Hard to believe Kris Kristofferson is turning 80. For one thing, the Brownsville, Texas native has written songs that are timeless – Me And Bobby McGee, Help Me Make It Through The Night, Sunday Morning Coming Down and countless others. And, of course, his appearance in movies including A Star Is Born and Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore doesn’t change.
But Kris is 80, and feeling better now that his recent health issues have been properly diagnosed. His band The Highwaymen (with peers Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash) have just had an archival box set released. And his new locally-recorded Cedar Creek Sessions is a great newly-recorded compilation of his best work.
In 2006 I had the privilege of sitting down with the Golden Globe winner in Austin to discuss his then-current This Old Road. He was kind enough to regale me with the legendary tales of his life – and to impart some surprising anecdotes as well. I think you’ll enjoy the conversation….
- This Old Road (song)
- Kris on coming back to Texas. Also, chat about his producer Don Was (interview)
- Pilgrim’s Progress (song)
- Kris on why he waited a decade to release new music, and growing up in Brownsville,TX (interview)
- Wild American (song)
- The Pilgrim (song)
- Kris on playing solo, landing in Nashville, and his military background (interview)
- In The News (song)
- Kris talks about his activism, his spirituality, his relationship with Johnny Cash, and moving to Nashville (interview)
- Chase The Feeling (song)
- How sobriety changed his life , how darkness affects his writing and wether he broke new ground in country music (interview)
- Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down (song)
- Kris on making movies, forthcoming 70th birthday tribute album, and his children (interview