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Nov 22

George Strait Remembers Chris LeDoux as “The Real Deal”

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George Strait photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Rodeo and country music have always had a close relationship. In Garth Brooks‘ hit, “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old),” he sings of “a worn out tape of Chris LeDoux.” Chris, of course, was a former world champion bronc rider and a Capitol Nashville recording artist. Chris even recorded George Strait‘s ode to rodeo, “Amarillo By Morning,” before George did.

George, as most of his fans know, sponsors his own Team Roping Classic in San Antonio each year. He is no slouch as a roper either, and has been sponsored by Wrangler Western Wear, a brand synonymous with rodeo, for years. In a recent interview with our own Storme Warren, George remembered the multi-talented LeDoux, who passed away in 2005:

GAC is celebrating  the union of rodeo, country music and Wrangler in December by broadcasting the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo live, December 1-10 at 10/9c each night. Plus, eight-time All-Around Champion, Trevor Brazile plays host to Suzanne Alexander and Joe Nichols on his ranch, deep in the heart of Texas in our special, Inside the WNFR 2011. Whether you are new to the sport and or a die-hard fan, this must-see show gives you the 4-1-1 on all the rodeo event categories from Steer Wrestling and Barrel Racing, to the death-defying Bull Riding event.

See more of our interview with George Strait »

Check out GAC’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo section »

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Sep 7

GAC’s Top 20 Cowboy & Rodeo Songs

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Photo courtesy of the PRCA.

The American Cowboy is known all over the world as a symbol of America. The cowboy life might not have been quite as glamorous as the silver screen portrayed it, yet most of the men and women who lived their lives as cowboys or cowgirls wouldn’t have traded it for any big city job available to them at the time.

From that golden era came many familiar cowboy songs, some of them originating as folk tunes in other countries and adapted to their new situation by those Irish or Spanish cowboys who worked out west. Later, cowboy songs were big parts of movies during the singing cowboy era, with Roy Rogers, Tex Ritter, Rex Allen and Gene Autry gaining popularity not only as actors but singers too. Carl T. Sprague is considered the original singing cowboy, recording the first authentic cowboy song, “When the Work’s All Done this Fall,” which sold 900,000 copies.

Today’s singer/songwriters have not forgotten the cowboy way. Folks like Ian Tyson, Michael Martin Murphey, Riders in the Sky, Don Edwards, Ed Bruce and the late Chris LeDoux have given us newer songs and also revived some of the older tunes. Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, the late Marty Robbins and the late Johnny Cash were also more than happy to sing the new western songs and keep the cowboy tradition alive in country music.

In no particular order, here are our picks for the Top 20 Cowboy & Cowgirl Songs. Leave us a comment below and let us know your favorite!  And, be sure to follow GAC’s coverage of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at GACTV.com/wnfr »

“Amarillo By Morning” – George Strait

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Although Chris LeDoux recorded this song first, most people remember George Strait’s version, which begins with a beautiful intro played by fiddle great Buddy Spicher. Here’s a clip of George singing “Amarillo By Morning” live. The song is about a cowboy’s love for the sport of rodeo, no matter what happens to him and no matter what he loses, saddles and girlfriends included. George, as most of his fans know, sponsors his own Team Roping Classic in San Antonio each year. He is no slouch as a roper either!


“Good Ride Cowboy” – Garth Brooks

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This song, written by Jerrod Niemann (performing it in the clip above), Richie Brown, Bryan Kennedy and Bob Doyle, became Garth Brooks‘ tribute to his friend Chris LeDoux after the rodeo champ and singer passed away in 2005. It chronicles Chris’ rise to fame in the rodeo world and as a singer, as well as his down-to-earth ways as a father and husband. Chris and Garth became friends after the Oklahoma singer named the rodeo cowboy in his first single, “Too Young to Feel This Damn Old.” They also recorded a duet in 1992, “What’cha Gonna Do With A Cowboy.”


“Night Rider’s Lament”Suzy Bogguss

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Upon hearing this song, one would assume it was written in the heyday of the cowboy. A little research finds it was written by real-life cowboy Michael Burton, but in a much more recent setting, circa 1975. It describes how one cowboy chose career over true love and how he sometimes thinks about what might have been. Those thoughts don’t linger long, however, as he quickly remembers why he chose the life of a cowboy on the range. The tune has been recorded by everyone from Chris LeDoux to Garth Brooks and Nanci Griffith, but Suzy has one of the great versions of the tune. Here she is singing it with Jerry Jeff Walker.


“Should’ve Been A Cowboy” – Toby Keith

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Despite the fact that he is as much at home on a horse as he is on a stage, Toby Keith laments in this song that he should have been a cowboy. The Oklahoma native thinks he should have learned to rope and ride in a cattle drive, because he thinks as a cowboy he could have stolen the young girls’ hearts like his heroes, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Who among us hasn’t thought how glamorous it would be to be a cowboy on a big ranch somewhere out west, or at the very least, in a movie?


“Someday Soon” – Ian Tyson

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Written by Ian Tyson, “Someday Soon” has been recorded by Judy Collins, Suzy Bogguss and many others and has charted in pop, folk and country. This 2009 video features Ian singing it – and you can see Suzy’s version HERE. Continue Reading

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Sep 22

Trace Adkins Whoops It Up On Jimmy Kimmel Live

Trace Adkins photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

In case you missed it last week, Trace Adkins was on Jimmy Kimmel Live where he performed “Whoop A Man’s Ass,” the last track on his new CD, Cowboy’s Back in Town.  Great performance of a song that is absolutely perfect for Trace!

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I couldn’t help but think about another “don’t mess with me or there’s gonna be a fight” anthem from the late, great Chris LeDoux“This Cowboy’s Hat” is one of my all-time favorite songs. What’s your favorite “butt kickin’” country song?  Leave me a comment and let me know below…

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Sep 17

No Bull: Rodeo Is Center Stage On Top 20

Garth Brooks photo by Mark Tucker, courtesy of Pearl Records.

Spurs, chaps, dust, cheering crowds and angry bulls. They call the thing rodeo, to quote a Garth Brooks song, and Championship Bull Riding sets the scene for this weekend’s edition of GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown with host Nan Kelley.

Country music’s love affair with the rodeo is well-documented. Reba McEntire and Chris LeDoux both participated in the sport prior to their careers as country singers, and Chris was a particular inspiration for Garth’s very first hit, “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old).” It’s hardly the only rodeo-themed song to make the grade in country. George Strait had “Amarillo By Morning” and “I Can Still Make Cheyenne,” Moe Bandy found success with “Rodeo Romeo” and “Bandy The Rodeo Clown,” and Jake Owen played with rodeo culture for the title of his hit “Eight Second Ride.”

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May 26

Chris LeDoux Gets a Sculpted Memorial

A life size and a half bronze statue celebrating the life and legacy of the American music and rodeo legend Chris LeDoux, titled "Good Ride Cowboy," by sculptor D. Michael Thomas. Photo courtesy of dmichaelthomas.com.

A life size and a half bronze statue celebrating the life and legacy of the American music and rodeo legend Chris LeDoux, titled "Good Ride Cowboy," by sculptor D. Michael Thomas. Photo courtesy of dmichaelthomas.com.

Five years after his death, country singer and rodeo icon Chris LeDoux will be permanently memorialized with a bronze sculpture and the renaming of a Wyoming park next month.

A 13-foot statue of Chris riding a horse named Stormy Weather will be unveiled June 19 in Kaycee, Wyo., as the city officially dedicates Chris LeDoux Park. Sculpted by D. Michael Thomas, the statue is dubbed “Good Ride Cowboy,” in honor of the 2005 Garth Brooks single. Written in part by Jerrod Niemann, the song paid homage to Chris, whose biggest musical years were intermingled with Garth’s career. Garth tipped a hat to Chris in the lyrics to his 1989 hit “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old),” and Chris’ only Top 10 single came with the Garth-penned “Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy.”

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Apr 12

Jerrod Niemann Adds Another Notch to His Career Belt

Jerrod Niemann photo by Jeremy Cowart, courtesy of myspace.com/jerrodniemann.

Jerrod Niemann photo by Jeremy Cowart, courtesy of myspace.com/jerrodniemann.

If you want to be a success, the best way to do it is develop your talents and then make some connections with the right people. Jerrod Niemann’s been following that path, and it’s starting to look like he knew what he was doing all along.

Hailing from Liberal, Kan. — just across the border from the Oklahoma Panhandle — Jerrod got his first hit as a songwriter when Okie Garth Brooks recorded his Chris LeDoux tribute “Good Ride Cowboy.” Just this last year, Brad Paisley opened his new Sea Gayle label and signed Jerrod as the first artist. And now Jerrod’s played the same legendary stage where Garth and Brad — not to mention Roy Acuff and Porter Wagoner — all made a huge impact: the Grand Ole Opry House.

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Mar 19

Garth Brooks Flames Out

Garth Brooks photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Garth Brooks photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

In what’s starting to become a mini-routine, Garth Brooks gave an exclusive concert Sunday in Calgary, Alberta, for members of the NHL’s Calgary Flames.

Garth appeared at the Palomino Smokehouse in a show that was so private the venue’s owner didn’t even know he was coming. Fred Konopaki had been told the place was being booked for a private party for the Flames and that they would have “a guy coming in to play guitar at some point,” Fred told The Calgary Herald. When they finally told him who the guitar player would be, he scoffed: “I said, ‘Garth Brooks? C’mon!’” Continue Reading

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