Art and music are an ethereal diversion from real life, Ketchum sez

With his “Lucky Man” CD released just two weeks ago, Hal Ketchum is hoping the timing is perfect for this country to be looking for an upbeat country album. “I find art and music are an ethereal diversion from real life,” he said Tuesday during a small luncheon at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.

“I have a certain amount of fear (regarding the Sept. 11 attacks) and I don’t have a real need to be out and about,” he said. He has postponed shows promoting the new album and will not be on the road until January. “Now I kiss the babies three or four times when I leave the house.”

Ketchum swears his two movie action gigs (“Maverick” and “Heartbreak Hotel”) were flukes and he has no intention of becoming a Hollywood movie star. “I’m too lazy,” he said in his laid-back way, which makes him much more suited for crooning those country ballads.

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