Few can claim direct involvement with the formation of Oklahoma’s distinct mix of country, rock, and roots music known affectionately as Red Dirt, and Stoney LaRue is one of them. Stoney LaRue has been a warrior of the Texas and Red Dirt touring circuit for nearly 20 years. Now he’s getting ready to release a new album called “Onward.”
One year ago Thursday (4-6), on Merle Haggard’s 79th birthday, the country music legend passed away surrounded by close family on his ranch in California. Merle Haggard left a mark on country music that was unparalleled, and his death still leaves a gaping hole in the hearts of many country music fans.
Adam Lee, Alaska & Madi, Ben Haggard, Big Little Lions, Billie Gant, Blake Turner, Bo Phillips, Chris Acker and the Growing Boys, Don White, Hagfest, Haggard Boxcar Festival, Harley Hamm, Heath Wright and The Hangmen, James Carothers, Jim Paul Blair, Joe's Truck Stop, Johnny Owens & The Buck Fever Band, Josh Morningstar, Maria Carrelli, Merle Haggard, Monica Taylor, Noel Haggard, Pat Hu & The Kentucky River Ramblers, Southgate House Revival, straw boss, The Harold Kennedy Trio, The Strangers, Thorn County
Aviator isn’t one of those albums you cherry pick through to the best songs. That would be like choosing a favorite child, because all of these songs are great and work so well together and in succession. This is one of those albums you put on for a long road trip or a restful backyard barbecue and then press repeat when you get to the end. It is the embodiment of that laid back Texoma flavor.
Every once in a while a song comes along in country music that really inspires you. ..and then there’s Toby Keith’s toast to the onset of idiocracy, “Red Solo Cup”. But believe it or not, the song did inspire Bo Phillips, brother of Stoney LaRue, whose video of a “Red Solo Cup” parody called “Blue Dixie Cup” recorded at the legendary Gruene Hall in Texas is making the rounds.