This year’s Haynes Apperson Festival will mix southern rock with “terrifying funk” as Molly Hatchet, Here Come the Mummies and 38 Special take the stage at Foster Park throughout the weekend.
The committee that organizes the festival is always looking for classic groups with big hits that everyone will remember, said Paul Wyman, who’s on the committee.
Both Molly Hatchet and 38 Special fit that bill.
“Their music has lived through the generations,” he said. “You can still turn on the radio and hear songs from Molly Hatchet and 38 Special.”
Molly Hatchet takes the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday. The group will open up the festival.
In the early 1970s, a new form of music was emerging in the South. It was a mixture of blues, country, gospel and the English invasion of rock and roll that later was called “Southern Rock.” The music was filled with style and emotion. And at the forefront of the movement were bands like the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and a band from Jacksonville, Florida, called Molly Hatchet. The group was named after a famous axe murderess “Hatchet Molly” who would behead her lovers with the hand tool Lizzy Borden made famous.
The group is best known for its hit “Flirtin’ With Disaster” from the album of the same name.
38 Special will bring its own style of Southern Rock to the stage at Foster Park Saturday night.
Their many Gold and Platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse. With sales in excess of 20 million, most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightnin’,” “Second Chance,” and more.
They’re hits that remain a staple on the radio, songs that are immediately recognizable from the first chord.