New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Today Blackbird Presents Records celebrates the concert film and CD/DVD release of The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson. The full album is now available to stream and purchase at online outlets HERE.
Billboard Magazine recently interviewed Blackbird CEO and Executive Producer Keith Wortman about putting the event together. Read the article here: http://bit.ly/2hgqM6O
Previously previewed videos include the All-Star grand finale performance of "Why Me" streaming at Rolling Stone and Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson's performance of "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" at Taste of Country. Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris' performance of "The Pilgrim, Chapter 33" is streaming at NPR's World Cafe.
CMT will premiere the 90-minute broadcast on Friday, October 27 at 10 PM ET and Blackbird Presents Records will release the full-length concert film as a CD/DVD combo on the same day. The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson CD/DVD and official concert merchandise is available via Blackbird Presents at http://songsofkristofferson.com
In addition to the CD/DVD release fans can get exclusive merchandise from PledgeMusic (http://pledgemusic.com/projects/songsofkristofferson) including a limited edition framed gig poster from the night of the show, color photo, and an Epiphone Ltd. Ed. 1963 J-45 guitar, all signed by Kris Kristofferson.
The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson features captivating performances, in-depth interviews, and compelling behind-the-scenes footage with Kris Kristofferson, Jessi Alexander, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Jessi Colter, Rodney Crowell, Larry Gatlin, Emmylou Harris, Jack Ingram, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, The Travelin' McCourys, Reba McEntire, Buddy
Miller, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Jon Randall, Darius
Rucker, Hank Williams Jr.
and Lee Ann Womack. Performances include a range of Kristofferson classics, such as "Me And Bobby
McGee" (performed by Reba McEntire), "Help Me Make It Through The Night" (Performed by Lady Antebellum), "To Beat The Devil" (Performed by Eric Church), a very special performance of "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" (performed by Willie Nelson
and Kris Kristofferson), and an all- star grand finale performance of "Why Me."
Kristofferson, a Country Music
Hall of Fame inductee, is considered a true poet who helped modernize the genre with songs such as "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Me and Bobby
McGee" and "Lovin' Her Was Easier." These are the songs of heartbreak and despair, of love and loss, of yearning and hope. These are the songs so honest that we adopted them as our own. They are the songs of a life led unlike any other: An All-American athlete, Golden Gloves boxer, Army Ranger, helicopter pilot, singer-songwriter, social activist, humanitarian and movie star.
Keith Wortman is creator and executive producer of the show. GRAMMY® Award-winner Don Was served as music director alongside country music legend Buddy
Cannon. An all-star band that included featured artist and GRAMMY® Award-winner Buddy
Miller backed the performers at this incomparable concert event taping.
FOR COMPLETE DETAILS VISIT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE:
About Blackbird Presents
Blackbird Presents is a global media company that produces premium content via a range of strategies including large-scale concert events and festivals, broadcast series and specials, and music releases featuring major music stars across all genres and demographics.
Blackbird's recent concerts, broadcast specials and releases include "Sing Me Back Home: The Music
of Merle Haggard," "The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson," "Imagine: John Lennon
75th Birthday Concert," "Outlaw: Celebrating The Music
Jennings," "I'll Take You There: Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples," "The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris," "Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More For The Fans," "The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and His Music," and "All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman," the latter of which earned a 2014 GRAMMY® Award nomination for Gregg Allman
and Taj Mahal's awe- inspiring performance of "Statesboro Blues."
Blackbird Presents is also creator and producer behind the Outlaw Music
Festival Tour, in partnership with Willie Nelson; the American Roots Music
& Arts Festival, in partnership with Eric Church; and The Last Waltz 40 Tour. Visit us at http://blackbirdpresents.com
About Kris Kristofferson
Kristofferson is a Country Music
Hall of Famer who ranks among the most versatile of American talents. He's been a Golden Gloves boxer, a Rhodes scholar, a college football player, an acclaimed actor, a military officer, a helicopter pilot, a GRAMMY® winner, and an icon. It was the singing and the writing that called to him. He wound up penning classics including "Me and Bobby
McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" and "For The Good Times," as well as a slew of other empathetic, incisive gems. Kristofferson— along with contemporaries Tom T. Hall, Mickey Newbury, Willie Nelson
and John Prine— enhanced the scope of country music songwriting, focusing on layering, nuance, empathy and emotional truth. Once established, he quickly became one of music's most charismatic and intriguing figures. Kristofferson went on to a prolific acting career with roles in "A Star is Born," "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," "Blade
" and many more films.
CMT is the leading authority on country music and lifestyle, offering a mix of original series, music events and specials. CMT is everywhere its fans are including two cable channels (CMT and the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music), radio (CMT Radio), digital (CMT App, CMT.com) and social (CMT on Facebook, CMT on Instagram and CMT on Twitter). CMT is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB). For more information, please visit CMT Press.
"Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends" Buddy
" Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall & Larry Gatlin
"Here Comes That Rainbow
Again" Martina McBride
"The Taker" Ryan Bingham
"The Captive" Jessi Colter
"Nobody Wins" Lee Ann Womack
"Jesus Was A Capricorn (Owed to John Prine)" Jack Ingram
"Worth Fighting For
" Jennifer Nettles
"Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)" Rosanne Cash
"Chase The Feeling" Emmylou Harris
& Rodney Crowell
"The Pilgrim: Chapter 33" Emmylou Harris
& Kris Kristofferson
"From the Bottle to the Bottom" Dierks Bentley
& The Travelin' McCourys
"Help Me Make It Through The Night" Lady Antebellum
"Under The Gun" Darius
"For The Good Times" Jamey Johnson
& Alison Krauss
"Casey's Last Ride" Alison Krauss
"If You Don't Like Hank Williams" Hank Williams Jr.
"To Beat The Devil" Eric Church
"Me And Bobby
McGee" Reba McEntire
"Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" Willie Nelson
& Kris Kristofferson
"Why Me" Kris Kristofferson & Full Ensemble