Matt Stell & Friends
Time & Location
About the Event
Matt Stell + Ray Fulcher + Chris Bandi
Tickets will also be sold at the door night of the event.
This event is 21 and up.
Must show photo ID at the door.
Doors at 8pm
The entirety of the venue is general admission standing room.
Matt Stell bio:
With a style that bridges contemporary country and Americana but dips into rock, blues, and classic singer/songwriter fare, Matt Stell began releasing music in the early 2010s after teaching himself guitar while in college. He had a breakthrough with the streaming hit "Prayed for You" in 2018.
Raised mostly in Center Ridge, Arkansas, with some time spent in Central Florida, Matt Stell grew up listening to a mix of classic country, country-rock, blues-rock, and rap while making a name for himself in basketball. (His high school AAU team once claimed victory over LeBron James.) He went on to play college basketball at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, where he started playing guitar between school and team obligations. As soon as he could play Barre chords, he began writing songs and performing at a local bar. Music quickly became a passion, though he finished a master's degree in communications at the University of Arkansas, made missionary trips to Haiti, and considered medical school before deciding to pursue it as a vocation.
Stell released the album A River Through It via 124 Records in 2013, following it with the single "Country Love Song" in 2015. In the meantime, he opened shows for headliners including Luke Bryan and Eric Church. An offer from Wide Open Music in Nashville, Tennessee led to the release of the single "Prayed for You" and the EP Everywhere But On in 2019. "Prayed for You" went viral, amassing over ten million streams across platforms before the end of the year.
Ray Fulcher bio:
Like many country singers, Ray Fulcher started his career as a professional songwriter. After he racked up hits for Luke Combs in 2016, he concentrated on his career as a singer, releasing the EP Somebody Like Me in 2019. As a performer, Fulcher is brighter, sweeter than Combs, with just a slight pop bent that is kept in check by the singer/songwriter's debt to the lean, funky sound of Eric Church.
A native of east Georgia who was raised in the small town of Harlem, Ray Fulcher was initially drawn to the hard country of George Strait, Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, and Keith Whitley. While he was attending the University of Georgia as an Education major, he fell for modern country acts, including Eric Church, Luke Bryan, and the Zac Brown Band.
A 2005 concert by Church in Athens, Georgia served as the inspiration for Fulcher to learn how to play guitar at the age of 21. Soon, Fulcher began writing his own songs and playing in a band called County Line. After releasing a solo debut EP, Turn It Up, in 2013, Fulcher moved to Nashville in 2014, inking a deal with River House Artists not much later. The wiry, twangy single "That's My Thinkin'" also arrived in 2014, with "Song of the Summer" coming in 2015.
This One's for YouA second EP, Here We Go Again, appeared in 2016, but Fulcher's big break that year came when he co-wrote eight of the twelve songs on Luke Combs' debut, This One's for You. Among those tunes was the number one single "When It Rains It Pours," which helped kickstart Fulcher's performing career.
Fulcher pushed ahead after Combs became a star. "Anything Like You Dance" was the first single leading to the May release of Fulcher's EP Somebody Like Me. That year, Fulcher continued his connection to Combs, writing three songs for the star's EP The Prequel and serving as the opening act on Combs' summer tour.
Chris Bandi bio:
Hailing from St. Louis, Chris Bandi proves that you can be a city boy and still find a home in country music. A singer and songwriter with a knack for personal stories and an evocative, slightly sandy voice, Bandi found an audience for his music with the 2017 digital smash "Man Enough Now." Influenced by rock, pop, hip-hop, and R&B as well as country, Bandi's music reflects his wide-ranging tastes, with the electronic beats and Auto-Tuned vocals of "Only One," the reggae-accented rhythms of "Rain Man," and the sleek pop production of "Gone Girl" confirming he's not just another country artist.
Chris Bandi was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and listened to an eclectic variety of music growing up. Bandi's father enjoyed a wide variety of pop and rock sounds -- his favorite artists included Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Cat Stevens, and Michael Jackson -- while his mother preferred country singers like Randy Travis, George Strait, and Garth Brooks. As he grew into his teens, Bandi spent more time enjoying artists that appealed to his own tastes, such as St. Louis rapper Nelly, R&B stars Usher and Bruno Mars, and pop-punk band Fall Out Boy. By the time he was in high school, Bandi had learned to play guitar and formed a band who performed regularly at clubs and bars in the St. Louis area. After completing high school, Bandi attended the University of Mississippi, where he studied marketing. But he still had an eye on making a career in music, and during summer breaks he went to Nashville to play small shows and make connections in the business.
Shortly after Bandi graduated, he took the plunge and moved to Nashville to follow his dream full-time. Bandi first made an impression as a songwriter; within a few months of settling there, he began writing with established tunesmiths such as Monty Criswell and Shane Minor, and recognizing Bandi's talent as a vocalist, Criswell took him into the studio to sing on his publishing demos. Through his colleagues in publishing, Bandi was introduced to producer Julian King, who saw his potential as a recording artist. In September 2016, Bandi released his debut single, "Man Enough Now," inspired by his own experiences with relationships that went sour. Several months later, the song became a digital hit, and in June 2017, when Bandi signed a publishing deal with BMG, the song had been streamed more than 12 million times. By that point, Bandi had already issued a follow-up single, "Gone Girl," which was issued in February 2017 and soon racked up over two million streaming plays. Between an increasingly busy touring schedule and his work as a contract songwriter, Bandi still found time to release fresh material; he dropped two singles in June 2018, "Ran Man" and "Only One," while the deeply introspective "Why I Don't Drink" was posted in November 2018.