This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with country artist Ned LeDoux, who will be performing a free concert in the Veil Pavilion at the Silverton December 1&2 at 9 p.m. In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Ned talks about being “bitten by the beat” as a kid; how he started playing drums at the age of six; why his dad, singer-songwriter and rodeo champion Chris LeDoux, had a big impact on his musical decisions; when he sang for the first time in public; his association with singer/songwriter/guitarist Mac McAnally; why Charlie Daniels was a big influence on him; when he decided to write songs; how he comes up with ideas for songs; and what he sees doing in the next five years.
Ned made his recording debut with the 2016 EP Forever a Cowboy and followed up with his first full-length project, Sagebrush, in 2017 and Next In Line 2019. All three projects, as well as his new effort, Buckskin, were produced by singer/songwriter/guitarist Mac McAnally, who has won the CMA Musician of the Year Award an unprecedented 10 times.
He is well respected for his high-energy live shows that mix Ned’s western roots with the rock and roll influences he acquired in his youth. He routinely headlines his own shows as well as earning coveted opening slots for Toby Keith, Aaron Watson and Garth Brooks.