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Molly Hatchet

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Molly Hatchet
(Epic) 1978

Hatchet’s first album remains their finest to this day, kicking off in fifth gear with “Bounty Hunter” and never missing a beat as they lunge into “Gator Country,” a song that basically puts all other Southern Rock bands into a box and crowns Hatchet king of the genre. At least according to them.

“The Creeper” is pure Hatchet magic, with Danny Joe Brown singing his whiskey soaked ass off, and what can you say about “Dreams I’ll Never See.” The guys took Gregg Allman’s slow blues and turned it into a balls to the wall Southern Rock classic. Dave Hlubek, Duane Roland and Steve Holland whip off the three-guitar attack with unabashed redneck passion.

There’s a reason Molly Hatchet’s music is so often described as “ass kickin.” It’s this album.

-Michael Buffalo Smith

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