In the early 1970s, a new genre of music was emerging. A mixture of blues, country, gospel, and the English invasion of rock and roll that later was to be coined the phrase “Southern Rock.” The music was filled with style and emotion with bands in the forefront such as the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and a band from Jacksonville, Florida called Molly Hatchet. Named after a famous 17th-century axe murderess “hatchet molly” who would behead her lovers with the hand tool Lizzy Borden made famous. Their self-titled debut album was released on Epic Records in 1978 and reached multi-platinum status as the band established their reputation of working hard, playing tough, and living fast. In 1979, ‘Flirtin’ with Disaster’ was released, and history was in the making. The band continued touring on the road with an average of 250 live shows per year and like the first album, it also achieved multi-platinum status. During this time, ‘Beatin’ The Odds’ (1980) and ‘Take No Prisoners’ (1981) were released with singer Jimmy Farrar. Lead singer, Danny Joe Brown returned to record with John Galvin’s ‘No Guts … No Glory’ (1983), ‘The Deed Is Done’ (1984), and ‘Double Trouble Live’ (1985). In early 1987, Bobby Ingram of Jacksonville came into the band as lead guitar and songwriter and the band continued to tour over 200 dates a year in 1989 record Lightning Strikes Twice for capitol records. The band is currently touring worldwide and has plans for a new studio album release planned for 2024 and starting new studio recordings at Abbey Road Studios in London, England summer of 2023. As we enter the next 40 years of music, Molly Hatchet’s tradition and legacy keep developing the common bond of southern rockers. Keeping our southern style of music alive and well. Rest assured, Molly Hatchet is a band, that after 40 years, is always workin’ hard, playin’ tough, livin’ fast, and still Flirtin’ with Disaster!