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These artists support the Foundation through performances at James Burton Guitar Festivals.


Johnny A, Muriel Anderson • Jennifer Batten, Jeff Baxter, Roscoe Beck, Jeff Berlin, Dickey Betts, Thom Bresh, Kix Brooks, Junior Brown, Jeff Burton • Phil Chen, Kristen Capolino, Andy Chrisman, Jeff Cook, Kevin Costner, The Cox Family, Steve Cropper • Rick Derringer, Al DiMeola, Jerry Donahue, Doyle Dykes, Seymour Duncan • Nokie Edwards • Mark Farner • Mike Farris • John Goodman • Dave Grissom • Dale Hawkins • Emmylou Harris, Johnny Hiland • Chris Isaak • Dr. John, Eric Johnson • Phil Keaggy, Ed King, Greg Koch • Lenny LeBlanc, Sonny Landreth, Albert Lee, Steve Lukather • Delbert McClinton, Charlie McCoy, Jim Messina, Monte Montgomery • Gunnar Nelson, Matthew Nelson, Gary Nicholson • Luca Olivieri • Brad Paisley, Lee Roy Parnell • Johnny Rivers • Steven Seagal, Danny Seraphine, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Stampley, Billy Swann  • Steve Wariner • Rusty Young


Muriel Anderson

James, Seymour Duncan, Muriel Anderson, Sage Benado. Photo: Tom Prusik.

James, Seymour Duncan, Muriel Anderson, Sage Benado. Photo: Tom Prusik.

Muriel Anderson through Music For Life Alliance continues her support for the James Burton Foundation with a recent donation of classroom guitar amplifiers and effects pedals. This donation was in collaboration with Bob Weil of Visual Sound. Music For Life Alliance assists music advocacy groups through awards, grants, and donations. Its goal is to help the many diverse efforts across the country to make music learning accessible to young people who may not otherwise be able to experience the academic, developmental, and social benefits of making music.

Music For Life Alliance also maintains a national database of music advocacy groups to help coordinate individual and organization efforts that support music education.

The Foundation is proud of our long-standing association with Muriel Anderson and Music For Life Alliance. We also sincerely thank Bob Weil of Visual Sound.

For more information see: Muriel Anderson, Music for Life Alliance, and Visual Sound.


Jennifer Batten
Jeff Baxter
Roscoe Beck
Dickey Betts
Thom Bresh
Kix Brooks
Junior Brown
Jeff Cook
Kristen Capolino
Andy Chrisman
The Cox Family
Steve Cropper
Al DiMeola
Rick Derringer
Jerry Donahue


Doyle Dykes
Lights of MarfaCongratulations to our dear Foundation Friend, Doyle Dykes for his recently published book, The Lights of Marfa. Doyle is a long-time supporter of the James Burton Foundation, and has thrilled audiences at three of our International Guitar Festivals. Find more information about Doyle at Hello from Doyle and www.doyledykes.com. Thanks for your support, and again, congratulations on The Lights of Marfa.

Excerpt from The Lights of Marfa

…I met James Burton when I was with the Stamps Quartet. He had such a unique persona. On the one hand he had a friendly disposition, yet on the other, there was an element of superstar status since he had recorded with everyone from Ricky Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Elvis to Johnny Mathis and Barbra Streisand. He took such control when he played his solos, especially when under the spotlight playing his pink-paisley guitar. Elvis seemed to love showing him off to the crowd.

…James asked if I would come and play at the first James Burton Foundation Guitar Festival. Since then, I have been the only guitarist invited to the Festival multiple times. …What a privilege to have shared the stage with James, Steve Wariner, Brad Paisley, Eric Johnson, Al Dimeola, Steve Lukather, Emmylou Harris, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Dickey Betts, Sonny Landreth, Mark Farner, Johnny Rivers, Phil Keaggy, and many others. The official emcee has been John Goodman for several years in a row. When my daughter Haley and I performed Amazing Grace, John Goodman wept!

The James Burton Foundation has given away literally thousands of guitars to those less fortunate. He and his wife, Louise, gave me thirty guitars to give to a charity or a special cause of my own choosing. I chose to give them to the elementary school where my brother, Aubrey, was the music teacher. I will never forget the day my daughter Haley and I went to the school to perform a concert and present the guitars. When the curtains opened to reveal the guitars, I experienced the loudest screams I had heard since that time I saw Elvis in Fort Worth.


Seymour Duncan
Nokie Edwards
Mike Farris
Dave Grissom
Emmylou Harris
Johnny Hiland
Chris Isaak
Dr. John
Eric Johnson
Phil Keaggy
Ed King
Greg Koch
Sonny Landreth
Albert Lee
Steve Lukather
Delbert McClinton
Jim Messina
Monte Montgomery
Matthew Nelson
Gunnar Nelson
Luca Olivieri
Brad Paisley
Lee Roy Parnell
Keith Richards
Johnny Rivers
Steven Seagal
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Ricky Skaggs
Steve Wariner
Rusty Young


2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jeff Berlin #

    Hello. This is Jeff Berlin the bass player. I am recording my next CD and I would like to ask James if he would play Mystery Train with me. We would trade solos and the joining of bass and guitar would be quite interesting. My email is lumpyjazz@yahoo.com Many thanks and best regards to everyone at the foundation. Love, Jeff

    18 Sun 2011
  2. i am a member of a dutch fanclub ITS ELVIS TIME, with FREIA ROOS, and PETER HAAN.
    I JUST WANT TO ASK, IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THE FANCLUB SUPPORT YOU WITH ALL THE FANS OF THE DUTCH ITS ELVIS TIME fanclub, if yes, what can we do.
    my name is hatice elizabeth tosun-duivesteijn
    preangerstraat 15
    2022rs haarlem/netherlands
    i think its a good thing for a fanclub to join in, so i hope to hear from you.
    thank you hatice tosun
    for the record i am just a fan, maybe what information for the dutch fanclub ITS ELVIS TIME. they have a website.

    18 Wed 2012

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