Billy Mata And The Texas Tradition

Billy Mata's Birthday Show!

Billy Mata And The Texas Tradition

Big Cedar Fever

Sat, September 7, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$15-$20

This event is 18 and over

Indoors - Limited Seating. All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. General Admission. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. $15 advance tickets/$20 day of show.

Billy Mata And The Texas Tradition
Billy Mata And The Texas Tradition
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.

In January 2018, This Is Tommy Duncan: The Trilogy, was completed and released. Volume 3 features the early 1960's, when Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan were reunited.
Big Cedar Fever
Big Cedar Fever
Big Cedar Fever is a string swing band out of central Texas that specializes in Western swing and jazz. Three part harmonies and tight musical arrangements draw listeners in, only to be taken away by the classic style and lyrics that recall another time and place.

Formed in January of 2018, the trio includes Georgia Parker on jazz-box guitar, Ian Lee on fiddle, and Nick Lochman on the upright bass. With all three sharing vocal duties and trading instrumental solos, this is a group whose constant harmony is right up there with their prowess as a dance band. The up-and-comers have played host to crowds of Lindy hoppers, Texas two-steppers, and Western swing dancers. In their short time together they have also been at home in listening room environments, providing intimate sets that showcase a true love for the history of the music.

Ms. Georgia Parker's deep catalog of classic songs, knowledge of the writers behind them and original material can entertain for hours. Her writing style is influenced by many greats such as Bob Wills, Willie Nelson and Peggy Lee but none have had a greater influence than that of fellow Texan, Cindy Walker. Parker’s performances include several hits written by Walker such as, “Bubbles in My Beer,” “I Hear You Talkin’,” and “It’s All Your Fault.” Parker is an accomplished bass player as well. She’s played with many bands including Al Dressen’s Super Swing Revue, Banshee Tree, The Lonesome Heroes and Bottom Dollar String Band.

Ian Lee is a fiddle player of over twenty years hailing from Wimberley, TX. At the age of 5, Lee made up his own mind to become a violinist. He became interested in Western swing and jazz over the last ten years and his greatest influence comes from Stuff Smith. Although his fiddle playing is top notch, Lee’s vocal style is equally brilliant. He’s got a smooth, silky yet strong voice perfectly suited to the style. His writing style harkens back to early jazz and the beginning of Western swing with echoes of Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies, whose members included the great Bob Wills.

Nick Lochman plays upright bass for the trio and hails from Boerne, TX, in the Texas Hill Country. As a musician of twenty-plus years - first as a drummer, turned guitarist, turned upright bass player - rhythm has been a motif throughout Lochman’s career. A typical Big Cedar Fever performance will include at least a few improvised bass solos, many times trading bars with fiddle player Ian Lee. Lochman developed a love for songwriting as well while leading a bluegrass band in the early 2000’s called The Crystal Creek Boys. His writing influences include Willie Nelson, Hank Williams and Tommy Duncan of Bob Wills’s Texas Playboys.
Venue Information:
John T. Floore Country Store
14492 Old Bandera Rd.
Helotes, TX, 78023