A while back, Hal Ketchum packed up his guitars and left Nashville, turning his back on a successful, career in country music that had spanned well over 20 years with five million albums and a half-dozen Top 10 hits — including staples like "Small Town Saturday Night" and "Hearts Are Gonna Roll". Lately he's ditched the country rulebook and tackles a combination of folk, blues, and soul music instead, tying the whole thing together with the rootsy rumblings of his studio band and the same croon that helped make him a permanent member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1994. He isn't following any rules. He isn't catering to any trends. Instead, he's simply following his muse wherever it leads.