The all-star line-up of musicians for the 2014 James Burton International Guitar Festival was announced at a press conference Thursday morning. The announcement took place in the lobby of the newly renovated Shreveport Municipal Auditorium. The highly celebrated musicians will have Shreveport rocking to the rafters as they pay tribute to Shreveport native and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, James Burton. Long known as the "Master of the Telecaster," Burton will join some of the music industry's best in a James Burton & Friends Concert on Saturday, August 23 at 7:30pm, to celebrate Burton's 75th birthday and 62nd year in the music industry.
This concert will be a night legends are made of and will be the centerpiece for the 2014 International Guitar Festival scheduled for August 22 - 24. Past concerts brought in thousands of visitors from all over the world, and this event is planned to be bigger and better than ever. The line-up of performers is exciting and may be the only event of its kind in the world that brings musicians of such renown together in one unique venue.
Rounding out the weekend will be several free events: Cheers to 75 years - Burton's birthday celebration; Rock N Roll Guitars & Cars - Classic Car Show Live Music featuring top-ranked regional bands; Guitar Showdown - Guitar Competition for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students. Closing the Festival will be the Guitars For Good Concert, sponsored by the James Burton Foundation and The Simple Church and headlining Christian recording artist Lincoln Brewster.The list includes:
James Burton (Living Legend) - and family
Special Guest Priscilla Presley
Trace Adkins (Country Music Legend), Paul Shaffer (David Letterman Show), Ann Wilson (Heart), Mike Wolfe (American Pickers), Jimmie Vaughn (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Rick Derringer (The McCoys), Gunnar Nelson (The Nelsons), Lee Rocker (Stray Cats), Doyle Dykes (Legendary Grand Ole Opry Artist/ Guitar Aficionado), Haley Dykes (Country Artist), The Vosbury's (Cole and family), Richie Furay, Noel Haggard, Lincoln Brewster, Rob Haynes (Memphis Keyboard Boogie Woogie King), and Rick Vito and Billy Burnett (Fleetwood Mac)
The concert is free, but a ticket is required. Monies raised from this weekend event will be used to fund the James Burton Foundation. This non-profit organization provides guitars and instructions to school children locally and throughout the nation. Recognizing that music can be therapeutic, there is a special emphasis this year on providing guitars and instruction, if needed, to wounded warriors and their children.