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Genres: Country, Pop
Chris LeDoux's friend Garth Brooks was just 11 when LeDoux made his first LP in 1973. Since then, his earthy simplicity has given him a cult following and more importantly, an honesty foreign to many of today's marketing-o... more »
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Chris LeDoux's friend Garth Brooks was just 11 when LeDoux made his first LP in 1973. Since then, his earthy simplicity has given him a cult following and more importantly, an honesty foreign to many of today's marketing-obsessed contemporary acts. On 2000's Cowboy, he revisits 11 of his early recordings (8 of them originals) with modern arrangements that avoid the usual overamplified bombast. Time can't diminish the impact of "He Rides the Wild Horses," "Blue Eyes and Freckles," and "I'm Country." LeDoux's maturity infuses the magnificent "Song of Wyoming" with even greater depth. It likewise enhances the pathos of "Silence on the Line," a tale of a rodeo hopeful at a crossroads. On "Hippies in Calgary," LeDoux redefines the song's dated 1970s hippie-redneck tensions into pure comedy. Reviving the proudly rustic tongue-in-check "I'm Country," he advocates bringing all the city folks to the country, then pauses to warn, "Then the country won't be country anymore." Given the last few years of the '90s, you can add prescience to his many gifts. --Rich Kienzle
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BRONC RIDER's review
Mike | Florida, USA | 09/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a profesional saddle bronc rider in the PRCA I highly recomend this cd to anyone who is truly country..I own all most all of Chris's tapes(some of them aren't on cd)and cd's.Most of my tapes are about worn out because of playing them on many road trips.It was nice to be able to listen to some of these old songs again without worring about wearing out my tapes.I believe this cd can make anyone feel country.Even if they hang there hat in the city.So if your an loyal LeDoux fan or you just like feeling country I recomend this cd to you..Its pure and its honest.."
Donald C. Nelson;Jr. | Tacoma,Wa | 08/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After listening to the current direction country music has been heading lately , it was quite refreshing to hear an album that was keyed a bit lower without losing any of the intensity of the music. Chris LeDoux shows once again why he is one of the few "honest" artists out there. He can sing about values without coming off as hokey or cornpone.This cd is a must for any fan of good music , country or not. His voice belies the hard fought lessons of life that we all try to learn from. The final track , Song Of Wyoming , alone is worth buying the cd."
Gems from LeDoux's Beginnings
Don Thomason | Dunbar, KY United States | 11/12/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Cowboy is a revisiting of older LeDoux classics from his self releases during his rodeo days, a result of fans asking where they can find the old stuff. Those who only know LeDoux for "Cadillac Ranch" will see where his musical phenomenon began -- guileless songs about rodeo life and cowboy philosophy, the stuff Garth Brooks first sang about. High points include the sorrowful realities of "Silence on the Line" (like Kathy Mattea's "Where've You Been," it will take me months to listen to this song without choking up), the philosophical "Ten Seconds in the Saddle," and superlative story songs like "Our First Year" and "The Yellow Stud." I confess a particular fondness for "I'm Country" and its good-humored simplicity: "I laugh when I'm happy and I cry when I'm blue/Cuss when I'm mad like I'm s'posed to do." Western fans and country fans alike will like this one."