Chris LeDoux Featured In Flashback Friday – “This Cowboy’s Hat”

Our Flashback Friday Song today is Chris LeDoux’s “This Cowboy’s Hat.”  The song, written by Jake Brooks, was on the album “Western Underground” and was released in the summer of 1991.  Somehow it didn’t make it into the top 40 on the country charts.

Of course, it was another guy named Brooks that helped launch Chris into country music stardom. I can still remember the first time I heard the line “A worn out tape of Chris LeDoux…” in Garth’s 1989 hit “Much Too Young (to Feel This Damn Old). Like many people at the time, I wondered who in the world Chris LeDoux was.

Well, he was a world champion professional bareback rider in 1976 and had been writing songs about rodeo and the American West for some time. Once Garth’s song got a lot of people talking about him, he had a number of hit songs throughout the 90’s, including duets with Garth.

Sadly, Chris died of a rare form of cancer in March of 2005. His son Ned was a drummer in his band Western Underground since 1998.  When Chris passed away, Ned continued to tour with the band to keep the musical spirit of his dad alive. That led to Ned writing his own songs and he has recently written an amazing one called “The Hawk” that is a tribute to his dad.  We will share them both. Chris is still so strongly missed; they don’t make ’em much like that anymore.

I hope you’ll take a little time next Friday out of any Cinco de Mayo celebrating to join us here for a crazy good song.

(Written by Geoff Brown/CMM Contributor)

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