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

Garth Brooks’ Powerhouse Concert Kick-Off

For large portions of the 100 minutes he spent on stage, Garth Brooks stood at the edge of the flooring at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Thursday with the toes of his boots literally hanging over the edge as front-row fans clutched at his cuffs. It was a major show of trust — and of self-control — that Garth never wavered, never lost track of the lyrics or the chords while those strangers nabbed at just a touch of the superstar’s leg. But that also made the encore of his set particularly surprising. Garth came barrelling up from a spot beneath the flooring and tripped at the top step, tumbling into view. The timing was amusing — his pratfall came during the ironically titled “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til The Sun Comes Up).” 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