Country artist and Grand Ole Opry member Hal Ketchum, who is battling Alzheimer’s disease, will be the focus of a tribute concert and fundraising campaign to assist with his medical bills in Gruene, Texas.
Raised by Wolves, Bound for Glory: A Texas Tribute to Hal Ketchum is set to take place at the legendary Gruene Hall on Sunday, February 23rd, and will feature a performance by Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis. Others taking the stage include Walt Wilkins, the Mystiqueros, Lee Roy Parnell, Rob Roy Parnell, Jesse Dayton, Slaid Cleaves, Kenny Grimes, and Waylon Payne, with more special guests expected to appear.
Ketchum, whose Nineties country hits included “Small Town Saturday Night,” “Sure Love,” and “Hearts Are Gonna Roll,” was reported by his wife Andrea to have retired from music last April following his diagnosis with the debilitating disease. He gave his final performance in October 2018 at Gruene Hall, where he had made frequent appearances since 1985.
A GoFundMe has been started on behalf of the singer-songwriter to help with mounting medical costs and living expenses. “Hal dedicated his life to writing, singing, and performing for his fans worldwide,” reads the post on the crowd-funding site. “He’s played hundreds of benefits, supporting causes and those in need. Any help that you can give Hal and his family is graciously appreciated, whether it’s a dollar or ten, it doesn’t matter. All donations go to the Hal Ketchum Medical Fund.”
Tickets for Raised by Wolves, Bound for Glory: A Texas Tribute to Hal Ketchum are on sale today at 1:00 p.m. CT.