Letter from Kim

On Wednesday, December 20th, The James Burton International Guitar Festival Presented a ‘Rockin’ Louisiana Christmas’ concert at Margaritaville Casino in Bossier City. The James Burton Foundation was thrilled to be able to donate 45 guitars to U.S. Veterans that evening and call each veteran up on stage to acknowledge their service.
Recently, our foundation was sent an email from someone who attended the show and presentation.
We wanted to share it with you. It meant a lot to us.
Know that your support for the James Burton Foundation makes such a huge difference.
Happy New Year and may it be the best one yet!

I was at the show at Margaritaville last night with my boyfriend, a combat veteran. I wanted to share with your organization how wonderful this event was for those veterans. The music was awesome and I know they were all happy to be given the gift of a guitar, but the chance to see other veterans and enjoy this event together was something I think they all valued. I heard several times as they greeted one another, “This is like a family reunion” or similar words. This can be a very difficult time of year for those that survived combat; many are grateful to have come home, but they struggle because they all know some that will never come home. It was a blessing for them to share this time together with those that truly understand these feelings. Thank you for honoring those that served. Merry Christmas and may God bless all of you.
Kim Putman

‘Art of War’ donations


On Wednesday evening, the James Burton International Guitar Festival presented, “A Rockin’ Louisiana Christmas” concert at Margaritaville Casino in Bossier City. 

The foundation partnered with the ‘Art of War’ project and proudly presented 45 United States Veterans with new guitars. 

The James Burton Foundation is grateful for their service and those who donate to our foundation to make this possible. 

It’s always the season of giving. 🙂

Happy holidays!


It’s the holiday season and time to celebrate with some music!

It’s the holiday season and time to celebrate with some music!

James Burton will be joining the stage with Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs for some regional Christmas shows full of great festive music.
Also sharing the stage with JAMES is WAYNE TOUPS, JO-EL SONNIER, and ESTELLE BROWN…all in the SAME NIGHT!
A portion of the ticket proceeds go to benefit the James Burton Foundation as a fundraiser. Thanks for your support!
Tickets are on sale NOW and are going FAST!
Be sure and mark your calendars….

12/13- Spirits in Alexandria, LA (canned food drive for Cenla Food Bank)

12/14- Ruston Civic Center in Ruston, LA

12/20- Margaritaville Casino in Bossier City, LA

12/21- Natchitoches Events Center in Natchitoches, LA

Thanks for sharing!
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August Events

August 4th kicked off three days of celebration for the James Burton Foundation.
Friday evening, August 4th at Artspace, Wrecking Crew members James Burton and Joe Osborn gave an artist talk about their legendary careers to inspire a new generation of players.
Afterward, they jammed with some very lucky young guitarists, all in support of the foundation.

Saturday, August 5th, began with a classic car show with some amazing vehicles, an artist talk with James and Roy Orbison Jr. regarding Roy Orbison and his amazing career.
Afterward, a screen was set up in the middle of the street downtown and those attending were treated to a viewing of Roy Orbison’s ‘Black and White Night’ live concert video with Roy Jr.

On Sunday, August 6th The James Burton Foundation was thrilled to team up with ‘Guitars for Good’ and hand out guitars to those in need including students and veterans.
Overall, it was an incredible finish to an amazing weekend and art exhibit.

Thank you for supporting the James Burton Foundation!

Paul McCartney

On July 15th, we were honored to have our friend Sir Paul McCartney donate a VIP meet and greet with him as a fundraiser for the James Burton Foundation.
What an amazing show he put on. Paul explained that James has always been one of his heroes.
Those in attendance had an unforgettable time. If you have a chance to see this legend live, be sure and go.

James Burton & Paul McCartney