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Kris Kristofferson Celebrates 80th Birthday With Release of The Cedar Creek Sessions

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In June 2014, legendary songwriter Kris Kristofferson hosted a three-day impromptu jam session at Cedar Creek Recording in Austin, Texas. It had been a while since Kris had recorded and here was a chance to lay down some of his favorite compositions with a live band. With Shawn Camp on lead guitar, Kevin Smith on bass, Michael Ramos on keyboard, and Mike Meadows on drums, the group ran through twenty-five of Kristofferson’s best-loved songs. On the final day, Kris’s dear friend Sheryl Crow came in to sing a duet of “The Loving Gift,” a song made famous by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash that Kris had never recorded.

Two years later, Kristofferson will release The Cedar Creek Sessions just days before his 80th birthday, June 22, 2016.
At eighty years old, few songwriters can look back and see that they have transformed an entire American musical art form. In a single line, Kristofferson turned modern music into viable contemporary literature: “Freedom’s just another word,” he wrote, “for nothing left to lose.” For years, those words from his song “Me and Bobby McGee” served as the hippie generation’s most resonant mantra. Today, songwriters from Belfast to Belleville replay the classic when seeking inspiration. Kristofferson’s first recording of the song as a demo, while working as a janitor at Columbia Records in 1968, signaled only the beginning of his lasting contributions to the creative arts.

As his most famous lyric suggests, Kristofferson has lived a Renaissance man’s life. The Brownsville, Texas native served as an Army Ranger and helicopter pilot as a young man. He earned early prestige as a Rhodes Scholar who won an Atlantic Monthly short story competition. Fans know that Kristofferson fought as a Golden Glove boxer. Of course, many simply know him as a movie star (Cisco Pike, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Heaven’s Gate, Blade and more than 50 others). Kristofferson solidified marquee status in a blink when Barbra Streisand cast him in her hit remake of A Star Is Born (1976). For nearly four decades since then, he’s defined diversity as an actor with roles in films as varied as Songwriter (1984), Big Top Pee-wee (1988), Paper Hearts (1993), Lone Star (1996) the critically acclaimed Fast Food Nation (2006), and the hit family story Dolphin Tale (2011, 2014).

A Star Is Born made Kristofferson a sex symbol, but he had more substantial plans from Day One. “I always felt that I was going to be some kind of writer,” he told The Guardian in 2010. For more than four decades, Kristofferson’s deep-browed craftsmanship has had broad influence on peers and followers. “There’s no better songwriter alive than Kris Kristofferson,” legendary country songwriter Willie Nelson told the Associated Press in 2009. “Everything he writes is a standard, and we’re just going to have to live with that.”

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Dierks Bentley, Reba, Willie Nelson, and More Honor Living Legend Kris Kristofferson

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When the Nashville music community comes together to honor an icon like Kris Kristofferson, talent bursts at the seams to be part of the event. The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson featured more than 20 of country music’s finest artists performing songs that he has written over the past 50 years, while 79-year-old Kristofferson watched from the side of the stage with his wife, Lisa.

Actor W. Earl Brown hosted the event, sharing stories about Kristofferson’s life throughout the night. Other celebrities who shared their memories and accolades by video messages were the iconic singer/actress Barbra Streisand and actor Ethan Hawke. Nashville mayor Megan Barry also proclaimed March 16, 2016 as “Kris Kristofferson Day.”

Larry Gatlin, Jessi Alexander, and Jon Randall kicked off the concert with a performance of a song appropriately called “Kristofferson,” which also appears on Tim McGraw’s “Let It Go” album.

The rest of the show featured songs that Kristofferson has penned for himself and others, such as the legendary “Me and Bobby McGee,” performed this night by Reba McEntire.

Jennifer Nettles’ powerhouse vocals resonated throughout Bridgestone Arena with her rendition of “Worth Fighting For,” garnering the night’s first standing ovation.

Other memorable moments included Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson, singing the classic hit “For the Good Times.” The duo’s sharp contrast in vocal traits made for a hauntingly poignant performance.

Darius Rucker kicked up the tempo with his take on “Under the Gun” and Dierks Bentley brought in the Travelin’ McCourys for a bluegrass rendition of “From the Bottle to the Bottom.”

And when you thought the night couldn’t get any better, Willie Nelson came on stage. Kristofferson joined him to perform the iconic “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down.” The duo is often remembered for being part of the Highwaymen, along with Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. Waylon’s son Shooter, along with Jamey Johnson, joined Kristofferson and Nelson on stage to perform “Highwayman.”

The show concluded with all of the guest artists collaborating on one of Kristofferson’s biggest hits as an artist, “Why Me.”
Produced by Blackbird Events, the concert was recorded for future distribution. Stay tuned for more information about how you can watch it!

Set list
• Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall, Larry Gatlin: Kristofferson [recorded by Tim McGraw]
• Jack Ingram: Jesus Was a Capricorn
• Jessi Colter: The Captive
• Buddy Miller: Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends
• Martina McBride: Here Comes That Rainbow Again
• Ryan Bingham: The Taker
• LeeAnn Womack: Nobody Wins
• Jennifer Nettles: Worth Fighting For
• Roseanne Cash: Loving Her Was Easier
• Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell: Chase the Feeling
• Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson: The Pilgrim – Chapter 33
• Dierks Bentley, The Travelin’ McCourys: From the Bottle to the Bottom
• Lady Antebellum: Help Me Make it Through the Night
• Darius Rucker: Under the Gun
• Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson: For the Good Times
• Alison Krauss: Casey’s Last Ride
• Hank Williams Jr.: If You Don’t Like Hank Williams
• Reba: Me and Bobby McGee
• Willie Nelson: Living Legend
• Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson: Sunday Morning Coming Down
• Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson: Highwayman
• ALL: Why Me

Reba, Alison Krauss and More Added to Kris Kristofferson Tribute

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Reba McEntire, Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, Larry Gatlin, Jessi Colter, and Shooter Jennings have been added to the all-star lineup of The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson on Wednesday, March 16th, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

The all-star concert event taping will pay tribute to the legendary singer-songwriter and actor with performances by Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Jack Ingram, Jamey Johnson, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr., and Lee Ann Womack. Kristofferson will take the stage to perform with a number of special guests throughout the evening.

A final block of great seats is now available at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster locations and at the Bridgestone Arena box office. Citi is the official credit card of The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson.

Proceeds from a range of charity initiatives will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation, the official charity partner of the show. For more information, visit http://songsofkristofferson.com/charitybuzz. The T.J. Martell Foundation, the music industry’s largest foundation, funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. For more information, visit www.TJMartell.org.

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Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr., Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Lee Ann Womack & Jack Ingram Added to Kris Kristofferson Concert

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Music stars Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr., Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Lee Ann Womack and Jack Ingram have been added to the all-star lineup at The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson on Wednesday, March 16, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The all-star concert event taping pays tribute to the legendary singer-songwriter and actor.

The new additions to the lineup join previously announced performing artists Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Jamey Johnson, Willie Nelson, Darius Rucker, Trisha Yearwood and Kris Kristofferson. Kristofferson will perform with select music stars throughout the night creating extraordinary musical moments. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

A new block of tickets in all price ranges, starting at $75, are on sale at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster locations and at the Bridgestone Arena box office. Citi is the official credit card of The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson.

Kristofferson, a Country Music Hall of Fame member, is considered a true poet who helped modernize the genre with songs such as “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Lovin’ Her Was Easier.” These are the songs of heartbreak and despair, of love and loss, of yearning and hope. These are the songs so honest that we adopted them as our own. They are the songs of a life led unlike any other: An All-American athlete, Golden Gloves boxer, Army Ranger, helicopter pilot, singer-songwriter, social activist, humanitarian and movie star.

Keith Wortman is creator and executive producer of the show. Grammy Award-winner Don Was will serve as music director and will lead an all-star band backing the performers at this incomparable concert event taping. The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional media (worldwide broadcast, music and digital).

“Kris and his songs mean everything to music artists and fans alike. They have inspired us to remain true to ourselves in every possible way. The addition of these incredible artists to this lineup is a testament to that,” Wortman said. “This is an experience everyone will want to be a part of.”

FOR ALL SHOW DETAILS AND THE OFFICIAL CONCERT EVENT WEBSITE, PLEASE VISIT:
songsofkristofferson.com
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