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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

New Year's Eve Guest Star

Hold onto your guitar lovin’, good-time-havin’ hats. Mike’s band, Rob and the Rage, will have a special guest star sitting in with them for New Year’s Eve. If you’ve checked Mike’s music schedule (below, right), you know that they’re playing New Year’s Eve, 10:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica. Here’s the announcement, exclusive to The Plunk Chronicles. Drum roll, please.

Guitar God James Burton will take the stage with them. What a coup! When Burton was inducted in 2001 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he was introduced by Keith Richards, guitar player for the Rolling Stones and self-proclaimed, longtime Burton fan. Richards said: "I never bought a Ricky Nelson album, I bought a James Burton album.”

Also a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Burton was assessed in the following way by a rock ‘n roll critic: "Burton has a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest guitar pickers in either country or rock ... [Burton is] one of the best guitars players to ever touch a fretboard."

Burton’s early career featured a stint as guitar player for Ricky Nelson on the tv show and on his biggest hits. From 1968-77, he was Elvis Presley’s lead guitar player. During that time, he also worked with Emmylou Harris, who was so insistent on having him in her band that she planned her tours around Elvis’ schedule so Burton would be available. For 15 years, he worked with John Denver.

The Louisiana-born player turned pro at age 14. In addition to playing lead guitar for many notables, he cut two solo albums and was so in-demand as a recording session player that he sometimes worked 25 sessions a week. His schedule even forced him, at one time, to turn down an offer to tour with Bob Dylan.

Here’s a partial list of people Burton’s worked with.
Johnny Cash
Elvis Costello
Jerry Lee Lewis
Roy Orbison
Glen Campbell
Dean Martin
Rodney Crowell
The Everly Brothers
Merle Haggard
Buck Owens
Frank Sinatra
Bob Mosley
Bobby Darrin
J.J. Cale
Hoyt Axton
Jesse Winchester

And now with Mike, Rob, Eddie and Terry. Make your plans now.

You can read more about James Burton at his official website and his myspace site:

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