In the late 1940's Hovie Lister had a dream... to build the perfect quartet. It took him nearly four years, but what followed would be the standard by which all other quartets would be measured. The dignity, excitement, stage presence, and talent made the Statesmen a complete package, one that would stand the test of time. Whether on stage, radio or in a recording studio their sound was unparallel even by today’s standard. We’ve tried to stay as true as possible to the original arrangements in this tribute dedicated to the memory of the greatest quartet ever.
This music and style has always driven me to live up to the musical standards put before me and to share with the next generation what was embedded in me from the time I uttered my first note. One thing I’ve learned while studying the Statesmen for this recording is that the message is the same…it’s still a timeless message of hope to bring a lost world to the saving power of Jesus.
For some, these songs will be new; yet to others, hopefully it will be a trip down memory lane. Whichever the case, we hope this great music which spans most of the decades the Statesmen sang will encourage you along life’s journey.
Producer : Arthur Rice, Steve French
Piano, Organ : Stan Whitmire, Adam Harman
Drums : Dennis Murphy
Bass : Kreis French
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at The Room Studios, Sevierville, TN
Engineer : Arthur Rice
Special Thanks to Charlie Waller for use of one of the original Microphones (RCA 77DX) the Statesmen used to record.
Move That Mountain
The Master Walks with Me
I Know It Was Jesus
I Know He Heard My Prayer
Let The Lower Lights Be Burning
The Sea Walker
I've Got Something To Shout About
On that Judgment Day
Beyond The Gates
Oh What a Time