Skinny Molly have been bringing their good time brand of Southern Rock across the pond for more than a decade now and they continue to attract a small but dedicated following. And in an era when tours often consist of no more than four or five shows their schedule refreshingly travels the length and breadth of the country with the Midlands region well serviced with gigs in Evesham and Lichfield aside from The Robin.
Their Southern Rock pedigree is unquestionable with guitarist / vocalist Mike Estes having toured and recorded with Lynyrd Skynyrd in the mid-90’s whilst drummer Kurt Pietro and guitarist Jay Johnson have both spent time in Blackfoot and Luke Bradshaw the bassist-in-residence at the Grand Ole Opry. The set list reflects this with well delivered covers of ‘Call Me The Breeze’, ‘Train Train’ and ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ amongst others along with original material taken from the bands three studio albums.
With up-tempo, feel good barn burners such as ‘When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Go Fishing’ and ‘Here For A Good Time’ Skinny Molly are all about coming down to a live show, leaving your troubles at the door and having a great experience with friends and fellow fans. And when Estes and Johnson crank it up with the dual guitar solos they prove more than capable of holding their own with their peers. Free’s ‘Wishing Well’ and the Stones ‘Dead Flowers’ are both given the Southern rock twist before the band are summoned back for the obligatory encore of ‘Freebird’, delivered full throttle without missing a beat. Full marks to Estes and the bands promoters for continuing to bring Skinny Molly back to Europe year after year and offering a terrific night out.