Author: Doug P
- Doug runs the Facebook page: Independent, Obscure, & Unadulterated: A Place for Music. He is an avid supporter of independent country and folk music and I appreciate his insight in this guest post. Enjoy!
Pitstop For Country typically features up-and-coming artists (And I will get to that too), but I know most of you are also fans of the classics. While Mr. Ledoux’s greatest hits may not have been on the Texas Country charts, he is arguably the most real-deal country musician of all time being a world champion bronco rider, as well as making music between events. Find me a real country fan who doesn’t love “Bareback Jack” and I’ll eat my hat.
Chris’ early songs, and much of his later music as well, spoke of the trials and tribulations of a rodeo man on the road. While this is not atypical of classic style country music, this guy was actually living the traveling cowboy life, writing with broken bones and all.
I prefer to hang my hat on independent music and Chris made the majority of his music without the help of record labels, instead using the support of his family to help his listener base grow. While he was on the road his folks would make copies of his albums, one at a time in the kitchen, Chris would then sell them out of the trunk of his car at rodeo events. By some accounts he sold over a quarter-million records by 1982. After Garth Brooks made him famous with a single line in a song, Chris did go on to sign a record contract and play huge crazy shows for thousands of fans, but his music never really changed…It didn’t need to.
If you listen long enough you will hear love songs, rodeo songs, songs about life, and rock-style anthems. What you won’t hear is anything offensive. There is a real charm to him that comes through in his music and all accounts of him that I have ever read.
If you asked me to pick a favorite I would have to choose “Silence On The Line”. Rodeo, love, loss, and regret all come together in this one, and I love every bit of it. Released while Ledoux was still a traveling rodeo man in 1978, not long after winning the world championship, I suspect there was some truth to the song, perhaps a premonition of the way things could become if he stayed a cowboy too long.
Sadly Chris passed in 2005, but 30+ years of honest music lives on for all to enjoy, and I hope you do.
- Thanks for reading, keep on listening.
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