The GRAMMY Foundation® will host "A Song Is Born," the 16th Annual GRAMMY Foundation Legacy Concert featuring live musical performances on Jan. 23 in Los Angeles. Performers include GRAMMY® winners Steve Cropper, Kris Kristofferson, Joy Williams of the Civil Wars, Paul Williams, and Dan Wilson; and GRAMMY-nominated songwriters Skylar Grey, John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, Allen Shamblin, and J.D. Souther, as well as other artists to be announced shortly.
"A Song Is Born"— presented by Seagate — will explore the history and evolution of songwriting and celebrate the various and invaluable contributions of key players behind the music and their impact on the American cultural landscape. This official GRAMMY Week concert promotes the GRAMMY Foundation's mission of recognizing and preserving our musical past, so that future generations can continue to benefit from an appreciation and understanding of those contributions. Admission tickets are $45 per person and this event is all ages. All guests are invited to attend a complimentary reception following the concert. For tickets and information, visit http://wl.flavorus.com/gf/asongisborn, or contact 855.235.2867.
Watch the 56th GRAMMY Awards® Jan. 26 on CBS.
Releases A Rockin’ Tribute To Kris Kristofferson with special guests Kris and Kelly Kristofferson
Street date - September 12, 2013
For immediate release
September 6, 2013
“Actually, we could call it a day now.” Duesseldorf-born Julian Wiethoff still needs time to grasp that his biggest dream has come true: his German band Rocket to Stardom is about to release its debut album A Rockin’ Tribute To Kris Kristofferson not only on the legendary songwriter’s very own KK Records label, but was also invited by the man himself to join him as support act and special guest on the four German dates of Kristofferson’s European tour in September 2013.
The story behind the story sounds so unbelievable and unlikely that even Hollywood’s top screen writers couldn’t have done a better job. At the end of November 2011, the two die-hard Kristofferson fans Julian Wiethoff and Bojan Lutz boarded a plane from Duesseldorf, Germany to Las Vegas, Nevada to see their idol live at the Orleans Casino. 36 hours without sleep were taking their toll as they met Kristofferson’s wife Lisa in an elevator without knowing her. But all things happen for a reason. “We both had on self-made replicas of a shirt Kris got in the 80s from a fan and which he wore often,” recalls Julian. “That’s why Lisa started talking to us, and a few minutes later we found ourselves clutching two backstage passes in our sweaty palms.”
So they shook hands with their idol—unable to speak, weak in the knees, the whole fan-meets-hero hassle included. But they did manage to hand him their album featuring 16 Kristofferson covers, Rockabilly style, leaving out the most popular ones for a good reason. “What Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Janis Joplin have done with hits like ‘Me And Bobby McGee’ and ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ is simply not replicable, especially for a little rock’n’roll band from Germany,” Julian says about the band’s song choice. Having been thoroughly familiar with Kristofferson’s back catalogue since their teens, the Rocket to Stardom band mates admire the wide musical range the now 77-years-old Texan native has put into his body of work. “In Germany, Kris Kristofferson is mostly known for his acting, but as far as we’re concerned, his deep lyrics and wonderful songs have made a strong impression on us since we were kids, no matter what was fashionable back then,” says the 39-year-old Julian.
In 2010—having already passed the legal drinking age for quite some time—there was a night of high spirits which would go on to change their lives forever. In the beginning “it was just one of those projects you get into to have fun,” but after a while the three talented rockabilly musicians found their way of presenting the material in the right guise. “It felt good to be different,” remarks Julian, “our bands are part of a subcultural, underground scene. We’re not in this for the money.” What pays the rent are their jobs as a lawyer, police officer and gardener. “But our real life is music, period. It’s not always easy to reconcile both worlds, I can tell you,” admits Julian.
Those “Duesseldorf dudes,” as they are known in Kristofferson’s world, are getting ready to tour with their idol and label boss. Being able to perform their versions for the German fans and knowing that the man who wrote them will be behind the curtain is a thrill of a life-time and, yes, a dream come true. The trio, which obviously took the name from a 70s Kristofferson song, knows how to handle the situation, because “nobody has recorded an album of his songs in rockabilly style.” Kristofferson truly loves Rocket to Stardom—he even participated in the project by singing with the band on two tracks. Kristofferson goes rockabilly on “Under The Gun“ and “I Hate Your Ugly Face” and his daughter Kelly makes her recording debut here on “Between Heaven And Here.” Could there be a bigger compliment? “Well, if he booked us for a private garden party in Hawaii. But we might be too expensive,” laughs Julian, the lawyer. “Mind you, if he really did, we definitely would call it a day.” At the same time, they’re just getting started…
Julian Wiethoff – vocals, guitar
Bojan Lutz - bass
Jens Feldhaus - drums
Kris sits down with Marshall Ward to discuss everything; Greenwich Village, Johnny Cash, Gratitude, and Humility and much more. Read the article at http://www.rockcellarmagazine.com/2013/08/02/kris-kristofferson-interview
Legendary singer, songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson will join television series, Troubadour, TX for it’s third season, which begins airing in late September.
Kristofferson will appear weekly as a segment host for the award-winning, 22 episode series. He will share personal stories of his life as a singer/songwriter, the influence of Texas music and artists and offer his unique perspective into the challenging journey of artists. He will also star in a one-hour music special, presented by Troubadour, TX.
The one-hour music special, “Troubadour, TX presents an evening with Kris Kristofferson,” will air this fall nationwide on networks carrying the Troubadour, TX series.
"Having Kris Kristofferson as a part of the series and featured in a one-hour music special is an incredible honor,” said Carl Kornmeyer, COO of LBK Entertainment and executive producer of the show. “He is a musical poet, a legend and a true Troubadour."
Kris sits down with Whitney Self from CMT to talk about life, music, and Kris's new album, Feeling Mortal. Read the inteview here: http://www.cmt.com/news/country-music/1701093/kris-kristofferson-still-lives-for-the-song.jhtml
Kris sits down with NPR to discuss his new record. Read excerpts or listen to the whole piece here: http://www.npr.org/2013/02/03/170872651/kris-kristofferson-on-writing-for-and-outliving-his-idols
Speaking from his home on the Hawaiian island of Maui, Kris Kristofferson, 76, looks back on a life rich with Hall of Fame-worthy country-music writing and recording credits, acclaimed acting roles, a Rhodes scholarship and collegiate athletic prowess with nothing short of fondness. "It's a pretty neat life when you think about it," he tells Rolling Stone. "I just feel so grateful." Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/kris-kristofferson-explores-mortality-on-new-album-20130117
Country Music Hall of Famer Kris Kristofferson sat down with host Mojo Nixon and an audience of SiriusXM subscribers and superfans and answered questions about his life, career, and performed several songs including some from his new album "Feeling Mortal." This Town Hall special aired on SiriusXM Outlaw Country home to renegades, rebels, rabble rousers, and rogues (http://www.siriusxm.com/outlawcountry).