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Chris LeDoux


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Born October 02, 1948 // Biloxi, MS, United States
Died March 9, 2005 // Casper, WY, United States

Band: Western Underground
Members: Mark Sissel (guitar), Bobby Jensen (keyboards), K.W. Turnbow (drums), Ned LeDoux (drums), Lyle Evans (bass), Dave Varnado (fiddle, mandolin, guitar)

Chris was born in Biloxi, Mississippi. Shortly after being born, his family moved to Austin, Texas. A few years later, the family moved again to Wyoming where he attended high school in Cheyenne and won the state’s bareback riding title twice.

Since 1971, he has recorded songs about real cowboys, and his albums combine his own experiences about rodeo life with old and new cowboy songs.

A large and dedicated group of followers formed on the rodeo circuit. This is when he made a name for himself with songs like “Lean, Mean and Hungry”, “Ten Seconds In The Saddle”, and “Caballo Diablo”. In 1976, he became the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s (PRCA) world champion in bareback riding.

In 1989, Garth Brooks gave Chris’s career a boost by mentioning his name in the hit, “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)”. Chris hit the Top 20 a year later with “Cadillac Ranch”, followed by successes Haywire, Stampede, and One Road Man. 20 Greatest Hits has 11 songs from his earlier albums.

He once described his music as a combination of western soul, sagebrush blues, cowboy folk, and rodeo rock ‘n’ roll.


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  • grumpi

    didn't realize it's been 10 years since he's been gone. sure do enjoy his music still. rip cowboy. xx

    25 Mar 12:43am Reply
  • Free-Bird75

    10 years you are no longer here. 10 years no new songs. But the songs live on. R.I.P. Cowboy

    9 Mar 10:33am Reply
  • alainchaumont

    RIP Cowboy <4

    26 May 2014 Reply
  • ttrockz

    Many years ago his drummer was in Jackson hole Wyoming......i worked several bars and ran a motel there...was friend of his...anyone know how I can say hello to him?

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • doctorjmo

    he reminds me of my bro.,steve!!!

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
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    25 May 2012 Reply
  • Sharkapillar

    RIP Cowboy <3

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Ratchoul

    Riding For A Fall RIP CowBoy

    27 Aug 2011 Reply
  • rosietx1

    Thanks for everything Chris... man I miss you!

    5 Oct 2010 Reply
  • ArdentePriest

    this guy's music was my childhood. It still makes me sad to think he's gone. [2] My thoughts exactly.

    27 Aug 2010 Reply
  • MichaelCaruso

    Where is Chris's cover of "Runaway Love'...From The "One Road Man" Album

    8 Aug 2010 Reply
  • lukeclews

    This guy is really, really good.

    20 May 2010 Reply
  • OldGrayPuppet

    R.I.P Cowboy

    29 Mar 2010 Reply
  • sd2078

    I lived a lot of his songs in TN, may he rest in peace.Thanks for the music

    14 Mar 2010 Reply
  • SweetMelissa12

    Lets hear it for Chris!! The members of Country Artist of the Week have voted him into the group's "Hall of Fame". Thank you, Chris. Your music lives on.

    2 Nov 2009 Reply
  • LeDouxFan

    HOW can zumbidometal be a top listener??? He has no Chris LeDoux in his library!

    5 Aug 2009 Reply
  • jaramia20

    Wish they still made music like this now a days . But with Chris having left us , all the cowboys are gone now . You where Tougher then the rest , we miss you Chris .

    17 Mar 2009 Reply
  • PandaGetSad

    nothing gr8

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
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    29 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Tsteele01

    If you're looking for a new country band, check out Tommy Steele: Steele Canyon Band ! Tommy just recorded at Rivergate Studios where he worked alongside Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down and Bobby Caps of .38 Special. Also joining Tommy during the recording session was talent such as Banner Thomas of Molly Hatchett and Steve Wheeler of Danny Joe Brown. The CD is set to be released in March of 2009 and is bound to be a hit! To listen to Tommy’s current album, “Love Country Music” which includes the hit single and music video “Hillbilly Girls,” check out: Tommy Steele: Steele Canyon Band !

    18 Dec 2008 Reply
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