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Stoney LaRue and Tanya Tucker “Meet In The Middle” on New Single Release

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.”

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ABOUT TANYA TUCKER:

Edgy. Classic. Country. A defining voice of music and a modern-day legend, two-time 2020 GRAMMY® winner Tanya Tucker continues to inspire artists today. Born in Seminole, Texas, Tanya had her first country hit, the classic “Delta Dawn,” at the age of 13 in 1972. Since that auspicious beginning, she has become one of the most admired and influential artists in country music history, amassing 23 Top 40 albums and a stellar string of 56 Top 40 singles, ten of which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard country charts. Tanya’s indelible songs include some of country music’s biggest hits such as the aforementioned “Delta Dawn,” “Soon,” “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane,” “It’s a Little Too Late,” “Trouble,” “Texas (When I Die),” “If It Don’t Come Easy” and “Strong Enough To Bend.” Tanya is also the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs and three CMT awards. Recently, Tanya received two GRAMMY® Awards for Best Country Album: While I’m Livin’ and Best Country Song: “Bring My Flowers Now.” For real-time updates, visit TanyaTucker.com and follow Tanya on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Stoney LaRue Teams Up with GRAMMY Winning Producer Gary Nicholson on New Album “Onward”

First Single “Hill Country Boogaloo” Hits Top 10 This Week in Texas

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Nashville, TN-(August 20, 2019)-For nearly two decades Stoney LaRue has sustained a seminal music career that was dug straight out of the red dirt in Oklahoma.  His rock infused country “tude” coupled with a dominating set of vocal pipes quickly identified him as a rising star with his 2002 debut album “Downtown.”  Since then his iconic status in the Red Dirt music scene remains undisputed with years of highly praised album releases and an onward trajectory that has had a blanket effect in the industry.  LaRue has “been there” and “done that” in almost every facet of the music hemisphere.  Sold out shows in a continuous 200 plus dates a year tour schedule, high charting albums on Billboard, iTunes and the Texas Regional Radio Chart, featured videos on CMT, over 1 million albums and singles sold, guest vocal performances on songs by Lee Ann Womack and Miranda Lambert, shared stages with some of the biggest names in country music and a most coveted debut performance at Nashville’s renowned Grand Ole Opry, one could say his bucket list grows shorter by the year.  But for LaRue, there is only onward movement, and that sentiment is the compass point of his new album “Onward” set to be released on November 1st on One Chord Song/Smith Entertainment.  To preorder the album now you can do so on iTunes or Google.

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Much like LaRue’s humble beginnings, “Onward” is purely organic both in its raw disposition and in the recording of it.  LaRue teamed up with GRANMMY Award-winning producer and hit songwriter Gary Nicholson who also co-wrote the songs on the album and recorded it at his studio in Nashville. “I’m now getting back to being happy,” LaRue cites. “I’ve been writing a lot and figuring out what direction I am going in.  That’s why this album is called ‘Onward.’  It’s a more mature album written about myself, humanity and the truth. The writing of it turned out to be medicine that didn’t have to be prescribed.”  The album dives head-first into the opener “Fallin’ and Flyin’,” one of 10 songs co-written by Gary Nicholson.  The track was famously performed by Jeff Bridges in the 2009 country music drama Crazy Heart. In LaRue’s hands, it’s a humble admission, part of his journey toward self-improvement. “I never meant to hurt no one/I just had to have my way/if there’s such a thing as too much fun/this must be the price you pay,” he sings.  Likewise, he lays bare his soul in “You Oughta Know Me by Now,” a song that Nicholson and his co-writer Shawn Camp wrote especially for LaRue. While it’s framed around a man’s shortcomings and bad habits, it also conveys a precious honesty, like much of the vulnerable album does.  To listen to LaRue sing the nostalgic, Bob Seger-esque “Drowning in Moonlight” is to hear someone with whom you share an experience. LaRue further explores that idea on “Meet Me in the Middle,” a gritty duet about compromise with the legendary Tanya Tucker. “It’s about the idea of reciprocity in a relationship, of yin and yang. You want to think that everything’s supposed to be equal and find the balance, but it never turns out that way, does it? It’s always a shift of power,” he says.

 

While the bulk of “Onward” exists in that musical sweet spot of rock and twang for which LaRue has become known, a pair of songs evokes a more Dixieland vibe. “Evil Angel,” featuring the magnificent McCrary Sisters on gospel vocals, is a jaunty barroom piano sing-along, and “Worry Be Gone” — a Nicholson song written with Guy Clark and Lee Roy Parnell — is a New Orleans ode to saying to hell with it all and sparking one up.  The album’s first single “Hill Country Boogaloo,” which hit the Top 10 on the Texas Regional Radio Chart this week, is a requisite declaration of Texan pride and taps into nontraditional country funk forgoing lyrical tropes in favor of fresh allusions.

 

For LaRue fun means being on the road and playing live, tapping into a vast catalogue that includes influential LPs like 2005’s “The Red Dirt Album” and his exhilarating 2007 live document “Live at Billy Bob’s Texas. “ Now, he’s excited about taking “Onward” to fans around the country and reminding them that not only is he still here, he isn’t going anywhere. In other words, Stoney LaRue is looking onward.

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2. Closer to You
3. Idabel Blues
4. Downtown
5. Solid Gone
6. Walk Away
7. Texas Moon
8. One Chord Song
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10. Let Me Hold You
11. Forever Young

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