Trailblazing Bellamy Brothers Take Country to the World

“If I said you had a beautiful sari would you hold it against me?”

Howard (left) and David get into the spirit of things.
photo by Judy Seale/Absolute Publicity

The Bellamy Brothers got a bit of a surprise when they took their catalog of hits to India and Sri Lanka, becoming the first country artists to tour the area in the process.

“When we arrived, they told us no other country act had ever toured in these countries,” says David Bellamy. “Collectively, the populations of India and Sri Lanka total about 1.3 billion, and we learned that these people are huge fans of our music. We sold out every show and there are already other offers on the table for us to go back and tour again soon.”

Brother Howard adds, “It was rejuvenating to tour two countries that we have never been to. It made me think back to the beginning of our career and the excitement of a new experience. The fact that we appealed to a broad demographic in both countries and that these folks knew all the words to our songs was very special for us.”

The brothers sold out three shows in the region.

In addition to their stateside tour dates, Howard and David will continue their international reach this year with shows in Brazil, Australia, New Caledonia, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Canada.


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