Elvis Presley's Guitar Player Returns to SugarHill

- Press Release

Legendary guitar master and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee James Burton, made a triumphant return to SugarHill Recording Studios 30 years later, to track guitars for Louisiana band The Honky Tonk Heroes.

Burton recorded guitars with SugarHill Chief Engineer Andy Bradley in Studio A and B, assisted by Tyson Sheth. Burton tracked 11 songs with The Honky Tonk Heroes, which will be featured on their new album, due late April 2006. Band members Larry Parcell and Kevin Rath are producing the album.

James Burton was often seen at SugarHill in the 70’s, cutting guitars on Huey P. Meaux’s recordings. Meaux owned SugarHill at the time and had a huge influence on the southern sock scene, recording hits with Freddy Fender, Lightnin’ Hopkins, George Jones and countless legends that passed through the studios’ doors.

A self taught guitar prodigy, James Burton started working when he was only 15 jump starting his career by playing on Dale Hawkins’ 1957 hit song "Suzie Q"; a record that would become one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

His talent was soon discovered, establishing himself in the industry and leading to his most recognized work with Elvis Presley as lead guitar player in the late 60’s until Presley’s death in 1977. He has also worked with other legends including Ricky Nelson, Randy Newman, Gram Parsons, John Denver and Roy Orbison’s legendary video performance Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night.

For more on SugarHill Recording Studios, visit: http://www.sugarhillstudios.com/
For more on James Burton, visit http://www.james-burton.net/
For more on The Honky Tonk Heroes, visit http://www.gottwang.com/

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