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.


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



Scott Joss – National Fiddler Hall of Fame – It just sounds so …. right.

Scott Joss has been sharing the stage with Kris Kristofferson for a few years now. Doug Colosio, Jeff Ingraham (and sometimes the Haggard boys) complete the lineup.

Credit: Patrick Trujillo

We were thrilled to hear this news from Scott’s camp.

Scott just informed us that he was recently contacted by Jana Jae (his first fiddle teacher and Buck Owens’ first female Buckaroo!) that he is going to be inducted into the NATIONAL FIDDLER HALL OF FAME on April 18th, 2020, Kris has agreed to perform with him and it will be Scott’s night to shine! We don’t have any other details yet – and will keep everyone updated as we know more. We wanted you all to be one of the first to know.

Scott Joss Appreciation Group – Facebook

If you want to learn more about Scott or add your congratulations, visit the group. They are a really friendly bunch and most of the members are avid Kris fans, too.

Scott has a great talent – and an equally amazing spirit. Keep your eyes open for more details.

Photo Credit – Scott Joss Appreciation Group – Facebook

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 ….

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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 is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to We may earn a small commission for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this website.

Strangers in Brisbane

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. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to We may earn a small commission for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this website.

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.

Strangers in Brisbane
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.


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.

Kris & Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow’s new album is out. Writer and collaborators on the album include Lukas Nelson. Vince Gill, Stevie Nicks, Chris Stapelton, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Sting, Brandi Carlile, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash …..

There isn’t much more to be said after that – The lists of greats just keeps on growing to make this THE album of albums.

Posted on 3 September 2019 from the official FB page

I was lucky enough to record ‘Border Lord’ with Sheryl Crow for her new record, Threads. Check it out.

Kris Kristofferson FB page – Official

Sheryl Crow – Threads

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