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The Bellamy Brothers & the Bacon Brothers: Second Time Around

Bellamy Brothers photo by Mark Mosrie.

The Bellamy Brothers and the Bacon Brothers will re-release their collaboration, “Guilty of the Crime.” The song is featured on the Bellamy Brother’s new box set Let Your Love Flow: The Ultimate Bellamy Brothers Collection which is available now through ReadersDigest.com. The Bacon Brothers – actor Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael Bacon – will also re-release the song on their new greatest hits album, Philadelphia Road – The Best of the Bacon Brothers, out June 19.

“It really has become one of our favorite songs,” David Bellamy said. “And by that I don’t simply mean that it’s a great song and we always love playing it. That’s just half of it. The other half is the whole experience we had working with Kevin and Michael and shooting the video with Shannon Doherty was something really special.”

“We shot the video in Memphis’ Shelby County Correctional Center,” Howard Bellamy added. “’Hustle & Flow’ and parts of ‘Walk the Line’ were shot there too.  We have a lot of great memories from it. I’m sure it’s the same for the Bacons, and that’s why we both released it again on our new collections.”

The song and video were originally released in 2009 on the Bellamy Brothers’ Anthology Volume 1 album. It came about as a result of a relationship that started at a show in Sturgis, South Dakota, where both bands performed.

“We first met Howard and David at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally where they invited us to hang with them on their bus and we quickly became friends,” Kevin Bacon said. “About a year later the Bellamy camp asked if we’d sing on ‘Guilty of the Crime’ for the Anthology CD and of course we jumped on it!”  

“The double duet ended up working well and we joined them at a West Tennessee prison to shoot the video,” Michael Bacon said. “It was a total gas.  Later on they asked us to sing ‘Guilty’ with them on the Grand Ole Opry. I have to say that in my 40 plus years in the music business, singing with the Bellamy Brothers at the Opry was a very high point.”

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