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BREAKING: 8-14-08 Emmy Lou Harris Headlines James Burton Internat'l Guitar Festival Aug 23rd
Thursday, Aug 14, 2008 1:44pm
SHREVEPORT, LA (By: Tom Pace, Executive Editor, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 5pm 8-14-08  Multi-Grammy and recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Emmy Lou Harris headlines the 2008 James Burton International Guitar Festival: Saturday, 7pm, August 23rd at the historic Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana.  (Click here for ticket information.)

The three-day event, which also includes a music industry trade show at the downtown Convention Center, starts Friday night, August 22nd, with top local musicians performing at Shreveport's Festival Plaza.

The Saturday night main event, emceed by Golden Globe winner & Emmy-nominated, John Goodman is 7pm at the Municipal Auditorium. The show features a wide range of music generes and fun for the entire family. 

A grand total of 17 musical artists, will be performing on the main stage for this year's 2008 James Burton Festival, including:
Emmy Lou Harris; Jim Messina (Loggins & Messina); Delbert McClinton; Doyle Dykes; Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad); Dale Hawkins (Susie Q); Danny Seraphine (Founding member: Chicago); Charlie McCoy; Rusty Young; Billy Swan; Brent Mason; Joe Stampley & the Uniques; Jeff Berlin; Phil Keaggy; Gary Nicholson; Phil Chen; Lenny LeBlanc.

The music festival and music industry trade show is a fund raiser for the James Burton Foundation, designed to provide guitars to children in the Caddo and Bossier Parish School systems for their music enrichment programs. 

According to Louise Burton, their Foundation has purchased 3,500 guitars over 1,000 days...1,800 of which have been donated to children across Shreveport-Bossier. 

Other organizations receiving guitars have included The Cara Center (Gingerbread House); the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; the Shriners Hospital for Children; the Sutton Family Children's Medical Center; and Southern University of Shreveport.  

Here are bios for those artists performing with James Burton: Saturday, 7pm, August 23rd at Municpal Auditorium:

Emmylou Harris

  • Sold more than 15 million albums worldwide
  • Garnered 12 Grammy Awards
  • 2008 Inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • 2008 Honored by WFUV with the Sound and Vision Award
  • Recorded with The Band, Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, Bright Eyes, Bob Dylan, Little Feat, Tammy Wynette, Neil Young, Bill Monroe, Lyle Lovett, Roy Orbison, Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks, Lucinda Williams, George Jones.
  • 2007 Rhino Records celebrated Emmylou’s distinguished career by releasing “Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems”
  • Her most recent studio, “All I Intended To Be,” released on Nonesuch records June 200 to great success, debuting on the Billboard Top 200 chart at no. 22 and on the Billboard Country chart at no. 4, her highest debuts of her career.

Delbert McClinton

  • Grammy Award winner’s newest album “Room To Breathe” backs the contention that McClinton is poised to triumph even further having just enjoyed the best year of his long career
  • “Room To Breath” is co-produced by longtime friend and songwriting partner Gary Nicholson (also on the Burton lineup), features 12 new McClinton originals
  • Won a Grammy with Bonnie Raitt for their “Good Man/Good Woman” duet
  • McClinton’s album “Nothing Personal” debuted on five Billboard charts in 2007: Hot 200 Albums, Blues, Country, Independent, and Internet Sales 

    Mark Farner 

      * At the age of 20 Mark Farner found fame and success as the leader of one of America’s biggest bands of the 1970’s – Grand Funk Railroad. 
      * Grand Funk Railroad recorded 17 albums with total sales of more than 25 million records, earning 10 platinum and 15 gold albums 
      * In 1971
    Grand Funk Railroad set the attendance record at New York’s Shea Stadium for a concert, surpassing the record set by The Beatles in 1966, and that record still stands today, 30+ years later. 
      * Farner signed a solo deal in 1977 with Atlantic Records and issued two critically acclaimed albums: “Mark Farner” and “No Frills” 
       * Released 4 contemporary Christian albums from 1983 through 1994, earning a Dove nomination and reaching the #2 chart position with the John Beland composition “Isn’t It Amazing”
      * Named to Pollstar’s Top 100 Tours of 1998 when Farner reunited with the original Grand Funk Railroad in the late 1990’s. 
    H-1 featured Mark and the original Grand Funk Railroad on a “Behind The Music” special that has been airing since 1999 
      * Farner has been touring since 1999 with his own band Nr’G

    Jim Messina
  • First producing job was for an independent record label during his senior year in high school
  • Member of such seminal bands as Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and Loggins & Messina
  • Loggins & Messina became one of the most popular acts of the early 70’s with hits “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” and “Angry Eyes”
  • Warner Bros. Records releases “Messina” and “One More Mile” featured such notables as Toto drummer, Jeff Porcaro and the Doobie Brothers’ Patrick Simmons, David Grisman and many other musicians Messina has been honored to perform with
  • Messina ’s “Mexican Minutes,” co-written with Kent Robbins, was recorded by platinum country duo Brooks & Dunn.

    Phil Chen
  • Incredibly talented bassist who originally signed on with Jimmy James and the Vagabonds.
  • Since 1970 has recorded on such releases as Jeff Beck’s Blow by Blow, Donovan’s Cosmic Wheels, Joan Armatradings’  Back to the Night, and a self-titled debut by the Doors-related outfit, the Butts Band, among countless others
  • Joined Rod Stewart’s band and played on a number of hit albums such as “Foot Loose & Fancy Free,” “Blondes Have More Fun,” Foolish Behavior”
  • Co-wrote the track “You’re Insane” for Rod Stewart
  • Played on other artists albums in the 1980’s including Jackson Browne’s “Lives in the Balance,” “White City: A Novel, Robin Gibbs’ “Walls Have Eyes”
  • Joined forces with Brian May and Eddie Van Halen for a one-off side project under the name of Brian May & Friends, 1983’s Star Fleet Project.
  • Has appeared on the Door’s all-star tribute album, “Stoned Immaculate” The Music of the Doors” and Lita Ford’s “Greatest Hits Live! in the early 21st century

Lenny LeBlanc

  • Has been writing and creating music for over 30 years for such artists as Roy Orbison, Mac Davis, Hank Williams, Jr. and Amy Grant
  • In 1978 he became part of the duo “LeBlanc and Carr” and co-wrote and recorded the pop hit “Falling” which ultimately became one of the Billboard magazine’s all time “Top 40 Hits”
  • Became a Christian in 1981 and has since recorded 8 solo projects.
  • In 1996 he co-wrote the #1 country hit “Treat Her Right” for Sawyer Brown and in 1999 wrote “Above All” with Paul Baloche, which received the Dove Award for Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year

Dale Hawkins

  • Member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame
  • Member of the Louisiana Hall of Fame
    Began his career in Northwest Louisiana in the mid-1950’s
  • His rock classic “Susie Q” features another local legend:  a then 15-year old James Burton on guitar.  Others included Scotty Moore, Joe Osborn, Roy Buchanan, Fred Carter, Jr. and Kenny Paulsen
  • Hawkins produced other hits in the studios of Shreveport’s KWKH with Merle Kilgore and Johnny Horton.
  • In 1999 Dale released his first album of new material in 30 years: “Wildcat Tamer,” which garnered a four star rave from Rolling Stone.
  • Received Britain’s 2000 Now Dig This Award
  • Currently working on a film documentary and book

Phil Keaggy

·        Incredibly gifted guitarist

·        Phil has been a member of The Vertices, The Squires and the Volume Four (New Hudson Exit)

·        Dove Award Winner in 1988 for his instrumental album “The Wind and The Wheat”; in 1992 for “Beyond Nature.”

·        From 1998 to 2001 Phil dominated the Instrumental Record Category at the Doves winning for “Invention,” “Acoustic Sketches,” “Majesty and Wonder,” and most recently “Lights of Madrid.”

·        Voted one of the top fingerstyle guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine readers three years in a row.

·        His solo career has spanned more than 30 years and included over 50 solo albums and 8 with his band, Glass Harp.

·        Phil continues to sell out concerts all over the United States , with his ever-changing style, ranging from rock and roll to fully orchestrated instrumental compositions.

Doyle Dykes

  • Toured with The Stamps Quartet and Grandpa Jones from the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Played with Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, Peter Frampton, John Fogerty, Vince Gill and more.
  • Doyle’s appreciation for various styles of music is reflected in his albums as they include signature compositions like “Jazz in the Box,” “Martha’s Kitchen,” and hymns like “How Great Thou Art.” 
  • Doyle’s music has been heard on United Airlines, NPR’s Morning News and All Things Considered, Disney’s California Adventure and even the Space Shuttle Atlantis in September 2000.
  • Doyle was awarded a brick in the Wall of Fame at “The Cavern Club” in Liverpool England

Gary Nicholson

  • Songwriter – over 450 songs recorded in various genres
  • Multiple number one hit songwriter
  • Two time Grammy winning producer, recording artist and session guitarist
  • Best Contemporary Blues Album with Delbert McClinton
  • Nominated in 2006 to the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame
  • Has recorded 25 of his own songs and produced records for The Judds, Wyonna, Pam Tillis, T Graham Brown, Chris Knight and others
  • His music has been included in many major pictures and television

Rusty Young

  • Rose to prominence in the late 1960’s & 1970’s as pedal steel guitarist
  • Worked and recorded with Buffalo Springfield
  • Co-founded the popular country-rock band Poco with ex-Springfield members Richie Furay and Jim Messina
  • Wrote more than a dozen of Poco’s most well-known songs
  • Based in Nashville, Young can sometimes be heard playing solo at the Bluebird Café.
  • His main venture since the late 1990’s has been with John Cowan and Bill Lloyd – in a trio called Sky Kings

Danny Seraphine

  • Best known for being the original drummer and founding member of the rock group Chicago from 1967 to 1990
  • Co-wrote several songs for Chicago including “Lowdown,” “Little One,” “Take Me Back to Chicago,” Show Me the Way,” “Birthday Boy,” and “Street Player.”
  • After leaving Chicago, Seraphine debuted the band “California Transit Authority.  CTA released their first studio album, “Full Circle,” in August 2007 which was followed by a United States tour.
  • Seraphine is also a record producer, theatrical producer and film producer
  • In recent years he has spent much of his time producing and resourcing investment for Broadway shows, including bringing the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Bombay Dreams” to Broadway after its London run.

Charlie McCoy

  • Grammy Award winner
  • Two Country Music Association Awards
  • Eight Academy of Country Music Awards
  • Won numerous awards from Billboard, Cash Box and Record World.
  • One of Nashville’s most in-demand session musician for 39 years
  • Has recorded 28 albums in the last 32 years
  • Served as Musical Director for the long running syndicated television series “Hee-Haw”
  • His session credits are a who’s who of country music, doing upwards of 400 sessions per year
  • Charlie was a mainstay on Elvis Presley recordings both in Nashville and Los Angeles.
  • During session of Bob Dylan’s “Blond On Blond,” McCoy, while playing bass with his left hand, played trumpet with his right hand, without missing a beat…that brought Dylan to a stop in the middle of the song absolutely amazed.
  • Charlie was in the staff band of the “Music City Tonight” show on TNN

Joe Stampley and the Uniques

  • One of the first artists to build a bridge between Rock n’ Roll, Rhythm n’ Blues, and Country Music, pioneering what came to be known as “new country
  • In the 1960’s was the lead singer for the pop/rock group The Uniques.
  • The Uniques’ classic “All These Things” is still one of Rock’s sentimental favorites in the Deep South and considered part of the essence of the 1960’s.
  • In 1971 Joe recorded seven albums including a remake of “All These Things” as a two-step, which skyrocketed to #l across the charts.
  • Joe has more than 60 charter records to his credit making him 30th in R&R’s (Radio & Records) Twenty Years of Excellence magazine.
  • In 1976 he had 8 singles chart in Billboard Magazine and was awarded “Billboard’s Single Artist of the Year.”
  • Joe and his friend, Moe Bandy, were recognized as CMA’s 1980 Vocal Duo of the Year and also received the ACM’s Vocal Duo Award for two consecutive years


Brent Mason

  • One of Nashville’s most sought-after session guitarists
  • Played on albums by Alan Jackson, David Gates, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Neil Diamond, Shania Twain and many others
  • Mason has played on commercials for Budweiser, Miller Brewing Co, Betty Crocker, Sears, Michelob, Ford and Wrangler
  • Began solo career in 1997 when he released his instrumental debut album “Hot Wired” on Mercury Records

Billy Swan

  • Recording artist and producer with international appeal
  • His initial hit single “ I Can Help” sold more than 1 million copies in Europe and over 2 million worldwide
  • His second album entitled “ Roll ‘n’ Roll Moon” featured his second hit single “ everything’s The Same (Ain’t Nothing Changed)”
  • Made his debut as a record producer with Tony Joe White’s “Polk Salad Annie”
  • He was a member of the Kris Kristofferson’s band
  • Well-known in music circles since the early 1960’s as a top songwriter, sideman and producer, Swan’s songs have been covered successfully by Elvis Presley, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty and many others
  • Swan wrote “Lover Please” which landed a Grammy for Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge in 1975

Jeff Berlin
             Jeff Berlin is a legend of the electric bass. Simply put, he is considered by many to be the finest electric bass player in the world.  Surprisingly, he is a pioneer of slap bass when he brought this new percussive-style bass playing in 1979 to the second Bill Bruford album, “One of a Kind”, on the tune called 5G.

Jeff also pioneered two handed tapping when he performed this style on Motherlode from his 1985 release of his first solo album called “Champion”.

When these styles began to catch on with other bass players, Jeff stopped playing these styles.

Jeff is known as a major innovator through his incisive playing through recordings and performances for the last thirty years.  Jaco Pastorius regarded Jeff as a better soloist than he was. Geddy Lee referred to Jeff as the “greatest bass player on the planet”. Marcus Miller told people that he wanted to be the “Black Jeff Berlin”.

The founder of The Players School of Music in Clearwater, Florida, Jeff has also been at the front of music education for almost 30 years. His column in Guitar Player and Bass Player magazines were the most read columns due to their controversial content of music education. He regularly puts down using electronic tuners, metronomes, handgrips, tablature, or any study method that does not include musical content. For this, the music world has polarized in two camps, either for, or against the principles that Jeff believes will make a great player out of a good one.

His numerous recording credits include albums with Bill Bruford, Yes, Allan Holdsworth, Kazumi Watanabe, and George Benson. Jeff has released six highly acclaimed solo records, Champion, Pump It!, Taking Notes, In Harmony's Way, Lumpy Jazz and Aneurythms.

Jeff tours with his band that has featured Danny Gottlieb, Paul Wertico,Othello Molineaux, Randy Brecker and Richard Drexler. He also tours with BX3, a bass conglomeration that includes the great bass players Stuart Hamm and Billy Sheehan.

Jeff is performing all over the world to rave reviews. Many have said that they have never heard anyone play with Jeff’s melodic fluidity. Jeff's playing continues to influence a new generation of bass players. His teaching continues to inspire and advance players wishing to know about the language of their art. Jeff Berlin is a master.

John Goodman

  • Returning emcee from 2007’s event, Goodman is best known for the sitcom “Roseanne”
  • Played Jake Blues in the Blues Brothers Band
  • Has acted in over 78 movies and has 5 on the books for the next year and a half
  • Golden Globe Winner and Emmy nominated actor




James’ Birthday Bash & Kickoff Party

7 pm, Maggie’s Hanger

(No gifts please; $10 Foundation donation at the door)

Music provided by Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs


Party in the District

Friday, August 22, 6 pm – midnight – Red River District (Under the Texas Street Bridge)

$5 donation

Band lineup:

6 pm – 7 pm – The Keith Horton Project (blues)

7 pm – 8 pm – BB Secrist and his Rockin 88s (Honky Tonk Piano)

8 pm – 9 pm – The Nomads Rock and Roll Show (Rock A Billy)

9 pm – 10 pm –  Dirtfoot (New Grass, Americana , Twang Punk)

10 pm – 11 pm – Hipshot (Country)

11 pm – 12 am – Great Log Jam Hosted by Wicked Tickle


James Burton & Friends “Headliner” Concert

Saturday, August 23, 7 pm – Municipal Auditorium


Guitars ‘N Glory Concert

Sunday, August 24, 2 pm – Municipal Auditorium

Featuring local churches’ Praise and Worship Bands with special guest appearances

($10 but free with proof of paid admission to Sunday Trade Show)


Trade Show Expo

Friday and Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

(Guitar Hero Showdown Talent Show 10 am, Saturday)

Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

Shreveport Convention Center

Trade Show Expo features:

·        Latest in music industry technology

·        Guitar manufacturers

·        Giant Playable Guitar

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