UPDATED: Country Music Spotlight: Small Town Saturday Night (1991)
NOTE: In April 2019 it was learned that Country Star Hal Ketchum has been diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease. You can read that story here. The following is an article I wrote in 2018 about one of my all time favorite songs. Please keep Hal and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through their journey.
I'm not sure the folks in New York City, Philadelphia or Los Angeles knew what he was singing about, but those of us who grew up in or near a small town sure did. It was one of those 'Crank it up and sing along' songs.
It was 1991. It was Hal Ketchum. It was 'Small Town Saturday Night'.
The first single off Hal's Past The Point Of Rescue album, the first time we heard the song we knew it was something special. By the second (and third and fourth) time we heard it, we were singin' along.
It was one of those extra-special tunes that the rural folks, the small community people could identify with..and I mean virtually every line. We didn't just love the song, we lived it. And that's why we loved it then, and love it still close to 30 years later.