Billy Mata celebrates 35 years of making music with The Texas Tradition, his own Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame band, and winner of the 2016 Ameripolitan Western Swing Group of the Year. As 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 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 recording with his own stage band to properly perform the music he truly prefers: real Bob Wills Western Swing and Traditional Country. "It's from the rich roots of Texas music, inspired by the masters of the style who thrived when Texas music nationally rivaled Nashville music on the radio," Billy says. 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 award winner, Floyd Domino.
In 2008 This Is Tommy Duncan, Volume One was released. The first of a Trilogy Tribute to the ‘Voice of Western Swing,' it includes guest appearances by historic 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 the 2009 Western Swing Album of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists.
This Is Tommy Duncan, Volume Two was released in the Spring of 2011 continuing the Trilogy.
By Request, was released in 2012 - a compilation of studio versions of the most requested songs played by the band at live venues.
The Texas Tradition is a handpicked collection of professional musicians from a wide area of Texas who are gathered together by their common interest in Western Swing and the opportunity to play with the best of the best. Three of Mata’s musicians are now at or past their 20th year with the band. They play like family.
Billy Mata & the Texas Tradition aren’t just another "human jukebox" on the stage. When they play, it's natural and fun.
Bob Wills knew how to do that. Tommy Duncan knew it. Billy Mata knows it. 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
Austin, Terry Hale, upright bass
Brackettville, Rocco Fortunato, drums and harmony
Keepin’ The Texas Tradition Music, L.L.C.
Joanne Heston, 2 1 0 – 6 9 3 – 5 9 5 9
PO Box 836, Lytle, TX 78052
BILLY MATA & the TEXAS TRADITION
have become a reference to the genre