Chris LeDoux performs “This Cowboy’s Hat” Live On 1992.

The second recording of the song, Chris recorded it on a major label, the Liberty label, and was included on the album, Western Underground (Liberty 1991), getting to the position number 36 of the album lists, was also released in single, reaching position 63 in country charts.

YouTube - When The Cowboy Sings Channel
YouTube - When The Cowboy Sings Channel

This old Hat:

Lp cover Jake Brooks ( 1974 )
Lp cover Jake Brooks ( 1974 )

The song was written by Jake Brooks, Jake was a native of New Mexico, where he combined his work as a farmer with music, with his last band, “Butterfield Stage”, on tours through New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, Colorado, Montana. .. He recorded his first album, Rodeo Bum (Goldust Records 1974), … In 1978, he decided to settle in Nashville to dedicate himself to composing songs, fortunately he met Al Ledoux, father of Chris, who invited Jake to come to his house to write some songs for Chris. Jake welcomed the opportunity, and scored a dozen cuts on various albums by Chris. One song entitled “This Cowboy’s Hat” became Chris’s signature song, and later achieved gold status by the RIAA. Jake was signed as a staff writer by Elektra / Asylum music in 1981, and spent the next two years honing his craft. He had cuts by Porter Wagoner, Conway Twitty, Dave and Sugar, The Glazer Brothers, and others along the way.



Lp Cover Western Underground ( 1991 )
Lp Cover Western Underground ( 1991 )

The first recording of “This Cowboy Hat” was recorded by Chris Ledoux for the album, Used To Want To Be A Cowboy, for the American Cowboy Songs label in 1982.
The second recording of the song, Chris recorded it on a major label, the Liberty label, and was included on the album, Western Underground (Liberty 1991), getting to the position number 36 of the album lists, was also released in single, reaching position 63 in country charts.

In 1996 Chris Ledoux signed a contract with another of the big labels of Nashville, Capitol records, where he recorded his first live album, Live (Capitol 1997), including the song of This cowboy hat, which was also released on single.

About the song:

Cover Live Album ( 1997 )
Cover Live Album ( 1997 )

The lyrics of this song have a very powerful meaning. Why should you never touch a cowboy hat?
It is the story of a man being heckled by bikers who threaten to remove his hat in a coffee shop. The narrator then goes on to a variety of reasons why that’s not such a good idea. The chorus reads: “You’ll ride a black tornado, ‘cross the western sky, rope an ole blue northern and milk it till it’s dry, bull dawg the Mississippi, pin its ears down flat … long before you take this cowboy’s hat. “The song may simply be about the respect you give to another man’s sentimental treasures, but the lyrics hint that a cowboy’s hat is an earned badge that is received from living the cowboy life.



Single Porter Wagoner ( 1983 )
Single Porter Wagoner ( 1983 )

Some Versions :

Porter Wagoner 1983 ( Warner Bros )
Lee Kernaghan 1991 ( ABC )
Chase Rice 2017 ( Broken Bow Records )
Ned Ledoux 2017 ( Powder River Records )





Chris LeDoux – This Cowboy’s Hat Lyrics

[Intro]
Well, there’s always been groups of people who could never see eye to eye, an’ I always thought if they’d get the chance to sit down and talk face to face they might realize they got a lot in common

[Verse 1]
Well, I was sittin’ in a coffee shop, just havin’ a cup to pass the time
Swappin’ rodeo stories with this old cowboy friend of mine
When some motorcycle riders started snickerin’ in the back
Started pokin’ fun at my friend’s hat
One old boy said, “Hey Tex, where’d you park your horse?”
My friend just pulled his hat down low, but they couldn’t be ignored
One husky fella said, “I think I’ll rip that hat right off your head.”
That’s when my friend turned around, and this is what he said:

[Chorus]
“You’ll ride a black tornado ‘cross the western sky
Rope an old Blue Norther’ and milk it till it’s dry
Bulldog the Mississippi, pin its ears down flat
Long before you take this cowboy’s hat

[Verse 2]
Now, pardner, this ole hat’s better left alone
See, it used to be my daddy’s, but last year he passed on
My nephew skinned the rattler that makes up this old hatband
But back in ’69 he died in Vietnam
Now the eagle feather was given to me by an Indian friend of mine
But someone ran him down somewhere around that Arizona line
And a real special lady gave me this hat pin
But I don’t know if I’ll ever see her again.”

[Chorus]
You’ll ride a black tornado ‘cross the western sky
Rope an old Blue Norther’ and milk it till it’s dry
Bulldog the Mississippi, pin its ears down flat
Long before you take this cowboy’s hat

[Verse 3]
“Now if your leather jacket means to you what this hat means to me
Then I guess we understand each other, and we’ll just let it be
But if you still think it’s funny, man, you got my back up against the wall
And if you touch my hat, you’re gonna have to fight us all.”
Well, right then I caught a little sadness in that gang leader’s eyes
And he turned back towards the others and they all just kinda shuffled on outside
But when my friend turned back towards me, I noticed his old hat brim
Well, it was turned up in a big old Texas grin

[Chorus]
You’ll ride a black tornado ‘cross the western sky
Rope an old Blue Norther’ and milk it till it’s dry
Bulldog the Mississippi, pin its ears down flat
Long before you take this cowboy’s hat

Single Live version ( Capitol 1997 )
Single Live version ( Capitol 1997 )

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