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Matthew McNeal

Air Date: 05-01-15

With a unique blend of roots rock and americana, Fort Worth’s own Matthew McNeal is making a name for himself as a young-gun in the DFW music scene. With conceptually-strong songwriting alongside a vibrant live show, the 22-year old finds himself traveling across Texas playing anywhere from honkytonks to house shows to dive bars- somehow never seeming out of place.

Working with Grammy award-winning McKenzie Smith (Midlake/Sarah Jaffe/St. Vincent) and Joey McClellan (Israel Nash), McNeal’s upcoming release ‘Compadre’ has already begun to generate steady buzz throughout the world of americana music. From songs of lonesome heartache to rambunctious road-worn ballads, McNeal’s genuine, homegrown style has him primed to be a songsmith with a bright future. ‘I just want to write honest songs that people can relate to,’ McNeal adds. ‘There’s enough sadness in country/americana music these days; I want to write about darker things but bring hope into the picture. I believe live shows should get people thinking, but overall it should be a good time- a bunch of like-minded folks getting to groove to an artist they can believe in.’