Billy Mata, 2000 Artist of the Year, to headline Mason Country Opry Oct. 2

The 2000 Western Swing New Artist of the Year, Billy Mata, will headline the Mason Country Opry on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The show will be held at the Odeon Theater in downtown Mason at 7 p.m. Admission is $7 per person. Tickets are now on sale at Schooley Saddlery, Odeon Theater, Ramona’s Gallery or at the door. Billy Mata will bring his lively style of Western Swing and Traditional Country back to the Mason Country Opry. Mata began his career in South Texas by cutting his teeth on Ray Price, Faron Young and Bob Wills. Mata began working in bands throughout his youth and soon formed his very successful group, “Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition.” Mata teamed up with Bill Green at BGM Studios in San Antonio to produce two very successful albums. His latest effort titled, “Keepin’ The Tradition’A Tribute To My Heros,” features Mata’s rendition of 13 classics that honor artists such as Curtis Potter, Bob Wills, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Tompall and Glaser Brothers and Mel Tillis. Country Music legends Johnny Bush and Fiddlin’ Frenchie Burk even join him on the album with two highly successful duets of “From Tennessee to Texas,” and “Faded Love.” The Metheny Brothers and Jodee Preston are also featured on the album. “I love this music so much that I wanted to do a project to pay honor to it,” Mata said. “I wanted to recognize those individuals that deserved recognition and respect for giving us so much enjoyment through their music. The album has done very well. I will have them available at the Mason Country Opry.” Mata continues to play dates throughout Texas with his band from the dance halls to the concert hall to special fairs and festivals. This is the third in a series of Tuesday night Mason Country Oprys. The Opry was moved to Tuesday during the football season in order to accommodate the football and Opry fans. Other entertainers on the Mason Country Opry will be Barbara Lewis, Ben Watson, Dianna Seymore, Vernon Haak, Kelsey Behrens, Frank Torres, Sammy Geistweidt, Dora Lee Sewell, Benny Fred Kothmann and Melanie Reeves. For more information on the Mason Country Opry, call (915) 347-5407 or log on to hillbillyhits.com.

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