As previously reported, Oklahoma red dirt rocker Stoney LaRue will be featured tonight on CMT’s “Concrete Country,” airing at 10:50 p.m. on Country Music Television.
LaRue chose Billy Bob’s Texas as his “Concrete Country” backdrop because of the key role it’s played in his career, according to CMT.com. Early on, LaRue, who has lived on both sides of the Red River, recorded a live album at the iconic venue in Fort Worth, Texas. Now, he routinely sells it out. And from those early days until now, he’s relied on fans to keep him going.
“You build something, a foundation strong enough, then you can build anything on it,” he tells CMT. “Being an independent artist, it does take the artist being with the fans because that’s who got you there in the first place. Those are the people who came out to some of your first shows that got you to where you are now.”
The rain held off for his taping, although the brisk wind kept the Texas flags firmly flying in the distance. With a friendly demeanor, LaRue easily kept the crowd’s attention with fan favorites (Oklahoma music mainstay Mike Hosty’s “Oklahoma Breakdown”) and an outstanding new song (“Easy She Comes”). After the set, he posed for photos with every fan and joined the crew for a few drinks around the corner at the White Elephant. Billy Bob’s Texas was “Concrete Country’s” first Texas shoot.
LaRue will be back in Oklahoma to play Red Dirt at the Zoo II Aug. 24 at Oklahoma City’s Zoo Amphitheatre. The lineup also will include Wade Bowen and Aaron Watson. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit the OKStrong Disaster Relief Fund. For more information, go to www.thezooamp.com.
“Concrete Country” launched on CMT.com in March 2012 and is dedicated to music discovery with an emphasis on artists who write their own songs. So far, the online series has featured outdoor performances by Harrah native Jason Boland, the Lumineers, First Aid Kit and Trampled by Turtles, as well as Caitlin Rose, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Green River Ordinance, Lydia Loveless, Robert Ellis, the Farewell Drifters, the Infamous Stringdusters, Will Hoge and Yarn.
Oklahoma red dirt band the Turnpike Troubadours will be featured on the Aug. 27 episode.