|Ned LeDoux der Sohn der 2005 verstorbenen Countrymusic- und Rodeo-Legende Chris LeDoux, der sich einst seine ersten Sporen vor größerem Publikum als Drummer in der Live-Band seines Vaters verdiente, kommt nun mit seinem zweiten, eigenen Album. Keine Frage, er ist der nächste in der Linie, denn das Talent seines Vaters hat er zweifellos im Blut. "Next in line" bietet eine feine Ansammlung von 13 hervorragenden Songs, die sich zwischen Traditional Country, Western und New Country bewegen, zumeist verpackt in kraftvollen, enrgetischen, angerockten Uptempo Rhythmen (Balladen sind klar in der Unterzahl), was den Stücken einen prima Drive und eine positive Dynamik verleiht. Enthält eine schöne Coverversion des alten John Fogerty-/CCR-Klassikers "Almost Saturday Night". Produziert hat das Werk im übrigen Nashville-Urgestein Mac McAnally. Wer die Musik von Chris LeDoux mochte, wird auch mit der seinens Sohnes Ned bestens bedient. Klasse Album!
Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:
First off, I was big fan of Chris LeDoux Ned’s father. He was a rocking’, rodeo horse riding real cowboy who balanced a music career with running a ranch. LeDoux senior has been mentioned by Garth Brooks as a major influence; although one went on to mega success it is the other whose records remain in my collection. There was an outright honesty and energy to his music that seems to have carried over to his son’s work too. It’s the blowing off steam nature of a cowboy’s life that Saturday night was something of a highpoint of the week. Hence there are songs that reference that, with his versions of John Fogerty’s Almost Saturday Night and his father’s Homegrown Western Saturday Night - the latter opens with an introduction by Chris.
Produced by Mac McAnally the album has a up tempo energetic sign that falls on the rights side of being too hard rock for its own good. The songs are all based on LeDoux’s viewpoint on life with songs like Old Fashioned “that’s who I am, a little set in my ways.” Worth It which praises hard, simple work “It’s a tough job to do, but it gets done and it’s worth it.” Dance With Your Spurs On, a song co-written and sung with Corb Lund is equally a list of things you need to do to be able to dance with your spurs and make of life what you can. That essentially homespun philosophy is the core to the truth of these songs. Living a life close to the land and being the next in line to continue traditions (Next In Line). They songs are written by LeDoux solo or a number with McAnally and one with Mark Sissel (Great Plains). Sissel was the guitarist with Western Underground, Chris LeDoux’s band and partly responsible for their rockin’ sound. Ned LeDoux was the drummer for a time in that band too. Mac McAnally and Chris Stapleton wrote Just A Little Bit Better which is sung here by both McAnally and LeDoux.
While Ned LeDoux gets more miles under his music saddle he has matured into an artist who has carried on the family tradition (and sound) forward in way that would gain approval from those who recognise the sound as country music with more than a touch of western, but given an injection of pure energy that makes LeDoux’s music more than a tribute to his father. It is a living entity that is worthy of consideration in the same breath. He is (or should be) the next in line. (Stephen Rapid / Lonesome Highway)
Das komplette Tracklisting:
1. Old Fashioned - 4:01
2. Worth It - 3:28
3. Dance with Your Spurs On - 2:47
4. Next in Line - 4:12
5. A Cowboy is All - 2:39
6. Where You Belong - 3:11
7. Travel Alone - 3:47
8. Path of Broken Dreams - 4:05
9. Just a Little Bit Better - 2:56
10. Almost Saturday Night - 2:56
11. Great Plains - 3:43
12. Chris Ledoux Intro - 1:05
13. Homegrown Western Saturday Night - 3:27