Guitariste Country US né le 21 Août 1939 à Minden (Louisiane). James Burton a débuté en 1955, accompagnant les grands noms de la Country Music. En 1956, James s'intéresse au Rockabilly et au Rock 'n' Roll, accompagnant Dale Hawkins, Bob Luman, Ricky Nelson et Elvis Presley. Guitariste de session réputé, il est devenu l'un des requins de Nashville. James Burton a enregistré quelques instrumentaux pour Miramar, Capitol et A.M. Records. Avec plus de trente années de carrière, on espère que James racontera un jour ses souvenirs. Il a aussi enregistré avec Joe Osborn dand le duo Jim & Joe.

Born in Minden, LA, on August 21, 1939, influential guitarist James Burton got his start in the 1950s as a backup musician on the radio show Louisiana Hayride, where he met Dale Hawkins. Hawkins' 1957 hit, "Suzie Q," was the first in a string of successes to feature the young Burton. A six-year stint (1958-1964) recording and touring in Ricky Nelson's band followed, subsequently landing him a couple of cameo bits on Ozzie & Harriet. Because of his brilliant and unique guitar skills — he perfected a style he dubbed "chicken pickin'" — Burton quickly landed jobs as a side musician for a diverse cast including: Buffalo Springfield, the Monkees, Elvis Presley's band (from 1969 until Presley's death in 1977), Gram Parsons, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, John Denver, Buck Owens, and Merle Haggard (with the latter two he was an important catalyst in the fine-tuning of the Bakersfield sound). He later lent his talents to several Elvis Costello recordings as well as those by Gillian Welch, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and countless others. With this schedule, it is no surprise that Burton has only cut two records of his own over a 40-year career; both his 1969 debut, Corn Pickin' and Slick Slidin', and his 1971 offering, The Guitar Sounds of James Burton, provide spotlights on his legendary pickin'.

Talents : Guitar, Dobro

Style musical : Rockabilly, Rock 'n' Roll, Traditional Country

FIREBALL MAIL (1963) (Jim & Joe)

Swamp Surfer (1963) (Jimmy Dobro)

SNEAKY STRINGS (1968) (James Burton & Ralph Mooney)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10 20



1961 SP TNT TNT-187 (US) Muddy Water / Wild River
1963 SP FABOR 124 (US) JIM & JOE - Bimbo / Fireball Mail
1963 SP FABOR 124 (US) JIM & JOE - Daisy Mae / Fireball Mail
09/1963 SP PHILIPS P-40137 (US) Jimmy DOBRO - Everybody Listen To The Dobro / Swamp Surfer
03/1968 SP CAPITOL 2140 (US) James BURTON & Ralph MOONEY - Corn Pickin' / The Texas Waltz


1968 LP 12" CAPITOL ST 2872 (US) CORN PICKIN' AND SLICK SLIDIN' - James BURTON & Ralph MOONEY - Colombus Stockade Blues / I'm A Lonesome Fugitive / The Texas Waltz / My Elusive Dreams / It's Such A Pretty World Today / Corn Pickin' / Moonshine / Your Cheatin' Heart / Laura / Spanish Eyes / There Goes My Everything / Sneaky Strings
03/1971 LP 12" A & M SP 4293 (US) THE SOUND OF JAMES BURTON - Polk Salad Annie / Susie Q / Fire And Rain / Fools Rush In / Johnny B. Goode / I Know ( You Don't Want Me No More) / Delta Lady / Mystery Train / Rock And Raunch / Hound Dog / Hi-Heel Sneakers / Long Peach
06/2007 CD BMG 37936 (JAP) SUN SESSION - Blue Moon Of Kentucky / A Brand New King / Baby Let's Play House / Nineteen Naigation (Scene 1988) / Mama Don't You Think I Know / Do Me No Wrong / Sixteen Chicks / Going Places At Last / Public Boy / Midnight In Memphis / A Brand New King (instr.) / Sixteen Chicks (take -1) / Bonus track : Mama Don't You Think I Know (take 2) / Midnight In Memphis (take 3) / Someday / Inazuma Rockabilly Yarou
09/2011 CD ACE CDCHD 1313 (UK) THE EARLY YEARS 1957-1969 - Susie Q (Dale HAWKINS) / Red Hot (Bob LUMAN) / Shirley LEE (Bobby Lee TRAMMEL) / My Babe (Ricky NELSON) / Cannonball Rag (James BURTON from his TV program 'Town Hall Party) / Don't Leave Me This Way (Ricky NELSON) / The Creep - The Shadows (first heard on the sountrack of Carnival Rock) / Stop Sneakin' Around (Ricky NELSON) / Swamp Surfer (Jimmy DOBRO) / Make Up Your Mind Baby (Bob LUMAN) / Fireball Mail (JIM & JOE) / Blood From A Stone (Ricky NELSON) / Real Live Fool (Lee HAZLEWOOD) / Daisy Mae (JIM & JOE) / Everybody Listen To The Dobro (Jimmy DOBRO) / The Guitar Player (The Ballad of James Burton) (Buddy CAGLE) / Jimmy's Blues (Jimmy BURTON) / Poor Boy Looking For A Home (The GREEN RIVER BOYS featuring Glen CAMPBELL) / C.C. Rider (The EVERLY BROTHERS) / Love Lost (Jimmy BURTON) / A Child's Claim To Fame (BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD) / If You Want To Be My Woman (Merle HAGGARD) / Moonshine (James BURTON & Ralph MOONEY) / Corn Pickin' (James BURTON & Ralph MOONEY) / Someday, Someday (The SHINDOGS) / Why (The SHINDOGS) / Just For A While (Carol WILLIAMS) / Tryin' To Be Someone (DAVID & LEE)

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