ION INDIE MAGAZINE May 2017, Volume 36 - Page 15

I had a moment backstage with BOBBIE INGRAM, and I asked him where does the name Molly Hatchet come from? He said that it was derived from a prostitute who would mutilate and decapitate her clients with a hatchet. Any way you “cut it”…sounds like a Black Widow to me. Now, I've seen these guys at least a half dozen times, but that was in the late 70's and up to the mid 80's during their hay day with DANNY JOE BROWN and JIMMY FARRAR—those were the days when Southern Rock was booming! The band was founded in ‘71 by DAVE HLUBEK. Hlubek has stated that the tragedy of LYNYRD SKYNYRD opened the door for Molly Hatchet. Truth be told, I couldn't agree more. Some fans of Lynyrd Skynyrd weren't too happy about this stance—as the perception was that Molly Hatchet was thriving off the thunder of Lynyrd Skynyrd--considering how tragically those southern boys met their fate in October of ‘77. Molly Hatchet has been around for 46 years, with their album dropping in ‘78, the self-titled “Molly Hatchet”. The following year they released “Flirtin' with Disaster”, and after that, they took off like a skyrocket with non-stop touring. With 14 studio albums and 6 live albums in 39 years under their belts, there is a double live release set for this summer. It will be titled “Live in Switzerland” and was recorded in 2015. As stated, I did get the chance to hang out with the band just before they hit the stage at 8 p.m. It was a pleasure to be able to chat with some real fine southern folk--especially as we share the commonality of all hailing from Florida. There was a medium crowd on hand--maybe 400 and some change--but that didn't matter to the boys on stage, as you got hit right between the eyes with classics like “Dreams I'll Never See”, “Whiskey Man”, “Flirtin' with Disaster” and my personal favorite, “Gator Country”.