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.
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Performance CreditsStoney 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 CreditsBob Dylan Composer
Mike McClure Producer,Audio Production
Betsy Baird Artwork
Steve Palousek Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Stoney is an amazing singer/songwriter. I highly recommend this CD.
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!