Picks and Pans Review: 10th Anniversary
The Statler Brothers
Musical purists might find some of their harmonies a little disharmonious and some of their sentiments a little cloying, but there's no disputing the Statlers' warmth or their ability to project a folksy image worthy of Staunton, Va., the hometown they share with Woodrow Wilson. The quartet has been singing together for 23 years, but this album commemorates their first big single, 1970's Bed of Roses. One track, We Got Paid by Cash, is a tribute to the Man in Black, with whom they toured for eight years. The group's only real brothers, Don and Harold Reid, wrote it, as they have most of the Statlers' songs, including this LP's rather self-righteous Nobody Wants to Be Country ("Everybody wants to go pop"). Their best single, though, Charlotte's Web, is from the Cliff Crofford-John Durrill-Snuff Garrett sound track score for Smokey and the Bandit II. On the jacket, the Statlers point out that this is their 20th album and that they have performed 1,500 concerts, expended 150,000 gallons of gas on the road, explained the origin of their name ("Statler" was lifted whimsically from a tissue box) 1,000 times, answered 50,000 fan letters and spent 43,800 hours together. Happy anniversary.
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