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:
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 Early, and his song Bring Me Safely Down won second place in American Songwriter magazine's Lyric Competition.
His song Office Suite, Part I was used as the soundtrack to lonelygirl15's YouTube video The Tolstoy Principle, which has gained over half a million views due to coverage in Wired and the New York Times. He read and created the music for the 2011 audiobook version of Mark Doyon's Bonneville Stories:
He co-produced the debut album for singer/songwriter (and matthew show fiddlist) Beth Brown, ironically titled I'm Not Matthew:
He has performed live with acts as diverse as Hamell On Trial, Daniel Katsük, Villain Vanguard and Goodwin, and headlined 2004's JournalCon in Washington DC. He has worked with artists such as Cubano-classical favorites Las Rubias del Norte, NYC celebrity street musician Dorian Spencer, renowned violinist Reggie Rueffer, roots-rock songwriters Doug Kwartler, James Dunn and Ed Rogers, and avant-garde composers Little Jack Melody and Bone Doggie.
matthew plays guitar for Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards nominees Fish Fry Bingo, an intriguing mix of hillbilly and hip-hop.
He performs regularly as Matthew Perreault in the virtual world Second Life, where his live concerts draw fans from around the real world and throughout the metaverse.
matthew's non-musical activities have included writing and editing children's nonfiction books, being one of Fandango.com's first movie reviewers, providing commentaries on Dallas' KERA FM, and performing as an extra on the late, lamented Walker, Texas Ranger.