MACK, Colo. (KKCO) - Country Jam officially turned 20 this year -- and in honor of that fact, 11 News sat down with the group that's played the Country Jam stage more than any other artist, Western Underground -- the band of the late Chris LeDoux.
KKCO: If we counted right, you guys have actually played this festival more than any other artist in Country Jam history. Why do you guys keep coming back?
Western Underground: Between 1993 and 2003, we were here with Chris nine out of the first twelve years of the event. And then Western Underground, after we lost Chris, we came back five years after that. I think when we were here with Chris, people started saying we were the house band. Folks here love Chris LeDoux and kept bringing him back. Every time we pull in the back here it's like coming home. It feels good.
KKCO: We certainly do love you guys and Chris LeDoux down here. I don't know if you saw, but we actually have a replica of the statue that you guys have up in Wyoming here. What does it mean to you guys to see something like that?
Western Underground: You oughta take a trip to Casey, Wyoming. The real deal is up there. Now this one is really nice too, but it's just kind of a shrunk down version of it. Every detail about that bronze is just amazing and they did a really good job on that.
KKCO: We understand you guys are working on some big theater production right now. What can you tell us about that?
Western Underground: We went over to New York City this fall and we did nine shows of our musical production called "One Ride." It tells the story of a young cowboy's journey and it features all Chris LeDoux music. It's really, really great. We're really excited about it. We can't wait to get it on the road.
KKCO: You think Broadway is ready for a bunch of rodeo cowboys?
Western Underground: (laughs) You know, you'd think that in a way. I don't know if Broadway is. But I think that's the exciting thing about taking it on the road. We come here. We come to Vegas and we go out West where Chris was loved so much and it's pretty exciting.
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