Molly Hatchet to release greatest hits package

Molly Hatchet will release “Greatest Hits II: The South Has Risen Again” on May 17 via SPV/Steamhammer.

The unusual band name refers to an apparently particularly love-hungry lady named MOLLY HATCHET, who lived in the 17th century and had her lovers decapitated after enjoying their favours. In 1978, the band signed their first recording deal and sold almost a million copies of their self-titled debut release. MOLLY HATCHET went on tour with Aerosmith and Bob Seger that same year, and their second album release Flirtin’ With Disaster (1979) followed twelve months later. Their third album Beatin’ The Odds (1981) was a commercial success, selling over two million copies and entering the Billboard charts at no. 25. The group’s unmistakable trade mark is the warrior who appears on their album sleeves and was designed by the American fantasy artist, Frank Frazetta.

Their fourth offering, Take No Prisoners (1981), made it directly into the Billboard charts. Two years later, MOLLY HATCHET presented their exceptional No Guts … No Glory (including the anthem ‘Fall Of The Peacemakers’). Their 1984 The Deed Is Done was the first release to meet with mixed reactions. While some attested the album with HATCHET’S typical blues rock and boogie feel, others criticized its all-too-polished sound. However, MOLLY HATCHET managed to reunite their fan base again with their live release Double Trouble Live (1985), recorded in Dallas and Jacksonville.

Their eighth album, Lightning Strikes Twice, saw the light of day four years later, followed by an almost seven year sabbatical, which came to an end with Devil’s Canyon in 1996. “After all those years, it was still a great feeling to pick up a guitar, connect it to an amp and start playing”, Ingram rejoiced at the successful comeback. “Devil’s Canyon put us back on the rock music map.” Two years and countless gigs later, MOLLY HATCHET presented their eleventh album Silent Reign of Heroes, followed by an 18-month world tour and Kingdom Of XII. “Silent Reign of Heroes was not really a sinister album, but it did deal with the dark side of the band. Kingdom Of XII was pure fun. It’s an album for beer drinkers, for people who enjoy hoisting the rebel flag again,” Ingram compares the two studio recordings. A few weeks after the release, MOLLY HATCHET were back on stage in Germany to complete the recordings for their live release, Locked And Loaded in 2003. Their 2005 album, Warriors Of The Rainbow Bridge, was released in memory of Bobby Ingram’s late wife Stephanie, and today, five years later, Justice presents MOLLY HATCHET as a band which fills the spirit of the Southern community with life.

Now “Greatest Hits II: The South Has Risen Again will mark the 35th anniversary of MOLLY HATCHET.

“Greatest Hits II: The South Has Risen Again“:

CD 1

01. Son Of The South 04:44
02. Heart Of The USA 04:00
03. Fall Of The Peacemakers 06:55
04. Safe In My Skin 04:33
05. Rainbow Bridge 06:18
06. Mississipi Moon Dog 03:47
07. Devil`s Canyon 06:18
08. American Pride 04:02
09. Tatanka 05:01
10. Down From The Mountain 04:38
11. Edge Of Sundown 07:10
12. Dreams I´ll Never See 07:25
13. The Journey 07:20

CD 2

01. Bounty Hunter (live) 03:31
02. Gator County (live) 07:08
03. Whiskey Man (live) 03:45
04. Beatin`The Odds (live) 03:35
05. The Creeper (live) 04:55
06. Flirtin`With Disaster (live) 06:22
07. Sacred Ground (07:07) – Previously unreleased

Current Line-Up:
Phil McCormack – vocals
Bobby Ingram – guitars
Dave Hlubek – guitars
Tim Lindsey – bass
John Galvin – keyboards
Shawn Beamer – drums

TOUR DATES:
3/9 - DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA BIKE WEEK @ DOGHOUSE
3/10 – REDONDO BEACH, CALIFORNIA @ BRIXTON REDONDO
3/11 - AGOURA HILLS, CALIFORNIA @ THE CANYON
3/12 - SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA @ RAMONA MAIN STAGE
3/13 – SAN LUIS OBISTO, CALIFORNIA @ SLO BREWING COMPANY
3/15 - EXETER, CALIFORNIA @ ORANGE BLOSSOM JUNCTION
3/25 – GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA @ BLIND TIGER
3/26 - JIM THORPE, PENNSYLVANIA @ PENN’S PEAK
3/27 - CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA @ SPRING FEST 2011
4/30 - ORANGE PARK, FLORIDA @ SUNSHINE BIKE RUN AND SOMER CONCERT
5/27 - MONTEAGLE, TENNESSEE @ BIKER FEST 2011
5/28 - EDEN, NORTH CAROLINA @ 2 RIVERS SPRING BIKE RALLY
5/30 - ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI @ SOLDIERS MEMORIAL PARK RIB AMERICA FESTIVAL
6/4 –   MEARS, MICHIGAN @ VAL DU LAKES
7/15 - DETROIT, MICHIGAN @ WOUNDED WARRIORS BIKE RALLY
7/16 - OGEMAW, MICHIGAN @ BIKE WEEK FESTIVAL
7/23 - BIRKENFELD, OREGON @ NORTHWEST’S PREMIERE BIKER RALLY
7/30 - ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI @ WOUNDED WARRIORS BIKE RALLY
9/16 – NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS @ OTT RALLY COUNTY EXPO FAIRGROUNDS
9/17 - PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA @ RIB AMERICA FESTIVAL
12/1 - ROCK LEGENDS CRUSIE 2011
12/2 - ROCK LEGENDS CRUSIE 2011
12/3 - ROCK LEGENDS CRUSIE 2011
12/4 - ROCK LEGENDS CRUSIE 2011
12/5 – ROCK LEGENDS CRUSIE 2011

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