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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


disappointing to wait soooo long for this. ive been a fan for a long time- heres to hopin it grows on me! Where is hope you make it and times have changed? ive been waitn to put those in my librsry for years!! clearly we went in a new direction- only i loved the direction we were headed before!!

Amazing album!!

The wait was well worth it! Great album!!!

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.


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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