Matt Stillwell has never gone about anything in his life the traditional way. An “ordinary” guy with an extraordinary talent and passion for music, baseball, and his country, Stillwell has found the balance to bring them all together.
“I just try to write about the things that I know, whether that’s moonshine or beer or the loss of my dad,” Stillwell said. “I feel like I’m the same guy onstage that I am at home.”
Stillwell thrives on connecting with people of all walks of life, whether it’s on a baseball diamond or onstage.
In May, Stillwell performed at Busch Stadium as part of his Badges for Baseball tour which will see 15 stops across the country he loves so dearly in the next two years.
The Badges for Baseball tour is sponsored in part by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and is an organization Stillwell wholeheartedly believes in. Its mission is to connect at-risk youth with local law enforcement in communities across America through baseball clinics.
Stillwell’s deep roots in baseball, along with his gift of music and love and pride for his country make the Badges for Baseball tour a no-brainer.
The North Carolina native grew up chasing a dream of playing in the Majors and almost had it realized.
Stillwell was an all-Southern Conference baseball player at Western Carolina, but gave up the chase after graduating and turned to a new dream. ghost on chasing his baseball dream after graduation.
“I made the decision that if I wanted to chase something, it should be music,” Stillwell told the St. Louis Dispatch. “I’d rather be Willie Nelson and doing this forever, so I better get a start on it.”