By Joshua Wallace
Red Dirt country legend Stoney LaRue has returned with another studio album in Onward. It is his first studio release since his 2016 covers album Us Time and his first album of original tunes since 2014’s Aviator. I was a big fan of Aviator and I’ve been looking forward to another album of Stoney LaRue tunes. This new record Onward does not disappoint, so let’s get straight into some of these tracks.
“Hill Country Boogaloo” was one of the album’s pre-release singles and it’s a barn burner. It’s a killer rocking track that takes you to a groovy honky tonk and it’s bound to be a live crowd favorite. Another highlight is the Gary Nicholson cover of “Falling and Flying”. I’ve always been a fan of this song and this version does not disappoint. “Evil Angel” might be my favorite track on the record. It keeps the funk of “Hill Country Boogaloo” while adding a hint of southern gospel to the mix. The album rounds out with a duet version of Brandon Jenkins track “High Time” in tribute to the red dirt legend who passed away last year. It’s a nice tribute to a singer who left us way too soon.
Stoney LaRue does not disappoint with this new record Onward. I only hope we don’t have to wait another 4 years for the next batch of new original tunes. If you need some red dirt in your playlist this year, this album hits the spot. It has features from the likes of Brandon Jenkins and Tanya Tucker rounding out the album. Once again, I highly recommend checking this out. It is out everywhere Friday November 1st, 2019.
Favorite Tracks : Hill Country Boogaloo, Falling And Flying, Evil Angel, Worry Be Gone, Let’s Chase Each Other Round The Room, Thought You’d Want To Know
Stoney LaRue – Onward (2019)
- You Oughta Know Me By Now
- Hill Country Boogaloo
- Falling And Flying
- Not One Moment
- Meet In The Middle feat. Tanya Tucker
- Message In A Bottle
- Evil Angel
- Drowning In Moonlight
- Worry Be Gone
- I Can’t Help You Say Goodbye
- Let’s Chase Each Other Round The Room
- Thought You’d Want To Know
- High Time feat. Brandon Jenkins