Author: Leon Blair
Do you want to talk about an underground success? I'm not talking about Chris Stapleton or Sturgill Simpson or really anyone from this modern era. I'm talking about another time and another place, a time when there was no Internet for the general public and you really had to dig deep to find something that resonated with your soul (although unlike now, country radio was awesome during this time).
I'm talking about none other than Chris LeDoux, a man who went from rodeo champion to musician, selling over 250,000 copies of his albums in 1982 without the help of radio or really marketing at all. He represented the spirit of the independent artist, refusing to sign with record labels and stay independent until Garth Brooks mentioned him in "Much Too Young" (to which he really had no choice but to sign, he was huge!)
And of course, like any true independent artist, his radio success never really amounted to much, having only one top ten to his name due to it being a duet with Garth. Does any of this sound familiar today? Of course it does, because just like back then, Chris didn't need radio to amass a large and loyal fanbase or become even more recognizable than some 90's country stars back in their day.