Dean Artist Dave Hlubek of Molly Hatchet and his Dean USA HardTail.
Dave Hlubek Biography
Date of Birth: 28 August 1951
Place of Birth: Hawaii
Influences: The Doors and Eric Clapton
Before Hatchet: Dave was born in Hawaii, and then the Hlubek family initially moved to what is now Silicone Valley, California. Dave started out playing drums before moving over to be a guitarist. His first band was called "Something Else" who he joined at the age of 14. From there, Dave moved on, and by the very early seventies, he was playing in "Mind Garden " with Tim Lindsay (later of "The Rossington Band")
Founding Hatchet: First met Steve Holland at Paula’s Music, Jacksonville which provided the inspiration behind the founding of Molly Hatchet.
Dave: "There were six of us in the band. We took a John Deere Tractor hat and everybody came up with three names apiece and put them in the hat. We did it like the lottery. We said that whatever name was pulled out of the hat, by God, was going to be the name of the band. Well, the 18th name, the only one left, was Molly Hatchet! We said, ‘What the fuck is that?’ It started out, ‘Molly Fucking Hatchet.’ Everyone was saying, ‘Whose the girl in the band?’ People of Jacksonville took it upon themselves to start making bumper stickers. We just kept the name. Who in the hell is Molly? It’s like, what’s in a name! Molly was an axe murderous. Her name was Abigail something. The history books called her Hatchet Molly. She was some passion killer."
Performed on Molly Hatchet (1978), Flirtin’ With Disaster (1979) (which he sites as his favourite Hatchet album) Beatin’ the Odds (1980), Take No Prisoners (1981) (his least favourite Hatchet album), No Guts No Glory (1983) The Deed is Done (1984) Double Trouble Live (1986)
Since leaving Hatchet...
Dave was replaced in Hatchet by Bobby Ingram.
In the late eighties, Dave played with for a time with the "Hlubek-Harwood Band" with ex-Rossington Collins Band guitarist (and all round good guy) Barry Lee Harwood
From there, Dave formed the Dixie Allstars with Jay Johnson, Jakson Spires and Randall Hall. The band was soon renamed the "Southern Rock Allstars" mainly because the band felt that "Dixie Allstars" sounded too much like a barber shop quartet!!
Performed with Dixie Jam Band for Danny Joe Brown
In March 2003, Dave left the SRA for health reasons, and within days was a member of Southern Rockers Reunion, with Randall Hall, Banner Thomas, Mike Estes, Tom Curiale, and Ted Patton. (although Banner left the SRR within a few weeks, Dave is still working with him).
Dave and Banner are playing dates together billed as "Flirtin' with Disaster with Dave Hlubek and Banner Thomas" backed by Big Engine. Dave is also a touring member of The Rhythmpigs
Also, Dave says: ""I cleaned out every buffet between Tifton, GA and Fort Lauderdale. Many restaurant owners have stood panicked in front of a buffet pleading with me — 'No more meat! Just vegetables!'""
Dave was married for twenty years to Karen, and has two sons Kyle David Hlubek and Aaron Armstrong Hlubek. He now lives in Fort Lauderdale, FLA
November 2004, Dave had joined up with Riff West, Jimmy Farrar, Duane Roland, Steve Holland and Bruce Crump to form the "Gator Country Band". During January 2005, Dave decided to opt out of the band and is now performing with Bobby Ingram.
What else did he play on?
SRA: Danger Road – 2002
The Spirit of the Black Rose - A Tribute to Philip Parris Lynott - 2001 – with SRA
Jammin' for DJB
Crazy again – SRA
Molly Hatchet live 1978 at the Agora Ballroom
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