JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

November 14, 2015
House of Blues - Dallas
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Brittany Rae Cloud
Photos by Brittany Rae Cloud

Stoney Larue - Stoney Larue, Crystal Yates

Red Dirt And Texas Country Meet At The House Of Blues

One of Oklahoma's favorite sons, Stoney Larue, lit up the stage at the House of Blues in Dallas on Saturday night. To open, Stoney brought along North Texas' own Crystal Yates to throw down her own sweet style on the night. The combination was killer and had the crowd pressed against the stage barricades from start to finish.

This being my second time to have the pleasure of experiencing Crystal Yates live, I was anything but disappointed. On guitar and backing vocals, her husband Will Yates, she opened the show with the sultry, blues driven track, "Let That Record Play On" from her 2014 album titled, I Believe. Crystal followed the tune with "Not My Fault," and "Goodbye Letter," a song gaining in national recognition and CMT airplay.

Country covers of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams," and the Hank Williams' classic, "I Saw the Light," were given just the right touch of Yates flavor that had the crowd singing loud and proud. Highlighting the night for me was the performance of her brand new song, "Hell on My Soul." Written with fellow female Texas Country artist and songstress, Kylie Rae Harris, the song is a deep nod to the toll taken when walking through trials in life. It was beautiful and unforgettable.

Before her set ended, Crystal Yates had a room full of fans, some old and some new, in love with her seemingly limitless voice and incredible song writing chops. Well played, lady, well played.

Enter Stoney Larue.

Although I have been familiar with his music for some time now, this was my first dance with Stoney Larue live. Oh Stoney, you may very well be the best thing that's come out of Oklahoma since Highway 35. Really. Ok, Arbuckle Lake is pretty cool too.

Wasting no time, Larue and his full band stepped on stage and ignited the room with songs like; "Travelin' Kind," "Look at Me Fly," and "Velvet" from the album of the same name, released in 2011. "Down In Flames," "Idabel Blues," and "One Chord Song," from Stoney's 2005 release, Red Dirt Album had everyone moving the entire show. A fine mixture of newer songs such as "Golden Schackles" from his 2014 LP Aviator and "Feet Don't Touch the Ground" from Larue's latest album, Us Time, gave merit to the artist's wild popularity. Dance hall favorite "Oklahoma Breakdown" was probably the most awaited song of the night, spurring a full out sing-a-long by everyone sober enough to remember the words, and some who weren't.

It is a rarity to come across an artist and a band that sound better live than recorded. Stoney's vocals were nearly pristine. His band played so tight and together, they could've been a backing track. They weren't. Trust me. I got close enough to check. As a whole, this is going on my list as one of the top five, best live shows I've witnessed. It was an amazing night of incomparable talent and great people.