Over 20 years ago a young gun marched boldly into the center of the Red Dirt music scene in Stillwater, Oklahoma strapped with nothing but his guitar and a voice so powerful that it brought to heel the notoriously raucous crowds. All eyes and ears were on Stoney LaRue from the very start as he rose in the ranks of the coveted music clan, and through the years cemented his reputation among his peers and his influence on the generations that would follow. The local Red Dirt roads he traveled expanded year after year, taking his music across the nation where the gilded highways of the music industry rose up to meet him. 20 years has yielded endless concert dates, 8 well received album releases, a pit stop on the Billboard charts, a performance at the Grand Ole Opry, over a million albums and singles sold, and guest vocal performances with a few female artists he has most respected including Lee Ann Womack and Miranda Lambert. On June 19th, Red Dirt roads and gilded highways cross paths once again with the release of LaRue’s brand new single “Meet In The Middle,” a duet with the one, the only, two-time 2020 GRAMMY® winner and original female outlaw, Tanya Tucker. www.stoneylarue.com
2 years ago, Stoney sat alongside two-time GRAMMY winning producer and hit songwriter Gary Nicholson as they worked on songs for LaRue’s latest album “Onward.” One song in particular had a certain duality to it, and both agreed that its perfect restless attitude could only be shared with the likes of Tanya Tucker. Nicholson immediately picked up the phone and called her. Days later she was in the studio laying down the kind of wicked vocals that only Tanya Tucker can. “Meet In The Middle” is the audio persona of both dust covered gypsy souls on the road to a little compromise. It rides high on the tail of the album’s 3 previous successful singles including “Hill Country Boogaloo” that hit #1 on the Texas Regional Radio Chart, “Message In A Bottle” that reached #2 and “You Ought To Know Me” that hit the Top 5. Stoney LaRue’s music tenure spans over 2 decades, yet, to hear him talk about it, it all still has that new car smell.
“Outside the green suit and panty hose I feel like Peter Pan.”
For over 20 years, Stoney LaRue has remained one of the most dominate headliners laying down his specific brand of Red Dirt rock across the highways of the country. His lengthy tenure is studded with sold out shows , high charting albums on Billboard, iTunes and the Texas Regional Radio Chart, featured videos on CMT, a debut performance at Nashville’s renowned Grand Ole Opry and over 1 million albums and singles sold to date. With all music concerts on hiatus for the foreseeable future, music fans are desperately missing those nostalgic moments surrounded by the kind of sights, sounds, smells and excitement that can only be found in a live music venue.
As luck would have it, LaRue has been recording some of his live performances over the last two years with the plan to release a live album series in the future. With the arrival of the global lockdown, that future is now the present. On April 27th, LaRue will release volume 1 of this live album series “Kickin’ It LIVE From The Road.”
The album will be available solely on his website HERE and will feature live versions of some of his signature tunes that have never before been released. With no overdubs or technical polish, this album is raw and captures the crisp, clear and delectable taste of LaRue’s live show. The album will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming outlets this summer. Physical copies will also be available for purchase this summer. In the meantime, Larue’s hot ticket show will now come directly to you. www.stoneylarue.com.
Throw away any preconceived notions you might have about country singers —especially ones from Texas — because Stoney LaRue smashes them all. He is a deft songwriter, informed traveler and self-aware philosopher, a troubadour who converses just as easily about Indian yogis and gurus as he does about Texas barbecue and dance halls. Forging connections with his fans is paramount for LaRue, who plays more than 200 live shows a year. His base is a fiercely loyal one, and not just within the Red Dirt region. He regularly tours throughout the entire country and has fans in some unexpected places. Chalk up his mass appeal to the way he sells his songs both onstage and on record — to listen to LaRue sing is to hear someone with whom you share an experience.