The Red Dirt Album

The Red Dirt Album

by Stoney LaRue

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Overview

The Red Dirt Album

Stoney LaRue is a singer/songwriter based in Stillwater, OK, one of the leaders of a local outlaw country scene collectively dubbed Red Dirt, after the dominant topographical feature of central Oklahoma. LaRue's debut, The Red Dirt Album, is both a personal coming-out of a fairly gifted singer/songwriter and the mission statement of an entire collective of bands, including Cross Canadian Ragweed (led by singer/songwriter Cody Canada) and Jason Boland & the Stragglers, key figures from which appear here in vocal, instrumental, and songwriting roles. It's as if the Elephant 6 bands had been heavily influenced by Jerry Jeff Walker's Viva Terlingua and the rest of the Luckenbach, TX, scene of the '70s. However, LaRue's whiskey-smooth growl of a voice and his smart, traditionalist songwriting are the focal points throughout The Red Dirt Album, a twangy, rock-influenced collection of solid two-steps, ballads, and rockers. LaRue wrote or co-wrote all but two of the songs, the ringers being a sensitive reading of "Bluebird Wine," a Rodney Crowell tune popularized by Emmylou Harris, and a triumphant, sweet version of Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" that closes the album. Both sound like they could be originals, testament both to LaRue's vocal skills and strength as a songwriter.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2005
Label: Smith Music Group
UPC: 0662582704327
catalogNumber: 7043

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stoney LaRue   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Eric Hansen   Drums
Mike McClure   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Kevin Webb   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Electric Guitar
Cody Canada   Guitar (Baritone)
Jeremy Plato   Bass Guitar
Steve Palousek   Dobro,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Rodney Pyeatt   Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Milton Waters   Hammond B3
Mike Byars   Drums
Jeremy Watkins   Fiddle,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Mike McClure   Producer,Audio Production
Larue   Composer
Betsy Baird   Artwork
Steve Palousek   Engineer

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The Red Dirt Album 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stoney is an amazing singer/songwriter. I highly recommend this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far my favorite CD ever! And his live show is great! You would think he has been in the business forever! Check out one of his shows!