It was 1980...my first concert. Molly Hatchet was truly larger than life standing just yards from me on the stage of The Huntington Civic Center. They were an intimidating force. A huge, mean whiskey drinking gang with a double guitar attack. Molly Hatchet stormed out of the South and took FM radio with their in your face brand of southern rock.
Their first took albums on Epic Records with monstrous vocallist Danny Joe Brown we're laden with classics like Flirting With Disaster, Gator Country, and Bounty Hunter. They were as large as their music. They could rock your ass then kick it afterwards. They were the personification of their music....loud, hard, in your face, and mean.
Jimmy Farrar replaced Brown from 1980-82. He was large and imposing like Brown. He gave Hatchet another classic in Beating The Odds. With Farrar, Hatchet did not loose any swagger with Brown's departure.
Jimmy Farrar passed away. Another of the great original era members of Molly Hatchet gone....leaving just Steve Roland.
Dave Hlubek - guitar, backing vocals (1971–1987, 2005–2017; died 2017)
Steve Holland - guitar (1971–1984)
Duane Roland - guitar (1976–1990; died 2006)
Bruce Crump - drums (1976–1982, 1984–1990; died 2015)
Banner Thomas - bass (1975–1981, 1993-1994; died 2017)
Danny Joe Brown - lead vocals (1976–1980, 1982–1995; died 2005)
Jimmy Farrar - lead vocals (1980–1982; died 2018)
Riff West - bass (1981–1990; died 2014
Molly Hatchet still plays but there are not any members left from the first album. Farrar did not join until the third album but he is considered original era. He left in 82 and Brown return.
Molly Hatchet left its' impact on southern rock. They were fearless rockers who flirted with disaster.