Stoney LaRue, a country singer-songwriter and native Texan, who has sold more than half a million albums and performed at the Grand Ole Opry last year, is a huge name in the country red dirt musical community and will be making many live appearances in Texas this year while touring the new album.
The new album, which released on Oct 16, is a dedication to his loyal fans and the connection they have made over his 18 years of touring.
“Many of my fans throughout the years have been asking me to record these songs at concerts in-between songs and via social media, and here we are US time. LaRue said. “The new album takes you through the beginning of my career and my first album to now.”
“I like to connect with people at any age, whatever it might be sonically or to the depth of what they are willing to think. I like to think, and I like people to think and that often generates a connection that can be nurtured,” said LaRue.
Larue got his big break at a bar one night when he was a student at Oklahoma State University in Still Water Oklahoma.
“It was my 21st birthday,” LaRue said. “And Cody Canada was on stage with Jason Bowen at the Wormy Dog saloon and they asked me if I wanted to start playing music. And that’s how it started.”
LaRue performed what he calls his, “fans favorite live songs” from his new album Us Time on Oct. 28, at Turkey Creek Bar and Grill in Alvarado, hosted by 95.9 The Ranch and 93.3 Hank FM.
The concert was no doubt a red dirt performance, the stage was set up outside the bar located in the middle of nowhere and people brought their own lawn chairs and blankets.
The grassy parking lot, which was actually a field, was full of pickup trucks and cars, it looked as if the whole town had shown up for the once in a lifetime performance.
He opened with his new song, Us Time, which made the crowd go crazy. He made sure not to let his fans down and played every song on the album during his 2-hour performance.
LaRue, took the crowed through time by playing some of his most popular songs such as, Feet don’t touch the ground, Box #10 and Train to Birmingham, from his older albums.
LaRue said he gets his musical inspiration from everybody and everything around him when he is in the creative process.
“Music is the life of the universe and I love bring a catalyst of that,” he said. “It’s something that grabs a hold of you and moves you.”
LaRue performed Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic, Gary Stewart’s Empty Glass and Wichita Lineman and put his own personal spin on it.
“These our timeless songs,” LaRue said. “And for me being a catalysis it’s an honor. It is personal. I like these songs because they really strike a chord with me and I really enjoy songs like that. Songs that maybe not everyone covers or does. I like to take good songs like that and do tasteful covers.”
Toward the end of the show, LaRue played his most popular song from one of his first albums, Oklahoma Breakdown, the familiar tune got the crowed screaming and dancing.
“I started playing most of the songs on the album at the beginning of my career 18 years ago,” he said.”
Several happy fans lined up near the tour bus to say hi to the artist after the show.
LaRue seemed to take pride in meeting his fans, taking photos and signing memorabilia at the merchandise table.
“This album is a tribute to my fans and I hope it gives them exactly what they are looking for,” he said. “We have developed a strong relationship and I appreciate all of them.”
LaRue’s concerts are always fun and exciting and he is a great artist to hear live. His voice was awesome and his songs are true Texas country.
LaRue said he landed his dream job.
It feels like I am living in a movie or a really good storybook,” he said.
Some of his nearby upcoming shows are Nov 12 at Rockin Rodeo in Denton, Nov 13 at Wild West in Lubbock, Nov 14 at House of Blues in Dallas, Nov 20 at Silver Saloon in Terrell, Nov 21 at Midnight Rodeo in San Angela. For additional shows and dates visit stoneylarue.com
LaRue will be in Fort Worth on March 19 at Billy Bobs Texas.