The King of Love

The King of Love

by Hal Ketchum


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The King of Love

The 15 songs Hal Ketchum wrote or co-wrote for The King of Love are typically well observed dispatches from the heart front in which the artist's sense of humor, plucky attitude, and endearing sensitivity are on ample display. Always comfortable with a lilting country love song, Ketchum shows off his authoritative command of R&B, roots rock, and folk styles as well. His interpretive performances are masterful on "God Makes Stars," a tender account of all-consuming love, and "The Carpenter's Way," a plainspoken tribute to hardworking hands set amid a roiling tempest of country and rock and featuring a guest shot from Guy Clark; but his ventures deeper into foreign soil are absolutely wondrous. On the up-tempo side, "Run Loretta Run" gets a funky groove going, with a female gospel-style chorus shouting refrains as Ketchum belts out a warning to a love-blinded gal who needs to turn tail on an ungrateful man; the title song steals the beat from "Bo Diddley"/"She's the One" and raises hell with twanging guitars and propulsive organ runs, while Ketchum brags about his irresistible appeal to the distaff side. In a contemporary country vein that Ketchum's fans will recognize as his classic style -- a steady, pulsing rhythm, ringing guitars, and plaintive pedal steel lines -- "As Long as You Love Me" finds his distinctive singing voice at its warmest and most subtly nuanced, with the coup de grace provided by the stunning Jonell Mosser, who enters with a diva-like sense of entitlement and earthy back-country twang, in counterpoint to her crooning male partner: It's a love song for the ages. As for Hal Ketchum, long live the king!

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2003
Label: Curb Special Markets
UPC: 0715187876026
catalogNumber: 78760
Rank: 114308

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hal Ketchum   Primary Artist,Guitar
Guy Clark   Vocals
Keith Carper   Bass
Bill Cooley   Guitar,Bazouki
Jonell Mosser   Background Vocals
Tim O'Brien   Fiddle,Mandolin,Background Vocals,Bazouki
Russ Pahl   Banjo,Dobro,Guitar,Steel Guitar
Glen Caruba   Percussion,Drums
Chris Kent   Bass

Technical Credits

Hal Ketchum   Producer
Michael J. Lloyd   Arranger,Producer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Dusty Micale   Arranger
Tony Palacios   Engineer
Franke Previte   Arranger
Craig White   Engineer
Bob Kearney   Engineer
Keith Heffner   Arranger,Programming

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