By my own admission, I am such a novice when it comes to Texas, dirt and outlaw country music. However, in my own defense, I am not as knowledgeable as my friend, colleague and Kansas City Limits host, Justin Neighbor, is with this genre of music. He has never led me astray and I am ALWAYS hooked when he hands me a new record and says simply listen. And listen I did; a lot. Easy. That is the word I keep coming back to when listening to “Aviator,” the new record by the legendary Stoney LaRue. Just easy. So easy…and I mean that in the most respectful way; nothing is easy when creating art but this record just feels and plays so easily on the ear and the mind. These are easy melodies, easy harmonies, easy pictures. Mr. LaRue makes it so effortless with this record; the music, lyrics, style and presentation flow easily together from start to finish. The through line never wavers from the consistent, smooth and easy road it leads you down. It is a record to listen to over and over without much effort but for simple musical pleasure. However, be warned; you will fall easily into the grips of the music, its stories and the pictures these songs paint. You will lose yourself, subconsciously, keeping time with the beat in your own favorite way; toe tapping; steering wheel thumping; air drumming; head-bobbing. “Aviator” is simply an easy, infectious, “journeyfyul” (I’m an extravert and allowed to make up words) and beautiful composition from top to bottom. A thousand thank you’s, Justin, for keeping this music in my head. I have slowly but surely become a convert. It is pure; honest; real and so very, very good! These artists love to play music just for the sake of paying music…and there is no better reason to do your art than because you love to do it. Do yourself a favor and start your own conversion along with me. Listen to 106.5 The Wolf (1065thewolf.com) every Sunday night from 8pm-11pm for Justin Neighbor, Kansas City Limits and artists like Stoney LaRue!