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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Ah . . . Do You Remember These?

Does anyone remember the Statler Brothers? Max and I loved this group in the 70s and 80s, so much, in fact, that we own all their CDs and have seen them onstage in four different states. In 1983, we planned our entire vacation around going to their annual 4th of July celebration in their hometown—Staunton, VA.

The Statlers retired a few years ago, and I’ve missed them—their unapologetic love of God, country, and families, the four-part harmony, and story songs that became their signature “voice.” They clowned around, sang about times gone by, and pierced my heart with achingly beautiful love songs.

Andy, our oldest son, was indoctrinated with their “gospel” music from an early age and announced that he liked Grandma Pat’s church because they sang Statler Brothers’ songs. The song that day? “How Great Thou Art.”

It was Andy who found this video and sent it my way. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


Erica Vetsch said...

I Love the Statler Bros. My parents had all their tapes/records, and I about wore them out. My favorite was their Bible songs. I loved the song that named the disciples, and the one about Joseph's closet full of dreams.

And my MIL graduated in 1957, and they used The Class of '57 as their theme song for their 50th reunion.

Carole said...

Carla, you're probably going to find many fans of the Statler Brothers on your blog! I also enjoyed the Oak Ridge Boys very much, but the Statlers are in a class by themselves. I've imported all my CDs into iTunes, and then bought many tracks that I didn't have. Thanks for writing about this incredible group.