Country star Garth Brooks will perform a tribute to his late friend CHRIS LeDOUX at the upcoming Country Music Association (CMA) Awards in New York City.

The retired singer has scored a hit with his tribute to the rodeo star, who will be honoured with the CMA Chairman's Award Of Merit during the event next month (15NOV05).

Brooks will perform his tribute, GOOD RIDE COWBOY, with his late friend's backing group during the celebration of LeDoux's life. LeDoux will become the first recipient of the award.

LeDoux, a former world champion bronco rider, died in March (05) of cancer.