Crystal City native Stalling to perform at opera house

Max Stalling will be joined by his wife, Heather, for a Nov. 25 performance at the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera house. Camille Sanders will also perform.

The event will get underway at 7:30 p.m., and tickets range from $15 to $25. Tickets can be purchased at

Stalling was the youngest of six children born to Jeanne and Hal Stalling in Crystal City. He attended school in Carrizo Springs and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in food science from Texas A&M University.

In graduate school at A&M, Stalling had a roommate who owned a guitar. The instrument proved to be a major part of Stalling’s future. After spending his adolescent and teenage years consumed with pop and rock hit-makers – such as AC/DC, ZZ Top, Journey, Billy Idol, Loverboy, The Cars, Cheap Trick, ELO, Boston and a slew of others – of the 1970s and ’80s, the college student began writing poetry and observational prose. He picked up the guitar in 1990.

“Somewhere about that time it occurred to me that I needed to stop consuming and start creating,” Stalling said.


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