Named after a famous 17th-century axe murderess “hatchet molly” who would behead her lovers with the hand tool Lizzy Borden made famous, legendary Southern rock band Molly Hatchet will be bringing their sound to District Live at Plant Riverside District on Friday, September 10.
Best known for their hits “Flirtin’ with Disaster” and “Whiskey Man,” Molly Hatchet has been Southern rockin’ and rollin’ for over 40 years.
Originating out of Jacksonville Florida, the band debuted with their self-titled album in 1978 during a time when a new form of music was emerging in the South—Southern rock.
Playing a mixture of blues, country, gospel, and the British invasion of rock n’ roll, Molly Hatchet’s music digs much deeper into life beyond partying by writing about truth, honesty, friendship, family, and military pride.
Standing alongside other iconic Southern rock bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers, Hatchet cemented their place in music history in the late seventies and are credited as one of the pioneers of the Southern rock genre.
Like many rock bands, they have seen their share of loss and tragedies over the years, but throughout it all, one thing has stayed the same - their music.
Bobby Ingram, band leader and lead guitar player, is the longest standing member in the history of Molly Hatchet and has produced over half of the entire catalog of the band’s recordings for worldwide distribution.
Largely responsible for keeping the band going for the past four decades, Ingram said they’re still flirtin’ with disaster, but in a much different way compared to 40 years ago.
“Back then, flirtin’ with disaster meant exactly what it was—living like there’s no tomorrow,” said Ingram. “It’s a way of life and a mindset, it’s about pushing things to the edge and knowing when to stop. It’s how we have lived pretty much all of our lives. Now that we’re older things have changed. We’re still flirtin’ with disaster but in many different ways now.”
For some Molly Hatchet fans, the music and the concerts are about nostalgia. But as Southern rock has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, younger generations are among their fan base too.
“The Molly Hatchet nation is incredible. We have our fans that have been with us since the beginning and many new fans among the younger generation who have been discovering our music,” he said. “They come to concerts and bring their parents and grandparents. We get all generations coming to our shows, internationally too. We have fans in Germany, Japan, and Switzerland that have embraced our music and we’re very honored by that.”
In recent years, the band’s efforts have been focused on showing appreciation for the military and our veterans. In June and September of 2019, Hatchet performed for the troops in the Middle East near the Persian Gulf and for the military in Okinawa Japan.
With no signs of turning it down, Molly Hatchet is ready to bring a combination setlist of newer songs and the old classics to the District Live stage.
After four decades of rockin’ they are still workin’ hard, playin’ tough, livin’ fast, and flirtin’ with disaster. “And we won’t let anybody tell us to turn it down,” said Ingram. “To me, when we start turning it down, we start getting old. So, we’re turnin’ it up.”
Molly Hatchet’s rockin’ performance will start at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $37.50 in advance, $40 the day of the show. For more information visit plantriverside.com/district-live