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Stoney LaRue took six years off between studio albums, but you don’t have to be a fan to assume it was worth it after listening to 2011’s Velvet. Produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert and Chris Knight) and Mike McCarthy (Patty Griffin), Velvet is also backed by some of Nashville’s A-list studio guns including Randy Scruggs on guitar and Chad Cromwell on drums. “Dresses” opens with a foreboding tone as minor chords descend underneath a haunting pedal steel while LaRue sings with a fearful trill in his voice. Standout song “Look At Me Fly” plays like a twangy version of the Traveling Wilburys. The softer “Travelin’ Kind” works in the kind of road-weary narrative normally associated with Merle Haggard songs. Fans of LaRue’s Oklahoma-tinged “Red Dirt” sound need look no further than the hard rootsy rocker “Wiregrass” or the rich harmonica tones of “Sharecropper.” He explores new ground on “Sirens” with heavily distorted vocals buzzing around the verses and phrasing that sounds tastefully rooted in vintage hip-hop. The title-track is an epic, acoustic-based make-out ballad.

Customer Reviews

hmmmm?

now are these all songs written by stoney?Or are these songs written by others that he just sings and then puts them on his cd's so everyone thinks he is a musical genius?

Velvet, Stoney LaRue... AMAZING!

The best cd I've bought all year. Bought it on iTunes and a cd. It's a must have. Stoney never ceases to amaze me. I didn't know he could get any better, but he does every time I hear him. Every song appeals to somebody. Of course, I love them all.

CD Does no Justice

This CD is actually really good. I saw him live last week and he played the entire CD and let me just say it's amazing. Open your mind to the new music and trust me you'll love it.

Biography

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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