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  03/31/2009            
hnh004
People please...STONEY is one of the best performers EVER! Him and the guys always mix up their performances, and are the most down-to-earth people to talk to and hang out with. It doesn't matter when his new CD comes out if you are a true fan of his. If you have been to any of his shows in the past 6 months or so then you have heard at least 5 of the new songs that will be on there. So stop giving him crap about a new CD and keep supporting him. It will be worth the wait, I promise!
Stoney LaRue  01/18/2009            
Justin
I agree with the Stoney approach to putting out a CD. Wait some time and put out a classic. If Stoney puts out a new CD every year...then his material will start to water down. That being said. Can't wait for the new CD. Hope it as good as The Red Dirt Album.
Stoney LaRue  01/16/2009            
malcolm
i disagree with the previous three posts.... if you like some other band go see them instead. stoney's shows never get old and stale... i have seen him three times in one week and all of the shows rocked out. i think he and his band are masters at mixing it up and having fun. i would also like to add that he aqnd his band members are very approachable. put u'rself in thier shoes... lot of crazy people out there... and btw he is currently working on a new album and it should be out soon. the only thing i could even possibly agree with is that it is time for a new album... and when it gets here it will be the most highly anticipated album on the red dirt circuit and i predict that it will top the texas music chart for weeks perhaps months.
Stoney LaRue  01/13/2009            
dwj_smtkid
I'm out of college. I don't party and drink beer for a living, but I didn't do that back then either. STONEY LARUE is a favorite of mine and will be for years. A new album would be great (I'd also like to see a covers cd of Stoney, Boland and Cody Canada, if I could tell these bands what they should be doing). I'll wait another two years easy, and not talk down about a man that has the exellent peronality and awesome talent that a guy had, according to some. That would be my personal two cents. See you at the best big-time live band in this scene -- Stoney Larue live anywhere, USA. Does that make sense to anybody, or am I just stuck in the past?
Stoney LaRue  01/04/2009            
Matt Marshall
Yeah I agree man! He's not the nicest person to talk to either!! There's way too many good new bands out there to keep seeing the same old thing.
Stoney LaRue  01/03/2009            
Jason
To ohe New Year's Eve show was a bust. I'm afraid this band is falling into the catagory of artists who lose their fan base (because we do get out of college settle down and get jobs besides drinking and partying) due to not doing anything to get new fans. This 3 year ride for this cd is just about over. Stoney put out something new or quit. People were walking out of the show in Gainesville. It's old and stale.
Stoney LaRue  10/13/2008            
cj
stoney,thanks for the autographed shirt. i was too sick to be there,love cj's mom
Stoney LaRue  09/09/2008            
dee thomas
Stoney is the MAN!
Stoney LaRue  07/24/2008            
ccrfan7
Stoney is heading into that Roger Creager territory in regards to a new album
Stoney LaRue  06/26/2008            
Kirk
I agree totally,Stoney is a great songwriter and performer,but come on with the new album. It has been almost three years since the Red Dirt Album. Hope to hear news very soon about a new one. His website shows no new dates after the CCR cruise,what's up with that?
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