WATCH: Toby Keith Performs Heartfelt Cover of Hal Ketchum’s ‘Past the Point of Rescue’

by Emily Morgan
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Country music artists and fans everywhere are remembering legendary country artist, Hal Ketchum. We’re looking back at Toby Keith’s profound rendition of Ketchum’s “Past The Point of Rescue.”

He delivered the tune back in May, but its whole-hearted tone still resonates with us. Keith was quarantining himself in Mexico due to the coronavirus. 

Toby Keith Laughs As He Remembers Ketchum

Speaking to the camera with a smile, Keith reminisced about the first time he saw Ketchum in person. 

“Heard a song today Hal Ketchum did. We use to play this during our setlist a couple of years back. When I had a couple of hits, I was going to meet Hal and play a few shows with him. I was going to ask where he was, I wanted to talk to him about this song a guy from Ireland wrote and they said he was way out there in that field.”

“I looked out in this field and he had a tomahawk. He was throwing that stick in a stump and he had that old shirt on and over his jeans, he had some knee-high moccasins and his hair might’ve been in a ponytail. 

“I said how long he’s been out there and they said, two or three hours, he does it all the time. I looked around everyone and went wow.”

Toby Keith refers to the original songwriter of the song “Past The Point of Rescue” Mick Hanley from the Irish band, Moving Hearts. Ketchum covered the song in 1992 as the third single and track from Ketchum’s album of the same name.

In addition, Irish-folk singer Mary Black originally sang the track. Black’s rendition became a hit in Ireland in 1988. In the states, Ketchum’s version became No. 2 on the “Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks” chart in 1992. 

In addition to Keith, The Chicks also covered the song on their 1994 album, Little Ol’ Cowgirl.

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