Many country artists worked the society-is-hypocrisy angle in the '60s and '70s, but The Statler Brothers made music that was concerned with how middle-class Americans thought about class, aspiration and history. A onetime gospel group from Virginia, The Statler Brothers first hit with 1965's “Flowers on the Wall" and went on to record such classics as “Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott." Their harmonies were gospel, but their songs married comedy, folk and country to the era's socially conscious pop. On 1970's “New York City," they narrated the tale of a woman who is shamed into having her illegitimate child in an unfriendly metropolis, while the incredible “Junkie's Prayer" added gospel changes to a sordid tale. In short, they're one of country's oddest and most interesting groups. Today's interview session and CoMu's new Statlers exhibit ought to shine some light on the matter.