The Staunton Downtown Development Association with support from the Department of Housing and Community Development announces the opening of THE SPACE, located at 35A South New Street in downtown Staunton. THE SPACE will serve as an evolving location for smaller exhibits, conversations and happenings.
THE SPACE is located beside the Staunton Visitors Center on New Street and features storefront windows from both the street and the New Street parking garage. SDDA invites individuals to step up and take a peek through the glass to check what’s happening this summer.
Beginning July 1: A Lil’ Statler Brothers Exhibit
Swinging the spotlight to the debut of THE SPACE this summer, the SDDA will open A Lil’ Statler Brothers Exhibit on Friday, July 1, 2022. This exhibit honors the Country Music Hall of Fame members and their roots in the Queen City. On special loan from the Statler Brothers and their families, A Lil’ Statler Brothers Exhibit features a variety of items and memorabilia from the group’s career that spanned four decades — including some of their legendary costumes, stage equipment, books, a few never before seen photos and props from The Statler Brothers’ show on The Nashville Network.
SDDA’s A Lil’ Statler Brothers Exhibit at THE SPACE offers visitors and residents an opportunity to step up, look through the glass (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) from either the New Street windows or inside the New Street parking garage. There is no access into THE SPACE for this particular exhibit, only the ability to lean in and look through the glass. Curtains open on A Lil’ Statler Brothers Exhibit officially Friday, July 1 and runs through Labor Day.
About the Statlers
“The Most Awarded Act in the History of Country Music!”
The Statlers Brothers, Harold Reid, Phil Balsley, Jimmy Fortune and Don Reid, were the premier group in country music for nearly forty years. Entering the business in 1964 as the backup voices for Johnny Cash on stage, record and TV, they served their apprenticeship with him for 8 1/2 years. During that time they recorded their first hit record, “Flowers on the Wall”, and were regulars on the weekly Johnny Cash Show on ABC TV.
Leaving the Cash troupe in 1972, they continued with such hit records as “Bed of Rose’s”, “Class of ’57″ and “I’ll Go to My Grave Loving You”. Their original harmonies, sense of humor and lyrical style of writing highlighted a career that led them to the top of the music charts countless times and to a concert touring success that packed arenas and theaters with every performance. Their award winning (Grammies, CMA’s, Gold and Platinum records and etc) is legendary and they are considered to be the most honored of any act in the country music field.
The 90s saw them starring in their own television series, The Statler Brothers Show, on TNN, The Nashville Network for seven years and remaining the number one show on the network its entire run. Deciding to retire from a lifetime of traveling and enjoy the good life in their homes in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, they gave their farewell concert in the fall of 2002.
Special Thanks to...
The Statler Brothers and their families, ShenanArts, Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Virginia Mainstreet, Dwayne Brooks, BJ Waitier, John K. Craft, Jenna Brackman, Hunter Hanger, Michael Conner, City of Staunton (Government), Chip Clarke, and Sue Cornelius