Billy Mata is a veteran of over 35 years in the San
Antonio music scene and is celebrating more than a quarter
of a Century making music with his own band, The Texas
Tradition. Two time Academy Of Western Artists Western
Swing Vocalist of the Year and winner of the Academy's
Entertainer Of The Year award, Billy Mata delivers authentic
Western Swing and true traditional country music.
Mata started his recording career in the 1970's singing
Billboard charted, Top 40 Country music. However, in the
1990’s, he declared his intention to stick with his passion;
what he calls "real country music." Beginning with his 1998
(third) album release, Keepin' The Tradition: A Tribute
To My Heroes, Billy insisted on using his own stage band
as his recording band to properly perform the music he truly
prefers: real Bob Wills (and Billy Mata) Western Swing and
traditional country music from the rich roots of Texas
music, inspired by the masters of the style who thrived when
Texas music rivaled Nashville music on the radio. The result
was awards and new radio exposure. He kept his music on the
radio with two subsequent CD album releases;
Traditionally Yours, Billy Mata in 2004 and
Domino Effect in 2006 with Grammy winner, Floyd Domino.
In 2008, a very special project, This Is Tommy Duncan,
Volume One, was released, as a tribute to the ‘Voice of
Western Swing’. It included guest appearances by some of the
patriarch/creators of the Western Swing phenomenon. Designed
to bring attention back to the Bob Wills vocalist who lived
in the shadow of the king, the CD was awarded 2009
Western Swing Album of the Year by the Academy of
Western Artists. The album sparked interest by award winning
videographer, Curtis W. Callaway at Baylor University’s
Department of Journalism and Media Arts to start production
on a major documentary about Tommy Duncan and his legacy.
& the Texas Tradition
have become a reference to the genre.
radio currently carries Mata’s music in regular rotation on
Willie’s Place. Volume Two of This Is Tommy Duncan
is set for release in the Spring of 2011.
The Texas Tradition is a remarkably dedicated band.
They are a handpicked collection of professional musicians
from a wide area of Texas who were gathered together by
their common interest in Texas Swing and the opportunity to
play with the best of the best. Three of Mata’s musicians
are now at or past their 18th year with the band. One is in
his 22nd year. They play like family.
Billy Mata & the Texas Tradition aren’t just another "human
jukebox" on the stage. When they play, it's just natural and
fun, the way it should be.
Bob Wills knew that. Tommy Duncan knew that. Billy Mata
knows that. The audience gets it.
Billy Mata & the Texas Tradition are:
From San Antonio, Billy Mata singing lead vocals
New Braunfels, Richard Helsley, fiddle and harmony
San Antonio, Roger Edgington, steel guitar
Victoria, David Waters, electric guitar
Wharton, Bill Holt, upright bass and harmony
Brackettville, Rocco Fortunato, drums and harmony
Contact Keepin’ The Texas Tradition Music, L.L.C.
Joanne Heston, 2 1 0 – 6 9 3 – 5 9 5 9
PO Box 226, Lytle, TX 78052