Artspace artist talk went great!

Artspace Artist Talk with James and Gunner Nelson

We had a fantastic turnout for the ‘artist talk’ at Artspace with James Burton and Gunnar Nelson, sharing stories of Ricky Nelson and their music careers. Be sure not to miss the next one on August 5th with James and a special guest
and be sure to check out the ‘Art of the Guitar’ exhibit running through August 19th at Artspace.
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James Burton and friends to headline KTBS 3’s ‘Independence Day Festival’ on downtown riverfront

On July 4, Festival Plaza will come alive with the annual KTBS Independence Day Festival.
In honor of the United States military, this celebration features food, music, fireworks and fun for the whole community.

This July 4th, James Burton and friends will be the headlining artists for the KTBS Independence Day Festival 4th of July program live show on Shreveport’s Riverfront.

It will be an hour and a half long concert before the fireworks finale’.
James’ hometown will be treated to many classics, including hits from James’ career and some other very special surprises.

You won’t want to miss this very special event!
This is an event for the ENTIRE FAMILY.

The concert will also be televised locally by KTBS/KPXJ.

The James Burton Foundation is also offering some great door prizes at the show:
1st prize: 3hrs studio time in Studio B
2nd prize: a Yamaha Acoustic Guitar
3rd prize: James Burton Foundation merchandise basket

Make your plans now to attend this great festival and come ‘rock on the Red’ with us July 4th.

Many thanks to KTBS for putting on this great event.


‘The Art of the Guitar’
James Burton – Master of the Telecaster Art Exhibit
Opening June 2nd in Shreveport, Louisiana

THE ART OF THE GUITAR… nobody illustrates it in bolder “living color” than “The Master of the Telecaster,“ James Burton. From vivid pink paisley to flaming red hot, Burton’s guitars and his unmistakable riffs and soft bending sounds have defined rock ‘n roll for more than six decades and have made him one of the world’s greatest musical legends. So get ready to see Burton burn up the fret board because it’s gonna be a hot time in the city that art built this summer when Shreveport guitar legend, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and Grammy award winner James Burton opens his guitar collection to the public in a never-before-seen exhibition. Additionally, area Guitar Collectors bring their one of a kind Guitars for display. Some are pure celebrity–autographed by stars like Mick Jagger–and others are delightfully “artistic” such as the mosaic tile Art Guitars or the Cigar Box Guitar that really plays! The Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) presents the two Exhibits as the “ART OF THE GUITAR,” opening, Friday June 2, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Artspace in downtown Shreveport.

James Burton will open the night with a “riff or two” on his guitar to set the stage for 12 weeks of dynamic programming and entertainment. Burton and wife Louise are curating the exhibit, selecting from James’ guitar collection, celebrity “guest guitars” from friends, and memorabilia from his legendary Rockabilly life. Burton has been playing professionally since he was 14 years old and has racked up an impressive list of artists with whom he has performed including Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, John Denver, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Lee Lewis, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello and Brad Paisley.

“I’m honored and excited about the ‘Art of the Guitar’ exhibitions and proud to present “James Burton: Master of the Telecaster” at Artspace. What a wonderful organization this is! They do an incredible job of bringing culture to the area,” said honoree James Burton.

New recipients

The James Burton Foundation recently teamed up with Fender Guitars to provide guitars to a school district in Kentucky and a school in Louisiana. Here the kids in Kentucky pose with the new guitars.
Both the Burton Foundation and Fender Guitars believe the kids are the future.
Thank you for all of your support. TCB!

James Burton Foundation & Fender

FenderThe James Burton Foundation is thrilled to have recently partnered up with Fender
to provide guitars for kids in school programs in Louisiana and Kentucky.

Federal funding for the arts is being cut at an alarming rate, so filling the gap for these kids is more important than ever before.

If you’d like to help us and make a donation that will go towards providing guitars to kids in schools and hospitals, please visit

Money sent to recipient:


Mail checks to:
The James Burton Foundation
714 Elvis Presley Ave.
Shreveport, LA. 71101

Especially since James Burton is a Fender artist, we are so pleased Fender guitars joined up with us to reach a new generation of guitar players.

We truly thank each and every one of you for all of your support.