Born and raised in rural Texas, matthew spent 10 years navigating the murky waters of the North Texas music scene in a variety of rock bands. He moved to New York in 2002 to begin a solo career as the matthew show, eventually moving operations back to the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 2006 due to hipster fatigue.
In 2003 his debut solo album, texas, was released on his own Naive Music label. matthew's second album, february (at februarythealbum.com), was released in 2008 by Wampus Multimedia. His third album, Memphis, was released in October 2012. All have received wide critical acclaim. He continues to release singles through Naive Music.
In 2010, matthew launched a popular docu-pop podcast, The Band That Never Was:
In 2011, he formed Ah Pook the Destroyer with Paul Shapera of Mocha Lab and released their debut album The Silver Key, based on the H.P. Lovecraft story of the same name:http://ahpookthedestroyer.com/
His songs have been featured on two seasons of the PBS series Roadtrip Nation, and on National Public Radio's All Songs Considered.
His cover of Warren Zevon's Mohammed's Radio was included on the bestselling tribute album Hurry Home Earl...