Foundation Donates Guitars

James will present guitars on behalf of the Foundation to the Natchitoches Chapter of The Boys and Girls Club at the Natchitoches Jazz and R&B Festival on Saturday 16 April. James says that The Boys and Girls Club is a natural fit for the Foundation, and he is very excited about partnership with such a great organization. Also, James will perform at the Festival with Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs. They perform at 5pm Saturday on the Cane River Stage in downtown Natchitoches.

For Festival information see: http://www.natchjazzfest.com.


Buddy Holly’s Guitar Recreation

See the April issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine for an article about the Buddy Holly Guitar Foundation and the recreation of Mr. Holly’s 1943 Gibson guitar. Each recreated guitar will bear one fret from Mr. Holly’s original instrument.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors has selected eighteen artists each to receive a guitar for the purpose of raising funds for designated charitable organizations, and James Burton is one of the recipient artists. Each artist also chose a favorite Buddy Holly recording, and the title will be included on the guitar making each one unique. James chose Blue Days, Black Nights. Artists will receive the guitar for a two-year term, renewable at the option of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Buddy Holly and the Crickets

Buddy Holly and the Crickets

Learn more at the Buddy Holly Guitar Foundation.


Foundation Donates Guitars

Linwood School Presentation

Linwood School Presentation

08 March 2011
James Burton presented twenty-four brand new electric guitars and practice amps to students at Linwood Public Charter School. The Foundation and the Linwood School principal and teachers expect that this will further the student’s interest in music. Research shows the value of music education through improved scores in other study areas, and improved social balance among students. To date, James has given over 2,000 guitars to Foundation recipients in schools and hospitals.


Foundation Studios Open

08 January 2011
The James Burton Foundation Studios, located across Elvis Presley Avenue from the historic Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, opened on what would have been Elvis Presley’s 76th birthday.  The Foundation Studios is a state-of-the-art recording studio for professional musicians, and their session fees go to provide recording time free to Foundation recipients.