Hal Ketchum was a mainstay on country radio in the 90’s. Huge hits like “Small Town Saturday Night”, “Past the Point of Rescue” and “I Know Where Love Lives” resonated with audiences far and wide. Ketchum’s songs also embodied certain trends that would later escape Nashville and flourish in Texas. Specific, heartfelt, smart, melodic and distinct. Ketchum cut his teeth in the burgeoning Texas troubadour scene of the 1980’s that blossomed on the shoulders of Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett. A regular gig at Gruene Hall and an independent record release led to Nashville, which led to his grand successes.
As the years wore on, Ketchum’s musical muse wore out. He found making music less enjoyable and lacking the fulfillment to which he’d originally been attracted. As this inspirational fade began, a health issue paralleled this. Ketchum was diagnosed with a neurological disorder called acute transverse myelitis, a companion disease to multiple sclerosis. Ketchum was achingly familiar with the hell that living with an MS disease can be, as he lost his mother at a young age to the affliction. Touring became more of a challenge and less frequent. Studio time became less enticing and more of a hassle.
And so it went for the next decade or so. Then, something funny happened. Music seduced Hal Ketchum again. In a most unlikely place. Ketchum had removed himself from many of the trappings of modern life, decamped to a secluded cabin in Wimberley and worked on treating his MS ailments … Keep Reading