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It didn't take long for Stoney LaRue to establish himself on the Texas Country/Red Dirt scene. The artist behind The Red Dirt Album, which achieved record sales on the Billboard charts within the first week of its release in 2005, the Texan has now recorded seven records and continues to tour with such acts as Brandon Jenkins and the Josh Abbott Band.
Stoney LaRue's history
Stoney LaRue was raised on the music of Woody Guthrie and Bob Childers. He came of age during the Red Dirt movement - a mix of Americana, folk, soul and bluegrass and it directed his musical stylings forever.
LaRue joined The Organic Boogie Band in 2002, but it was his solo debut, The Red Dirt Album, that proved to be his big break. The record peaked at No. 70 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country charts and featured backup and guest performers such as Scott Evans, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bob Childers, Rodney Crowell and Mike McClure.
The next two LaRue releases were live recordings: Live at Billy Bob's Texas and Live Acoustic (EP) in 2007 and 2009, respectively. Both peaked at No. 65 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country charts. From there, LaRue went on to release Velvet in 2011, which rose to No. 15 on the Billboard charts, Aviator in 2014 (No. 17), and Us Time in 2015 (No. 22).
Stoney LaRue's personal life
Stoney LaRue grew up in a musical family. He got his unique name from a cowboy series his mother loved on television, which featured Stoney Burke. His second name, LaRue, came from his maternal grandfather, whose middle name was LaRue.
Stoney LaRue recorded his first songs when he was 12 years old. When he reached college age, LaRue relocated to Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he made extra money playing music at college bars and dives.
During this time, he met Cody Canada and Jason Boland, two other well-known Red Dirt artists, and the three moved into what they called the "Yellow House," where they developed a musical community consisting of themselves and other local musicians. He still tours frequently with his brother and fellow Red Dirt musician Bo Phillips.
Stoney LaRue's biggest hits
Stoney LaRue has produced many top hits, "Oklahoma Breakdown," "Feet Don't Touch the Ground," "One Chord Song," "Look at Me Fly" and "Texas Moon." "Oklahoma Breakdown" first appeared on LaRue's first live album, Live at Billy Bob's, and has since become a fan favorite.
LaRue's music videos have also been popular among his fans. Since 2011, he has recorded three: "Travelin' Kind," in 2011, "First one to Know," and "Aviator," both of which were directed by Coleman Saunders and recorded in 2014.
While all of LaRue's biggest hits are slightly different, each has one thing in common: they glorify and pay homage to the grass-roots, down-home feel of the American south and the people who live there. While LaRue is a transplant, having moved from Texas to Oklahoma, the singer has spoken on multiple occasions about the fondness he feels for Oklahoma, and how his musical goals have always been to mix classic American rock with Red Dirt soul to create something truly unique.
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