LeDoux you know how I can get an interview?
Sometimes the Post Independent doesn’t get any respect. (One time I called someone for an interview and the person handing over the phone said: “Ryan from the worst newspaper in the world is on the phone.”)I didn’t take offense, and took solace in some of the big-time folks I’ve had interviews with over the past few months. I’ve interviewed Don Brewer (a hair-band rocker), Rita Sommers (from the Central City opera), Todd Sanders (from the Division of Wildlife) and someone who once met Snoop Dogg. One interview I couldn’t get, though, was with country music star Chris LeDoux, who plays the Garfield County Fair this weekend. When I called Capitol Records in Nashville, the receptionist had me talk to someone who handles things for LeDoux named Dixie. Dixie didn’t return phone calls. The receptionist sent me to Capitol’s Web site for a biography and some photos. The biography offered: “There’s a core of strength that defines Chris LeDoux and his music,” and “Chris LeDoux is the same man as a singer as he is a man.”Man, exciting. So instead of giving readers a bunch of stuff Dixie wrote, I wracked my brain for the best way to write a LeDoux story without actually ever having talked to Chris LeDoux. Minute upon minute passed without one idea crossing my mind. Then, after almost 2.5 minutes, it came to me. I could learn about LeDoux through the voices of his loyal fans. And loyal fans (though not great spellers) I found, at http://www.cowgirls.com.Kelley Ashley had this to say: “I am 20 years old and I live in Houston Texas! My family is such a huge Chris LeDoux music fan! We use to drive forever to see him play! I can remember when I was 10 that we drove to Austin I think it was to see him!”After this Kelley hyperventilated and passed out. (Look at all those exclamation points!) She woke a few minutes later to talk about LeDoux giving her mother a hug and signing her brother’s shirt before going on: “The drummer he is the most sexiest man i have ever seen! Whooo Hoooo!! If he is single send him this way!!”Then she passed out again from the exclamation points.Darrin Toppin never did get his hat signed, a fate he attributed to being a “short feller.” But he is still a LeDoux fan. “I even named one of the cats Ledoux,” he said.And Janet Theberge gave some insight into a true LeDoux fan; her brother was one of the biggest. She said: “He lived by a code – help everybody who needs it, play with little children, take care of your livestock, respect your elders, don’t do nothin’ fake, and try to stay out of jail. A good code if you ask me.”Me too, Janet. It’s clear that LeDoux has some pretty loyal fans, and with good reason.”His live shows are legendary for their rip-roaring excitement. He’s sold nearly 6 million records … and though he doesn’t rodeo anymore, he still lives the cowboy life on his working ranch in Kaycee, Wyo,” the biography from Dixie said. LeDoux will play the Garfield County Fair at 6 p.m. Saturday with Last Call and Derringer opening.Other Garfield County Fair highlights are:Friday1 p.m. – Beef show, showmanship, breeding, market, producer5:30 p.m. – Beef championship drive7 p.m. – Parade of Champions at Rodeo7:30 p.m. – Colorado Pro Rodeo and mutton bustin’Saturday8 a.m. – Round robin show10 a.m. – Parade with theme “Whatcha Gonna LeDoux at the Garfield County Fair.” A classic bike show will follow.1 p.m. – KMTS Colgate Country Showdown will begin. Nine aspiring artists are going to compete to see which one will make it to the regional contest. 1 p.m. – Junior livestock sale 5 p.m. -The Barley Barn and gates for concert open6 p.m. – Last Call and Derringer will open for Chris LeDouxSunday1 p.m. – Tractor pull1 p.m. – Tractor pull
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