Tour Tales – A collection of stories from the road that are worth saving and sharing Ivan posted this clip in our group. He said, “What follows is 15 minutes of pure magic: Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson singing in a segment of Hee Haw (a program of CBS from the 1970s). First Willie sings, then comes Kris, and in the end, they sing a duet.” It reminded Emily of a time back in the 1980’s. Her response is worth sharing. Kris Kristofferson Socks – A Tour Tale 1980s So good to see this old clip, with Stephen, Billy, Sammy Creason, and “The Ghost” (Tommy McClure)….miss those guys. This brings up another good memory, re Loved Her Right Down to Her Socks. Kris would tell that story when he sang it at concerts (’80s) and after we’d heard it the first time, my “compadres” and I wanted to do something fun related to it. So we went shopping. The next show, when he got to that line “He loved her right down to her socks–and no further,” up into the air went about 10 wiggling female feet, all covered in different neon-colored socks with crazy patterns! We were right up front next to the stage (seats we were usually fortunate to get), and Kris, Stephen, and Billy got a great kick out of that…smiles wider than a country mile…in fact, as I recall, I think they laughed their way into the next line! You’ll find other stories unders Fanmail , Fan Pics and Vids, or browse the site. Image is copyright, N Nabney & is not from the gig being spoken about
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The 2002 Broken Freedom Tour was special. I don’t know why – I wasn’t there but I have read the stories and seen the grins. Kris seemed as relaxed as he was passionate and fans who were there have very fond memories. Reimer Hinrichs was there. He gifted us this, “Can’t resist to post this one for those, who haven’t seen it before. Kris with my guitar, San Francisco, summer 2002” – It was taken … “After soundcheck for Broken Freedom Song concert – Emily was there…we all had a ball…..had we not?” – The answer to that seems clear! Checkout Emily’s memories from the unforgettable San Fransisco Tour – 2002 Kris & Emily – Unforgettable San Fransisco 2002 © image & quotes – Reimer Hinrich
Kris Kristofferson is on tour with the Strangers. TheKristofferson Strangers Tour 2018 is underway. Kris uses elevators – But more about that later. What a year it’s been. Despite fires threatening property & lives, the guys have hit the road & other than a short break – they’ve stayed on it. The Girls Respect & great love for the women that keep the bellies full & the wheels turning – Lisa, Judy & whoever else supports the machine of life on the road. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We know that you are the heartbeat that keeps life on the road – Well …. Human. It must be hard sharing your men with fans who love what they do on stage while jobs pile up around the house. We get it. We are so very grateful for every note, tune and word. We know what you do & we appreciate all of your selfless love & care. The Guys We finally managed to get a photograph of the all of the guys together. No easy task – Usually at least one is hidden behind their keys, fiddle or drums. (Thanks to the Pilgrim) Kris Kristofferson with the Strangers – Redding, Saturday 27 October The Fans Fans are AWESOME. We are also everywhere. Clyde R Horn was out with his wife at a gig a few weeks ago. He told us, “Kris, my wife and I shared an elevator at Thunder Valley Casino in California a number of weeks ago. A simple nod from both of us on the way down to the lobby was all that was needed. Deep respect for such a creative human.” Respect to you and your wife, Clyde. Without ears to hear, music would be pointless. It’s people like you that inspire artists to write. Keeping up Europe loved Scott Joss & Jeff Ingraham & Doug Colosio. It’s been a fantastic year. The European Tour was a huge hit – Keep up with our fan pix and vids Scott Joss’ new album is out
Kris Kristofferson and Reimer Hinrichs – Meeting Kris Kristofferson – Ireland, 2005 “We had an accidental meeting with Kris before his concert in 2005 in Killarney, Ireland. We were near the hotel elevator. My wife Karin, just fell in his arms when he (Kris) and Lisa walked out of the life just as Karin wanted to get into it.” Luckily, “A friend was quick with the camera” – Reimer Hinrichs Kris Kristofferson loves Ireland. He often says so. This is from the previous year – It gives some idea of the effort that goes into a live (often solo) gig Setlist- Kris Kristofferson Killarney, June 2004 There is something about the Emerald Isle that resonates with Kris. His shows there are just that little bit more special than they are in other places. His connections with Ireland go back a long way – Checkout Norman Nabney’s post from 1982 Kris & Sinead This connection shows no sign of weakening. Kris is a regular supporter of Irish childrens’ charities. Ireland loves him, too. His tours there often sellout, & additional dates have to be added.
Scott Joss – A Stranger, A Friend We fell in love with some of the Strangers during Kris Kristofferson’s Euro tour earlier this year. Now one of the Strangers, the charming Scott Joss is treating fans to an album of his own. Pssst.. You’ll hear Kris Kristofferson on a couple of the tracks. How Far to Jordan Question or statement of fact – Too many of us have had too many reasons to think, whisper, mutter or scream a string of words like this. Songwriters (the good ones) have always helped us make sense of the things that matter most in our lives. The right song at the right time puts us on the spot, or blows us away. Love & choices are priorities for people with heart. Ok, they’re priorities for the more mature amongst us, too. The title track is Scott Joss’ first gospel song. How Far to Jordan weighs in on deeply personal issues – the sort Kris has never shied away from. It’s fitting that he chose to join Scott on this title track. Footlights A universal song for the universal songman. It’s about everyone who takes the stage and gives all they have…night after night. People like Kris, Scott & Merle … Footlights is a Merle Haggard song. Kris joins Scott on this track as a touching and genuine tribute to the man we know as “The Hag” – & they know as a well loved & sorely missed friend. Kris has shown his love & support for Merle many times over the years. Scott says that he, “knew (Merle Haggard) as a major guiding force in his (own) musical journey.” Three men, one song. Two perform, one speaks through his music. The Album Scott says he included a couple of Freddy Powers tunes because, “without his influence and love things, for me, would probably not worked out as well as they have…” The others are all Scott Joss songs. I cannot wait to hear them. The album will be available on Spotify & other streaming sites soon. The website is almost ready & we’ll let you know when it’s live. Scott has got boxes of CDs & a little traveling rig. He hopes you’ll buy a disc & come & see him when he’s out your way. Credit: Pictures are copyright Tina Stapelfeldt, except the album cover.
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
Kris Kristofferson 2018 Tour CA Mid-State Fair 28 July 2018 – Free tickets. Kris Kristofferson 2018 Tour is well underway. I do not know he manages to keep up the work pace! It’s been an eventful, busy year. If anyone is lucky enough to attending this or any gig, & would like to share their pix, vids or reviews of the event with fans who were not so lucky, please send them in fore our Fan Pics & Vids section? Follow us by subscribing on the right to stay in the loop. We never spam you. Full stop. You can opt out anytime. This a fan site run by fans & for fans. JUST ANNOUNCED: Kris Kristofferson will be performing at the 2018 Fair on Saturday, July 28, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Kristofferson’s concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be free with paid fair admission #MidStateFair #kriskristofferson pic.twitter.com/frr9fRwJ6B — CA Mid-State Fair (@CaMidStateFair) May 29, 2018 We value any feedback. Please shout if we have got anything wrong. Kris Kristofferson’s official website is here. Any tickets brought through our link below for a UK event helps us raise money for running costs at not extra cost you you. If you like the site, consider making a small donation to help us cover running costs? Nobody gets paid, but we have website costs, & do like to buy material & pay our domain and a decent hosting provider. Featured pic is CC & lives here (attributed)
Kris Kristofferson & some of his friends played a sold out gig at the Basement East last night. They are there again tonight & tomorrow night & we …..Well, we aren’t. Kris Kristofferson, Ben Haggard Ben Haggard, the youngest son of country legend Merle Haggard, played in his father’s band The Strangers for many years. He has his own style, writes his own stuff & is keeping his father’s legacy alive. He joins Kris on stage, along with other talented musicians & it looks like they are all having a great time doing what they do best. Have you checked out…… Scott Joss ? If not, then you are in for a treat. If you grab his cd here (from the UK) the site gets a small comm, but otherwise check him out on your favourite streaming plan. Gig Snaps Mud Island is a long way from Nashville, but all is not lost. We do have some pics from the night for you. The gracious Dale Houston has shared some of his snaps of the guys having a great time on stage. What a shame we can’t hear them – YET. Maybe someday they’ll all bring their charm & magic to us in the UK. & there is more …. Last night in Tunica Mississippi… Jerry Lee Lewis was watching in the wings… Boy was I nervous! Lol He was so cool and Kris dedicated a song to "The Killer". 🙂 pic.twitter.com/3qNIfTjbPg — Doug Colosio (@doug_colosio) May 13, 2018 Another cool pic from a cool fan of John Prine with Ben Haggard and myself playing along (and Scotty Joss, Jeff Ingraham, and Noel Haggard… Not pictured) pic.twitter.com/ladsxsFpQF — Doug Colosio (@doug_colosio) May 7, 2018 Kris Kristofferson – UK 2018 Kris Kristofferson celebrates his birthday at Kenwood House in London this year. Have you booked your tickets yet? If you prefer a seated gig, he will be in Belfast Waterfront Auditorium on the 26th – There again, the Republic of Ireland isn’t too far away either 🙂 Pix by Dale Houston with kind permission. Site gets a small comm if you buy gig tickets through the Ticketmaster link (no extra cost to you)