The Blue Broussard Band released their second album “Do This Again” last August.
“Do This Again was written by Blue and Producer/Drummer Chris Foster and recorded at Omni Studios in Nashville, TN.
The album includes singles “Undercover Lovers” and “Love Again.” It also includes current single “Dance Alone” that was recently released to radio.
“Dance Alone” continues to climb up the Texas Regional Radio Report and Texas Music Chart. It is also getting play on XM Nashville 57. The song actually comes from a personal experience.
“Dance Alone came to be a song from a personal experience I had in a dance hall in my hometown,” Blue says. “I was out with some friends of mine, and we were doing the normal thing, out having a good time, having a few drinks, and listening to some good country music. One of the guys I happened to be there with spotted a girl early on in the night that caught his eye. The two looked at each other all night long. My friends and I tried to encourage him all night to go talk to her, maybe even ask her to dance. He never get could get up the courage to do either, and we still give him a hard time about it to this day.
When I got home that night, after witnessing my friend’s hardship, I started thinking about how frequently that occurs between two people. There is a sense of being nervous about the unknown, and it’s sometimes hard to approach certain situations. It didn't take me long that night after sitting down with my guitar. I had the whole song wrote in 5 minutes. I still hate that for my friend, the two could have been perfect for each other.”
Blue explains why they chose “Dance Alone” as the new single.
“We chose Dance Alone as the current single because it seemed like the perfect follow up to our previous single Love Again,” Blue says.
“Both of the songs are great songs to dance too, and that's important for me as a songwriter. The venues that allow us to play our music are always filled with country music listeners, and they like to dance. I understand, I am one of them! I love country music more than anyone I know, and that's why I love being able to do what we do everyday.”
The fans reaction to not only “Dance Alone,” but the album has been huge for the band. They continue to hit the roads and play to their fans throughout the year and there doesn’t show to be any signs of slowing down with the recent recording of a live album.
“The fan reaction to Dance Alone has been huge,” Blue says. “Thanks to a lot of strong support from Texas Music Chart and Texas Regional Radio reporters, they have exposed country fans to our music for the past two years, and "Dance Alone" has been no exception. The support we have received from these stations has enabled us to continue to do what we do. The XM 57 station, formerly XM 11 Nashville, has supported us from day one with "Dance Alone" as well.
That's a huge plus for any regional act in our position. The XM stations reach a broad national audience and allow future fans of our music to hear us for the first time. We can't thank all of the stations that play our music enough, and all the fans that make it out to our shows. We make it our personal mission to make it worth your while when you come out to see us!”
So go out and buy their album “Do This Again” or go out to see a live show. You won’t be disappointed.
The following is the official biography of the great Stoney LaRue as found on his website, www.stoneylarue.com.
STONEY LARUE At 3 years old, Stoney LaRue could be found belting out “Swinging” by John Anderson on his Mr. Microphone radio. The son of a struggling bass player and a nurse, LaRue understood the allure of music at an early age, and recorded his first works at age twelve. He earned accolades through school for his unmatched vocal abilities and promising instrumental talents. Many subscribe Stoney LaRue to the category of artists that are simply natural born performers, just don’t try to limit him by category.
Born in Taft,Texas, LaRue actually spent the majority of his adolescence north of the Red River, where he was raised in Southeastern Oklahoma . He never really pictured himself doing anything else but making good music, so LaRue eventually made his way to the state’s Red Dirt hotbed of Stillwater, where he began to develop his individualized style from a widespread range of influences.
From Willie Nelson to Ray Charles, to The Grateful Dead and Kris Kristofferson, LaRue’s emerging style impressively blends varied elements of country, blues, and soulful rock into cohesive, vocal driven performances. His abilities earned the immediate respect of then “up and coming” peers including Cody Canada, Mike McClure, Jason Boland, and other cohorts of the revitalizing Texas and Red Dirt circuits (now electrifying audiences nationwide.)
In 2002, both fans and industry took good notice of LaRue after he spearheaded The Organic Boogie Band and released ”Downtown,” which was recorded in private sessions at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa and mixed in a trailer on the side of a cliff in Bartlesville,OK. It was just the beginning, as the debut cemented LaRue’s following and inspired a move to New Braunfels, Texas, where a vibrant music community and a persistent touring schedule spawned a vast response.
Fans anxiously awaited the August 2005 release of Stoney LaRue-the Red Dirt Album, which hit the Billboard sales charts in its debut week. A far cry from the mixing trailer on the cliff, The Red Dirt Album was recorded with a tight circle of players and professionals in a studio setting. The record was a pinnacle effort for LaRue and has inarguably established his triple threat status as a truly gifted vocalist, player, and performer.
In 2006, Stoney released an addition to the famed Live at Billy Bob’s series. His live single, “Oklahoma Breakdown” topped the Texas charts for over four weeks and has ignited Stoney’s powerful support as an artist not to be missed. Armed with golden ear musicianship, an amusing wit, and soulful magnetism, LaRue’s shows are infused with an uplifting quality, a cathartic barroom brand of spirituality, where venues are complimented for good bar “feng shui,” and where time and dimension can be traversed via emotive lyrics and melodic riffs. A charismatic performer, LaRue’s flawless vocals can draw a crowd to a open mouth level of sonic mesmerization, and next have them singing “Forever Young” so loudly that you can’t hear anything else.
At 30 years old, Stoney LaRue now performs close to 300 dates a year at top festivals and venues across the world, including the Caribbean and Europe, sharing bills with renowned acts like Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Willie Nelson, Rodney Crowell and others. With a band that includes Jeremy Bryant(drums), Jesse Fritz (bass), Kevin Webb (guitar), Jeremy Watkins (fiddle) and Steve Littleton (keys), Stoney is poised for what is on the horizon to come.The music is undeniably inside of Stoney LaRue, but he’s the type of artist that doesn’t HAVE to point it out to you, his belief in the music is strong enough that it just powers through transparently. Stoney LaRue is not trying to be anybody but the artist that he is, and his sincerity just seeps out, spills off the stage, and overtakes any room.
Watson talks about homeruns and putting women on pedestals
When Abilene-based Texas country artist Aaron Watson gives advice to the newer guys in the business, he likes to use baseball analogies to get his point across.
If you want to hit a home run with the fans, said Watson, make sure you take the time to have all your bases covered. In other words, don’t just give them a good show; show them that you’re a good guy as well.
“I always tell these younger artists, ‘You know you ask one of those hotshot players for an autograph and he kind of blows you off, and even though he’s a stud on the team, he’s kind of hard to like after that,’ ” said Watson. “It’s the average baseball players who take time for the autographs and spend time with the kids, and they are always easier to like.”
And even though this unassuming singer hits a homer with about every single he sets out to release, he still sees himself as an average guy with an above average fan base. The keys to his success, said Watson, are his belief in God and a firm respect for the fans who come out every night to watch him play.
“We really work hard at what we do,” said Watson and then laughed. “We work really hard at being average.”
The Honky Tonk Kid also has been working hard at promoting his latest release, “Road and the Rodeo,” which is his 10th album and the fifth produced by Ray Benson, frontman for Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel. So far the album has produced two hit singles for Watson, including “The Road” and “Walls,” which both hit No. 1 on the Texas Music chart.
Watson also just released his third single, “Best for Last,” which is taking long strides at becoming his third No. 1 off of the album. It’s also a big hit for Watson at home as it was written for his wife and his baby girl. Well, also for just about every girl out there as well.
“But really it’s also just a total chick song, and I’ve just sold out completely,” Watson said and laughed. “It’s a song that just puts women on a pedestal. They can call me a sellout, but hey, you know at my shows it’s 80 percent women, and that’s a lot cooler than singing to dudes. You know it’d be kind of awkward just singing it to dudes. If that were the case, I’d probably get out there and be like, ‘Hey guys, there’s a tornado warning and the show’s been canceled.’ ”
The idea for the song came to Watson while he was at church. The Bible lesson for that particular Sunday was about Creation and how God had made so many wonderful things, but had saved his best for last. God’s final gift to all the cowboys out there was to have a cowgirl to dance with, and nothing could’ve been sweeter than that.
Here is a blog written by a new TXRDR Road Crew member, Abby Gibson. Abby does promotion work for No Justice as well as PR work for Brandon Jackson (who you heard on the TXRDR Show on 4-17-2011), and new artist Chad Sullins.
Here is her take on the new EP "The First One" by Mike Ryan.
I first heard Mike Ryan probably how many of you did: with his cover of Conway Twitty ‘s “Slow Hand”. I was instantly hooked by how different his sound was. I immediately went to Itunes and downloaded his EP “The First One.”
The EP includes 6 songs with 2 of those being covers. “Slow Hand” and also his version of Steve Wariner’s “Some Fools Never Learn.” Both songs he did in a way where if you were already fans of the songs, his covers would make you love the songs even more.
Mike’s current single “Won’t Let It Show” is already causing some buzz and working its way up the Texas Music Chart. And with good reason. His sound is fresh and unlike anything you will hear when you turn on the radio.
With other songs on the EP like “Dancin’ Till Dawn,” “Turnaround,” and “The Chase” they could all be released as singles. For me the whole EP flowed well from beginning to finish.
It’s also one of those albums I can listen to over and over again and not get sick of it. Mike is a huge talent and deserves the success that I believe this EP will bring him.
What you probably don’t know about Mike Ryan is that he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2009, but has chosen to purse his music career, which I am sure many fans are happy about!
He continues to pursue that career by traveling through Oklahoma and Texas playing tracks from his current EP to his fans. If you have heard his singles on the radio and haven’t purchased his EP yet, I highly suggest that you do.
You will not be disappointed. I can’t wait to see what he comes out with next!