Here’s a list of significant artists that James Burton has worked with and recorded several albums with.
The Everly Brothers
Burton recorded with the Everly’s from 1965-1968. The hired him to play on a few of their records. They also recorded Susie Q together on the Rock ‘N’ Soul album. In 1973, Burton also recorded with Phil Everly on his solo album “Star Spangled Springer”.
1965 The Everly Brothers Rock ‘n’ Soul
1965 The Everly Brothers Beat ‘n’ Soul
1966 The Everly Brothers In Our Image
1966 The Everly Brothers Two Yanks In England
1967 The Everly Brothers The Everly Brothers Sing
1968 The Everly Brothers Roots
As many bands did back then, The Monkees also hired studio musicians to play on their records. So from 1966-1969, Burton played on many of The Monkees’ albums.
1966 The Monkees The Monkees
1967 The Monkees More Of The Monkees
1968 The Monkees The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees
1969 The Monkees Instant Replay
1969 The Monkees The Monkees Present
Burton recorded with Haggard from 1966-1970’s. During that time, Burton played on several hit records like “I’m A Lonesome Fugitive” and “Working Man Blues”. Whenever he had the time, he would perform live with Haggard.
1966 Merle Haggard Swinging Doors
1967 Merle Haggard I’m A Lonesome Fugitive
1967 Merle Haggard Branded Man
1968 Merle Haggard Sing Me Back Home
1969 Merle Haggard Workin’ Man Blues
1969 Merle Haggard Mama Tried
1969 Merle Haggard Same Train, A Different Time (2 LP)
2001 Merle Haggard In Concert (recorded in the early 70’s)
From 1969-1990, Burton recorded with Hoyt Axton and occasionally performed live with him.
1969 Hoyt Axton My Griffin Is Gone
1974 Hoyt Axton Life Machine
1975 Hoyt Axton Southbound
1976 Hoyt Axton Fearless
1977 Hoyt Axton Road Songs
1979 Hoyt Axton A Rusty Old Halo
1981 Hoyt Axton Live
1982 Hoyt Axton Pistol Packin’ Mama
1984 Hoyt Axton American Dreams
1990 Hoyt Axton Spin Of The Wheel
Even though James only recorded 2 albums with Gram, they were of significant influence on Grams career as well as Emmylou Harris’. Many of the musicians used on this album were the same musicians who were also working with Elvis Presley at the time, like Ronnie Tutt and Glen D. Hardin.
1974 Grievous Angel
Jerry Lee Lewis
In 1979, Burton started working with legend Jerry Lee Lewis. After a few years, Burton would also perform live the Killer. In the 90’s, Burton also toured with The Legends of Rock and Roll in Lewis’ band.
1979 Jerry Lee Lewis Jerry Lee Lewis
1989 Jerry Lee Lewis The Palomino Club Recordings
1989 Jerry Lee Lewis Rockin’ My Life Away
1989 Jerry Lee Lewis Heartbreak
1989 Jerry Lee Lewis Rocket ’88
1991 Jerry Lee Lewis Live At The Vapors Club
1995 Jerry Lee Lewis Young Blood
In 1986, Elvis Costello was ready to record his new album, and he knew exactly who to get. He hired 3 of the other Elvis’ TCB Band members: James Burton, Jerry Scheff and Ron Tutt. During the time Burton recorded with Costello, he would also appear live with him.
1986 Elvis Costello King Of America
1987 Elvis Costello Out Of Our Idiot
1991 Elvis Costello Mighty Like A Rose
1995 Elvis Costello Kojak Variety
Other artists James has worked with over the years include Roy Orbison (A Black and White Night), Johnny Cash, Norah Jones, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell and many, many others.
Check out the discography for an overview of recorded albums.