We are about Chris LeDoux's age (give or take 4 or 5 years) and listened to him play in the bars around Buffalo and Kaycee when he was first starting (early 70's as I recall) as a musician. His was definitely not overnight stardom. It took quite awhile for him to be recognized. Opening for Garth Brooks definitely was the career boost he needed. They have been playing his songs quite a bit lately, or so it seems.
A friend of ours rented a house from him in Kaycee and we visited there. The house was very rustic. Nice, but very rustic decor, like a lodge. The bathroom was inside, but it was a 2-seater, just like an outdoor outhouse.
He always was a good guy in every respect. Sorry to hear the news. He had some rare disease a few years back, but I don't remember what it was.
Too young, too young to die!!