It has been a while since I saw Matt Stillwell. Before his show in Bristol last night, the last time I saw Matt Stillwell was at Capone’s in Johnson City. He was with his full band that night. It was a great show. Very crowded with a lot of fans who were really excited to see the show. Last night, I got to see Matt Stillwell. After Kaitlyn Baker finished her show, we saw Matt. Just Matt, a microphone, and an amp. He did an acoustic performance at State Line Bar and Grill in Bristol, Tenn., and he was really good.
Everyone remembers Matt from his hit record “Shine”. But, I think a lot of his fans have lost touch with him over the past few years. Let me tell you, it is definitely time to reconnect with this very talented artist. On March 11, he released his sophomore album, “Right On Time”. The album has 12 songs, five of which Matt co-wrote. Each song on the album is better than good, and several of them had me asking myself, ‘why haven’t I heard this on the radio?’.
The title track, written by Matt Stillwell, Sherrie Austin and Will Rambeaux, is my favorite. “Right On Time” is a slow song, great melody, great lyrics, and basically great country music. Not the country/rock, country/pop or country/rap we’ve been hearing on the radio lately. This song will remind every country music fan why it is they fell in love with country music.
It is really going to be hard for me to write about last night’s show without turning this post into an album review. But Matt’s new CD is definitely worthy of a raving review. And I hope all of his fans who don’t have a copy yet will get over to iTunes and pick one up. When I first got this album, I found myself listening to “Right On Time” over and over. It wasn’t too long before I knew every word, and could sing with it from the first word to the last.
While that title track will probably remain my favorite, there are 11 more on this CD that are every bit as good. I think “Enough” is another great song. And I’m really sure most of our country music listeners will agree with me on this one. There is not one song on the CD that you will want to ‘skip over’ when you see it coming up next on the play list. Here is what you are going to get on this awesome album:
(Dean Dillon, Phil O’Donnell, Matt Stillwell)
“Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em”
(Mickey Jack Cones, Matt Stillwell, Lynn Hutton )
( Sherrie Austin, William Rambeaux, Paul Duncan)
“I Do What I Do”
( Wil Nance, Jim “Moose” Brown )
(Justin Moore, Ashe Underwood, Jamie Paulin)
“I’m A Sinner”
(Lynn Hutton, Matt Stillwell)
“The Way You Make Me Feel”
“Make Love For A Livin’”
(Brad Crisler, Craig Wiseman, Gary Nichols)
(Johnny Bulford, Phil Barton)
(Lynn Hutton, Rodney Clawson)
“Remember Where You Come From”
(Lynn Hutton, Matt Stillwell, Jon Henderson)
“Right On Time”
(Matt Stillwell, Sherrie Austin, Will Rambeaux)
Matt is a great performer. Last night his one-man show included his songs, as well as songs made famous by George Jones, Keith Whitley, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, and many others. He is putting the country back in country music, and I am sure I’m not the only one ready for that.
As I told you all in a post earlier, I’m having some camera issues right now, but here are a few more shots from last night at State Line Bar & Grill. Sorry about the quality of the photos, the show, however, was the best. I’ll toss in a few from the show at Capone’s, too, when he had the band with him.
I had an opportunity to spend a little time with Matt before the show, and he told me there are some big things coming up for him very soon. Including another new album in the works. He also has an announcement to share with all of us soon, but we have to wait a little while for that. For now, I hope you will all grab a copy of “Right On Time”. You won’t be sorry.
Remember, too, that in addition to Matt’s web site, you can visit his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter @mattstillwell. If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we invite you to keep up with us @countryschatter.
Matt is in Gatlinburg tonight. He will be heading to the midwest early next week, but we get him back on May 17, when he will be in Kingsport, Tenn., for Racks By The Tracks Festival. Joe Diffie is also going to be on hand for that event. Keep up with all of Matt’s appearances on his web site.http://www.countryschatter.com/2014/04/when-you-want-country-music-you-want-matt-stillwell/Concert InfoNew ReleasesReviewToursCapone's,Enough,Gatlinburg,Joe Diffie,Kaitlyn Baker,matt stillwell,Racks By the Tracks,Right On Time,State Line Bar and Grill