Guitar Festival Features Paisley and Wariner

Brad Paisley, Steve Wariner, Johnny Hiland, Doyle Dykes and Alabama’s Jeff Cook are among the country guitarists performing Aug. 19-21 at the James Burton International Guitar Festival in Shreveport, La. Burton was already making regular appearances on the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport when, at the age of 15, he played lead guitar on Dale Hawkins’ classic recording of “Suzie Q” in 1957. He later moved to Los Angeles and became a session and road musician, working with Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, Frank Sinatra and many others. Also scheduled to perform in Shreveport during the festival are Sonny Landreth, Eric Johnson, Johnny Rivers, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Steve Luthaker, Steve Cropper and Dickey Betts. The festival benefits the James Burton Foundation, which provides instruments and scholarships to children and young adults.