Archive for the ‘Kris Kristofferson’ Category

This day in Willie Nelson History: “The Last Days of Frank & Jesse James” (2/16/1986)

Friday, February 16th, 2018

This 1986 movie looks at the last years of famous outlaws, Frank and Jesse James. The film opens in 1877 with the brothers trying to settle down after 15 years of thievery. Frank (Johnny Cash) is shown to be a book-loving and family-oriented man, while brother Jesse (Kris Kristofferson) is a money-hungry womanizer. The movie follows their lives through Jesse’s death at the hands of the “rotten little coward” Bob Ford (Darrell Wilks) and Frank’s death in 1892. Willie Nelson also makes an appearance as a former member of the James gang.

On February 16, 1986, the NBC-TV movie “The Last Days of Frank & Jesse James” aired, staring Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Ed Bruce, David Allan Coe and June Carter Cash.

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, “Sunday Morning Coming Down”

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson performed at all-star tribute concert to Kristofferson, at the Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson tribute concert that took place in Nashville on March 16, 2016.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Highwayman” recorded in Nashville (December 6, 1984)

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017


On December 6, 1984, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson record “Highwayman” at Nashville’s Moman Studios. Among the musicians on the session is guitarist Marty Stuart.

This day in Willie Nelson history: Kennedy Center Honors (Dec. 5, 1998)

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017


photo:  Khue Bui

Life Magazine
December 5, 1998

Award winner Willie Nelson and his wife arrive at the Department of State for the Kennedy Center Honors Gala dinner Saturday, Dec. 5, 1998, in Washington. The center honored comedian Bill Cosby, musician Willie Nelson, composer and conductor Andre Previn, songwriting team of Fred Ebb and John Kander, former actress and ambassador to Czechkoslovakia Shirley Temple Black.

How Willie Nelson Made ‘Kris Kristofferson: All Star Concert Celebration’ Happen

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Kris Kristofferson performs during NSAI 50 Yearsof Songs at Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 20, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn.
photo:  Rick Diamondwww.Billboard

by Gary Graff
Willie Nelson gets an assist for making The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson: All Star Concert Celebration a reality.

Nelson was participating in a John Lennon 75th birthday celebration during Dec. 2015 in Nashville when he approached producer Keith Wortman of Blackbird Presents. “Willie and I were chatting and he said, ‘When are we gonna do one of these shows for Kris? Aside from him being my best friend and partner in the Highwaymen, I think he’s the greatest songwriter that ever lived,'” Wortman tells Billboard. “I sort of made a joke about it, but Willie took me aside and said, ‘Get crackin’ on that, kid.'”

Four months later, on March 16, 2016, Blackbird gathered a stellar cast — including Nelson, Kristofferson himself, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams, Jr. and more, plus a band led by music director Don Was — for the event at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The show will also air at 10 p.m. ET Friday on CMT and be available in a variety of audio and home media formats that day as well.

“Kris had been part of a few of our prior shows,” Wortman recalls, “and one thing that always struck me was that every time he took the stage he got by far the largest, longing standing ovations from our audiences. The second thing I observed is all the other artists gravitate towards him. They want to touch him and talk to him. He’s this very humble, very sweet guy who’s arguably our greatest living songwriter — certainly on the Mount Rushmore of songwriters with the likes of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, maybe Bruce Springsteen. So it felt like the time was right to celebrate these songs given that love for Kris and the significant inspiration cited by all these other artists.”

Wortman says that every artist he called to be on the show was an instant yes, “without even checking their schedules,” and he even had to to turn down some who volunteered simply for lack of time and space in the concert. The “jaw-drop” moments were many, ranging from Jennifer Nettles’ delivery of “Worth Fighting For” and Eric Church talking about how Kristofferson’s “To Beat The Devil” inspired him to make a last-ditch, successful effort to land a publishing deal to Rosanne Cash’s deeply emotional and personal take on “Loving Her Was Easier.” “She grew up on his knee,” Wortman notes, “We all know that Johnny is mostly responsible for putting Kris on the map and recording his early songs and giving him a life. She in many ways looked to him as a second father and as a guiding light at a time when maybe it was hard for her and her own dad. There was a through-line, the family thread of Johnny Cash and Kris, and having Rosanne sing that song was very moving.”

Kristofferson himself duets with Emmylou Harris on “The Pilgrim: Chapter 33” and with Nelson on “Sunday Mornin’ Coming Down, and he joined the full ensemble for a show-closing “Why Me.” “Kris really is such a humble guy,” Wortman says, “but in a private moment he and his wife took me aside and thanked me for giving him the greatest professional night of his life, so hearing that is obviously a pretty significant moment. And it’s so gratifying when the person whose songs we’re playing is able to see it and experience it and genuinely see the love. When the person is in the room celebrating with you, that’s a holy grail right there.”

The 81-year-old Kristofferson’s latest album, The Cedar Creek Sessions, came out during June of 2016 and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Blackbird — whose previous events include celebrations of Waylon Jennings, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, Gregg Allman, Dr. John and Lynyrd Skynyrd — is working on a release for Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard from earlier this year and is producing All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration on Wednesday in Nashville with Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Richie, the Judds, the Flaming Lips and more. The company is also planning a 2018 edition of Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival, which Wortman promises will be expanding from this year’s 10 dates.

The full track list for The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson: All Star Concert Celebration includes:

“Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends” Buddy Miller
“Kristofferson” Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall & Larry Gatlin
“Here Comes That Rainbow Again” Martina McBride
“The Taker” Ryan Bingham
“The Captive” Jessi Colter
“Nobody Wins” Lee Ann Womack
“Jesus Was A Capricorn (Owed to John Prine)” Jack Ingram
“Worth Fighting For” Jennifer Nettles
“Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)” Rosanne Cash
“Chase The Feeling” Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
“The Pilgrim: Chapter 33” Emmylou Harris & Kris Kristofferson
“From the Bottle to the Bottom” Dierks Bentley & The Travelin’ McCourys
“Help Me Make It Through The Night” Lady Antebellum
“Under The Gun” Darius Rucker
“For The Good Times” Jamey Johnson & Alison Krauss
“Casey’s Last Ride” Alison Krauss
“If You Don’t Like Hank Williams” Hank Williams Jr.
“To Beat The Devil” Eric Church
“Me And Bobby McGee” Reba McEntire
“Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” Willie Nelson & Kris Kristofferson
“Why Me” Kris Kristofferson & Full Ensemble

Free Leonard Peltier

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Tickets went on sale on the 17th of Aug – if you’re supportive but can’t attend, please, go to the BOK Center website and buy a ticket – raising funds for Leonard’s defense is our sole purpose! Everything helps!

Artists sing in support of Leonard Peltier – “In the Spirit of Crazy Horse” (Nov. 6, 2017) in Tulsa

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

November 6, 2017
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Call (918) 894-4200

25 CMA Awards.
23 ACM Awards.
26 Grammy Nominations.

One night. One stage. One show.

Join us for a legendary night of music you’ll never forget as we welcome Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Arlo Guthrie, Rita Coolidge, Shooter Jennings, Joe Ely, Jessi Colter, The Doors’ John Densmore and more… including special appearances by Peter Coyote, Folk Uke, and others.

Tickets are available in person at the Arby’s Box Office at the BOK Center (200 South Denver in Tulsa), over the phone at 866-7-BOKCTR, or safely and securely online at

All proceeds benefit the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. For more information, visit us online at

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, “Sunday Morning Coming Down”

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson paired up for a special performance of ‘Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,’ one of the highlights from the all-star concert event The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson.

Speaking of The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson, you can pre-order this brand new bundle featuring the CD/DVD, official shirt, and hat from the concert event and we’ll throw in a FREE TOTE! All items ship release day, October 27th. Use the following code at checkout in the Blackbird Presents Store.

Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and friends perform, “Why Me”

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

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Have you ever truly explored Kris Kristofferson’s career? He’s lived more lives than you can count, from army captain to poet to movie star to critically acclaimed singer-songwriter. Back in 2016, Blackbird Presents hosted Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson, an all-star concert event celebrating the incredible and unique legacy of the songwriting legend. Now you can see a part of that magical night right here.

The mournful yet soulful “Why Me” (which originally premiered on Rolling Stone Country) sounds like a dream as Kristofferson is backed up by a who’s who of country superstars like Jessi Alexander, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Jessi Colter, Rodney Crowell, Larry Gatlin, Emmylou Harris, Jack Ingram, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, The Travelin’ McCourys, Reba McEntire, Buddy Miller, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Jon Randall, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr. and Lee Ann Womack.

The 3-disc CD/DVD is now available for pre-order and will be released October 27. Check out the Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson store for bundles, shirts, hats and other great merchandise.

Watch the once-in-a-lifetime performance below.

Willie Nelson joins artists to honor Kris Kristofferson, “The Life and Times of Kris Kristofferson”

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Willie was thrilled to be part of ‘Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson’, a concert event honoring the musical legacy of this incredible musician. The show was filmed at Bridgestone Arena where Willie and Kris performed “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down.” You can now relive this magic evening with the official CD/DVD release, now available for pre-order! #songsofkristofferson

Kris Kristofferson, “The Final Attraction”

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Photo: Lana Nelson

Kris Kristofferson dedicates this song to Willie Nelson in concert, and tells his story about being inspired to write it while standing backstage,  watching Willie Nelson perform and interact with his fans:

Final Attraction
by Kris Kristofferson

Well here you are
The final attraction
Awaiting direction
From somewhere above

Your finest performance
Approaching perfection
I know what you’re making
Is some kind of love

Somewhere in your lifetime
You were dared into feeling
So many emotions
That tear you apart

But they love you so badly
For sharing their sorrows
So pick up that guitar
Go break a heart

Come on boy, get back up there
You can do it one more time
For Hank Williams, go break a heart
And Janis Joplin, go break a heart
And John and June Carter,
And Stephen Bruton, go break a heart
And Waylon Jennings,
go break a heart
And John Lennon, go break a heart
And Roger Miller, ”
And Jimi Hendrix, ”
And Mickey Newbury, ”
And maybe one time for me
Go break a heart

Willie Nelson and All Star Cast Celebrates Kris Kristofferson: An Outlaw at 80

Friday, September 8th, 2017
by: Jeff Gage

When Kris Kristofferson turned 80 in 2016, the country music world rolled out the red carpet for a star-studded tribute in Music City, which CMT is now set to air as the concert film The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson on Friday, October 27th.

Kris Kristofferson: An Outlaw at 80
Kris Kristofferson has faced memory loss and the death of old friends, and has also found peace – just don’t try to tell him what to do.
The concert, a three-hour gala that was held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on March 16th, 2016, took place three months before Kristofferson’s 80th birthday. Performers ranged from friends and fellow icons like Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, and Reba McEntire to modern-day hit makers like Lady Antebellum, Eric Church, and Dierks Bentley. The evening ended with an all-star sing-along of the Country Music Hall of Famer’s Number One hit, the 1972 religious paean “Why Me,” which you can watch in the clip above.

The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson takes that marathon production and presents it as a 90-minute documentary. The onstage performances are coupled with interviews and backstage footage of the artists who helped celebrate the occasion. Also featured in the special are Hank Williams Jr., Rosanne Cash, Darius Rucker, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, Jack Ingram, Jamey Johnson, Jennifer Nettles, and Ryan Bingham.

Blackbird Presents Records will also be releasing The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson as a combination CD/DVD. The premiere airs at 10 p.m. ET, Friday, October 27th on CMT.

Willie Nelson & Family in Las Angeles (8.18.2017), with Kris Kristofferson

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Willie Nelson brought his show to the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles last night, supporting his latest solo release, this spring’s God’s Problem Child, with a performance that featured guest spots from fellow iconic songwriter Kris Kristofferson and Kacey Musgraves.

As JamBase reports, Nelson’s concert was packed with his classic tunes like “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys,” “Crazy” and “On the Road Again,” and show opener Musgraves and members of her band came out along with Kristofferson for a rendition of “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” The collection of musicians also ran through a medley that included “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “I’ll Fly Away” and Hank Williams’ “I Saw the Light.”

Nelson and Musgraves continue their tour together tonight at the Ironstone Amphitheatre in Murphys, CA.


Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, “Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)”

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

The Highwaymen

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

The Highwaymen: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.

1. Highwayman
2. The Last Cowboy Song
3. Jim, I Wore A Tie Today
4. Big River
5. Committed To Parkview
6. Desperados Waiting For A Train
7. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
8. Welfare Line
9. Against The Wind
10. The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over