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Stoney LaRue, a rootsy Oklahoma Red Dirt musician hailing from small-town south Texas, is booked to perform at Hats Off For Hospice, the annual shindig benefiting CTMC Hospice.

In its 10th year, the festive barbecue fundraiser is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 30 at the Texas Old Town events venue near Kyle.

Money raised through the event will be applied to the hospice’s “Dream A Dream” program and its new in-patient unit for patients at San Marcos’ Central Texas Medical Center, said Lisa Adams, the hospital’s public relations coordinator. Tickets can be purchased through the event’s website.

Born in tiny Taft in coastal San Patricio County, LaRue grew up listening to Texas country and Southern rock, home-grown genres that would inform his later work. Later in life, LaRue took up with the Red Dirt scene based in Stillwater, Okla., honing a personal style alongside performers like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland and Mike McClure.

LaRue’s music is described as a blend of the “emotionally honest sound of country with the fun-living swagger of heartland rock and a dash of the moody undercurrents of the blues.”

Catered by Lockhart’s storied Black’s Barbecue, Hats Off For Hospice is billed as a family event featuring children’s activities like tractor trailer rides, a kiddie train, photo booth, moonwalk and face-painting.

The hospice raises money through ticket sales, a silent auction and a raffle for a five-day, four-night trip for six people to Ruidoso, N.M. Information about raffle tickets can be found on the event’s website, where organizers also maintain a list of items for sale through the silent auction.

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