It’s a little later than I planned, but as I promised yesterday on social media, I’m back with a mid(ish) week blog entry!!! I’m just looking to cover a few topics relevant to the week and country music, this evening. Don’t forget, this Sunday with feature another 10 songs on my list of the top 505 songs in country music from the 90’s!!!
* This past Monday, March 9th, marked 10 years since the unfortunate passing of rodeo and country music legend, Chris LeDoux. Some of you reading this may not be familiar with this man’s work, but you should absolutely look into changing that. After winning many prizes in rodeo, LeDoux retired from the sport in 1980 to focus on his music career. Between 1971 and 1990, he wrote, recorded and sold his own music, completely independent from any label or marketing! He sold his records out of the back of his truck at rodeos and concerts! Incredible!
After mention in Garth Brooks’ first single “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)” LeDoux finally decided to take advantage and sign to a major label. While seeing very little radio support throughout the 90s, Chris continued producing music with 9 more studio albums before his passing in 2005 with Cholangiocarcinoma at the age of 56.
In 2005, Garth Brooks briefly came out of retirement to release a tribute song to his long time friend, “Good Ride Cowboy”. As I said before, if you are unfamiliar with LeDoux’s music, check it out. You will not regret it. A few songs will be popping up in the 90’s countdown!!!