George Strait Remembers Chris LeDoux as “The Real Deal”

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 [...] Read More

GAC’s Top 20 Cowboy & Rodeo Songs

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 [...] Read More

Trace Adkins Whoops It Up On Jimmy Kimmel Live

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! I couldn’t help but think about another “don’t mess with me or [...] Read More

No Bull: Rodeo Is Center Stage On Top 20

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.” Read More

Chris LeDoux Gets a Sculpted Memorial

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.” Read More