Ned LeDoux

First Fleet Concerts Presents:

Ned LeDoux

Jesse Allen

Thu, November 1, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm


Des Moines, IA

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is all ages

Ned LeDoux
Ned LeDoux
In country music, a last name like LeDoux casts a big, storied and bittersweet shadow, but it’s one Ned LeDoux doesn’t mind standing in one bit. Having been a drummer in his dad Chris’band Western Underground since 1998, Ned knew from an early age that he had “no plan b” but to play music, “Once I got the taste of the road, and being in front of a crowd and just the sound of it, it was...freedom.”When his dad passed away in 2005, Ned continued to tour with his father’s band to keep the musical spirit of Chris LeDoux alive. This drove him to pick up the guitar and try his hand at some of his dad’s songs. It started with “Rodeo Man,” and before long Ned had a whole catalogue of his father’s early hits ready to play. When the other band members heard Ned’s voice, he found himself front and center singing at the shows. Stepping out from behind the drums stirred something inside of Ned that he hadn’t felt before, “It’s a different kind of rush, getting up with a guitar and standing behind a microphone...shoot I’m getting butterflies thinking about it right now.”The timing couldn’t be more right for Ned to pick up a guitar and belt out “Western Skies;” it has been over 10 years since Chris LeDoux passed and he believes people want to hear something new. Ned has boxes of song ideas his dad never finished and is digging through those for inspiration, “I will kind of stick with what dad used to do but bring my own stuff to the table.” In July of 2015, Ned traveled to Nashville with some of those unfinished songs and met up with Mac McAnally to put that inspiration to work. Mac produced Chris’ last two studio records and wrote his hit “Horsepower,” so the collaboration with Ned was a natural fit and lead to the first new Chris LeDoux co-writes in nearly two decades. Keeping the cowboy in country is important to Ned as you can hear in the song “Forever A Cowboy” also co-written with his dad. Ned puts his own spin on his endless touring with “Brother Highway” about all the time he has spent on the road with various bands since his days in high school. Ned says he doesn’t even need a road map anymore–that he and the highway are like brothers. He wants to write songs about what he knows, keep the themes simple and harken back to the sound of good ole country music but with an edge. For the last year, Ned has been steadily touring and opening for acts like Toby Keith, Chris Janson, Aaron Watson and Randy Houser. Yet now that he is in front of the mic, Ned has a new goal. “There’s an age group who doesn’t know who Chris LeDoux is and I just want to keep his name out there. I want to reintroduce him to people who’ve maybe heard of him but didn’t know what he did. Just carry on his legacy and carry on his music and at the same time show them what I can do.”On tour, you’re guaranteed to hear “This Cowboy’s Hat” the song most requested by his fans and a request Ned is honored to oblige. His personal favorite song to sing though is one called “We Ain’t Got It All.”It’s the first original song Ned co-wrote with his dad and seems to pick up right where Chris left off. And with his debut album “Sagebrush” available now, there is a new voice to carry on the LeDoux sound.
Jesse Allen
Jesse Allen
A gritty, battle tested, unique modern country voice combined with immense songwriting talent and a
live show that is must-see; that’s how to best describe country newcomer Jesse Allen. The 27 year
old Iowa native has spent years perfecting his craft in small town bars, backyard parties and
really…..anywhere people would stop and listen, to turn it into what it is today……a sound all his own.
Jesse started singing at the age of three in his parents living room to songs from some of his heroes
like George Strait, Garth Brooks, Collin Raye, Joe Diffie and many more. He would take that singing
talent to his parents bar in the small town of Marble Rock, IA on weekends and sing karaoke for the
patrons. Eventually, a guitar was added to the mix and the rest was history.
For someone who is doing it all on their own, Jesse has accomplished a lot in a short amount of time.
He has appeared with artists such as Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Alan Jackson,
Thomas Rhett, Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, Sam Hunt, Chris Young, Granger Smith, Jana Kramer and
countless others over the past two years. Now, Jesse is preparing to head into the studio in Nashville,
TN to record his debut EP which is set for a release in early 2018.
But for Jesse, it’s all about the chance to share his talent with others:
“I am blessed to get to do something I love and play music for a living. Getting to share my God given
talent with people is truly humbling. No matter what happens in the future, I’ll always know that
someone out there is listening. And I’ll know that someone out there enjoys what I do. For me, that’s
all I could ever ask for.” –JA
Venue Information:
504 E. Locust St,
Des Moines, IA, 50309