Kris Kristofferson becomes Country Music Hall of Fame artist in residence
Monday, June 25, 2007
– Kris Kristofferson will bring his guitar, some familiar works and newly recorded songs, as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's 2007 artist-in-residence for two evenings in August. Kristofferson will hold court in the Museum's Ford Theater on Aug. 14-15.
Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004, Kristofferson is also a three-time Grammy winner and Oscar-nominated songwriter. At the 2007 CMT Music Awards last April, he was honored with the Johnny Cash Visionary Award. He follows Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall and Guy Clark as the Museum's fifth artist-in-residence.
"Few artists can legitimately wear the mantle of 'living legend,'" said Museum Director Kyle Young. "But Kris Kristofferson embodies the phrase. With a rough-hewn tenor, a philosopher's insight and a poet's turn of phrase, Kristofferson has given voice to our country's mores and emotions, its triumphs and tragedies, for more than four decades. To hear him on record, or to hear his songs interpreted by others, is a good introduction, but hearing and seeing him live in an intimate environment is to understand his essence and feel his humanity. In our residency tradition, we are privileged to give him our stage as his home and are certain he will make all who attend feel as if they are sitting in his living room while he plays just for them."
Kristofferson residency event tickets ($40/limit 2 per customer for each show) will be on sale to museum members July 9-15.
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