Shreveport musician James Burton recovering after falling on Thanksgiving Day

According to James Burton's Facebook page, the legendary musician is recovering after having hip replacement surgery due to a fall at his Nashville home on Thanksgiving Day.

Burton underwent surgery in early October after being diagnosed with kidney cancer earlier this year. While he is officially cancer-free post-surgery, the remaining kidney is struggling on its own after multiple surgeries and heavy doses of medication.

After his fall on Thanksgiving, Burton was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center and the surgery was successful, but his remaining kidney was struggling to process all of the medication.

Last week, Burton was transferred to Vanderbilt's rehabilitation facility after his blood levels began to improve. Three days later he was transferred again to the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehab Hospital with his remaining kidney still struggling post-surgery on his hip.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member is known as one of the "finest guitar pickers in either country or rock" according to critic Mark Deming and is ranked number 19 in Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists. Since the 1950s Burton has recorded and performed with an array of singers including Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris and most notably as the leader of Elvis Presley's TCB Band.

In lieu of flowers, Burton and his family are requesting donations be made to the James Burton Foundation where the foundation will send a get well soon card to Burton with a notice of your donation to display in his room. The proceeds from the donations will go towards giving more guitars to those in need of them.

James Burton presents 60 acoustic guitars on behalf of The James Burton Foundation to North Caddo Elementary Middle School in Vivian.
James Burton presents 60 acoustic guitars on behalf of The James Burton Foundation to North Caddo Elementary Middle School in Vivian.

Donations can be made at the James Burton Foundation website.

Meredith G. White is the arts and culture reporter for the Shreveport Times. You can find her on Facebook as Meredith G. White, on Instagram and Twitter as @meredithgwhite, and email her at mgwhite@gannett.com

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