Southern Rock Fans Mourn The Loss Of Molly Hatchet Singer Phil McCormack who Died April 26, 2019. No cause is listed at this time. Phil Took Over as singer for Danny Joe Brown in 1995 due to Danny Joe’s health issues. Phil was a very Fun and entergetic frontman to watch and will be missed. Phil Also was in the band Road Ducks Prior to Molly Hatchet.
Molly Hatchet firmly cemented their place in music history alongside other iconic Southern Rock bands out of Jacksonville, Florida such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers in the late ‘70’s playing a mixture of English invasion rock, blues, country, gospel. All with a Southern hard rock style!
The hardest hitting of the Southern bands at the time when, in 1978, Epic released Molly Hatchet’s self-titled debut album which reached multi-platinum status. The band established their reputation of working hard, playing tough and living fast through intense touring. During this time, they were on the road with Aerosmith, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones and many more.
In 1979, “Flirtin’ with Disaster: was released and skyrocketed the band into the stratosphere. Touring an average of 250 shows per year kept them busy. “Flirtin with Disaster,’ also achieved multi-platinum status. Then lead singer, Danny Joe Brown took a break from the road and contacted Bobby Ingram. A longtime friend from their first band they formed called, “Rum Creek” also based in Jacksonville, Florida. During that time Brown and Ingram together with John Galvin on keyboards formed the “Danny Joe Brown Band” releasing a worldwide studio album produced by the legendary Glyn Johns (Rolling Stones, The Who, Eagles), in 1981 on Epic Records.
Molly Hatchet released “Beatin’ The Odds” (1980) and “Take No Prisoners” (1981) was released with singer Jimmy Farrar. Brown returned to record No Guts … No Glory (1983) The Deed Is Done (1984) and Double Trouble Live (1985).
In January of 1987, Bobby Ingram joined the band as lead guitar and songwriter. The band continued to tour over 200 dates a year. In 1989 they recorded ‘Lightning Strikes Twice,’ on Capitol Records. The Greatest Hits album was released in 1991 and certified gold.
In 1996, Devil’s Canyon, the first studio album in 6 years was recorded in Hamburg, Germany on SPV / CBH Records with producers Kalle Trapp and Bobby Ingram the album was voted the number one rock record in Europe for 1996. Founding member Dave Hlubek rejoined the band in 2005 after a 20-year departure who recently died in 2017 from health complications.
Classic hits of theirs are “Flirtin’ with Disaster, “Devil’s Canyon,” “Gator Country,” “Whiskey Man,” and “Dreams I’ll Never See.” The band’s current lineup consists of 30year plus member Bobby Ingram – lead guitar; John Galvin – keyboards; Tim Lindsey – bass guitar; and Shawn Beamer – drums.
Angela Richardson-Newman Music Matters Magazine