James Burton: Master of the Telecaster

June 2 - August 19, 2017

THE ART OF THE GUITAR…nobody illustrates it in bolder “living color” than “The Master of the Telecaster,“ James Burton. From vivid pink paisley to flaming red hot, Burton’s guitars and his unmistakable riffs and soft bending sounds have defined rock ‘n roll for more than six decades and have made him one of the world’s greatest musical legends. So get ready to see Burton burn up the fret board because it’s gonna be a hot time in the city that art built this summer when Shreveport guitar legend, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and Grammy award winner James Burton opens his guitar collection to the public in a never-before-seen exhibition. Additionally, area guitar collectors bring their one-of-a-kind guitars for display. Some are pure celebrity--autographed by stars like Mick Jagger--and others are delightfully “artistic” such as the mosaic tile art guitars or the cigar box guitar that really plays!

The twelve weeks of summertime fun will include Burton playing and talking about his life and work. Films Burton appeared in--“Black and White Nights” with Roy Orbison and “Aloha from Hawaii” with Elvis Presley--will also be shown during the summer exhibit. Thursdays will feature live performances with a variety of guitar musicians, Wednesday evenings will be spent with local collectors telling the tales of their guitars and educational programming for all ages will be an important part of the experience.

James Burton: Master of the Telecaster