James Burton: The Early Years coming October 4

Be on the lookout for a new CD from Ace Records compiling over two dozen James Burton songs, covering his pre-Elvis work (“With A Little Help From His Friends: James Burton Anthology Features Everlys, Nelson, Hazlewood and Buffalo Springfield” — The Second Disc).

Burton first appeared on record in 1956 on the small Ram label, backing Carol Williams on ‘Just For a While,’ and [… i]t wasn’t long before Burton was an in-demand session musician, playing the famous and influential solo on Dale Hawkins’ ‘Susie Q’ in 1957. Within a year, Burton had taken his place alongside Ricky Nelson, building up a body of work that still endures […]. His association with Nelson lasted until 1967; two years later, he would take the stage in Las Vegas with Elvis Presley, where ‘Play it, James’ became a familiar catchphrase of The King’s.” (Source: The Second Disc)

James Burton: The Early Years – 1957-1969 is scheduled for release on October 4. For the complete track listing, follow the initial Second Disc link above. A planned second volume will include some of Burton’s work with Elvis and others.

2 thoughts on “James Burton: The Early Years coming October 4

  1. I don’t know: geeky-lookin’ dude with an odd, chicken-pickin’ style but the cat’s cool, that’s for sure. He deserves all the recognition he gets. Cool that he was Ricky’s main man before working with King. James and Scotty Moore – two heavyweights.


    • “Play it, James…” This should be a great CD. Looking forward to Volume 2 as well. Hope they are able to license some of his work with Elvis. Would be a shame if that were left out.


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