Northeast Kansas man following in famous father’s footsteps


Music and memories fill Ned Ledoux’s basement.

“We got to know Garth in the early 90’s,” Ned said.

Yes, he’s talking about the Garth Brooks.

For Ned, getting to meet famous country music singers is no big deal.

After all, his dad was Chris Ledoux. 

“If you’re a rodeo fan you know him as 1976 bareback champion of the world,” he said. “If you’re a western music fan then you know him as a great singer songwriter and in my opinion probably put on the best show in the business.”

Every time his dad performed Ned had a front row seat because he played the drums in his dad’s band.

“It was a dream come true and probably the most magical 7 years of my music career,” Ned said.

However in 2005 it all came to an end. At just 56-years-old, after a long hard battle with lung cancer, his dad Chris, died.

As a way to honor his father, Ned put down his drumsticks and started singing his dads old songs.

“I never knew I could sing, I don’t even know if I still believe I do know how to sing that great, but people tell me I sound just like dad, and that’s probably the best compliment I could get, really,” Ned said.

Ned has gone on to create his own music, releasing his own album last year. He even started touring and opening for acts like Toby Keith,Chris Janson, and Randy Houser.

When he’s not performing he doesn’t head back to Nashville, or to his hometown in Wyoming, he calls home right here in our backyard.

“Its been kind of a surprise for most folks that I live in northeast Kansas now,” Ned said.

It was his wife that brought him out to the area, she’s from northeast Kansas. 

Ned doesn’t mind it calling northeast Kansas home.

In fact, he told KSNT News Anchor Brooke Lennington, he loves it.

“It’s great to be back and just be around small town folks and just kind of leave all the stuff from the road on the road and just come home,” he said. “You know, I love being here.”

If you would like to keep up with Ned, or see him perform, you can follow along with him on his website at, or on his Facebook page by clicking HERE.

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