Austin Sessions

Austin Sessions

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by 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'sSee more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For the follow-up to Moment of Forever, his first set of new original songs in years, Kris Kristofferson decided to record a set of stripped-down new versions of his classic songs. This project, released on Atlantic Records and entitled The Austin Sessions, was a star-studded affair, featuring harmony vocals from Jackson Browne, Steve Earle, Matraca Berg, Vince Gill, Marc Cohn, Alison Krauss, Catie Curtis, and Mark Knopfler. In one sense, it's easy to question why Kristofferson needed to record these songs again, since much of his catalog seems to consist of reinterpretations of these songs, but taken on its own terms, it's a good listen. In a way, Kristofferson's voice -- which never had too much range, even at its peak -- sounds better now that its older; the ragged edges and wear give it more character, which lend character to the songs. Ultimately, The Austin Sessions isn't a major addition to his catalog, but there's enough warmth and personality to these recordings to make it worth a listen for longtime fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/1999
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678320828
catalogNumber:
83208
Rank:
17015

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kris 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 Credits

Kris 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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