A little more than two years ago, Texas country/Red Dirt singer-songwriter Stoney LaRue asked fans for suggestions of what LaRue favorites they’d like to hear in an album. The result, “Us Time,” proved successful enough, drawing from nearly 20 years of his career, to carry him longer than the usual album tour.
It’s time, though, to move on and LaRue, who returns to Waco Friday night to perform at The Backyard, finds himself working trips to Nashville studios into his touring schedule.
The new, yet untitled album finds LaRue writing in a more adult vein, but that’s to be expected for a veteran singer-songwriter.
“It’s all new songs, some ballads and some uptempo songs,” he explained during a recent tour stop in Pocola, Oklahoma. “It’s geared more back to my songwriting.”
Joining LaRue as producers this time are Gary Nicholson and tour manager Van Fletcher — “There are a lot of cooks in the kitchen,” he laughed — and he’s appreciated the meeting of minds on song selection.
Given a little cooler weather, LaRue is looking forward to Friday’s show on The Backyard’s outdoor stage.
His fall schedule includes dates in Corpus Christi and Beaumont, two cities hit by Hurricane Harvey and its flooding several weeks ago. Harvey hit more than those musicians living near the Gulf Coast, damaging and closing some venues and shrinking audiences with the resources to go out and party on a weekend night.”We canceled quite a few gigs,” he admitted.
Returning to the coast at this time helps those venues get their feet back under them while boosting the morale of residents faced with the considerable task of rebuilding. While saddened by the losses he’s seen, LaRue pointed out that watching the pluck and determination of those rebuilding their lives is inspirational, too.
“That’s what the Texas folks do,” he said.