Month: October 2019

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Kristofferson, Wellington 2019

Kris Kristofferson Wellington 2019 – with the Strangers at the Michael Fowler Centre on 11 October.

Ticket stub

Judy Hefford is a long time Kris Fan. She attended the gig in Wellington on 11 October 2019 and is now (like many others), a dedicated Scott Joss. Scott seems to have won as many many fans on his Australia/New Zealand tour as he did in Europe. People warm to him and his wife, Judy. They are known for being a generous, open and friendly couple. Oh, did I mention that Scott Joss is a helluva fiddler, too? Judy told Scott’s fan group

After seeing Scott’s recent posts would like to share some of my thoughts on going to the show in Wellington, N Z. (My first live show since seeing Jim Reeves!) I thought I was crossing something off my bucket list, but it’s still on there – to see Kris, and Scott, again! Any chance I get, Kris is just so unbelievably great.

Senator Scott Brown was in the Audience

The pictures in his tweet about the evening show just how special this night was to him as well as Kris Kristofferson and the whole lineup


As has been suggested, I spoke to Judy who was standing alone at the merchandise counter, she immediately asked my name and chatted like we were old friends, just so nice and friendly!


The Michael Fowler Centre was fully booked, and the acoustics are great. Kris’s voice was stronger than I had expected. He didn’t move around like he used to, but each time he smiled or ‘sparked’ the audience erupted so loudly – NZ audiences are renown for being reserved – But not this time.


Nobody around me seemed to know who Scott was, but during intermission, all were talking about how good he was. And his smile! I was proud to be able to tell them about him and Judy. Scott made a huge number of fans that night. His new CD sold out, apparently by the 2nd concert. I tried several shops the next day to get it and although none had it they did say they would try to get it in.


Sitting in the row behind me a lady said it was her 3rd show, she “loved Kris to bits” and was going to all 5 shows from the bottom to the top of New Zealand. Envy from me!


During the standing ovation at the end, I was delighted to see my sophisticated step-son clapping, stamping, and yahoo-ing his enjoyment of the show along with the rest of us.


On the way out I was embarrassed to find myself patting Judy’s arm as I told her I had my photo taken with Scott, and how wonderful the show was. She’s just that kind of person – just lovely. Judy and Scott are a great couple.

Other Fans Agree

Love your post. I went to four out of five concerts in New Zealand. Each one was awesome and memorable to me! Wellington definitely was the best. The interaction with Kris and Scott was awesome & so was the crowd. I took three family members who are now number one fans! The band was a huge blessing. New Zealand thanks you for travelling to far. We love & appreciate Kris Kristofferson & the Strangers!

Vicki Krzanich

From Wellington

This footage from backstage shows that the guys had a great time performing this gig

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Kristofferson Auckland 2019

Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers performed at the Logan Campbell Centre, 217 Greenlane Rd West, Epsom, Auckland on 13/1o/2019 as part of the Australia / New Zealand Tour. Kristofferson Auckland 2019 – Some dreams do come true – and to you.

Micheal Crossley was at this gig. Michael says,

I’m a big fan of this guy and his music. I also love his western movies. I would like to see some photo’s of his farm, it would be a great place to raise horses and children.

Kris Kristofferson Appreciation Group

Fantalk

Fans were thrilled but surprised when the Australia / New Zealand tour was announced. 2019 was a busy year. Kris and the Strangers had already toured the USA extensively and hadn’t long returned from a touring Europe. Everybody expected the guys would all take a long and well-deserved break.

The news broke, and Michael wondered whether Ben & Noel Haggard would be joining the band for the New Zealand leg. The Haggard boys had other plans, but he lineup – Scott Joss, Doug Colosio and Jeff Ingraham – that had woo-ed Europe (twice) set off with Kris to do it all again on the other side of the world.

On Stage

Pics courtesy of Micheal Crossley

Hello, Auckland

Kris with Scott (Joss) adding depth with his legendary fiddle. He’s great on the guitar too, and fans tell us he is friendly, approachable and a real personality.

Kris features on Scott’s latest album – What a combo.

Ah, there’s Jeff (Ingraham) We know that he has enjoyed his time in New Zealand, and has taken in some tours during his time off – they must have been speedy given the schedule. Jeff is the heartbeat, but we seldom get sight of him at the back there.

Full house.

Doug Colosio on keys (he’s been getting ever more adventurous tickling those keys), Jeff on sticks, Kris being his awe-inspiring self, and Scott adding his own style of grace and class.

Why Me, Lord?

I don’t anybody that hasn’t asked this question in some form or another. Many know the touching story behind this song, you can catch up here.

More from Fans

Holiday Snaps

The tour was a huge success. Perhaps more importantly, the boys (and their lovely ladies) had a wonderful time. Let’s take a look. Credits are in the links.

Australian Sunshine

A Laugh in the Lights

Jeff – Off the Sticks

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Our drummer Jeffery with Smeagle. 😂

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Lord (of the Rings)

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Kristofferson Morwell 2019

Kris Kristofferson performed with Scott Joss, Doug Colosio and Jeff Ingraham at Kernot Hall, Morwell on 24 September as part of their extensive Australia / New Zealand tour.

Venue

Kernot Hall, Morwell.

Australian Tour

The tour has been a great success so far. This night was no different. Australia welcomed Kris and the band with open arms, and they have had a wonderful time, despite the hectic schedule.

Fantastic night, I couldn’t stop smiling. Sadly it couldn’t last forever but it certainly was a night to remember. Kris’s voice was so strong and never wavered and he looked very well.

Patricia Ann

Australian Tour Promo Video

A quick flip through the photographs taken by the band members shows that they have made the most of their time Down Under. Scott Joss enjoys long, scenic walks exploring the area with his wife. Doug Colosio and Jeff Ingraham have been making time to take in some tours. They are all, including Kris, looking surprisingly relaxed – Almost as if they were on vacation.

Morwell Setlist

Gig Pic

Taken at the Morwell Gig, with thanks to Patricia Ann

Fans have spoken very highly of Scott and Judy Joss – many have never seen any of the band members before this tour. Scott has been doing most of the meeting and greeting. His wife, Judy has been running the busy merchandise stall.

Scott was fantastic very friendly and easy to talk with, as was Judy. I certainly hope that this will not be last time I see of any of them again.

Patricia Ann

We are confident it won’t be, Patricia – Your country has been so very welcoming that I am sure they will want to return.

Scott Joss’ latest album features Kris Kristofferson and has been very well received by fans worldwide.

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Strangers in Brisbane 2019

Kris and the Strangers in Brisbane 2019 is a concert with a very human review. A tale of men, mentors and just a touch of magic on Saturday, 5th October at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Scotty Wilko joined us (Kris Kristofferson Appreciation Group) in May this year. At the time, he was hoping that Kris Kristofferson might tour Australia. It seemed very unlikely. Kris had been touring extensively with the Strangers and everyone figured that all of the guys might be long overdue for a break once the Euro tour ended – If it ended. The schedule and booking list just kept on growing, and the tour seemed endless, much to the delight of fans on this side of the pond.

The Australia / New Zealand tour was announced just a few weeks later. Nobody saw it coming, but Scotty’s hope had become a reality. He shared the good news with our fan group.

Howdy Everyone – I got my tickets for Kris today for Brisbane Australia. Yeah Baby. Can’t wait I hope he sings Why Me Lord. The Pilgrim chapter 33. Holy Creation etc etc
So many other great songs

Scott Wilko, 19 June 2019

Tickets to see Kris on stage are like gold dust – So fans were surprised when Scotty announced soon after that he was selling the two tickets he had recently snapped up – Great tickets, just a few rows from the front, are hard to come by. His explanation was brief – Just that he was unable to attend. He did say that he was crying as he typed the post – But we do live an emoji world. Many of us wished we lived in Australia (some considered flying out!) – We hoped the tickets would go to someone who really appreciated them.

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Just before the concert, Scotty told us his story. It went something like this.

Truth Be Told

I posted something about how I couldn’t make the Kris Kristofferson concert tonight in Brisbane a while back.
There was a bit more to this Story and I would like to share with you lovely people.
About 3 months ago I went through difficult times in my life.

I got made redundant from my job
My beautiful dog had a big 1kg tumour removed
My partner of over 10 years walked out on me for no reason, and more.

I sat looking at my TWO Kris Kristofferson tickets, thinking that there was just no way in hell that I was going to that concert by myself – I’d feed the tickets to my paper shredder before that happened. I had tried re-selling them on a number of sites, but somehow, they just never sold.

A couple of nights later, I was looking up at the stars asking the universe, why? Why me? Was I meant to go? It occurred to me that I would really have liked to be telling everyone (fellow fans) that I was about to go to the show by myself, and couldn’t wait. But …

I rang the venue. Unbelievably, there was a poster that I could have if I turned up and just collected it. It was then that I thought that somehow, my angels wanted me at that concert. I wrote the post –

Thank you, everyone, and bless you all too. I missed out on seeing the Highwaymen a long time ago for stupid reasons I’m not missing out on this.

Scotty Wilko

Kristofferson and the Strangers, Brisbane

We are a group of Kris Kristofferson / Strangers fans. We share our momentoes, stories, pictures and memories with each other – often as review posts on our websites or in our group. Scotty’s feedback from the Brisbane concert is even more of a pleasure to share than usual.

Favourite Songs – Check

Most fans have one or more favourite songs, and they enjoy a concert a lot more if these songs are on the setlist. Kris and the Strangers performed both of the songs at the top of Scotty’s wish list. He was hoping they would perform Why Me and Pilgrim 33.

Shipwrecked in the Eighties

Recordings can be tricky at gigs. We enjoy watching them, as long as capturing them doesn’t spoil the experience for either the fan or anyone else in the audience. Scotty managed to get some footage for us – Kris sounds wonderful, the band are polished but spontaneous, and the crowd is engaged and singing along. Perfect. A lovely and lively time, enjoyed by all.


And the truth slowly dawns that you’re lost and alone in deep water
And you don’t even know how much longer there is to go on

Scotty – from the Venue


I am here at the Kristofferson concert – I can’t believe it
You won’t believe it. I asked for a poster and Scott Joss took it
He is going to ask Kris and all of the Strangers to sign it!
Wow 😲 how cool is that? If this message sounds all over the place it is because I’m shaking as I’m typing it.
I can’t believe it – Jesus loves me.
Thank you everyone for your kind words – I love you all.

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Kris and the strangers signed the poster for me. I’m going to get it framed with the concert ticket and the picture of Scott Joss all in one frame and mount it on my wall in my music room.
I have guitars a banjo plus a ukulele and a 3 string cigar box guitar in my music room or should I say man cave. Music is the gateway to the soul it’s beautiful

Meet and Greet with Scott Joss

What a man and legend. I learnt a lot tonight – Scott spoke about his experiences sharing the stage with Merle Haggard – Another one of my country heroes – as a member of his band. As he spoke, it actually felt like Merle was with us.

Summary

Kris Kristofferson concerts can be a very personal experience for a fan. Kris communicates. On one level, his albums over the decades make up part of the soundtrack to a persons life – Either directly, or through a parent or a key person. On another level, Kris music talks to people when they face the most challenging of times in their loves or life – and is also a songwriter who has created songs which other artists have interpreted and made their own. A lot happens in the mind, spirit and heart of a fan at a gig while they sing along and tap their toes.

The strangers compliment Kris extremely well. They are all professional artists in their own right, collectively upholding their part of the huge legacy of Merle Haggard. There is nothing simple about “Three chords and truth”.

The concert in Brisbane was a memorable one for Scotty Wilko who provided the insight and material for this review.

The stage work exceeded expectations – So the concert itself was great (in the least overused sense of the word).

Scott Joss

Scott Joss was incredibly kind and helpful to this one person in the crowd. Scott is known for his grace and charm as well as for his skill – but he went beyond anything that could have been expected or asked of him on Saturday night.

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Scott's ready for the show!! 🙄

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Kris, Doug and Jeff

Kris went out of his way to provide an autograph that will be treasured for life, and this just would not have worked out so perfectly if not for Doug Colosio and Jeff Ingraham doing their bit to make sure that the prized autographed poster was produced with a full house of autographs.

I would also like to add a special thank you to the guys who do all they can to keep fans updated on how the tour is going, the sights and the trivia that means so much to your fans. Thank you for allowing us to share the little things about your lives that keep things real for us.

Great job – and thank you for going the extra mile on top of the thousands upon thousands of miles that you have already travelled taking your art and music to the fans.

I might be crying as I write this. We live in an emoji world after all – So I think that’s ok. On Saturday the 5th of October this year, you delighted thousands of fans and did the same for one individual fan, too. We think you are amazing.



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Kristofferson Toowoomba Gig 2019

The Kris Kristofferson Toowoomba Gig 2019 took place on 4 Oct at the Empire Theatre (1565 seats) as part of the Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers Australian tour.

Fans told us that this gig was well supported and thoroughly enjoyable. The crowd participated and the two-way love that flows between Kris (with the Strangers) and the audience was in full stream.

Sunday Morning Coming Down

” I found the whole night very emotional. My partner & I saw Kris at the Empire in 2014, never thought we would get the chance again and with the Strangers, still feels like a dream to me.”

Thanks to Sue Greenfield for sharing this gem.

Pilgrim 33 …

This might be the song that created the most lifelong fans. Who can forget the sound of Kris’ voice in the intro of the track on his debut album, “I started writing this song about Chris Gantry ….”

Thanks to Thanks to Shirrelle Jackman for netting and sharing this one with us.

Here Comes That Rainbow Again

Kris describes this song as his dear friend (and hero) Johnny Cash’ favourite song. Inspired by John Steinbeck (and possibly other thoughts, concerns and convictions), this is an emotive song about the flashes of kindness and spiritual greatness that sometimes spring out of man’s nature during the very worst of times.

I wonder if this song came from the same spark that ignited Kris’ early fiction writing. Is there a seed of it somewhere in the short story he wrote when still at college? Do The Rock and the Rainbow share ancestors? Either way, Shirrelle’s reaction to some of Kris’ work is easy to relate to.

“I’m not the starstruck type but I sat and cried in awe in the first song. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d get the chance to see any of those legends.” Shirrelle Jackman

Audience & Fan Comments

  • I had a great time. Everyone sitting near me had a great time singing along with Kris. I got to meet Scott after the show. He is a very nice man to talk to – Meryl Wright
  • What a great show last night, so glad I drove the 5 hours to see them – Balladeers Brigalow
  • That man sounds great! Bless him! – Maxine Marcus
  •  I’ve enjoyed his music since I was 10 years old God Bless him -Wayne Holmes
  • Looking forward to seeing Kris tonight again in Caloundra. Know I’m in for a fantastic night. Love the guy. Thanks, Kris for the music and for being such a great person and inspiration – Gail Robertson
  • Unmistakable Kristofferson! He’s a poet, he’s a picker on that lonely road back home…You don’t want to hear me sing it – Mark Scott

Shout Outs to the Band

  • The opening song, right 😊 I love the instrumental support of each of the band, Scott, Doug and Jeff. It sounds so beautiful… – Tina Stapelfeldt
  • That fiddle is so beautiful . . . and that song of Kris’s is one of my favorites! Lisa Wisnoski Robbins
  •  Just a great Troop around Kris Love them all – Fefie Schwind

Okie from Muskogee

And the band plays …. Scott Joss on guitar instead of the fiddle. The Strangers (and Kris) performed with Merle Haggard many times. Salute.

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Featured pic is not from this gig, and Copyright N Nabney

Kristofferson Gold Coast 2nd October 2019

Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers appeared in concert at the Twin Towns Showroom on Australia’s Gold Coast on 2 October 2019. The gig was part of an extensive tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The venue is widely regarded by performers as one of the best in Australia. Twin Towns’ sound and lighting technicians were voted the best in the industry by their peers – Winning the ‘Best Technical Support’ Award at the Mo Awards event.

Kris-stinctive

Kris Kristofferson fans could identify him in the weakest of lighting. How? That’s easy. Kris has a distinctive voice that a fan could pick out anywhere, and then there’s that walk. Nobody moves – or moves us – quite like he does.

The Walk

Janice Campbell was at this concert. Her daughter captured Kris mid-stride at exactly the right moment. This snap delighted many of us because we’d seen that exact moment ourselves – Just at different times, gigs and even in different decades.

Time changes everything, but it won’t change me

Kris Kristofferson, the Promise

Keep the Spirit

Kris Kristofferson Gold Coast 2 Oct 2019
Janice Campbell

Thoughts

Janice simply said that she had a wonderful time at the concert. It was a lovely evening, perhaps made even more special because the evening was a treat from her loving daughter.

Janice has seen Kris from the 2nd row just a few years earlier at the Gold Coast. Lucky lady, indeed!

Feeling Mortal Tour 2014

Compliments J Campbell

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Gift : From Mother to Sons

Debra, a dedicated Kris Kristofferson fan shared these super special gifts that had custom made for her sons.

Kris Kristofferson gift ideas can be hard to find. We have a shop if you would like to browse- We share ideas as we come across them in this and our other shop. We do not sell anything directly.

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Just had to share these beautiful gifts I gave my sons . They are 35 and 40 . My best friend Sue Koons did all the work . I heard this song “ From Here to Forever” at a Kris Kristofferson concert in April in Ct.

He (Kris) wrote this song for his children. Needless to say I cried . I have listened to him with my husband from 1970 and he is all I listen to, sprinkled with a few others 

Debra Fecteau

Wisdom and Nostalgia

When I saw these, they immediately seemed familiar. It took just a moment before I realised they reminded me of a copy of Desiderata that my mother had framed and displayed on the wall of my childhood home.

Kristofferson Lyrics gift

They brought back similar memories for others, and we hope you enjoy them too.

From Here to Forever Lyrics

Cool shadows fall through the moonlight
Soft as the breeze through your hair
And the smile on your face when you’re sleeping
Is the answer to anyone’s prayer

Fill your heart for the mornin’ tomorrow
You’ve still got a long way to grow
And the love that you’re dreamin’ will guide you
And live like a song in your soul

And darlin’ if we’re not together
There’s one thing I want you to know
I’ll love you from here to forever
And be there wherever you go

There are so many feelings to follow
So many chances to take
So many ways you can stumble
Someday your heart’s gonna break

Darlin’ take all the time that you’re given
Be all you know you can be
And if you need a reason for livin’
Do it for love and for me

And darlin’ if we’re not together
There’s one thing I want you to know
I’ll love you from here to forever
And be there wherever you go

I will love you from here to forever
And be there wherever you go

Listen to From Here to Forever

Kind Permission – Thanks, Tina.


Kris Kristofferson, Tom Ghent and John Lincoln Wright 1986

Kristofferson and Ghent 1986

Stagecoach, Blood and Orchids and the Last days of Jesse James were released, the miniseries Amerika was in production. The album, Repossessed, hit the stores. Kris Kristofferson was as busy in 1986 as he is today.

Moments that Matter

Life is made up of many moments. Even in 1986, Kris kept some time aside for himself, his friends, fellow songwriters and performers.

Kristofferson and Ghent (who wrote the song Whiskey, Whiskey which Kris recorded) had a surprise encounter.

Kris Kristofferson, Tom Ghent and John Lincoln Wright 1986

Courtesy Tom Ghent

This was taken backstage at a bandshell concert in Webster Ma. in 1986…..
Much to everyone’s surprise and delight, Kris had walked out on stage and joined me as I was singing “Whiskey Whiskey” In this photo, I have just introduced him to the late John Lincoln Wright who was sharing the bill with me.

Tom Ghent – Facebook post

Rita Coolidge Whiskey, Whiskey

I was really surprised many years ago, when I opened Billboard and saw a two page ad for the release of Rita’s single of my song “Whiskey Whiskey”

Tom Ghent

The song appeared on Rita’s 1972 album, The Lady’s Not For Sale. Priscilla Coolidge and Booker T Jones perform My Crew, on the same album.

1972. Tom Ghent’s Whiskey, Whiskey on Rita Coolidge’s album

ASCENSION

Fading into obscurity is never an option in the minds of we who have labored over self expression.

Three dimensionally speaking, the urgency of artists is but a paramour in scarlet, bewitching in execution but doomed to the eroding effects of time. So lets not placate this beautiful extinction and charge like crazed bikers into the deluge of creativity forsaking all handles , genres, formats. styles, and classifications linking us to anything remotely connected to order of any kind, and link our charge to the unknown, those uncharted waters of breathtaking awe and awareness where everything is delightfully new and pristine.

This in my old visionary eyes I feel is we have always belonged, outside of the tepid constraints of unoriginality.

This is the land of promise and authentic wonder.

Chris Gantry

50 years of songwriting and performing, Chris Gantry (like Kris Kristofferson) is still living and singing outlaws they are. Too many artists from the era have been lost to us, but a few are still on the road and singing their (and our) stories.

Nashlantis

Chris Gantry released Nashlantis on July 26, 2019

You haven’t heard it? Check it out here

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