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Molly Hatchet

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Jacksonville, Florida

Molly Hatchet is a Southern rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1975 , known primarily for their hit song “Flirtin’ with Disaster” from the album of the same title. The band, founded by guitarists Dave Hlubek and Steve Holland took its name from a legendary axe murderer called Hatchet Molly. The original group included late vocalist Danny Joe Brown, additional guitarist Duane Roland, bassist Banner Thomas, and drummer Bruce Crump.

In 1978 the band recorded and released its first album eponymously titled Molly Hatchet. Then in 1979, Flirtin’ with Disaster was released.

1980s
In 1980 Brown left the group to form The Danny Joe Brown Band (with future Molly Hatchet guitarist Bobby Ingram) and was replaced by vocalist Jimmy Farrar. After the release of Beatin’ the Odds in 1980 and Take No Prisoners in 1981 Farrar left.

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.

In 1984 came the release of a new album The Deed Is Done. In 1985 Dave Hlubek left and he was replaced by Bobby Ingram. Then in 1985, the double live album Double Trouble Live was released.

The band continued to tour regularly, and then in 1989 the album Lightning Strikes Twice was released.


1990s
In 1991, the greatest hits collection Greatest Hits was released. Molly Hatchet was in ways similar to fellow Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd in that it paired strong guitar work with a pounding boogie beat. When Brown left the band after Flirtin’ with Disaster and was replaced by Farrar, the band’s sound turned more to jamming and free form.

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