The Austin Sessionsby Kris Kristofferson
Better known in recent years for his acting than his music, Rhodes scholar turned country outlaw Kris Kristofferson penned songs that formed a soundtrack for the early '70s. Janis Joplin's signature tune, "Me and Bobbie McGee," was Kris's; so was Johnny Cash's grim picture of a man on the edge of life's wasteland, "Sunday Morning Coming Down." For these sessions, Kristofferson surrounded himself with friends and admirers -- Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, Catie Curtis, Jackson Browne, and Stephen Bruton among them -- in an Austin studio to record the songs that made him famous. THE AUSTIN SESSIONS revisits his most complex work stripped down to bone and sinew. "The Pilgrim: Chapter 33" is something of an autobiography rendered in Kristofferson's trademark gravelly voice; "For the Good Times" is a hauntingly beautiful and painful vignette with harmony vocals by Matraca Berg; and the classic "Why Me?" features harmonizing by Vince Gill and Alison Krauss. Looking back on his career with some of today's top singers and songwriters, Kristofferson's THE AUSTIN SESSIONS is both heartfelt and illuminating.
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- Me and Bobby McGee
- Sunday Morning Coming Down
- For the Good Times
- The Silver Tongued Devil and I
- Help Me Make It Through The Night
- Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)
- To Beat the Devil
- Who's To Bless And Who's To Blame
- Why Me
- Nobody Wins
- The Pilgrim, Chapter 33
- Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends
Performance CreditsKris Kristofferson Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Alison Krauss Background Vocals,Track Performer
Matraca Berg Background Vocals,Track Performer
Catie Curtis Track Performer
Jackson Browne Background Vocals,Track Performer
Marc Cohn Background Vocals,Track Performer
Steve Earle Background Vocals
Michael Baird Drums
Stephen Bruton Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Jim Cox Organ,Guitar,Piano,Accordion
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Vince Gill Background Vocals,Track Performer
Mark Knopfler Background Vocals,Track Performer,Guitar (Tremolo)
Fred Mollin Acoustic Guitar,Percussion
Larry Paxton Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Joe Spivey Fiddle
John Willis Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Technical CreditsKris Kristofferson Liner Notes
Mike Davis Engineer
Jay Landers Executive Producer
Mark Linett Engineer
Fred Mollin Producer
Brian Nevin Engineer
Robert Abriola Artwork,Art Direction
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Mr. Kristofferson has, and still is, writing some of Country's most powerful ballads. I really do not think anyone could perform these classics better than the person that penned them. I feel this is a classic work of art.
Kris and the music are great. The CD does not play well in the car. Don't typically have this problem with other discs - terribly annoying.
Great CD includes the recording Fugitive.
after one or two songs, you get the sense that The Austin Sessions was more than a recording. It was an event. Kristofferson is the guy that some listeners will realize in an "a-ha" moment, "oh, HE'S the guy that wrote that one." With songs previously recorded and made famous by Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin and a whole mess of other giants,(Gill, Krauss, Earle, J.Brown) now Kristofferson is here doing fresh versions of his own songs. A fine band and some heavyweight background singers make this collection at once sentimental and contemporary. The artist brings out inner struggles of regret, love sadness in several cuts, including For The Good Times. A personal favorite was The Silver Tongued Devil And I. He often reminds me of a substantial singer-songwriter who still can bring the brilliance after many years of success. Although everyone has followed their own path, if you've ever found yourself jonesing for a smoke, a drink, a fix or a person, there's something you can related to here. If you've never been there, Kristofferson can tell you a story that makes you feel like you lived it. For even a casual collector of American music, this cd is a required entry.
These are better interpretations of Kris's songs than his original versions. Anytime he can get some good players to help him deliver his songs it's worth a listen. The songs are the deal here, and they are timeless and extraordinary.