A legend of the stage and screen, singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson returns to The Lyric for another intimate performance. From “Me and Bobby McGee” to “For the Good Times,” Kristofferson has topped the charts since he began recording in the 1970s. The 3-time Grammy award-winning performer will perform songs from his lengthy career as well as some of his newest compositions off The Cedar Creek Sessions album released in 2016.
Kris Kristofferson was born in Texas to a military family. A man of many talents, the young Kristofferson was a Golden Gloves boxer while also studying creative writing at Pomona College in California. After traveling to England to study literature at Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship, Kris returned to the United States to serve as an Airborne Ranger in the U.S. Army, where he eventually achieved the rank of Captain. Despite his success in the military, Kristofferson turned down an assignment to teach at the prestigious West Point Academy and instead moved to Nashville to pursue his love of music. The aspiring musician was influenced by the sounds of Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, and by the 1970s, he began to achieve success as a country songwriter. With hits like “Help Me Make It Through the Night” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” Kris Kristofferson become an overnight sensation. By 1987, it’s estimated that more than 450 artists had recorded his compositions.
In addition to his success as a singer-songwriter, Kristofferson has acted in more than 70 films throughout his career. In 1977, Kris won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in the film A Star is Born. With films like the Blade trilogy, Lone Star, The Jacket, and Dolphin Tale, the award-winning actor has demonstrated his emotional depth in his acting as well as his songwriting.
A talented actor, Kris Kristofferson always returns to his music. With over 30 albums recorded, including three with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings as part of The Highwaymen, Kris Kristofferson shows no signs of stopping. His latest album, The Cedar Creek Sessions, which was recorded live at Austin’s Cedar Creek Recording Studio in 2014, was Grammy nominated for Best Americana Album. A testament to his impressive career, Kristofferson has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and recently won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Grammys. The legendary artist is at his best when it’s just him and a guitar, as he’ll tell you himself. “There’s honesty in the sparseness,” Kristofferson says, “It feels like direct communication to the listener.”