Chris LeDoux


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By the time guitarist and singer Chris LeDoux completed this album, Haywire, he had already seen the release of more than two-dozen others -- impressive enough -- but he doesn't show any sign of slowing in his career. The songs on Haywire are mostly what is common LeDoux cowboy country-style, done the way he does it best. Since he is a real cowboy -- he spent time riding in the rodeo and became a champion bareback rider -- maybe he just has a better feel for the subject matter than many singers, and it comes through in his voice. LeDoux's skills really shine on this offering, with numbers like "Hairtrigger Colts," "Dallas Days and Fort Worth Nights," "Tougher Than the Rest," and the 1991 Billy Dean hit "Billy the Kid." This album isn't as long as a best-of collection, carrying only ten tracks, but they are all strong songs, and that makes Haywire a good addition to your country shelf. As a bounce, the album comes with a booklet that holds a few pictures.

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