Billy Mata Returns for Bob Wills Day
Billy Mata will return to Turkey , Texas this year for Bob Wills Day. Billy Mata is a name familiar to all Western Swing followers. Last year at Bob Wills Day, he was greeted with an enthusiastic, standing ovation. Mata, based in San Antonio , is well known and appreciated throughout the southwest by true country music traditionalists as well as a new generation of Western Swing enthusiasts. He will appear with The Texas Playboys at the Friday night dance.
Mata has won awards several times from the Academy of Western Artists including Western Swing Male Vocalist of the Year and The Will Rogers 2005 Entertainer of the Year. He has appeared with many country artists including Asleep at the Wheel, Darryl McCall, Earl Thomas Conley, Eddie Raven, Johnny Rodriquez, Randy Travis, Ray Price, Rick Trevino and made many special guest appearances with Lion Rausch, Tommy Allsup and The Texas Playboys.
In addition to Billy Mata, Jason Roberts, the Texas Playboys, Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys, the South Plains College Band, and the USAO show band, there will be numerous groups playing around town every night and informal concerts at the Bob Wills Museum on Saturday.