Steve Holland, guitarist and co-founder of the Southern rock band Molly Hatchet has died.
According to the Florida Times-Union, Holland passed away this Sunday in Brunswick, GA from undisclosed causes. He was 66.
Alongside Dave Hlubek on guitar, Holland was a part of the core lineup of the group alongside vocalist Danny Joe Brown, drummer Bruce Camp, guitarist Duane Roland, and bassist Banner Thomas.
The band experienced immediate success with their self-titled debut album in 1978, their 1979 album Flirtin’ with Disaster, and their 1980 album Beatin’ the Odds have all been certified platinum with Flirtin’ with Disaster going double-platinum.
Holland left Molly Hatchet in 1984 with a longtime friend telling the Florida Times-Union he left because “he decided he had enough of the cutthroat atmosphere and it wasn’t fun any more, so he retired.”
Holland’s last appearance on a Molly Hatchet record was their 1983 album No Guts…No Glory.
His most recent band, Gator Country, shared the news of Holland’s passing on their Facebook page.
"It Is With GREAT SADNESS That I Announce The PASSING Of 'ORIGINAL' MOLLY HATCHET Band / GATOR COUNTRY Band Co-Founder Lead Guitarist, STEVE HOLLAND,” the post said.
“Steve Was The LAST MAN STANDING And Has Joined The REST Of His FELLOW Band Brothers Up In Heaven. Steve's Health Had Been On A Downward Spiral For A While, With Steve Finally Getting His ANGEL WINGS Today August 2nd, 2020. You Will Always Be One Of The GREATEST STEVE!! REST WELL & SING Out With Danny Joe, Dave, Duane, Banner, Bruce, Jimmy & Riff In Heaven.”
Numerous fans immediately left comments paying tribute to the late musician.