In the late 1980s, former world champion bareback rider, turned country singer, Chris LeDoux, was preparing to throw everything into a music career, which had long played a distant second to his love of rodeo, and those bareback horses. His search for a full time touring band that could help to create his new musical vision, produced a unique group of talented musicians, which he named WESTERN UNDERGROUND. Over the next 16 years they became the sound, and the drive, behind Chris’s famed rodeo rock and roll, and they remained with him until his death in March 2005.
The current members of WESTERN UNDERGROUND are Ned Ledoux, and KW Turnbow on drums, Bobby Jensen, keyboards, Mark Sissel, guitar, Lyle (Pops) Evans on bass and David Kurrasch, on pedal steel guitar. Lane Turner, a former Warner Bros. artist, joins WESTERN UNDERGROUND to cover the majority of vocals and acoustic guitar work. Lane brings his own energy into the mix, and shares a deep country soulfulness, grown from his west Texas roots. The show is full of the energetic music of Chris LeDoux, as well as new music from WESTERN UNDERGROUND.
“After sixteen years, the loyal fans have become like family”, said Sissel, “And we felt like we should be out there with our family. Chris always said that the band should try and become independent so that when he retired we could go on. Now we want to carry the flag, and uphold the values that Chris so unassumingly represented, while developing our own identity. There were so many good times, and so much great music, running down the road with Chris. Now it’s time to look to, “The Good ol’ Days to Come.”