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Dissatisfied with the quality of new material he was being pitched, and eager to please fans interested in his early, out-of-print albums from the 1970s, Chris LeDoux set out to please himself and his audience with Cowboy. The album is comprised of new recordings of songs LeDoux originally cut back in the days when he was making a name for himself on the rodeo circuit singing songs from his homemade cassettes -- and wowing a young Garth Brooks, who would subsequently use his clout to help LeDoux gain a Capitol contract. Cowboy's songs reflect the grit and grist of the rodeo rider's hardscrabble life, the acutely observed "He Rides Wild Horses" being foremost among equals...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Dissatisfied with the quality of new material he was being pitched, and eager to please fans interested in his early, out-of-print albums from the 1970s, Chris LeDoux set out to please himself and his audience with Cowboy. The album is comprised of new recordings of songs LeDoux originally cut back in the days when he was making a name for himself on the rodeo circuit singing songs from his homemade cassettes -- and wowing a young Garth Brooks, who would subsequently use his clout to help LeDoux gain a Capitol contract. Cowboy's songs reflect the grit and grist of the rodeo rider's hardscrabble life, the acutely observed "He Rides Wild Horses" being foremost among equals in this regard. That track exemplifies LeDoux's sound in the clean, gimmick-free production; the sharp, basic band support; and the folksy vocals lending the collection the straightfoward intimacy of tales told around the campfire. The contemplative, melancholy "Silence on the Line" offers a heart-tugging moment in this mostly upbeat collection. "I'm Country" is a down-home celebration of a fellow's backwoods-and-proud-of-it ethos "I chew tobacco/and I spit it on the ground/talk to the cows when no one ain't around", "Blue Eyes and Freckles" has a Tom T. Hall-like quality in its detailed evocation of a three-year-old wannabe cowboy. "Song of Wyoming" closes out the album on a relaxed, end-of-the-trail note, its lovely melody and winsome lyrics evoking the languor of twilight in the big sky country. Cowboy may not stay on the charts for more than a year, as LeDoux's greatest hits album has done, but it deserves a prominent place in the artist's catalogue and ought to bring a few more supporters into his growing fold.
All Music Guide - Bryan Buss
After recording 22 albums and developing a cult following of rodeo and pure-country enthusiasts, Chris LeDoux re-recorded 11 of his early songs on this compilation to bring new listeners up to speed and to throw a thank you to the fans who have supported him. So many contemporary country singers try to come across like salt of the earth but end up sounding like the country & western version of Michael Bolton. LeDoux, on the other hand, is a former rodeo cowboy, and that experience shows in his choice of material and his emotive voice. He sings about raising crops, for crying out loud. How bold is that in the 21st century's plasticized country scene? That integrity is probably what's kept him from becoming a megastar but also what has gained him fiercely loyal fans. Literate, poetic, moving, and with a killer sense of humor, LeDoux has a wisdom in his voice that enables him to be the consummate storyteller he is. Additionally, it's nice that the songs on this album aren't all love songs; he sings about family, marriage, bar brawls, and, of course, riding the rodeo. He takes you on a journey in each, from the devastating kick in the pants of "Silence on the Line" to a tender, wistful ode to the Cowboy State, "Song of Wyoming." Cowboy is a solid collection that spotlights the strengths of one of the most underrated male country artists of the time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2000
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724352660124
  • Catalog Number: 26601

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris LeDoux Primary Artist
Eddie Bayers Percussion, Drums
Larry Franklin Fiddle, Mandolin
Doyle Grisham Steel Guitar
David Hungate Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Mac McAnally Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Steve Nathan Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Harry Stinson Background Vocals
Pete Wasner Piano, Wurlitzer
Jack Pearson Electric Guitar, national steel guitar
Technical Credits
Carlos Grier Digital Editing
Chris LeDoux Composer
Steve Lowery Engineer
Mac McAnally Producer
Chris Stone Engineer
Wes Golding Composer
Alan Schulman Producer, Engineer
Eric Conn Digital Editing
Terry S. Smith Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LeDoux Returns

    This CD by Chris LeDoux is just what old fans like me want. The classics you can't get anymore, with a today twist. I would recommend this CD for any Chris LeDoux fan. Especially Silence on the Line. This song is the best on the album, but don't forget about Song of Wyoming.

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