Grand Ole Opry member Hal Ketchum was born in April of 1953 in Greenwich, New York. When he was fifteen, he performed as a drummer with a rhythm and blues trio in local clubs. In ’81, he moved to Austin, Texas, where he visited Gruene Hill, a small dance hall near his home. His visits there inspired him to take up singing and songwriting. Four years later, he was playing in small Texas clubs and, by the next year, he had recorded eleven of his songs. He moved to Nashville in the late 80s, where he released his first big album shortly after. Ketchum quickly gained success and fame in the country music industry and, in 1994, he became the 71st Member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Ketchum has released a number of popular singles, including three Number Two hits: “Small Town Saturday Night,” “Past the Point of Rescue” and “Hearts Are Gonna Roll.” He has reached the Top 10 three more times, with “Sure Love,” “Mama Knows the Highway” and “Stay Forever.”
Ketchum wasn’t one of the Opry members who grew up with the Grand Ole Opry. He played there for the first time in 1991, after the release of “Small Town Saturday Night.” There, he claims, he “came to it in amazement.” Ketchum stated that performing on the Grand Ole Opry stage feels like you are becoming a part of history.
Hal has also dabbled in the world of film. He appeared in Heartbreak Hotel in 1988 and made a cameo appearance in 1995’s Maverick as a bank robber.