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Album Review

Stoney LaRue is a singer/songwriter based in Stillwater, OK, one of the leaders of a local outlaw country scene collectively dubbed Red Dirt, after the dominant topographical feature of central Oklahoma. LaRue's debut, The Red Dirt Album, is both a personal coming-out of a fairly gifted singer/songwriter and the mission statement of an entire collective of bands, including Cross Canadian Ragweed (led by singer/songwriter Cody Canada) and Jason Boland & the Stragglers, key figures from which appear here in vocal, instrumental, and songwriting roles. It's as if the Elephant 6 bands had been heavily influenced by Jerry Jeff Walker's Viva Terlingua and the rest of the Luckenbach, TX, scene of the '70s. However, LaRue's whiskey-smooth growl of a voice and his smart, traditionalist songwriting are the focal points throughout The Red Dirt Album, a twangy, rock-influenced collection of solid two-steps, ballads, and rockers. LaRue wrote or co-wrote all but two of the songs, the ringers being a sensitive reading of "Bluebird Wine," a Rodney Crowell tune popularized by Emmylou Harris, and a triumphant, sweet version of Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" that closes the album. Both sound like they could be originals, testament both to LaRue's vocal skills and strength as a songwriter.

Customer Reviews

Great sound....

This band has a great sound, well written songs and singer has an amazing voice. They are missing a steady groove that would warm up a few of their songs and make them more "mainstream catchy". My thoughts, raw endless talent with much room to grow.

The Next Big Thing

I have always been a huge music fan -- music of all types. I have always been on a quest for GOOD music and Stoney LaRue's Red Dirt Album is OUTSTANDING music. I enthusiastically downloaded this CD and had no regrets. I went on to pursue the list of tracks/artists others buying The Red Dirt Album bought. All the other artists were a sore disappointment versus Stoney LaRue. This guy is a prodigy -- a talent who is more mature than his young age. Stoney "gets it." The best tracks are "Down in Flames" and "Walk Away." Stoney: I love Bob Dylan, but skip the covers. You have what it takes! Give me more!!!!!!! Um, yes, I downloaded the Live at Billy Bob's too and it's an A++. Please come to NY to play live. ~WD1

way to get r done!

Well people, I love this CD. But most of all I love this style of country. It is getting closer to the real country roots. I think that they should play this style more often. If you feel like me you know that all the new country is becoming rock. Being from Crowley and going to Billy Bobs alot I am influenced in my guitar strumming that I do. I love country, SO KEEP IT COUNTRY.


Born: 1977 in Taft, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Stoney LaRue plays music that combines the rootsy, emotionally honest sound of country with the beer-drinking swagger of heartland rock and a dash of the moody undercurrents of the blues. LaRue was born in Taft, Texas, into a musical family -- his father played bass in a number of local bands -- and he grew up listening to the country and Southern rock that would inform his later work. When he was a teenager, LaRue's family pulled up stakes for Oklahoma, and with time LaRue would become part of the...
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