James Burton

Born: 21 August 1939
Dubberly, Louisiana United States
Genres: Rock and roll, rockabilly, country, country rock
Instruments: Guitar, dobro
Years active: 1952–present
Associated acts: Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Emmylou Harris, John Denver

Notable instruments

  • 1953 Fender Telecaster
  • 1969 Paisley Red Fender Telecaster



James Burton (born August 21, 1939, in Dubberly, Louisiana) is an American guitarist. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2001 (his induction speech was given by longtime fan Keith Richards), Burton has also been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Critic Mark Demming writes that “Burton has a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest guitar pickers in either country or rock … [Burton is] one of the best guitar players to ever touch a fretboard.”

James Burton is also known as the “Master of the (Fender) Telecaster.”
Since the 1950s, Burton has recorded and performed with an array of notable singers, including Bob Luman, Dale Hawkins, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, John Denver, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Lee Lewis, Claude King, Elvis Costello, Joe Osborn, Roy Orbison, Joni Mitchell, Vince Gill, Suzi Quatro and Allen “Puddler” Harris. more at Wikipedia…