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Chris LeDoux

Prior to becoming a successful independent country artist, Chris LeDoux was a rodeo champion known for his bareback-riding skill and made his name in music by writing countless songs about the rodeo life. LeDoux was born in Biloxi, MS, in 1948 and moved around often as a child since his father was in the Air Force. He first tried his hand at rodeo riding in Denison, TX, at age 13 and was soon winning junior competitions. His family moved to Cheyenne, WY, while he was in high school, and he continued to ride; after graduating, he won the Wyoming State Rodeo Championship, which earned him a rodeo scholarship to Caspar College. He also studied the sport at Sheridan and Eastern New Mexico and won the Intercollegiate National Bareback Riding Championship. He turned pro in 1970 and eked out a living on the national rodeo circuit, winning just enough prize money to keep himself going. At the same time, LeDoux began writing songs about the rodeo lifestyle, since no other country performer had yet filled the niche (the way trucker songs became a specialized country subgenre). His first composition was "Bareback Jack," and he soon recorded an album's worth of songs in a friend's basement in 1972. He and his father set up a recording company, American Cowboy Songs, and LeDoux began selling his tapes at rodeo events out of the back of his pickup truck. As this side business became more lucrative, LeDoux started traveling to Nashville for quickie recording sessions rather than relying on local musicians.

LeDoux's hard work on the rodeo circuit paid off when he won the 1976 world bareback riding championship at the National Rodeo Finals in Oklahoma City. He remained active until 1980, when small nagging injuries and a desire to be with his family led him to retire. He settled on a ranch in Kaycee, WY, but kept up his songwriting and recording and developed an increasingly large following as well as a reputation for exciting concerts. By 1982, he'd sold over 250,000 copies of his self-released albums, of which he completed 22 by the end of the '80s. LeDoux had long refused to sign a record deal, valuing his independence more, but when rising superstar Garth Brooks name-checked him on the 1989 hit "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)," the attention was too much to resist. LeDoux signed with Capitol subsidiary Liberty and released his national debut, Western Underground, in 1991. The 1992 follow-up, Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy, featured a duet with Brooks on the title track. The single became LeDoux's first (and only) Top Ten country hit, and the album also entered the Top Ten and went gold. Though he hasn't had another single that big, LeDoux recorded steadily for Liberty through the '90s, and all of his albums -- 1993's Under This Old Hat, 1994's Haywire, 1996's Stampede, 1997's Live, and 1998's One Road Man -- made the country Top 40, selling well to LeDoux's extensive fan base. 2000's Cowboy found LeDoux re-recording his earliest compositions, and he subsequently battled a liver illness that threatened his life and required a transplant. He recovered and returned to music with the more personal album After the Storm in 2002. LeDoux released Horsepower in 2004. It would be his last completed album before he died of complications from liver cancer in March of 2005. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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I love this song I used to have all his cds until they got stolen out of my car.
beverlykeena n 2 0 0 2
I'm from Cody and remember when we didn't have any money and taped our boots to their soles with duct tape. Chris spray painted his taped up boots with metallic gold. The first time I stopped in Kaycee (KC ranch) after the big bronze went up, I teared up. If the hardware store had been open that late, I'd have bought a roll of that thousand mile and hour tape and fixed his boots.
pzdenek8
I so love Chris, it was for him that I would always travel to the Country Jam outside Fruita. His ending the concert every Sunday night. I miss you so much. Sending best wishes to his wife, Peggy.
There is nothing like listening to Chris while headed to a rodeo traveling bull riding and listening to Chris that's what's life's all about
God bless you mr chris
Love you!
Hardly a day goes by that I don't think, miss, & love you!!!
davidaswart
The real deal,songs from the heart,a true cowboy heart & soul,RIP Chris God needed another cow hand in heaven.
Copenhagen.. . . Y e a h !
King of the Rodeo
Miss U! Original Cowboy....ju s t to touch you....U'd be here
Bang A Drum.....alw a y s will for you Chris! KICK THIS BAD WORLDS A**! REASON 2 BELEIVE!
Damn, how I miss you!
ryanhay98
a true cowboy
bubbafyr
Wish he was alive
Lv his unique voice, miss you!
Agree with you stewarthass, radio dont play chris ledoux! Can never hear enough of the best! He was truely, tougher than the rest....god bless chris ledoux!
western skies and old cowboy classics
ggreen120775
Time less classic sage brush coyboy
yeah i like Chris Ledoux too. He was a great singer. my favorite song that he sang was the cattelack ranch
I cried when he left us... I remember every time my dad and I were on the road to another rodeo we would sing along with the worlds best western singer... When I was real little I remember seeing him in concert... Love you... RIP Chris LeDoux and I'm only 15
Wish I lived beneath those skies.......
I was blessed to be a bareback rider and also was very blessed to meet Chris and to have watched him proform seven times. I still listen to him a lot and think about all the times that he signs about. He was a blessing to many
love his songs
Hi my name is Cody Ledoux. I I'm his cousion
treesrus
Never met him, but felt like we were old friends.
Had been given an old cassette in 1980 by a has been bull rider...wore it out. Have most of all his stuff...abou t midnight one night after Chris past I heard KIng of Wyoming coming down into Laramie hauling a load of Helium going to Utah...WOW still gives me goose bumps . I will always look up to him. Good ride COWBOY!
toby_garman
Remember,it ain't the years it's the miles
fordman1.ck
Cowboy. Up u r my modvation u get my head n line while in the shoot ""DON'T CALL THEM A COW BOY UNLESS U SEE THEM RIDE””” CT.
. There ain't many like him. It is the truth about rodeos.
nadeau410
I was lucky enough to meet with him on several occasions - initially, I was his personal security during a tour; then later on as a friend from 1993 to 2001. He was a fabulous, down to earth man and friend. The epitome of a good country gentleman. I miss him terribly - but am happy knowing he is in a better place where all the bareback runs are 8 seconds. Miss you, Chris.
Just lived a few hours north of me on his ranch in Kaycee Wyo. Hes up singing and rideing in that big rodeo up in the sky. God bless chris.
True cowboy aint find many like him now a days and this song is the truth you age ten years on a rodeo circuit
Say your name 10 times Say your mom's name 5 times Say your crush's name 3 times Next Friday your crush will kiss you if you post this in 4 songs
Had the pleasure of meetin him 1 on 1 backstage (which was a horse corral at a Polo field) in Hawaii in '92 while I was in the Army. I had quite a time gettin past the 2 huge samoan guys guardin the gate. Chris was alone and saw me come in and came to me and chatted a bit until he said "well...was u wantin me to sign any of that stuff ur carryin?" lol. I was caught up in the moment and totally forgot. What a great guy. I was member of Hawaii Military Rodeo Assoc. and a fan of his riding and his
His songs take me back to bouncing down the road going to a rodeo in Oklahoma wearing those tapes out
Chris was a ghreat friend and mentor...In 1976 when he won the world he helped me down on my first bareback horse at the world famous Labor day rodeo in Dillon Montana...R. I . P . C h r i s . . . y o u were a friend that will be greatly missed...Ble s s e d Trails
Another great song from a legendary cowboy. Wore out several of his cassettes in my teens and seen him twice in concert. Greatly missed.
roy.perrine
needs to be our State Song!!!!! wish i could have seen him ride!
He is the best country artist
gsxrrider04
Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of Ur life. Tomorrow will be the best day of Ur life. However if u don't post this comment on at least 3 songs u will die in 2 days. Now you've start reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works.
barney.holt
Chris was a genuine cowboy. When he sang of the rodeo I could feel the bull twitch under me. When he sang of riding in the mountains and plains I could smell the sage. I have everything he ever recorded. Chris was the real deal. Happy trails cowboy.
Cool tune!
I met him 3 times once in Yuma az and twice in reno love his music he is very down to earth and I got over 14 cds of him I think he is better than anybody in country music to bad they dont play him on radio anymore
I went to quite a few of Chris' concerts and he put on one heck of a show! I really miss hearing him. He was a very down to earth person and is greatly missed.
rdocln
I can remember my dad taking me to buy an 8 track from him. We were behind the chutes and he had one right in his war bag. I wore that sucker out! And years later when I was on the circuit I wore out a lot of his cassettes. "Goinin' and a Blowin'" kept us awake for another few miles. So many of his songs hold memories. He is gone but never forgotten
i love chris ledoux he is the best country artist and a true cowboy if you like him follow me
I have been a huge Chris LeDoux fan since the late 80's when I came home form Japan (30 yrs in the USAF)...our Grandson was adopted by a member of the Western Underground. I will miss him but will always try to turn people on to him...big job in Pennsylvania .
Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of Ur life. Tomorrow will be the best day of Ur life. However if u don't post this comment on at least 3 songs u will die in 2 days. Now you've start reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works.
brian.mynatt
The last great true Cowboy song writer. Always miss you Chris
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