Cowboy

Cowboy

by Chris LeDoux

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Overview

Cowboy

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/01/2000
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724352660124
catalogNumber: 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

Chris LeDoux   Composer
Steve Lowery   Engineer
Mac McAnally   Producer
Chris Stone   Engineer
Wes Golding   Composer
Alan Schulman   Producer,Engineer
Terry S. Smith   Composer

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Cowboy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.