Standing on a stage in front of a large crowd, he stands there heart beating with anticipation. Another sold out show at Gruene Hall. It’s a beautiful late summer night in Texas and there’s no place else he’d rather be. The fiddle takes the spotlight first followed by the strumming of his acoustic guitar. Tonight is special because the audience is in for a treat. As Deryl Dodd begins to sing his famous song One Ride In Vegas, he will be joined by a special guest. Just about 1:45 into the performance, Cody Johnson walks forward from the darkness, singing ever so smoothly. The crowd erupts into applause and cheering, firing up the band.
Well, that’s how I picture it going down anyways…
When Deryl Dodd released his collaboration filled album, Long Hard Ride back in April, I’m sure some may have been cautious. Hell, any album I have heard that is touted as being filled with collaboration has been some country/pop hodgepodge that is doomed from the start. You think this album is that way? Dead wrong.
Deryl comes across as an incredibly genuine artist and one that is passionate about the music he writes and performs. While any artist wants people to enjoy their music, he makes it because he loves it. It’s not written to be catered to mainstream radio or big commercial success. Sometimes attitudes like this are what send success your way.
Before my website existed, I relied on my videos and Deryl kindly acknowledged my video praising this album. You can see it below.
Hearing that Dodd chose to release Long Hard Ride as his next single to Texas radio made me giddy because it’s a strong, marketable offering. Digging into the history of this track, I learned that Chris LeDoux had actually included it as a cover on his 1998 album, One Road Man. Further reading will unearth that Long Hard Ride was also included on the Broadway Musical, One Ride - a tribute to LeDoux. It’s pretty easy to see that this song has had some wheels and history behind it.
Chronicling the career of a rodeo champion, One Ride In Vegas is a pure country song. Heavy on the heart and pedal steel, we learn of the perseverance and dedication this young man has to become a rodeo star. In many ways anyone with a dream can relate to this song. Practicing all your life to one day hopefully catch a lucky break and propel you to the big-time. This cowboy worked his whole life through the ups and downs and finally became a 4-time world champion.
Let’s also note the elephant in the room - Cody Johnson. Cody Johnson is rapidly becoming an artist that is beginning to knock on mainstream country’s door. Aaron Watson has propped open the door and Cody is walking up the steps. It’s making for an exciting time to many of us Texas music fans.
Should we also mention the incredible staying power that his previous single She’ll Have You Back had featuring Roger Creager this past year on the Texas Charts? I mean that is just amazing in itself. Did I mention Tim McGraw also covered this song in 1999?
With some basic math and logic, I think it’s safe to say that Deryl Dodd has selected yet another winning ticket. Be sure to check out his performance on The Texas Music Scene and request One Night In Vegas at your local Texas radio stations.
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