Chris LeDoux was the definition of a true cowboy.
Before making his mark on the country music world, Chris supported his family as professional rodeo cowboy. While traveling with the rodeo, Chris wanted to tell his story through music, and he began writing songs based on his life experiences.
In 1976, Chris won the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City, and through that fame, was given the opportunity to share his music with a wider audience.
It didn't take long for the world to see his talent, and by 1992, he had released 22 albums.
That same year, Chris and his longtime fan, Garth Brooks came together for an epic collaboration. The two recorded and released the hit song, "Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy" as the first single from Chris' the album of the same name.
Of course, with two icons like Garth and Chris, the song was destined to be a hit, and that it was. The song peaked at #7 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, and hit #5 on the Canadian Country Tracks chart.
Check out the duet below.
Unfortunately, Chris LeDoux's life was cut far too short when he passed away in 2005 at the age of 56. Although his memory will forever live on, his talent could never be matched.
Rest in peace, Chris.
Whatcha Gonna Do With A CowboyWhatcha Gonna Do With A CowboyI can see you got your eye on this old cowboy,and I can tell you ve never had one for your own,Or you ve never been around one,now you re thinkin that you ve found one,Well it might be kinda fun to take him home.You giggle every time that I say yes ma amand I get this feelin if I held you tight,You d be seein his and hers,buckles boots and spurs,But that s a feelin you ll get over overnight.Cause whatcha gonna do with a cowboywhen that old rooster crows at dawn,When he s lyin there instead,of getttin out of bedand puttin on his boots and gettin gone,What you gonna do when he says honeyI ve got half a mind to stay,What you gonna do with a cowboy,when he don t saddle up and ride away.You can see it takes a special kinda womanto put with the life a cowboy leads,Cause his boots are always muddy,and his beer drinkin buddieswill camp out on your couch and never leave,Don t even start to think you re gonna change him,you d be better off to try and rope the wind,What you see is what he s got,and he can t be what he s notand honey you can t hide him from your friends.
Cause whatcha gonna do with a cowboy
when that old rooster crows at dawn,When he s lyin there instead,of getttin out of bedand puttin on his boots and gettin gone,What you gonna do when he says honeyI ve got half a mind to stay,What you gonna do with a cowboy,when he don t saddle up and ride away.