|Musical role:||Lead Guitarist|
Burton was born in Shreveport Louisianna on 21st August 1939. He played in Elvis' band at every single show.
He played lead guitar for Ricky Nelson from 1957 to 1968 before joining the TCB-Band in 1969. As a session man, he played for Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Tina Turner, Linda Ronstadt, Frank Sinatra and the Killer himself, Jerry Lee Lewis.
Burton is considered to be the leader of the TCB-Band. In fact, when Elvis called him in 1968, James put together the band for him.
In 1976, Burton told Elvis he wanted to join Emmylou Harriss band but was persuaded to stay after a pay raise.
Elvis liked to show off
with James, asking him to play Johnny B. Goode whilst holding the guitar
behind his head.
After Elviss death, Burton toured with Emmylou Harris, John Denver and Jerry Lee Lewis. He has two Fender Signature Guitars out, and owns the James Burton Club in Louisiana. His guitar playing can be heard on countless recordings, from Elvis-tributes to experimental music, from Hanry Mancini to Bruce Springsteen.
In 1997, Burton signed a contract with the Elvis Presley Estate to perform on the 'virtual' shows and in March 2001 he was inducted in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in Nashville.