Today at Graceland:
James Burton: celebrating 80 years of his life and music
11:00 am. Guest House Theater, The Guest House at Graceland.
Legendary guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Burton will be celebrating his 80th birthday in August. Join us for a very special event to close out Elvis Week on August 18 that celebrates James’ life and legacy of music at the Guest House Theater. This retrospective event, hosted by musician Andy Childs, will feature music and storytelling as James talks about his life and storied career of working with everyone from Elvis, Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers, Ricky Nelson, John Denver, Merle Haggard-to Joni Mitchell, Roy Orbison, and Elvis Costello.
“He told me a thousand times, if this gets to be work, we’re not going to do it anymore. He said this is about fun. And when we walked on stage, it didn’t matter how long the show was, we’d just cut up with each other and have a good time. The songs were great, but it was all about enjoying ourselves and entertaining folks. Whatever Elvis did onstage was OK with them.”
Last week the Memphis newspaper published a story about the undying popularity of Elvis