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Jimmy D. Burson

Date: May 12 - May 13, 2017
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Born on a ranch in Briscoe County, Jimmy Burson is at least a 6th generation rancher. He developed a love for music at an early age after his mother made him take piano lessons. While in high school, he found an old album called "Together Again" with Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan. From that day on, he was hooked on Western Swing. After teaching himself guitar and fiddle, and graduating from Texas Tech, he moved home to the family ranch where he and his wife, Rhenda, raised their three daughters.

He began playing western swing with local musicians and later formed his own band 'Texas In The Swing'. His music has taken him on tours of Russia and Austria, in addition to engagements across the United States. He has performed for 19 years at the Great American Music Festival at Silver Dollar City, Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, National Cowboy Symposium, San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, Legends of Western Swing, West Texas Western Swing Music Festival, along with many others.

In addition to the cattle business, Jimmy served 10 years as the Briscoe County Judge and eight years as County Commissioner. Also, he is the music director at First Baptist Church and has led music at revivals across Texas. His three western swing albums, "Texas in the Swing", "Leanin' on the Legends", and "Back in the Swing", have been featured on radio stations across the U.S.A.

In 2011, Jimmy was named the Western Swing Male Vocalist of the year by the Academy of Western Artists. He was named a Hero of Western Music by the Cowtown Society of Western Music in 2012 and named to the Western Swing Hall of Fame by the Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest the same year.

He still lives on the family ranch at Silverton, Texas with his wife Rhenda.

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