Molly Hatchet is an American Southern rock/hard rock band that formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1975. The band is perhaps best known for their hit song "Flirtin' with Disaster" from the album of the same title. The band was founded by Dave Hlubek
Originating from and based in Jacksonville, Florida, Molly Hatchet shared influences and inspiration with what is perhaps the most well-known act in the Southern rock genre, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Another up-and-coming Southern rock act, .38 Special, were contemporaries and peers to the members of the Molly Hatchet. Dave Hlubek was the band's vocalist prior to Danny Joe Brown, and wrote and co-produced many of the band's songs. Hlubek has stated that the demise of Lynyrd Skynyrd opened the door for Molly Hatchet. Members of the band 38 Special referred Molly Hatchet to manager Pat Armstrong. Armstrong with partner Alan Walden had briefly been co-manager of Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1970. Armstrong signed on as Molly Hatchet's manager. Ronnie Van Zant was slated to produce Molly Hatchet's first album, having helped in writing arrangements and directing rehearsals prior to his death. Molly Hatchet cut their first demos in Lynyrd Skynyrd's 8-track recording studio using their equipment. Other demos were cut in Jacksonville's Warehouse Studios. Warner Bros. Records expressed interest in the resulting recordings from these sessions. Molly Hatchet ended up being turned down by Warner Bros. who picked Van Halen over Molly Hatchet. After this setback, Molly Hatchet toured the Florida roadhouse and bar circuit. About six months later Epic Records signed the band to a recording contract, bringing in Tom Werman as a producer.
Tom Werman, a producer known for working with straight hard rock acts such as Cheap Trick and Ted Nugent,  combined boogie, blues and hard rock, making Molly Hatchet's sound different from more country-influenced acts such as Outlaws. Similar to the area's other Southern rock acts, their music in many ways expressed the values, hopes and excesses of some 1970s-era young adults in certain Southern metropolitan areas similar to Jacksonville, Florida.
The band recorded and released their first album, Molly Hatchet in 1978, followed by Flirtin' with Disaster in 1979. Molly Hatchet proceeded to tour behind therecord, building a larger fan base. Danny Joe Brown, lead singer, left the band in 1980 because of health and other reasons, only to return three years later.