Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition
Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition provides entertainment for true country music traditionalists as well as a new generation of Western Swing enthusiasts. Billy has been performing 30 years for audiences. His followers and enthusiasts range from traditional Honky Tonk listeners to Western Swing dancers. No matter who the audience is, all enjoy the energy and spirit of the musical talent of the performance.
The band is made up of some of Texas' strongest professional musicians with a combination of more than 165 years of musical experience. This includes strong lead vocals by Billy Mata and features true country fiddles, honky tonk steel guitar and true Western Swing style electric guitar that would make Eldon Shamblin proud. The guitar, bass and drums rhythm section are the 'real deal' - making it almost impossible to sit down when you could be dancing. The style of music played is from Bob Wills, Johnny Bush, Mel Tillis, Ray Price, as well as the popular sounds of Asleep at the Wheel, Jerry Jeff Walker, Robert Earl Keen, and many more!
Billy has also made several guest appearances with the Texas Playboys at Western Swing Festivals in Nocona & Snyder, Texas and Hobbs & Ruidoso, New Mexico. Some other same stage performances include: Asleep At the Wheel, Darryl McCall, Earl Thomas Conley, Eddie Raven, Emilio, John Conley, Johnny Rodriquez, Randy Travis, Ray Price, Rick Trevino and many special guest appearances with Leon Rausch, Tommy Allsup & The Texas Playboys.
In Fort Worth, Billy has performed for a live monthly radio show, the "Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium of the Air", broadcast by Larry Scott. On July 11, 2000, the Academy of Western Artists, a national organization based in Gene Autry, Oklahoma presented their fifth annual, "Will Rogers Cowboy Awards." Billy was one of the five final nominees in four categories: "Western Swing Male Vocalist" - "Western Swing Group" - "Western Swing CD" - "Western Swing Song". At the televised award ceremony, Billy and his band had the honor of performing his original song - "I'm going Back to San Antonio", and Billy received the esteemed title of, "Western Swing Male Vocalist of the Year."
Following the release of his new CD in 2004, "Traditionally Yours, Billy Mata", Billy was once again nominated by the Academy; this time in five categories. On July 12, 2005, Billy Mata was once again awarded 2005 Male Western Swing Vocalist of the Year. And he was awarded the top honor presented by the AWA: The Will Rogers 2005 Entertainer of the Year.
Receiving these national AWA Will Rogers Awards represents a great deal to Billy and his love for Western Swing. The awards are given in recognition to the accomplishments and talents of those individuals that are striving to keep the traditions, values and heritage of the American Cowboy alive.
Billy's history and love of traditional Texas Honky Tonk and Western Swing music can be seen and heard in each and every performance. He is a longtime adamant admirer of Traditional Western Swing and sings it from his heart. During his shows, audiences can easily feel the true bond that the music and Billy have together.
Live performances range from his home base of San Antonio throughout the southwest region of the United States and growing! Billy has also made special guest appearances in Sweden and Canada. Billy and the band perform at dancehalls, fairs, festivals, rodeos, special benefits, and specialty functions, including wedding receptions, conventions, fundraisers and private parties.
After Billy's performances, the music continues on with recordings on CD. The new CD release, "Traditionally Yours, Billy Mata" is finding it's way to radio and jukeboxes across the country.
Information courtesy of BillyMata.com.
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Photo Gallery - Billy Mata and The Texas Tradition - Hunter's Weekend 2006