Stoney LaRue




















Stoney LaRue
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At 3 years old, Stoney LaRue could be found belting out “Swinging” by John Anderson on his Mr. Microphone radio. The son of a struggling bass player and a nurse, LaRue understood the allure of music at an early age, and recorded his first works at age twelve. He earned accolades through school for his unmatched vocal abilities and promising instrumental talents. Many subscribe Stoney LaRue to the category of artists that are simply natural born performers, just don’t try to limit him by category. Born in Taft,Texas, LaRue actually spent the majority of his adolescence north of the Red River, where he was raised in Southeastern Oklahoma . He never really pictured himself doing anything else but making good music, so LaRue eventually made his way to the state’s Red Dirt hotbed of Stillwater, where he began to develop his individualized style from a widespread range of influences. From Willie Nelson to Ray Charles, to The Grateful Dead and Kris Kristofferson, LaRue’s emerging style impressively blends varied elements of country, blues, and soulful rock into cohesive, vocal driven performances. His abilities earned the immediate respect of then “up and coming” peers including Cody Canada, Mike McClure, Jason Boland, and other cohorts of the revitalizing Texas and Red Dirt circuits (now electrifying audiences nationwide.) In 2002, both fans and industry took good notice of LaRue after he spearheaded The Organic Boogie Band and released ”Downtown,” which was recorded in private sessions at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa and mixed in a trailer on the side of a cliff in Bartlesville,OK. It was just the beginning, as the debut cemented LaRue’s following and inspired a move to New Braunfels, Texas, where a vibrant music community and a persistent touring schedule spawned a vast response. Fans anxiously awaited the August 2005 release of Stoney LaRue-the Red Dirt Album, which hit the Billboard sales charts in its debut week. A far cry from the mixing trailer on the cliff, The Red Dirt Album was recorded with a tight circle of players and professionals in a studio setting. The record was a pinnacle effort for LaRue and has inarguably established his triple threat status as a truly gifted vocalist, player, and performer. Armed with golden ear musicianship, an amusing wit, and soulful magnetism, LaRue’s shows are infused with an uplifting quality, a cathartic barroom brand of spirituality, where venues are complimented for good bar “feng shui,” and where time and dimension can be traversed via emotive lyrics and melodic riffs. A charismatic performer, LaRue’s flawless vocals can draw a crowd to a open mouth level of sonic mesmerization, and next have them singing “Forever Young” so loudly that you can’t hear anything else. At 28 years old, Stoney LaRue now performs close to 300 dates a year at top festivals and venues across the nation and even the Caribbean, sharing bills with renowned acts like Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan,Dierks Bentley, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Radney Foster, and others. With a newly assembled band that includes Jeremy Bryant (drums), Jesse Fritz (bass), Rodney Pyeatt (guitar), and Steve Littleton (keys), Stoney LaRue is poised for his upcoming addition to the famed Live at Billy Bob’s series and even greater horizons to come. The music is undeniably inside of Stoney LaRue, but he’s the type of artist that doesn’t HAVE to point it out to you, his belief in the music is strong enough that it just powers through transparently. Stoney LaRue is not trying to be anybody but the artist that he is, and his sincerity just seeps out, spills off the stage, and overtakes any room.
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03/08/2011 - Stoney LaRue talks new album, growing up, never quitting  - Read More
08/27/2009 - LaRue brings party to Nacogdoches - Read More
07/08/2009 - Stoney LaRue playing Okemah’s Woody Fest Thursday - Read More
04/16/2009 - Inductees announced for Music Walk of Fame - Read More
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Stoney LaRue  01/04/2007            
barry dingle
what day does the full length version of the live at billy bob's come out
Stoney LaRue  12/30/2006            
AK
Saw them at Floore's last night. One of the best live shows I have seen in a long time. It seems like each time I see them again and again they just get better. Great band - Billy Bobs CD is just like a live show.
Stoney LaRue  12/14/2006            
Debra
Stoney LaRue rocks! He is awesome and I have never heard a voice so powerful and I loved him. I saw him at Billy Bob's and he rocks. I will always go see him when he is in town.....Keep on singing Stoney. We love you
Stoney LaRue  12/10/2006            
m.galloway
this is it.this genre's best yet. this will be recognize as the Rosetta stone of red dirt. all albums from here out shall be compared to this. the standard. it been over a year since its release and it's magnitude is evident. will it ever be topped? McClure maybe, bowen or foster possibly, ccr, reckless, micky&mocos, marchman, snider, ryder, boland and carroll. they all have this new level to shoot for.good luck guys.
Stoney LaRue  12/05/2006            
jagers14
I saw these guys play with CCR in Lufkin, Texas. Both of these bands woke up that sleepy town and kept em' awake with their high-energy songs. I know people who were holding full-conversations about other topics and then "one-chord song" came on and they completely shifted gears and sang along. I'll see em' play again as soon as they make it back around here.
Stoney LaRue  11/14/2006            
STONEY FAN
Wow. It doesn't sound like you know Stoney very well. We seem to think he is one of the least arrogant musicians in the scene. We are so proud of him, and his new album. Congratulations Stoney and Band (Rodney,Jess,Jeremy, and Steve) We love you all!
Stoney LaRue  11/10/2006            
Wormy Dog Dreamer
Steve...they are a pleasure to work and mix for at the wormy dog. Im sure. My favorite band in the scene. Jesse, Jeremy, Rodney, and Steve are great, non-ego guys. Stoney on the other hand...is an arrogant jerk who forgot where he came from. That's not a lie. This thing is getting to his head.
Stoney LaRue  11/07/2006            
North of TX
OK, so I caved into the pressure of getting the DVD early. It's probably the best of the entire Live at Billy Bob's series. Oklahoma Breakdown is an awesome song and words can't explain Forever Young on this one. Can't wait for the full-length album...as long as they don't release an upgraded version of the DVD...
Stoney LaRue  11/01/2006            
STEVE\ OKC BACKUP
I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF MIXING FOH SOUND FOR STONEY AND HIS BAND ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. THEIR LIVE SHOW IS HIGH ENERGY FROM START TO FINISH, IT IS TRULY AT THE TOP OF MY LIST OF FAVORITES TO WORK WITH. THESE GUYS ARE NOT ONLY "TALENTED ARTISTS" THEY ARE ALSO A NON-EGO PEOPLE. THIS BAND WILL GO A LONG WAY IN THE INDUSTRY. SO EXPECT TO HEAR MANY GREAT THINGS FROM THIS BAND FOR A LONG TIME
Stoney LaRue  10/26/2006            
TexasDrummer
The DVD is pertty baddass.....its not a 5min thing its like ur watching the concert at billybobs....i still suggest goin to a LIVE Stoney show ar ur hometown bar...club whatever its worth every penny!
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