Matt Stillwell Kaitlyn Barker 037Matt Stillwell and Kaitlyn Baker
(April 11, 2014 – State Line Bar & Grill, Bristol, Tenn.)

Last night I went to State Line Bar and Grill in Bristol, Tenn. I’ve always liked that place. It has great food, awesome service, and always fantastic live music. Bristol is a little more than an hour from my house, so I usually find myself going on nights that the artist is someone I personally know, someone I’ve seen before and want to see again, or someone I enjoy listening to and just want to catch a live show. My intention last night was to go see Matt Stillwell. I’ve known Matt for a number of years, and I am so impressed with his new album – but I’ll get to Matt in another post. This one is about Matt’s opening act last night. Her name is Kaitlyn Baker.

Matt Stillwell Kaitlyn Barker 025I hope you will all head over to her web site and listen to some of her music. Kaitlyn is a singer, songerwriter and most definitely a performer. She was working a full band last night, and her confidence and experience were obvious. Like I said earlier, I’ve been to this venue a number of times before. Last night, the sound wasn’t working in her favor. I’m not sure why. I don’t think it was just too loud, but something wasn’t quite right.

Kaitlyn took the time to talk to her audience, tell stories, and let us know what was going on with her career. At least she tried. It was very hard to understand what she was saying. Even the lyrics to some of her songs were lost during her live performance. However, taking all of that into consideration, she did a great job, and I think we can all look forward to a lot more from Kaitlyn.

Matt Stillwell Kaitlyn Barker 032The Pound, Va., native has had a lot of practice. She started singing at age 7, and has opened for Billy Currington, Doug Stone, Sawyer Brown, Rhonda Vincent, Sammy Kershaw , Brett Eldredge, Josh Gracin, and many other Nashville artists. If you visit Nashville, you might catch her at Tootsie’s. You can keep up with her by checking her show schedule on her web site.

Matt Stillwell Kaitlyn Barker 033I enjoyed all of the songs on her web site. A lot of her music will remind you of other artists, and it will all remind you the music you are hearing on today’s country radio stations. But at the same time, she has a uniqueness in both her music and her style that will separate her from the others. If I had to pick one or two favorites form the songs you can listen to on her site, I think I would start with “Don’t Waste Your Love,” and probably the second one would be “It’s Never Too Late”. Hope you will all have a listen, and let me know what you think! She is working on a  new album, which will be coming out sometime this summer.

Matt Stillwell Kaitlyn Barker 029Visit her web site, listen to her music; check out her Facebook page (and remember to ‘Like’ it while you are there). Head on over to her YouTube Channel, too. You’ll get a very good idea of exactly what it is Kaitlyn does. You can also follow her on Twitter @kaitlynbaker. Remember, too, that if you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, you can do that @countryschatter. We’d love to have you!

Matt Stillwell Kaitlyn Barker 007I’ll be back with a little about Matt’s show, and a lot about Matt’s CD in a little while. In the meantime – I do have to apologize to Kaitlyn (and to Matt) for the quality of the pictures going up with these articles. I have a camera issue. The big Nikon isn’t working properly, and I had to use a small camera last night. So far – I am not finding anywhere that repairs cameras! Not around here anyway. Looks like a trip to Knoxville, Tenn.,  or Asheville, N.C., might be in order.

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Matt Stillwell and Kaitlyn Baker (April 11, 2014 – State Line Bar & Grill, Bristol, Tenn.) Last night I went to State Line Bar and Grill in Bristol, Tenn. I’ve always liked that place. It has great food, awesome service, and always fantastic live music....