March 12, 2005
Chris LeDoux, 56, a former world champion bareback rider who parlayed songs about the rodeo life into a successful country music career, died Wednesday in Cheyenne, Wyo., of complications from liver cancer. He described his music as a combination of "Western soul, sagebrush blues, cowboy folk and rodeo rock 'n' roll." By 1989, he had released 22 albums, which he sold at concerts and rodeos, and had a loyal, if limited, fan base. But Mr. LeDoux soon became a country star, teaming with Garth Brooks for the Grammy-nominated, top 10 hit "Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy" in 1992.
October 16, 2002
Must a country music star trade her country soul to become a pop diva? Find the answer in the latest singles from Shania Twain, Faith Hill and LeAnn Rimes, each of whom parlayed country music fame into across-the-board pop success. All three have just released the first singles from new albums, but only one is a hit with country fans. Twain's "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!" is getting country listeners good, making its debut this week at No. 21 on the Radio & Records trade publication's list of the most-played records on country stations in the nation.
April 29, 2000
Performing at a big benefit concert is usually perceived as enlightened self-interest. Neil Young, who has an autistic child, organized the Bridge Concerts to raise money for the Bridge School, which treats such children. Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys is a Buddhist, so he helped organize the Tibetan Freedom Concerts. Because Sting is big on environmental activism, he's a regular part of the annual rain forest benefit concerts. So it's not surprising that Melissa Etheridge was the first artist brought on board for Equality Rocks, the gay and lesbian rights concert being held at Washington's RFK Stadium today.
March 17, 2000
Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 9-3 win over the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla. UP -- Greg Myers: His noisiest day this spring. DOWN -- Wayne Kirby: Goes 0-for-4 and gets picked off first base. EVEN -- Albert Belle: Not always operating at full speed, but drives in two runs. UP -- Cal Ripken: Had to get another hit sooner or later. UP -- Buddy Groom: Doesn't give in to Garth. The bats They awoke after a three-hit snooze in Port Charlotte. The Orioles pounded out 15 hits, including three each by Myers and DeShields.
February 21, 2000
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Grand Ole Opry meets the Grand Old Party. The one name that symbolizes country music past and present -- Opryland -- is joining Washington, the one name that symbolizes politics past and present. Gaylord Entertainment, the company that owns the Grand Ole Opry and Opryland Hotel in Nashville, plans to open a 2,000-room hotel-convention center in Prince George's County, south of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on 40 acres in Oxon Hill. At a cost of $560 million, the new Opryland Hotel is expected to open in 2004.
December 26, 1999
An old zen koan observes that we can never cross the same river twice. Because while the geography around it is solid and unchanging, the river itself is forever in motion. It may look the same on the surface, but the water we passed over yesterday is today miles downstream, while the water beneath us now could have come from anywhere -- rainfall, run-off, even another river.It's worth keeping that model in mind when looking at how popular music evolved in the 1990s. Outwardly, things seemed fairly constant.