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Stoney LaRue to play hometown show Saturday at Oklahoma City's Zoo Amphitheatre

by Brandy McDonnell Published: August 23, 2013

After 15 years as an independent musician, Stoney LaRue is still happily the “Travelin' Kind.”

But the hard-touring red dirt star also is happy to call Oklahoma home.

“Thank God for Okies,” he said by phone last week from Odessa, Texas, where, naturally, he was getting ready to play a show. “I just feel so alive and at home whenever I'm there.”

The Taft, Texas-born and southeastern Oklahoma-bred singer-songwriter, who is known for playing upward of 250 shows a year, returns to his home base of Oklahoma City this weekend to headline the Red Dirt at the Zoo II concert at the Zoo Amphitheatre.

“I remember going to shows there whenever I was a lot younger — in my more impressionable years, I'd say, between like 17 and 20 — and being like, ‘I can't wait to play here,'” he said, listing Bob Dylan, ZZ Top and George Thorogood among the stars he has watched at the venerable Oklahoma City venue.

“It's just kind of a fun place, and you just get up there and you take your turn and hope people like it.”

LaRue, 36, has played the Zoo Amphitheatre a few times along his winding way, and on Saturday, Texas country singer-songwriters Wade Bowen and Aaron Watson will join him on the lineup.

“I love those guys tremendously. And we'll find each other in the oddest spots in America, you know, from Denver to New York City, and then we'll be like, ‘What are you doing here?!' So it's great to cross paths with them,” he said.

“We're all like brothers coming together again. Obviously, we haven't seen each other in a long time, but you know how families when they grow up, they may become a little distant but that doesn't mean that you don't love 'em as much as you always have.”

Benefiting tornado

aid efforts

LaRue's love for the place he calls home has prompted him to pledge a portion of the proceeds from Saturday's show to the ongoing tornado relief efforts.

“I've been around the world. I haven't gone the total places I want to go in this world, but I've been to different cultures. And I see this culture, the Oklahoma and Texas culture, as a very unique place in itself. It's very proud of its music ... and its lifestyle. And this is something that you don't see across the land. Why have so many prevalent artists and musicians and political figures come out of this state and the surrounding area? Because it's just a beautiful place to live. Thankfully, I get to raise my kids here,” he said.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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