This is a great idea, 'H.
Chris LeDoux Johnson County War
I didn't know this song existed but almost everyone in the west has heard of the Johnson County Cattle War. I leaned of it when my brother and sister-in-law sang and played this song for the 1st responders last Saturday night. I can't say it is my favorite song, but it has a lot of history. Chris LeDoux lived right in the area where the JC Cattle War took place. The ranch where I used to go in the summer had bullet holes from the Cattle War. It is now located at the TA Ranch where the main fight was located. There is a lot of history on that ranch and the owners have restored it. If you ever get this way, I recommend a visit to the TA Ranch. Anyway, Chris LeDoux does an amazing job with this song, IMO.
Soapweed told us about Kyle Evans and we bought the album. This was his favorite song on the album and ours as well.
So as a tribute to Soapweed, I will share this link. Soapweed, missed, but never forgotten.
I always liked this song. Probably for 2 reasons. I relate to it. And it was on a tape I bought directly from Chris at a rodeo (I think it was Puyallup) in 1974. At that point Chris was selling tapes out of the trunk of his car.
I got to meet Chris several times. Seemed to be a good human being. Enjoyed my visits with him. Bet I saw him in concert 35 times. He used to come to Utah several times a year before he blew up and got popular. Bought cassette tapes from his wife after concerts. He was sure fun to see in concert. After he got popular a bucking machine would rise up out of the stage and he’d be laid back spurring on a bare back horse singing “Bare Back Jack” to open his concert. Fun times for sure.
Not a fan of the Bon Jovi deal. And not a fan of Springsteen either, but Chris did some nice covers of a few of his songs. I much prefer the older cowboy stuff he did.