After The Storm

As one of the few Nashville acts wearing a cowboy hat who has actually been on a horse, Chris LeDoux has steadily galloped along 20-plus years into his second career.

As one of the few Nashville acts wearing a cowboy hat who has actually been on a horse, Chris LeDoux has steadily galloped along 20-plus years into his second career. And, in true cowboy fashion, he proceeds with limited resources at his disposal. A somewhat shaky vocalist at times, LeDoux nevertheless imparts saddle-worn sincerity on such cuts as the aptly titled "Some Things Never Change" (with Garth Brooks), the likably rendered "Millionaire," and the rustic gospel "Daily Bread." On such anthems as "Simple as Dirt," producers Mac McAnally and Alan Schulman mostly reign in the bombast that works so well for LeDoux in concert, and by-the-numbers rodeo fare like "Cowboy Up," "Bareback Jack," and the weeper "Scatter the Ashes" should please their target audience. A performer of remarkable durability, LeDoux does what he does without apology, and he hasn't been thrown yet.—RW