5 Minutes in Texas With Stoney LaRue

Photo:  Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

On "Aviator," the title track from Stoney LaRue’s forthcoming studio album (out October 28th), LaRue sings of crosswinds blowing down FM roads, of boys playing baseball on a sandlot long before having their hearts broken, of leaving and maybe not coming back again. The Texas-to-Oklahoma transplant is singing about growing up and growing wiser, and on songs like "Aviator" and "First One to Know," the 37-year-old meshes the sort of hopeful, big-hearted Red Dirt country he's become known for over the past decade with the influence of classic rockers. Recorded to 2-inch tape, Aviator is a meat-and-potatoes country-rock album done the old-fashioned way and dedicated to timeless themes.

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