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Southern rockers Molly Hatchet return to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sept. 7

Southern rockers Molly Hatchet return to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sept. 7
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From a press release:

It was announced this week that multi-platinum ’70s Southern rock band Molly Hatchet, known for hits like “Flirtin’ with Disaster,” will return Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m.

Longtime Molly Hatchet singer Phil McCormack passed away on April 25, 2019 at the age of 58; Jimmy Elkins has since taken over vocal duties.

Tickets, which are $27 in advance or $32 the day of the show, are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak box office (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe), and Roadies Restaurant and Bar (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe). Penn’s Peak box office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only; no phone orders.

In the early 1970s, a new form of music was emerging in the South. A mixture of blues, country, gospel, and the English invasion of rock and roll that was later coined “Southern rock.” The music was filled with style and emotion, with bands in the forefront such as the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Molly Hatchet from Jacksonville, Florida, named after a famous 17th century axe murderess who would behead her lovers with the hand tool Lizzie Borden made famous.

Their self-titled debut album was released on Epic records in 1978 and reached multi-platinum status as the band established their reputation of working hard, playing tough, and living fast through intense touring with bands like Aerosmith, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones, and many more. In 1979, “Flirtin’ with Disaster” was released and history was in the making. The band continued touring with an average of 250 live shows per year and, like the first album, it also achieved multi-platinum status.

Molly Hatchet’s “Greatest Hits” album was released in 1991 and certified gold. In 2003, the band celebrated the 25th anniversary of their first release with first a double live album, “Locked and Loaded.” It was recorded in Germany, which they consider their home away from home, and it was the first time in seven years that a live album has made it onto the European charts.

In 2017, the band traveled to the Persian Gulf to play a special concert for the United States military stationed in the United Arab Emirates and then on to Okinawa, Japan to perform for dedicated U.S. troops in the South Pacific.

With 14 studio albums under their belts, they continue touring the world to perform classic hits like “Flirtin’ with Disaster, “Devil’s Canyon,” “Gator Country,” “Whiskey Man,” and “Dreams I’ll Never See” even after the death of vocalist Phil McCormack earlier this year.

Molly Hatchet’s tradition fosters the common bond of Southern rockers and keeps the Southern style of music alive and well. Rest assured that, over 40 years later, Molly Hatchet is always workin’ hard, playin’ tough, livin’ fast, and still “Flirtin’ with Disaster.”