Hal Ketchum with Shannon McNally
Sat, Aug 19 8:00 pm
Hal Ketchum: SONGWRITING LEGEND HAL KETCHUM RETURNS IN TOP FORM WITH GENRE-PUSHING NEW ALBUM ‘I’M THE TROUBADOUR’ OUT NOW ON MUSIC ROAD RECORDS “I had pretty much thrown in the towel. I wasn’t interested in putting out another big country album. I’ve done that. I’ve been there, man,” says chart topping legend and Grand Ole Opry member Hal Ketchum, describing his recent five-year respite from the music industry. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis fifteen years ago, the symptoms were starting to catch up with Ketchum, who is now 61 years old. “I went through some really serious bouts of paralysis, blindness and the fear that goes with all of that. I was in kind of a dark place,” he says. “I didn’t write, didn’t perform. I was just laying low, living in a cabin out in Wimberley, TX.” After focusing on his health for several years, his strength began to return, but Ketchum soon realized he would never really be himself without returning to his lifelong art form. “I came to the realization that I had gotten to this deep level of depression, and I finally said to myself, ‘I can still do this. I can still write.'” Ketchum began to write again, jotting down song ideas in the notebook he carries with him at all times. “The key for me was getting up every morning and having something real to do. Some days, my hands don’t work as well as they should, I’ll get a little wobbly on occasion, but I just keep going.” Shannon McNally: With a time-stopping voice, born in New York but simultaneously roughed up and refined by New Orleans and Mississippi, Shannon McNally has cut a singular path through the musical landscape - one that includes a Grammy nomination and a place on the stage with a who's who of rock, country and soul: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt, Vince Gill, Levon Helm, Dr. John, Bobby Rush, Derek Trucks, and most recently, Americana legend Rodney Crowell who took the producer's chair for her upcoming release on Compass Records, a collection of transcendent folk-blues and country-rock songs that are poised to solidify her place as a peerless Americana songwriter and performer.