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  11/09/2007            
Love it!
Stoney LaRue  10/24/2007            
Jeez Hardy...what were you even doing at the show in Belville? It's one thing to have an opinion, but seems to me you don't like Stoney's music, so why were you even there? And as for Rock Star, Stoney writes or co-writes most of his music. And the songs he chooses to cover are songs by very well respected and talented artists, so who cares? Great music is great music...keep rockin' Stoney!!
Stoney LaRue  10/20/2007            
angie/ ft worth TX
Stoney it was great to meet u at the Red Dirt Roundup this year I am a big fan of your music. keep up the great work
Stoney LaRue  10/20/2007            
Hardy's Daddy
Hardy...dis my boy again and I'LL HUNT YOU DOWN AND RAM AN ICE PICK THROUGH YOUR NUT SACK...Stoney is a future legend...
Stoney LaRue  10/16/2007            
big dog
that was kinda harsh hardy. i too was present in bellville and granted it did have its down points esp. when he played "the weight" for 15 minutes when his set was only an hour and a half long to begin with....but the old bluegrass tunes they did kicked major a$$. i also thought he played to many covers in his set. it would have been nice to hear some of his older stuff again
Stoney LaRue  10/13/2007            
if i could go lower than one star i surely would, at the austin you county fair stoney absolutely sucked. i mean come on i know all your fellow bands are rising up to be more popular, and just because Oklahoma breakdown is played on the radio all the time now "someone" gets a big head and thinks they are the Sh*t. WRONG! i mean come on he didnt even right the damn song, so STONEY GET OVER YOURSELF!
Stoney LaRue  09/14/2007            
Steller performer, powerful vocals, and kicking tunes!
Stoney LaRue  09/14/2007            
rock Star Dusty
Perhaps the most talented of all the Okie red dirt artists. But really, this guy is just a glorified cover band. Is there anything original? Write your own songs and then you might be legit.
Stoney LaRue  09/04/2007            
Sammy-santa fe,tx
Went to the Red Dirt Round-Up,Stoney is a true professional with addicting music. The more we see, the more we want to see. We've been to three shows and can't wait for another!
Stoney LaRue  08/22/2007            
over produced??? im afraid not. this record is very cut and dry. his new record which is due to come out in the fall should be very good. im expecting a much better sounding record compared to the red dirt album. should be great
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