Matt Stillwell

Matt Stillwell

BandCountryAmericana

Matt Stillwell is an artist that tells the truth and delivers the truth with a heartfelt, identifiable and beautiful voice. He blends country, bluegrass, and acoustic rock in a really fresh and cool way. His shows are a blast his songs are great.

Biography

“Oh lord won’t you help me to get where I belong, cause its clear to me, I can’t make it On My Own”. Matt Stillwell speaking through his own lyrics concerning his personal life has taken the exact opposite path: trying to make it on his own. Producing and distributing his own independent album and paying for it with his hard earned money from the road.

He is now out promoting that album which is titled, “Take It All In.” Matt's first single 'Turn Around' had over 100 stations playing it. The cd was released nation wide August 18,2006 through Select-O-Hits distribution out of Memphis. The album is presently being promoted to the Americana radio format and is sarting to make in roads at Americana Radio.
It features 12 original songs all written or co-written by Stillwell.

Matt produced the new album with young and hot engineer Brian Kolb. Together they called in some of Nashville’s A-list musicians to create the unique sound of “Take It All In”. They tracked with only a five piece band which gives “Take It All In” a very open and clean sound that showcases Stillwell’s voice and his lyrics. With a great mixture of up-tempo, mid-tempo, and ballads, Matt and writing partner Lyn Hutton have written a great first record that defines Matt’s music as roots based but also features his excellent songwriting skills. “Take It All In” tackles subjects ranging from love gained and lost, God and family, and party songs like “Moonshine”. "Good hands" is a true story about a friend of Matt’s that had a dream about asking his future father, who has died, for his daughters hand in marriage. "On My Own" is a college inspired anthem that deals with Matt's life experience as a college student. "Surrender" and "Heroes and Men" are songs that create instant reaction from the listener.

Musicians include Dan Dugmore, whose credits include, James Taylor, Faith Hill, and Linda Rondstad, played steel, lap steel, electric guitar, and banjo on the album. Bruce Bouton (Garth Brooks) played dobro, steel and lap steel guitars, Chris Leuzinger (Garth Brooks) played electric guitar, Harry Stinson (Marty Stewart) and Perry Coleman (Faith Hill and Billy Joel) provided background vocals, Wanda Vic played mandolin and fiddle, Allison Prestwood and Kevin Grantt were on bass, Billy Panda played acoustic guitar, and Jon Gardner (Dixie Chicks) played drums. Matt is well on his way to becoming one of Nashville’s hardest working artist and brightest new writers.

Stillwell has developed a strong following throughout the southeast. Up until 2006 traveling with just his guitar, sound equipment and clothes, Stillwell toured non-stop across the southeast. Now Matt travels with a band and their live shows have created quite a buzz and his crowds are increasing with every show. Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta, a very well respected music venue has given Matt a residency gig. Others to receive this honor are pop acts Gavin Degraw and Tonic lead singer Emerson Hart.

Musically, Stillwell’s influences started early. Growing up in the mountains of North Carolina, he was surrounded by Southern Gospel, Bluegrass and Country music. As a teenager he listened to what every teenager was listening to at the time which ranged from Guns and Roses to Garth Brooks. As he got more involved in his own music he started listening to a lot of older country, bluegrass and rhythm and blues. Living in Nashville he is able to learn from other songwriters as well. He listens and learns from guitar vocals done by the songwriters of brand new songs and songs that have become hits. He is constantly on the lookout for new artists to listen and learn from. Taking notes on performing and songwriting. Through all this he has created music that maintains a strong integrity and appeals to a very large audience.

A member of the Jackson County Athletic Hall of Fame, Matt incorporates the work ethic he learned from his family and that earned him All-Southern Conference honors as a baseball player for Western Carolina University, into his music career. .

Contact:
Management/Booking
Dennis Kurtz
Showgun Entertainment
Still 7 Records
404 378-1057 Office
404734-1154 Cell
dk@show-gun.com

Lyrics

Lie

Written By: Matt Stillwell

Lie
Matt Stillwell
3/8/08

The smell of her perfume
Still lingers in this room
And haunts me no matter where I hide
I’ve prayed and I’ve prayed
That’d it go away
And let me get on with my life
Now I drink just so I can sleep
And not feel her memory

Chorus:
There’s a bible on the bedside
An empty bottle close by
And I’ve fought em both tonight
I think I would be fine
If I could just close my eyes
And get her out of my mind
But I’m reminded day and night
Of what I lost when I chose to lie

A real woman knows her man
Like the back of her hand
And she won’t take him messing round
She’ll pack up and leave
Wipe her hands clean
Drive away and never turn around
Oh this lonely is killing me
I wish it’d just leave me be

Chorus:
There’s a bible on the bedside
An empty bottle close by
And I’ve fought em both tonight
I think I would be fine
If I could just close my eyes
And get her out of my mind
But I’m reminded day and night
Of what I lost when I chose to lie

Bridge:
The fires of my own hell sure burn
Yea this has been a hard lesson learned

There’s a bible on the bedside
An empty bottle close by
They remind me day and night
Of what I lost when I chose to lie

On My Own

Written By: Matt Stillwell

I woke up face down on a cold bathroom floor
In a house I know i'd never seen before
Last night is still running through my bones
God I feel like its a long way home

you'd think i'd learn by now
not to do the things I do
but that devil inside of me
still got something left to prove
This ain't no road that I need to walk alone
Every bit of sanity in my head is gone

Chorus:
And I'm out searching for that better life
But I'm lost in the dangers of Good times
Oh Lord won't you help me
To get where I belong
Because its clear to me
I can't make it On My Own

Running through quick sand would be easier to me
I'm like a blind man trying to navigate the sea
I'm fighting waves that keep trying to knock me down
All I need now is a little solid ground

Chorus:
And I'm out searching for that better life
But I'm lost in the dangers of Good times
Oh Lord won't you help me
To get where I belong
Because its clear to meAnd I'm out searching for that better life
But I'm lost in the dangers of Good times
Oh Lord won't you help me
To get where I belong
Because its clear to me
I can't make it On My Own
I can't make it On My Own

Chorus:

Discography

Currently promoting "Take It All In" an all original 12 song album.

Previous Releases include:

13 song acoustic album titled "The Couch Sessions" 2005

4 song full band demo titled "At A Glance" 2004

8 song acoustic album titled "On My Own" 2003

12 song acoustic album "Stripped Down" 2002

Set List

Shows range from 90 minutes to 4 hours. With a mixture of covers and some oriiginals ranging from Ryan Adams, Johnny Cash, U2, Keith Urban, Gnarles Barkley, and a ton more. Or a mixture of originals with some covers depending on the club.

Song List:
Ryan Adams “Answering Bell”, “Rescue Blues”
Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Ring Of Fire”
Oasis “Wonderwall”
Gnarles Barkley "Crazy"
Maroon 5 "She Will Be Loved"
John Mayer “Your Body Is a Wonderland”
Keith Urban “Somebody Like You”, “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me”, “You’ll Think Of Me”
Matchbox 20 “UnWell”, “3 AM”, “Push”
U2 “With Or Without You”
Tonic “If You Can Only See”
Josh Kelly “Colide”
Jack Johnson “Flake”
Gavin DeGraw “I Don’t Wanna Be”
Dave Matthews Band “Crash”, “Long Black Veil”, “Where Are You Going”
Black Crowes “She Talks To Angels”
Poison “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”
Bon Jovi “Wanted Dead Or Alive”
Bob Dylan “Knockin On Heaven’s Door”
The Commadors “Easy Like Sunday Morning”
Alabama