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  01/26/2003            
cody peterson
Stoney Larue is the best entertainer going through the red dirt and texas music scene today. The boy can flat out sing and play that Guild guitar.
Stoney LaRue  01/17/2003            
Marcia
I saw Stoney LaRue on Dec. 21 at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa. I had never seen him before, or heard any of the music. The band was tight, I loved every song I heard, and the whole feeling of the music, and bought the CD, Downtown. Love the music, lyrics, and the way it brings back the live performance.
Stoney LaRue  01/14/2003            
Ted
One of the best CD's i've heard in a long time definitely 5 stars
Stoney LaRue  01/01/2003            
Jason Boland
OSU ALUM I caught your show the other night, and it rocked! Put down your Zima and get your Q-tips. Stoney has one of the best sounds in the business. I wish you herpes.
Stoney LaRue  12/24/2002            
OSU ALUM
Stoney La....blah, blah, blah. One star is the lowest for this site, but I would give Stoney -20 stars. His music has no meaning, he personality is crap, and overall I'd rather pay to see the spice girls play a reunion tour than him anyday of the week. This statement is opinion only, but my opinion isn't biased because I've seen Stoney for nearly five years when I lived in STW and he only gets worse. I've actually seen good bands play like Ian Moore, Pat Green, Jason Boland, and CCR, even Tool. I know my music taste isn't bad, IT'S STONEY, HE SUCKS!!!!!!
Stoney LaRue  12/23/2002            
Larry M
Great CD. If you don't have it, pick it up; no disappointments. Great lyrics coupled with an unbelievable voice makes this a definite keeper. Good luck to Stoney and the band, you guys have a great future ahead of you.
Stoney LaRue  11/21/2002            
Burk
Great stuff..If you haven't yet you need to check this boy out..he is great..
Stoney LaRue  11/13/2002            
G. Mason
Stoney and his band are beyond words.... I saw them for the first time in Lubbock at the Blue Light and got one of the new CD's. It hasn't left my player! The great thing about these guys is they sound real and so does their CD. I suggest seeing these guys real soon before they've surpassed the local club scene!!!
Stoney LaRue  11/12/2002            
lubbockaggie
Saw these guys for the first time on saturday at the Blue Light in Lubbock........WOW!!!!! Great band..Go see them if you get a chance...I'm a huge fan of Texas Music and these guys are some of the best I've heard.
Stoney LaRue  11/04/2002            
Christy
I got the chance to catch these guys on Halloween opening for The Great Divide and all I can say is WOW! I was very impressed, they had a great sound, good heart felt music and great talant.! Keep up the great work and your cd has not left my cd player since Thursday at Hanover's in Pflugerville! Thanks again guys for a great show and music! God Bless you all!
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