About Spot Barnett
Doug Sahm called him the King of the Eastside of San Antonio. Vernon "Spot" Barnett was born in San Marcos and moved to San Antonio in 1940. At the age of nine, he got his first sax from Sears. Spot got his start playing blues with Jr. Moore and Big Walter Price. From 1954 to 63 he was working in the house band at the Ebony Lounge. In 1976, he hit the road off and on with Bobby Bland for about 10 years. Spot recorded with Jr. Moore, Big Walter Price, Bobby Bland, Ike and Tina Turner, and the Westside Horns to name a few. But back in the 50's and 60's he also recorded his own songs such as "The Ebony Shuffle," "Pony Race," "Sweetmeat," "Betty Jo," and "20th Century." "On this CD are the guys I hit my first note with and I cannot think of a better group of musicians to have started with." You can still see Spot play on the River Walk at Delores Del Rio, Landry's on the River, Tucker's Kozy Korner on the East Side and on Sundays, Childress Memorial Church of God in Christ.