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Chris Cagle comes to Baton Rouge

By Jeff O’Brien

Self-made men and women have attributes that most people have the utmost respect for. Country artist Chris Cagle, who takes the Texas Club stage on May 9, exemplifies these attributes sufficiently. The western Louisiana native started his career after realizing a college degree was of little importance to him. His swelling love for music could only be ignored for so long; Cagle packed up and took his chance at making it big in Nashville.

Chris Cagle
Texas Club
May 9 – Doors at 7:30 p.m.
$27 in advance, $33 at the door

Cagle eventually received the proper attention when Scott Hendricks of Virgin Records heard him play. Cagle was signed to the label in 2000. A fan favorite and also Cagle’s first number one hit “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out” is a bucolic, melodic tune that came off his first album Play It Loud.

Immediately after the release of his debut album, Cagle went to work on his sophomore album, self-titled Chris Cagle; this album showed more maturity from the budding country star. Cagle had his hand in the songwriting, writing nine of the eleven tracks. This included popular songs such as the catchy piece “What a Beautiful Day” and the plenary rocking jam “Chicks Dig It.”

From 2000 to 2008 Cagle devoutly produced music under Virgin’s record label, earning him two gold albums, two No. 1 albums and twelve charted songs. The success he was receiving was satiating, but the music business was hindering his personal life. Cagle needed a change of scenery.

I had become somebody who I didn’t want to be,” he said.

The blue-collar nature of country music is a tale that many musicians use to attract fans, promoters and record labels. This was not true for Cagle, who left the music industry in 2008 and moved to Marietta, Oklahoma. Here he started building his own home. During this time, Cagle met his wife Kay while in Marietta. These instances inspired such songs as “Big Horse Ranch” and “Let There Be Cowgirls.”

Cagle has made a fairly recent splash back into the music scene, releasing his 2012 album Back in The Saddlefrom Bigger Picture Group. For this record, Cagle got back to his original rock-infused country roots, making sure his lyrics were relatable but still holding true to country music worth getting excited about. Although Cagle may be going back to his roots, he has changed; fans should not expect the loud, hard-partying rocker of old.

Cagle shows his excitement for getting back into the country scene with his renewed ‘redneck rock ‘n’ roll,’ something fans should be eager to witness. For the first time since he signed with Virgin Records, Chris enthusiastically said, “I’m happy. You’re gonna hear the smile through the radio.” 

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