Listen Up To Hal Ketchum Is Back Again!
“I had pretty much thrown in the towel,” says chart-topping country music legend and Grand Ole Opry member Hal Ketchum, describing his recent five-year respite from the music industry.
“I wasn’t interested in putting out another big country album. I’ve done that. I’ve been there, man. Yes, he has. Ketchum has proven his worth in country music. Now, he branches out. Ketchum’s first full-length studio release in six years, I’m The Troubadour, out October 7 on Music Road Records, finds him letting his songwriting expand into folk, blues, rock and soul. According to Ketchum, he’s had this musical renaissance in him all along. “I like to say that I’ve been successfully misunderstood for 30 years,” he says. “I mean, I was a cabinet maker from Gruene, TX. I got a record deal and I had a number one record out of the box and suddenly I was a ‘country’ singer. The genre served me very well and I’m really grateful for the opportunities that the country music world brought to me. But creatively, this record was a beautiful departure for me. It’s opened me up again.” His new album marks a return after 15 years fighting multiple sclerosis. “I wasn’t really planning on doing another album,” says Ketchum, who has produced fifteen Top 10 singles and sold more than five million albums in his career. But when Jimmy LaFave and Kelcy Warren of Austin’s Music Road Records heard his songs, they knew they had to convince Ketchum to write another album. “We had a great talk, and they said ‘Hal, you’ve made these great country records, but we really want to challenge you to reach outside of your comfort zone and write from your heart,” Ketchum recalls. “So that was my goal.”
– Jenni Finlay
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Rhonnie Scheuerman’s Early Morning Inspiration For All Who May Be In Need Of Some
Remember Me on your bed; think of Me through the watches of the night. When you are wakeful during the night, thoughts can fly at you from all directions. Unless you take charge of them, you are likely to become anxious. Your best strategy is to think about Me during your night watches. Start communicating with Me about whatever is on your mind. Cast all your anxiety on Me because I care for you. I am taking care of you! This makes it possible for you to relax and rejoice in the shadow of My wings.
When you remember Me during the night, think about who I really am. Ponder My perfections: My Love, Joy, and Peace. Rejoice in My majesty, wisdom, grace, and mercy. Find comfort in My names: Shepherd, Savior, Immanuel, Prince of Peace. Be awed by My Power and Glory, for I am King of kings and Lord of lords. Thus you worship Me and enjoy My Presence. These thoughts of Me will clear your mind-helping you see things from My perspective-and refresh your entire being.
“On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. -Psalm 63:6”
“Cast all your anxiety on [God] because he cares for you. -1 Peter 5:7”
Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. -Psalm 63:7 nkjv
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called.�.�.�. I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time-God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. -1 Timothy 6:12-16