Matthew Smith is a Virginia native who was raised in a musical family. He has performed and recorded on pedal steel, guitar, and dobro with a wide variety of artists, including Shannon Whitworth, Cary Fridley, Pierce Edens, Jar-E, Seth Kauffman, Tyler Ramsey, and many others. Matthew holds a B.A. in jazz and classical guitar from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. He is also a staff instructor with the JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) program in Black Mountain and teaches a number of styles on guitar, pedal steel, and dobro.