As eerie and fascinating as seeing your doppelganger is, so is the striking vocal resemblance of Cowboy country legend, Chris LeDoux and his son, Ned. As most are familiar with, Chris passed away in 2005, leaving behind an incredible legacy that is forever marked on the pages of true country music and the rodeo world. His son, Ned, is a talented artist that has picked up right where is father left off. While no one wants to live in the shadow of others and constantly be compared to their father, it is remarkable how Ned’s style has given fans of his father’s a sense of hope. Ned’s 2016 album Forever a Cowboy was our first real peak at what this cowboy has to offer and has continued to help establish his brand in the Wild West. Here to tease us with a new song off his upcoming album, Sagebrush (due out November 3rd ) this tune tips the ole cowboy hat to those that prefer living out in the sticks.
Titled Some People Do, Ned works his magic when creating the images of life out in the middle of nowhere. This way of life is not for the faint of heart as there is not a Starbucks close by for you to get that mocha-grande-extrawhippedcream-whatever at the drop of a cowboy hat. In our ever connected lifestyle we forget that there are people out there that want nothing more to just get away from the hustle and bustle and be out on their own. Here in the northern states we expect out roads clear in the winter as we are important, damnit! Life must go on. In the boonies, not a chance. Maybe when all the big roads and towns are taken care of, a lonely plow driver will make his way out to your neck of the woods. Maybe you should offer him a nice warm cup of Joe for his troubles.
Those that are newcomers to this cowboy style of music might find the arrangement a little different. My buddy Doug from IOUMusic had turned me onto Chris LeDoux after writing an article for the website. I was always familiar with Chris, but never spent much time digging through his music before the streaming serves made everything so available. Ned, like his father, has kept the cowboy atmosphere alive in the music, relying on heavy fiddle, perfectly timed-hits of the electric guitar and the acoustic guitar front and center. If you pair that with the mistakable LeDoux family vocals, that’s your ticket.
Much like his father, Ned always takes a moment to throw a nod to those that are the working man/woman. Our society has changed so much that fewer people are out working in the outdoors and have traded in boots for dress shoes. I find myself somewhere in the middle with my full-time job and always appreciate when an artist takes the time to know that not all listeners are the stereotypical redneck. Much like a disillusioned rom-com movie, the country way of life is not all lifted trucks, hot country babes, and 100 acre farms. Sometimes it’s just a way of life that is not quite as glamorous as we are made to believe. With Some People Do, Ned taps into that very idea to help us remember that not everyone wants to live in some big fancy cul-de-sac. Some just want to live a simpler life, closer to nature, and away from everything that comes with the big city lights.
With the anticipation growing for Ned’s latest album, Some People Do has only continued to increase my excitement for his latest album due out November 3rd. The beauty of Ned LeDoux and his music, is not that he is copying his dad or some sounda-like act. But rather, it’s that he is picking up the torch and running his own race - making fans old and new proud all along the way.
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