Matt Stell is coming to Star-B-Q this August 28 at the Salem Farmers Market - all six feet seven inches of him. The Arkansas native not only has a breakout hit in “Prayed For You” but he also was a former college basketball player at Drury University.
After teaching himself to play guitar in college, he moonlighted at local venues under a fake name after basketball practice. Tapping a diverse love of artists like Randy Travis, Bonnie Raitt and the Drive-By Truckers, to name a few, Stell’s own lyrics began making waves, with songs like “Whiskey Baby” and “Small Town Love” hitting Number One on the Texas Radio charts.
After years of chasing what was starting to seem like a pipe dream in Nashville, Stell and his future fiancée took a medical mission trip which again changed his course. Working with doctors and nurses to help disadvantaged patients in dire circumstances, he felt inspired to make a difference, applied for and was accepted to the post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Harvard extension school.
He then had to decide between medicine and music when he met Wide Open Music’s Ash Bowers, and was offered a conveted publishing deal.
“I knew that if I didn’t do it, I would feel like I was quitting,” says Stell. “It was like this is what you came here after, and now you have an opportunity. You need to see it through. They’ll still be holding class up there, if it doesn’t work out.’”
Tickets for Star-B-Q with Matt Stell and Eric Gress are $8 in advance and $12 the day of the show. They are available at the Salem Parks and Recreation Office at 620 Florida Street, or by following this link https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4305164