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Lonnie “Lonnie Mack” McIntosh

Lonnie Mack

Guitarist Lonnie “Lonnie Mack” McIntosh, 74, of Smithville, TN, formerly of Dearborn County, Indiana, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Nashville, TN.

He was born Friday, July 18, 1941 in Dearborn County, Indiana, son of the late Robert McIntosh and the late Sarah Sizemore McIntosh.

Lonnie was a well known music legend and pioneer.

His guitar recordings were a significant influence on many prominent rock guitarists, including, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Paige, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Duane Allman, Dickie Betts, Ted Nugent and especially Stevie Ray Vaughan. He was considered one of the finer “blue-eyed soul” singers of his era.

His famous 1958 Flying V guitar judged among the world’s 150 “most elite guitars” and in 1993 the Gibson Guitar Corporation issued a limited-run “Lonnie Mack Signature Edition” of the iconic guitar. Lonnie played sessions for record labels with Fraternity Records, Electra Records and Alligator Records. He played blues and R&B with artists such as James Brown, Hank Ballard and Freddie King. He also produced and played bass with The Doors on their Road House Blues album. He played at Carnegie Hall with Roy Buchanan and Albert Collins. His last professional show was in Cleveland, Ohio for Les Paul’s 92nd birthday party, which was sponsored by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with several of the world greatest guitarists. Family along with music was very important to Lonnie. His life left a lasting legacy on both.

In lieu of flowers, the family has graciously asked that contributions be made to The James Burton Foundation (donating guitars to enable young musicians to get their start).

If you would like to notify the family of your donation personally, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450.

To make a donation, go to, recipient:

Robert Plant Fundraiser

James wanted to send out a BIG ‘thank you’ to his friend, Robert Plant for his kindness to The James Burton Foundation and the cause for the kids. The Robert Plant show in March was phenomenal!
His generous meet and greet to benefit the James Burton Foundation was unforgettable and everyone walked away saying what a wonderful experience they had.
All noted how down-to-earth and kind Robert is, trying not to leave any person in the room left out.
That shows what a considerate artist he is and why James is honored to call him friend.
Also, a very special thank you to his wonderful band and staff.
This was a GREAT experience for us all.
Thanks for supporting the James Burton Foundation!

Robert Plant Fundraiser

James Burton, Robert Plant, Jeff Burton

Robert Plant Fundraiser

James w/ Robert Plant and his band, The Sensational Space Shifters

Photos by: Tom Prusik

Merry Christmas!

What a year we’ve had here at the James Burton Foundation. 🙂

We are SO GRATEFUL to you!
We can dream up projects to bless others, but nothing happens without YOUR love and support.
It’s through YOUR generosity that we are able to make a difference in so many lives.
Through the gift of giving….and the gift of music.
We simply could NOT do it without you!

2016 looks even better. Plans are to start on the ‘James Burton Guitar and Car Museum.’
Ultimately, it will be place like no other, with unique guitars, automobiles and many other one-of-a-kind items.
Also, there will even be a venue for kids to be able to perform and showcase their talents.

We also have plans for MANY other exciting projects. More details soon.

We are very excited about future!!
Thanks again for being a part of what the James Burton Foundation is doing.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

James Burton Foundation donates guitars to the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home

On March 24th, The James Burton Foundation donated guitars to the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home. James was delighted to speak to these heroes and thank them for their service.

If you’d like to make a donation to the James Burton Foundation, please visit (recipient:

The James Burton Foundation is a 501(c) Non-Profit Organization.
All donations are tax-deductible.

Thanks for helping bring others the ‘gift of music!’

Foundation donations in Natchitoches

JB and the James Burton Foundation presented guitars to students on Thursday at L.P. Vaughan Elementary/Middle School in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

JB spoke to the kids and encouraged them to study hard and dream big.

The kids in the guitar program also received and impromptu tune or two from JB himself, on one of the donated guitars, no less.

James Burton Foundation donating guitars in Natchitoches

James Burton Foundation donating guitars in Natchitoches


If you would like to make a donation to the James Burton Foundation to help support keeping music in Schools for future generations, you can do it through Paypal.

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