Tag: Southern Rock

Tunes for Tuesday: Flirtin’ With Disaster

Molly Hatchet was one of many great blue-collar, southern rock bands from Florida. Formed in 1971 by Dave Hlubek, they are best known for their hit song, Flirtin’ With Disaster. The band has seen many line-up changes over the years. My favorite membership included Danny Jo Brow (Vocals), Dave Hlubek (Guitar), Duane Roland (Guitar), Steve Holland (Guitar), Riff West (Bass), and Barry Borden (Drums). For me, it would just be hard to follow Danny Jo Brow’s great stage persona, gruff voice, and cowboy horse-whistling.

Molly Hatchet took its name from a prostitute who, rumor has it, mutilated and decapitated her clients. The band also had some of the coolest album cover designs ever, often featuring heroic fantasy art by such artists as Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo, and Paul R. Gregory.

In the 1980s, Molly Hatchet shed its southern rock persona and shifted to a straight-ahead rock and roll sound with the release of the 1981 album Take No Prisoners. I really thought that was a shame. I liked the earlier Southern rock sound, and soon lost interest in the “new” Molly Hatchet.

Oh well … stuff happens. Here are a couple of my favorite Molly Hatchet songs from the earlier days.

Flirtin’ With Disaster (Live)

Bounty Hunter (Capitol Theater, 1978)

Dreams I’ll Never See (Live)

And, about those album covers …

Molly Hatchet was great cruising music. Just unroll the windows on a summer day, crank up the vintage Craig Power Play stereo system connected to those Jensen Triaxial speakers, and let the tunes play!

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Tunes for Tuesday: How about a little Tomcattin!

For me, the best days of Rock music were the 1970s, when lights in the audience were from lighters, not cellphones.

People who knew 70s Rock and Roll knew Blackfoot

Blackfoot is an American Southern rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1969. Though they primarily play with a Southern rock style, they are also known as a hard rock act.

The band’s lineup consisted of guitarist and vocalist Rickey Medlocke, guitarist Charlie Hargrett, bassist Greg T. Walker, and drummer Jakson Spires. The group took the name Blackfoot to honor the American Indian heritage of 3 of the 4 founding members.

The group toured frequently during 1979; late during the year they opened for British superstars, The Who, at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.

They had a number of successful albums during the late 1970s and early 1980s, including Strikes (1979), Tomcattin’ (1980) and Marauder (1981).

“Highway Song” is a true classic! Rick Medlocke is definitely the real deal and a complete showman, incredible voice, and highly talented musician. This song and band were underrated and underappreciated.

Highway Song

Train, Train is another great song in which Rick Medlocke showed off his blues slide skills on his Les Paul. The song was actually written by Rick’s grandfather, Shorty Medlocke, and it became their first success and most well-known song.

Train, Train

The original Blackfoot put out some great southern rock music. In the 80s, with the southern rock genre being considered somewhat passe by the pop music press, the band struggled and recreated itself several times with new members, but it was never the same.

Rick Medlocke began touring with Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1996. He also reformed the band Blackfoot with all new members and himself acting as producer. He sometimes joins the band on stage during certain concerts.