McCreery, LeDoux set for Stampede concert

Scotty McCreery

MONTE VISTA — Celebrating the 10th anniversary last month of winning “American Idol,” country star Scotty McCreery has been announced as the headliner for the annual Ski-Hi Stampede rodeo concert on Thursday, July 22.

Ned LeDoux, son of legendary music and rodeo performer Chris LeDoux, will open for McCreery, the Stampede board announced this week. LeDoux recently released his second full-length album, “Next in Line.”

McCreery is currently No. 23 on Mediabase/Country Aircheck and No. 28 on Music Row’s Country Breakout radio chart with his single “You Time.” He’s finishing work on a new album to come out later this year and will start his “You Time Tour” later this month and will also be direct support for select dates on the Old Dominion “Live from the Ball Park Tour.”

Delivering more than 130 online performances for fans, country radio, charitable events and media outlets, McCreery had one thought in the back of his mind last year — readying new music for fans when he could again return to the road.

Between his live stream concert on Sept. 4, 2020, “Live from the Ryman,” with his full band being the first to welcome any audience back into the Ryman with limited capacity and their Dec. 2, 2020, stripped-acoustic live stream from Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre, McCreery has been thinking a lot about what his show will look and feel like when in-person again and especially what he wants to say.

According to LeDoux’s website, “as a songwriter, he has a knack for bringing people, places and emotions vibrantly to life with his insightful lyrics, and warm, strong voice that makes him sound like a beloved friend you always want to hang out with.”

LeDoux has good reason to be proud of “Next In Line.” It’s populated with songs that reflect his roots and honor the hard-working characters who have influenced his life, like his grandfather, Bud Rhoads, whom he tips his cowboy hat to with the earnest tribute “Worth It.” He celebrates his brother Beau on the upbeat “A Cowboy is All” and he closes the album by putting his spin on his famous father, Chris LeDoux’s “Homegrown Western Saturday Night.”

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