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Chris LeDoux. Jeremy Broderick Music 1010. Born October 13, 1948 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Father was in the U.S. Air Force, so the family moved a lot. LEARNING HOW TO BE A COWBOY. MUSICAL INVLUENCES. Merle Haggard. SONG WRITER AND PRO. RODEO COWB0Y. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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Chris LeDouxJeremy BroderickMusic 1010

Born October 13, 1948 in Biloxi, Mississippi.Father was in the U.S. Air Force, so the family moved a lot.

Chris LeDoux was born on October 13, 1948 in Biloxi, Mississippi, to Alfred and Bonnie LeDoux. Coming from a family lifestyle that you wouldnt expect a true cowboy to come from, Chriss dad was in the US Air Force, so the family moved around a lot. Moving around gave Chris LeDoux a taste for many different lifestyles, and it was while living in Texas that the course for his life was set. Being in a community where rodeo was a way of life, Chris was, as he put it, bitten by the bug. 2


At age thirteen, Chris LeDoux participated in his first rodeo in Denison, Texas. Then, at age sixteen, he won the title of Little Britches Rodeo Bareback World Champion. In 1967, LeDoux won the Wyoming State High School Bareback Bronc Championship and decided to stay in Wyoming to attend Wyomings Caspar College on a rodeo scholarship.


Merle Haggard

MUSICAL INVLUENCES Chris LeDoux had always played around with a guitar and listened to Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, but it was not until he wrote the song Bareback Jack while attending college that Chris realized that he wanted to, and was going to be, a songwriter. 4 SONG WRITER AND PRO. RODEO COWB0Y

. In 1970, Chris became a professional rodeo cowboy, competing in the national rodeo circuit. Filling in the time between rodeos and to help pay expenses, Chris began writing songs. In 1972, along with his father, Chris LeDoux started American Cowboy Songs Inc., and the family all pitched in recording, packaging and marketing Chriss music. In this same year, Chris married his first love, Peggy Rhoads. Peggy was true to Chris and a perfect fit, following him around the country as he rode broncs and sold 8-tracks out of the trunk of their car at different events.




After a few years, Chris was getting close to winning the World Champion Bareback title, but injury or bad scores prevented him from making the finals. He decided to put music down and trained hard, knowing that his body only had one last go-around left. His training paid off, and in 1976, Chris won the title of World Champion Bareback Rider at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City. With his win and the fact that he had competed in rodeo for all those years, his music and songwriting finally gained credibility. At this point, Chris retired from rodeo life to spend time with family and to focus more on his music career.


WITH GARTTH BROOKS CHRIS LEDOUX MUSIC CARRER TAKES OFF Chris settled down in Kaycee, Wyoming where he continued to write and record songs. It wasnt until 1989 that his music career really took off, after his name being mentioned in a song by the (then) up-and-coming country singer, Garth Brooks. Chris remembered almost crashing his truck while listening to the radio and hearing the line Worn out tape of Chris LeDoux mentioned in the song Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old). Soon after, Chris signed a deal with Capitol Records. For the next ten years, Chris LeDoux opened for Garth Brooks. Garth Brooks credits LeDoux for how energized his shows are because he patterned them after Chriss performances and concerts.


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Over time, Chris LeDoux and Garth Brooks became great friends. In 1992, Chris and Garth performed the song Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy, which went on to be nominated for a Grammy, and the album Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy, was certified Gold. Chris LeDoux performed songs with other great music artists like Charlie Daniels, Toby Keith and even Bon Jovi. Still, he held a special place in his heart for Garth Brooks and recorded other songs with him, such as Some Things Never Change.


DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER ANDSUCCESFULLY RECEVES A LIVERTRANSPLANT THEN IT WAS BACKTO WORK In 2001, Chris was diagnosed with liver cancer and was told that he would die within the month without a liver donor. When Garth Brooks heard this news, he immediately offered 60 percent of his own liver to save Chris, but found out that they werent compatible. Chris was lucky and a donor was found. In 2002, LeDoux was back in the game, releasing the album After the Storm. At concerts, he was once again on the bucking machine, reassuring fans that he was back.


CHRIS PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 9, 2005FROM CANCER Luck ran out for Chris in 2004, when he was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma. He underwent radiation treatment until he passed away on March 9, 2005. After his death, Chris LeDoux was inducted to the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame for bareback riding and in the category of Notables for his influence through music, in the sport of rodeo. Chris never wanted to go big and be famous; he just wanted to have fun. In his own words, What I want to be known for, on top of everything, is that I was a good husband and family man.

11SONGS IF HAVE CHOOSEN TO SPOTLIGHTBareback JackLittle Long Haired OutlawUtah TributeWestern Skies



Bareback Jack- Listening Guide0:00-The song starts out with an upbeat tempo. You can hear the guitar, drums and for a brief moment, the piano. A steel guitar places a solo, and the vocals begin. The timbre allows you to hear both the vocals and the instruments clearly.0:41-The chorus begins, using the same repeating form, but the dynamics are increased and the timbre changes, allowing more focus on the vocals. The melody ascends as the chorus progresses.0:56-The next verse beings, with the same repeating form. A short introduction is played with drums and guitar, and once again, a solo with the steel guitar. The vocals begin with the same smooth and consistent melody. The timbre is nicely balanced between instruments and vocals with neither one being drowned out by the other.1:31-The chorus is played again, repeating exactly as before with the same repeating beat and melody. The timbre allows more focus on the vocals during the chorus, and the dynamics increase, giving it contrast from the verses.1:49-The third verse begins again with no vocals-just a chance to hear the drums and guitar with, yet again, a solo from the steel guitar. The form continues as before, using the same familiar beat and rhythm. The melody is smooth, constant and easy to follow.2:21-The chorus begins with the same repeating beat and melody, but then the drums and guitar are silenced and the timbre is focused on just the vocals to finalize the song. Once the vocals are done, the guitar, drums and steel guitar start up with the same familiar rhythm, but fade away into the end of the song.


REALEASED IN 1986 ON THE WIL D AND WOOLY ALBUMNOT ROCK AND ROLL NOT COUNTRY LITLLE BIT OF BOLTHSONG IS UPBEAT AND HAS A FAST TEMPOLittle Long Haired Outlaw- Listening Guide0:00-The song begins with a short guitar solo that sets the tone and tempo. The texture is monophonic, and the notes are played individually as the strings on the guitar are plucked. This gives the sense of a typical country/western song, but then the drums come in with a beat and tempo found more in the music of rock and roll.0:42-The vocals begin as the drums keep the form repeating and constant. The texture is such that the vocals are the focus, as the instruments keep the rhythm and beat in the background.1:11-A new verse begins with the same repeating form. The melody is smooth. The electric guitar and drums keep the beat and tempo upbeat.1:40-The vocals end and the timbre focuses on an electric guitar solo. The drums and bass keep the beat in the background.2:08-The vocals begin, once again, in another verse. The timbre allows the vocals to be heard clearly and the form is repeating with an upbeat tempo. The melody is smooth.2:36-The dynamics increase and the distinction in timbre is focused on the keyboard. The vocals end, but the drums and guitars can still be heard in the background, keeping the beat.3:03-Vocals return in the final verse. The melody is conjunct. The guitar, bass and drums keep the form repeating, and the same familiar beat and rhythm is continued. Towards the end of the verse, the dynamics become louder and stronger to add emphasis to the finale.3:31-The vocals end as the drums continue keeping the beat. An electric guitar solo is played, this time with a faster tempo making this old cowboy play a little bit of rock and roll.



Utah Tribute- Listening Guide0:00-The song starts out with the guitar playing a four note ascending pattern. The vocals begin in a monophonic texture. The form is repeating with a slow tempo. Guitars play an instrumental intro.0:23-The texture turns homophonic as the vocals begin in the first verse. The guitars continue to play the same repeating melody. The tempo remains slow.0:56-The drums change the beat for a short time, leading into the next verse. The timbre is a good mix of instruments and vocals. Guitars and drums play in the background. The tempo is still slow and the melody is smooth and conjunct.1:31-The dynamics increase as the chorus begins. The texture allows for more focus on the vocals. For a short time, the texture is monophonic as there is a vocal solo. The drums and guitar keep a constant bea