Archive for the ‘Kris Kristofferson’ Category

“Loving Her Was Easier (than anything I’ll ever do again)” — The Highwaymen (1992)

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

“This Land is Your Land” — Finale, Farm Aid 1987

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

“We close the show with Woody Guthrie’s love song to America.”
Farm Aid 1987

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson honor Johnny Cash, “Forever/I Still Miss Someone”

Monday, March 26th, 2018
Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson recollect on the influence of Johnny Cash in a new video for the Cash project ‘Forever Words.’

It’s more than two decades since the Highwaymen regrouped for The Road Goes on Forever, the final album from the country supergroup. Even so, three of the band’s members – two living and one deceased – team up in a way on “Forever/I Still Miss Someone,” the kickoff track from next month’s Johnny Cash: Forever Words.

A uniquely collaborative album, Forever Words matches Cash’s elegiac poetry – much of which was discovered after his death in 2003 – with musical performances from his contemporaries, followers and family members. Opening the album is a moving performance from Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, both of whom collaborated with Cash throughout their careers. Led by Nelson’s acoustic guitar and Kristofferson’s narration, the song features an instrumental version of Cash’s 1958 single “I Still Miss Someone,” which is repurposed as the backdrop for the final poem the Man in Black ever wrote.

“My father, toward the end of his life… was dealing with the loss of my mother, and was very much alone,” says Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, who co-produced the record with Steve Berkowitz. “There was a folder of letters that my father had written for my mother, and within this folder, there were a few poems, many of them very sad. But right in the middle of them was this poem ‘Forever,’ that spoke of life continuing on. Even in the face of my father’s own mortality, he still saw the vision ahead for where his legacy would go.”

Honest and unflinching, “Forever/I Still Miss Someone” contrasts the finite nature of one’s life with the indestructibility of one’s art. “The songs that I sang will still be sung,” Kristofferson reads during the final moments of the video above, which takes a quick look at the song’s creation. The clip also finds Cash’s fellow Highwaymen talking candidly about their bandmate.

“He may be the most spiritual person I’ve known,” Kristofferson adds, “because he was conscious of his own mortality and his own weaknesses, but used his life to raise the perception of other people into the infinite.”

Johnny Cash: Forever Words, featuring contributions from Chris Cornell, Elvis Costello and others, will be released April 6th.


Concert for Our Lives Maui (March 24, 2018)

Monday, March 26th, 2018

On Saturday, March 24th, people all over the country made a stand to end gun violence in schools at March for our Lives events at over 30 locations nationwide. In Hawai’i artis joined students, musicians and local community members for ‘The Concert for Our Lives Maui’, a star-studded event in support of ending gun violence in schools at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.   Performances included Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Kriistofferson, Mick Fleetwood, Steven Tyler , Landon McNamara, Lily Meola.

The Highwaymen, “Me and Bobby McGee”

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

“Concert for Our Lives” in support of common sense gun laws, with Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Landon McNammara, Willie K, Lily Meola (March 24, 2018)

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

As if living on Maui wasn’t great enough — here’s news of a free event on March 24th at Maui Arts & Cultural Center for Students (must have Eventbrite ticket).  Only $10  for the General Public Concert for Our Lives with Willie Nelson Jack Johnson Kris Kristofferson Landon McNamaraWillie K. Lily Meola and more…

Coming together with Students of Maui to #standwithparkland in support of common sense gun laws #neveragain We will be giving away a signed Tony Hawk skateboard, Surfboards and lot’s of stuff from RVCA Outerknown Sanuk Mizu Life THE LUCKY HONEY ALOHA Collection KIPA BEACH please go to Eventbrite for important information… \

“Big River” — The Highwaymen

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

“I’ve Always Been Crazy” — The Highwaymen, Farm Aid 1993

Monday, March 5th, 2018

The Highwaymen perform “I’ve Always Been Crazy” at Farm Aid VI in Ames, Iowa on April 24, 1993.

Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

For more information about Farm Aid, visit:

Farm Aid’s performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They’ve raised their voices to help — what can you do?

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

The Highwaymen

Friday, February 16th, 2018


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