Stillwell headliner of ‘Legends’ show

Matt Stillwell

For the last 24 years, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office’s Shop with a Cop Program has been providing Christmas for children in need in the community. The program, which was started by Sheriff Robert Holland and his wife Marci as a way to help a single family around the holidays, has grown to now serve more than 400 children a year. Shop with a Cop is completely funded by the support and financial contributions of individuals.
To raise money for the Shop with a Cop program, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary has organized a benefit concert scheduled for Friday, March 13, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. The concert, A Night with the Legends, begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature local musicians performing legendary country, bluegrass, and rock classics.
This year’s headlining act will be Jackson County native, Matt Stillwell. Stillwell, a nationally touring country music artist from Sylva, is an independent country music artist. Before he jumped into music, he played baseball at Western Carolina University where he was an All Conference player on the Catamount’s Southern Conference Championship Baseball team. He has recorded seven full length albums, opened for numerous country superstars, and toured the countrys. He lives in Knoxville, Tenn., with his wife Lindsey, and two girls, Carolina and Ruby.
The event’s emcee, 99.9 KISS FM Country’s Eddie Foxx, will entertain between eight different performances spanning decades and covering classic hits from a range of genres. Audience members can expect local musicians performing legendary songs from artists such as Patsy Cline, Jamey Johnson, Hank Williams Jr., Reba McEntire, and more.
Local musicians include Limited Distance, Michaella Hedden, Seeds of Faith performing with Curtis Blackwell, Chelsi Reynolds, The Hackers, Brent Ledford, and Carey Deal. Dwayne Cabe will perform the National Anthem.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Shop with a Cop Program. The benefit concert will also serve as an opportunity to raise awareness about the organizations and agencies who volunteer each year to make Shop with a Cop a success.
Tickets will be available beginning March 2 at the MCSO Annex building and at the Macon County Detention Center and will be sold at the door beginning at 6 p.m. on March 13. Tickets are $15 for adults, children 10 years and under are $10 each and children 5 and under are free. A limited number of VIP tickets will be sold for $50. VIP tickets include reserved seating and a meet and greet with Matt Stillwell before the show.