A Tribute show honoring Hal takes place at Gruene Hall on Feb. 23rd, 2020 More info at www.gruenehall.com
If you've landed on this page, you probably have been introduced to Hal Ketchum’s music at some time in your life. Hal is an extremely gifted artist, with a large repertoire of self-penned songs and a voice that makes angels cry.
Spending most of the 1980’s and 90's as a hard working country musician, Hal was hospitalized in 1998 with Acute Transverse Myelitis, a sister disease to Multiple Sclerosis, which his mother died from at an early age. He had to learn how to do basic tasks for a second time, including playing guitar. He came back and spent 10 more years on the road, until issues with brain functions reappeared and almost ended his career. At one point in 2010, the doctors said that he would never be the same and would always need to be in a care facility.
After several long years of loving care from his family and friends, and a burning desire to write and sing again, Hal came back with a new album full of beautiful love songs, funny songs, and ballads as well as remakes of some of his most memorable tunes, called “I’m The Troubadour.” During this time Hal was blessed and fell in love with a beautiful and supporting wife, Andrea, and they were married in 2014. After only a few years of being happily married and back touring and performing, tragedy struck again in the form of a vicious, incurable brain disease. His memory was failing him, he was forgetting guitar chords and words to his own songs and other basics, and it was only a short time before he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease as well as Diabetes.
It's now 2020, and the disease has progressed - Hal has sung his last tune for us on this earth. He can no longer tour or make records to support his family. Now it’s time for us to step up and help with the almost insurmountable medical bills and living expenses that are piling up. Hal dedicated his life to writing, singing, and performing for his fans worldwide. He’s played hundreds of benefits, supporting causes and those in need. Any help that you can give Hal and his family is graciously appreciated, whether it’s a dollar or ten, it doesn’t matter. All donations go to the Hal Ketchum Medical Fund and will do a large amount to ease the financial burden of out of control medical costs and living expenses.
Thank you in advance - Hal has a tremendous respect and love for all of you.
Sincerely, Team Hal