Bellamy Brothers

Twenty-six years of hits and still on the road

Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2002

Twenty six years after the Bellamy Brothers hit the charts with their first top 40 hit, "Let your Love Flow," the duo is still going strong. The brothers roll into Juneau this weekend with a five-piece band for a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Hall. Country singer and songwriter Wayne Carson will open the show.

This summer the band released a new CD, "Redneck Girls Forever," which featured the single, "Over the Line." The album's title is reminiscent of the brother's No. 1 song from the early 1990s, "Redneck Girl."

Brothers Howard, 56, and David, 50, grew up in Florida. They moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s and began writing pop music.

"Let Your Love Flow" came out in 1976 - not as a country song but as a top-40 pop hit. The Bellamy Brothers toured with Loggins and Messina, the Doobie Brothers and the Beach Boys in their early days.

In the early 1980s the pair made the cross over into country and scored a No. 1 hit on the country charts with "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)." The Bellamy Brothers have released 30 albums in their career and continue to tour, performing more than 200 concert dates in an average year.

The Bellamy Brothers band is a team of multi-instrumentalists capable of recreating the variety of styles and sounds the brothers have embraced over their career. Songs have ranged from the Caribbean-influenced "Reggae Cowboy" to the Nashville country sounds.

Wally Dentz, a self-taught musician, plays bass and harmonica. Dentz has been with the brothers for 20 years. He's played on seven of their albums and serves as their tour manager as well.

Wayne Addleman plays pedal steel and electric guitars, and picks up the bass guitar as well. Conservatory-trained musician Alan Klingman plays saxophones and keyboards. Devon Breshears is the band's lead guitarist and Mike Tucker is the drummer.

The brothers left Los Angeles and moved back to Florida and live on a 2,500-acre working cattle ranch, which is home to their families, a recording studio, their offices and thousands of cows.

The concert Sunday is being sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers. Tickets are $28 and are available through Capital Records and at the door.

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