2022, back from the Lockdown.

The new year brought new opportunities. I found myself playing a few gigs at the Common Ground Ciderworks located in North Brookfield, Ma. It was nice to finally be able to play out again, granted not as often as I'd have liked to. I had some new merch made by a local husband and wife owned company, Four Engines Apparel. They did a great job bringing the new logo to life. I had a great interview by Lara Samuels on the "let's have Words" Podcast.  Recently I was interviewed for Aldora Britain Records Magazine issue 79. I'll post the link. I'm looking forward to 2023, more gig opportunities and finally getting back into the studio to record some new music. Thank you for all your support. Please share my music, I'm on all the music streaming sites. 

Aldora Britain Records E-Zine #79 Interview

2022 international singer songwriters award finalist

I made the finals! A big thank you to everyone who voted. I appreciate your support and love for my music.

Let's HaVE words interview

I was interviewed on April 10, 2022 by Lara Samuels on the struggle to be a professional musician while balancing a job/family/life.  You can click the link to listen. 

I made the finals! A big thank you to everyone who voted. I appreciate your support and love for my music.

Song to Get You Through the Holiday: Stan Matthews goes country with 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' Victor D. Infante Worcester Magazine

Feb. 13th, 2022


A good love song can be a thing of absolute joy. It can fill the heart with warmth and resurrect long-gone cherished moments: The song that was playing the first time you were kissed, the song that was playing in the restaurant the day you got engaged, the song you danced to at your wedding. For fear of quoting Paul McCartney, what’s wrong with that? Absolutely nothing.

However, let’s be honest: The love-gone-wrong songs are the most fun. Sure, John Legend’s “All of Me” is a moving work of beauty, but sometimes, you just want to scream Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” at the top of your lungs. Come Valentine’s Day, some people are looking for just the right mood music for a romantic evening, while others are looking for something a bit more … cathartic.

For those folks, there are any number of options – we’ve made numerous recommendations in the past – but local country artist Stan Matthews’ recent take on post-punk legends Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” should definitely be on your playlist.

It’s a stripped down rendition, where Matthews channels the song's sense of disorientation – best captured in late singer Ian Curtis’ vocals – and brings it down to a rough, human level. The song’s original version may well be the gold standard for anti-Valentine’s sentiments, but Matthews here presents a rendition that’s both grounded and wistfully affecting.  

In a lot of ways, Matthews has found a country song nestled in the heart of the 1980 classic. Lines that radiate a sort of detached disaffection in the original seem here brooding and heartbroken: “When routine bites hard,” sings Matthews, drawing out each line slowly, “And ambitions are low/And resentment rides high/But emotions won't grow/And we're changing our ways/Taking different roads/Then love, love will tear us apart again/Love, love will tear us apart again.”


"The Road", New Song to be released soon!