Kris Kristofferson’s Boots & Band Kris Kristofferson’s boots have kept him standing for a long time. A band member guessed 30 years. Biggest KK Fan says it’s longer, since 1971 at least. I don’t argue with BKKF ever. If it involves Kris & film she is THE expert. The tour is almost over. Kris’ gig in Ireland tonight is for charity. What a human, what a tour. Time for a quick pause & a brief glance back. A member of the band took a pic of Kris’ boots last night. They are symbols of a road well-travelled & a life well lived. Willie has Trigger, Kris Kristofferson’s boots have him Kris Kristofferson fans have grown accustomed to their intimate evenings with Kris. Sure, Kelly did a few songs with her father sometimes, & that was okay. It added a family vibe that complimented his work on his later albums. Roddy Hart or local artists in different towns opened & sang a few songs, & that was alright. The crowd still got what it expected. Lots of Kris alone on stage, travelling light – Free to adjust the set list or the tone to match his or the audience mood, & to talk to us when he felt like it. We were as comfortable with Kris as he was with his boots. It’d been too long since we saw him last. The natives were getting restless. Then it happened. The 2018 tour was announced There was great excitement, then the lull. Kris was coming, “YAY!” He wasn’t coming alone. “OH?” “OHHHHH, K.” If you have ever invited a dear, old friend to come & stay, got ready for the visit, made your plans – Then discovered he was coming, but a new partner & bunch of adult in-laws were tagging along, then you have some idea of how many dedicated Kristofferson fans felt. Some looked back to the 90’s & wondered if they had another revolution in them. Others wished they hadn’t pre-booked (and pre-paid) for their hotel & air tickets, ‘though most were set on going anyway – It was worth seeing Kris even if it meant putting up with other people, wasn’t it? If these other people were called the Strangers, did that change anything? Maybe. Some expectations lowered, but the excitement never faded. We heard the new band members were from the band that backed Merle Haggard. That cheered up some people & confused others. Kris Kristofferson fans in the UK & some parts of Europe are not necessarily country music fans. I know this differs across continents, counties, provinces & even towns – But as strange as it might seem to some, there are Kristofferson fans who actually dislike country music altogether, or are otherwise unfamiliar with the genre &/ or other country artists. Some heard the name of the band & thought – We bought familiar, we got Strangers – We’ll make do. The News was OUT The tour started. Kris has a growing number of younger fans in Europe. Some of us older fans have got more internet savvy. We talk to each other. We traded our Bush Telegraph for Social Media, so we now speak Facetime or WhatsApp & we share pics & video, too. The news flitted through cyberspace, ahead of the busses. Kris News Kris was looking good Kris wasn’t signing autographs Kris headed for the bus right after each show No encores Merchandise kept selling out / Advice to get in quick Band News The guys in the band were Great musicians Great fit. Blended well on stage Unassuming Gentlemen Friends of Kris’ Attentive – Spent time with fans Great with autographs Familiar. Watching them felt like watching Kris perform with family or very close friends So WHO are they? They are very well-known, highly skilled musicians in their own right. Scott Joss – the fiddler Scott Joss has his own solo career, & backed / recorded with Merle Haggard since at least 2003. Scott Joss plays the fiddle, mandolin & guitar. He is also a songwriter & a fabulous musician (from me who cannot play or read or a note, but I have ears & I know what I like) He looks amazing on stage, & has mastered the knack of breaking in & backing off at just the right moment. Jeff Ingraham – the drummer This article tells a bit about his career – notably, one of his biggest learnings was to play for the room. That has come across loud & clear on this tour, & endeared him to fans as the heartbeat of each performance Doug Colosio – Keyboard & Base Doug Colosio is an accomplished singer/songwriter & keyboard & base stage musician He is interviewed here A Couple of Strangers Doug Colosio & Joss Scott cut some muic under the name, A Couple of Strangers. The link includes their BIOS as well as some video & other links Doug completes the trio of Some Strangers who backed Kris on this tour. Guess what? We would love to have them return with Kris on his next tour. In the UK, like most places I suppose, we’d love more dates in the north of the country. Manchester, Birmingham – even Hull all have great venues that we’ll fill for you next time round. Tour Fan Pics & Video can be found here Look for the ones dated 2018
Monthly Archive: June 2018
Kris Kristofferson & Sinead O’Connor Kris Kristofferson loves Ireland. We know this because Kris enjoys his gigs in Ireland. It shows He donates heavily to Irish charities when he tours the Emerald Isle He has told us so. Many times Kris & Sinead Protest Sinead made headlines & sparked international controversy in 1992 when she tore up a picture of the Pope on live television. She was protesting horrific, institutionalised child abuse & cover up attempts made by the Catholic church in her native Ireland. BobbyFest Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary concert was a highly anticipated & publicised event at Madison Square Gardens. World famous performers turned out to pay tribute to the legendary artist. Sinead O’Connor was one of them. The huge crowd attended to honour Bob Dylan. Sinead’s appearance on Saturday Night Live just a fortnight earlier had evoked strong & divided public opinions. The sellout concert was to be recorded. Kris Defends Sinead Kris Kristofferson told a volatile, vocal audience, “I’m real proud to introduce this next artist. Her name has become synonymous with courage and integrity.” They responded with overwhelming disapproval. Sinead looked frail with her tiny frame & shaved head. Her voice was strong. She ranted through a monologue of anger …. & did it again. She was boo-ed off stage. Her performance was edited out of the cd that was later released. It was painful to watch – One small, young girl against a tide of abuse yelling gangs of people. Kris Kristofferson stood by Sinead, held her & led her to the safety of the wings when she done. Kris had initially been told to get Sinead off the stage. He refused to do that, & instead told her, “Don’t let the bastards get you down.” (Like the title of one of his songs) Kris Talks about Sinead Kris in Sinead’s This is to Mother You Kris Kristofferson featured in a Sinead O’Connor music video for the song, This is to Mother You. I believe this was from 1997, as part of The Gospel Oak EP (Correct me if you know otherwise) Kris Kristofferson & Sinead O’Connor Music video Closer to The Bone Kris Kristofferson wrote a song about Sinead O’Connor. It featured in his 2009 alum, Closer to the Bone. Sister Sinead – Lyrics (Extract) I’m singing this song for my sister Sinead Concerning the god awful mess that she made When she told them her truth just as hard as she could Her message profoundly was misunderstood There’s humans entrusted with guarding our gold And humans in charge of the saving of souls And humans responded all over the world Condemning that bald headed brave little girl And maybe she’s crazy and maybe she ain’t But so was Picasso and so were the saints And she’s never been partial to shackles or chains She’s too old for breaking and too young to tame It’s askin? for trouble to stick out your neck In terms of a target a big silhouette But some candles flicker and some candles fade & some burn as true my sister Sinead.
Kris Kristofferson talks about his Early life, Career & friends Ireland. 7/8/2010 Kris Kristofferson talks freely about Ireland, growing up, military service, Rhodes, influences, helicopters, oil rigs, Texas, Germany, Janice Joplin, Johnny Cash & his life after losing June, Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart, Steve Bruton & more. Ireland’s always been good to me, they like poets & drunks “Nearly as good as an Irish audience” – said at a concert at the Royal Albert Hall Grew up on the Mexican Border Dad was in the army, then airforce, then flew for PanAm so Kris was used to the road but liked Texas Got a degree at Rhodes, was reading for his next when he joined the army – Which he liked Flew helicopters, went to jump school, Ranger school then to Germany for 3 years Flew helicopters to the rigs for a week to earn money, then tried to sell songs for week on/off Got 8 kids & a bunch of grandkids Mentions Janice Joplin & Sam Peckinpah Johnny Cash, Columbia, pitching songs. Johnny Cash made Sunday Morning Comin’ Down the song of the year The Highwaymen “Johnny never got to be just normal life-size to me – He was always bigger than that.” “After June died he was still working & he was still recording but I could tell he wasn’t gonna stick around very long.” John was heartbroken. They were so in love. Worked, played & had a child together Gone within months & that’s probably good. He was more comfortable going off to where she is. Grew to like acting – Got to work with a lot of great people. Lucky as I had no training Whatever worked on stage worked in films They don’t hire old men anymore – (Grin) Crazy Heart – Was Jeff Bridges role based on Kris? “I was never quite that drunk .. nor overweight. (Grins) Jeff worked with Steve Bruton who got sick and died “i haven’t been able to watch it because of that.”