Billy Mata

Project Description

What is the Tommy Duncan Trilogy Tribute About?

Hopefully our video reminded you of the tremendous contribution Tommy Duncan made to American music. This project is meant to commemorate the gift and the legacy Tommy Duncan left to the world of music. This will preserve and honor a unique Western Swing artist who was and still is a role model and icon and whose music is timeless. This is a story about Tommy Duncan, one that needs to be told and remembered.

The trilogy tribute represents the three phases of Tommy Duncan’s career – first with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, then on his own when the two broke up and then the third phase when Tommy and Bob got back together again and caused a revival of Western Swing all across the country. Billy Mata’s goal is that Tommy will finally receive the respect he deserves in the world of Western Swing and can take his rightful place in the Country Music Hall of Fame for the contribution, talent and skills he brought to the Western Swing music world as a whole.

To achieve this goal and dream for Tommy, his family and the world of Western Swing, we are launching a fundraising campaign to help with the cost of producing this historical music preservation project. The fundraiser campaign will run from October, 4 at 12:01am through November 5 at 12:00am midnight, 2016. Please visit the REWARDS section on this page to see how you can participate in this effort.

Who is Tommy Duncan?

In the world of Western Swing and American music, Tommy Duncan was a pioneer and special artist who came along and opened the door to new levels, who took this music and exposed it to dimensions that have never before been heard. He was a vocalist, songwriter and mentor and friend to so many such as Bing Crosby, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, and George Strait.

Tommy was the voice of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, an amazing musician and legendary entertainer. His influence was felt around the world. Tommy Duncan was indeed, the Voice of Western Swing! With this trilogy, Billy Mata will share Tommy’s musical genius so that the world may recognize Tommy’s valuable contribution.

Our Progress So Far

As many of you know, we are proud to share that volumes 1 and 2 are completed.

In 2008 This Is Tommy Duncan, Volume One (featuring the big band years) was released. The first of the historic Trilogy Tribute to the ‘Voice of Western Swing,' it includes guest appearances by historic patriarch/creators of the Western Swing phenomenon such as Johnny Gimble, Glynn Duncan and Herb Remington. Designed to bring attention back to Tommy Duncan, 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 (featuring the years of Tommy Duncan's own band) was released in the Spring of 2011. These were the middle years of Tommy’s career, a performer in his own right and a bandleader of his Western All Stars. This volume features some promising Western Swing songs that only Tommy could have done, but it just wasn’t quite the same without Bob Wills.

Continuing the Trilogy, Volume Three, without which the full musical story would not be finished, will cover Tommy Duncan's return to Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. Volume Three is the final chapter in this novel when Tommy and Bob got back together again causing a glorious resurgence in Western Swing. It is time for us to finish the story. We ask you to join this effort to preserve the work of this amazing musician and legendary entertainer.

Billy Mata’s dream project to share Tommy Duncan’s musical genius with the world will require a group of likeminded folks who agree with Billy on how important this is to history - folks who want to celebrate the mark Tommy left on the world and be a part of something unique and valuable; and make this dream of getting Tommy in the Country Music Hall of Fame come true. When those who believe in the importance of Billy’s mission chip in, we will raise all we need in no time. Each contribution will help reach our goal and is greatly appreciated.

Thank You

You, the people who take our music into your homes and who attend our dances and shows are are not simply "fans." You are people we've shared our lives with, and you have given us permission to step into yours. You have prayed for us, listened to our music, come to our shows, and spent time with us. It's this ongoing relationship that inspires us to return to the studio and finish the third and final CD. With your help, we hope to raise the necessary funds in 30 days for pre-production, our producer, studio time, additional instruments & artists, mixing, mastering, printing, artwork, etc. and make this historical recording and complete this project.

Our best ambassadors are fine people like you who will share our campaign with your friends and family and let them know that you support what we're doing. We’ll keep an open line of communication with you – our donors – during and after the Tommy Duncan campaign to let you know our progress.

A Little Background on Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition

Billy Mata is a Texas music scene veteran with over thirty-five years of making music with his own Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame band, The Texas Tradition. 

Three-time Academy of Western Artists Western Swing Vocalist of the Year, winner of the Academy’s Entertainer of the Year award and most recently, the 2016 Ameripolitan Awards Western Swing Group, Billy Mata delivers the finest authentic Western Swing and true Traditional Country Music. As the Ambassador of Western Swing, Mata steadfastly strives to keep the traditions that make Texas’ music and its dancehalls unique. 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.

Look What Folks Are Saying

Robert Huston Productions

This special episode of Western Swing RULES features an interview with Western Swing performer Billy Mata. Billy's personal and vocal style have been compared to the great Tommy Duncan. Our special episode highlights Billy's Tommy Duncan Trilogy Project and why it is so important.

Coby Carter

Western Swing singer, songwriter, fiddler and band leader. Two time winner of Academy of Western Artists Male Vocalist.

Dave Alexander

Western Swing artist, singer and band leader. Entertainer Of The Year by the Academy of Western Artists, Texas Western Swing Hall of Famer, Male Vocalist of The Year by the Academy of Western Artists. Dave is a former member of the Texas Playboys and guest host of "The World of Western Swing"nationally syndicated Radio Program as well as a four time GRAMMY nominee and one of the nation's top selling western artists.

Dale Watson

Singer, song writer and muscian known as the keeper of true country music and the Honky Tonk King. Founder of Ameripolitan Music.

Carolyn Martin

Western Swing musician, three time AWA Best Western Swing Female Vocalist, and many other Western Swing accolades and awards including Western Swing album and song of the year.

Mikki Daniel

Singer, songwriter and Western Swing bandleader. Winner of WMA Western Swing Album of the Year and a National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Wrangler Award winner

Cornell Hurd

Veteran Ameripolitan musician, singer/songwriter, guitarist and bandleader, Cornell is an innovative, cutting edge performer who has walked the true walk of a passionate entertainer in love with Traditional Classic Country, Western Swing and Rockabilly music.Winner of Best Independent Album.

Billy Mata

The Home Stetch

We ask you to join Billy Mata in bringing Tommy's music alive and front and center. We sincerely appreciate your choice to collaborate with Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition to carry on the tradition of Tommy’s legacy, a worthwhile endeavor in which you can take pride.

We need your help and invite you to join us in this undertaking. The fundraiser runs from October 4 through November 5, 2016. Help preserve a piece of Texas culture and history AND make this happen! It's easy to do. Find a sponsor level just right for you. Check the REWARDS PROGRAM section and pick out yours today. And together we will celebrate!

We hope to see you at one of our live performances, soon!

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Distribution

The release date for the Tommy Duncan Trilogy Tribute Box Set will be by Spring 2017. Rewards will be distributed beginning 120 days following the close of the campaign.

Risks and challenges

The Tommy Duncan Trilogy Tribute has been a long journey for us, and a lot to take on. It’s not our first rodeo, though; so we know all about song licensing and CD mastering (not to mention the work that goes into editing and producing an amazing album). Even though we may encounter a few bumps in the road, we’re confident that our talented bandleader and band, Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition have the experience and creativity necessary to accomplish this project and make it a successful one.

They are up for the task and with your vision and love of Western Swing, Billy Mata and his Tommy Duncan Trilogy Tribute won't just be part of history and preserving a legacy, it will be part of Western Swing's future.

Amount pledged so far

THANK YOU REWARDS

PLEDGE

MAKE A PLEDGE WITHOUT A REWARD

  • To make a contribution without a reward, select this option and enter the amount you wish to pledge. Or mail a check to Billy Mata, P.O. Box 226, Lytle, TX, 78052.

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$10

  • Receive a personal thank you signed by Billy Mata and your name listed on the website

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$15

  • Receive a personal thank you signed by Billy Mata, BMTT stickers and your name listed on the website

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$25

  • Receive a personal thank you signed by Billy Mata and Trilogy Poster

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$35

  • Receive a personal thank you signed by Billy Mata and a trilogy T-shirt or cap. Your name will be entered into a drawing and the winner wins the Limited Edition LP.

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$50

  • Receive a personal thank you signed by Billy Mata and either:
    1. First run CD & Trilogy T-shirt or cap, OR
    2. Autographed copy of Limited Edition LP. Your name entered into a raffle for which the winner will receive a second copy FREE to give a friend (limited supply) OR
    3.Sing Along with Billy - Sing one song on stage with Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition. Receive a T-shirt or cap.

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$75

  • Receive a personal thank you signed by Billy Mata, Vol. 3 CD and Limited LP, both autographed (limited supply)

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$150

  • Receive an autographed box set signed by Billy Mata

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$250

  • Receive an autographed box set, the limited edition LP plus a Trilogy Tshirt or cap, your choice (limited supply)

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$500

  • Receive an autographed box set, limited edition LP, VIP passes for four to  one BMTT show in 2017, excluding News Years. (limited supply)

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$1,000

  • Receive autographed box set and a VIP visit for four people to the recording studio for an hour  (limited supply)

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$1,500

  • Celebrity Lunch with Billy Mata. Wine & Dine lunch for 4 with Billy Mata including Billy to serenade you with 3 songs. (Lunch to be set in 2017 per Billy's schedule).

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$2,500

  • Receive autographed box set plus Reserved VIP tickets for four people to meet the band backstage at the Release Party

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$5,000

  • House party/private house concert within 100 miles of San Antonio; includes an autographed box set and a Special Thank you on Vol. 3. Date of the party to be in 2017 and to be determined based on band availability

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$7,500

  • House party/private house concert within 200 miles of San Antonio; includes an autographed box set and the title of Producer on Vol. 3. Date of the party to be in 2017 and to be determined based on band availability

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$10,000

  • House party/private house concert within 300 miles of San Antonio; includes an autographed box set and the title of Producer on Vol. 3. Date of the party to be in 2017 and to be determined based on band availability

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$15,000

  • Signed thank you, t-shirt/ball cap, stickers, autographed box set, limited edition LP, VIP passes for six to a 2017 show, VIP reserved seats for six to the Release or After Party with food & beverage. Includes title of Producer on Vol. 3. Private house party/concert within 300 miles of San Antonio and date to be held in 2017 based on band availability

Make a Pledge here

MAKE A PLEDGE WITHOUT A REWARD

For pledges $10 - $75

Reward Options

For pledges $150 - $2,500

Trilogy Tribute Rewards

For pledges $5,000 and up

Reward Options

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the fundraising campaign last?

The campaign will begin October 4 at 12:01am and end November 5 at midnight, 2016.

What happens once I select my Reward?

The Reward Program will be open for a total of 30 days. Once the Rewards Program is closed the final Project will begin. All rewards will be sent 90 days after the close of the funding campaign.

When will the project be completed?

Within 90 days following the close of the funding campaign.

How soon will my reward be received?

Within 120 days after the close of the funding campaign.

If I am overseas can you still ship to me?

Yes, but international shipping charges will apply.

Will I receive an acknowledgement once I have selected a Reward?

Yes, you will receive a PAYPAL receipt.

Where the Money Goes

Recording costs, including studio rental and engineering fees

Guest artists and band

Audio mixing and mastering

CD and vinyl replication

Radio publicity campaign

Press campaign and publicity

Mechanical licenses

Digital distribution costs

Distributer fees

Legal fees

Publicist

Graphic design/photography

Equipment rental

Cover production costs such as lighting and sound

Pre and post production and administrative costs

Municipal and state fees, music rental fees, and other operating costs

Travel expenses