Guitarist James Burton, whose licks have graced recordings and tours by artists ranging from Elvis Presley to John Denver, will be recognized at the Louisiana Public Broadcasting Louisiana Legends Awards May 6 in Baton Rouge.
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.
Burton, a Minden native who grew up in Shreveport before leaping into the greater world of popular music, joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and over the last decade has added the title philanthropist to his list of achievements through the annual James Burton Rock and Roll International Guitar Festival. Through that he raises money to purchase guitars and put music back in classrooms. He’s donated hundreds to students throughout Caddo and Bossier parishes.
The Louisiana Legends Awards gala serves as a fundraiser for Friends of LPB with proceeds going to support the programming and educational services provided by LPB. There will be a silent auction featuring items donated by the 2010 honorees themselves and by Louisiana businesses.
Burton is one of five people who will receive this award. Other honorees are former Gov. Buddy Roemer, NBA basketball great Willis Reed, performing and fine arts advocate Marjorie Morrison and former State Superintendent of Education Louis Michot.
Gov. Bobby Jindal and First Lady Supriya Jindal will serve as the LPB honorary co-chairs for the ceremony, which will be at 8 p.m. May 6 at the Old State Capitol in downtown Baton Rouge. A champagne and dessert reception will follow.