Burnette comes by his rockabilly roots quite naturally. He was born in Memphis, the son of the legendary rockabilly musician Dorsey Burnette. The infusion of jazz, gospel, and R&B sounds that informed both his father's music and that of another native son, Elvis, made an indelible impression on the budding young star, who was soon styling up his pompadour and hitting the road with Brenda Lee for his first USO tour of Japan at just the age of 13. Five years later, a seasoned performer at only 18 years of age, he recorded with Columbia Records.
Nashville took notice of his talents and he recorded for MCA/Curb in the `80s. He also found instant success as a songwriter with top performers recording his material, including: Jerry Lee Lewis, Faith Hill, Tammy Wynette, Ringo Starr, Ray Charles and Roy Orbison.
Nominated for Best New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music, he further defied categories when he became part of the legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac in the late `80s. He toured and recorded with the band for eight years. Several years later Burnette got an invitation for the "thrill of a lifetime" - an Australian tour with Bob Dylan. The reputation of his talent continues, as Burnette continues along his singular emergent path; at present, he is touring with Southern rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival founding member John Fogerty.