Billy Barnett was born in 1959 in East St.Louis to a musical family. His mother played the piano and his father sang in the church choir.He started playing guitar at the age of nine.In grade school and high school bands,he also played the bass and the trumpet.Years later, at SIU at Edwardsville,IL,he studied classical and jazz guitar.Following that,he went on the road with a touring band called Street Corner Symphony.After playing with them for twelve years,he started up his own band in 1997.He has opened up for and shared the stage with many musicians.They range from Roy Orbinson,The Neville Brothers,John Scofield Band;blues great R.L.Burnside,Bo Diddly Jr.;local legend Johnnie Johnson,Jean Luc Ponty Band,Victor Wooton,Ernie Isley;to rockers like,most recently,Chuck Berry,Billy Corrigen,REO Speedwagon, and countless others. He also spent a year in Branson with Shoji Tabuchi,the country fiddle virtuoso.Currently,he teaches and works at a local guitar shop,plays in several bands,and has recently put out his fourth self produced c.d.
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