The musical trek of Jesse and Noah Bellamy began several years ago in central Florida. As members of Elston Gunnn, they were part of a small group of bands in the area whose sound leaned toward Alternative Country or Roots Rock.
“There were three or four bands in the area we could play with, but for the most part Florida was full of leftover hair bands and really bad rap-rock,” says Noah. While opening for most of the Alt Country and Americana artists that came through at the time, Jesse and Noah also extended their reach to the East Coast. “Thankfully, we got to play CBGB right before it closed. We went from there to South by Southwest in Austin.” Their exposure at the festival eventually led Jesse and Noah, to focus their efforts in Texas.
Leaving behind Elston Gunnn and now performing as a duo under the moniker “Jesse and Noah,” the brothers did radio tours and played live throughout Texas earning their first chart success on the Texas Charts.
In 2008 the duo was presented a gold record in Denmark for songwriting contribution to Wenche Hartmann’s album Here I Am. Several European tours soon followed.
Jesse and Noah eventually relocated to Nashville to develop their craft. After finding the ‘Music Row’ aesthetic to be restricting, the brothers made the decision to write and produce their own music. The result is “Driven Back,” an eclectic mix of Roots-Rock, Power-Pop, Country, and Americana. As accomplished multi-instrumentalists, they’re responsible for the majority of the tracks on “Driven Back,” which was recorded completely in their home studio, just south of Music City.
Watching their father, David Bellamy (Bellamy Brothers), pen hit after hit, Jesse and Noah grew up with a musical heritage that they’ve chosen to embrace and expand upon. Just as other classic “brother” groups (The Louvin Brothers, The Everly Brothers, The Kinks, The Allman Bros. Band, The Bee Gees, etc), forged their own unique sound and identities, Jesse and Noah also are pushing musical boundaries to create their own path.