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James Burton

James Burton Swampland Interview
Guitar Man: An Original Six-String Journeyman

by James Calemine
March 2007

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, on August 21, 1939, guitarist-extraordinaire James Burton began playing music professionally at 14. He recorded the inimitable solo on Dale Hawkins’ hit “Suzie Q” at 15. By the time he was 16, Burton operated as the guitarist in Ricky Nelson’s band....

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