Kris Kristofferson is feeling mortal.
“And what I’m finding, to my pleasant surprise at this age, is that I’m more inclined to laughter than tears,”
says the 77-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer. “I hope I’ll feel this creative and grateful until they throw dirt over me.”
In his illustrious and versatile career, Kris Kristofferson has been a Golden Gloves boxer, a Rhodes scholar, a college football player, an acclaimed actor, an Army man, a chopper pilot, and a Grammy winner.
Penning classics like Me and Bobby McGee, Help Me Make It Through the Night, and Sunday Morning Coming Down, Kristofferson is touring the U.S. and Europe this summer on the heels of his 28th release, the Don Was-produced album Feeling Mortal.
“A major reason for Kris’ enduring popularity is that he’s always been very honest and open about revealing his inner life,” says Was, who has worked with Kristofferson for the past 17 years. “Sunday Morning Coming Down is a brutally frank, first-person narrative that just happens to hit a common nerve among millions of people, and that’s why Kris is such a great artist.”
Kristofferson is also featured in the new documentary, Greenwich Village: Music that Defined a Generation, about the militant Greenwich Village music scene that so deeply and irreversibly changed the political, social and cultural landscape. Directed by Laura Archibald (read our past interview with Archibald here), the film was recently screened at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and at festivals and theatres across North America.
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