(Left) Toby Keith / YouTube/(Right) Hal Ketchum / Facebook
Hal Ketchum, the voice behind unforgettable songs such as “Small Town Saturday Night,” “Past the Point of Rescue,” “Five O’Clock World,” and “Sure Love,” passed away on November 23, 2020. He was 67 years old.
“RIP brother Hal Ketchum … just 67 years old … so sad to lose yet another one this year …” The Oak Ridge Boys wrote on Twitter, referring to how many country icons have passed away in 2020.
Another artist who paid tribute to Ketchum was Toby Keith.
Keith kept his message simple, writing “RIP Hal Ketchum.” But his short message was accompanied by a video of him covering Ketchum’s Top 10 song, “Past the Point of Rescue.”
The video Keith shared was actually filmed back in May. During that time, Keith was stuck down in Mexico and was sharing almost daily cover videos of some of his favorite, lesser-known country songs.
He had left his guitar behind at home, so he went to a furniture store in Mexico and bought an old guitar to play. Because of this, he called his cover videos his “Furniture Store Guitar Sessions.”
When Keith covered “Past the Point of Rescue” for one of these sessions, he introduced the song by telling a personal story about Ketchum. You can hear that story and Keith’s cover of “Past the Point of Rescue” by tuning in to the video below.
As long as people like Keith continue to share Ketchum’s music, his legacy will never fade. May he rest in peace.