Riverside, Iowa (June 8, 2013)- Molly Hatchet was good old Southern Rock fun with the emphasis on “fun.” Unlike many other 70-80’s heyday bands still hitting the road today Molly Hatchet is damn good. If you abide by the ” but they are not original members” so they are not good line then you is dead ass wrong. The Hatchet fans love them. They remain popular due to classic rock stations, bikers, vets and old (matured) hippies that liked beer better than an intellectual means of travel, (like myself) … oh and they still play old vinyl.
Bobby Ingram who is Molly Hatchet’s leader is the heir apparent (and legal owner) of Molly Hatchet. Bobby got the rights of the name from the remaining original members as he is the only current member to last record with the remaining original members which actually makes him an original member. Confused yet? Let’s cease with the family tree crap and suffice it to say that all the current members (but one) in Hatchet are true Southern (Floridian) musicians. These guys have ties to so many of the pioneers of Southern rock it took Phil (McCormack) several minutes to list just those that had passed that they knew or played with. This strong Southern influence is what makes Molly Hatchet more than a cover band of Molly Hatchet material. From the first familiar chord to the final encore of “Flirtin w/ Disaster,” they were hot. Yes they did Molly Hatchet radio friendly version on the ABB “Dreams” and even a solo guitar version of “Free Bird.” Hatchet was absent Dave Hlubeck on guitar and I am not sure as to why. Dave left the band in 1987 for personal reasons and Bobby took his place and then returned in 2005. So this left Bobby solo in a 2 prong band. My 15-year-old granddaughter attended the show and met the band and Bobby before the show. She said of Bobby, ” man he sure can shred…” She was referring to his frequent soloing, I think? To me Steve Vai shreds and Bobby is Molly Hatchet Southern metal-ish.
[box_light]Allow me to thank Bobby and the band, their management and Riverside Casino’s Angie for helping put on a special VIP evening for 6 lucky people (Hannah and I were included) that allowed us to meet with the band before the show get pictures, autographs and shoot the breeze before the show. Instead of making my usual analogy of Molly Hatchet …I will send you to listen to DBT’s “Let There Be Rock.” it says it all.[/box_light]