His solo acoustic performances are intimate, fun and really entertaining. His performances and ability to bring a great crowd have given him the opportunity to open up for rock group Tonic's lead singer Emerson Hart at Smith's Olde Bar in the summer of 2004. He has also opened shows for country superstar Kevin Sharp and bluegrass superstar Larry Keel.
He is from a small town in the mountains of North Carolina (Sylva). He was surrounded by the sounds of bluegrass, southern gospel, and country music. To hear him say it, "The mountains are full of music and it just gets into you without you knowing it." His influences aren't limited strictly to mountain music he has always listened to a variety of music. "I love 'real' music. Something that I can believe in and relate to." Some of the artist he list as influences are Waylon Jennings, Ryan Adams, Ronnie Bowman, Johnny Cash, Ben Harper, and Merle Haggard.
He was brought up in a working class family where his dad and brothers continue to run a construction company. His mom taught school until she retired and began working for his brother's company. He prides himself in how hard he works and says that it is a direct result of watching his dad get up at four every morning and work until dark, and from his mom working, taking care of the house and getting three boys to school and ball practice every day.
Music hasn't been Stillwell's only dream. He played baseball at Western Carolina University and had a lot of success. His junior year he had agents telling him he was getting drafted, but it didn't happen. Instead he took the energy, passion, and work ethic he used in athletics and channelled it into his music.
Now he is writing about what he knows, traveling and entertaining his fans, and fast becoming a strong force in the music industry. He is looking at his success and recognition as a huge opportunity while keeping things in perspective. "I'm making a living doing what I love to do and that rocks. It will happen when it's suppose to happen."
Check out the artist's website:
1. Take It All In
2. On My Own
3. Go Away
4. Turn Around
5. Tryin' To Get To Heaven
6. The Motions
8. Good Hands
10. What Happened
11. Heroes And Men
12. What I Do