Friday, August 05, 2005

James Burton invites guitaristas to Shreveport Fri, Aug 19, to Sun, Aug 21

Guitar slingers in the Bayou State have been buzzing all summer about a monster jam in Shreveport, one to be hosted by rock legend James Burton (Elvis' TCB Band, EmmyLou Harris, Dylan, Shindig, Ozzie and Harriet Show, etc.).

To be held in Shreveport's Municipal Auditorium, once home of the Louisiana Hayride, the show will be held Sat., Aug 20. Guests include icons such as Brad Paisley, Sonny Landreth, Eric Johnson, Johnny Rivers, Steve Wariner, Johnny Hiland, the Nelson Brothers, Jeff Cook from Alabama, Jeff Baxter, Seymour Duncan, Steve Luthaker from Toto, Johnny A. Doyle Dykes, Greg Koch, Roscoe Beck, Dr. John, Steve Cropper, Dickie Betts of Allman Brothers and movie star Steven Seagal.

A guitar gear trade show will run from Aug 19 to 21 in the riverfront Expo Hall. There will be a free admission Blowout Under the Bridge on Friday, Aug 19. More info:

Have you ever heard Burton play live? You have undoubtedly heard him on record, since he is one of the world's record session lions. Jamming at the Revel one year he gave us a brief but breathtaking solo. And when Dylan played the Municipal Auditorium a few years ago Burton joined Dylan for a song or two, and to pleasant effect.

Lately he's been slipping into Lil Joes in the wee hours, I've been told, soaking up attitude from the alternative acts criss-crossing the country. Evidently he has little patience with the music of his past and craves the energy he hears in the untamed young players.

Right on, sir!

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