Saturday, December 26, 2009

Kris Kristofferson - Closer to the Bone‏

by Brent Warnken

Folk legend and songwriter Kris Kristofferson offers fans another compilation of ballads featuring his signature craggy voice and his classic acoustic guitar strums. Listeners will recognize some of the same recurring themes on his latest work Closer to the Bone, especially themes like freedom, love and justice.

What's refreshing about Kristofferson's work is that he writes all of the material himself. Longtime collaborator Stephen Bruton co-wrote the songs "Let the Walls Come Down" and "From Here to Forever," and the finished album was dedicated to the songwriter, who died as it was in its last stages of production.

One of the highlights of the album is "Starlight and Stone," which is an enchanting ballad, likely to draw you in with its whispering sentimental lyrics and heartfelt themes. See the talented songwriter live by going online and getting your own pair of Kris Kristofferson tickets.

Kristofferson achieved success in the music industry during the 1970s with iconic tunes like "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night" and "For the Good Times." He helped contribute to a transformation in the country music genre and his popularity kept growing at the close of the '70s.

His debut album Kristofferson was released in April 1970, and he helped it along by embarking on an extensive tour as well as earning a slot at the huge Isle of Wight Festival in July of that same year. Although the album received poor reviews from critics and was widely panned by other artists within the industry, Kristofferson had planted a seed.

His rough voice and non-traditional style soon became a popular force within Nashville's up-and-coming stars. Both Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash were finding success on the country charts and their unusual "outlaw" style was quickly taking shape. In addition, several prominent musical figures were releasing covers of Kristofferson's work, including Bobby Bare and Janis Joplin.

Kristofferson's popularity as a recording artist took shape in 1971 with the release of The Silver Tongued Devil and I. Suddenly his name was all over the charts and Kristofferson was well on his way to becoming a household name. While he pursued his career in the country music industry, Kristofferson also had his sights set on movie roles. One of his more notable appearances in film was A Star is Born, opposite Barbra Streisand. Other movies that starred Kristofferson included Vigilante Force and The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea.

Kristofferson's long and storied career in the music industry continued with various hit songs and albums throughout the '70s and on into the '80s. He also joined in a musical partnership with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings in 1985; the "supergroup" released Highwayman the same year as its formation.

In more recent years, Kristofferson has remained fairly quiet, but he did come forth with This Old Road in 2006 and now fans have another "bone" to grab with his latest album, Closer to the Bone. True fans of this country songwriter will want to check out the latest offering from Kris Kristofferson.

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