In the early 1980s, Carol and George
Kline began singing with a gospel/prison ministry group from Harrisburg, PA. When the group disbanded, they formed a small
gospel string group featuring George's talent on the five-string banjo. Because of increased interest in hearing "the
soft sounds" and low register of Carol's voice, she continued to enlarge her repertoire, singing on her own using professionally
recorded accompaniment music.
Again, because of increased interest, Carol continued to add old-time
country favorites to honor requests for popular music programs. She included the songs of Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Jim
Reeves, and many others. Carol's popularity continued to grow and, in April 1999, she performed her first full tribute to
Patsy Cline, receiving a standing ovation. Eventually, she added a mixed music program (she calls it her Cabaret-style show)
to include Big Band and other old-time popular favorites.
Originally from Delaware, Carol moved to Pennsylvania
in 1970. She married George Kline, a Lebanon, Pennsylvania native, in 1981, and believes their relationship is "a precious
gift from God!" George is an accomplished musician, but fully enjoys his role as sound technician and musical advisor
for his wife, especially since his retirement in March 2001. The Klines now make their home in Sebring, Florida.
the years, Carol Kline has worked in promotional design, public relations, holds a certificate in non-fiction writing, had
her own column in their hometown newspaper, The Lebanon Daily News in Lebanon, PA, worked as a radio personality
with her own country music show at WWSM 1510, Annville, PA, served as public relations director in health care settings for almost
20 years, and is a certified activities director.
As of February, 2013, Carol Kline
became a correspondent and feature writer for The News-Sun ( www.newssun.com ), a local newspaper in Sebring, FL. In addition to numerous feature stories, she wrote a four-part series
about their daughter (Major Kristine Ratliff, RN, USAF, Retired) concerning the need for more specialized care of
our men and women veterans today. Nursing homes are not the answer! A book entitled "Home Of the
Brave" is based on these articles and is due was published in December 2013. In addition, she has written
and illustrated three children's books: "An Unlikely Pair," "Miss Maggie Down On Main Street,"
and "Ananais and the Sawgrass Mysteries." All are available on Amazon.com as well as on Kindle.com.
Look for all of her books by name and author on Amazon.com.
As an entertainer, she has six recordings
to her credit. The first, "Blue Moon Of Kentucky," is a compilation of Patsy Cline favorites, and the second, "Touch
Through Me," offers some of the best loved old-time gospel favorites. Both include numerous duets with hubby, George
"Love Bucket" Kline! A Christmas recording ("Christmas With Carol") was followed by "A Sweet
Mix," which features two duets with George. "Love Songs & Praise," produced in 2003, is a collection
of beautiful love songs and gospel favorites featuring four duets in addition to two original gospel songs written
by Carol Kline herself. Their newest release -- "I'll Need Time" -- was released in May, 2010, and
features the songs of some of the greatest in country music: Jim Reeves, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Dottie West, Kenny Rogers,
and many others. Numerous duets and even a solo by "Love Bucket" highlights this latest release.
In 2001, after working 34 years as a lineman, George retired from
the electric company in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and the couple took their part-time singing career to full time status. His
interest and talent in music and sound technology has proven invaluable to their on-stage performances, and his deep bass
voice lends itself to what some consider to be a real Jim Reeves style and sound!
Klines have performed extensively in Pennsylvania and Florida, in addition to gospel concerts and/or shows in Texas, Ohio,
Iowa, Kentucky, Indiana, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, New York, Tennessee, and Michigan, as well as several appearances
at resorts in Branson, MO. In addition, they have performed three show cruises with Carnival: Inspiration
(January 2003), Glory, (January 2004), Liberty (February, 2009).
Klines traveled in their RV, performing wherever bookings or invitations take them. With their passion for singing still rooted
in gospel music, they have touched congregations as well as audiences everywhere. Whether they perform old-time gospel, or
their newest country show, whether they sing patriotic or popular favorites, they wrap their hearts around every song. You
are sure to enjoy their marvelous harmony and, most of all, you will long feel the warmth of their love for God, Country,
and each other!
Personal note: For most of 2010 through to the present, The
Klines were not able to travel and perform during the summer months due to the tragic accident their daughter,
Maj. Kristine Ratliff, RN, USAF, had in April 2010. They did travel briefly and perform in 2012 and 2013, but on
a very limited basis. Kristine continues to recuperate now in her own cottage at a facility in Pennsylvania
with 24/7 care. Kris lives near to where Carol and George now live, and she has come a very long way.
While there were many legal setbacks to keep her parents from moving their daughter from Texas to be with them.
It was finally accomplished. It had been Kris's heartfelt wish and was finally accomplished when a judge so
ordered in August 2016.
"We trusted in God's timing and prayed fervently
that she could move, and our prayers were answered. It's where she desperately wanted to be. Your continued prayers
for her improvement are greatly appreciated!"