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Matt Lindahl

AGE: 28

HOMETOWN: Snellville, Georgia

CURRENTLY RESIDES: Boone, North Carolina

BIO: Matthew is a jack-of-all-trades contractor who has had jobs from picking fruit to selling snow cones at the circus. He has been singing "since the womb stage," and has learned to play many instruments including the guitar, trumpet, mandolin, and the washboard. Not always satisfied with conventional instruments, he also invented one made out of two pieces of wood, a toilet paper holder, beer caps, a soup can, a coat hanger, and yarn. Matthew comes from a musical family in which his mom plays piano, his older sister plays the guitar, and his dad and other two sisters sing. He started writing and performing in a trailer while picking fruit on his grandfather's farm, and his musical influences include Robert Earl Keen, Hank Williams, Sr., bluegrass, and old Motown.

QUOTE: "I think that everybody, especially musicians, take themselves way too seriously, so often the songs that I write are akin to a musical elbow in the ribs, saying, 'Hey, relax, life should be a whole lot more fun.' I also write so-called 'serious' songs about the loss of farms, visionary hitchhikers, outlaw cowboys, troubled people on Greyhound buses...There's only so much of yourself you can show in a couple of minutes, much less in a competition setting, but Lord God please, I am not another Cledus T. Judd."

EPISODE BY EPISODE:
The Road to Nashville: Performed "Folsom Prison Blues" (Johnny Cash); chosen by the judges to be one of the 10 finalists
Number Ones: Performed "El Paso" (Marty Robbins)
Love and Heartache: Performed "One Woman Man" (George Jones)
Original Songs: Performed "Jump Off The Bridge" (original)
Willie Songs: Performed "Uncloudy Day" (Willie Nelson)
Southern Rock: Performed "What's Your Name" (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Duets: Performed "Chug-A-Lug" (Roger Miller); Performed "Better Things To Do" with Terri Clark
My Best Shot: Performed "The Greyhound Song" (original); Performed "River in the Rain" (original)
Grand Finale: Performed "Jump Off the Bridge" (original); FINISHED THIRD IN FINAL ROUND OF VIEWER VOTING

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.mattlindahl.com

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