Country singer Hal Ketchum stops working due to Alzheimer's dementia

Folk singer Hal Ketchum is suffering from dementia due to Alzheimer's disease and is no longer able to do it, according to a former Sunday woman, Andrea, on her Facebook page.

“I know everyone is thinking about why there are no dates for future trips, and speculation about why,” she wrote. “Unfortunately, Halzheimer's suffers from Alzheimer's. He has been fighting with him for some time now, but because of his love for his followers, he continued to operate as long as it was possible. Dementia is a tired and confusing illness and now it's time for Hal to stay at home with loved ones. ”

She said, “She is healthy and happy otherwise, enjoying the time with her family and friends.”

Ketchum, a native of New York, got his start at the opening sessions of the sons of Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, where he lived and worked as a carpenter.

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“It was a mythical place,” he told the Washington Post in 1994. “Some people sat in the corner playing dominoes, and others managed to stage and sing their songs, and not there was no more reason about head than another. But the standards of songwriting and song writing were still very high, not in a competitive sense but in a traditional sense. ”

Ketchum was a great success after moving to Nashville in the mid 80s. One of the top 10 hits in the country is “Small Towns Rural Night,” “Hearts Gonna Roll” and “Stay Deo.”

He was described by the difficulties of multiple sclerosis and set up his career for some time, but Ketchum, who moved back to the Hill Country, in 2014, released an album independently, “I'm the Troubadour.”

“I am very blessed,” he told the Express-News before the 2015 show by John T. Floore Country Store. “I have been doing this for 35 years, and I am happy to say that I am singing well and that I deliver every time.”

In her Facebook job, Andrea Ketchum thanked her fans for their support: “We all love your love for Hal and what his music means to you!”

Jim Kiest is arts and entertainment editor for the San Antonio Express-News. Read it on our free site, mySA.com, and our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | jkiest@express-news.net | Twitter: @ jimik64

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