When it comes to country music, Texans can be picky.
But North Carolinian Matt Stillwell entertained the crowd at the Firehouse Saloon just as well as any Texas/Red Dirt act that's played the legendary Houston bar - where he opened for Average Joe's Entertainment label mate, Corey Smith
His ability to turn a Rock ballad like Oasis' "Wonderwall" into a rollicking country song, to his sense of humor and fun-loving, toe-tapping songs like "Dirt Road Dancing" proved to be a hit with the local Texans.
And if you can play something that they can dance to, that goes a long way to making a Texas Country crowd entertained (and involved in the show).
I caught up with Stillwell after the show, and we talked about music, cover songs and his Texas connection (his producer is from San Antonio).