Ned Ledoux is the second oldest child of late rodeo and music icon Chris LeDoux. Ned and his four siblings grew up on the family ranch near Kaycee, Wyo., and he played drums in his father’s band, Western Underground, until Chris passed away in 2005. Today, Ned keeps his father’s legacy alive with a revamped lineup of Western Underground, which recently performed a musical stage show based on Chris’ music called One Ride. A Western tour is slated for later this year.
Country music has been a part of television since the beginning of the medium in the late 1940s. Shows like The Old Barn Dance and Louisiana Hayride featured live performances from Patsy Montana and Elvis Presley, and a 1954 appearance on I Love Lucy transformed Tennessee Ernie Ford from a local radio and TV personality to a national star.