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26th June


A living legend

Born in Texas in a military family, Kris Kristofferson also started a promising career in the army, after having studied literature at Oxford University. But in 1965 he resigned in order to pursue a dream inspired by his idols Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson: music. And his destination was the capital city of the American sound: the “Music City”, Nashville (Tennessee).

After struggling to find his place as a songwriter, he finally did so at the start of the 70s, with folk-rock country-style creations such as “Me and Bobby McGee” (a song that Janis Joplin would make popular), “Sunday Morning Coming Down” or “For the Good Times”. Only in that decade, around 450 singers had already performed his songs.

A total artist, Hollywood also welcomed Kris and offered him a rewarding career in acting. What began as an artistic complement to his musical production ended up in a filmography of more than 70 films, including “A Star is Born” (1976), which earned him a Golden Globe.

But music has marked the rhythm of his life, with an impressive 30-album long career and with performances all around the world. Today, he is a traditional songwriter again -only with a guitar and his voice-, with the aim to find, in his own words, “a more direct communication with the audience”. His latest album, a double live LP, “The Cedar Creek Sessions”, is a celebration of his 80th birthday and shows that, besides the status of living legend of American popular music, he is still a singer full of creativity.