Rodeo folks knew the name Chris Ledoux long before Garth Brooks made it a household name in his song “Much too young(to feel this damn old)”. You remember the lyric right, everybody that was alive in 1989 does, “An wore out tape of Chris Ledoux, lonely women and bad booze, seem to be the only friends i have left at all”. Well that shot Ledoux’s name out there into the great big music universe.
Here is one of my favorite Ledoux tunes called “This Cowboy hat”
Chris Ledoux was the real deal my friends. A true cowboy. Champion bareback rider, bronze sculptor and musician. Ledoux had been making records and singing for years around the rodeo circuit. When the Brooks song mentioned him it changed everything.
LeDoux was always known as what the rest of us want cowboys to be. Honest, forthright, and able to go the distance. Ledoux has it all. Unfortunately, we lost Chris LeDoux much too early. Battling with liver illness, and surviving a transplant, Chris succumbed to a cancer that attacks the small intestines in 2005.
My friend Lane Turner is the lead in a a off Broadway play called “One Ride” about Chris LeDoux. If you are in the area, go check it out. If it goes over well, they will tour also. Lane is a great singer and comes from honest cowboy culture.
So, go give LeDoux’s music a shot. It’s a breath of fresh air !!