“His guitar can sweep you up and make you feel as though you have been set down in the deep South on a hot Summer night, where the air hangs heavy and the sweat rolls freely. Then, like a breath of fresh air, squeeze notes out of his guitar that are so soft and sweet, they seem to shimmer like a full moon on The Gulf Of Mexico”.
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By Paul A. Harris
Drawing comparisons to Tommy Stillwell’s lead guitar playing poses a hazard for any reviewer, owing to the temptation to parade out names like Johnny Winter, Dave Hole, or the late Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Where has this guitarist been hiding? Apparently in every road house, honky tonk and joint in the Midwest.
St. Louis Post Dispatch St. Louis, MO
Stillwell’s expertise is evident, capturing listeners in slack jawed fascination with his delicate, crisp, and exacting guitar mastery.
PORT ARTHUR NEWS Port Arthur, Texas
….He’s great! After hearing Tommy Stillwell play, one can well understand why Emmett would make such a statement. Stillwell’s guitar work is superb, whether he’s playing rocking rhythm and blues (on his Stratocaster), or some fine slide on a well-worn Sears Silvertone.
LOUISVILLE MUSIC NEWS Louisville, KY
Stillwell is a drop-dead guitarist mining the Texas vein…He is a complete blues guitarist -- one of those you occasionally catch in a club and think to yourself, “This is the real thing”. “This guy should be famous.”
Live Sound! And Touring Technology Magazine… Overland Park, KS
Tommy Stillwell demonstrates an astounding range of emotional expression on his instrument. He possess the dexterity and speed that nearly all blues guitarists prize. What especially stands Stillwell apart, however, is the conceptual cunning of his solos.
ST. LOUIS POST- DISPATCH St. Louis, MO