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Kris Kristofferson performs at Kent Stage Wednesday night

By malcolm Published: June 9, 2010

Wednesday night The Kent Stage welcomes a well known actor whose “/singer-songwriter” designation actually came before the “actor” tag.

Besides holding it down for the ruggedly handsome bearded men of the world for much of his career, Kris Kristofferson is the writer of many a classic tune interpreted by man a classic artist. Kristofferson’s songs and their famous versions include Me & Bobby McGhee recorded by Roger Miller and his one-time girlfriend Janis Joplin, "Sunday Morning Coming Down" which garnered Johnny Cash a 1970 Best Song of the Year award from the Country Music Association the same year that Ray Price’s version of Kristofferson's For the Good Times won the same award from the Academy of Country Music.

Last fall Kristofferson, whose already raspy, weathered voice oozes every ounce of his 73 years of life and career ups and downs released Closer To The Bone an intimate, reflective collection of songs including the lullaby From Here To Forever written for his eight children, Good Morning John written in the 1970s as a brotherly loving ode to his friend and fellow Highwayman Johnny Cash and Sister Sinead written for singer Sinead O’Conner (“that bald-headed brave little girl”) apparently written in the wake of her controversial 1992 appearance on Saturday Night Live when she sang Bob Marley’s “War” and tore a picture of the Pope in half.

What: An Evening with Kris Kristofferson
When: 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 9
Where: The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent
Tickets: $45 $75
Information: (330) 677-5005, www.kentstage.org

For your listening & viewing pleasure here's the title track from Kristofferson's 2006 album This Old Road

Here's Kris & Johnny:

Here's Kristofferson and (now) ex-wife Rita Coolidge getting all intimate and helping each other through the night on The Old Grey Whistle Test:

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