LaRue is an artist who offers more than the sum of his parts. His twangy baritone isnt particularly powerful, though its crisp and clean. He wont wow you with his playing or overwhelm you with his insight, but theres a genial warmth and down-home honesty to his songs. He wanders the expanse between rock, country and pop like many of his Texas Red Dirt brethren and has a penchant for balladry that plays nicely into his emotional forthrightness. The whole package comes together live, where his decade-plus on the road and his charismatic personality really shine through. LaRues been in Nashville a lot lately, recording his third studio album with producer Frank Liddell (Chris Knight, Miranda Lambert), the follow-up to 2005s The Red Dirt Album. LaRue was a guest on one of ambling country-rocker TJ McFarlands albums; McFarland returns the favor by opening tonight with his new combo The White Owls, featuring a pair of Ryan Adams Cardinals.
Thu., March 18, 8 p.m., 2010