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Kristofferson @ Canberra

Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers performed at Llewellyn Hall, Canberra on 25 September 2019. Jen Seyderhelm was there. She tells us about her experience on the night.

A new project idea I am dabbling with. A Mum, aged 42, goes out on random weeknights and gets her gig on.

J Seyderhelm 27 September 2019

On the day of Kris’s concert, I had a job interview. To unwind afterwards I popped into my favourite second hand shop where they had a couple of country music love song albums for the princely sum of $1 each. Two caught my eye and, as I entered the shop proper, I left them with the elderly gent behind the counter so that I didn’t have to carry them around.

About a minute later, Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire bursts out of the store speakers. I’m surprised, as usually when you buy a CD the shop doesn’t voluntarily play it for you. The elderly gent had found my music taste to his liking. He’d also found that the second album, which I had not yet checked, actually contained two Foster and Allen CDs.

We had a bizarre conversation where he thought I was trying to sneak out with some Foster and Allen, and I was trying to make sure I still got my country, when a woman jostled me from behind.

She was in her seventies and shimmying around the shop like a debutant.

“Oh, I love this music. It makes me feel like dancing!” And she spun off again around a clothes rack. I felt I was in a safe space so I announced to everyone,

“I’m seeing Kris Kristofferson tonight.” The shimmying woman came up to me a couple of minutes later and said,
“I saw him twice! Once in 1984. I also saw him in America. I lived there for a few years. That’s where I fell in love with country music. And bourbon.”

My date for Kris is the person who idolises him more than anyone in Australia, possibly in the entire universe. This person recently sent me a screen shot of their email account. I noticed that they had individual folders for family and friends and then about five folders for Kris! I teased them that Kris was the love of their life. He simply agreed.

Prior to the concert there was an article in the paper reviewing Kris’s concert in Melbourne the previous weekend. There were references to being in the “presence of greatness” and the voice being a bit wispy (Kristofferson is 83 after all). Having seen Burt Bacharach about a year before, who’d utilised backing singers (a good idea, based on his extensive repertoire) over his voice (merely a whisper) made me worry a little about this hero not living up to expectations. As Kris walked carefully to the microphone, I held my breath.

And then he sang.

Llewellyn Hall, Canberra on 25 September 2019. ‘Photo Credit, Jayce Flaxman

Yes, his voice is not quite what it was, but the poetry and the magic remained. Yes, there was very little banter and at times it felt like the warmth of the bond he shares with the fiddle man from the Strangers, Scott Joss, physically held him up, but, as my concert buddy said, “he’s still Kris.”

If you’ve ever stood on stage at a gig, you’ll know that once the stage lights are up and the audience lights go down, you can’t see your mother in the front row. We were that “mother” in the front row and yet I felt like Kris was singing to me. Scott was definitely making eye contact. I swear I got a wink. The first half before intermission was so deeply personal an experience that I ran out of tissues.

Whenever Kris would hit you in the heart, he’d pair it up with something silly or lighter to follow. Jesus was a Capricorn was a romping stomping delight.

Jesus Was A Capricorn

Toward the conclusion I blew Kris a kiss. Obviously, mid song, he was in no position to catch it and throw it back, but I know it landed on his cheek, and that he felt it. When the final song, Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends, was done, Kris was whisked off stage and the lights came up before the stamping and encore cheers could start proper. The great man was done. He won’t return to Australia.

Scott Joss came out to help pack up. He was as lovely and warm in person as he had been on stage. He’d seen us. Those moments where it felt like Kris was singing for me alone were real.

Llewellyn Hall, Canberra on 25 September 2019. ‘Photo Credit, Jayce Flaxman

Sunday night I’m going to enjoy my first death metal concert. Until then, Kris, Scott and outlaw country will help me make it through tonight.

Featured pic is CC

Kristofferson Morwell 2019

Kris Kristofferson Canberra ticket 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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Kristofferson Toowoomba Gig 2019

Kristofferson and the Strangers

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.

Support Kris and the Band and Us

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

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

Buy the album – USA

Or Buy the album – UK

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Kris and Babs Hyde Park 2019

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Kris and Babs, Kristofferson and Streisand – It was a long time coming, but well worth the wait.

Behind the Scenes

Thank you to Scott Joss for opening his album. Everyone looking in great fettle and high spirits at Hyde Park.

From the Audience

Welcome, Barbra Streisand

Kristofferson Joined Streisand

Kristofferson has been really working it. He’s just finished the UK leg of of his Europe Tour, preparations are underway for an extended tour to Australia and New Zealand – But he made the time.

Kristofferson joined Streisand in Hyde Park this weekend. Neil McCormick tweeted that when Kris saw the crowd, he said that he “Never knew there were this many people in the world.”

No wonder. 65000 people is quite a gathering -, especially in a park.

Introducing

Barbra brought Kris onto the stage saying, “one of my favorite leading men… Here’s a song that we sang together in the movie, right? I love this song,”

Lost Inside of You

They did it. They sang some material from their version of A Star is Born. Mostly, they were simply great together and it was like watching very dear friends having fun.

43 years peeled back, and the same magic that captivated movie audiences back in 1976 did it again.  

UK

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USA

Kris and Babs Video 2019

A fan took this video. We respect copyright so you need to click the link, then play it from the original Instagram account. I think it’s worth it.

The Set

Credits as given in the embed

The Setlist

Thanks to S Joss

Trivia

David and Victoria Beckham were there – Celebrating their 20 year anniversary

A report said that

Barbra Streisand brought her cloned dogs out in a pram at British Summer Time Hyde Park on Sunday (07.07.19)