Parker County is buzzing as one of its own advanced on the wildly popular musical competition, The Voice earlier this week.
Matt Tedder, a 2013 graduate from Aledo High School, was chosen by pop sensation Adam Levine during his blind audition for his Blues rendition, “Hooch Coochie Man.”
“It’s so humbling,” he said in a phone interview on Thursday speaking of this fan, friends and family supporting him back home. “I’m so grateful to all of those people, they mean so much to me.”
Tedder said his style of music began at an early age, when he was 9 or 10.
“I grew up listening to the Blues - guys like Freddy King,” he said. “I also listened to a lot of Texas greats, like Johnny Winter, and obviously Stevie Ray Vaughan. That was kind of my ‘roots.’”
He said looking back now he was thankful he started with the Blues, that it was the roots for so many genera of music.
“So I feel like I started in the right place,” he said.
As he got older he became more in tune to rock-n-roll.
“I am the biggest Rolling Stones fan in the world; and the Black Crows too, so that’s what I’m trying to do now, as far as a style of music goes. To blend those roots I grew up loving, with a Rock-n-roll vibe.”
After graduating from Aledo, Tedder moved to Nashville, but later found his way back to Texas.
He said that Fort Worth had a lot of influence on him as well.
I’ve received so much support from the people in Texas and around Fort Worth and Parker County,” he said. “The people there have embraced me as a person and an artist. Nothing against Nashville, I’ve been very warmly welcomed there.”
But he said he felt that Fort Worth was a “unique scene” that has a vibe all its own.
As for working with Adam Levine he said it’s an “amazing” experience.
“At first I was a little nervous,” he said. “But the one thing about team Adam is that there is a lot of musicianship, and song writers, and it’s cool that there are people like that on there. He enjoys working with musical ideas - not just vocals. He’s just an all around musician that likes to dig deep into what we’re all about, and any ideas we might have.”
Tedder said he’s most comfortable on stage, that it “feels like home.”
As for what lay ahead for the 20-year-old, he just wants to get his music out.
“I would like to get my first EP out and tour on that,” he said. “I have no real fall back, it’s my only choice. I want to make records and tour and as simple as it may sound - it’s easier said than done.”
The Voice can be seen on Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.