Tickets are still available for a musical tribute to The Statler Brothers set for tonight at the Park Theater.
A group called American Pride will be offering its version of classic Statler Brothers music Friday night, April 7, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or at the Park Theater box office.
American Pride tries to capture the authenticity of The Statler Brothers’ sound, keeping the legacy alive and promoting traditional country music.
Just as The Statler Brothers had two members who are actually brothers, Harold and Don Reid, so does American Pride, as Mike and Jimmy Whetsel are also brothers. Both the Reid brothers and the Whetsel brothers have a life-long love for Southern gospel quartet music, and still find that audiences at all venues cannot help but clap their hands and pat their feet to “I’ll Fly Away” and “Heaven’s Jubilee.”
American Pride group members are Bill Tomlinson, Mike Whetsel, Jimmy Whetsel, and Adam Chambers. All four say they are honored to represent the legendary heritage of The Statler Brothers, a quartet which formed in 1955.
By 1964, The Statlers were singing backup for Johnny Cash. By 1991, they had their own TV show on TNN, a show which ran until 1998. They have four No. 1 Billboard songs: “Do You Know You Are My Sunshine?” “Elizabeth,” “My Only Love,” and “Too Much on My Heart.”
The Statlers released over 40 albums before disbanding in 2002.