For a few years, Hal Ketchum lost his musical way. "I just kind of lost my powder for a while," the country singer tells Billboard. "I just didn't feel like playing or writing. One day I just said, 'This is a gift that God has given me, so I better get back to it.'"
Ketchum tells Billboard that I'm The Troubadour is also one of the most eclectic discs he's made during his career. "It's reminiscent of a record I made with Stephen Bruton years ago called Awaiting Redemption. It had some folk ballads, some R&B and some jazz. The studio musicians on the record made the songs what they are. I wrote the lyrics and the melodies, and turned it over to them. John Silva engineered and mixed the record, and did a great job."