Interview: Manuela Gretener
Photos: Universal Music
The American country music legends the Bellamy Brothers and the Swiss megastar rocker Gölä have teamed-up in the studio to produce the ultimate album: “The Bellamy Brothers & Gölä – The Greatest Hits Sessions”, which features re-recordings of both acts’ greatest hits. For SWISS they have produced an exclusive music channel with a selection of own compositions as well as personal favourite songs. Discover what the Bellamy Brothers think about Gölä, travelling and their special relationship with Switzerland.
Bellamy Brothers, you’ve sold over 70 million albums; which song are you most proud of?
“Old Hippie”, because we can relate to that one the most when we look at our lives. What inspired you to enter into this special collaboration and produce a joint record?
It was an idea that Universal Music Switzerland had. When we were approached, we were very excited about doing it as we’re big fans of Gölä’s music and knew it would be a lot of fun recording duets and putting the album together.
What can SWISS passengers look forward to from the music channel you put together?
Songs from Merle Haggard, Ray Charles, The Beatles, or Van Morrison – all of these legends influenced our career and we love their music. In addition, there are of course some of our hits as well some of the joint recordings with Gölä.
If you could choose one song, which one would be your favorite song of all time?
That’s a really tough one to answer. We have different favorites every day.
Bellamy Brothers, after all of your successes, what achievement are you most proud of?
That we are still a very close family and we have enjoyed good health most of our lives.
What do you like most about travelling?
Getting there and playing for the fans.
Have you got any favorite locations where you love to perform?
The South Pacific, Australia, Texas and of course Switzerland.
What are your most favorite destinations?
We spend a lot of time in Texas when we are in the States, and Switzerland when we are in Europe. We love both places a lot and we’ve been lucky to have spent time in some great places.
What do you always pack when you go travelling?
Our toothbrushes and our iPods.
What is typically American about the Bellamy Brothers?
We are pretty typical country boys. We like our ranch life. We love being at Florida’s beaches and we like Texas BBQs.
And what is typically Swiss about Gölä?
We think he has always got his Swiss army knife with him. Of course we have always got ours with us too.
You have got a joint tour in Switzerland coming up between December 4th and 13th, what can the audience look forward to?
A lot of great music from us and Gölä!
One of 10 CD’s „The Greatest Hits Sessions“ signed by The Bellamy Brothers and Gölä.
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