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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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 320

Stoney LaRue  07/24/2006            
alicia tomplait jones
we made the dudebrahbrew festival in beaumont.Stoney and Randy could have played all night and we would have been happy.I manage a mexican rest. and we play all of yall's music in our dining rooms. customers love it you guys rock.
Stoney LaRue  07/23/2006            
i'm with you,there's no way this lives up to an actual Stoney show. you can get live versions of long black veil, steel heart, i think i'll just stay here and drink, and some others at just click on the mp3 link and there's great stuff from boland, ragweed, mike mcclure and more. there's an 11 minute long black veil that's amazing.
Stoney LaRue  07/22/2006            
11 songs for a live CD?? come on, I know that his live shows are more than his songs off red dirt album. Wheres long black veil? wheres the haggard? willie? Not a good representation of a live stoney show.
Stoney LaRue  07/21/2006            
hey it is Cierra we were going to go to the ford arena but we didn't but i will see you again by the way love your music i love downtown my friend eric can sing that song like no other i think oyu met him backstage at the river road icehouse
Stoney LaRue  07/20/2006            
Stoney LaRue  07/19/2006            
Have you ever seen the heart of a man? Close your eye and open your ears , experience the true heart of red dirt music.
Stoney LaRue  07/17/2006            
If the cd/dvd is anything like the actual night of the recording I'll need a lifetime supply of them. It will never leave my dvd player.
Stoney LaRue  07/09/2006            
Stoney is an amazing artist. I first saw him live at the wormy dog in OKC. His shows are addictive. Stoney has such an incredible voice it give me chills! I wish he would play in Kansas more often.
Stoney LaRue  06/21/2006            
Confused in Ft. Worth
I really am having trouble with Jeff "Stick's" review. I don't see how anybody could see the SLB and not see the kick ass musicianship. Jeff, I saw the revolution in the 70's like you, and some of the voices left me cold like the current ones do, but listen to these cats play, man...are you a player or a reviewer. You know what they say..."Those who can't play become critics."
Stoney LaRue  06/19/2006            
Brilliant! Brilliant! I love to see you live you are a great performer. I missed you in Beaumont, TX my husband got to go and baught your album. I love it. My children love it they are 7 and 3 and it is so cute to see them singing your songs. Can't wait for a second album.
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