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Dolly Holly : Country Christmas

Kris Kristofferson and Dolly Parton have a lot in common. They write, sing, act and are passionate about helping others. They’ve worked together on many projects over the years, and both write lyrics about their lives – Mostly.

Jerry Lee Lewis’ 85th birthday bash (streamed live earlier this week) reminded me of just how fortunate we are to have these talented, hard working artists writing and singing about lives that often seem to mirror our own.

The livestream gave fans a rare opportunity to see Kris (we haven’t been able to see him lately due to lockdown). Kris and his wife, Lisa, are both looking healthy, happy and fabulous.

Dolly Does it For …

Working with Kris is just one tiny section in Dolly Parton’s CV. Dolly has worked with almost every artist I can think of. A recent article says she has written around 3000 songs, with something like 500 recorded either by herself or with others like Whitney Houston, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt and Kris Kristofferson. The music industry has been especially hard hit in recent times, and many great artists are suddenly no longer with us anymore.

Very few people I have spoken to are fans of 2020. There is consensus that it’s been a nasty, grim and monotonous year with flashes of aggression, violence and general lack across the world. Grinding misery, disappointment and repeat upsets are horrible – and yet Country music has always sprung from times like these. Perhaps the Joyful Noise that music can tease from our spirit is more precious in times of adversity?

There is something about long term, repeat problems and intermittently devastating explosions of drama that seem to provide the best canvas for special songs – The ones that provide hope and comfort for a season, and then just keep on giving.

Holly Dolly Christmas

Dolly’s new album, A Holly Dolly Christmas has just been released, and it’s flown right up to the top of the charts. It debuted at No. 1!

Dolly said, about her songwriting,

“I used to love to go to graveyards, read somebody’s name on their stone and wonder what their story was. It’s kind of embedded in me to make up songs and stories.”

Dolly Parton – from the linked post

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Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics 

Then she stole his song – Um, No! However, Dolly did write a book. It’s due out 17 November, and I think the bumper 400 page co-write (with Robert Oermann) will be an uplifting treat.

Dolly’s new book is due out on the 17th November in hardcover or for Kindle.

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Tom_Ghent

Untrivial Facts

Eavesdropping on Tom Ghent

Joan Baez

If you listen closely you will hear Joan Baez singing behind me on this song of mine which I recorded in 1971. I did the same for her on her recording of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down“…. And Lord knows I love my friends !

Bobby Bare covered Tom Ghent’s Easy as Dreaming, released on the Sony label in 1983.

Tim Hardin

I knew Tim Hardin as far back as our Greenwich Village days, when I was playing a basket house, called The Zig Zag, across the street from The Night Owl where Tim Hardin and Fred Neil often played, and which would soon spawn The Lovin’ Spoonful. Tim, for all his talent, was a very troubled young man. This is one of his classics, which I recorded and released in 2010. I was hoping to capture his inner turmoil, which I had so often seen. I believe, that to some extent, I did…..

Recorded by Tom Ghent for the express purpose of promoting Tom Ghent and his music. Treaty of Ghent (ASCAP) Written by Tim Hardin

Memorial Day

For all our veterans as well as all you Boomers and all of you who may not have lived through the history about which I wrote “WHEN ALL US OLD FOLKIES WERE YOUNG“… God bless you, and may God bless America.

And a fan replied –

Always love this song….I remember it well from that show in Somerville, MA, Tom. I think I’ve told you before that I was SO blown away by it then….still am. Such a wonderful telling for all of us boomers of that point in time.

Emily Gmitter

Big Muddy

I wrote this with my friends Dave Gillon, Joe Dougherty, and Don Goodman one Nashville morning in around ’73. We’d been up all night drinking beer, when suddenly the idea for this song appeared. The more we worked on it the more I felt the need for a Mississippi John Hurt type accompaniment. John had befriended me in my mid 60’s Gaslight days, and had a profound influence on me, in many ways – That said, “Let’s take a little trip down the Bayou together” !

Delta style southern rocker by Tom Ghent, David Gillon, Joe Dougherty, and Don Goodman

Bobby Goldsboro

Around 1973, I was walking down Music Row when I saw Bobby Goldsboro leaning against a car… As I passed him, he said, ” Aren’t you the guy who wrote Whiskey Whiskey” ? I said yes and he invited me to his office, where he asked if I had any songs for him… I said yes and he handed me a guitar… I played him this and one other… He recorded them both !

Narrow_Path

The Narrow Path

The narrow path can be hard to find, especially for naturally curious explorers and samplers of life. Creative seekers and tellers lay their own stepping stones and follow their own arrows.

Chris Gantry is a songwriting legend, author, guru and so much more to so many. His friendship with Kris Kristofferson goes back a long, long way – to a time and place when a handful of fiercely individualistic artists wrote their own songs, and told their own truth.

Times change, styles change – Truth doesn’t. Songwriting seems to come as natural to breathing to Chris. He wrote this gem this morning.

About … The Narrow Path

The Song I wrote about Kris Kristofferson in the wee hours this morning, The Narrow Path, is what we’re all on. The Narrow Path is the one we know we should be spreading our god given gifts upon. Don’t matter if your a zillionaire or a door to door salesmen selling Vacuum Cleaners – if you got something ,.Give it!

Chris Gantry
Chris Gantry perorming The Narrow Path

The Narrow Path – Lyrics

HE BAFFLED THE WITTY, CONFOUNDED THE POWERS
TO BE WHO SWORE HE WOULD NEVER SUCCEED
WITH A SONG AND GUITAR HE MADE TRUE BELIEVERS
OUT OF THOSE WHO HAD NOTHIN MUCH THAT THEY BELIEVED

WISDOM GETS INTO THE BONES OF THE NEEDY
WANTIN’ SOMETHING THEY REACH FOR BUT NEVER ATTAIN
IT TOOK ONE LONESOME SINGER TO BUY THEM THEIR TICKET
TO A GOLD MINE OF FREEDOMS THEY COULD STAKE THEIR CLAIM.

***CHORUS***

THE NARROW PATH OPENS
TO A HIGHWAY THATS WIDE
WHEN YOU MAKE ROOM FOR ANGELS
KICKING DEVILS ASIDE
HIS DEMONS WERE MANY
HE BEAT WITH HIS SONG
I THINK HIS NAME IS KRIS
BUT THEN I COULD BE WRONG
.

WE GET UP EACH DAY AMAZED WE’RE STILL BREATHING/
FOR TAKING THOSE BREATHS THERE’S DUES WE MUST PAY
LIKE THAT SINGER WHO LEAVES THOSE GREAT SONGS ON YOUR DOORSTEP
LEAVE SOMETHING ON SOMEBODY ELSE’S TODAY.

***REPEAT CHORUS***

Love Letters – New Release on CD

Grab a copy

Released in June 12, 2020 this is all new material from Chris Gantry focusing on Love Songs from the standards era. All words and music written and composed by Chris Gantry. Beautiful limited edition- recorded at Cowboy Jack Clement’s world famous “The Cowboy Arms hotel and Recording Spa” in Nashville, Tn Compact Disc

Not Available in Stores

Chris Gantry’s new cd is only available via the link below. It directs you to the artist’s own page.

Featured image is courtesy of Sheilah Robinson – Used with kind permission

Outlaw Bible

The Writing of the Outlaw Bible 2020

by Chris Gantry – Shared on New Years Day 2020

Over this year I have posted excerpts of what I call “The Outlaw Bible“.

What is the Outlaw Bible?

It is a book of insights into the world of the creative spirit that is responsible for all the beauty on the earth, principles that might even apply to things that happen after we leave this world.

Nashville Inspired

Being on the Nashville music scene since 1963 has made me privy to see a lot of wild and crazy stuff go down with the vibrant cast of characters I was connected too, and believe me, I was right in the thick of it along with them. I watched everything, heard everything, kept my ears open and sucked up all of those morsels of knowledge that swirled around me for decades.

We are the sum of all people we have ever metyou change the tribe and the tribe changes you.

Dirk Wittenborn – Fierce People

Real People

From each person I met, I took something of their creativity and added into my toolbox, styles, shapes, visions, revelations, and knowledge so that over time my own personal style of writing had the earmarks of all those iconic influences that were available to me without withholding or reservation; talk about being blessed, man!!!

Creative Manifesto

I took all those things that were given to me all these years and put them into a creative manifesto called “The Outlaw Bible” which contains the sum total of a life of playing in the sandbox of the creative spirit.

Roadmap

The writings do not tell anyone how to do anything but rather serves as a road map into the world of the spirit that if one takes that awesome honest leap, somewhere out there they will find the keys to the kingdom just as I have in the same spirit that Indiana Jones discovered the lost arc of the covenant.

It would behove any professional artist or novice to delve into it; it is meant to make the journey a bit more magical.

The Outlaw Bible is in its final edit and will be made available in 2020

Credit: Featured pic is FreeArt

Kris Kristofferson Fargo 2019

Kris Kristofferson Fargo 2019 – What a night!

The gig at the Fargo Theatre went as smooth as a polished train. The evening never stopped there. After a band member from Dempsey’s left a note on the bus, Kris and his wife went downtown and kept the evening alive – Thrilling fans and friends alike.

Ed Gonzales said, “Saw him (Kris) again in Fargo last night. Feeling Nostalgic.
48 years of listening to his songs. The voice isn’t the same, but the words don’t change. He is truly an amazing storyteller. To miss his Willie Nelson award next week so as not to have to cancel a show demonstrates his dedication to the music. He sure doesn’t need to do this for the money. Truly a wonderful man and legacy.

It was a wonderful evening, and Doug Colosio shared this pic that Lisa Kristofferson took from the wings.

Night Out in Fargo

Kris and Lisa Kristofferson went out after the gig. The story goes that they arrived at Dempsey’s around 11.30 pm, and Kris joined the band, 32 Below, for some stage time.

See what Matthew Tinjum had to say ….

Here’s the Real Story

https://kfgo.com/news/articles/2019/nov/11/kristofferson-gives-surprise-concert-at-dempseys/956368/

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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