Duane Roland

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Duane Roland
Born December 3, 1953
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Died June 19, 2006(2006-06-19) (aged 52)
St. Augustine, Florida
Genres Southern Rock, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1974-2006
Associated acts Molly Hatchet, Southern Rock Allstars, Gator Country

Duane Roland (December 3, 1953 - June 19, 2006) was an American guitarist for the Southern hard rock band Molly Hatchet. He was a member of the band from its founding in the mid-1970s until his departure in 1990.[1] During that time he recorded seven albums with the band. He is credited with co-writing some of the band's biggest hits, including "Bloody Reunion" and "Boogie No More". After leaving the band he played with the Southern Rock Allstars and Gator Country, which included many of the founding members of Molly Hatchet.

Roland died at his home in St. Augustine, Florida of natural causes at the age of 53.[2] Drummer Bruce Crump said Roland was the anchor of Molly Hatchet during the 1980s, a time when the band's lineup was constantly changing. "During all that time, Duane was the constant," said Crump. "I can't imagine playing Molly Hatchet music without Duane Roland. It just wouldn't be the same."[3]

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