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Skinny Molly
Skinny Molly

Tue, 20 Sept



Skinny Molly

Playing the best of Lynyrd Skynyrd and classic Southern rock featuring the former Lynyrd Skynyrd and Artimus Pyle band guitarist Mike Estes

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Time & Location

20 Sept 2022, 19:30

Southampton, Brunswick Square, Southampton SO14 3AR, UK


About The Event

Post-Skynyrd, Mike has smashed the Billboard chart with his co-written White Knuckle Ride single, and released two solo albums under his own steam – Driving Sideways and Brave New South – while remaining a fixture of the planet’s magazine covers and music channels on the strength of his prolific talent. Back in 1995, he was inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk Of Fame, but with Skinny Molly, you sense he’s only just getting started.  Kurt has been Skinny Molly’s big-hitter on the drumstool since the start. Fusing the influence of players like Jakson Spires of Blackfoot and Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee into his own stellar technique, Kurt soon graduated from a bedroom wizard to a revered Michigan studio ace and a live powerhouse with early outfit Crystal. He subsequently studied broadcasting and music at Michigan University, leading to a job at Omni Studios in Nashville, and the fateful day when a visiting Mike asked if anyone could play a drum overdub. Kurt’s hand went up. The drum part was duly knocked out of the park. Skinny Molly had just found its drummer.

Kurt’s skills demanded a ground-shaking bass talent, and in 2012, Skinny Molly’s rhythm section is thrillingly completed by Luke Bradshaw. Picking up the instrument aged 15 after hearing the low-end skills of Skynyrd’s Leon Wilkeson and the Allmans’ Allen Woody, his CV now takes in work alongside American Idol’s Bo Bice, Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV, bluegrass artist Bobby Hicks, and Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys. Equally adept on electric or standup bass, and able to bend his talent to any project, Luke is arguably never better than when giving a fat low-end to Skinny Molly.  With Mike Estes in the lineup, some guitarists might feel the pressure. Not Jay Johnson: the band’s six-string stinger missile and perhaps the only player capable of standing toe-to-toe with his frontman. Jay got his break at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio as a session guitarist for Malaco Records artist Mary Burns, and since then his talent has spread its wings into writing, production and audio engineering. After early duties in Radio Tokyo, Jay joined The Rossington Band from 1986 to 1989 (a period during which he played on the Skynyrd Tribute Tour, rocked over a million fans and released two major-label LPs) and by 1994, he’d hooked up with Blackfoot’s Jakson Spires and Molly Hatchet’s Dave Hlubek in the Southern Rock Allstars. His stint as Blackfoot’s vocalist in 2006 makes him the ultimate backup singer for Skinny Molly, while many past shows alongside Mike – including several acoustic duo tours – mean he’s the perfect wingman.  Apart, they’re awesome. When these musicians come together as Skinny Molly, it’s a molotov cocktail of talent that’s sure to blow the roof off when they take this second album out on the road. Sure, things may go a little haywire when these boys roll into town. But trust us – you’ll definitely have a riot…

Mike Estes-Guitar, Lead Vocals  Jay Johnson-Guitar, Lead Vocals Kurt Pietro - Drums  Luke Bradshaw - Bass 


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