NewsComments Off on Album Feature – Stoney LaRue – Onward
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
If it’s one thing I truly have been keeping my eyes on the Red Dirt world, and it’s west coast reach. Along with the Jamgrass community this is becoming a huge, massive community and quite the lucrative market even though it gets very little media attention. Let’s take a look at the lineup and other information I usually include into my festival series.
Amazingly for early on into 2019 there are tons of early festivals happening to satisfy to pickiest of festivals music lovers, for Red Dirt Music. With a lineup like THIS who wouldn’t want to go:
Dirty River Boys
Eleven Hundred Springs
Jamie Lin Wilson
Micky And The Motorcars
Mike And The Moonpies
Midnight River Choir
Randy Rogers Band
Trevor G. Potter
William Clark Green
First week in January – Six days, 200+ hours of live music, a world-class ski resort – does it really get any better than the MusicFest? The MusicFest draws thousands of ski-lovin’, music-lovin’ folks to the snow swept peaks of Colorado each January.
The largest group ski trip of its kind in the nation, the MusicFest brings the finest Texas and Americana music to the world-class ski resort of Steamboat, Colorado for a week full of sport and song. The festival boasts a stunning roster that includes both legends and rising talents alike.
Dickson Productions has over 30 years of experience as the premier travel package provider. With Dickson Productions working on your behalf, you can hit the slopes and also get tons of music favorites at wholesale prices. All lodging accommodations for the MusicFest are located ski-in/ski-out or within minutes of the mountain base, and participants personally choose all the options.
Want to walk out the front door onto the slopes? A hot tub on the back porch? A slope side luxury suite or a penthouse? A MusicFest stage in your lodge or steps away? No problem – it’s all part of building your exclusive MusicFest package, the vacation of a lifetime. And there’s every level to choose from to satisfy your taste in lodging, music, price and the ultimate Rocky Mountain vacation.
After a day on the slopes, what really happens at the MusicFest?
The MusicFest has long been heralded for its jam-packed schedule of events and concerts. Over 200 hours of live performances take place during the MusicFest, an amazing opportunity to see as many great Texas and Americana artists as you can handle (and those are the “planned” performances).
Shows are held in a multitude of diverse venues including a stage resembling an old barn/hunting lodge, a huge dancehall/tent, an intimate pub, an old saloon, two luxurious ballrooms, and an upscale country club setting complete with plush seating, and a fire place (a “must” experience)!
No matter your style of music or setting to experience it, there’s a venue for everyone’s likes. Whether you’ve come to kick up your heels and party all night, or prefer to soak up the music in a lower key and comfortable seated setting (or anything in-between), MusicFest has you covered. Drift from one venue to the next, or just sit back and enjoy that ONE special venue that fits your style with like minded friends – that’s the beauty of MusicFest – a truly unique and exceptional sporting and musical experience with one thing in common; a grounded and REAL experience with a community that embraces its lifestyle and state of mind.
MusicFest Package Price Includes:
6 days/5 nights at Steamboat’s premier lodging – You choose location and amenities including ski-in/ski-out, fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, hot tubs, short stroll to MusicFest activities and more.
Four full day lift passes and one night skiing pass – World-class skiing and boarding on Steamboat’s five interconnected mountains.
Exclusive MusicFest credentials for over 200 hours of live performances in intimate venues, luxury ballroom, saloons, the Big MusicFest Tent, Outdoor Stage, Historic Theatre, participants’ “ON AIR” media lounge, and much more!
The highly acclaimed MusicFest Artists’ “Tribute to a Legend” – Grand Ballroom show, past honorees include Robert Earl Keen, Jr., Gary P. Nunn, Doug Sahm & The Texas Tornados, Joe Ely, Dean Dillon, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver, Lee Ann Womack, Guy Clark, Johnny Gimble and Family, Leon Russell, Kevin Welch, Rodney Crowell, Townes Van Zandt, Lost Gonzo Band and Radney Foster.
Official MusicFest information guide – MusicFest collectibles, credentials, pocket schedule, the Discount Savings Book including a “non-skier” guide, and additional discounts!
Complimentary MusicFest Magazine – While supplies last! Click here for free subscription.
Eleven MusicFest venues – Experience world-class music in eleven different venues. Dickson Productions is always taking this unique festival to the next level – comparable to no other.
Free Shuttle – Elaborate resort wide FREE shuttle system to lodges, grocery stores, dining, bars, concerts, the slopes and more!
Wide Variety of Venues
No matter your style of music and setting to experience it, there’s a venue for everyone’s likes. Whether you’ve come to kick up your heels and party all night, or prefer to soak up the music in a lower key and comfortable seated setting (or anything in-between), MusicFest has you covered. Drift from one venue to the next, or just sit back and enjoy that ONE special venue that fits your style with like-minded friends- That’s the beauty of MusicFest – A truly unique and exceptional sporting and musical experience with one thing in common; a grounded and REAL experience with a community that embraces its life style and state of mind.
The newest addition to the MusicFest family of stages, the Strings Pavilion is a state-of-the-art concert hall built for classical music, but The MusicFest ramps it up. Located at the “base of the base” of the mountain, this world-class stage is just steps away from…Read More
Turn the Page: Bear River Becomes The Timber & Torch The MusicFest hosts shows in many venues over the years, but the “Bear River” is where the magic began. A cozy bar nestled at the foot of Mt. Werner, the Bear River is a haven…Read More
One of the most iconic venues at the MusicFest, The Big MusicFest Tent is hard to miss. Known for being “the largest dance hall in the Rockies” this massive, climate-controlled tent hosts some of the most high-energy full band shows seen anywhere. With a state-of-the-art…Read More
Named for the original “Dung Beetle Saloon” at an old convenience store in Hallettsville, Texas, this MusicFest venue keeps the good times rollin’. Featuring over twelve hours a day of intimate, acoustic music, this popular venue is the definition of what MusicFest is all about…Read More
Not only a famous shopping experience, but a great meeting place where you may catch a special (unannounced) performance, autograph signing, or brand new, and never seen before merchandise! Conveniently located near the mountain base in the Grand Resort Hotel and next door to the…Read More
The Chief Theater may be a relatively new addition to the MusicFest, but this historic theater has been hosting live music in Steamboat for nearly 100 years. A vintage building with old fashioned, comfortable theater seating, this downtown venue is the perfect place for an…Read More
Get up-close and personal with your favorite artists in our all new Media Lounge open to the public. See artist interviews by a variety of media outlets including national and international radio hosts, television hosts, and social media personalities. With behind-the-scenes experiences like this, it…Read More
Mountain-Sized Bonus Concert Series One of the few venues open to the public at MusicFest, the one-of-a-kind Outdoor Mountain-Sized Bonus Concert Series has become a favorite tradition for festival-goers and locals alike. Located at the base of the slopes, with the majestic Rockies as a…Read More
The Steamboat Base Club is the official “MusicFest Country Club.” With a gorgeous, up-scale setting this venue is the perfect combination of class and comfort. Featuring acoustic performances nightly, old-fashioned cocktails, appetizers and great company, this intimate club is the perfect place to cozy up…Read More
Located at the heart of the mountain-base in the luxurious Steamboat Grand Ballroom, this venue has hosted many of MusicFest’s most popular shows. Home to the esteemed MusicFest Artists’ Tribute to a Legend each year, this venue has seen some of the rarest performances on…Read More
This lofty listening room is one of the festival’s signature venues. Only at MusicFest can you take a picturesque gondola ride up 3,000 feet for a high-altitude music experience like no other. These rare mountaintop concerts are a truly uplifting experience, both musically.
This music festival is so huge and there is so much to do I will have to put up more general links on here than I usually do to reduce the length of the article. So you can click HERE for a pretty conclusive listing of all the area hotels.
Larry Joe Taylor Festival or LJT is one of the state of Texas’ most revered and beloved festivals within the Red Dirt community and the state of Texas. It’s been a staple feature of my festival series for some time now, with more focus on this scene as my website grows into what I’m doing for the community all over America.
I cover 175 festivals yearly and on the right hand side there is my guide you can hit the names and it will take you to their links for the festivals, I update them when the festival happens or just I put up the advance article for them. This is one of my first years writing an info article about this festival for them. This article will have my usual information about them (as you know I cover 175 yearly festivals), including maps, videos and ticket links.
This festival is one of the larger ones I cover with many options available please click HERE for ticket information.
Anyone trying to upgrade or acquire more sites to a previous reservation must call our office at (254) 968-8505 or (254) 968-6204 to make reservations.Online purchases – Once the order has been placed our office staff will assign you a campsite based on the criteria you provided in the purchased. The campsite assigned will be the best site available at the time of your purchase. You will receive an email within 24 hours with the assigned site.*All Camping Reservations Are Final And Non-Refundable*
All Camping decals purchases after April 2nd will be held at Will Call at the camping gate under the original purchasers name.
*Only one vehicle allowed per campsite*
Type of Campsite
Electric and Water
(3 night minimum)
sites are 28′ x 35′
50 AMP $65.00
30 AMP $58.00
50 AMP $70.00
30 AMP $63.00
Electric and Water
30 AMP (3 night minimum)
sites are 25′ x 35′
(3 night minimum)
Non-electric & Non-water
Preferred Section A, B, C, F
sites are 30′ x 32′
sites are 25′ x 35′
(2 night minimum)
Non-electric & Non-water
Reserved Section A, F, G, H
sites are 30′ x 32′
General open camping reservations begin February 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am Central Time
If you DID NOT HAVE a campsite last year, you may reserve site(s) during this period.
Sites not re-reserved will be available at 10:00 am on February 5th, 2018.
Also advance purchase of unmarked, primitive campsites will be available on January 15th, 2018. These sites are not marked and will be available on a first come first serve basis upon arrival.
By reserving these sites you will be guaranteed a camping spot at the festival. RESERVE YOUR CAMPSITE FOR 6 DAYS! 6-Day Ticket holders WITH 6-Day Camping will have the ability to upgrade their
camping to 7-Days at the gate to come in early on Sunday, April 22nd (gates open at 12:00 noon)
NOTE: To reserve a 4, 5 or 6-Day campsite you must purchase a 4, 5 or 6-day ticket.
*Only one vehicle allowed per campsite* *All Camping Reservations Are Final And Non-Refundable*
Every campsite must be kept clean – any campsite found to be left unclean will result in a $30 charge applied to the purchaser’s credit card. It is the original purchasers responsibility to make sure campsites have been picked up and cleaned upon leaving the festival grounds. No household furniture or large items may be left behind. Please have all trash bagged and ready for pick up upon leaving the festival grounds.
There will be a FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE to and from the festival Wednesday through Sunday (donations accepted). Call Donnie Hill at (254) 300-7558 to schedule a ride.
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 12:00 pm – 1:00 am
Friday: Will start picking up at 12:00 pm and run around the clock thru 6:00 am Sunday morning.
You can call the day you need the ride but it helps if you call 24 hours in advance. You can bring your coolers on the van but NO open containers allowed.
~NEW~ All drop-offs and pick-ups will now be in the parking lot.
(a much closer walk to and from the stage)
Provided by Jesus Crew Ministry, BSM and Anytime Fitness
5100 Airport Freeway
Ft. Worth, TX 76117
Phone: (817) 834-7141
Other Campsite Information
Dogs allowed on leash in campground, however NO DOGS ALLOWED in concert areas
Water & Electric Sites
These sites each have water and a 30 amp electrical plug (please make sure you have the appropriate adapter for a 30 amp receptacle) All sites must be reserved for a minimum of 3 days.
These sites are a little larger than our normal sites and are located in “Shiner” Section on the map and are easy access to both the Bud Light Stage and the Allsups Stage.These sites will be sold in groups of 7,6,5,3,2 and a few singles will also be available. These sites have been carved out of a wooded area located next to section D & E. These siteshave plenty of shade and are in a low traffic part of the ranch campground. All sites must be reserved for a minimum of 3 days.
Preferred Camping Section A, B, C & F
These sites are located at the front of section F on the camping map. Section A rows A thru H, Section B, Section C & Section F sites 11-19 will be within 200 yards of the West Stage and adjacent to the parking area and The Tuesday night Campground Stage. All sites must be reserved for a minimum of 3 days.
These sites are marked sites in Section A rows I thru CC & all Tree Line sites, F sites 1-10, G, & H. By reserving these sites you will be guaranteed a marked off campsite in the section you choose. Sites are 32′ X 30′ in dimension. All sites must be reserved for a minimum of 2 days.
By reserving a Keystone non-reserved campsite you will be guaranteed a campsite, however these sites are not marked off and the location of your campsite will be on a first come, first serve basis when you arrive. These sites will be located in the Keystone non-reserved camping area only. Please limit these sites to a 30′ X 30′ dimension. All sites must be reserved for a minimum of 2 days.
Only one motorized vehicle is allowed per campsite. All other vehicles must park in the designated parking area. Vehicles without a camping decal will not be allowed to enter the campground at any time. Please make sure all camping supplies are in the vehicle that has a camping decal. Motor homes will be allowed to have one additional vehicle, however, the additional vehicle must be attached or directly behind the motor home upon arrival.
Camping decals will be mailed for each campsite purchased in advance. These decals should be place on the vehicle that will be parked at the campsite. The first set of camping decals will be mailed out at the end of March.
We have built a permanent 22 stall shower house to provide the needs of festival-goers. There will be eleven men’s and eleven women’s showers each having a handicap accessible stall available on the camping grounds.
5-Day Shower Pass
4-Day Shower Pass
3-Day Shower Pass
Single Shower Pass
Shower House Hours:
Open: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Closed for cleaning: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Open: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
There are ample porta-jons around the stage area as well as in the camping areas, however, if you would like to reserve a private porta-jon for your campsite please call (254) 968-2191.
Your camping decals will be sent to you in the mail along with your campsite numbers at the end of March.
Place this decal on the upper left windshield of your primary vehicle used for camping before you enter the festival grounds in April.
*Only one vehicle allowed per campsite* *All Camping Reservations Are Final And Non-Refundable*
Parking Decal Price & Gate Hours
Parking decals will grant your vehicle admission into the PARKING LOT, these decals WILL NOT give you any kind of of vehicle admission into the CAMPGROUND. These decals should be placed on the vehicle that will be parked in the parking lot. Parking decals are not transferable from one vehicle to another.
After you purchase your parking, You will receive an email within 24 hours with your parking barcode attached as a *pdf file for each decal. You must print and use these files to exchange for a decal to gain parking admission into the festival.
Days Valid For
Monday – April 23rd
Tuesday – April 24th
Wednesday – April 25th
Thursday – April 26th
Friday – April 27th
Saturday – April 28th
It’s almost time for LJT’s 30th Annual Texas Music Festival! The gates open at noon on Sunday April 22. T-Birds Garage Pub opens at 2pm . Justin Frazell’s Texas Red Dirt Roads will broadcast live beginning at 3pm. Larry Joe, Deryl Dodd, Mike Ryan and some surprise guests will be performing. Folks who can only attend this show can park their cars at the front gate and ride a shuttle to and from T-Birds.
Plenty of tickets/camping will be available at the gate. Tickets are also available locally at Signs and Designs and Barefoot Athletics. For those of you who prefer to stay in local motels we’ve called the following motels and found out they still have rooms available for some or all days of the fest….
La Quinta Inn & Suites (254) 918-2444 Holiday Inn Express (254) 965-8899 Rodeway Inn (254) 965-7162 Super 8 (254) 965-0888 America’s Best Value Inn (254) 968-211Royal Inn (254) 965-3807 Knights Inn (254) 968-5003 Caravan Interstate Inn (254) 965-5043
As always, there will be free rides sponsored by the Jesus Crew Ministry, BSM and Anytime Fitness. Hours of operation are Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 1am. On Friday they will run around the clock beginning at noon thru 6am Sunday morning. Please call in advance to schedule a ride (254) 300-7558.
In addition Stephenville has a new taxi service, Taxiville. There number is (254) 434-8998.
We are very excited about #30 and hope to see you there! More details about discounted advance tickets, buying tickets/camping online here.
Folks here is some more quick information here.
Last Call to Purchase Discounted Advance e-tickets! Buy online thru Monday April 23 or call the office at 254-968-8505
Tickets available online all thru the festival at gate prices
Folks I must tell you I have been on quite a binge on the Red Dirt Country ever since I began incorporating it into my website some time ago, if you’ll remember last week I covered Wade Bowen And Miss Kaitlin Butts when they stopped in Nashville.
I cover about 175 festivals yearly in this fashion mostly Americana, Roots Music, Bluegrass and now Red Dirt Texas Country is included into my agenda, so you can be assured I will feature quality REAL MUSIC from many genres all over the United States! As always you can buy tickets to all of the festivals I feature from direct links to their own website HERE I make NO MONEY off featuring ANY festival, this is ALL done on my expense.
This festival began in 2008 and by 2013 it grew to a two day festival as the Texas and Oklahoma music scene began to flourish and present day Red Dirt scene is booming to a HUGE margin. Many websites are featuring more of it as mine started about three years ago to mix it in with what I feature on a regular basis, and with good response from my readers.
Hotels,I found an abundance of them HERE is a page of over 40 of them for you to choose from in Austin. There will be a parking fee of 10.00 per day and it clearly states if you park in an adjacent lot you will be towed away. Obviously this is NOT a camping type festival so you’ll need a hotel if you don’t live in this area.
Ok everybody as most of you know I have many music festivals being featured for you on this website and Mardi Gras Texas Style is nothing short of amazing in many ways. To be honest there aren’t many on my radar or in my inbox until at least March, however I found a few for Feb. Down there in Dallas Texas we have a Red Dirt one day festival going on with some awesome acts like my buddy Shooter Jennings and MORE! Here’s the details and the lowdown complete with ticket and hotel links.
I love music festivals because they bring many acts together into one large (or in some cases smaller) area for me to cover at one fail swoop. Now granted festivals ARE difficult to cover for just one man but doggone it I’ll do my best to bring you the BEST 2017 festival coverage I possibly can. I especially would like to continue to bring more of the red Dirt Texas Country sound to my website and it’s events like this that warrant my opportunity to engage in such music.
You can label it “Red Dirt” or “Americana” or “Roots Music” I just usually call it GOOD music that I feature on this website. And even though I am a little biased, Shooter puts on a good show I can assure you. This event looks to be an outdoor and indoor festival that will commence rain or shine and the front gates open at 2PM, I have included some general information on here as well. Both of the main stages are located in climate controlled buildings so you do not have to worry about inclement weather.
You will NOT be allowed to leave and come back to the festival and also coolers are NOT allowed. There is no camping available and there will be full bar services for patrons. Once I saw the lineup I was ecstatic about this event out there in Dallas, Now as far as the lineup It appears to be on five stages with sponsors naming the stages accordingly:
99.5 The Wolf: Casey Donahew Stoney LaRue Mike Ryan Parker McCollum
I have been wanting to get out to Texas for some time now and one day soon I plan to remedy that portion of my bucket list. You can purchase tickets for this event HERE. As always upon looking at websites and doing research of different areas I found a suitable list of accommodations for you if you see what you like PLEASE patronize this event.
Aloft Dallas Downtown
1033 Young Street · Dallas
214-761-0000 · 193 Rooms
Hilton Garden Inn Dallas Market
2325 N. Stemmons Fwy. · Dallas
214-630-3330 · 200 Rooms · 40 Suites
Candlewood Suites Market Center
7930 N. Stemmons Fwy. · Dallas
214-631-3333 · 141 Suites
Holiday Inn at Dallas Market Center
4500 Harry Hines Blvd. · Dallas
214-522-6650 · 216 Rooms
Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown
1015 Elm Street · Dallas
214-742-5678 · 307 Rooms · 5 Suites
Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown
Reader rating: 3.0 out of 5
1933 Main Street · Dallas
214-741-7700 · 172 Rooms
Days Inn Dallas
13313 Stemmons Fwy. · Dallas
972-488-0800 · 72 Rooms · 2 Suites
Hotel Palomar Dallas
5300 E. Mockingbird Ln. · Dallas
214-520-7969 · 198 Rooms
Fairfield Inn Market Center
2110 Market Center Blvd. · Dallas
214-760-8800 · 117 Rooms · 10 Suites
Hyatt Summerfield Suites Dallas
Uptown2914 Harry Hines Blvd. · Dallas
214-965-9990 · 141 Sui
In closing folks I wanted to tell you I have a TON of festivals coming in through the grapevine and I’ll be posting up more festival articles soon, exposing TONS of more bands. Folks there is SO MUCH good music out there waiting to be heard and supported by people like YOU! Go find it!