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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
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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

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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

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CASEY’S LAST RIDE

By Ilene Armstrong – Ontario

I JUST POSTED CASEY’S LAST RIDE AND AS I LISTENED TO THIS SONG I REALIZED THAT THIS IS THE SONG THAT MADE ME TAKE NOTICE OF THIS MAN THAT I/D NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE

I HEARD OTHERS SING FOR THE GOOD TIMES SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN AND BOBBY MCGEE BUT DIDNT KNOW. WHO WROTE THEM.


I WAS DRAWN TO LISTEN TO THAT SONG AND PLAYED IT NUMERUOS TIMES.


THE WORDS AND ALL THOSE METAPHORS – I REALISED WHO EVER WROTE THAT SONG WAS A GENUIS. THEN I LEARNED IT WAS KRIS KRISTOFFERSON AND I WAS HOOKED AND NOW LISTEN TO EVERY WORD HE SINGS AND WRITES.


KRIS IS A GIFT TO ME I TREASURE HIS SONGS THEY ARE SPECIAL. I’VE NEVER HEARD SONGS LIKE HE WRITES. GENIUS.

GENUIS AND EASY TO LOOK AT.


KRIS KRISTOFFERSON DOES HAVE IT ALL.

Image is courtesy State Library Queensland

Scott Joss Interview Feb 2020

Scott Joss chats to Billy Pilgrim on the Billy and Patrick Show ahead of the Scott Joss and Chris Gantry gig at the Cascade Theatre on 16 February 2020.

The Scott Joss interview was aired from Redding on 13 February 2020 on Q-97. Country music lovers worldwide can tune in to the channel on-line (including via Alexa)

Pics from the Gig @ Cascades

The Broadcast

Billy Pilgrim’s interview style is a relaxed and conversational. Scott Joss shares his thoughts and highlights from the last few years and his next gig with Chris Gantry.

The Interview Feb 13th

Scott Joss Interview Topics

How Far to Jordan – the latest Scott Joss album

Scott and Judy

Scott Joss and Chris Gantry tour dates

Appearing on stage with Chris Gantry on Sunday

The recent Kris Kristofferson world tour – Do they know who Kris is in Iceland?

Kris Kristofferson, a Worldwide Phenomenom

Fire Victim Fundraiser, Cascade 2019

Outlaw andCountry Cruise

Carlene Carter and visiting Johnny and June’s house in Jamaica

Chris Gantry, the original outlaw

Merle and Dwight

Scott Joss – National Fiddler HOF

Scott’s music teacher closes a loop by attending the Induction

Scott’s fiddle – The story

Playing for the hometown

Billy Pilgrim, Chris Gantry and Scott Joss – Pic credit L W Robbins

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Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers performed at the Plaza Live, Orlando on 27 January 2020

Doug Colosio Signing Flyers

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Back to work!!! 🙄🖒

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Nearly Time …

Kris Kristofferson on stage @PlazaLive

Credit to ScottJossFan for the Video Uploads – Great channel.

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More Fan Feedback

After the Gig

Last night’s show in Orlando was wonderful. The crowd was amazing and Kris was in fine form as well as the band.. We had a great time and I hope we get to return in not too much time! Heading to Miami now for the night before the big cruise hotel stay…  🙂 Watching the roadside for Alligators.

Doug Colosio

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Kris Kristofferson Clearwater 26 January 2020

Doug Colosio celebrated his birthday. Birthday wishes go out to our favourite keys man.

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Party on!! 🙄

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Arriving – Tampa

From the Audience

Clearwater Gig Review 26 January 2020

Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers appeared at the Capitol Theatre with Robert Earl Keen on 26 Jan 2020.

Each song showcased Kristofferson’s gift for letting lyrics tumble out of him, each syllable more unexpected than the last, until they form a perfect stanza: the picturesque scene-setting of Here Comes That Rainbow Again, the devastating desperation of Help Me Make It Through the Night, the precise, playful character construction of The Pilgrim, Chapter 33. If you listened to the words, you’d get swept away in the heart of From Here to Forever, the seductive poetry of Casey’s Last Ride, the earnest gospel of Why Me.

Full Concert Review

An Extract from the Review

The night had the feel of a farewell, especially the way Kristofferson closed the show: with songs that explicitly said goodbye, like For the Good Times (“Don’t look so sad, I know it’s over …”) and Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends (“This could be our last goodnight together …”). But the hope and optimism he injected into Sunday Morning Coming Down, that all-time songwriter’s-songwriter song about shaking off the night before, made you feel he might not be done.

Jay Cridlin

A Fan Comment

It was a great concert. I think that when he decides to stop traveling, he will tell us that it will be his final tour. Until then I look forward to seeing him again.

Laura Papineau
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.

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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

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Scott Joss – NATIONAL FIDDLER HALL OF FAME

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 ….

Here’s the Real Story

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

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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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