Skinny Molly is a Southern Rock band which features, Mike Estes from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jay Johnson of The Rossington Band, and Kurt Pietro current drummer for Blackfoot. In 2011, Skinny Molly did a 22-date month long tour of six countries in Europe and then went right back into the studio to finish their second CD “Haywire Riot.” After that, they debuted their new single on the Fox News television program “Huckabee” which had the viewership of over 3 million people. Skinny Molly also had a Summer Tour of the Southeast that included some of their largest audiences to date.
Skinny Molly was founded by guitarist/vocalist Mike Estes (formerly of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blackfoot) original Molly Hatchet guitarist Dave Hlubek and Nashville, TN studio drummer Kurt Pietro. Originally slated to do a one-off tour of Europe in 2004, Skinny Molly has, fourteen years later, become one of the hardest working and popular rock bands out of the southern United States. “That first tour went great,” Estes says. “so we decided to keep it going.” From 2004 to 2007 (Hlubeck went back to Molly Hatchet in 2005) the band had different members come and go. By 2008, the line up was solidified for the next nine years; Estes, Pietro, former Rossington Band and Blackfoot guitarist/vocalist Jay Johnson and Grand Ole Opry stalwart bassist Luke Bradshaw. They toured relentlessly and recorded three albums; “No Good Deed” (2008) “Haywire Riot” (2012) and “Here For a Good Time” (2014) “We did the ‘Three in Thirty’ tour after the first record. Three continents in thirty days. It was nuts. We’ve been staying on the road or in the studio a whole bunch since then. The plan is to keep going as long as people keep coming to see us.” Estes said.