They started playing their favorite tunes together about 20 years ago, eventually building up to 10 members strong.
Now, down to just two, the music is as powerful as it was then when they get together for a weekly jam session. Time and circumstance have reduced the group to a duo, except on occasion when Ruby Andrews and Woodrow Leohr, both guitar pickers, are able to step in.
Sunset Kids Harold Plunkett, 81, on mandolin and vocals, and Charlotte Overman, 77, on piano, entertain members at the Clay County Senior Citizen's Center, 120 S. Franklin St., each Wednesday. After performing at the center for a half hour until lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., the duo pack up their equipment and head over to visit a different area nursing home each week to serenade residents there, including Cloverleaf, Clay County Health Center and Holly Hill Health Center.
"It's a good past time, especially when you get older," Plunkett said about strumming the mandolin.
Overman agrees that pecking at the piano keys is a terrific hobby.
"I just love gospel music, because I was brought up in church," she said. "We've had the best of times, going all over the country. Things have changed now -- we've lost members of the group -- we always had a good time."
"Golden Slippers", "Wonderful Day", "Bringing in the Sheaves", "I am Resolved" and the "Skater's Waltz" are among the old-time favorites belted out by the Sunset Kids.
"We are all over the hill, facing the sunset of our lives," said Plunkett, explaining how they decided on a name for the band. "When we played together, we felt like kids -- we were having more fun than kids half our age."