James Burton International Guitar Festival kicks off

James Burton International Guitar Festival kicks off

Day one of the three day festival started tonight in the Red River District

James Burton is world famous, so much so that Kenneth Olsen and 25 members of the Elvis Presley fan club in Norway traveled made the trip out to the James Burton International Guitar Festival.

"He was turning 75 now," Olsen said "absolutely we have to go to Shreveport around the world to be a part of it."

Most of the festival events are free but donations are welcome for the James Burton Foundation which buys instruments for underprivileged children.

Olivia Lowe, a volunteer at the festival, said "It's a lot of money to not only buy the instrument but to takes care of it and stuff like that."

But Lowe said she was happy to volunteer her time collecting money.

"I was in band in high school, I played an instrument myself," Lowe said "and so I love the idea of coming here and helping out and having fun and it's a great fund raiser."

One band is Steve, Cardis, and Landry Wilkinson make up the band Landry and Company, one of the festival acts.

Steve Wilkinson said "What Mr. Burton is doing is great because it does help keep the music, some type of music, whether it's guitar, brass or percussion or whatever it keeps it in the schools."

Olsen and his group are staying for all three days of the festival and Olsen said "When you have the big show and Priscilla Presley is going to be there, you know, and stars like Vince Gill, and Jimmy Vaughn. I think it's going to be a great show tomorrow."

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