Hal Ketchum: The Hits by Hal Ketchum on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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About Hal Ketchum

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 contract with Curb. He released his first Curb album, Past the Point of Rescue, in 1991. "Small Town Saturday Night," the first single, reached number two and the second single, "I Know Where Love Lies," reached number 13. In 1992, he scored two more hits and released his third album, Sure, Love, which produced three Top 20 hits, including the number two "Hearts Are Gonna Roll." The following year, Ketchum joined the Grand Ole Opry. In 1994, he released his fourth album, Every Little Word, which, while not quite as successful as its predecessors, still produced two Top 40 hits. In 1995, he released Greatest Hits; a collection of vintage 1977 sessions titled Hal Yes was due in 1998 but postponed until the following year, when it was finally released as Awaiting Redemption. Working next with Curb Records, Ketchum released Awaiting Redemption in 1999, Lucky Man in 2001, The King of Love in 2003, One More Midnight in 2007, and Father Time in 2008. ~ Sandra Brennan

  • ORIGIN
    Greenwich, NY
  • BORN
    Apr 9, 1953

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