There’s a car sticker that suggests the meaning of life is to live it. Obvious, perhaps, but how often are we really fully engaged; revelling in the highs, crying out through lows, and daring to ask questions or speak our true feelings amidst wonder, fear and mystery?
Young but uniquely experienced, Phillip LaRue has an admirable grip on how to live, the proof is written all over his debut solo album, Let the Road Pave Itself. An organic set of songs for the digital age, it was tracked live in the studio to an old fashioned two inch tape reel, warmly capturing the sound of Phillip and his friends playing real time rock that’s only ever concerned with life’s deepest matters of love and faith. Let the Road Pave Itself is catchy without trying to sound commercial, Phillip writes stay in your head songs from the heart; real life musical stories about open book faith, his closest loved ones, and struggling friends who don’t always believe as he does.
At sixteen he picked up the guitar and his new interest turned into a duo with his sister, Natalie, and they scored a record. Three albums and four years of touring followed.
LaRue, as the group was known, charted several pop hits and called it a day after Natalie got married. Phillip then moved to produce notable indie acts like Over the Rhine and Dave Barnes for a worship project based on the Psalms. He has recently written and produced rising band Tenth Avenue North and penned a hit for Brandon Heath while pondering his own return to upfront artistry.