Dialtone Records Release
San Quilmas

West Side Horns

San Quilmas

San Antonio is a crossroads city, the place where blues legend Robert Johnson recorded half his seminal tunes; where conjunto was incubated during house parties; where Western swing bands heard the strains of territory jazz bands; where rock 'n' roll was heartily embraced about five minutes after it gained a name.

San Antonio also is a city where not much has ever been thought of a color barrier, particularly when it comes to music and musicians. Players from the traditionally brown West Side jumped headlong into blues, R&B, jazz and rock n roll. Players from the traditionally black East Side dug Western swing, appreciated polkas and played rock 'n' roll in the same sets as blues and jazz.

People from all parts of San Antonio supported integrated bands because they played the music that filled dance floors. Out of that incubator, out of that mindset, out of the desire to play the music that moved them came the members of the West Side Horns, an aggregation of characters who, like the Memphis Horns and reggae's storied rhythm section of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, developed, through years of working together on stages around the world, a sound that has become an integral part of the fabric of Texas blues.

Track Listing

  1. Rainbow Riot
  2. (2027)
  3. Funky Mama
Play clip for Alligator Bogaloo 4. Alligator Bogaloo
  5. You Got Me Dizzy
  6. High Rise
  7. You Don’t Have To Go
  8. Sun Is Shining
Play clip for Hit’n The Jug 9. Hit’n The Jug
  10. Blue Greens N Beans
  11. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy


Louis Bustos: Sax; Spot Barnett: Sax; Rocky Morales: Sax / Vocals; Al Gomez, Jr.: Trumpet; Jack Barber: Bass; Arturo "Sauce" Gonzalez: Piano / B3 Organ; Johnny Moeller: Guitar; Jay Moeller: Drums; Recorded at: Hit Shack; Mastered at: Sounds Outrageous; Engineered by: Jay Hudson; Produced by: Eddie Stout, Dennis Wall; Liner Notes: Jim Beal; Photography by: Eddie and Keely Stout; Graphic Design: Noel Waggener