Monthly Archives: November 2020

2021 GRAMMY Nominations in Our Favorite Categories

“When recording this cover my mom had made a visit to Montana and I made her agree to sing harmonies on it. The full circle moment of having her finally record a song with me, and it being a Randy Travis song means more than I can express.” – Drew McManus

Watch Four Sheryl Crows Cover Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels”

Tom Petty’s estate finally released Wildflowers & All The Rest, the expanded version of 1991’s Wildflowers that Petty himself had been planning before his death, last month. And although Petty himself obviously can’t go on late-night shows to promote it, other artists can do it for him. Last night, Sheryl Crow was the musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and she paid tribute to Petty with a remote performance of Wildflowers‘ “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” the original 8-track demo of which is featured on the new box set. And she did it with some help from … herself, with four different Sheryl Crows playing various instruments. Watch below.

‘Small Town Saturday Night’ Singer Hal Ketchum Dies Aged 67

After a battle with dementia, country singer/songwriter/drummer Hal Ketchum has passed away at the age of 67. His wife, Andrea, confirmed in a statement today, “With great sadness and grief we announce that Hal passed away peacefully last night at home due to complications of Dementia.” Continuing, “May his music live on forever in your hearts and bring you peace.”

Raised in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, Ketchum began drumming at age 15. He went to Nashville in 1986 to write songs, and a few years years later released his debut album, Threadbare Alibis.

Ketchum released nine albums for Curb Records. He released his first Curb album, Past the Point of Rescue, in 1991. The first single, “Small Town Saturday Night,” reached number two. 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 earned three Top 20 hits, including “Hearts Are Gonna Roll.” In 1994, he released his fourth album, Every Little Word, producing two Top 40 hits. That same year he got inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

Another song, “Stay Forever” (written with Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), reached the country top ten in 1995.

Ketchum has acted, appearing in the films Heartbreak Hotel and Maverick. He’s also collaborated with singers Dolly Parton and Shelby Lynne.

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