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Back in the early 1990s, Hal Ketchum was the male counterpart to Mary-Chapin Carpenter: a folk artist with just enough down-home grit to be accepted in the country market. The New York State-born singer/songwriter never pretended to be a Southern rebel or Texas honky-tonk type. But as Hal Ketchum: The Hits (1994) makes clear, he was able to reach across the cultural divide thanks to his rugged-yet-sensitive vocal style and tuneful mixture of bluegrass and acoustic rock elements. The tracks here — mostly drawn from Ketchum’s first three Curb albums — testify to his attraction to working-class characters, bittersweet love stories and backroads America. Tunes like “Small Town Saturday Night,””Sure Love” and “Mama Knows The Highway” sparkle with a hearty optimism and sly humor. Hal’s more reflective side is heard in his moody cover of “Past The Point Of Rescue” and his own “I Miss My Mary.” Towards the mid-‘90s, his singles grew a bit more poppy, as the genial “That’s What I Get For Losin’ You” and “Hang In There Superman” indicate. Ketchum’s melancholy-tinged voice remained his signature throughout his hitmaking years. This “best-of” collection shows why his insightful and staunchly-melodic brand of folk-country still holds appeal.

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Real Musician, Real Music

Hal Ketchum is one of the few country music singers that I can stand to listen to. This is probably due to the fact that his music completely transcends genre. He depicts small town America like no one before or after him, and captures the soul of this country (not country music). It’s so refreshing to hear music performed by a musician who doesn’t hide poor talent behind a larger than life country music superstar image. He doesn’t need to lay on a thick twang to legitimize himself. His music is just plain good, and it stands on its own. He'll never get the airplay he deserves, but it isn't for lack of good writing, it's for the lack of truth and reality that is so popular in the country music industry... oh yeah, and the fact that he doesn't have a stylist and a muscle shirt...

Terrific Album

Hal Ketchum's voice is rich and his songs are meaningful. Great music to dance to also. This whole selection is full of great music that makes you want to dance.

wonderful songs.

I wish he would come out with more songs... Where has he been? Love his voice and choice of songs..


Born: April 9, 1953 in Greenwich, NY

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Singer/songwriter/drummer Hal Ketchum was raised in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. He began drumming at age 15 and soon joined an R&B trio. At age 17, Ketchum moved to Florida and then to Texas, where he quickly got involved playing at a local dancehall and began to hone his songwriting skills. He went to Nashville in 1986 to write songs, and three years later released his debut album, Threadbare Alibis; soon after, Ketchum signed with Forerunner Music, which eventually led to a record...
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