Hi gang, I haven't posted since last May but I've been "lurking".
Tracy was correct in telling Matt that "it's now crunch time". Although Matt has a funny, entertaining style, he would have been better received if he would have performed a more serious tune. He does have a Roger Miller similarity, but even the late, great Roger Miller gave us ballads like: "When two worlds collide" and "Little Toy Train". When Brad Cotter performed Willie Nelson's "Last thing I needed" two weeks ago, he sold me. That kid can sing!
Let's face it, country music comes from the heart. Whether it's a broken heart, a happy heart, a spiritual heart, or a heartache drowned in booze, country music transcends the emotions that link us all together.
The sad thing is, Matt does have a sensitive side (as per his St. Judes experience). Matt should have (imho) used that experience to show us his heart in song. An opportunity lost (imho). Oh, if only Matt would have picked Roger Miller's "When two worlds collide", he would have blown us all away.
It's Brad's to lose. I think Nashville has enough prototypes like George and Lance.