This review by Xavier Russell (and the accompanying photo) appeared in Classic Rock, January 2001, in England. It is reproduced in its entirety, with no comment!
Set list: 'Whiskey Man'/'Bounty Hunter'/'Gator Country'/'Heart Of The USA'/'Fall Of The Peacemakers'/'Saddle Tramp'/Drum Solo/'Beatin' The Odds'/'Down From The Mountain'/'Dreams I'll Never See'/'The Journey'
"From Jacksonville, Florida, will you please welcome CMC recording artists Molly Hatchet."
Perhaps the sole dip in the set came with the Vietnam vet special `Fall Of The Peacemakers': Having teased the confederate faithful with slowly building guitars, the song suddenly and mysteriously ground to a halt. Absolutely criminal, talk about killing a tune stone dead! However, things picked up with the Jimmy Farrar-period classic `Beatin' The Odds', and from hereon in, things just got better and better. Especially with the utterly compelling 'Dreams I'll never See' offering an Allman Brothers feel thanks to the duelling guitars of Bobby Ingram and Bryan Bassett, layering beautifully beneath the soothing keyboards of John Galvin.
Despite this not being the original line-up, Hatchet certainly didn't come across as a covers band, as some people have claimed them to be. They more than impressed with their own particular brand of southern rock, now, where's that bottle of `Rebel Yell'?!
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