Before landing a major recording deal with Liberty Records, Wyoming native Chris LeDoux became a world champion rodeo rider, recorded 22 independent albums, sold over $4 million of those recordings and had Garth Brooks pay tribute to him in a song.
LeDoux will bring his music to Weber State University's Dee Events Center in Ogden on Thursday, Dec. 8. Utah recording artists McCoslyn and Paye (formerly Afterglow) will open the show at 7:30 p.m.LeDoux began riding the rodeo circuit when he was 14. In 1976, he won the bareback bronc-riding world championship, after an injury-laden season the year before. At that time, LeDoux began playing guitar and singing about his experiences on the circuit. Fellow riders began asking him to sing at informal gatherings.
He recorded a few albums and began selling them from the back of his truck, until his parents stepped in and set up a mail-order business. After Garth Brooks referred to ". . . a worn-out tape of Chris LeDoux . . ." in a song, Liberty Records investigated and signed LeDoux, breaking his career wide open.
LeDoux released "Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy" in 1992, and it reached gold status in early 1993. The album's title cut was nominated for a Grammy, an Academy of Country Music Award and a TNN/Music City News award. Also in 1992, Liberty Records re-released all 22 of LeDoux's early albums. His recent release, "Haywire," debuted at No. 17 on Billboard magazine's Top Country Albums list.
Tickets for the Ogden concert are available for $18 at all Smith's-Tix locations.