Posts Tagged ‘Kris Kristofferson’

The Highwaymen

Thursday, January 21st, 2016


Willie Nelson presents Kris Kristofferson with Veteran of Year Award

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Willie Nelson sings Kristofferson

Monday, September 14th, 2015


I’ve been listening to this cd all morning.  What a beautiful combination:  the poetry of Kris Kristofferson sung by Willie Nelson.    Get a copy if you don’t already have one to enjoy.  Look at this track list!

  1. Me And Bobby McGee
  2. Help Me Make it Through the Night
  3. The Pilgrim (Chapter 33)
  4. Why Me
  5. For the Good Times
  6. You Show Me Yours (And I’ll Show You Mine)
  7. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)
  8. Sunday Morning Coming Down
  9. Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends

This day in Willie Nelson history: First Highwayman Tour begins (3/3/1990)

Monday, March 3rd, 2014


On March 3, 1990, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson perform at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Astrodome, kicking off their first concert tour as the Highwaymen



This isn’t from that show, but one of my faves

Backstage at the 56th Grammys

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Don Was, Merle Haggard,Willie Nelson, Kris Kristoferson, Micah Nelson,

Cowboys for Indians and Justice for Leonard Peltier

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

This day in Willie Nelson History: Farm Aid, (Irving, Texas) (March 14, 1992)

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

March 14, 1992
Irving, Texas

Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid V plays to about 40,000 fans in Irving, Texas, with Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Joe Walsh, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lorrie Morgan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ricky Van Shelton, The Kentucky HeadHunters, Hal Ketchum and Paul Simon.

Economic Recovery starts in the Heartland with Family Farmers” was Farm Aid’s theme for 1992. Farmers Home Administration sent out 40,000 foreclosure notices to troubled farms. The impact of the loss of these farms on rural communities was devastating. Every five farms that closed down took one small business with them. Small towns across America were being boarded up. Schools, hospitals and farm houses were left empty.

Willie Nelson and Farm Aid helped to bring this to the attention of the new Clinton Administration. Farm Aid joined family farm organizations in expressing hope for greater access to this administration in order to change federal policies to support family farming.

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John Conlee
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Johnny Gimble
Arlo Guthrie
Merle Haggard
John Hiatt
Waylon Jennings
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Kris Kristofferson
Little Village
Lynyrd Skynyrd
John Mellencamp
Lorrie Morgan
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Joe Walsh
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Willie Nelson to perform at Keith Urban’s “We’re All for the Hall” benefit for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (4/16/13)

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013


Keith Urban’s fourth annual We’re All for the Hall benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum returns to the Bridgestone Arena on April 16! Tickets on Sale March 1 at 10AM CST.

2005 CMA Entertainer of the Year and four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill will return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, April 16, for a concert to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Reserved seating tickets, which are priced at $35 and $50 (does not include Ticketmaster surcharge), will go on sale March 1 at 10:00 a.m. CST. A limited number of VIP ticket packages will also go on sale on March 1 at (Complete ticket purchase information is below.)

This year’s theme “Rebels and Renegades, the Outlaws are IN” will feature performances from an all-star line-up including Urban, Gill, Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Kid Rock, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver and Hank Williams, Jr. It promises to be yet another in a line of one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime concert events highlighting great music, friendship and camaraderie.

“The purity in making music on your own terms – to create art in your own way – for me, is at the heart of the outlaw spirit,” said Urban. “It’s those outlaws that we celebrate this year, who not only made it possible for a guy like me to do what I love, but who play a pivotal role in the strength of Country music’s diversity.”

Museum Board President Vince Gill created All for the Hall, an artist-led fundraising initiative for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Funds raised through these events directly support the museum’s mission and underwrite preservation efforts, exhibitions and educational programs that teach audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music.

“The first three We’re All for the Hall concerts raised approximately $1.5 million,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “Those dollars go toward our operating expenses, directly funding the care of our collection, exhibitions, programs and more. We are beyond grateful to Keith Urban and Vince Gill. They are two of country music’s greatest stewards and ambassadors, and we are honored by what they have done for this institution. I’m certain that this year’s We’re All for the Hall show will not only be an important source of revenue for the museum, but a ‘once-in-a-lifetime, only-in-Nashville’ concert for everyone lucky enough to attend.”

Reserved Seating Tickets

Tickets ($35 and $50, plus Ticketmaster surcharge) go on sale March 1 at 10:00 a.m. CST. Tickets are available at, all Ticketmaster locations, the Bridgestone Arena box office or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Phone, internet and outlet orders are subject to a convenience fee.

Museum members enjoy a special presale ticket opportunity for the event; revenue from the membership program supports the museum’s mission.

VIP Packages
VIP packages will go on sale March 1 at They include:

“For You” Package
$3,500 for one ticket (A portion of this package is tax deductible to support the preservation of country music)
30 packages available

  • Invitation for one to a VIP dinner the evening of April 15, hosted by some of Keith Urban’s close friends and collaborators
  • One Premium Floor Concert Seat and Commemorative Ticket
  • Meet & greet for one with Keith Urban before the concert on April 16 (timing TBD), which includes an individual photo
  • Framed meet & greet picture mailed to your house one week after the concert
  • One Keith Urban autographed electric guitar
  • One invitation to a post-concert party on April 16 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • One commemorative Hatch Show Print event poster autographed by Keith Urban and Vince Gill
  • One complimentary parking space for the April 16 concert within a one-block vicinity of the concert and post-party venues
  • One “Friends & Family” membership to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which includes unlimited free admission for the entire household to the museum and most public programs for one year (valued at $100)


“When Angels Sing” Movie to premiere at SWSW 2013

Monday, February 11th, 2013


EYA Productions and Fred Miller Productions are excited to announce the world premiere of their new holiday movie, When Angels Sing, at the 26th annual South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The film, directed by Tim McCanlies (Secondhand Lions, Alabama Moon), is a comedic, heartfelt story about the importance of family ties, the power of forgiveness and the undeniable magic of Christmas.

When Angels Sing stars Harry Connick, Jr. (Dolphin Tale) as Michael Walker, a modern day Scrooge who has only wanted one thing for Christmas – to forget about it. After unknowingly buying a house on a street famous for its Christmas celebrations, Michael must learn how to confront his past and save his son from repeating the same mistakes he did.

The star-studded cast includes Emmy Award nominee Connie Britton (Nashville, Friday Night Lights), Chandler Canterbury (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Host), Fionnula Flanagan (The Guard), Lyle Lovett (Castle) with Academy Award nominees & Grammy winners Willie Nelson (The Dukes of Hazzard) and Kris Kristofferson (Dolphin Tale).

“This movie is about family ties, fathers and sons and obligations – the things you need to do to be a good father. These are important things,” said When Angels Sing cast member Willie Nelson.

Set in Austin, Texas, When Angels Sing celebrates the rich and varied musical genres for which the city is famous. The film features performances of new and classic holiday songs by Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Dale Watson, Sara Hickman, Marcia Ball, Carolyn Wonderland, Guy Forsyth, Kat Edmonson, The Trishas, Joel Guzman, Sarah Fox, and Miss Lavelle White, with appearances by Ray Benson of “Asleep at The Wheel” and Bob Schneider.

When Angels Sing was produced by Elizabeth Avellán (The Spy Kids franchise, Sin City), Fred Miller (For All Mankind), and Shannon McIntosh (Inglorious Bastards, Django Unchained). The production team also includes executive producers Scott Rankin, Sharon Rankin and Randall Dark, with Dominic Cancilla and Turk Pipkin serving as co-producers. The screenplay by Lou Berney is based on the book of the same name by Turk Pipkin (The Tao of Willie).

“I’m really excited for our film to have its world premiere at SXSW,” said EYA Productions President Elizabeth Avellán. “Austin is my home and this film was done with the many talented filmmakers from Austin. It feels wonderful to share this lovely film with the local community and the world.”

Turk Pipkin originally wrote the book When Angels Sing as a Christmas gift to give to his friends and family. Immediately, producer Fred Miller knew that it was a movie waiting to be made, but missed out on buying the book’s motion picture rights the first time around. After four years of waiting and periodically asking about its status, Miller was finally able to buy the rights and begin the two year process of assembling the best possible team for the film. After spending two years working on putting the project together, Miller and the rest of the team are excited for SXSW to World Premiere When Angels Sing.

About When Angels Sing

Grammy & Emmy Award winning, Tony Award nominee Harry Connick, Jr. (Dolphin Tale), stars in When Angels Sing, with Emmy Award nominee Connie Britton (Nashville, Friday Night Lights), Chandler Canterbury (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Host), Fionnula Flanagan (The Guard), Lyle Lovett (Castle) with Academy Award nominees & Grammy winners Willie Nelson (The Dukes of Hazzard) and Kris Kristofferson (Dolphin Tale). When Angels Sing is directed by Tim McCanlies (Secondhand Lions, Alabama Moon).

For thirty years, Michael Walker (Harry Connick, Jr.) has only wanted one thing for Christmas and that’s to forget about it. That is until a mysterious stranger named Nick (Willie Nelson), sells him the home of his family’s dreams with the vague condition that he keeps up with the neighborhood standards. Michael quickly realizes his new street is his worst nightmare. . . Live Oak Lane is world famous for Christmas, complete with eye popping light displays, mounds of fake snow, thousands of visitors and his home as its glorious centerpiece. Suddenly, Christmas is inescapable – attacking him with massive inflatable Santas, nonstop carolers dropping off decorations and live nativity scenes running rampant through his yard. His contempt for Christmas explodes when pressure mounts from his family (Connie Britton, Chandler Canterbury, Fionnula Flanagan, Kris Kristofferson) and quirky neighbors (Lyle Lovett, Eloise DeJoria) to get into the spirit of the holiday. When Nick returns to question why Michael isn’t fulfilling his part of their bargain, he takes him on a journey to confront his past and save his son from repeating the same mistakes he did.

When Angels Sing is a comedic, heartfelt fable about the importance of family ties, the power of forgiveness and the undeniable magic of Christmas. Rounding out the cast are Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Eloise DeJoria, Bruce Robison, Sara Hickman and Turk Pipkin.

Willie Nelson honored by Kris Kristofferson with Nashville Songwriters Association International Award

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

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photos: Dipti Vaidya

See great slide show of Dipti Vaidya’s great  photos from the event here.
by: Dave Paulson

In one respect, Sunday’s early show at the Bluebird Cafe was par for the course. A pair of country singers, songwriters and friends picked up guitars and shared the tiny stage to trade off on tunes they had written.

There was one huge difference, of course: Those songs included “Crazy,” “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “Funny How Time Slips Away,” because the performers were Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson.

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The country legends made a rare appearance at the Nashville songwriters’ haven as each received a brand-new honor from the Nashville Songwriters Association International: Kristofferson is the namesake of the association’s new lifetime achievement award, and selected Nelson to be its inaugural recipient.

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Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson talk on Nelson’s tour bus (photo: Dipti Vaidya/The Tennessean)

As the pair took the stage, Kristofferson said Nelson had been his and the “serious songwriters’” hero since he first came to Nashville in 1960s.

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“He’s unlike anybody else, because he is one of the best songwriters who ever wrote in any language. He’s absolutely a unique singer who doesn’t sound like anybody else ever…He’s probably the funniest human being I’ve ever known. Sometimes, I try to envision who God might be, and he always comes out looking like Willie.”

“I’m really proud to be giving you this,” he told Nelson. “I’m embarrassed that my face and my name is on it.”

“We can take that right off,” Nelson replied dryly, as the packed house of friends and admirers laughed. “I thought I was coming here tonight to give you an award, so I had a great speech all lined up. It couldn’t match what you just said.”

After their performance, the pair went from swapping songs to cracking each other up with stories on Nelson’s tour bus — parked next to Kristofferson’s behind the Bluebird. Kristofferson remembered Nelson visiting him in Mexico on the set of the 1973 film “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” where Nelson picked up a guitar and made a powerful impression on one of Kristofferson’s co-stars.

“Bob Dylan was so knocked out that he made him keep playing,” Kristofferson said. “I think you played all day there by yourself (laughs), just sitting there on (director) Sam Peckinpah’s floor. Dylan was just amazed. It made me respect Dylan, too. But he’s always been a songwriter’s hero.”

Nelson remembered when Kristofferson first came on the scene in Nashville, as “a shock to a lot of people in the so-called hardcore country tradition.

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“First of all, you got popular in the coffee shops with all the young hippies back in those days, and that was hard to digest in a lot of parts of the country. But as they learned more and more about him, they realized that he’s writing songs about us, ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night.’ It didn’t take them long to realize that this guy was the real deal.”

“I rip him off every chance I get,” Nelson joked. “If he comes up with a good melody, or a good line, look for mine (in) the next song.”

Asked if the pair were able to perform together often enough, Nelson replied. “It’s kind of rare, unfortunately, because we enjoy doing it.”

“I never see anybody else…” added Kristofferson. “But every time we get together, it’s amazing.”