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Stoney LaRue: The Man, The Message, The Red Dirt Icon

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Originally published in Heart of Texas Magazine

One of the biggest acts in the Texas Red Dirt music scene, Stoney LaRue has been a crowd favorite in and out of the Lone Star State for some time now. The singer-songwriter is well-known for his list of number one hits, including “Feet Don’t Touch the Ground,” “Oklahoma Breakdown,” and “Down in Flames.” LaRue has been selling-out venues over the course of his career, which now spans two decades of bringing his unique brand of country music to the stage. Taking time out of his business schedule to give an interview to Texas Hill Country magazine, he was happy to discuss what makes him tick.

Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, LaRue has built a tremendous fan base from the sound of his roots – a blend of Texas country, southern rock, and his own vibration and lyrics – fusing down-home blues with a tasty Texas sound that’s allowed him to do what he loves for a living. However, it wasn’t always this easy. When he first broke onto the scene 20 years ago, he was a young voice looking to impress in a music scene that wasn’t entirely expansive – the Red Dirt genre was something one needed to earn their chops in, to say the least, and it still is today. Yet, with each show, and his ability to be the conduit for the message (or carry the flag, so-to-speak), he has reached the gates of success in the industry at a level of which many can only dream.

Stoney LaRue: The Man, The Message, The Red Dirt Icon
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Now, LaRue leads the charge on the Texas music scene, which includes a variety of Red Dirt artists that LaRue can take pride in inspiring and a fan base that has expanded, inclusive of every walk of life from redneck to white collar. He plays over 200 dates per year, bringing his music to the masses at venues he once only dreamed of playing. The man whose mentors include the great Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, and Waylon Jennings, explains that his music stems from, “…a feeling or idea. [Their music] sounded different from everything else to me and I didn’t know why. And, I had emotions that I didn’t know how to harness otherwise. I wanted to write like that and sing like that and put it into a live application.”

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