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Kris Kristofferson 

Take a Rhodes scholar, a singing legend, a helicopter and a beer and you have one of the most famous stories in the country history. In 1970, former Rhodes scholar and helicopter pilot Kris Kristofferson was giving new meaning to the term “struggling songwriter” He was paying his dues by working as a janitor at CBS recording studio in Nashville by night, while trying to write songs during the morning hours. Every time Johnny Cash stepped into the studio, Kris would “press the flesh” shoving a tape of his original songs into Johnny’s hand. But Johnny mostly ignored Kris’s attempts. That is until on Sunday morning, when the Man In Black looked out his window and saw a helicopter landing on his lawn. Out from the cockpit stepped Kris, armed with a beer and a tape. Johnny had no other course of action than to invite him inside. The tape in Kris’s hand contained the song, “Sunday Morning Coming Down” which told the story of a man in the midst of a moody hangover. Johnny liked it and recorded the song July 10, 1970. Exactly four months later, on October 10, the single made its way to the top of the charts. Also in 1970 “Sunday Morning Coming Down” won the Country Music Association award for Song Of the Year. It was the rare case of a hit song arriving via air mail

Born on 6/22/36 in Brownville, Texas. Attended Pomona College and earned Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in England; attended from 1958-59. Wrote "Me And Bobby McGee"  "For The Good Times" - "Help Me Make Through The Night". Moved to Nashville in 1965. Married to Rita Coolidge from 1973-80. Has starred in many films since 1972 

Movie superstar and sometimes singer Russell Crowe stands onstage, guitar in hand. The burly actor praise his duet partner, who left the stage only moments ago. “That man is a genuine warrior of the road, says Russell in his thick Aussie accent “Still surviving, still looking good. At age 67 with chiseled features and stylish gray hair, Kris Kristofferson is indeed still looking good. As for surviving – that’s no problem. After acting  in well over 40 films – including the upcoming “The Big Bounce” and recording over 25 albums, Kris still burns with creativity. 

Kris is in Chicago today to tape a segment for the PBS concert series Soundstage. Though he’s done it for decades, singing onstage still makes him uneasy. “Songwirting comes hust like breathing for me” he says. But performing does not. It’s not so bad as it used to be. Now , I don’t have to get inebriated and desensitized. You can hear Kris’s onstage confidence on Broken Freedom Song Live From San Francisco, his first album in four years. It documents a 2002 concertthat kris wife of 40 years, Lisa, encourages him to release on CD. 

But don’t expect to see a full blown tour from Kris anytime soon. I don’t know whether it’s just old age or the bypass that I had three years ago, but my family is more important to me now, laughs Kris, who has eight children and two grandchildren, my family is definitely the best part of my life. For about 30 years, the road was everthing that I wanted, and it was wonderful life. But it’s hard to get out there now.  


Broken Freedom Song 

Newly Released CD Live From San Francisco 

Track List 

  1. Shipwreck In The 80's

  2. Darby's Castle

  3. Broken Freedom Song 

  4. Shandy 

  5. What About Me 

  6. Here Comes That Rainbow Again

  7. Nobody Wins 

  8. The Race

  9. The Captive

  10. The Circle 

  11. Sky King

  12. Sandinsta 

  13. Moment Forever 

  14. Don't Let The Bastards Win

  15. Road Warrior's Lament 

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