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This Album Rocks!
on July 8, 2008
I was living in Tipton, Oklahoma and heard Molly Hatchet was coming to this biker bar in nearby Lawton. The tickets were easy to get, and cheap, so I was excited to see them. A few days before the show, I was at Ft. Sill and bought this album. When I opened it in the car, I could see there were no original members! Bobby Ingram was on the last album and John Gavin had been with them for several albums under the "almost original" lineup. When I put the CD in the player, I was blown away. The music was great! Did it sound like the old Hatchet? Sort of, but with a heavier and more updated sound.
There are plenty of moments that throw this into the southern rock camp, but there are other things, like that powerful guitar sound, that go beyond that into the realm of heavy metal. The mix of styles is a great and refreshing change. It might not have worked with another band, but in this case, Bobby and Phil and crew pulled it off.
When they came to the biker bar, we found out John Gavin couldn't make it so we saw the band without a keyboard player. They had a backup singer, can't remember her name, but she was with Lynrd Skynrd and survived the plane crash.
The day of the show, there was an ice storm and as I was coming in, this guy with super long hair was at the door as some other lady slipped and fell. He helped her up and we got to talking a little bit. That was Phil McCormick. A really nice guy.
The show was great. They played all the old songs and I wouldn't have been able to tell them from the old band, sound-wise. They sneaked in a few songs off the new album too.
After the show, I got to meet them all and Bobby was especially nice and surprised I had the new CD, as it had just come out.
There is not a bad song on the album. One song, the one by old drummer Mac Crawford, seems a little out of place, but not because it's a bad song. It might fit better on a different album. All these years later, I can still remember most of the cuts off that album, in order.
Since that show in the mid nineties, I've seen them three more times. This is a working band that everyone should appreciate. They are not only excellent musicians, but real people as well. Very down to earth and generous with the fans. They know who butters their bread!
If you want a great album, sort of southern rock, but a little heavier, this is an outstanding example. Highly recommended.