Molly Hatchet & Davy Knowles

In the early 1970s, a new form of music was emerging. A mixture of blues, country, gospel and the English invasion gave rise to “Southern rock” – music filled with style and emotion. The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and a band from Jacksonville called Molly Hatchet paved the way.

Molly Hatchet’s self-titled debut album included Danny Joe Brown, Dave Hlubek, Duane Roland, Steve Holland, Banner Thomas and Bruce Crump in the lineup and reached multi-platinmum status.  The band quickly established its reputation of working hard, playing tough, and living fast through intense touring with such bands as Aerosmith, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones and many more.

In 1979, Flirtin’ With Disaster was released and history was in the making. After a quarter-century with 250 live shows a year, the band celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2003 with the highly acclaimed and charting live double album, “Locked and Loaded.” Following the passing of both Danny Joe Brown and Duane Roland, founding member Dave Hlubek has kept Molly Hatchet’s signature sound alive.

Opening for Molly Hatchet is Davy Knowles. Blues, rock, roots and Americana all have a promising future in Knowles’ talented hands. Now on his own after fronting Back Door Slam, he has played opener slots for Warren Haynes & Gov’t Mule, Jeff Beck, the Sammy Hagar-Joe Satriani “super group” Chickenfoot, The Who, George Thorogood, Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd.