Hal Ketchum – “In Front Of The Alamo”

Jim Malec | June 18th, 2007

Hal Ketchum Hal Ketchum is one hell of a storyteller. And if you ask me, his latest, “In Front Of The Alamo,” is the best single I’ve heard so far this year. Featuring a brilliant support vocal from LeAnn Rimes, this song does everything right. Lyrically, it is a lesson in excellence, accomplishing in just over three minutes what most songs never do. On the production side it’s damn near perfect, even down to the mix (the short but fitting instrumental parts are well-played and perfectly placed).

It just doesn’t get much better than this.

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Listen: Hal Ketchum – “In Front Of The Alamo”

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  1. Brody Vercher
    June 18, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Just curious, what is it that you think this song accomplishes that most others never do?

  2. Jim Malec
    June 19, 2007 at 6:20 am

    The short answer is: being good ;-)
    The long answer is: setting/conflict/resolution, with a hook that is actually related to the story the narrator is telling.

  3. Matt C
    June 19, 2007 at 7:11 am

    This song caught my attention, though I don’t think it accomplishes anything most others never do. The hook is cool but also rather contrived.

  4. Brody Vercher
    June 19, 2007 at 7:16 am

    I liked the hook as well. Hal Ketchum is one of the first people I ever saw perform live when I was a wee little lad at a rodeo. I don’t really know much of his material though, but I like what I’ve heard from him.

  5. Brady Vercher
    June 19, 2007 at 7:25 am

    I was intrigued by the title enough (blame my foolish Texas pride) to search for this song a few weeks ago, but it was to no avail. After listening to it here (I heard it on The 9513 first =P ), I think it’s a decent song with a clever hook, but like Matt said, it is a bit contrived. I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t more about the Alamo; kinda like Jason Aldean’s song “Johnny Cash” wasn’t really about Johnny Cash. I guess I need to quit hopin’ for something awesome based on the title. It’s still a thumbs up from me, though.

  6. KAyres
    June 25, 2007 at 10:02 am

    I heard this song sung by one of the writers — Gary Burr — and i’ve been looking for it ever since. where can i buy it?

  7. Jim Malec
    June 28, 2007 at 12:30 am

    Kayres! Sorry for taking so long to reply, I’ve been out of town dealing with a…situation.

    I assume that this will be on Hal’s new project, although I don’t have any concrete details yet. Stay tned to the9513 (subscribe via RSS)–I’m sure one of us will be covering this album when we have a chance to hear it/when we know more details.

    Also, Gary Burr is a great writer! Where/when did you hear him play it?

  8. Matt
    July 6, 2007 at 5:22 am

    Hal did release a CD with this song (and his excellent cover of “My Love Will Not Change”) in Europe/The UK earlier this year although that version was w/o LeAnn Rimes.

  9. Robyn G
    July 6, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    Hi Just heard the song In front of the alamo with Leanne Rimes background vocals… I’ve actually got the cd called One More Midnight of Hal Ketchum’s latest material and by far it’s a winner… You can get this by going to HMVuk website and ordering it for around 12 pounds plus shipping, it includes 13 songs majestically done and one song on their apart from Gary Burrs Alamo is Lila’s Ghost which is 14 minutes long and a few wonderful story..writtten by Hal himself..
    I’ve seen Hal perform many times and each times is a memory in itself..You won’t find Lila’s Ghost on the upcoming US release I do beleive.. but don’t qoute me on that.. there is also a great song called Medal of Honor well all of them are great but I’m a little biased…. Thanks anyhow for all input on this songwriter and singer …

  10. Tina
    August 11, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    I love Hal Ketchum music. We saw him in concert at a small theater in York, SC earlier this year and I’ve been chomping at the bit to get his new CD.

  11. Cindy Prince
    September 28, 2007 at 7:50 am

    I’ve always loved Hal’s music and just love “In Front of the Alamo”! Great song!
    I write songs myself and love a good song when I see it!

  12. Pamela Murray
    November 16, 2007 at 11:08 am

    “One More Midnight” sounds like the music from Hal Ketchum that I remember!!! I LOVE IT!!! Looking forward to hearing more from him & hoping to be able to see him live again. He’s always been my favorite.

  13. Patti
    March 11, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    I miss Hal Ketchum. His music soothes my soul. I’ve seen him several times here in Tucson. His voice is magical, there isn’t another like it. I’m looking forward to his new CD. Hal, please come back to Tucson. : )

  14. ina male
    March 16, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    I think Hal Ketchum is the best country singer and song writer ever. I think the country music stations have really missed it by not playing his music. Having said that this is not one of his better songs, but his beautiful voice continues to ring true.

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