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Hal Ketchum Past The Point of Rescue

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Hal Ketchum Past The Point of Rescue

Submitted by Don Graham

Country singer, songwriter, and performer Hal Ketchum is suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Ketchum has officially retired from touring.

His wife Andrea issued this statement “I know everyone is wondering why there are no future tour dates, and speculations as to the reason. Our family would like to share the cause for this. Unfortunately, Hal is suffering from Alzheimer’s/Dementia. He has been battling this for some time now, but because of his love for his fans, he continued performing as long as it was possible.”

Born in Greenwich, New York, Hal Ketchum moved first to Austin, Texas in 1981, worked the small bars and recorded his debut album on the independent label Watermelon Records. He then moved to Nashville and in the early 90’s his debut album on Curb Records, ‘Past The Point of Rescue’, went gold. His second record, 1992’s ‘Sure Love’, charted three #2 singles, and seven Top 10’s. He had another hit with ‘Stay Forever’, off his 1994 record ‘Every Little Word’ and it was also in 1994 when he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

But in 1998, Hal was diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis, an ailment similar to multiple sclerosis and put him out of commission, causing him to lose the use of the entire left side of his body. Ketchum was forced to re-learn basic skills, including how to sing and play the guitar again. He recovered enough to continue to record for Curb until 2008 when he retired to his cabin in Wimberley, TX, near Austin.

In 2014 at the age of 61, Hal Ketchum surfaced once again and began working with Austin, TX-based label Music Road Records, releasing his first album in six years. called ‘I’m The Troubadour’, and he begins to hit the road again. At the time Hal said

“I wasn’t really planning on doing another album. The whole Nashville scene is extremely competitive. You’re as good as your last record. People are always showing you spreadsheets on how much money you owe for videos and tour support and everything else. I think there’s a certain level of resentment that comes with that.”

“Dementia is an exhausting and confusing illness and now it’s time for Hal to stay home with loved ones,” Hal’s wife Andrea says. “Hal is otherwise healthy and happy, enjoying time with his family and friends. We all deeply appreciate how much love that you all have for Hal and how much his music means to you! Also, a heartfelt thank you to all the incredible musicians that have joined him on this journey, with more than special love to Kenny Grimes, without whom, this last year of shows would not have been possible.”

We all wish Hal Ketchum well and hope for peace and healing in his life.

Past the Point of Rescue Hal Ketchum