Hal Ketchum, who performed in Sisters Starry Nights concerts in 2002 and 2009, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Fans and friends, including those in Sisters, are reaching out to assist with expenses. photo provided
Hal Ketchum, who performed in Sisters Starry Nights concerts in 2002 and 2009, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Fans and friends, including those in Sisters, are reaching out to assist with expenses. photo provided
In April 2009, a full-house crowd gathered in the Sisters High School Auditorium for a concert by Hal Ketchum, part of the Starry Nights series that has raised over $1 million for the Sisters Schools Foundation.

Katie Cavanaugh’s voice rang out in the darkened auditorium as the veteran country music singer-songwriter took the stage. Ketchum looked up from tuning his guitar, nodded, then ambled to the microphone.

“What’s left of me,” he said.

Then his band ripped into a driving version of “Past the Point of Rescue” to kick off a 90-minute set that covered Ketchum’s full career to that point. It was one of the highlight events among years of stellar musical experiences in Sisters.

After years of battling severe medical issues, Ketchum has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and has been forced to retire from the stage.

A GoFundMe page has been established to raise funds for Ketchum’s medical expenses at https://www.gofundme.com/f/halketchummedicalfund. In addition, Gruene Hall in Austin, Texas, is organizing a benefit show for him on February 23. Starry Nights co-founder Jeri Fouts and her husband, Dan Fouts, are helping secure auction items and have commitments from Vince Gill and are reaching out to other friends.

Jeri recalled that, “Hal has been so generous in supporting many causes across the country over the years, and he especially loved coming to Sisters and helping support the Sisters Schools Foundation. His shows were in 2002 and 2009, and many locals will remember the sweet moments when he sang “She Is” with young Noel Chen and Felicia Zandonatti, or performed “Hang In There, Superman” with elementary school singers.”