Ned LeDoux: Sagebrush (CD)
Country singer Ned LeDoux will be releasing his first full-length studio album "Sagebrush" on November 3, which pays homage to his musical roots.
This new studio effort carries on the traditions, music and cowboy way of life that passed down to him by his parents, Peggy and the late Chris LeDoux.
The CD was produced by award-winning producer Mac McAnally, and it was a labor of love for Ned. It is the follow-up to his debut EP Forever A Cowboy, which was released last year. Ned either wrote or co-wrote eight of the 12 songs on the collection.
He wrote his first song with his mentor, esteemed songwriter and producer Mac McAnally. The songs were all drawn from his personal life experiences. The song "Brother Highway" deals with his time spent on the road, while "By My Side" is about his love and devotion for his wife and family. His mom, Peggy, gave him a shoebox full of song ideas that his dad had written down many years ago, and with the help of McAnally, they turned them into songs, where they included his legendary father as a co-writer. Four of those songs are featured on the album, such as "Never Change," "Cowboy Life," "We Ain't Got It All" and "Forever A Cowboy."
The songs on the album are about the LeDoux history and family values such as cowboys, ranching, the highway, as well as the simplicity of life.
Finally, the CD features a duet with Broken Bow Records recording country artist Chase Rice, where he collaborates with LeDoux on "This Cowboy's Hat," which was his father's signature tune.
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When his dad passed away in 2005 from cancer, Ned continued to tour with his father’s band to keep the musical spirit of Chris LeDoux alive. This drove him to pick up the guitar and try his hand at some of his dad’s songs. It started with “Rodeo Man,” and before long Ned had a whole catalogue of his father’s early hits ready to play. When the other band members heard Ned’s voice, he found himself front and center singing at the shows. Stepping out from behind the drums stirred something inside of Ned that he hadn’t felt before, “It’s a different kind of rush, getting up with a guitar and standing behind a microphone...shoot I’m getting butterflies thinking about it right now.”
The timing couldn’t be more right for Ned to pick up a guitar and belt out “Western Skies;” it has been over 10 years since Chris LeDoux passed and he believes people want to hear something new. Ned has boxes of song ideas his dad never finished and is digging through those for inspiration, “I will kind of stick with what dad used to do but bring my own stuff to the table.” In July of 2015, Ned traveled to Nashville with some of those unfinished songs and met up with Mac McAnally to put that inspiration to work. Mac produced Chris’ last two studio records and wrote his hit “Horsepower,” so the collaboration with Ned was a natural fit and lead to the first new Chris LeDoux co-write in nearly two decades.
His latest song “Brother Highway” is about all the time he has spent on the road touring with various bands since his days in high school. Ned says he doesn’t even need a road map anymore–that he and the highway are like brothers. He wants to write songs about what he knows, keep the themes simple and harken back to the sound of good ole country music but with an edge. Eventually Ned plans to release an album of new material and include a few of his dad’s songs re-recorded in his own style as a tribute.
For the last year, Ned has been steadily touring and opening for acts like Toby Keith, Chris Janson and Randy Houser. Yet now that he is in front of the mic, Ned has a new goal. “There’s an age group who doesn’t know who Chris LeDoux is and I just want to keep his name out there. I want to reintroduce him to people who’ve maybe heard of him but didn’t know what he did. Just carry on his legacy and carry on his music and at the same time show them what I can do.”
On tour, you’re guaranteed to hear “This Cowboy’s Hat”–the song most requested by his fans and a request Ned is honored to oblige. His personal favorite song to sing though is one called “You Can’t Tell Me We Ain’t Got It All.” It’s the first original song Ned co-wrote with his dad and seems to pick up right where Chris left off. And thankfully there is more to come as there is a new voice to carry on the LeDoux sound.