Chris Cagle was born in DeRidder, Louisiana and, according to him, was “raised all over”. After attending college in Texas he found the pull to music too much for him to stay so he moved to Nashville to try his hand at the music industry. And, after working many odd jobs (one included, yes….a nanny!) just like so many have done before and after him, he released his debut album “Play it Loud” which was certified gold in the United States and produced the Top 10 hit “Laredo” and his number one hit “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out”. Pretty good going for a debut album I’d say! In 2002 he released another album, “Chris Cagle” which also went gold in the U.S., and produced 2 Top 5 Hits followed by yet a third album, “Anywhere but Here” in 2005 and produced a number 12 hit “Miss Me Baby”. But he didn’t stop there!! In 2008 he released a fourth album titled “My Life’s Been a Country Song” producing a number 3 hit with its lead-off single, “What Kinda Gone”. Wow – I’m thinking about renaming him Chris “Tornado” Cagle! And he has not slowed down yet, just releasing “Back in the Saddle” on June 26th of this year.
His passion for his music, family and ranch shine in his work, as he “burned out” in Nashville and moved to Marietta, OK where he reconnected with his roots, worked his small piece of dirt into the homestead he calls “Big Horse Ranch” and met his wife, Kay, whom he says “owns him” and gave him a beautiful daughter in 2010. Chris’ life is as big and beautiful as his music and, although I’ve not seen them, I am sure his cutting horses are as big and beautiful as well! Being a rodeo and horse woman myself at one point in time, I can appreciate where Chris is coming from with his homestead, family and passion for all, as well as for the cowboy life he lives when his rowdy self onstage takes his homey-self back to the range to tend to family and horse business. He is living a large and wonderful life and now appears to have it all! If ever I’ve seen “Cowboy Up” in a man, I see it in Chris Cagle and, once you have listened to this amazing CD, you will agree.
“Let There Be Cowgirls” of course is my favorite!! Hard country beat, lots of great drums and guitar to accompany Chris’ very masculine voice singing about God creating the night and day, wind and rain, and angels singing about letting there be cowgirls – for every cowboy and make them as strong as any man! Something you can’t tame - she’s a Mustang – she’s the salt of the earth - !! Well, you get the picture of this awesome song and take it from a Cowgirl who knows the meaning of Cowgirl Up as well, this song pays tribute to Cowgirls!
“I’ve Got My Country On” – “Living the song of a ramblin’ man…..treating my truck like a Cadillac…..this is all I know….gettin’ it done with my own two hands….” In this song we are redneck – we are country – we are a working, singing ramblin’ man “puttin’ some green in a coffee can” – another hard country beat with all the things that country folks can swear to. Enjoy it with a cold beer in your hand – after spending some of that “green in the can” that is!
“Southern Girl” showcases the softer side of Chris with a ballad. His description of this southern girl is melodious and sexy as he compares her to sweet honeysuckle, hotter than a July day taking his breath away and honest as an angel with a voice like a song. This would be a great song to have sung to you sitting out on a porch swing at sunset, enjoying fresh lemonade with your honey. Gals - hint – hint – give this CD to your honey and maybe……and guys.….this is a wonderful love song to sing to your sweetie.
“I’ll Grow My Own” and “all I need is G-O-D to bless the seeds I’ve sown and pray for a little rain” is as grass roots and country as a song can possibly get. The song is about values, being true to one’s own beliefs and living life without all the politicians and bad press in this world. It’s a song to make you think – about raising children the way you believe they should be raised and not the new ways that break down families and trust. This is a strong song not only musically but morally and is a great listen. The chorus is strong and meaningful and will bring a sense of pride to one who has “done all his way” – the right way.
“Back in the Saddle” is one of this year’s best new CD’s – Chris is headed for another gold one in my book and there is something on this CD to please all music lovers. “Cagleheads” all over the world will want this new album, available on iTunes, Amazon, his website “chriscagle.com” where you can order the deluxe edition which includes a T-shirt, an autographed CD and a meet-n-greet VIP pass. Or you can order either an autographed CD or download the album instantly. So run your fingers quickly to the website of your choice to order this amazing CD and bring Chris up on YouTube as well to see some of his videos.
Calamity Annie, CMTT Music Contributor
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