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Molly Hatchet at Hellfest 2012
|Origin||Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
|Genres||Southern rock, hard rock, boogie rock, Southern metal, jam rock|
|Labels||Epic, Capitol Records, SPV/Steamhammer|
|Past members|| Dave Hlubek |
Danny Joe Brown
Molly Hatchet is an American Southern hard rock band formed by guitarist Dave Hlubek in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1971. The band is best known for their 1979 hit song "Flirtin' with Disaster."
Southern rock is a subgenre of rock music and a genre of Americana. It developed in the Southern United States from rock and roll, country music, and blues, and is focused generally on electric guitar and vocals. Although the origin of the term Southern rock is unknown, "many people feel that these important contributors to the development of rock and roll have been minimized in rock's history."
Hard rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music that began in the mid-1960s, with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. It is typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and often accompanied with keyboards.
Jacksonville is the most populous city in Florida, the most populous city in the southeastern United States and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. It is the seat of Duval County, with which the city government consolidated in 1968. Consolidation gave Jacksonville its great size and placed most of its metropolitan population within the city limits. As of 2017, Jacksonville's population was estimated to be 892,062. The Jacksonville metropolitan area has a population of 1,523,615 and is the fourth largest in Florida.
Molly Hatchet shared influences and inspiration with what is perhaps the most well-known act in the Southern rock genre, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Bassist Banner Thomas and guitarist Steve Holland joined the band in 1974. Bruce Crump would become the drummer in early 1975, and guitarist Duane Roland and singer Danny Joe Brown joined in 1976.
Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s with songs such as "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird". It formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1964 under the name My Backyard with original members Ronnie Van Zant (vocals), Gary Rossington (guitar), Allen Collins (guitar), Larry Junstrom and Bob Burns (drums). The band spent five years touring small venues under a variety of different names and with several lineup changes before finally deciding on "Lynyrd Skynyrd" in 1969. The band released their first album in 1973, having settled on a lineup that included bassist Leon Wilkeson and former Strawberry Alarm Clock guitarist Ed King. Burns would later be replaced by Artimus Pyle and King by Steve Gaines. Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines were killed in an airplane crash on October 20, 1977, putting an abrupt end to the 1970s era of the band.
Bruce Hull Crump, Jr. was the drummer with the rock band Molly Hatchet from 1976 to 1982 and 1984 to 1991. He also played as a member of the Canadian band Streetheart in the early 1980s, appearing on their Live After Dark recording, and joined several of his former Molly Hatchet bandmates in the band Gator Country in the mid-2000s. At his death, Crump was in the Jacksonville, Florida-based band White Rhino and the newly reformed China Sky.
Duane Roland was an American guitarist for the Southern hard rock band Molly Hatchet. He was a member of the band from its founding in the mid-1970s until his departure in 1990. During that time he recorded seven albums with the band. He is credited with co-writing some of the band's biggest hits, including "Bloody Reunion" and "Boogie No More". After leaving the band he played with the Southern Rock Allstars and Gator Country, which included many of the founding members of Molly Hatchet.
Hlubek, along with Banner Thomas, also wrote/co-wrote and co-produced many of the band's songs. Hlubek has stated that the demise of Lynyrd Skynyrd opened the door for Molly Hatchet.Members of 38 Special referred the band to manager Pat Armstrong, who, with partner Alan Walden, had briefly been co-manager of Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1970.
38 Special is an American rock band that was formed by neighborhood friends Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant in 1974 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Alan Walden is an American manager, publisher, booking agent, and promoter.
Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant was slated to produce Molly Hatchet's first album, having helped in writing arrangements and directing rehearsals prior to his death.[ citation needed ] Molly Hatchet cut their first demos in Lynyrd Skynyrd's 8-track recording studio using their equipment. Other demos were cut in Jacksonville's Warehouse Studios. Warner Bros. Records expressed interest in the resulting recordings from these sessions.[ citation needed ] However, the band ended up being turned down by Warner, who instead picked Van Halen over Molly Hatchet. After this setback, Hatchet toured the Florida roadhouse and bar circuit. About six months later, Epic Records signed the band to a recording contract in 1977 and brought Tom Werman in as producer.
Ronald Wayne Van Zant was an American lead vocalist, singer, primary lyricist, and founding member of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. He was the older brother of two other rock vocalists: current Lynyrd Skynyrd lead vocalist Johnny Van Zant, and Donnie Van Zant, the founder and vocalist of 38 Special. He was the father of Tammy Van Zant and Melody Van Zant.
A demo is a song or group of songs recorded for limited circulation or reference use rather than for general public release. A demo is a way for a musician to approximate their ideas in a fixed format, such as cassette tape, compact disc, or digital audio files, and to thereby pass along those ideas to record labels, producers, or other artists.
Werman, known for working with straight hard rock acts such as Cheap Trick and Ted Nugent,combined boogie, blues and hard rock making Molly Hatchet's sound different from more country-influenced acts, such as The Outlaws.
Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. The band's classic lineup consisted of vocalist Robin Zander, guitarist Rick Nielsen, bassist Tom Petersson, and drummer Bun E. Carlos.
Theodore Anthony Nugent is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and political activist. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes, a band formed in 1963 that played psychedelic rock and hard rock. After playing with the Amboy Dukes, he embarked on a solo career.
Boogie is a repetitive, swung note or shuffle rhythm, "groove" or pattern used in blues which was originally played on the piano in boogie-woogie music. The characteristic rhythm and feel of the boogie was then adapted to guitar, double bass, and other instruments. The earliest recorded boogie-woogie song was in 1916. By the 1930s, Swing bands such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Louis Jordan all had boogie hits. By the 1950s, boogie became incorporated into the emerging rockabilly and rock and roll styles. In the late 1980s and the early 1990s country bands released country boogies. Today, the term "boogie" usually refers to dancing to pop, disco, or rock music.
The band released their first album, Molly Hatchet in September 1978. Its song "Dreams I'll Never See" (a cover of The Allman Brothers Band 1969 track "Dreams") got AOR airplay.
Molly Hatchet is the self-titled debut album by American southern rock band Molly Hatchet, released in 1978. The cover is a painting by Frank Frazetta entitled "The Death Dealer". Starting off both the album itself and the recording career of the band, the first song famously begins with lead singer Danny Joe Brown growling "Hell yeah!"
The Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Macon, Georgia, in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman, as well as Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson (drums). The band incorporated elements of blues, jazz, and country music, and their live shows featured jam band-style improvisation and instrumentals.
Album-oriented rock (AOR) is an American FM radio format focusing on album tracks by rock artists. AOR evolved from progressive rock radio in the mid-1970s, using research and formal programming to create an album rock format with greater commercial appeal.
Molly Hatchet was followed by Flirtin' with Disaster in September 1979, with its title song another AOR hit, as was its first track, "Whiskey Man," from the album. Molly Hatchet proceeded to tour behind the records, building a larger fan base. Lead singer Danny Joe Brown left the band in May 1980 due to diabetes and other reasons, only to return two years later.
After Danny Joe Brown left Molly Hatchet, he formed The Danny Joe Brown Band. Brown was replaced in Molly Hatchet by vocalist Jimmy Farrar, a native of LaGrange, Georgia, where he was formerly lead singer for the local Southern rock band Raw Energy. The earlier albums seemed to some commentators to exhibit a distinct southern cultural influence; that sound changed with the addition of Farrar. Danny Joe Brown's stage persona, gruff voice and cowboy horse-whistling was replaced by Jimmy Farrar's new vocal style, mixed with a new, harder-rocking sound. With the success of the next album, Beatin' the Odds, released September 1980, the band ventured even further from the Southern Rock sound of their first albums.
By 1981, Molly Hatchet had evolved to a straight-ahead rock style and a slicker production, as exhibited on Take No Prisoners (November 1981).The band remained a successful act on the touring circuit.
Long time bass player Banner Thomas left in November 1981 and was replaced by Riff West. And in 1982, drummer B. B. Borden (also known as B. B. Queen as a member of the funk rock band Mother's Finest) replaced Crump, who had moved to Los Angeles
Farrar then left the group to make way for Brown's return.He would later rejoin other members of Molly Hatchet in Southern Rock Allstars and Gator Country. Brown rejoined the band in May 1982 after the departure of Farrar.
In March 1983 the line-up of Brown, Hlubek, Holland, Roland, West and Borden released a new album titled No Guts...No Glory .
But guitarist Holland, tired of the road, decided to leave for good in 1984 and was replaced by former Danny Joe Brown Band keyboardist John Galvin.
This period saw the band return to the more overt southern style it had displayed on its debut record in 1978. Critics hailed No Guts...No Glory as the band's return to form and did rejuvenate interest from the band's fan base, who had started to drift away after the Take No Prisoners album of 1981.[ citation needed ]
In November 1984 the album The Deed Is Done was released, a straightforward pop/rock offering,with Bruce Crump returning on drums.
December 1985 saw the unveiling of the band's double live album Double Trouble Live , after which the band was dropped by Epic and the group's members began to ponder changing singers again to pursue more of an 80s pop rock sound. They ended up retaining Brown and their Southern Rock sound despite it being increasingly out of fashion in the mid-80s.
Guitarist/founder Hlubek, who later admitted to suffering from drug troubles, left Molly Hatchet in January 1987.He was replaced by Bobby Ingram, who was guitarist in The Danny Joe Brown Band.
On July 8, 1990 Molly Hatchet announced at a show in Toledo, Ohio that the concert would be their final one, that after that night the band would be disbanding.[ citation needed ]
The greatest hits collection Greatest Hits , featuring two newly recorded songs, was released in the fall of 1990, with sales reaching gold status.
In late 1990, a revised band led by Brown and Ingram featured new players Rik Blanz (guitar), Rob Scavetto (keyboards), Eddie Rio (bass) and David Feagle (drums). But the Hatchet's lineup in the 90s was a bit of a revolving door. Rio was replaced in 1991 by Rob Sweat and then Kevin Rian. Feagle was succeeded the same year by drummer Kenny Holton. Blanz left in mid-1991, Phil McCormack stood in for Brown briefly in early 1992 and by 1993 the lineup was: Brown, Ingram, Erik Lundgren guitar, Mac Crawford (drums) and a returning Banner Thomas (bass), with Mike Kach (keyboards), who was replaced in 1994 by Andy Orth. Bryan Bassett (ex-Wild Cherry) took over as second guitarist in 1994 and Buzzy Meekins (formerly of the Outlaws) was bassist from 1994 to 1995.
During the first half of the 1990s, Molly Hatchet played selected shows and tours but didn't record again until 1995 when they began working on a new studio album with German producer Kalle Trapp.
In April 1995, after continuing health problems, Brown had to once again leave the band and Phil McCormack (Brown's 1992 stand-in) was brought back.
During the rest of the 1990s, the band's line-up did not feature any of the members who had performed in Molly Hatchet prior to 1984. Bobby Ingram leased, then obtained in 2000, the trademark ownership to work with the name.At this point, the band consisted of vocalist Phil McCormack, guitarists Bobby Ingram and Bryan Bassett, returning keyboardist John Galvin, bassist Andy McKinney and drummer Mac Crawford. In 1998 this line-up recorded the album Silent Reign of Heroes (June 1998).
In 1997 the band traveled coast to coast that year with Charlie Daniels and the Volunteer Jam.
Former Hatchet singer Danny Joe Brown, despite a long battle with diabetes and the effects of a stroke, was able to take the stage one last time at the Jammin' for DJB benefit concert in July 1999 in Orlando, Florida. With the help of his friends and former members Bruce Crump, Banner Thomas, Steve Holland and Dave Hlubek, he ended the show with "Flirtin' with Disaster".
In June 2000, Bobby Ingram became the sole owner of the trade and service mark "Molly Hatchet", acquired from Pat Armstrong, the band's early manager.[ citation needed ]
Also in 2000, Kingdom of XII was recorded and released in Europe, and the band then toured Europe to promote the album. It was released in the United States in June 2001.
After appearing on Kingdom, guitarist Bassett left the group to rejoin Foghat, then Shawn Beamer (from Southern Rock Rebellion) replacing Sean Shannon in the fall of 2001.
Bassist Jerry Scott (formerly with Brian Howe's band) joined in early 2002 after McKinney departed.
Locked and Loaded (a live recording from 2000) was released in March 2003 and 25th Anniversary: Best of Re-Recorded followed in January 2004.
John Galvin, though he continued to appear on the band's albums, was again not touring with the band in the 2000s (except for a short European tour in December of 2001). Tim Donovan (1997-2002), Scott Woods (2002), Jeff Ravenscraft (2003-2004), Gary Corbett (2004) and Richie Del Favero (2004-2005) played live keyboards up until 2005, after which the group dispensed with having a touring keyboardist for awhile.
In 2003 Tim Lindsey former Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rossington Band and Mind Garden (with Dave Hlubek) bassist coming full circle back to his roots replaced Jerry Scott and Jake Rutter was briefly brought in on guitar after Maxwell left.
Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge (May 2005) featured the return of Hlubek.
Danny Joe Brown died on March 10, 2005 at his home in Davie, Florida. He was 53. The cause was kidney failure.
On June 19, 2006 guitarist Duane Roland died at his home in St. Augustine, Florida at the age of 53. His death was listed as being of "natural causes" according to a June 25, 2006 obituary in The Boston Globe .
The band's Southern Rock Masters (April 2008) was an album of classic rock covers and was released again in a slightly re-altered form as Regrinding the Axes (June 2012).
In 2008 keyboardist John Galvin returned to the live stage again after Hlubek recurring health issues prevented him from appearing at all of the band's gigs.
Their most recent studio album, Justice (June 2010), was recorded in Germany in 2010 on SPV Records, GmbH.[ citation needed ]
In 2011, drummer Shawn Beamer had a heart attack and a temporary drummer Scott Craig was brought in.In 2013 Beamer returned to the band.
As of 2012, Molly Hatchet were touring in the United States, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Belgium, Sweden and other markets in the Pacific rim and Australia.
Bass guitarist Riff West died on November 19, 2014, at age 54, after injuries suffered in a car accident.
Drummer Bruce Crump died on March 16, 2015, at age 57, from complications after a twelve-year battle with throat cancer.
Bass guitarist Banner Thomas (born Banner Harvey Thomas on September 6, 1954 in Savannah, Georgia), age 62, died from complications of pneumonia and rheumatoid arthritis on April 10, 2017.
Dave Hlubek died of a heart attack on September 2, 2017, at the age of 66, making former rhythm guitarist Steve Holland the last surviving member of Molly Hatchet to have played on their breakthrough album, Flirtin' with Disaster .
Jimmy Farrar, who was frontman from 1980 to 1982, died of heart failure on 29 October 2018, at 67.
The band was still touring full time and performing in the United States, Japan and the Middle East for United States Military personnel.
Phil McCormack died on 25 April 2019, at 58.
Molly Hatchet took its name from a prostitute who allegedly mutilated and decapitated her clients. One iconic aspect of Molly Hatchet's image is that many of the band's album covers feature art inspired by heroic fantasy, several of which were painted by artists such as Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo, and Paul R. Gregory.
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions||Certification|
|1979||Flirtin' with Disaster||19||54||2xPlatinum||Gold|
|1980||Beatin' the Odds||25||90||Platinum||—|
|1981||Take No Prisoners||36||—||—||—|
|1983||No Guts...No Glory||59||—||—||—|
|1984||The Deed Is Done||120||—||—||—|
|1989||Lightning Strikes Twice||—||—||—||—|
|1998||Silent Reign of Heroes||—||—||—||—|
|2000||Kingdom of XII||—||—||—||—|
|2005||Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge||—||—||—||—|
|2008||Southern Rock Masters||—||—||—||—|
|2012||Regrinding the Axes||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes the album failed to chart, not released, or not certified|
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions|
|1981||Molly Hatchet Live E/P/A Series||—||—|
|1985||Double Trouble Live||130||94|
|2000||Live at the Agora Ballroom Atlanta Georgia 1979||—||—|
|2003||Locked and Loaded||—||—|
|Greatest Hits Live||—||—|
|2007||Flirtin' with Disaster Live||—||—|
|2013||Live At Rockpalast 1996||—||—|
|"—" denotes album that failed to chart|
|1995||Cut to the Bone||—|
|2003||The Essential Molly Hatchet||—|
|25th Anniversary: Best of Re-Recorded||—|
|2011||Greatest Hits II||—|
|"—" denotes album that's not certified|
Flirtin' with Disaster is the second studio album by American southern rock band Molly Hatchet, released in 1979. In 2001, Sony Music re-issued the album under their subsidiary label Epic/Legacy with the production of Jeff Magid and four bonus tracks. It is their best-selling album.
Beatin' the Odds is the third studio album by American southern rock band Molly Hatchet, released in 1980. This is the first album with new vocalist Jimmy Farrar, who replaced Danny Joe Brown. A remastered edition of the album was issued in 2008 by Rock Candy Records, with four live bonus tracks and extensive liner notes. The remastering was directed by famous British producer Jon Astley. The album was also reissued under the SPV/Steamhammer label in 2013 and only included the original tracks.
Danny Joe Brown was the lead singer of the Southern rock group Molly Hatchet, after succeeding founder Dave Hlubek in 1976, and co-writer of the band's biggest hits from the late 1970s.
Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge is the eleventh album by American Southern rock band Molly Hatchet, released on May 24, 2005, two months after former singer Danny Joe Brown died from complications of pneumonia. In January 2005, guitarist Bobby Ingram invited Dave Hlubek, one of the original three guitarists, to rejoin Molly Hatchet and in doing so became the only current member who was a part of the original band, and appears on this album.
David Lawrence "Dave" Hlubek was the lead guitarist and founding member of the Southern rock band Molly Hatchet.
The Southern Rock Allstars are a band that got its name from the history/lineage of its former members all of whom were connected with Southern rock. Its current lineup consists of former members of The Rossington Band and sidemen of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker and Jimmy Farrar.
The Danny Joe Brown Band (DJBB) was founded by lead singer Danny Joe Brown in 1980. Danny Joe Brown had just left the southern rock band Molly Hatchet, which had followed in the footsteps of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Outlaws to achieve wide national success with two multi-platinum albums and international recognition with intensive world tours.
Take No Prisoners is the fourth studio album by American southern rock band Molly Hatchet, released in 1981. This is the second and last studio album released with lead singer Jimmy Farrar and the last one with original bass player Banner Thomas and the last to feature drummer Bruce Crump until ’’The Deed is Done’’. "Respect Me in the Morning" is a duet between Farrar and Joyce "Baby Jean" Kennedy of Mother's Finest. The album is also notable because actress Katey Sagal appears as a backup singer.
No Guts...No Glory is the fifth studio album by American southern rock band Molly Hatchet, released in 1983. Original vocalist Danny Joe Brown returned for this recording, with a new rhythm section composed of bassist Riff West and drummer Barry Borden. It is Molly Hatchet's only album not to feature an epic, fantasy themed cover. The cover photo for the album was reportedly shot at Six Gun Territory, a now defunct theme park in Silver Springs, Florida.
The Deed Is Done is the sixth studio album by American southern rock band Molly Hatchet, released in 1984. This is the first Molly Hatchet album with only two guitarists, after Steve Holland had been replaced by ex-Danny Joe Brown Band keyboard player John Galvin and the return of drummer Bruce Crump. The sound of the album is quite different from the southern rock of the band's earlier offerings, completing the transition towards more commercial and FM-friendly hard rock. This album was reissued in 2013 under the German label SPV/SteamHammer.
Lightning Strikes Twice is the seventh studio album by American southern rock band Molly Hatchet, released in 1989. This is the first studio album released without founding member Dave Hlubek, who retired from the music scene to recover from his drug addiction. He was replaced by the former guitarist of The Danny Joe Brown Band, Bobby Ingram. After this album the band would also see another big loss in personnel; this was the last album to feature original singer Danny Joe Brown and original drummer Bruce Crump and bassist Riff West.
Silent Reign of Heroes is the ninth studio album by American southern rock band Molly Hatchet, released on June 16, 1998.
Kingdom of XII is the tenth studio album by American southern rock band Molly Hatchet, released in 2000 by the German label SPV. It was reissued in the United States in 2001 by CMC International, a division of Sanctuary Records Group.
Double Trouble Live is a double LP live album by American southern rock band Molly Hatchet, released in 1985. Two previously unreleased songs, "Walk on the Side of the Angels" and "Walk with You" were omitted in the CD edition to fit all the music on a single compact disc. The cover of "Freebird" and "Edge of Sundown" were songs usually performed by lead singer Danny Joe Brown and The Danny Joe Brown Band during his period of absence from Molly Hatchet.
Greatest Hits is a compilation of songs by the American southern rock band Molly Hatchet. The collection was released in 1990. It was their last album released by Epic Records and features guitarist Bobby Ingram on the two newly recorded tracks after the departure of Dave Hlubek in 1987. In 2001 Sony Music re-issued the album in an expanded edition with three tracks that weren't on the original 12-track collection, along with liner notes from Martin Popoff.
Justice is the twelfth studio album by American southern rock band Molly Hatchet, released in 2010.
Skinny Molly is a southern rock band from Nashville, Tennessee.
James Edwin Farrar was a singer, songwriter and musician born in La Grange, Georgia, and the original lead singer of the Raw Energy band. He was also known as the second lead singer of the American Southern Rock band Molly Hatchet from 1980 to 1982, and in more recent years, Gator Country.
Regrinding the Axes hosts most of the covers published in 2008 Southern Rock Masters with a different order of the songs and some substitutions: instead of "Desperado" (Eagles) have been inserted "Free Bird", "Back In The USSR" and "Yesterday" ; the three original live bonus tracks have been replaced with "Get In The Game", the instrumental part of "Layla" and a live version of "Dreams I'll Never See". .