Simply one of the best guitarists ever, "Master of the Telecaster". Born in Louisiana in 1939, Burton got his start by playing in the house band of the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport at the age of 14. Within his 50+ year career he has worked with everyone in the business including Ricky Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and yes the King himself, Mr. Elvis Presley from '69 to his death in '77.
He is an absolute pioneer of rock, country, and blues guitar, developing chicken pickin' and being the first to use light gauge strings so he could do wild bends.
He is considered the "Guitar Heroe's Guitar Hero" and was Elvis' favorite guitar player.
"Did you hear that solo on Mystery Train?"
"Yeah, James Burton is friggin' ridiculous!"