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  01/06/2010            
txmusicfan
It's been 5 years since an album of new material,not 3.
Stoney LaRue  01/06/2010            
Texasmusic1880
So just got word that Stoneys new album was on itunes, went to check it out and there is ONLY 8 TRACKS! You heard it right folks! 8 tracks! Perhaps the most anticipated album this year and we get a disappointent like this??! We waited 3 years for new material and half the damn songs are covers! Did I mention theres only 8 songs on this damn thing!! To Michael Devers: if you are reading this can you find out if this is some kind of joke?!
Stoney LaRue  12/07/2009            
Miles
Stoney Larue is by far the best performer I have ever seen, and he is on the road 300 days a year. Cut him some slack people, its tough to produce a quality album when you are touring that much.
Stoney LaRue  10/20/2009            
jj
nobody knows who BOSTON is.. and come on already.. its been forever... im a stoney fan but im disapointed in it taking this long for a new cd to come out
Stoney LaRue  09/10/2009            
Robtardo
I know its takin a while for him to come out with a new album. But many great artist are perfectionist. Sometimes your just not happy with everything that u write. Im sure whenever his new album comes out it will be incredible. Keep on doin your thing Stoney
Stoney LaRue  07/09/2009            
Hank
I was sure glad to find some new music to listen to and Stoney kind of opened the door to the Texas/ Red Dirt music scene and the artists just keep coming. Thanks for givin' this old man some new tunes.
Stoney LaRue  07/03/2009            
texan69
remember BOSTON and their 2nd
Stoney LaRue  07/01/2009            
bbc
many other good artist dont take this long to write and record new material thats good... im kinda disapointed because i thought that stoney shouldn't have to take this long to put out a good cd... come on!!!
Stoney LaRue  05/06/2009            
DSmith
I agree that he should not put out a cd just to do it. He is talented and his decision is what is best. You can water down your music and lose focus on putting out true red dirt/Texas music. Thanks for keeping it real, Stoney!
Stoney LaRue  04/03/2009            
And me....I'm kinda vain.
Yeah, but out of those 5 songs, only 2 are new and written or co-written by him. The other three songs (Blind Man, Hope We Make It, Times Have Changed) are all old songs that have been out in the scene for years upon years. I have those songs by the people that actually wrote them. Let him come up with some more new stuff of his own and drop those three.
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