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  10/31/2002            
CC-Dallas
Can't say enough about the talent of Stoney Larue. His cd has not left my player, and it gets better every time I listen. The only thing better than this cd is seeing Stoney live.
Stoney LaRue  10/21/2002            
Jon Robins
This is one of the best cd's I've heard in a long time. Larue does a great job of mixing country and rock with a touch of blues. You can feel some true emotion on songs like "Downtown" and "Heather Grows". I recommend this cd for anyone who is tired of the same ol' nashville crap and just wants to get back to what makes music great, heartfelt lyrics and great guitar licks.
Stoney LaRue  10/15/2002            
notacritic
It's a real shame that some people like to use this review column to slam the great Red Dirt we get here in Texas.. It's pretty unfair what I've read here about Ragweed, Boland and now Stoney. I guess some folks just get a kick knocking other hard-working guys in the teeth for no reason other than to make them look bad. I think Stoney's new CD sounds great and his band, while maybe a bit older, not only kicks ass but brings obvious experience to the table to help this up and coming star make his way. Keep up the good work guys....we still love you here in Texas!!
Stoney LaRue  10/15/2002            
osu&utstillsuck
While Stoney is a great talent and a future star, his band is just not a very good fit for his talents. It seems the overrated Brad James has taken over too much control of Stoney and tries to make this band more of a medicine show rehash of faded glory days then what Stoney truely deserves. Listen to the quality (or lack thereof) in the production of this recording and enough said. Stoney's star will rise as soon as he gets rid of the "old" guys in the band and gets a group around him that can equal his energy and talent. If seen them live in shitwater (my home many years ago) and several places in Texas. Get rid of the lounge act and start kicking it like Boland.
Stoney LaRue  10/09/2002            
it's me...
love him
Stoney LaRue  10/08/2002            
Rachel
I just ordered it and I know it's a 5 star CD!! Stoney is an awesome vocalist with great original music. I can't wait to get it!!!
Stoney LaRue  10/07/2002            
Casey Mack
Excellent Album!! Future star in the making!! Definitely worth the money.
Stoney LaRue  10/05/2002            
lori beck
this band rocks this is all i need to say
Stoney LaRue  10/04/2002            
KB
Great guitar & orginal lyrics! True sound of music without all the other instruments. Kicks Ass
Stoney LaRue  09/26/2002            
normansucksgostate
S.L. is the next big thing to come out of the reddirt scene. A very talented songwriter he is also a soulful performer. He does spend too much time in Norman but all and all he is an allright guy. Will also use this space to tell everyone about another stillwater up and coming... Steve Rice/No Justice. This band has all the potential to make it big, see them if you get the chance.
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