Walk of Stars(Shreveport, Louisiana)
The Walk of Stars award was created to recognize individuals from northwest Louisiana who are distinguished in their professional and/or civic endeavors or who have brought recognition and attention to the area, and who have been involved in those activities for at least five years.
James was inducted in 1999.
Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
James was number 20 on the list first list compiled by Rolling Stone, but on a revisited list, James moved up to #19, surpassing Scotty Moore and Chet Atkins.
James Burton’s trademark “chicken pickin'” style – bright, crisp and concise –l is one of the most unique sounds in country music, and a huge influence on rock guitar as well. Burton got his start when he was 14, writing “Susie Q,” for Dale Hawkins, and became a teenage star when he joined Ricky Nelson’s band in 1957. With Nelson, Burton created his distinct technique: He used a fingerpick and a flatpick, and replaced the four highest strings on his Telecaster with banjo strings, so that his guitar snapped, popped and stuttered. “I never bought a Ricky Nelson record,” Keith Richards said. “I bought a James Burton record.” In the late Sixties and Seventies, he convened Elvis’ TCB band and became a go-to guy on country-minded records by Joni Mitchell and Gram Parsons, and still tours today. “He was just a mysterious guy: ‘Who is this guy and why is he on all these records I like?'” says Joe Walsh. “His technique was allimportant.”
Key Tracks: “Hello Mary Lou,””Susie Q,” “Believe What You Say”
Visit Rolling Stone’s website for the entire list.
Southern Legends & Entertainment Performing Arts Hall of Fame
In 2005, James was inducted with several other performers. Other inductees include Dale Hawkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, DJ Fontana and Scotty Moore.
The Peavey Awards debuted in 2007 and honored the accomplishments of Jerry Lee Lewis, The Williams Brothers, Marty Stuart, The North Mississippi Allstars and James Burton. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Mississippi Blues Commission, whose Blues Trail project places interpretive markers at notable historical sites related to the history and growth of blues music throughout the state.
Louisiana Legends Award
Each year Friends of LPB honors outstanding Louisiana citizens who have distinguished themselves in a variety of disciplines including writing, art, entertainment, politics, public service and athletics.
2010′s honorees included Former Governor Buddy Roemer; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist James Burton; NBA basketball great Willis Reed; performing and fine arts advocate Marjorie Morrison, and former State Superintendent of Education Louis Michot.