Happy Birthday Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936)
“Dylan’s probably my biggest hero as an artist, songwriter and singer”
– Kris Kristofferson
We have chosen to take a look into the relationship between Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan, and as expected it is harder to find quotes from Dylan than Kristofferson.
Dylan and Kristofferson go back a long time. Kris Kristofferson was a janitor in a Nashville studio when Dylan was recording Blonde on Blonde in 1966. They both appeared in the 1973 film “Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid” and they have recorded and performed each others’ material. Dylan covered Kristofferson’s They Killed Him on his album, Knocked Out Loaded.
The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration is a live double-album release in recognition of Bob Dylan’s 30 years as a recording artist. Recorded on October 16, 1992 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, it captures most of the concert, which featured many artists performing classic Dylan songs, before ending with three songs from Dylan himself.
Bob Dylan was a bigger influence than Beatles or Elvis
– Kris Kristofferson
Kris Kristofferson talks about his many song writing influences. Among them are John Prine, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Mick Newbury (and more). Kristofferson is a great story teller and has incredibly good taste.
He also talks about Dylan’s impact on popular music in general.
On stage I make love to twenty-five thousand people; and then I go home alone.
You know why we’re stuck with the myth that only black people have soul? Because white people don’t let themselves feel things.
The greatest white female rock singer of the 1960s, Janis Joplin was also a great blues singer, making her material her own with her wailing, raspy, supercharged emotional delivery.
~Richie Unterberger (allmusic.com)
Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose,
And nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’ but it’s free,
Feelin’ good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues,
And buddy, that was good enough for me,
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.
For us this album contains ultimate versions of many of Kris’s best songs. Not many music writers seems to agree… too bad, because if you really listen to this album you will get it. This is the way these songs are supposed to sound, stripped down and sung with all of his big heart & soul.