Chris LeDoux has hung in like a rusty fish hook, forging ahead on his unlikely post-rodeo career through sheer force of will and all the energy of the bucking broncos he once rode.

Chris LeDoux has hung in like a rusty fish hook, forging ahead on his unlikely post-rodeo career through sheer force of will and all the energy of the bucking broncos he once rode. As a vocalist, no one will ever confuse LeDoux with George Jones, but he does possess a certain wry way with song and attitude to burn. Cue up the Southern-rockish "All Wound Up" and Zydeco-inflected "Pass My Hat" for proof. Homespun cowboy ballads like the heroic "One Less Tornado" and "A Cowboy Was Born," along with the panoramic "The Buffalo Grass," actually work very well in a "saddle-up" kind of way. The string-laden, earnestly delivered "Between the Rainbow and the Rain" effectively treads into Garth Brooks territory. LeDoux has sold a horse trailer full of records to an extremely loyal fan base. "Horsepower" will make those fans quite happy.—RW

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