left the group to form The Danny Joe Brown Band (with future Molly Hatchet guitarist Bobby Ingram). He was replaced by vocalist Jimmy Farrar. After the release of Beatin’ the Odds in 1980 and Take No Prisoners in 1981, Farrar left as well.

Brown rejoined the band in 1982 and Banner Thomas left and was replaced by Riff West. In 1983, a new album was released titled No Guts… No Glory. Steve Holland left and was replaced by keyboardist John Galvin.

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