“I like to connect with people at any age, whatever it might be sonically or to the depth of what they are willing to think. I like to think, and I like people to think and that often generates a connection that can be nurtured,” says Stoney LaRue. As he prepares the release of Us Time, LaRue reflects on this important connection he has fostered with his fans over his 15-plus years of touring. Together, LaRue and his fans have culled together a “favorite live song set” that is dedicated to his loyal and growing fan base. LaRue is known for his real life, thinking man’s music.
US TIME is a collection of songs from the native Texan who now resides in Oklahoma reflecting on his own dreams that openly shares with his longtime fans. “This project is a tribute to my fans. We have developed a strong relationship and I appreciate all of them,” says LaRue. “ Together, we have built a compilation of fan favorites from the live shows that reflect the complexion of our time together in music, it is simply our US Time, “ he continues. This sentiment rings even louderafter LaRue took a hiatus from touring this summer to re-center his life that seemed to be lost.
LaRue says, “Being able to record such timeless songs as “Empty Glass,” “Into the Mystic” and “Wichita Lineman” aside some of original tunes, all selected by my fans make me feel validated as an artist and hopefully it gives the fans exactly what they are looking for.”
Being able to connect with fans the way we can today is mind blowing to LaRue. When this journey started over 15 years ago, communication was restricted mainly to the stage, written letters and before show meet and greets. Today’s instant social media connection is what helped generate this collection of songs. “I just kept a list of songs that fans would either request via Twitter and Facebook or yell to me on stage,” says LaRue. “Us Time is a very collaborative effort with them. Also, having RS Fields as the producer on this project was a good call. This is our first time working together and he totally nailed the production and we totally were in sync on how it should sound. I am very happy with the end result, it feels live and it feels real, and that is what music is all about,” he continued.
Independently charged, LaRue has sold over one million records over his career and plays 200-plus shows a year. His songs have seen the top of the charts, most recently his hit “Golden Shackles” from his eOne Music debut, Aviator, in 2014.

The percentage of aspiring musicians from suburban cover bands who never step out of the shadows of the local bar’s live music scene is unsurprisingly large. To lift the impossible weight of anonymity nowadays takes more than just big dreams. It takes big talent.

Jesse Joice first picked up a guitar when he was nine years old. After a slew of lessons from family members, local instructors, and the years-long process of honing his crafts—vocals and songwriting, in addition to guitar—he was just fifteen when he first felt the heat of stage lights. After spending five years fronting local cover band Another Alibi, the Tulsa native had his first brush with fame when he appeared on season twelve of American Idol in 2013, making it to the top fifty guys before heading back to Oklahoma to focus on a more self-propelled shot at success.

A year and a half and one trip to Tennessee later, Joice found himself in Nashville under the wing of Jamie Tate, a Grammy and Emmy award-winning recording engineer and producer. Though the country crooner had more taste for blues/rock as a kid, he began writing seriously in 2009 and realized he felt most at home under the influences of Nashville-style songwriters. Now with one boot planted firmly on each side of the fence between rock and country, he credits Gary Morgan, Will Hoge, and Brett James for inspiring him in his first major musical endeavor.

With all the downhome grit expected from a modern country artist, Joice’s smooth gravel voice slides over each chorus just as easily as his guitar solos (worthy of major air-guitar shredding) will impress hardcore rock/country acolytes. The grinding guitars and hip-swaying chorus of his new single “Oklahoma Weather” won’t disappoint fans of Jason Aldean and presents the catch-me-if-you-can type of girl Taylor Swift wishes she could be. “Like I Ain’t From Around Here” reflects his roots—“We could roll down south to Snake Creek/Sit and talk on Cry Baby Bridge”—and is just the tune for small-town kids to blast from the speakers of their jacked-up pickups as they welcome the weekend. Also including anthem-like two-steppers and slowed down odes to his Midwestern roots, his five song EP is available for purchase on his website, jessejoicemusic.com, or download on iTunes.

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