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Low Dough Show: Matt Stell

99.5 The Wolf Presents
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“I just try to be as real as possible,” says “Prayed for You” hit maker Matt Stell.

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“Just trying to tell some kind of truth is the hallmark of what I do.”

Coming from a true singer-songwriter like Stell, that’s not really an Earth-shattering statement. What makes it interesting, though, is the wealth of experience he has to pull from. A renaissance man in modern country, Stell is both an artist and an athlete, a soulful Southern vocalist and a worldly wayfarer. He’s a deep-thinking academic and a live-for-the-moment dreamer. And he’s a writer whose passion for the page is only equaled by his addiction to the stage.

A life of twists and turns has led Stell to follow more than a few callings – and he’s done so with excellence each time. But with his Everywhere But On EP, the tangled paths of his background converge at a new destination.

Now impacting country radio via Barry Weiss’ RECORDS label (a Sony joint-venture created by one of the figures behind ‘90s superstars Brittney Spears, N’SYNC and more) in partnership with Arista Nashville and Good Company Entertainment, “Prayed for You” leads Stell’s Everywhere But On EP – seven self-penned tracks which trace the contours of his eclectic artistic identity. “We’ve got songs that cover Saturday night and Sunday morning,” he says with a grin. “I don’t try to separate the different parts of life.”

The country-rocking “I Bet Whiskey Would” lands firmly in the Saturday night category, using bourbon-soaked guitars and 100-proof vocals to stoke a red hot bar-top connection, while “Home In a Hometown” takes up the Sunday-morning mantle, describing what makes a small town “home” in loving detail. The duet features “Best Shot” hit maker Jimmie Allen on a blast of modern, heart-forward nostalgia.

“’Home’ can be romanticized as this place with these church pews and back roads, but what really matters are the people in those pews or running down those roads,” Stell says. “It’s an homage to where I’m from and places like that all around the country, and Jimmie adds a whole new dimension.”

Meanwhile, “Reason Why” presents Stell’s expressive vocal inside a moody anthem to rolling the dice on love once more, “Last Habit” goes down smooth as an intoxicating can’t-help-myself jam and the gritty “Better I Drink” pairs a swamp-rock beat with a bluesy, talk-rapping bridge.

But it’s with the project’s title track that Stell truly nods to his roots. “Everywhere But On” feels like classic country translated to a modern tongue, all about a guy who’s moved “everywhere but on” to forget an ex; from Savannah to Long Beach, California, and from the Mississippi Delta to Santa Fe. It recalls a time in Stell’s life when he was living one show and one song at a time, never spending more than three nights in a row in the same place. He was gone so much, in fact, that up until this year all his mail was delivered to his mother back in Arkansas – one bit of truth that now appears in the track’s second verse, adding lived-in weight to a song filled with the weary ache of a lifelong searcher. “That part of that character is really true to life to me,” Stell says. “I know what that’s like.”

“I could add another push pin to the map / But that won’t stop me from missing you or looking back,” he croons in the vivid standout’s chorus, co-written by Stell with Paul Sikes and Lance Miller.

We all come from so many influences that I feel like you can never tell where music – or life – will go, and that’s what I gravitate toward,” Stell says, hinting at the subtle diversity found on Everywhere But On … and to his own wandering spirit. “I hope there’s a moment on this EP for everyone to be like ‘Oh yeah, I love this part. Play that again.’”

Get more info about Matt Stell here.

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