Couple brings 'A Country Christmas' to Smithsburg
SMITHSBURG — Kip and Dale Young are bringing a little country to Christmas.
Forever Young Music Ministry will perform “A Country Christmas” 7 p.m. to 9 p.m Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Old Cider Press in Smithsburg. Limited tickets available
The singing duo, consisting of Kip and Dale Young. Kip also plays rhythm guitar, and Dale also plays upright bass. The couple have been playing music for nine years, while Kip has been involved with music for 18.
“We met and got married,” Kip said. “I’ve been playing music my whole life, since I was playing in honkytonks when I was 18 years old.”
Dale learned how to play the bass later in life.
“My husband wanted to learn how to play the bass, so we decided to start singing gospel music,” Kip Young said. “It’s grown into a show called ‘Celebrating Patsy Cline’, but we do a lot of different stuff.”
That includes “Country Christmas” as well as “God Bless America.”
Dale’s military background gave the duo the inspiration to sing patriotic songs.
“We do a lot of classic country, country gospel, a lot of the traditional hymns,” Kip Young said. “My husband’s a retired Navy Seabee, so we do a lot of the patriotic songs. We do a lot of shows with backing tracks, and we also have done shows with some local musicians.”
Before joining Forever Young Music Ministry, Kip tried to make it in the Nashville, Tenn., country scene.
“I was playing honkytonks in Nashville, New Mexico, and Texas,” Kip Young said. “I toured all over the U.S., and I did two tours in Japan. I lived in Nashville for six years; I did a lot of songwriters’ nights and open mics. I was hanging out with Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina and Tracy Lawrence.”
Forever Young Music Ministry’s influences range from various country artists.
“Of course, I love Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton,” Kip Young said. “My husband sings a lot like Jim Reeves, Ernest Tubb, Merle Haggard, that’s kind of the stuff that he does. I just love the old classic honkytonk sound. I like the steel guitar.”
The couple not only plays locally, but also tours around the country.
“We play a lot in Thurmont; we’re trying to branch out,” Kip Young said. “We do shows in Cartersville, Georgia, we did a tour in Colorado and Kansas, and we’re going back to Arizona and New Mexico. We’re going back there in March and will do a 10-day tour out there.”
Kip hopes to be still making music into the couple’s old age.
“Our goal is to travel more,” Kip Young said. “We both turned 55, our goal is to play music for another 10 or 20 years. We want to grow old and make beautiful music together.”
Top photo: Dale and Kip Young of Forever Young Music Ministry will perform “A Country Christmas” Saturday, Dec. 8, at Old Cider Press. (Submitted photo)