The Bellamy Brothers

The Bellamy Brothers

Mayeux & Broussard

Fri, December 15, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$20 - $25

This event is 18 and over

Indoors - Very Limited Seating. All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. General Admission. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. $20 advance tickets/$25 day of show.

The Bellamy Brothers
The Bellamy Brothers
Howard and David continue to prove that the trail they’ve ridden to fame has been as unique as their music itself—music that is now celebrating 40 years of success.

The road that started on the pop music charts in the ‘70’s, took a winding turn into country music in the ‘80’s, paving the way for duos to come, such as Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, Big & Rich, and previously—The Judds. But before the road forked into country, the musical odyssey of brothers Bellamy started creatively smoldering in their home state of Florida, before exploding nationally amidst the ’70’s pop music culture of L.A.

The brothers first official gig was in 1968, playing a free show with their father at the Rattlesnake Roundup in San Antonio, Florida. They honed their early skills playing black clubs throughout the south, and singing backup for artists such as Percy Sledge, Eddie Floyd, and Little Anthony & The Imperials. Within a few months, the brothers moved north, immersing themselves and their rock/country sound in the Atlanta market, where the Allman Brothers were the emerging kings of the music world.

With the dawning of the Age of Aquarius on the horizon, and America embroiled in a smoke haze of drugs, civil unrest and an unpopular war, The Bellamy's music picked-up the hard driving edge that bespoke the times. Songwriting had become David Bellamy’s drug of choice during the long road gigs he and Howard were regularly pulling bodies and equipment to and from. It was his songwriting that was posed to soon provide the duo a national breakout.

The break came in the form of the hit, “Spiders & Snakes,” written by David and recorded by Jim Stafford. The song became a smash, eventually selling more than three million units worldwide. It became the catapult that rocketed the brother onto the L.A. music scene. Young and impressionable, Howard and David fell into the musical circle of the greats of the day: Bob Dylan, James Taylor, and Van Morrison, as well as West Coast based country rockers like Poco and the Byrds.

It was a creative shoe that fit.

Now known by their music and the company they were keeping, The Bellamys officially lifted off the launch pad in 1976 when their single, “Let Your Love Flow,” became an instant smash in both the U.S. and Europe. It stayed on the international charts long enough to build a huge international fan base for the hip young brothers that endures to this day. In Germany alone it perched at #1 for more than two months. The love was indeed flowing as The Bellamys jammed for audiences on their sold-out concerts and shared stages with the likes of Loggins & Messina, the Doobie Brothers, and the Beach Boys., with their patented blend of rock/country music.

True to their musical roots, their style and their songwriting was moving steadily more towards their raising. By the late ‘70’s The Bellamys were emerging on the country charts with another bona fide smash. “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me),” originally scrawled on a dinner napkin by David, rocketed them to the top of the country charts the way “Let Your Love Flow,” had done in the pop market just a few years earlier. It proved to be the first of a string of fourteen #1 singles in the U.S. alone.

Success followed success: “Dancing Cowboys,” “Sugar Daddy,” “You Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie,” “Lovers Live Longer,” “Do You Love As Good As You Look,” “Redneck Girl,” “For All The Wrong Reasons,” “I Love Her Mind,” “I Need More Of You,” “Old Hippie,” “Too Much Is Not Enough,” “Kids Of The Baby Boom,” and “Reggae Cowboy” and “Crazy From The Heart,”…all have lined the corridors of the Bellamy’s musical history and their walls with platinum and gold.

Along the way, Howard and David created a patent on the newly cool “duo” category in country music. In the era of the 2000’s, The Bellamy Brothers hold the record in both the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and the Country Music Association Awards (CMA) for the most duo nominations. Numerous Grammy nods have also been directed toward the brothers.

Internationally, the story has been the same—though the titles may be different. The Bellamys have released more than two-dozen hit songs outside the U.S. that were never released here. With a sharp eye on the songwriting skills that have been the bedrock of their success, Howard and David concur that their career is unique in their international finesse for matching their songs to the market.

“For the international releases, you have to have a strong melody,” notes David. “The lyric is very important, but internationally the melody is something fans can lock into, even if they can’t understand the lyrics.” Howard and David continue to perform and film TV specials in Europe and around the world.

These days when the subject turns to touring, The Bellamys are showing a new generation of country music how it’s done. “We’re old road dogs,” grins Howard when asked about the motivation behind the brothers 200 plus concert dates each year. Adds David: “Our live draw is bigger than it was in the ‘80’s. I think the same people that grew up with us and with our music in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s obviously have raised a whole new generation of Bellamy fans who started toddling to our music. Now they’re turning up at our concerts as college kids, who are really turned on and tuned in to us and our music….it’s a great feeling.”

On the infrequent off days from the road, Howard and David head the bus back to their 150-acre family ranch in Darby, Florida just north of Tampa. A working ranch, the spread consists of Purebred Charlois cattle and quarter horses. Amid a land lush with fruit trees, ancient oaks and crepe myrtles, three generation of the Bellamy family, headed by David and Howard’s mother, Frances, populate the homes clustered in the family compound.

The Bellamy Brothers latest project is their new album titled '40 Years' is an ambitious project that celebrates their career with 20 of their biggest hits and then adds 20 brand new songs in this 2 cd anniversary collection.
Mayeux & Broussard
Mayeux & Broussard
"Being stoned and broke down isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I would hate to be sober and broke down, you know? It's a happy metaphor," says Tate Mayeux, explaining the philosophy behind Mayeux and Broussard’s new single "Stoned and Broke Down," his personal anthem for living well. "You might not have the biggest house on the block, or the nicest car or whatever, but it doesn't matter. Life's still good."

That poetically bullshit-free approach to life permeates Mayeux and Broussard's new album 'High Times and Good Rhymes,' out Feb 24, on which Tate and his counterpart Brian Broussard trade songwriting and vocal duties, each with a distinct style and their own set of stories to tell.

There’s Mayeux, born in Monroe, Louisiana, and raised in the Texas hill country. A far-out front-porch philosopher with a lazy drawl, Mayeux writes songs with a blissful haze that harkens back to the cosmic cowboys of Austin's psychedelic past.

And there's Broussard, who hails from the Gulf Coast refinery town of Port Arthur, TX. A well-honed musician with serious guitar chops, Broussard grew up on blues, jazz, and his Grandma's zydeco records. He writes hard-edged songs with a swampy, dirty stomp and gut-wrenching realness.

"They're alright with the blood and the mud and the beer," Broussard sings on "Back at Home," a tribute to his friends stuck working in coastal refineries. "The air down there it's hot and it’s sticky too. You smell that marsh? It’s a burnin' burnin' taste the salty morning dew, oh the air I breathe ain't quite like what y'all used to."

"I wanted to give people an idea of what it's like back at home, how hard those guys work. A lot of refinery work, welding, ship work, shrimping and fishing. If you stay down there for long enough, it's basically the only choice you have. I feel like I'm working my ass off, but it's nothing compared to what they do. It just makes me thankful that I made it out," he says.

"Port Arthur's not much of a town but there's some great music that comes from there. I don't know what it is. It has a pretty rich musical history - George Jones, Johnny Winter, Janis Joplin, ZZ Top. It's always been important for me to follow in that Southeast Texas music tradition."

Recorded at the historic Cedar Creek Studios in Austin with engineer John Ross Silva (Hayes Carll, Reckless Kelly, Jason Boland & the Stragglers) 'High Times and Good Rhymes' is the culmination of a sound the band developed through hard work on the road, playing between 200-300 shows a year since they formed in 2011.

While they're no strangers to small-town honky-tonks and dancehalls, Mayeux and Broussard play with a gritty intensity that makes them stand out like a sore thumb from most of the Texas country music scene, as exemplified by the eccentric lineup of a recent hometown show - a bill with Austin metal-heads The Sword at the well-known indie rock venue Emo's.

To Mayeux and Broussard, though, there is some common ground between the two seemingly disparate styles. "We actually started out playing together in a metal band. It was some heavy sh*t," explains Broussard. "That's probably part of the reason why Mayeux sounds so nitty gritty, what he did to his voice singing with that band."

"Being from the South, growing up in Texas, you're going to grow up listening to country music. In high school, everybody turned away from it and got into post-hardcore, punk, whatever it was. I was always searching for something a little more mature," Broussard says. "Once we grew up a little more, we wanted to get back to those roots."

For Mayeux, it was a Hayes Carll show that made him rediscover his love for the music he was raised on. "Hayes made country music look cool and fun again. There was still that ornery, 'I'm gonna kick your ass' element to the music like all of the metal and punk stuff I listened to, but the guy wasn't running around screaming like a jackass. The first song I heard him play, I was like, 'I want to do this.'"

“I love country music,” says Mayeux. “But our music doesn’t always fit into an easy genre. It's not traditional honky-tonk, two-steppin' stuff. There's a little more grit to it, and we’re getting eager to make it even less traditional. I'm really proud of it. “

Mayeux & Broussard will hit the road in support of the album, including a hometown release show at Stubb's in Austin on Feb 21.
Venue Information:
John T. Floore Country Store
14492 Old Bandera Rd.
Helotes, TX, 78023