Jimmy Fortune with Special Guests, The Malpass Brothers
Saturday, April 15, 2023
Jimmy Fortune toured, sang and performed with the legendary Statler Brothers for 21 years. He joined them first as temporary replacement for Lew DeWitt, then as a permanent member in August of 1982. After joining, he quickly lived up to his name, writing the group’s second No. 1 hit, “Elizabeth,” followed by two more No. 1’s – “My Only Love” and “Too Much On My Heart.” As a member of the Statler Brothers, Jimmy was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2007, and into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. As a solo artist, he was inducted into the Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2018.
After The Statler Brothers retired in 2002, Jimmy seized the opportunity to launch a solo career to share new music with his fans. His first solo CD, When One Door Closes, was released August 2003 followed by the release of a gospel album, I Believe, in 2005. Jimmy continues to write songs, release records and collaborate other musicians in performance and recording.
One of his collaborations has been with another “brother” group – this time with real siblings, The Malpass Brothers. As young boys, Christopher and Taylor Malpass soaked up the music of their granddad’s phonograph records – ingesting the music of country greats from the 40’s 50’s and 60’s. While still in their teens and early 20’s they were invited by Country Music icon, Merle Haggard, to perform as his opening act. They traveled and recorded with Hag for the next 7 years.
Currently fan favorites on RFD TV shows like Larry’s Country Diner and Country’s Family Reunion, and The Grand Ole Opry, the brothers are now coming into their own as they promote the work and music of the classic country artists they treasure while creating new music and making their own mark in the lineage of a rich American cultural heritage.