WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW BRIDGE
I had the opportunity to talk to Molly Hatchet guitarist Bobby Ingram recently. He explained to me a few things about Molly Hatchet and their latest release, WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW BRIDGE. First of all, this album is, by far, the most personal of the band's career. It stems out of the heartfelt loss Ingram has for his wife Stephanie, who died on April 1st of 2004. He explained to me how much she meant, not only to him, but to the band itself over the last 12 years. He clarified the title of the album, WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW BRIDGE; explaining that it was born from a poem in a thank you card he and Stephanie had received upon the death of a family pet from a veteranarian which moved his wife as much as anything in her life. Finally, he explained that more than any other record, where Molly Hatchet has gone out to keep the tradition of this southern rock legend alive, that he was intent on creating the best album in the band's career in an effort to provide some self-closure to what was clearly a tough time in his life. Consider Bobby's efforts successful here.
WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW BRIDGE, while certainly not as strong as their debut album or the excellent BEATIN' THE ODDS, certainly is the strongest album the band has done in well over a decade. Many of these songs are so outwardly personal that they force you to grasp the emotion of their depth. "Rainbow Bridge" specifically is the strongest, most personal song any southern rock band has ever done. The flailing "Behind The Bedroom Door" is equally personal in it's scope, although it's probably a bit more accessible to all listeners.