Billy Mata, singer, songwriter and producer, started his recording career in San Antonio, Texas in the 1970's singing Billboard charted, Top 40 Country music. In the 1990’s he declared his passion for "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? Awards and radio exposure which continued with CD releases; Traditionally Yours, Billy Mata, 2004 and Domino Effect, 2006 with Grammy award winner, Floyd Domino.
Mata's career jump started as a featured singer with Tommy Morrell and and the Time Warp Top Hands on Larry Scott's syndicated radio show, The Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium Of The Air. That lead to guest appearances with the Texas Playboys featuring Tommy Allsup and Leon Rausch. From there Billy was invited to perform at the West Texas Western Swing Festival in Snyder, Texas and following that, at the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso, New Mexico where now he is invited to entertain annually. Mata, Texas music scene veteran with over a quarter-century of making music with his own Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame band, The Texas Tradition, three-time AWA Western Swing Vocalist of the Year and winner of the Academy's Entertainer Of The Year, delivers authentic Western Swing and true traditional country music.
For over 35 years, Bily Mata has been performing. His band, The Texas Tradition, professional Texas musicians, joined to play with the best of the best. Three are past their 20th year and one in his 25th year with the band. They play like family - all energy, heart, spirit, natural and fun, the way it should be. Billy Mata, the Ambassador of Western Swing is a reference to the genre. When Western Swing struggled, Billy kept the rich roots of this Texas music alive with one hell of a lot of persistence, perseverance, and commitment to carry on this tradition in its true form inspired by the masters of the style. He’s done so by honoring historic icons who mentored many who followed.
Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition’s USA touring includes New Mexico, California, Oklahoma, Idaho, Wyoming, Tennessee, Texas. Promoting the genre, the band took a concert tour to Poland and has also toured Sweden and Canada. The band’s featured participation in International Jazz Festivals include Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, San Diego Jazz Festival, Victoria, British Columbia Hot Jazz Festival, Sun Valley Jazz Festival in Idaho, the Annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso, New Mexico, and the Annual Best Little Cowboy Gathering In Texas in La Grange, Texas.
|Nominated for the 2016 AWA Best Western Swing Male Vocalist|
|2016 AWA Best Western Swing Group|
|Winner of the 2016 Ameripolitan Best Western Swing Band|
|Featured Artist and Band in 2016 South by Southwest documentary musical Honky Tonk Heaven, named by Billboard Magazine as top 5 must-see music films.|
|Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame|
|Sacramento, California Western Swing Hall of Fame|
|Cowtown Society of Western Music|
|2000 Academy of Western Artists (AWA) Best Western Swing Male Vocalist of the year|
|2005 AWA Best Western Swing Male Vocalist of the Year|
|2005 AWA ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR - TOP Honor bestowed in this juried awards program!|
|2007 AWA Best Western Swing Male Vocalist of the Year|
|2007 AWA Best Western Swing Group|
|Billy Mata had the largest number of separate nominations of any artist nominated in 2007|
"Billy Mata and his boys were creating a storm of interest and energy everywhere they went. Take a group of musicians of this caliber of talent and add a front man with a style that brings together the sophisticated swing of Nat Cole and mix it with the dusty soul of Oklahoma and Texas you have a concoction that brings a sense of joy and human contact that cannot be touched by today's technology generated so-called music."
- Billy Wilson, Sacramento Jazz Jubilee.
"For 30 years, Billy Mata has been entertaining audiences and winning awards with his ringing baritone. Add to that fiddle and pedal steel-guitar players of jaw-dropping skill and classic tunes, and you’ve got a Texas-sized slice of Western swing heaven."
- Sacramento News Review
"I’ve forever told Billy Mata that if they make a movie about Tommy Duncan, he is the guy to play the part! He looks like Tommy Duncan, he acts like Tommy and he sings like Tommy.
Billy consistently has a great Western Swing Band that plays here at the Broken Spoke, one that LOOKS like a professional Western Swing band is suppose to look. Just like Bob Wills, who had his band dressed ‘Western, I appreciate that Billy has his band dressed in Western attire. Billy’s voice is so good! Not only can he sing Western Swing and country, but he also sings the old popular tunes from back in the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s. My wife, Annetta and I ALWAYS look forward to when Billy Mata plays at the Broken Spoke. I book Billy Mata here at the Spoke as often as I can because I know I am always going to have a darn good crowd, the way it should be! Thank you so much Billy Mata!" - James White, owner, Broken Spoke, Best Honky-Tonk in Texas, Austin, Texas
“Billy Mata is the Ambassador of Western Swing music. Billy Mata and The Texas Tradition are traditional country and western swing music at it’s best, and in the true tradition of country and western swing greats, Tommy Duncan and Bob Wills. It is always a joy and we have always been pleased to bring Billy Mata and The Texas Tradition to one of our theatre show productions. We. as well as, our audiences are always pleased with their performance and impressed with their appearance. The Texas Tradition Band is a great group of musicians and they are all gentlemen with a Texas size personality and great musical talent. Ray Price was always pleased to have Billy Mata and The Texas Tradition as a part of our Ray Price Shows. Billy Mata and The Texas Tradition are at the top of our list for great country and western swing music.” - Betty and Gene Wolf/Sharity Productions
Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition