Blog post by Jeff Owens
Flame-finished Telecaster in hand, pioneer guitar hero and Fender Hall of Famer/signature artist James Burton put the hurt on ’em at the Travis County Expo Center in Austin, Texas, on April 10.
Performing that day at the Lonestar Rod & Kustom Round Up custom car show, Burton, 70, tore through a 90-minute litany of rock ‘n’ roll hits and history with a little country thrown in for good measure. The former Ricky Nelson and Elvis Presley sideman played staples by both singers (Nelson’s “Travelin’ Man” and “Hello Mary Lou”; Presley’s “Poke Salad Annie,” “Little Sister,” “Mystery Train” and “Burning Love”). Other selections included one of Burton’s very first recordings, Dale Hawkins’ swampy 1957 hit “Suzie Q,” Jerry Lee Lewis’s frenetic “Great Balls of Fire,” Merle Haggard classic “Mama Tried” and Roy Orbison set-ender “Oh, Pretty Woman.”
Burton is spending April and May 2010 touring Europe with Netherlands rock ‘n’ roll sextet Mufkin Tass. Tour dates have been affected by the ash cloud blanketing much of northern Europe recently, but not to worry—Burton’s playing is far more fiery than any Icelandic volcano …
Read a full concert review here.