To quote Jimmy Farrar: "Molly WHO?!"
Molly Hatchet were, to me at least, the definitive Southern Rock band, even moreso than Skynyrd or Blackfoot. Why? The songs, of course. From classics on the first album, such as "Gator Country", through "Boogie No More", "The Rambler", "Fall Of The Peacemakers", "She Does She Does" etc. Hell, even "Take No Prisoners" (their worst album in the initial stretch) has the incredible guitar-led song "Loss Of Control".
Fronted mostly by the enigmatic Danny Joe Brown, Molly Hatchet carved a real niche in the course of their first six albums, plus their live album:
As of this update (2nd November 2003) Bruce Crump, the original and best drummer
with Hatchet, is being treated for cancer. The details, and how to help,
are outlined in the message below from his good friend Donna Trikoulis:
DJB: Danny Joe Brown had a stroke in 2000. He is now recovering, but his hospital bills were staggering.
Against incredible opposition, Riff West organised a Benefit Concert. THE CD AND VIDEO HAVE NOW BEEN RELEASED! This is the nearest you'll get to see and hear the real Hatchet nowadays, so follow the link below and buy 'em!
Sadly, I've never seen Hatchet, and it doesn't seem too likely. The band currently doing the rounds calling themselves Hatchet contain not one member of the original band. They are a good band, and the three CDs they've released are pretty good. But they ain't Hatchet: not one member featured on any of the great Hatchet albums (except John Galvin, who doesn't always tour with them anyway), and they are only Hatchet at all because Bobby Ingram pays for use of the name...in effect he has a Hatchet Franchise. See a recent Live Review of this band, and an Interview. They make a real effort to sound like Hatchet, but it ain't the real thing...this is:
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