Molly Hatchet and Blackfoot

Saturday night the Southern rock hits of Molly Hatchet — "Flirtin' with Disaster," "Beating the Odds," and "Gator Country" among them — will make a perfect soundtrack to blowing some dough on that not-quite-fast-enough filly. Grown from the same musical soil as Lynyrd Skynyrd, in its Seventies heyday Jacksonville's native specialized in ferocious melodic leads. The bandmates have still got the chops, and their powerful boogie overdrive is guaranteed to get your heart (if not your equine pick) racing. Singer Phil McCormack, who joined the lineup in 1996, ably complements original founding guitarist Dave Hlubek, who's back with veteran axe-slinger Bobby Ingram. Their fast, thoughtful, string-bending solos should prove that an old-fashioned, long-hair-'n'-beards boogie band can still rock out as well as the young'uns. Musical cousin Blackfoot, also hailing from Jacksonville, starts the evening. The group's hit "Train Train" and the wistful ballad "Highway Song" will have you holding your lighter aloft and touching your beer-sodden heart. Win, lose, or draw, this horsy hoedown is a sure winner.


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