CATONSVILLE, MD (November 29, 2016) -- Charlestown retirement community resident Kathy Crouse, who this year recorded a CD of her original country song, is proud of the congratulatory letter and autographed photo she received today from her idol, country music superstar Loretta Lynn.
Lynn told her to "continue to follow your dream" and to "show those 'younguns' that life can be great no matter what your age."
Crouse is a lifelong fan of Lynn. Her song, "Charlestown Star," recalls Lynn's classic recordings with its acoustic arrangement and introspective lyricism. "I love her," said Crouse when she opened the letter from Lynn and shed a few tears of joy. "I always liked her singing. She is just wonderful."
Crouse traveled to the Garrick Alden Studios in Silver Spring, MD, to record vocals for "Charlestown Star," a song she co-wrote with Dean Crawford, a past recipient of the Maryland Music Association's Songwriter of the Year award. The song tells the story of Crouse's relentless ability to overcome life's challenges.
Crouse, 85, plays keyboard and Crawford, who is Charlestown's Medical Center Practice Administrator, plays guitar on the recording.
Crouse September 16 debuted the song in a performance at Charlestown's Denim and Diamonds Gala to raise money for the Benevolent Care Fund. She was accompanied by Crawford's Dunn's River Band.
A CD release party and accompanying video are now being produced. Crouse will go on tour at Oak Crest and Riderwood retirement communities in Maryland in 2017.
About Kathy Crouse:
Crouse uses her musical talents to consistently bring happiness to others. She plays honky-tonk piano and also sings -- in kindred spirit with her muses Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, George Jones and Hank Williams -- weekly at Charlestown. She also volunteers in the community's continuing care neighborhood.
She plays the organ at her church, Full Gospel Church in Ellicott City, MD. She also plays the accordion and the drums at various events. Incredibly, she has never had formal musical training.
Crouse, who writes poetry, once worked as a car hop, a box factory associate and a cook. She and Edward, her late husband of 62 years, operated a nine-acre farm in Carroll County, MD.
She cared for three people from Spring Grove Hospital Center for 22 years. She also helped to raise four foster children -- in addition to her two sons and one daughter -- in her home. She has two grandchildren.
Crouse, a native of Catonsville, presently volunteers with the Gideons International, giving Bibles written in Spanish to Hispanic student workers at Charlestown.