Spotlight: Billy Mata
Our friend Billy Mata will be returning to Bob Wills Day this yaer, he is set to play on Friday night, 5:30 - 8:30 at the Turkey Highschool. This will be a treat for you Western Swing lovers so don't miss out, Billy Mata will be leading Friends of the Texas Playboys. So bring your dancing shoes and join us on Friday night, $15 at the gate.
Billy Mata is a veteran of over 40 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.
This Is Tommy Duncan, Volume Two was released in the Spring of 2011. His most recent album, By Request, was released in 2012 - a compilation of the most requested songs played by the band at live venues.