Mark Halata is unfashionably in tune with the Czech-Moravian music of his ancestry. He taught himself to play during his formative years and the songs he performs today are songs he has performed his entire life. Weekend trips to Moravia, Texas and exposure to Texas polka bands such as Joe Patek, Wence Shimek and The Red Ravens kept Mr. Halata in touch with the music and culture that has always been a part of his life.
As a teenager, Mr. Halata was exposed to other forms of accordion-flavored music. He is proficient in country, cajun, zydeco, tex-mex and even rock 'n' roll. He has performed with The Rounders and the Romeo Dogs, both hybrid retro country and roots rock bands. Mark would occasionally slip in a Czech polka to educate and entertain the crowds on the Texas roots rock circuit. He has jammed with Dave Alvin and Los Lobos. In 1998, Texas Polish fiddler Brian Marshall wanted Mr. Halata to play on his acclaimed Polish roots CD.
For Texavia, Mr. Halata wanted simple, uncluttered arrangements. He recruited reknowned Austin bassist Mark Rubin from the band Bad Livers. It would be easier to list the people Mark Rubin hasn't played with. On rhythm guitar and drums are Bruce and Jeff Brosch, respectively, sons of Czech band leader Jimmy Brosch, who wrote the famous Corn Cockle Polka.